OKOKO Cosmetiques offer two types of oil-free serums: one is their very popular L’Élixir de Pureté – Sang Du Dragon serum and the other one is L’élixir De Clarté – The Radiance Elixir. I have extensively used both serums and I love both of them. I’ll be differentiating and highlighting every minute detail about the two serums; and I’ll also talk about which works well for my skin and why.
[Please bear in mind – my opinion and my review is based on my skin condition (oily and acne-prone) under the climatic condition (hot and humid) of Mumbai, India.]
Let’s start with L’Élixir de Pureté – Sang Du Dragon serum.
Sang Du Dragon is an oil-free serum infused with a tropical resin called Le Sang Du Dragon (Dragon’s Blood, from the Croton Lechleri tree). This rare and precious active is considered to be one of the most potent ingredient that offers highly effective skincare benefits. Apart from the powerhouse Dragon’s Blood, this serum contains 10% niacinamide, willow bark extract, cucumber extract, beta-glucan, and pomegranate enzymes that gently exfoliate the skin, helps boosts overall skin quality and visibly improves skin tone and texture.
I mostly prefer oil-free serums because my skin is quite oily and Sang Du Dragon works amazingly well for my skin. The combination of Dragon’s Blood and niacinamide helps in treating acne and I have noticed it improved my uneven skin texture to quite an extent. Sang Du Dragon can be used in the morning as well as at night; but I prefer using it in the morning because there are other active serums I prefer at night. The only drawback for me is that during summers in humid climatic conditions, I do feel it gets a tad sticky. Nonetheless, it’s not something that cannot be overlooked when it does help in healing acne (my main skin concern) and inflammation. The process I feel is gradual and steady.
Now, let’s talk about L’élixir De Clarté – I was introduced to this serum much later; after I was already impressed with Sang Du Dragon. My expectations with this 5% AHA exfoliant was quite high. I had read many testimonials where people with severe acne issues testified to its merits. So obviously, I was expecting miraculous results.
And it didn’t let me down. L’élixir De Clarté is a clear aloe-based serum made with 5% Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA), naturally sourced from blueberries, sugar cane and citrus, combined with natural plant extracts to gently exfoliate the skin.
L’élixir De Clarté works so brilliantly for my skin that it’s achieved the “Holy Grail” status for me. (Read my detailed review on my HG.) Unlike Sang Du Dragon, this doesn’t feel one bit sticky even during the hottest nights. My skin responds really well to this serum. Initially, to test, many nights I just applied this serum after cleansing my face. I skipped toners too; because it is aloe-based and mainly, because I didn’t feel the need to. With each use my conviction and my love for this effective concoction snowballed. Every time I use it my skin looks brighter and clearer. I apply it on the painful zits that erupt every now and then; and the subsequent day, my skin looks quite calm and zit appears to dry out. In fact, ever since I have started using L’élixir De Clarté regularly, the sporadic breakouts have reduced too.
Now, let’s take a quick look at both serums!
L’Élixir de Pureté
L’élixir De Clarté
|Oil-free and water (& cucumber fruit extract) -based serum||Clear and aloe-based serum|
|Star Ingredients: Dragon’s Blood, 10% niacinamide, willow bark extract, cucumber extract, beta-glucan, and pomegranate enzymes||Star Ingredients: Aloe juice, 5% Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA), (naturally sourced from blueberries, sugar cane and citrus) combined with natural plant extracts and soothing algae|
|Hydrates, soothes, repairs, and firms the skin. Improves overall skin tone and texture. Promotes skin renewal and is ideal for stressed skins.||Exfoliates dead skin cells, improves skin texture, brightens complexion and reduces breakouts|
|Absorbs quickly but leaves a sticky feel; doesn’t tingle or irritate||Absorbs quickly without being sticky at all; tingles a bit due to the AHA but does not irritate|
|Can be used day and night||Should be used at night|
|Delicate and subtle aroma (feminine)||Delicate and subtle notes of Vanilla|
I feel products like these are a boon for green beauty enthusiasts with problematic skins because one can only expect such results from active peels or chemical exfoliators. Oyéta Catherine (the founder of OKOKO Cosmetiques) is a brilliant innovator and her products definitely can be called “potent green beauty products.” (You can read my interview with Oyéta Catharine here).
Lastly, skincare products work differently for each skin type. If L’élixir De Clarté works brilliantly for my skin; L’Élixir de Pureté might work even better for your skin. It’s all about diagnosing how your skin reacts to a product and following a steady routine.
Have you tried L’elixir De Clarte and/or L’Élixir de Pureté?