KORA Organics Review: 3 Step System

July 5, 2014 Face Skincare
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I decided to order the KORA Organics 3 Step System for oily/combination skin earlier this year, and have been using it regularly for a while now. It isn’t exactly the most affordable skincare line on the market right now, so I thought why not share my personal experience with those looking at splashing out for it.

Let me start by saying that I’ve never really had troublesome skin, I’d say it tends to get slightly oily during the day but not to the extent that it starts to appear shiny or greasy. My t-zone and around the nose are the two main areas that get oilier than the rest of the face, whereas the rest of my face will remain quite matte but not dry.

I do have some blackheads on my nose, and I do get the odd monthly/hormonal pimple (and during exam period!) but they’re nothing that warrants special care (read: blemish treatments). So I decided to go with the 3 Step System for Oily/Combination skin! You can also get it for Normal/Dry or Normal/Sensitive skin types, whichever fits the bill for your skin.

kora organics three step system for combination skin

A Little About KORA Organics

Starting with the brand, KORA Organics focuses on nourishing and rejuvenating your skin and as you all would already know – supermodel mum Miranda Kerr is the brains and the beauty behind it all.

All products are infused with noni extract from a fruit that Miranda grew up drinking and applying the juice of on blemishes or as an after-sun treatment. Rose quartz crystal energised water is also another key ingredient to the whole ‘nourish and rejuvenate’ thing about KORA Organics. It’s also meant to have soothing and gentle healing properties that encourages self-love.

The 3 Step System for Combination/Oily Skin

Step 1. Cleanse – Foaming Cleanser

kora organics foaming cleanser

I was using Sukin’s Facial Scrub before I started using this ‘foaming cleanser’ so it was strange to switch from an exfoliating cleanser to a foaming cleanser. To be completely honest, I didn’t feel like it lived up to its name at all.

For one, it didn’t foam at all! This is most likely because of the lack of foaming agents which a lot of the products in our bathroom usually contain, I think the most commonly one used is sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). But either way, this KORA Organics Foaming Cleanser  just doesn’t feel like it foams enough to make me feel like it is deep cleaning my skin.

However having said that, only using a pea-sized blob each time did leave my skin feeling refreshed, smooth and soft to the touch. This was probably the only product in the box that didn’t leave my skin feeling slightly tacky/sticky (more about that further into this post).

The scent of this product wasn’t entirely pleasant either. At first sniff, I thought… ugh! Why does it smell so plastic-y? I think those who are used to fragranced cleansers will agree on this, but you’ll also quickly come to accept that it may be a part of switching from those chemical-laden cleansers to a more natural cleanser like this one.

Step 2. Tone – Citrus Mist

kora organics energising citrus mist tonerMost toners I’ve used tend to dry out my face but seeing as this was more of a facial mist, I went ahead and tried it as part of my 3 step daily/nightly routine.

I found that it cast a slightly sticky/tacky layer on my face so I stopped using it as a toner after a week and a half (couldn’t stand it). Instead I started using this as a facial mist and applied it on top of my make up when my face felt dry and I still keep it on hand especially for the unforgiving Winter weather + the drying effects of air conditioning at work.

Again, the scent may not be something that you will accept straight away if you’re used to unscented products or the artificially fragranced products in most pharmacy/supermarket brands. It smells very strongly of Bergamot, orange and mandarin, to the point where some people (like myself) would be taken aback at first smell, but you soon get used to it.

The best thing about this spray is probably the way the spray nozzle distributes the product so evenly. It doesn’t administer an offensive, surprise jet spray or a weak and drizzly puff of product… to me the spray nozzle works just right.

Step 3. Moisturise – Purifying Day and Night Cream

kora organics purifying day and night cream

Once again, this moisturiser left my skin feeling ever so slightly uncomfortable with a sticky finish. I tried altering how much I used to see if I could make it leave a less sticky feel but to no avail. I won’t deny that this was my favourite product in the entire kit.

I liked the grapefruit, mandarin and green tea scent but I don’t think it did much as a moisturiser. It is a light moisturiser, and I’m used to the consistency of the Sukin Facial Mosturiser so I don’t really know what to make of this one.

The good thing with this Purifying Day and Night Cream (and the foaming cleanser) is that you only need to use a small dewdrop of product at a time, so you get ‘more bang for your buck’.

An Overview

The whole 3 Step System for Oily/Combination skin costed AU $139.95 which averages out to be AU $46.65 per product. If individually purchased, the prices are as follows:

  1. Foaming Cleanser 90 mL / 3.04 fl.oz. AU $44.95
  2. Energising Citrus Mist 65 mL / 2.19 fl.oz. AU $39.95
  3. Purifying Day and Night Cream 50 mL / 1.7 fl.oz. AU $59.95

So you save a grand total of AU $9.90 if you get the 3 Step System instead of buying them individually.

I’m not going to be repurchasing this because I feel like there are many similar products on the market that perform just as well or even better than these. Sukin Organics is one such brand that makes comparable products to those detailed in this post, and cost only a fraction of the price.

What I can praise KORA Organics’s 3 Step System for is the soft, matte mint green packaging and how well marketed the brand is (of course much thanks to Miranda Kerr herself). I admit getting this was a guilty pleasure in itself, and although the products aren’t terrible I just don’t find that the costs versus benefits weigh up well.

You’ll be pleased to know that KORA Organics is proudly:

ecocert certified organic organic food chain certified australian made cruelty-free and vegan

You can find out more about all the products on their website! Just go to www.koraorganics.com

I decided to order the KORA Organics 3 Step System for oily/combination skin earlier this year, and have been using it regularly for a while now. It isn't exactly the most affordable skincare line on the market right now, so I thought why not share my personal experience with those looking at splashing out…

The Outline


I couldn't justify the price for the efficacy of this pack, it was worth a try but definitely not worth repurchasing.

Much love,

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  • Reply Catt April 21, 2015 at 1:54 am

    thanks for this review! I used dermalogica and was thinking of trying KORA, I love Miranda and her philosophy but I wonder if she really uses it herself and how good it is. It’s really expensive. I haven’t tried sukin but I know I loooove dermalogica :)

    • Reply leann July 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Hey Catt! Dermalogica is getting sold to Unilever which means they’ll be including formulations that have been tested on animals :( But I agree! I’m in love with their lip balm 😀

      As for Kora organics… like you said, we’ll never know if Miranda Kerr actually uses it religiously! She probably gets sent a lot of skincare products too!

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