This Skincare Line Comes With an Expiration Date

For Valérie Grandury, necessity is the mother of invention. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she drastically changed her lifestyle. In addition to switching to a raw food diet, she began reading about carcinogenic chemicals in some cosmetics. She began making her own organic skincare products, and the end result is Odacité.

The high-end skincare line is made with organic plant ingredients such as lavender, shea butter, calendula, and white tea extract. What it isn't made with: parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, or fragrance. Because the line isn't carried in stores, the products are produced as they're ordered. Each one is labeled with a "Freshiency" date that explains when the product was made and when its ingredients will begin to degrade.

For some thoughts on the line's performance, keep reading.

Odacité sent a few sample products, and after using them for about a month, here's my opinion. This line is best for mature or dry/sensitive skin, simply because it's incredibly gentle. The Beautiful Day Moisturizer ($95) absorbs into skin quickly, and it provides moisture without feeling even the slightest bit greasy. I really liked the jojoba beads exfoliant, which buffs away dull skin cells without stripping moisture.

My skin is oily and acne-prone, so the other products weren't the right ones for me. That doesn't mean they're bad — just that they aren't the right fit for my skin type. For instance, the rejuvenating cleanser ($45) is very soothing, but it didn't remove the grease slick from my forehead. I wouldn't recommend Odacité if you have acne, but if you're looking for a nontoxic luxury line for dry or mature skin, it's worth a look.

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