Are you looking for some unusual organic skincare? Elina Fedotova, Founder and Chief Formulator for Elina Organics is a Cosmetic Chemist as well s a Licensed Esthetician. Her skincare line Elina Organics is made in her lab in Michigan using small batch production, holistic principles, and organic ingredients from around the world. We received four of her skincare products from the Baikal Crystal collection. It’s an anti-aging skincare collection for everyone, but most certainly for dry skin.
What is Baikal?
Lubomirskia baikalensis is a freshwater species of sponge that is endemic to Lake Baikal, Russia. The lake is one of the planet’s deepest and oldest lakes. It’s also home to 14 different species of Biakal sponge and more than 2,000 species of plants and animals, two-thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world. The key organic in these products is the collagen-stimulating micro-crystals (spicules) from freshwater Baikal sponge, Lubomirskia, and other anti-aging micronutrients,
We Don’t and We Do:
You’ll notice on the Elina Organics Website that there is the usual list of “we-don’t haves” but we do have…and also their awards. The skincare arrives in lovely opaque blue glass bottles with bamboo and rubber dropper tops, or glass jars with engraved bamboo tops. This is pricey skin care. If you were to purchase these four It would cost you $445 plus tax. It is possible that my editorial samples just didn’t arrive with outer cartons but, I didn’t see a spatula or applicator for the jars. That was disappointing. I suspect when you get yours, it will have a spatula though.
I can’t really try anything long enough to see long-term results or I’d never get reviews accomplished. But I can give you my immediate and short term impressions Obviously, the skincare has an exotic ingredient and you’re paying for it. But it feels very luxe and pampering.
The Product Review:
The Baikal Crystal Eye Infusion ($190/1 oz.) information says that the Baikal sponge micro-crystals penetrate the skin, creating micro-channels that stimulate active skin regeneration. These crystals deliver nourishing and firming natural nutrients deep into the skin. All complexions, especially dry, thin, and aging skin will benefit from this product.
Lip Infusion Mask:
The Baikal Crystal Lip Infusion Mask is a staggering $190 for a 15 ml. glass jar. You are supposed to massage it around your lips and rinse it off. Alternatively, you can leave it on like a lip mask. My lips are very dry so I left it on. Ingredients other than the sponge crystals are aloe vera oil, vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, Reishi Mushroom, Sunflower Phospholipids, Lemon Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract, Vitamin E, Sour cherry extract, rose hips, Vitamin C ester, black currant extract, Black Currant Extract, and some more skincare ingredients.
When I began writing this review, I tested the lip infusion mask just once. Honestly, it was my least favorite product as it looked sort of brown and was a spongey jelly consistency I didn’t like. I wasn’t sure what it did for my lips until I applied lipstick and realized that my lips looked a lot fuller than usual. Now, I think it’s one of my favorite products even though it costs a small fortune for a small jar.
The Baikal Crystal Balm is lightweight and deeply moisturizes skin. It also helps to regulate the secretion of sebum and has firming and restoring powers. The ingredients include Sunflower Seed Oil, Beeswax, Squalane, Shea Butter, Olive Fruit Oil, and Vitamin E. Although there are plenty of moisturizing balms on the market, this one has the exotic Baikal sponge crystals and it’s luxurious. This makes it a nourishing balm with a reasonable cost of $80.
Crystal Face Serum:
Finally, there’s the Baikal Crystal Face Serum in the opaque blue glass bottle with a dropper tip. At $190 for 1 ounce, it would have been helpful to know much to use. I used what I thought was just a little, but it stayed sticky for a while, so maybe I used too much. The website warns you that there might be a bit of a tingling sensation due to the crystals penetrating your skin. It did feel like there was a tingle and tightening sensation that went on for a while. Other ingredients besides the Baikal sponge crystals are Purified Water, Rose Extract, Amino Acid Arginine, Rosehip Extract, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Snow Mushroom, aloe, and a bunch of other things such as Retinol, Panthenol, Niacinamide, and Xanthan Gum.
Crystal Eye Infusion:
The Baikal Crystal Eye Infusion is also a whopping $190 for a one-ounce opaque blue glass bottle. If you’re like me, with sensitive eyes and skin, you’re not just going to use anything around that area. This infusion contains those exotic collagen-stimulating micro-crystals (spicules) from freshwater Baikal sponge, Lubomirskia. But it also has other good for your skin nutrients. The milky liquid dispensed from the dropper tip feels soothing and cooling. Although anyone can use it if you have very dry, thin, or mature skin you may find you can’t live without it.
I was less enthusiastic about the claim that “This formula offers a non-invasive organic alternative to micro-needling treatment.” I’m not sure how I feel about micro-needling itself, but I can’t see that there is any reason to compare it to invasive treatments. Why not just let the benefits of this product stand on their own?
Ingredients include Purified Water, Calendula Extract, Amino Acid Taurine, Lubomirskia Baicalensis (Spongilla) Extract and Spicules, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Snow Mushroom Extract, Vanilla Bean Extract, Sunflower Based Phospholipids and Liposomes, Aloe Vera, and a bunch of other things such as Retinol, Panthenol, Niacinamide, and Xanthan Gum.
The Bottom Line:
I loved the elegant packaging of these products. They’re nice to display and even nicer to use. It’s fun to enjoy luxurious and high-end exotic skin care products if you can afford them.
To be sure, they are also full of skincare ingredients that have proven benefits. And, of course, they have exotic Baikal sponge crystals in every product. But they are pricey. And while I’d love to give them five stars or a thumbs up, I’d be much happier as a consumer spending money for these with more clinical proof and information on the website. For more information and to purchase products visit the Elina Organics Website.