A few weeks ago, one of my favorite local stores posted an Instagram post where they were showcasing a new skincare brand that they were now selling, called Likami. The post said that the skincare range was all natural and that the company was Belgian, so of course, my interest was piqued.
First, let's talk a little about the brand and what it actually stands for.
Likami is an all-natural and biological skincare brand based in Belgium. All of their products are made from botanical ingredients and natural oils, both of which are naturally rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, which is represented in their slogan: Superfoods for the skin. Sounds great, right? There's more! All of there products are cruelty-free, free from parabens (you can read more about parabens here), silicones, lauryl sulfate, artificial colorants or aromas, petrochemical additives, glycols, TEA and DEA (or DEOA). And last, but not at all least (definitely in this day and age), they are putting in an effort to be as eco-friendly as possible. All of their products are packaged in 100% recyclable violet glass jars and bottles, which is great for the environment as well as for the longevity of your products.
Oh, and a little fun fact, Likami actually means body in Icelandic.
That's all really great, but what about the actual products? Are they any good? I put them to the test over the last few weeks and the short answer is: Yes, they are. But let's go a little bit more in dept, shall we?
Likami sells a bunch of different products, ranging from salves and balms to body and bath products to skincare products. I decided to go for the Facial Care Kit, which includes travel-sizes of their 4-step skincare program: the Cleansing Milk , the Facial Toner, the Facial Essential Serum and the Facial Intensive Hydrating Cream.
I bought the Facial Care Kit for 64€, but prices on the full-size products will be mentioned with each product.
I have been using these products every evening since I bought them. You could use them in the morning as well, but I'll explain why I prefer to use them in the evening in a little bit. My skin hasn't looked as good as it does right now in a really long time and I credit a lot of that to these products (although the Vichy Minéral 89 Daily Booster also deserves credit for that).
This is actually the one product that I'm not that crazy about. I don't dislike it, but I don't particularly like it either.
According to the instructions, you're supposed to pump a little bit of the product onto a cotton pad and wipe that across your entire face to remove all of the makeup and other impurities. And that's my first issue with this product. For a brand that's all about being eco-friendly and all-natural, it seems kind of contradictory to me that you need to use a cotton pad with this product. If you do this every day, you create so much waste! So I actually use it a little differently. I just pump some of the product in my hand, rub it all over my face and then I add a little bit of water to my face (just like I would use my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil) and rub my face some more. And that seems to work just as well as the cotton pad.
The issue I have with this cleansing milk is that it is just too gentle. I know that all of the Likami skincare products are supposed to be safe to use for sensitive skin as well, so I get that they can't create a really harsh cleanser, but this one was just too gentle for me. I felt like I had to cleanse more than once (or even twice) to really feel like I cleaned everything off of my face. So from now on, I won't be using this Cleansing Milk on days where I'm wearing a lot of makeup, however, I do still plan on using it on makeup-free days (or days where I'm only using a little bit of makeup), since there's not that much stuff to clean off my face on those days and I feel like it would be totally suited for the job on those days.
Full size (200ml): €44
I have a confession to make, I never used a toner on my face before trying out this one. I never really knew what they were supposed to do, so I didn't feel like spending my money on something that for all I knew might just be expensive water. But when I bought this I decided to actually look up what toner is and what it does. So for those of you that don't know either: A toner is supposed to complete cleansing your skin (dust, impurities, a film leftover by your cleanser,...) and is also meant to replenish and nourish your skin after cleansing it. So know you know!
Once again, I decided to abandon the instructions on the bottle, since it told me to use a cotton pad again, even though the Facial Toner came in a bottle with a really great sprayer. It creates a nice and even mist, so it's actually ideal for just spraying the toner right on to your skin. So that's what I do. I spray this toner a couple of times straight on to my face and gently pat the product into my skin.
This Facial Toner really filled up a gap in my skincare routine and I intend to keep using it. Even though I now know what a toner is supposed to do, I can't really tell whether using a toner makes a real difference. So I don't really know if this product does a lot (I'm guessing it does something but I don't have any reference to compare it to really), but if nothing else it does feel really refreshing and nourishing when you spray it onto your face. Also, it has a very light scent to it that's really enjoyable as well. So overall, I like this new addition to my skincare routine and I do see myself repurchasing this product when I run out of it.
Full Size (100ml): €38
Facial Essential Serum
Now we're getting in to some of the products that I really really love! The Facial Essential Serum and the Facial Intensive Hydrating Cream are my favorite products out of the bunch, yet they're also the reason that I don't like to use these products in my morning skincare routine. These products are both very hydrating for the skin, but they are also quite oily (which is normal since they do contain botanical oils). It's the same reason that I don't like using the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate, I just don't like to start off my day with an oil (or oil-based product). But that's just my personal preference. If you don't mind oil-based products for the day, definitely try the Facial Intensive Hydrating Cream during the daytime as well, and you might even like the Facial Essential Serum for the daytime, who knows!
As you might know, if you've been following this blog for a while, ever since I began to get more into skincare, I have been using the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Serum. It is my holy grail product and I always come back to it. So I was quite nervous about abandoning it for a while and replacing it with this Facial Essential Serum. But I did it and I haven't regretted it in the slightest! I might even like this serum more (saying that feels almost sacrilege).
I put this serum on after the toner has completely sunken in to my skin and I use this like I would use my Kiehl's Serum. I put a couple of drops on the back of my hand and then I gently tap the product onto my entire skin. Afterwards I just massage it in a little bit, just to make sure every area of my face is covered in the serum.
The formula on this feels so incredibly hydrating, and isn't sticky at all. It doesn't lay on top of the skin (as some serums or oils tend to do), but sinks in beautifully. And it smells amazing! It smells quite citrusy (lemon oil maybe?) and I prefer that to some of the more traditional floral scents of most facial serums.
I know I've already said it but I just love this product. I definitely plan on repurchasing this once I finish my little travel-size bottle (even though that will last me a while since you only use a few drops every time) and it might just permanently replace my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Serum (you know once I've used up any leftover product I still have, since that's not a cheap product), and that's saying something!
Full Size (30ml): €54
Facial Intensive Hydrating Cream
And finally we have the Facial Intensive Hydrating Cream. This is, once again, a new step in my skincare routine. Usually, I just put on my night serum and go to bed, so putting on a cream after I've put on a serum was another brand new experience for me.
This product confused me at first, since the formula is quite different from any moisturizing cream I've ever used. It has kind of a jelly consistency that makes it difficult to pick up a lot of product. But as it turns out, that's a good thing, cause this Facial Intensive Hydrating Cream is very true to its name. It really is incredibly hydrating, so you only need a very small amount of this product. The way I use this, is I swirl around my finger on top of the product without putting too much pressure. This way a little bit of product eventually comes off onto your finger and that little bit is precisely the amount that you need!
Just like the Facial Essential Serum, this cream is super hydrating, not sticky at all and sinks into the skin beautifully. And just like the serum, it smells amazing!
Full Size (50ml): €44
As you can probably tell by now, I was very impressed by this (new) skincare brand and the products I tried out. Some of them (the Cleansing Milk) might not make it into my everyday skincare routine, but others (the Facial Essential Serum and the Facial Intensive Hydrating Cream) are definitely here to stay.
If you are thinking about trying some of these products out for yourself or any other products by Likami, I do suggest you buy one of the kits that include travel-size versions of all the products. That way you can try the products out without instantly committing to the full-size bottles since these products are on the pricier side. You do get great products for your money though, and I think most of the products I tried are totally worth it!
I hope you liked this post. Let me know if you would be interested in a rundown of the ingredients in each of these products. I think it would be really interesting to find out a little bit more about all of these botanicals, but I'm curious to see whether you would like that too.
I hope you have a nice day and I'll talk to you soon,