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New from Naturopathica: Your One-Stop Skin Aid Kit

As a lover of all things natural beauty with a weakness for a hands-on trial, I jumped at the chance to test out a new concept from natural beauty brand Naturopathica: the Skin Care Regimen Kit. I already have a few product favorites from the brand (check out this fantastic sweet Cherry Peel), but I was eager to vet more of what Naturopathica has to offer, and to see if this kit could be a one-stop-shop for any of my Beauty Is Wellness clients. Here's what I found during the 30 Day Skin Transformation Challenge: Each Regimen Kit provides a skin type-specific cleanser, exfoliant, serum and moisturizer: all you need for a basic beauty regimen. Whether you're Normal to Dry, Normal to Oily, or in need of some Age Defense, your kit includes Oat Facial Polish, a creamy exfoliant with jojoba beads, and Plant Stem Cell Serum, an organic serum designed to reduce inflammation, boost collagen and regenerate healthy skin. From there, each kit differs in its cleanser and moisturizer. Here's what you get:

Normal to Dry: Chamomile Cleansing Milk, Beech Tree & Ginseng Daily Moisturizer (+serum and facial polish)

Normal to Oily: Aloe Cleansing Gel, Rosemary Oil-Reducing Moisturizer (+serum and facial polish)

Age Defense: Sweet Lupine Cleansing Cream, Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex (+serum and facial polish)

I tested the kit for normal to dry skin, and right away the rich Chamomile Cleansing Milk stood out as my favorite product. I loved its soothing, creamy cleanse and how easily and thoroughly it rinsed away. The lightweight serum smelled lovely and was packed with natural actives like rosehip oil and acai, making it a perfect choice for antioxidant protection all year, but the Beech Tree & Ginseng Daily Moisturizer felt like it might get a bit heavy in the summer months. For truly dry skin, though, it would be spot on, and it's been a nice weight during the past few weeks of winter. The only product that wasn't a hit was the facial polish, with its waxy jojoba beads that felt a bit too grainy and didn't soften easily on my skin. I'm a huge fan of Naturopathica's Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel, and I'd much rather use that mask once or twice a week to get my exfoliation.

While I didn't see a total transformation in my skin (that would take a lot!), my sensitive and winter-parched skin loved the Naturopathica experience, sans the facial polish. The best part of these kits is that you don't have to worry about toxic ingredients. These products are natural and full of wonderful botanical-based beauty ingredients.

Naturopathica's kits are also a fantastic way to get to know the brand before jumping into full size products. After trying a few of the sample-sized products in your kit, you'd be in a good place to decide if you wanted to commit to a larger version of your favorites. Naturopathica's kits are $65 each, which is a great deal since the .5 oz serum alone runs $48 when purchased separately. The rest of the products in the kit are 1 oz, but they're absolutely enough to last you several weeks, and they make great travel companions!

BONUS: first time Naturopathica shoppers can get free shipping on their order with the code NY 2012.