Akamai is a service that sends "truly natural, effective, multipurpose personal care basics, delivered to your door every 60 days. Drawn to helping men and women break free from the Personal Care Industrial Complex, they were inspired to create the highest quality personal care system that is effective, health-focused, reasonably priced and radically simplified."
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This review is of the Akamai Essentials Kit, $38 every other month + $5 shipping, box.
The Subscription Box: Akamai Essentials Kit
The Cost: Varies depending on what you order, but this review is for the Essentials Kit, which is $38 every other month (+$5 Flat Rate Shipping).
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 20% off your first box!
The Products: 2 "3 in 1 Bars", 1 tube of "Mineral Toothpaste", and 1 bottle of "Skin Fuel".
Ships to: Flat Fee with no minimum of $5 for the continental US, and $7.50 for Hawaii/Alaska.
Good to Know: Akamai donates 1% of their sales to the Environmental Working Group to support their mission to educate and empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Their products are also nutrient rich, safe, clean, cruelty-free, vegan, non-GMO, paleo, toxin-free, environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and made in the USA.
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3 in 1 Bar (3.5 oz.) - Total Value $10 ($5 each)
Akamai suggests using their 3 in 1 Bar for your skin, hair, and to shave. I opted to try it for 2 of the 3 since I have special hair needs dues to my processed locks. I already use a natural tea tree oil body wash, so this wasn't a big jump for me. I immediately liked how subtle the scent was. The soap left me feeling squeaky-clean and didn't dry out my skin AT ALL. It feels quite moisturizing. I also used it to shave my legs, and it allowed the razor to glide along easily. I love that there are no unneeded dyes or perfumes in this little bar.
Mineral Toothpaste (3.4 oz) - Value $12
So far I've used this toothpaste twice (once at night, and once in the morning). Since I'm used to the big drugstore brands, the gray/clayish color is a bit off-putting, but their insert urged me to take the "2-week challenge", so I'm going to stick with it! I really did enjoy the muted flavor once I was done, and the clove especially stood out, reminding me of that old-timey clove gum.
Skin Fuel (2 oz) - Value $16
I have self-proclaimed sensitive skin, so I was happy to try this serum-like product since it's free of any harsh fillers, emulsifiers, fragrances, preservatives, or chemicals. They suggest using it on your skin, for your hair, or as an aftershave. I'm reluctant to try it on my hair since mine is super fine, but I decided to try it as an after shave on my legs once I was out of the shower. It really wasn't greasy, and since it is made up of essential and olive oils, it felt light and made my skin very soft.
Verdict: I think Akamai is a very forward-thinking idea, and done simply, well. I am often paralyzed by choice in this day and age, so I appreciate how they only present you with three products that will get the job done. The value is obviously there if you were to stick with these three products only and ditch the 10+ the average person probably uses daily, but I am bummed that you don't save any money by getting the Essentials Kit. The packaging is slick, everything smells subtly delightful, and I'm impressed by the easy understood ingredients. My skin feels moisturized and smooth, and my teeth feel just as clean as when I use something chock full of harsh chemicals. I would have no problem replacing some of my other products with these, and would feel a lot more free doing so.
What do you think of Akamai? Do you think "less is more" when it comes to personal care products?