One of the things I love about subscription boxes is that occasionally they send to me something I would never actually pick up for myself. Because it is then in my house, most of the time I feel compelled to try it. That was the case with this Sweet Chef Kale + Vitamin B shot (serum) (retail $20) that came in my January IPSY subscription box.
Now I know a lot of you out there love kale. And I cast no shade in your direction. Power to you. Go on loving kale.
I will come right out and say it, I am not a fan. As a kid I remember seeing it on my plate and having my grandmother lean in and say, ‘Don’t eat that, it’s just for decoration.’ It was the green background to a scoop of chicken salad, nothing more. In the garden it wasn’t planted with the vegetables, it was planted as a green backdrop to some of the more delicate flowers.
So they would shine.
To be honest, when I was little I thought kale was toxic, like rhubarb leaves.
Then its super food nature took it from being the inedible backdrop to center stage. It began appearing everywhere from green juice to the chip bowl. Personally, I think taking on the potato is more or less trying to punch out of its weight class, but again, I’m not a fan. Spinach is my go to green leaf. And I love spinach with a nearly Popeye-esqe attachment.
But that is beside the point. This time, kale came to me and it came not on the dinner plate, but in the skin care realm.
Interesting invasion technique. Of course I had to try it. So first we look at the product page where it states…
Fan of green juice? Now you can use it on your face! The Sweet Chef Kale + Vitamin B Serum Shot is milky essence jam-packed with cult-favorite kale. This crunchy veggie is rich in nutrients and antioxidants to hydrate while vitamin B soothes. Bouncy, hydrated skin is always in.
The three active ingredients touted are Kale, Vitamin B and Aloe Barbadensis flower extract, all of which are known for anti-inflammatory skin soothing and moisturizing properties.
All in all, not a bad trio to have in a serum. So I uncapped the lid and as always took a sniff, because you know I have to smell everything. I swear if anyone wanted to knock me out it would be super easy. But as I am not on anyone’s hit list I feel pretty safe at the moment.
So the serum. Well, it smells green. I know, sometimes my colors and scents get mixed up, so I’ll do my best to explain. I know the bottle is tinted light green and the serum itself is a pale minty green, but the scent of it is a deep rich growing green. I’m guessing that’s the Kale, but it is the scent you get when you cut most of the iron rich salad greens in the garden in the high summer. (Incidentally most of the best salad greens don’t like high summer, but we have a patch of yard that is so over grown from overhead tree limbs that we can grow spring greens after spring has technically ended. That shadowy cool green on a hot summer’s day is sort of infused into this green)
Because of the scent I expected the serum to be darker. In addition to being paler, it is thicker than I expected as well. It is not quite thick enough to be a cream, but it is thicker than other serums.
This did cause one problem. The serum is dispensed via dropper. The dropper is a shade on the thin side and the serum is a shade on the thick side. The serum clings to the sides of the bottle so it makes it a bit difficult for the dropper to pick up the serum. To solve this I took the dropper out, put my thumb over the opening, shook it a bit like a glass ketchup bottle and then put the dropper back in. The shaking jiggled the serum off the sides and back into the center so the dropped could pick it up. If you do this with the dropper in, then the dropper creates a hollow in the center so it is pointless. You have to take the dropper out for it to work. A little extra step, yes. Worth it? Oh yeah.
Despite the extra shaking, I really like this serum. The scent is a good wake me up smell and the serum is wonderfully hydrating. It absorbs into the skin really well and doesn’t slow me down in the morning and really sooths the skin. Because of the smell, I also feel really healthy after I’ve applied it. To be honest, except for the slight shaking required by the thickness of the serum, I have no negatives. It is a great product with a decent price, and in addition if I forget to re-order, it is also sold at Target so I can just pick up a replacement when I run out. Truthfully, I will be picking up a replacement when I run out. I will also be looking into the other serums in this line to see if they are as good.
Finally, a use for Kale I actually like. I knew it would come eventually. I suppose I have joined its legion of fans. I’m still not giving up my spinach, but kale skincare I think I can get behind.