Getting to Know Kat Burki: The Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream and Retin-C Treatment Complex

kat burki vitamin c intensive face cream
Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream ($60, 1-oz.)

Everything I’ve ever smelled from Kat Burki makes me crave green juice like right NOW. I’m smelling the Vitamin C Face Cream and Retin-C Complex at the moment, and… Hold on. Must make self something in blender now…


Spinach + cucumber + apple + lemon + pineapple

Cold processing

Ah! I’m back. I don’t know what it is about these products.

Actually, I think I do know what it is…. They smell so effing fantastic and fresh. They’re manufactured using something called “cold processing,” where the ingredients are heated to no more than 120 degrees, which is supposed to keep the nutrients intact. It’s like raw food skin care.

No synthetic fragrances, fillers, silicone, parabens, sulfates or petrolatum

Does it actually make the products more effective? Hard to say, but after using two of them for a few weeks, my face feels fab. It’s happily hydrated, and I think my skin tone looks slightly more even. Also, every time I rub one of the products into my skin, I really do get a hankering for a green smoothie, but I digress… The products smell fresh and raw, almost like someone whipped up a bunch of skin care in my kitchen and poured it into a jar.

High-end natural

I’ve been using the Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream, which is $60 for a 1-oz. jar, and the Retin-C Treatment Complex, which is $165 for a 1-oz. bottle with a pump.

Cray expensive, right?! Kat Burki products are pretty pricey for green and natural, similar to Sunday Riley, Tata Harper and Kristine Holey + Marie Veronique.

So what is the $165 Retin-C Treatment Complex?

Let’s start by talking about this, just because I can’t believe it hasn’t irritated my skin at all in three weeks.

See, that’s amazing to me because I’ve started and stopped quite a few retinol treatments because they were too aggressive for my combo skin. My skin would hurt, so I’d get discouraged and quit using them, but this one is so gentle.


KB5 Complex (Arnica Montana (Arnica), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile)), Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Extract (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Borage), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Tamanu Oil), Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Flax Seed Oil), Oenothera Biennis Oil (Evening Primrose Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba Oil), Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil (Grapeseed Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Rovisome Retinol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Propolis Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Geranium Maculatum Extract (Geranium), Taraxacum Officinale Extract (Dandelion), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol (Preservative, less than 1%), Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative, less than 1%), Natural Fragrance, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene

kat burki retin c treatment complex
Kat Burki Retin-C Treatment Complex

It’s an an exfoliating anti-aging serum for dull, oily or combo skin that you use at night, and it combines retinol with vitamin C to increase skin cell turnover. The idea is that the retinol and vitamin C work better when they’re used together, and even better when they’re encapsulated in a protective beauty blanket called Rovisome, which is like a bubble that holds active ingredients (like retinol) inside of it and scoots them to your skin without being irritating.

Based on my past experience with retinol serums, this is the gentlest, most effective one I’ve tried, and I already see a subtle difference after three weeks. The main difference I see is just in my overall skin tone. It’s subtly but noticeably more even.

If your skin is already accustomed to high levels of retinol in anti-aging products, you might need more kick than this, but if you’re just starting out, this should be a good training serum to get your skin ready for the big guns.

What about the $60 Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream?

The Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream is a morning/evening brightening moisturizer for normal, combo or sensitive skin. The active ingredients are 15% vitamin C and reishi mushroom, which might sound familiar because Origins also uses it as the star ingredient in their Mega-Mushroom Line for sensitive skin and redness.

It’s a lightweight but heavy duty moisturizer that absorbs quickly, so I don’t feel it sitting on top of my skin or chilling in my pores.

I like it as a very gentle brightener. If your skin responds well to vitamin C and your face craves lots of moisture, you might like it a lot.


KB5™ Complex (Arnica Montana (Arnica), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile)), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Safflower Oil, Natural Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, Colloidal Silver, Ganoderma Lucidum Extract (Reishi), Maris Sal (OMC92 – Ocean Mineral Complex), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail Plant), Pelargonium Graveolens Extract (Geranium), Taraxacum Officinale Extract (Dandelion), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative, less than 1%), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative, less than 1%), Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene

I think both of these products smell delightful, but be warned! — if you sniff them, you’ll be craving a green juice after! If you’re interested, they’re available at Space NK.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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