Stratia is a fairly new handmade, science-based skincare line. It was founded Alli Reed, who blogs over at The Acid Queen (I found it via her blog). She currently sells five products, and I have three of them to review today.
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First up is Stratia Liquid Gold (60ml for $24), which Stratia describes as a “lightweight but powerful moisturizer that fortifies your skin’s moisture barrier to help heal, hydrate, strengthen, and soothe.” Liquid Gold comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump top and is a bright, cheerful yellow due to one of the ingredients. It doesn’t tint or stain my skin at all. This is by far my favorite Stratia purchase, and in fact one of my favorite skincare products of all time. I love the texture – I’d describe it as luxurious. It’s lightweight and quick absorbing, but also feels rich and emollient. I use relative strong actives (a variety of AHAs and more recently The Ordinary’s retinoid), and I think Liquid Gold has helped keep my skin from becoming overexfoliated. My wife used it on the back of her hands earlier this winter when they were so dry they were cracking, and it helped them heal quickly. I am on my second bottle of Liquid Gold and will definitely repurchase – I also recommended it to a friend and made a sample from my bottle for my mom to try.
Stratia Rewind (30ml for $16) is described as a “fast-absorbing essence featuring DMAE, 5% niacinamide, and plant extracts to help rewind the visible effects of aging.” It’s a very light textured serum – only a touch thicker than water – and it absorbs quickly. I’ve been using it consistently for about a month now, but haven’t noticed any specific effects, which is unsurprising – most products take a while to make a difference. I’m not sure yet if I would repurchase.
Stratia Fortify (30ml for $18) is a facial oil that features “a balanced blend of omega-3 (alpha-linolenic), omega-6 (linoleic), and omega-9 (oleic) fatty acids.” I find it lightweight, non-greasy, and fast absorbing. I think that people with normal or combination skin would like this, but I prefer richer facial oils & don’t mind – or even prefer – something that absorbs slowly and leaves more oil on the skin. It’s a good product, but not for me. I don’t plan to repurchase.
Stratia has two additional products that I haven’t tried – Velvet Cleansing Milk (a non-foaming cleanser) and Soft Touch AHA (a 10% mandelic acid gel). I have several cleansers and AHAs on hand that I enjoy, but once I finish them I might try Stratia’s versions out.
Stratia products can only be purchased online. I purchased all items featured in this post, and there are no affiliate links.