Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zatik Deodorant Review!

I discovered Zatik's deodorant by pure chance. I tagged along with my mom when she went to Winners one day, and while browsing the horribly cluttered Bath & Body section, did a double-take to confirm I was reading the word Zatik correctly on a bottle of deodorant. It means Easter or ladybug in Armenian, and sure enough there was a picture of a ladybug on the bottle, and it was manufactured in Los Angeles. Verdict? 100% Armenian.

Not only was the deodorant Lavender-Sage, it was also vegan and cruelty-free, and since I am always on the search for a natural yet effective deodorant, I bought it for $5.99 CAD, skeptically, but still hoping for the best (many deodorants have failed me).
I tried it out for a week, and not only loved the light scent, but was very happy with the results. It worked great, and as long as I wore it first thing in the morning or right after drying up after a shower, I continued to have a light Lavender-Sage scent situation going on in the pits of my arms. I even bought an Orange-Vetive option for my mom when I saw it again on another trip to Winners (I'm rarely at Winners but this post makes it seem like I live there) and she loved it too, although she prefers the Lavender-Sage one.
The only negative I can say about this deodorant is that I usually avoid roll-on options solely because during the winter I find the liquid gets too cold and it ends up taking longer to dry, making me want to wear them less. Not a big deal, and although on a few exceptionally cold mornings this winter I still found myself wondering if I could avoid wearing deodorant (spoiler alert: no), the results are well worth the minor inconvenience.

I checked out Zatik's website soon after and saw the variety of products they carry (all vegan, all cruelty-free) and decided to get in touch with them, and Ovsanna Mkrtumyan, Zatik's Director of Sales/Marketing, let me know more about the company and how it was founded. In 2005, her husband Garik made the decision to use his scientific background to create things that were useful, healthy, and environmentally-friendly, and Ovsanna left the financial firm she worked at to join her husband and focus on the cosmetic world. Garik educated himself on ancient herbs, Chinese and Ayurverdic medicine, and used his scientific expertise to create organic and vegan skin care, and in 2007, they begun selling products at local farmers markets. When I asked why it was important for Zatik to be vegan and Leaping Bunny certified, Ovsanna stated:

"We both wanted our product line to be different from what is currently available in the market. It wasn't going to make sense for us to make products that didn't have unique qualities. Which is why we use raw, unprocessed, unfiltered oils in all of our products. We also care about animal cruelty, the cosmetic companies are not regulated by any governing agency, which means they can get away with many claims, use any ingredient, then by torturing animals test them and then make it available for humans. We wanted to make sure that in our mission we make a point that we care about our environment and animals. We didn't want to just sell products but wanted to educate and create awareness to the issues that are currently putting out future in danger. We want to set an example that such a quality, high standard cosmetic company can exist which is in fact, organic, cruelty-free, gluten-free and simply uses food grade ingredients. After all, skin is a big organ and anything that is applied to it within 26 seconds 60% absorbs internally."

When I asked Ovsanna what Zatik's best-selling product is, she said it is their Dragon's Blood Cleanser, named after the tree. A "natural resin," Ovsanna states it has antibacterial and healing properties suitable for oily and/or acne-prone skin. She adds that while many products meant for acne contain high amount of alcohol, which dries the skin, Zatik uses a different approach focusing on extracts and oils to "clean, heal and preserve the skin without damaging the top layer."
I also asked what new products customers can get excited about, and Ovsanna stated that Zatik has added a new category to its line--Internal Health Options. They launched Black Cumin Seed Oil as a supplement since "it is known for centuries that our internal health is a mirror reflection of our skin." As the oil is known for its benefits in terms of immunity and easing inflammation, Zatik now offers the oil--which can also be applied topically or purchased as vegan softgels (for those who do not like the taste)--to its customers.
2017 is also the year that the Zatik team will aim to have 90% of their ingredients made themselves, and Ovsanna adds that they are looking forward to their "own raw material coming soon," which means "better color, scent and more stability."

Those interested in checking out Zatik's products can find them in almost every health food store in Southern California, including Whole Foods Market, Jimbo's Naturally and Mother's Market and Kitchen. Anyone outside of Southern California can purchase the products on their website (or randomly at Winners like me!).

Zatik is offering a promotion until the end of March, where $5 will be taken off all orders over $20! They also offer free shipping for orders over $50. The promo code is newstart.

All photos taken from the Zatik website

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