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Resveratrol 3% and Ferulic Acid 3% by The Ordinary

Resveratrol 3% and Ferulic Acid 3%

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid. Resveratrol is a natural phenol found in several plants and our pure source is 100% derived from Japanese Knotweed. Ferulic Acid is a high-potency phytochemical antioxidant found naturally in walls of plant cells.

The Ordinary
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Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Ingredient Overview

This product is Water-Free, Fragrance-Free, Cruelty-Free, and Vegan.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING
$7.90 1 fl oz/30 ml $7.90/oz EWG score 1
Propanediol  |
solvent/viscosity decreasing agent
 Resveratrol  |
antioxidant/skin protectant
 Ferulic Acid 
antioxidant/preservative


(Ingredients of Low Concern)
–Color coding according to EWG

Independent Assessment

All of the ingredients in this formulation are safe at current use and concentrations. I greatly appreciate the simplicity of this formulation.

Please note that the propanediol used in this formulation may be petroleum-derived as they do not state otherwise. If you are trying to avoid petroleum-derived products, you may want to purchase this with caution.

NEWSLETTER

Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Review

This product and we still need more time to get to know each other. Review coming soon.

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Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane by The Ordinary

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

This water-free solution contains a 2% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of aging than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol.  Granactive Retinoid, an active technology from Grant Industries, is a solubilized system of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of aging than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid.
The Ordinary

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Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane Ingredient Overview

This product is Water-Free, Fragrance-Free, Cruelty-Free, and Vegan.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING
$9.60 1 fl oz/30 ml $9.60/oz EWG Skindeep Database - 3
Squalane |
skin conditioning agent
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate |
emollient
Bisabolol |
skin conditioning agent
Dimethyl Isosorbide |
viscosity decreasing agent
Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate |
skin conditioning agent
Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract |
skin conditioning agent
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil 
skin conditioning agent

 

(Ingredients of Low Concern) (Ingredients of High Concern)–Color coding according to EWG

Independent Assessment

All of the ingredients in this formulation are safe at current use and concentration. Now time for a quick blurb on Retinoids.

Retinoids are a bit of a hot topic in the skincare industry for being highly effective but also potentially highly mutagenic (retinyl acetate). Broken into three groups:

  1. retinol
  2. retinoic acid
  3. retinyl acetate (most common being retinyl palmitate)

Our skin uses retinoic acid to trigger cell regeneration, but it can metabolize retinol and retinyl acetate to retinoic acid. There is a ton of research on the effects of retinol, retinyl acetate and retinoic acid (Tretinoin). However, we have reached the age of retinoic acid esters. They’re like a very mild-mannered first cousin, promising little to no irritation. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is the newest member of the retinoic acid ester group and very little research has been done on the long-term effects. So, as usual, USE SPF with any ingredient that increases cell turnove.

NEWSLETTER

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane Review

We haven’t had enough time to properly test this product. Review coming soon.
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Mandelic Acid 10% and Hyaluronic Acid by The Ordinary photo by: tCBC

Mandelic Acid 10% and Hyaluronic Acid

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

Mandelic Acid 10% + HA offers superficial dermal peeling that is gentler than other alpha hydroxy acids.  The molecular weight of mandelic acid is 152.1 daltons which is larger than other alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid is 76.0 daltons, for example).  This larger size allows it to penetrate the skin more slowly which in turn makes it very gentle and suitable for all skin types including the most sensitive skin.  You don’t need a concentration of more than 10%, because then you would simply be achieving an indirect peeling strength that is more easily offered through lower percentages of glycolic acid. The Ordinary
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mandelic acid 10% + HA Overview

THIS PRODUCT IS FRAGRANCE-FREE, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, AND CRUELTY-FREE.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING pH
$6.79 1 fl oz/30 ml $6.79/oz EWG Skin Deep Database - 2 3.5–3.7
Propanediol |
viscosity decreasing agent
Aqua |
solvent
Mandelic Acid |
antimicrobial
Glycerin |
humectant
Dimethyl Isosorbide |
viscosity decreasing agent
Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer |
humectant
Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Exctract |
anti-inflammatory
Pentylene Glycol |
skin conditioning agent
Polysorbate 20 |
emulsifier
Sodium Hydroxide |
pH adjuster
Ethylhexylglycerin |
skin conditioning agent/preservative
1,2-Hexanediol |
skin conditioning agent
Caprylyl Glycol
skin conditioning agent


(Ingredients of Low Concern)
(Ingredients of Moderate Concern)–Color coding according to EWG

Independent Assessment

All of the ingredients used in this formulation are safe at their current use and concentration.

The only things that jump out to me in this formulation are Propanediol and 1,2-Hexanediol. Both could potentially be petroleum-based ingredients. If you are anti-petroleum-based ingredients (even safe ones with low risk of contamination like these two), then purchase with discretion.

Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Review

We haven’t had enough time to test this properly. Review coming soon.

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Marine Hyaluronics Texture Gif

Marine Hyaluronics

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

Marine Hyaluronics brings together lightweight marine-derived water reservoirs that attract and hold water like hyaluronic acid (HA) but are lighter than HA in texture and feel.  The formula contains exopolysaccharides from skin-friendly marine bacteria, Hawaiian red algae, Glycoproteins from Antarctic marine sources, micro-filtered blue-green algae and several health-supporting amino acids.
All marine derivatives in Marine Hyaluronics are sourced sustainably. The total concentration of active ingredients in this formula is 23%.
The Ordinary

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marine hyaluronics overview

this product is water-free, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING pH
$6.80 1 fl oz/30 ml $6.80/oz EWG Skindeep Database - 3 4–5
Aqua |
solvent
Glycerin |
humectant
Algae Extract |
humectant
Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides |
humectant
Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract |
humectant
Ahnfeltia Concinna (Algae) Extract |
skin protectant
Arginine |
skin conditioning agent
Glycine |
skin conditioning agent
Alanine |
skin conditioning agent
Serine |
skin conditioning agent
Valine |
skin conditioning agent
Isoleucine |
skin conditioning agent
Proline |
skin conditioning agent
Threonine |
skin conditioning agent
Histidine |
skin conditioning agent
Phenylalanine |
skin conditioning agent
Aspartic Acid |
skin conditioning agent
PCA |
humectant
Sodium PCA |
humectant
Sodium Lactate |
Humectant
Salicylic Acid |
antiacne agent/skin conditioning agent
Citric Acid  |
pH adjuster
Propanediol |
viscosity decreasing agent
Dimethyl Isosorbide |
viscosity decreasing agent
Ethoxydiglycol |
viscosity decreasing agent
Polysorbate 20 |
emulsifier
Potassium Sorbate |
preservative
Sodium Salicylate |
preservative
Sodium Benzoate |
preservative
Hexylene Glycol |
skin conditioning agent
1,2-Hexanediol |
skin conditioning agent
Phenoxyethanol |
preservative
Caprylyl Glycol |
skin conditioning agent

 

(Ingredients of Low Concern) (Ingredients of Moderate Concern)–Color coding according to EWG

Independent Assessment

All of the ingredients used in this formulation are safe at current use and concentrations.

PCA and Sodium PCA are only of any concern when formulated with nitrosating agents (none are present). Some common ones are:

    • 3-diol
    • Ammonium Laureth (or Lauryl) Sulfate
    • DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), and TEA (Triethanolamine)
    • Formaldehyde (All Aldehydes)
    • Hydrolyzed Animal Protein
    • Imidazolidinyl Urea
    • Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth) Sulfate
    • Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60, etc

Phenoxyethanol should be used at ≤ 1% concentration. It has data gaps but the biggest concern is whether or not it is used in a preservative system with methyldibromo glutaronitrile (which seems to be the allergen in the system). However, that is not listed here so we can only assume it was not used.

Salicylic Acid is safe and will not greatly increase skin absorption unless formulated with the following ingredients:

  • vitamin A
  • ammoniated mercury
  • triamcinolone acetonide

The glycols used in this formulation are not petroleum-derived. So… bonus for that one.

NEWSLETTER

Marine Hyaluronics Review

As far as pure hyaluronic acids (or hyaluronic-type serums) go, the Marine Hyaluronics from The Ordinary has been my favorite as far as texture and overall product experience.

Now, this may not be for everyone. If you want a product that masks the natural (and sometimes not entirely pleasant) smell of the product, this one isn’t for you. On that note, I love that this is fragrance-free. I don’t mind the natural smell of the product. It is a bit nutty and smells a little of algae (the source of the HA). If you’ve ever had a cheesy rice puff snack called Pirates Booty, that’s what this product smells like.

Now to the good stuff; texture and consistency. The texture is very light and the consistency is very thin and “watery”.  It’s not nearly as thick as a more “traditional” hyaluronic acid (HA). The Ordinary even states that if you prefer a thicker or “viscous” consistency to go with their HA 2% + B5.

I personally have really enjoyed the application experience of this product. It absorbs quickly. At first use, it is a bit alarming because the product has a bit of a tightening effect on the skin. I’ve found that it works (and feels) best if you pat in roughly 8 drops while your toner is still damp and immediately follow with your water-based serum(s).

Another added bonus, because the hyaluronic acid comes from plants, there is no concern that the HA was sourced from rooster comb! I think Marine Hyaluronics has gained the title of my favorite product from Deciem overall, not just from their brand The Ordinary.

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Rejuvenation Creme Inside

Rejuvenation Creme

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

Formulated using skin plumping Hyaluronic Acid, firming Peptides and Lipids that restore collagen and improve elasticity. This nourishing, light-weight crème is carefully hand-crafted using the highest quality organic botanicals such as Organic Orange Water, Organic Sunflower Oil, and Organic Shea Butter. Antioxidants such as Red and Brown Algae help as an anti-inflammatory and increase skin resiliency. Feel your skin transform while indulging in the refreshing aroma of cooling cucumber extract that helps soothe and calm sensitive skin. Glycelene
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rejuvenation creme overview

THIS PRODUCT IS CRUELTY-FREE, FRAGRANCE-FREE, AND VEGAN.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING
$95.00 1.7 fl oz/50 ml $55.80/oz EWG score 1
Orange Waterº |
skin conditioning agent
Shea Butterº |
skin conditioning agent
Sunflower Seed Oilº |
skin conditioning agent
Cetearyl Olivate |
hair conditioning agent
Sorbitan Olivate |
emulsifying agent
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides |
skin conditioning agent
Glycerin (Vegetable)º |
skin conditioning agent/humectant
Squalane |
skin conditioning agent
Caprooyl-Tetrapeptide-3 |
skin restoring agent
Hyaluronic Acid |
skin conditioning agent/humectant
Red Algae Extract |
skin conditioning agent
Brown Algae Extract |
skin conditioning agent/antioxidant
Canadian Willowherb Leaf/Root/Stem Extract | antioxidant
Cucumber Extract |
skin conditioning agent
Ricebran Oil |
skin conditioning agent/moisturizer
Rosemary Extract |
antioxidant
Sunflower Seed Extract |
skin conditioning agent/sunscreen agent
Tocopherol(Vitamin E) |
antioxidant
Xanthan Gum |
emulsion stabilizer/film former/viscosity-increasing agent
Lecithin |
skin conditioning agent/emulsifier
Sorbitol |
film former
Dextran |
humectant
Cetyl Palmitate |
skin conditioning agent
Sorbitan Palmitate |
emulsifying agent
Ethylhexyl Glycerin |
preservative
Phenoxyethanol
preservative

º Certified Organic

(Ingredients of Low Concern) (Ingredients of Moderate Concern) — Color coding according to EWG

Independent Assessment

According to Cosmetic Ingredient Review studies, all of the ingredients used in this formulation are safe at current use concentrations and have very low to no potential for irritation.

Some things to keep in mind about these ingredients:

  1. Squalane, Cetearyl Olivate, and Sorbitan Olivate can feed and aggravate fungal acne.
  2. Phenoxyethanol should be used at ≤ 1% concentration. It has data gaps but the biggest concern is whether or not it is used in a preservative system with methyldibromo glutaronitrile (which seems to be the allergen in the system). However, that is not listed here so we can only assume it was not used.
NEWSLETTER

Rejuvenation Creme Review

Rejuvenation Creme is an interesting moisturizer. It has a very unique texture. It’s quite thick and it takes a bit of warming up to absorb well into the skin. However, it’s not a great stand alone for dry skin (at least, not mine). It felt like it sat on my skin and did a great job at forming a moisture barrier, but you really have to pile on the hydrating products underneath this.

The site and product label both say for best results to use with the Beauty Serum and Supplement Facial Oil. I was only using the Beauty Serum with the Rejuvenation Creme and you absolutely need to use an oil under this. Oily and Oily/Combo skin might not need to layer an oil under this in the summer, but definitely in drier colder months. Normal and Combo/Dry skin need to use an oil year-round.

The Rejuvenation Creme is fragrance-free so it smells like the cucumber extract used in the formula, making it very calming (unless you hate cucumber).

Overall, the Rejuvenation Creme is a solid 50/50. I think if it was more in the price range of $50 to $75, I would be more willing to repurchase it.

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Evolve Daily Renewal Face Cream [Photo by tCBC]

Daily Renew Facial Cream

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

This moisturizer restores normal to dry skin with a blend of pure organic oils. Organic Argan oil nourishes whilst natural hyaluronic acid soothes and hydrates. Delicately fragranced with soothing hypoallergenic vanilla & coconut natural fragrance. Evolve Organic Beauty
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DAILY RENEW FACIAL CREAM overview

THIS PRODUCT IS 99.75% NATURAL, 32% ORGANIC, CRUELTY-FREE, AND VEGAN.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING
$33.60 2 fl oz/60 ml $16.80/oz EWG Skindeep Database - 3

Aqua (water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance) – Nautral, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate
* ingredients from organic farming

(Ingredients of Low Concern) (Ingredients of Moderate Concern)

Miscellaneous, Occupational hazards; Contamination concerns; Cancer, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Independent Assessment

Coming Soon…

NEWSLETTER

DAILY RENEW FACIAL CREAM Review

​I am sad to say that this facial cream didn’t work for me. It has a beautiful texture and fragrance. It applies a little thickly, but it soaks into the skin relatively quickly and leaves you with a subtle glow. Unfortunately, we just didn’t agree with each other and it began causing some breakouts. So I am going to give it a new home, my mom.

[UPDATE]

So far, Mom has given this cream the thumbs up. All in all, I’d say that if you do not have sensitive skin and are on the normal, mature side of things this one a go. It’s a good price, but if you aren’t sure you want to commit to buying a full-sized jar, Evolve offers travel sizes and testers. Testers are 5 ml for $1.40 USD (£1), and travel sizes are 30 ml for $16.80 USD (£12).

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Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion Serum Sideview - Photo by tCBC

Active Infusion Serum

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

Formerly Deep Hydrating Serum, our Active Infusion Serum demonstrates the evolution of our collection. The original aroma, texture, and consistency remain, while the formulation has been adjusted to increase performance. Marula and Avocado oil have replaced Coconut as our primary carrier oil, and we’ve also added a few new, potent, skin-regenerating herbs. This active, herb-infused serum penetrates quickly and moisturizes fully to assist and support real skin transformation. Rich fatty acids and vital phytonutrients help calm, nourish, moisturize and repair skin cells through our unique, concentrated plant and herb synergies. JOSH ROSEBROOK
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Active infusion serum overview

THIS PRODUCT IS VEGAN AND CRUELTY-FREE.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING
$75.00 1 fl oz/30 ml $75.00/oz EWG score 1

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil; Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil; Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil; Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil; Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil; Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil; Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil; Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil; Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil; Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil; Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Extract; Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Extract; Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Extract; Rose Canina (Rose) Extract; Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract; Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract; Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Extract; Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract; Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) Extract; Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Extract; Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Extract; Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract; Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract; Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract; Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Extract; Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract; Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract; Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Extract; Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract; Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Fenugreek) Extract; Cats Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa) Extract; Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract; Hypericum Perforatum (St. Johns Wort) Extract; Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Extract; Gingko Biloba (Ginkgo) Extract; Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Extract; Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil; Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil; Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil

(Ingredients of Low Concern) (Ingredients of Moderate Concern)

Multiple, additive exposure sources, Cancer, Data gaps

Independent Assessment

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Active infusion serum Review

Josh Rosebrook’s Active Infusion Serum… where to begin?

It’s a beautiful serum. It is light but nourishing and the smell is amazing. Very herbal. So if that isn’t your thing, you might not be so enthusiastic about it. It also absorbs relatively quickly, doesn’t leave a greasy sheen, and one to two pumps is plenty for face, neck, and décolleté. I really appreciate that there is a pump rather than a dropper and that the pump consistently dispenses enough product.

This will make a great year-round serum for normal and dry skins and a great moisturizer for oilier skin types. In the summer, this would probably make a great night serum for oily skin types to flood the skin with moisture and use your normal moisturizer during the day. Just make sure that your skin isn’t reactive to Avocado oil, which can be comedogenic for combo to oily skin.

I can definitely say that this never broke me out. Mostly because the serum focuses on using powerful herbal extracts and not just oils to nourish and brighten your skin. And brighten it did.

I guess the only left to talk about is the price. You have three sizing options; 1 oz at $75.00, 2 oz at (couldn’t find a price because it was sold out), and 4 oz at $195.00. The price does seem a bit steep and normally I wouldn’t say that a serum is worth $75, but the quality of the ingredients is phenomenal. I would almost say this serum is a bargain. If you have an opportunity to try this serum, definitely do!

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WITH LOVE,
ALEX

Liquid Crystal Micellic Cleanser

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

Cleansing & toning, this 2-in-1 cleansing lotion contains micellar encapsulated micro-capsules to lift and remove dirt whilst hyaluronic acid locks water into the skin. EVOLVE ORGANIC BEAUTY
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liquid crystal micellic cleanser overview

THIS PRODUCT IS 99.9% NATURAL, 48% ORGANIC, HANDCRAFTED IN SMALL BATCHES, VEGAN, AND CRUELTY-FREE.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING pH
$23.63 3.4 fl oz/100 ml $6.95/oz EWG Skin Deep Database - 2 6.5

Aqua (water), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Mannitol, Lecithin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Citrate

*ingredients from organic farming

(Ingredients of Low Concern) (Ingredients of Moderate Concern)

Multiple, additive exposure sources, Occupational hazards, Cancer, Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Independent Assessment

Coming Soon…

liquid crystal micellic cleanser Review

DIY Travel-Friendly Micellic Cleanser Makeup Remover Pads - Photo by tCBC
I LOOOOOOOVVVEEE this micellic cleanser. It is affordable, cleanly formulated, great at removing makeup, extremely gentle, and oil-free.

It smells amazing but the scent is barely noticeable as there are no irritating artificial fragrances. You don’t have to worry about this micellic cleanser leaving your skin red or irritated. It will be fresh and ready for your second cleanse. If you prefer to use micellar waters as your morning cleanse, this will leave your skin refreshed and prepped for the rest of your AM skincare routine without stripping your skin of natural oils.

It is powered by one of my favorite skincare ingredients, pomegranate extract (an all-around skincare powerhouse). It also contains a healthy dose of rose water, aloe leaf juice, hyaluronic acid, and coconut-derived (rather than petroleum-derived) micelles. Added bonus… there are no harsh preservatives either.

The only drawback I’ve found with this product is that it needs to come in a larger size. I also think the product could be a little bit more acidic. A 6 rather than a 6.5, but that’s just extreme nitpicking.

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WITH LOVE,
ALEX
Kypris Antioxidant Dew Hydrating Serum – Photo by tCBC

Antioxidant Dew

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

Our Antioxidant Dew restores hydration, vitality, and radiance to skin. Drench your complexion with ocean extracts and herb derived antioxidants. Phospholipid encapsulated superoxide dismutase, vitamins C & E, and an array of botanicals love on your complexion. Use as a lightweight multi-action moisturizer or as a potent layering piece in your skincare wardrobe.
KYPRIS

Antioxidant Dew Overview

THIS PRODUCT IS CRUELTY-FREE AND VEGAN.
$ Amt $/0z Rating
$90.00 1.59 fl oz/47 ml $56.60/oz EWG score 1
Water/Aqua | solvent
Glycerin | solvent/humectant/moisturizer
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil | antioxidant/emollient/moisturizer
Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil | emollient/moisturizer
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate | preservative
Xylitylglucoside | moisturizer
Betaine | antistatic/moiturizer/viscosity control
Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline | antistatic
Panthenol | antistatic/moisturizer
Ahnfeltia Concinna (Algae) Extract | moisturizer/anti-inflammatory/antioxidant
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice | moisturizer
Anhydroxylitol | moisturizer
Calophyllum Inophylum (Tamanu) Seed Oil | emollient/moisturizer
Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract | skin conditioning agent
Tocopherol | moisturizer/antioxidant
Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract | anti-inflammatory/astringent
Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract | skin conditioning agent
Citric Acid | pH adjuster
Dextrin | viscosity control
Ferulic Acid | antioxidant
Lecithin | emollient/moisturizer/emulsifier/antioxidant
Mannitol | moisturizer
Phospholipids | moisturizer/emollient
Prunus Cerasus (Sour Cherry) Flower Extract | skin conditioning agent
Rosa Centifolia (Rose de Mai) Flower Extract | astringent
Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Extract | astringent
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract | antioxidant/preservative
Superoxide Dismutase | antioxidant
Ascorbyl Palmitate | antioxidant
Sodium Citrate | pH adjuster/antioxidant
Sodium Gluconate | chelator [removes heavy metals]
Sodium Hyaluronate | humectant/moisturizer
Sodium Levulinate | skin conditioning agent
Xanthan Gum | viscosity control
Xylitol | moisturizer
Sodium Anisatepreservative

 

(Ingredients of Low Concern) –Color coding according to EWG
Ingredient list as of 10/26/2019

Independent Assessment

The cost of Antioxidant Dew has increased from the date this article was originally posted on 12/22/17 from $72.00 to $90.00.

Some of the ingredients have also changed in concentration. The previous ingredient list was:

Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Algae, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phospholipids, Phragmites Communis (Reed) Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Xylitol, Anhydroxylitol, Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Calophyllum Inophylum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Superoxide Dismutase, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mannitol, Dextrin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Gluconate, Xanthan Gum

Fun fact! Ferulic Acid is actually more effective when exposed to UV rays for a short period of time (about 15 min.). It is the only antioxidant that is made more effective by the sun’s rays.

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Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque - Aesop.com

Aesop Fabulous Face Oil

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WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

Nine carefully selected botanicals deliver exceptional hydrating and fortifying benefits to detoxify, smooth and balance normal or patchy skin, with a non-greasy finish. Suited to all seasons, cities and skin types.

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fabulous face oil overview

this product is water-free, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.
$ AMT $/Oz RATING
$57.00 0.9 fl oz/25 ml $62.70/oz EWG Skindeep Database - 3

Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Eugenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol

(Ingredients of Low Concern)–Color coding according to EWG

Independent Assessment

If your skin is highly prone to breakouts, here are the comedogenic scores (0 [low] – 5 [high]) for the oils in this facial oil:

  1. camellia seed – 1
  2. hazel seed – 1
  3. sweet almond – 2
  4. evening primrose – 2
  5. macadamia nut – 2-3
  6. wheat germ – 3
NEWSLETTER

about fabulous face oil

Aēsop’s Fabulous Face Oil boasts nine oils, including: Macadamia Nut, Hazel Seed, Almond, Camellia Seed, Wheat Germ, and Evening Primrose Oils. It also contains Juniper, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang botanical oils. Juniper oil is well known as an astringent, detoxifier, and irritant soother (great for easily irritated, congested skin). Jasmine oil can have a firming effect on skin and is used in aromatherapy as an aphrodisiac. Ylang Ylang oil can contribute to glowing skin and has a very uplifting scent that is great for combating stress.

Their site states that this oil is great for all skin types in all seasons in all cities. Truthfully, this oil is BEST suited for normal skin prone to dry patches that may have some mild congestion due to pollution. 

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