The Samples: Round Up

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Clockwise: La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Serum, Ahava Mineral Body Lotion, Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk, Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20, Dr.Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Serum: A serum to treat dark spots and uneven coloring. Key actives for anti-pigmentation include: golden caviar extracts, tomato fruit extract, larch tree extract, and white tea complex. I make it a point to call this out because La Prairie is one of the most scientifically advanced high-end skincare brands and many detractors of the ‘natural skincare’ movement say natural products aren’t ‘effective’ which just isn’t true as it’s the base of active ingredients in nearly ALL skincare.

This is a light serum that seems to have shiny glitter in there. I seriously thought I was going to have sparkly skin a la Twilight vampires when I first used this. Fortunately the serum disappears upon contact. At $450 for 1oz, I expected miracles, as should you. I was disappointed to see that the top 3 ingredients in this formula are water, glycerin, and alcohol, followed by silicones. This is kind of the typical layout of ingredients you’ll see in many top-tier ‘premium’ brands in department stores. I wish that good ingredients like their active form of Vitamin C could be more concentrated as that seems to be the key method they’re using to lighten skin pigmentation. So as expected this serum is beautiful to look at but unfortunately didn’t really deliver long-term benefits.

Ahava Mineral Body Lotion: I am really enjoying this body lotion. At $24 for 8.5oz, there is a lot to like in this simple, but well made cream. The scent is lovely as is the texture, this is the kind of stuff clinical trials are made for as every sense is pleased with this lotion. The actual results are very typical and will be similar to what you’ll find in products that are cheaper and more expensive as the ingredients are very traditional: Water, Alcohol, Emulsifiers, etc. The good ingredients like Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel are in the middle of the pack, but I’d like to see them higher as I think it might make this mix more hydrating, soothing, and skin softening as it’s actual results now leave it in the “typical” range.

Juice Beauty Cleansing MilkSo first impressions – Tata-freaking-Harper! This formula reminded me so much of Tata Harper’s Refreshing Cleanser, from the texture to the scent to the way the product glides on the skin – I’m convinced that if I did a blind test study, few people could tell the difference if they’ve used neither products before. If you’re a fan of Tata Harper’s cleanser, you should jump for joy as this can be had for just $22 for 6.75oz! Unfortunately for me, this just felt so heavy on my skin like I was coating it in moisturizer instead of cleansing my face. In fact the first time I used it, I felt like I hadn’t washed my face the entire day afterward and by the time I came home at the end of the day I had 3 pre-acne bumps on my forehead. Not a fit for me.

Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20In the spirit of being helpful, I decided to review this, otherwise I’d just leave a big resounding “ugh no.” This is called a light-weight acne moisturizer and I guess if you include Tea Tree Oil to your product, you can justify it. But the entire formula is laden with alcohol which ages and stripes skin (causing more oil production that leads to acne) and silicones which clog skin. Yes the texture is light, but you’d expect that from all the chemicals. The SPF power is only at 20, which is surprising considering all the sunscreen power comes from chemicals, so one would think they would at least bump this up to a SPF 30 to truly be of any use for daytime wear. Also, this contains retinyl palmitate which is the form of Vitamin A that dermatologists are advising should not be used in sunscreens. Overall, everything wrong with chemical sunscreens can be found in this product. 

Dr.Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel: I like Dr. Saul Alkaitis, his products are priced fairly (although the cremes are on the high side for his line), and I like his philosophy that his products intuitively respond to individual skin type so his products are not sold by skin type. However this also makes buying things like choosing between his 4 masks extremely difficult as you have to look for indicator words to figure out what would be best for your skin. I digress, the Organic Soothing Gel earned a steady reputation in Spirit Beauty Lounge as a lightweight gel moisturizer that is really good for acne prone skin because of its anti-bacterial properties. 

The scent of the gel is similar to his line, herbal, strong, but not something you’d think was bad. The texture in my sample was a bit inconsistent, can anyone confirm if this product is supposed to be shaken first? The product came as very fluid at first and as I used more, it became more gel like and darker in color. So something was going on there. Unlike a lot of natural skincare products, there is an obvious amount of alcohol in this gel. It’s derived from organically grown grapes so it’s better than the typical alcohol that is used, but I wonder if a lower concentration would be possible. 

There are great ingredients to counter acne such as witch hazel, lavender, & fennel, but while I think it helped rather than hindered breakouts, I can’t say I would count on this for serious breakouts or to dramatically reduce flareups. Nonetheless, I would consider purchasing this as a light moisturizer that has additional benefits in discouraging acne, despite my reservations over it’s alcohol content and effectiveness in tackling breakouts.

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Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion

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Weleda is one of my favorite “mass” green product companies. You’ll typically see them sharing shelf space with Dr.Hauschka, but their products tend to be priced lower. From my research, Weleda tends to use purer sources for their ingredients, relying on a lot of organic farms, which is to me, the key difference between them and Dr.Hauschka. This isn’t to say Dr.Hauschka products are inferior, the products are vastly different and so you will need to test them individually (luckily, they’re both carried at Whole Foods so that shouldn’t be too difficult for most people).

Weleda’s Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion is one of 4 body lotions in their diverse line (which includes Wild Rose, Citrus, Sea buckthorn, and Pomegranate). Each lotion has a different purpose: Wild rose for normal to dry skin, Citrus for normal skin, Sean Buckthorn for dry skin, and Pomegranate for mature skin. Now before you ask why there isn’t a lotion for oily skin, I’m told it is because the market for body lotion is self-selected unlike facial skincare, so those with oily skin who don’t need the extra replenishment aren’t looking for this product (eventhough they should still use one for protective benefits!)

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I chose Pomegranate because to be honest, it smelled the best (Sea Buckthorn is another wonderful option but the other two were not my cup of tea). The scent is very subtle and light but wonderfully done to almost resemble the POM drinks which leaves you really happy when you get a whiff of it throughout the day. All the lotions were soft and absorbed quickly when I tested them at Whole Foods, so I decided to go home with the Pomegranate. My skin is finicky, while my face is blemish prone and combination-oily, my body has rough dry patches especially persistent roughness around my legs and elbows, so I was fine picking the mature skin lotion, besides, I could always use an antiaging boost since I want my body to keep up with my face.

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The bottle is made of high quality plastic with their label on, molded in the shape of their signature wave which gives it great grip and durability. The pump dispenses just the right amount and is very easy to control. Unlike a lot of pumps, you can tell the Swiss engineered this perfectly to not hold residue that can dry out the lotion. The lotion is a very silky yellow/beige cream with a comfortable emollient quality which helped it absorb quickly. When I applied this after my shower at night, I woke up the next morning seeing wonderfully happy skin without any rough patches or dryness. However, I do think that if I missed one application after showering, my skin might revert back so I would not mind more staying power. I feel like for a mature skin lotion, if I’m okay with it being stronger – then perhaps their body lotions in general need to be stronger since I’m only in my 20s and have relatively youthful / well moisturized skin as it is.

Weleda Ingredients

Now let’s discuss ingredients. The Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion is 100% Natural/83% Organic. The composition of shea butter, pomegranate seed oil, apricot kernal oil, sesame seed oil, sunflower oil, olive oil are the anti-aging powerhouses that also provide hydration for ‘mature’ skin. I did find after regular use, that my skin felt less ‘thin’ so I do think there is some correlation between the cell-renewal qualities of the ingredients and my observation. This cream uses 4 types of alcohols (not specified if it is grain based, which is the much better option) which also act as emulsifiers/emollients to help the formula maintain its silky consistency, there are some preservatives but notparabens/phenoxyethanol, and some fragrances dervied from natural sources such as Limonene which are better than synthetics but can be irritating so check if you have any sensitivities.

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Overall, this is a wonderfully formulated product that absorbs quickly and helps regenerate the body’s largest system. I truly do feel that my skin is stronger and that regular application of this product will ward off signs of aging until they have to happen. My skin is very happy. Going into the hotter summer months with no heating that causes dryness, I definitely think this will provide my skin with enough support. I may pick up another bottle of this or try the Sea buckthorn next, either way I plan to keep it in the Weleda family.

Available at Weleda Online ($16.50)