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The wht review, plus a look at VitaZing Moisturizer and Mega-Mushroom Serum
With winter in full season, I was very excited to see a new moisturizer up for review. Not to mention a moisturizer from one of the biggest names in Green Monday approved beauty, Origins. Long a standard bearer in eco-chic beauty, this trusted brand is a leader in earth friendly, cruelty free (and often heavenly scented) products.
Using potent plant extracts and certified natural and organic ingredients, Origins delves into the latest scientific research to produce top notch, effective products. Beauty lovers can indulge in any treats from Origins with the knowledge all products are free of all synthetics, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin and animal ingredients.
Constantly striving to go greener, Origins continues to break ground in environmentally friendly business practices (like the Plant A Tree program) while producing some exciting new products to their collection.
One of these new items is Brighter by Nature, a skin tone correcting moisturizer that was developed to brighten skin, lighten age spots, freckles and the like, and balance skin tone. It also has a whopping SPF 35 which is great, even if my skin isn’t seeing a lot of sunlight during these dark winter days.
This is really thick and creamy, a little goes a long way. The first morning that I used it I noticed that I started with way too much. However, it absorbs quickly and now that I know how much to use, the 1.7 ounce jar I have should easily last me a couple of months (even though my parched winter skin is drinking the stuff up). The second thing I noticed was the scent, or rather lack of scent. Just a hint of an SPF smell, which quickly faded to nothing when applied.
Formulated with healthy Japanese Basil leaf, cucumber, peony and vitamin C, it soothes irritation but also illuminates skin. It does have a bit of shimmer before is completely absorbs, similar to other illuminating moisturizers I’ve used.
This new Origins moisturizer also contains palamaria (which I had to look up), a red algae and a fairly new ingredient in the beauty world. So far I’m really liking the way my skin is responding to this jar of cream! Over the last few weeks my skin has gradually evened out in tone and cleared up, while staying well moisturized. And I even feel better about my skin on those days when I leave the house without wearing make up.
I’ve also noticed, when I “put on my face”, I’m using less foundation, so it’s helping me save money in my beauty budget too! For $42.50 I see this as an affordable investment for great skin. The changing seasons can wreak havoc on sensitive skin, but Brighter by Nature has made the tradition from 70 degrees to 25 degrees a breeze this year. I definitely give this product 5 out of 5 stars.
My fellow testers got to try two other new items from the minds at Origins, including the new VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer ($35). This mess-free, handy tube of all-day wear moisturizer is perfect for busy mornings. Just a squirt of this slightly blue-ish looking, lush cream covers the entire face with a protective dewy glow. Formulated with a “refreshing zing of antioxidant-rich Mangosteen” this lotion adds a pop of energy to your morning routine.
Another lucky tester checked out the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum ($50) from the inventive Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins line. Like the other skin care items in this collection, the serum was designed to “calm, soothe (and) defend skin against (the) visible signs of aging.”
The world renowned doctor, a pioneer of integrative medicine, working with Origins, has packed the patent-pending serum with his celebrated mega-mushroom blend to help calm all sorts of irritations and prevent the signs of aging. The unique formula includes Chaga and Pleurotus Mushrooms as well as Sea Buckthorn, and looks to me like just about the most amazing thing ever.
So make sure to check out the comments for the review team’s thoughts on these products. we heartsters, do you have a new favorite (or long time love) from Origins?
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