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We’re having a love affair with French products lately, aren’t we? Well, don’t expect it to end anytime soon -Vive La France!
Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to the Parisian company Sampar, and their exclusive line of skin care products. Their team of scientists have spent 20 years researching the use of phytoaromatic active elements (that’s a mouthful!) to protect and correct our skin from toxins in city air like carbon monoxide, lead, and nicotine.
To revitalize dull and tired skin, every Sampar product uses high levels of natural active ingredients and their own unique Urban Active Complex: a combination of natural extracts of shea butter, mint leaves, and plant and milk sugars. These elements work together to reduce inflammation caused by environmental and “bad” bacterial toxins, while increasing our “good” bacteria –yes, we DO need certain bacteria in and on us to be healthy!
Sampar comes in four product ranges: Essentials for daily use, Pure Perfection for oily and problem skin, Age Antidote to slow the effects of aging, and City of Light for clarifying treatments and anti-age spots.
We tested The Good Weekend Kit ($25) from the Essentials line. This perfectly sized travel kit contains five 4ml bottles designed to get you through two nights of your skin care regimen, as well as airport security! This product is ideal for its intended use – a weekend. My only disappointment is that I didn’t get to test more from Sampar! I got between one and four uses from the five products and now I’m hooked and can’t wait to try more from this line. The kit includes the following from the Essentials line:
Velvet Cleansing Milk – this silky cleanser contains lime blossom and rosewater to fight free radicals and leave skin feeling soft and refreshed. The thickness is typical of a milk cleanser and smells divinely rosy and fresh!
Skin Quenching Mist – this alcohol free mist, rich in natural essences moisturizes, refreshes, and detoxifies the face while soothing the skin. The pump let this out so heavily and quickly, I barely got a use out of it, but it was completely refreshing – I loved it!
Equalizing Foam Peel – contains a potent combination of the Urban Active Complex, essential oils, and natural Alpha-Hydroxy Acids to actively fight skin suffocation by gently removing dead skin cells and stimulating new cell growth. This was my favorite product by far! I could feel the tingly work it was doing and my skin was incredibly soft, and visibly smoother and tighter after using.
Nocturnal Lifting Mask – Contains 95% active ingredients (that’s an almost unheard of amount of active ingredients!) Skin is firmed, lines and wrinkles reduced and features become clearer. This acts during the night, plumping and tightening the skin, ensuring you awake looking your best. This feels thick going on but soaks in fairly quickly. It did not feel greasy through the night or in the morning, and my skin did indeed look better in the morning.
Ultra Hydrating Fluid – strengthens the skin’s natural restructuring mechanisms, thickening the stratum corneum (your outermost layer of skin), and reducing water loss by up to 19.5% after only 48 hours. The mint and white lupin make this smell wonderful, and it soaked immediately into my skin when used alone.
Because we are a site with a weekly column dedicated to green beauty, it’s worth noting that Sampar does use synthetic parabens in their products. As you probably know, parabens can cause allergic reactions in some people and studies have possibly linked them to causing cancer. Being a science teacher, I would love to write pages about this topic, but in my humble and abbreviated opinion, until more research conclusively links parabens with cancer, I personally won’t rule them out in my skin care routine. Parabens do have benefits, they preserve products against bad bacterial contamination. So if you have a product you’re going to keep for more than a couple months, it may be more beneficial to have that paraben in the product than to use a contaminated natural product. Moderation when possible is the motto I like to go by!
So, I’m sold on Sampar and can’t wait to get my hands on more of their products. This little kit is an affordable way to check out their products and with my 5 star rating, I highly recommend it! Any other Sampar fans out there?
You can find The Good Weekend Kit and other Sampar products at SkinStore.com and use code: SAVE 15 for 15% off $75! (Please note: this newly revamped, smaller packaging isn’t online yet, we’ll update the link when it is. Until then, get a slightly larger version for $40.)
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