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Serums, cleansers and masks that have us shouting “oh boy!”
The best part of being a wht writer is the opportunity to test all kinds of lavish, pricey lines I would otherwise never try. The worst part is falling in love with said lines, the kind of crazy love that borders on obsession. Like I’ll do anything to afford these products, rather than give them up when the tester runs out. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, love hits me hard.
All I have to say is I will skip eating for a week rather than give up The Organic Pharmacy’s Antioxidant Face Firming Serum; a concoction so different, so effective, I’ve almost convinced myself there is actual magic in its tall golden column.
The Organic Pharmacy is a British company that offers healthy, organic options in every imaginable category for every customer. While I could fill my entire post by listing their products, I’ll just say that this company offers something for every man, woman and baby and their skin, hair, body, home and sweet tooth (hello handmade raw chocolate!). They even offer a vitamin/supplement line.
This Green Monday we’re taking a look at The Organic Pharmacy’s skin care range, which uses highly active extracts in luxurious, effective formulas that are, of course, entirely organic. The categories they offer include cleanse, hydrate, repair, moisturize, anti-aging, masks and lip & eye.
I fell hard for their Antioxidant Face Firming Serum ($130). The serum smells like oranges, which makes sense since it is chock full of citrus, including sweet orange, lemon, and grapefruit, as well as powerful Alpha Lipoic Acid. The packaging is as lovely as the product on the inside; the serum is housed in a tall glass bottle with a chrome pump. It looks like it means business, and it does.
Nicknamed “the instant face lift oil” this serum has replaced my entire nighttime arsenal. I wash my face and apply four drops of golden serum (instead of my usual heavy night creams) to my skin. That’s it.
In the morning, I blend two drops of the serum with my usual daytime moisturizer and apply it that way. At first, I worried that this simple product wouldn’t be enough, especially in cooler winter temperatures, but my skin is clear, glowing, and generally balanced.
I also tested Carrot Butter Cleanser ($63.95) and its companion Organic Muslin Cloth. The balm-like cleanser is infused with antioxidant carrot and calendula as well as decongesting rosemary and soothing lavender. With a thick consistency almost like a lip balm, it’s unlike any cleanser I’ve ever used. Instead of foaming, it melts on contact with the skin.
This is where the Organic Muslin Cloth ($7) comes in. After applying small amount of the cleanser to dry skin and letting it dissolve grime and make-up, the cloth, soaked in hot water, removes the cleanser and leaves the skin moisturized and radiant.
It even removes eye makeup. In general I prefer foaming cleansers that have a lot of cleaning power, so I didn’t really love the balm formula. But if you’re looking for a very moisturizing cleanser, you won’t find a better one.
The other products we received sound equally enticing:
Collagen Boost Mask ($117.95)
This aloe and seaweed gel mask is packed full of antioxidants that aim to show instant results by lifting, tightening and brightening the complexion. Active ingredients include alpha lipoic acid, DMAE and CoQ10 as well as anti-aging herbs of horsetail, ginseng and propolis.
Antioxidant Face Gel ($86)
Designed to be used with my beloved Antioxidant Face Serum, this light gel is rich in herbal extracts with anti-aging properties and is appropriate for all skin types. It not only lifts the skin but also minimizes pores with ingredients such as marine algae, sea minerals, nutrients, collagen boosting herbs and cosmeceutical vitamins.
Expression Treatment ($77.95)
The newest addition to The Organic Pharmacy’s anti-aging line, this targeted treatment cream (packed full of sodium hyaluronic acid spheres and a powerful Peruvian herb called acmella oleracea) is aimed at reducing lines on the forehead and around eyes and mouth. It also contains a peptide that stimulates collagen synthesis, resulting in firmer, smoother skin.
Testers, were you as impressed with Organic Pharmacy as I was?
Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Zeus.
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