Once the weather is becoming more or less pleasant (yes...talking about the versatility of the dutch weather here!) I tend to opt for water-based skincare products. Don't get me wrong, I still like using face oils, especially in the evening (currently finishing the Sweet Orange balancing face serum from Jacq's Organics- see review here), but I think my skin needs something "lighter".
I bought the Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum (alongside a few other goodies) and here is what I think about this little skin treat.
For: drying skins
Texture: ultra-light cream
Price: $24.95 for 1oz (30ml)
With its impressive formula, the Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize serum seems to be really talented in combatting dull-looking complexion by calming and reviving the skin. Using Aloe vera juice as a base, the serum is packed with a few very interesting ingredients:
- Moisturising stars include glycerin and hyaluronic acid in addition to olive squalane.
- Anti-oxidant stars involve the bioactive 8 berry complex, a powerful blend of some really great berry extracts such as Goji, Acai berry or Bilberry. In addition, you can also find the popular grape extract Resveratrol, a polyphenol alongside Co-enzyme Q10 (both have very interesting anti-inflammatory properties).
Also very attractive is the really innovative and apparently results-driven fruit stem cells technology which seems to be at the core of all Andalou Naturals products: I still need to research a bit more about the benefits and the relevance of this technology (I initially picked that serum for its excellent composition rather than for the presence of Apple and Grape fruit stem cells).
Moving on to the packaging: yes, it is awesome! light (made of 100% BPA free plastic... although glass would be a "greenier" option) and handy (nice pump bottle). And the cherry on the cake: one pump delivers the perfect amount to cover your entire face. Again, working very well!
Absolutely not greasy at all, the serum absorbs easily and barely leaves any residue on the skin. It just feels like a gentle velvety caress ready to nurture and stimulate some of the important skin repairing functions. I generally only apply it in the evening. The only reason why I would not use in the morning is the presence of Orange essential oil (which is phototoxic and may induce skin sensitivity under UV exposure).
Scentwise, the serum is a bit sweet and fruity...really berry-like and although I tend to prefer something fresher, I am quickly falling in love with this summery aroma.
Retailing at around $25.00 (for less than 35ml), the price appears to be a little steep for the contenance (yes, I just wish the bottle was bigger!). Having said that, I am still really happy about my purchase and I would definitely recommend this serum to anyone looking for an effective skin booster.
....a full anti-oxidant splash to the skin!
++ super anti-oxidant packed serum
- contenance a bit small
My overall grade: 8.5/10
Composition: Aloe Barbadensis juice*, lauric acid, cetearyl alcohol, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) juice, vegetable glycerin, fruit stem cells (Malus domestsica, Solar vitis) and bioactive 8 berry complex*, resveratrol, ubiquinone (Co Q10), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), hyaluronic acid, olive squalane, hydrolyzed Myrtus communis (Myrtle) extract, Lycium barbarum (Goji) glycopeptide, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), glyceryl monolaurate, Vitis vinifera (Grape seed) polyphenols, Borago officinalis (Borage), Rosa canina (Rosehip), Linum usitatissimum (Flax), Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) and Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) oils*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter*, Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos), Hibiscus sabdariffa and Camelia Sinensis (White Tea) extracts*, Laminaria digitata (Kelp) extract, allantoin, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus (guar) gum*, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium dulcis (Orange oil).
Get it here.
What do you think? Have you tried this serum?