Archives for category: Anti-aging

Ingredients: Sweet Brazilian orange, lavender, ylang ylang, patchouli, moringa seed peptide, great burdock, noni and assai fruit

Elemis does not test on animals

Made in England


Product Description: Deeply moisturises, purifies and balances the skin, defends against daily pollutants and reveals a youthful complexion.

My Experience: We all have our favourite skin care brands, the ones that impress us time and again and just seem to work for us. For me, that’s Elemis. I’ve used a ton of Elemis products over the years and I’ve always been happy with the packaging, the quality and the results. And one of my all-time favorite products is their Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser. The packaging is bright white and sleek, very minimal and extremely durable; I can toss it into my suitcase without worrying about it breaking or leaking. I love a well designed pump and this one dispenses just the right amount of cream in one pump. The smell is divine. Brazilian orange, lavender, ylang ylang and patchouli create a harmonious scent that’s both soothing and subtle. It’s like a spa brought to your home. You are meant to massage the cleanser into dry skin for a minute until it has warmed and loosened, then remove it with warm damp mitts. I skip the mitts (because I don’t have any and I like to keep things simple) and just rinse away with warm water. It also works well with a Clarisonic. The results are impressive. My skin looks brighter, more fresh, more plump. It feels clean and velvety soft. Even the splotchy redness in my cheeks is calmed, and with regular use is significantly reduced. Oh, and it removes eye makeup without irritating my sensitive eyes. Amazing! Now, there’s no bones about it, this cleanser is expensive. But there are options. Elemis quite often includes the travel size in gift packs, which is a good way of trying different products without shelling out a lot of dough on the individual full sizes. Another alternative is Ebay, where I often get the full and travel sizes. Anyway, this is possibly my favorite cleanser. I may stray, but I always come back to it. Love it.

The Skinny: A gentle, dreamy cleanser. This leaves skin feeling velvety soft and looking radiant. And the smell is lovely. Possibly my favorite cleanser.


UK: £22.08 from lookfantastic

USA: $47 from timetospa

Also, try Ebay

Rating: 5/5


Ingredients: African red tea, ester C 10% vitamin C complex, polylysine, hyaluronic acid, macadamia nut oil and zinc, copper and manganese gluconate

Skin Type: All

Product Description: An anti-aging moisturizer that hydrates, lifts and protects dry skin.

My Experience: I was dying to try some Ole Henriksen products because of the hype. The brand prides itself on fusing science with nature to create products that ‘treat the face and body while helping to achieve overall health and wellness’. The blend of ingredients sounded so intriguing and what can I say, I’m a sucker for something new. But I was terribly disappointed by this moisturizer. I like Ole Henriksen packaging. The bright striped labels on the jars are somehow both cheerful and clinical, and they proudly state the main ingredients on the front. Sadly, that’s the best part of this product. Unscrewing the lid is dramatically disappointing for the senses. Considering the ingredients, I expected an exotic scent or, at the very least, something pleasant. Instead, the smell of cheap, synthetic candy slapped me in the face. I’m not particularly fond of synthetically sweet scents anyway, but this smells like those awful candy necklaces from the 80s, but in horrific concentrated form and crammed into a little jar. It actually offends my nose. I also despise the look and texture of it. It’s an unsavory grayish beige, and the texture is thick and almost tacky. It’s heavy and leaves the skin feeling greasy after application. Eventually, my skin does feel softer and I feel that is this product’s only virtue. The sad thing is I’ve used it several times now, but because of its heaviness I only use it at night. And why do I continue to use this? I paid £57 for it. I intend to use it up and then chuck the empty jar into the nether regions of my trash can.

The Skinny: An expensive cream that is heavy, greasy and reeks of cheap candy. Save your pennies for better stuff.


UK: £57 from lookfantastic

USA: $65 from Sephora

Rating: 1/5