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I got this in one of my many beauty boxes and I had read about the company on various blog sites before so was interested to try this. Korres is a Greek company which started in 1996 in a only homeopathic pharmacy in Athens so it should be a great natural product full of essential oils for all their benefits. I have had a body lotion of theirs as well which was okay but nothing special.
This is a day cream as it has an SPF of 6 provided by titanium dioxide but 6 SPF is pretty low really, it might just about be okay for our winter but I certainly wouldn't use it as protection anywhere hot or tropical.
The cream smells lovely I think and I had high hopes for it as I love rose scented face creams and rose oil is supposed to be very good for rejuvenating the skin.
I usually applied mine after cleansing and toning and I used it as a day cream. I found it went on better when my skin was wet but even then it didn't seem to want to be absorbed into my skin and it felt tacky on my skin. I could also see it still so had to mix a bit of my BB cream into it to try and give me a skin colour.
I found the texture okay in the pot which is glass which I like as it is clean and easily recycled but does make it heavy. As a face cream it just doesn't easily spread on my face and I don't like to pull and rub my face skin as it has enough stress already without me adding to it.
It must be the titanium dioxide that causes the lack of absorbency and leaves that ghostly aura on my skin. I found this worked fine if mixed with a softer cream or a BB cream but otherwise it gave me a ghostly effect and felt tacky too.
I was a bit disappointed with this in truth ad was gad i only had a small sample pot as it is not one i would go and buy again. There are far better, more natural face cream around with better SPF factor too if that is what you are looking for.
This is an average sort of price when compared to similar brands . It costs around £20 but do look around as it can be bought on line through various sites and in different stores like Waitrose but the prices do vary quite a lot. Otherwise hang around until one of the beauty box sites offer it and try a sample like I did.
After falling in love with a jar of Korres Black Pine night cream last winter, I was keen to try more of their products so when I came across the rose cream on offer in my local Waitrose on a ‘two for one’ deal (at 20 GBP for two jars) I bought. It was a mistake.
To give it its full name, the product I’m reviewing is the 'Korres Wild Rose 24-H Moisturising and Brightening Cream SPF6'. The inclusion of sun protection means I would classify this as a day cream, despite the 24H part of the name. Mine is for normal to dry skin but there’s also a version for oily and combination skin.
The cream contains ‘Wild Rose Oil’ which is said to be a rich source of Vitamin C which in turn allegedly helps to reduce fine lines and ‘skin colour disorders’. It’s supposed to help add brightness and radiance to the skin. I struggle with this whole ‘brightness’ positioning as I always wonder if it’s trying to say ‘lightening’ or ‘whitening’ in disguise. I don’t look in the mirror and think “Wow, don’t I look bright and radiant”. I don’t know what that means. The oil has linoleic and linolenic acid, and claims to be a wonderful moisturiser, to have healing and softening properties and to encourage cell regeneration. Honestly if it did all that, you’d say £20 a jar was a bargain.
If you’re going to make a song and dance about your natural credentials, I’d expect to see rather more than 85.1% of the products listed as natural. That means 14.9% not natural which is rather high for a producer of this type.
I strongly recommend to not combine this with a serum as it seems to just sit stubbornly on my skin and not rub in at all well if I’ve used a serum (even the Wild Rose one from the same range) first. Even without a serum this is not a nice cream to use because it gives me a white ghostly look. Once you’ve rubbed away the white, I’m still left with rather ‘shiny’ skin. I just don’t think this stuff is absorbed at all well and whilst I don’t mind that in a night cream, I don’t accept it in a day cream. I don’t want to leave the house looking ‘basted’ just because my day cream is being difficult.
I also don’t get why anyone would make a product with an SPF of SIX. If you’re going to go to the trouble of a sun filter, then make it at least a minimum of SPF 15. This one combines the worst of SPF day creams (the whiteness and rub-in problems) with an utterly inadequate level of protection. This is not enough for even our lousy English summers and certainly inadequate if you live in Korres’ heartland of Greece.
I was given a Korres Party Survival Kit as a Christmas present a couple of years back, which contained a small bottle of this. You can also buy it in small 10ml tubes for £4 or you can buy the large 40ml tub for £19.
The cream states that it is a day cream for normal and dry skin. I can't see how that can be true. This is because the sole biggest failing of this cream is that it is just not moisturising enough. I myself have combination skin, imagine if I had dry skin - it simply would not work at all.
This is a great shame as the cream smells really lovely (a very soft, natural scent of roses). It does have a nice finely whipped texture and leaves skin feeling smooth and soft, yet, it does not moisturise as much as it ought to, and my skin still feels tight after use. Perhaps if one had quite oily skin, this would be the product for you. Certainly it does very little for me in this respect.
I don't have any fine lines so can't really comment on it's claims that it helps here. Saying that though, I believe that the main way to combat lines is to keep your skin well hydrated, and as I said this simply is not the product for that.
The other way of course to prevent lines is by using sun protection. This cream claims to have SPF6, which I simply do not think is enough. Many people make the mistake of thinking that because it is not particularly hot/sunny, then your skin will not be damaged. However, the damaging rays given out by the sun are always there, even in winter. As it already has an SPF in it, I don't understand why Korres did not simply bump it up to the usual SPF15?! Very strange.
Korres is an expensive range (it's a Greek company which uses only organic ingredients where possible), and so I really did hope that this would be better than it is. After all, their body butters are fantastically moisturising for dry body skin. Alas, not so here.
I only recently stumbled across Korres beauty products, due to one of their stores opening in my hometown. I was immediately drawn in by the clean and stylish interior of the shop, and the promise of some new organic skincare.
Korres products are quite pricey; many of them are priced similarly to high end high-street makes, or the cheaper of the expensive brands (such as Clinique). For instance, the big tub of their Wild Rose moisturiser is £19. However, I was delighted to discover that you can try their products by purchasing small bottles of them - 10 ml - for £4.
I decided to try their Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturiser, as I'd read good reviews about it. Also, my skin was becoming drier due to the cold weather, and this moisturiser seemed like it would be moisturising without being too heavy.
It is, as I expected, a light moisturiser. However, sometimes I feel that it is too light. If you have moderately oily skin, then this would be the perfect moisturiser for you. I feel like the minute I have rubbed it into my skin, it disappears too quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling particularly moisturised, and this is a problem I have noticed with a few Korres products. However, this would be appealing to some people who don't like their skin feeling too greasy. This moisturiser is supposed to be good for minimising fine lines, but I haven't got many which need minimised at the moment (only 22!) so I can't report on its effectiveness in that respect.
The scent isn't overbearing at all, and is quite pleasant. It smells subtly of roses. I actually hoped it would smell a bit rosier! The packaging is clean and simple, and quite classy looking. Another positive aspect of the moisturiser is that it has an SPF of 6 (this may not be high enough for most British women though- but then again, when do we ever see the sun?)
Now that I'm nearing the end of the small tube I have purchased, I don't think I will be re-purchasing it straight away. I would rather have a slightly more intensive moisturiser for this time of year. I would consider buying it in summer though. Price-wise, I think it is fairly reasonable. The 10ml tube has lasted me for almost exactly one month, and that's with me using it every day, morning and evening.
I am reviewing Korres Wild Rose Night Cream which I must first of all tell you is Greek.
It has been my moisturiser of choice for over 2 years and I have been very pleased with it in all aspects.
Korres is a relatively new company and has only been in existence since 1996. It originated in the only homeopathic pharmacy in Athens. Giorgos Korres graduated with a degree in Pharmaceutical Studies and took over the pharmacy in 1992. It was here that his commitment to developing and creating natural products started.
I first came across them in quite an unusual way. I had actually been on holiday to The Isle of Skye and had attended a local market there one Saturday morning. A lady at the market was selling some home grown watercress which was beautiful. It didn't have any of the bitter taste you sometimes have and it was grown hydroponically.
When I got home I thought I would research this and see if I could emulate her superb growing techniques, and for some reason this lead me to search Ebay- maybe thinking I would find seeds there. Actually what it did when I typed in "watercress" was to reveal a product called Korres Watercress Night Cream for dry skin. I was intrigued and decided to look further. This led me to ordering some and then to become aware of all the range of products that Korres sell and the rest is history. I have always loved Greece so the idea of using Greek skincare products really appealed.
I abandoned all my previous moisturisers and started to use Korres and have been really pleased.
I tried the Watercress Moisturiser but decided it was probably too thick for what I needed as it is really for very dry mature skins so I bought some called Wild Rose. The name attracted me as it conjured up images of beautiful petals and fragrant rose gardens and so I thought I would try it.
I have sourced it from many places over the last 2 years and will explain where to obtain at the end of this review.
The Wild Rose is a 24 hour moisturiser which is what attracted me to it as it is multi purpose cream treating skin all day and all night. It has a SPF factor of 6 so is protective against the harmful effects of the sun. It is intended for normal to dry skin which is mine exactly, and it comes in a lovely cardboard box with a beautiful picture of a rose on the side.
The cream contains wild rose oil which is a natural source of vitamin c and this cream may help the repair of fine lines. It also contains anti-oxidants. The cream also contains grape seed oil and titanium dioxide which is a natural sunscreen. The jar itself is glass so can be recycled to help the environment.
Korres are committed as far as possible to the replacement of non natural ingredients in skin care products, for example, they use vegetable oils instead of mineral oils in this cream. Mineral oils are the by-product of petrochemicals and are the synthetic product of treated petroleum. They are committed to using as many natural ingredients as they can but do not make any wild claims for what their products can achieve.
I have been delighted with The Wild Rose Moisturiser. The cream is a lovely light consistency which blends in easily and is a perfect base upon which to apply make up. When I apply it at night the next morning my skin still feels soft and moisturised.
The smell is lovely-somewhere between the smell of Ponds cold cream and rose water. It actually reminds me of the wonderful scent of my cherry trees when they are in blossom.
It is a very feminine product-I can't see my husband borrowing it! I am actually delighted with it as I may have told you I am currently living with two males as my daughters are at university, so anything "girlie" is appreciated!
Prices vary enormously. I have to say the cheapest is on Ebay where many Greek sellers supply and source locally- so if you order it there it will come all the way from Greece. I sent off for some from the Greek island of Naxos recently. Ordered this way it will cost between £10 and £15 plus posting but at the moment you will get quite a bit of cash back from the cash back sites. I used Topcashback www.topcashback.co.uk and received 60% back on the percentage of eBay's revenue from the purchase. UK outlets include Asos www.asos.com where you will pay £19 for 40mls. There are many more which will come up if you do a search. Boots.com have just started to stock some Korres products, but as yet the rose cream is not listed though other similar Korres products in the wild rose range are.
It does not have a very long shelf life so make sure you check this especially if you buy from Ebay- ask the seller to quote this before you purchase It is also important to only use for 6 months after opening as it does not have all the preservatives of other brands.
One jar lasts me about two months maybe three so it is good value.
In conclusion I would say it is a natural product and is very good at moisturising normal to dry skins and it smells absolutely beautiful.
A natural source of vitamin C, wild rose oil acts as a reparative for fine lines and pigmentation irregularities / This moisturiser contains an extract of a desert plant which ensures 24hr moisturisation as the cellular water equilibrium is continually regulated / '