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Origins are a natural skincare brand whose motto is "Powered by nature, proven by science" They have won several beauty awards and their range uses potent plants, organic ingredients and essential oils.
One of the Origins ranges is called A Perfect World and I use several products from this range. It uses the natural ingredient Silver Tip White Tea which is beneficial to skin to help banish signs of aging and deterioration and create health and vitality.
The Perfect World White Tea Moisturiser is the everyday moisturiser in the range and I have used it for the past few years. The White Tea is meant to protect skin from aging, stress, and pollutants (this all sounds a bit too good to be true and probably is a bit!) and the moisturiser claims to leave skin energized and healthy.
The moisturiser states that it is an antioxidant. Ingredients include Ferment of Sugarcane which acts like a mini-sparkplug to up skin's ability to neutralise free radicals before they deface skin, Murumuru Butter which maximises skin's moisture barrier, Rosehip Oil to hydrate, Centella Asiatica to firm and Vitamin C to brighten and help even out skin tone. The essential oils Mimosa, Orange, Bergamot and Spearmint are also used to create a lovely scent.
The moisturiser comes in a round glass container which is partially green with a label with the green Origins logo on it. There is a white screw on lid which is easily removed to obtain the product underneath.
The moisturiser itself is white in colour and has a really good consistency - not too runny and not too thick. It is easy to put a small amount on your fingertips and then smooth it over your face and it sinks into the skin well without feeling greasy or heavy.
The moisturiser has a light feel once it has been absorbed into the skin and my skin feels soft and smooth. A small amount goes a long way and my skin is well hydrated with a delicate and fresh scent. I find that the moisture lasts for the whole day without feeling sticky or too dry and is a good base for my make up.
The moisturiser is expensive at £33 for 50ml and it can be bought from a number of stores such as Boots, Debenhams and the Origins website. However it can often be bought on promotion or as part of a gift set and I find that one tub lasts me for nearly a year so it is good value for money. If you want a light and effective moisturiser then I would really recommend it.
Back in April Origins ran a promotion where you could bring back a used tube of any moisturiser and in exchange they would give you a 50ml tube of one of their moisturisers. For those that don't know, Origins is a premium skin care brand, and their counters can often be found in department stores and large branches of Boots. The offer was absolutely fantastic as the 50ml is a full sized product worth £33! To be honest I was just expecting a sample tube of the moisturiser so was really chuffed to receive a full-sized amount. These types of offers crop up from time to time - last year Clinique were offering a small tube of mascara in exchange for an old one. It's a great promotion and for this reason I tend to hang onto old cosmetic tubes just in case another offer comes along.
The cream that I received was "A perfect world". This is an antioxidant moisturiser with white tea and is suitable for all skin types. White tea has recently been shown to be a potent antioxidant that has anti-aging properties. The higher levels of pollution associated with living in a city means that there is a greater potential for skin damage so I am always on the lookout for a product that can protect against this. There is not a lot of information on the tube but on the Origins website (www.origins.co.uk) there is more detail on how white tea helps maximise skins moisture barrier, hydrates the skin and helps it to remain firm. The product is described as "best for age protection" as it helps to minimise lines and wrinkles as well age spots.
The cream comes in a white coloured tube with the Origins tree logo on it. The tube stands on a black lid that flips open. The tube is made from 30% post consumer plastic and the cap is made from 100% recycled products. I find this kind of information makes me feel much more positive about the ethics and responsibilities of the company. Talking of ethics I always like to know a little more about the company that I purchase cosmetics from in terms of their ethics and "naturalness" of their products. Origins mission is to create high performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science. They use potent plants, organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils and avoid the use of parabens, dyes and mineral oils in their products. This particular cream also does not contain any animal ingredients so should be suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Origins also state that they have a long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it. Their products are tested on a panel of volunteers and they do not conduct any animal testing. Further information can be found on their website - www.origins.co.uk which does make interesting reading.
Now back to the cream itself. I tend to follow the instructions on the tube and apply this every morning and evening, massaging it into the skin of my face and neck. The cream is white in colour and has a nice, thick consistency, though not too thick as this rubs into the skin effortlessly without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy. Once applied my skin is left feeling amazingly silky and so smooth. I really am impressed with this as no other cream that I have applied to my face so far has made my skin this silky! My skin looks healthy and radiant and feels really moisturised. I have applied make up onto the skin straight after applying the moisturiser and despite how soft my skin is I have had no problems with patchiness or foundation not sticking.
This leave me with a bit of a dilemma really as although it makes my skin feel amazing I really don't like the smell of this cream. It smells quite strong and citrusy and catches the back of my throat. The scent also does last a fair amount of time which is not great for me! Having said that I seem to be in a minority as many of the reviews I have read on this product have commented on how lovely this smells so don't let me put you off trying this!
The second niggle that I have is that this cream does not contain any SPF factor, although there is another cream in this range with SPF available at the same price. Although I am not enamoured with the scent I don't think I would let this put me off using this again - I think the price would do that! It's certainly not something that I could afford to buy on a regular basis despite how lovely it is. I will be adding this to my birthday/Eid list in the hope that someone buys this for me again and will also keep an eye out for any future promotions, although I would go for the cream with SPF in it (hopefully this smells different too!).
Overall I really do like this product. It makes my skin feel amazingly soft and looking really healthy. I am not too keen on the scent for which I have taken off a star. Recommended!
~~~~~~~~ Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturiser ~~~~~~~~
I was lucky to receive a 5ml sample tube of this moisturiser, and found it so wonderful I had to review it! It contains white tea which has recently been discovered to be one of the best antioxidants. It also claims to have anti aging qualities and apparently combats the effect of smoke, pollution and stress on the skin. Sounds fabulous, right? Well it gets even better!
~~~~ Fancy ingredients ~~~~
It contains ferment of sugarcane which supposedly enables the skin to fight free radicals before they cause damage, murumuru butter to top up the skins natural moisture barrier, rosehip oil for extra hydration, Centella asiatica to firm and tone and vitamin C to brighten the skin for a natural glow. It also contains mimosa, orange, bergamot and spearmint for their aromatic qualities. Well, I'm excited.
- Ferment of sugarcane, as far as I can tell, has nothing to back up the free radical fighting properties in skin care unfortunately. It sounded so good!
- Happily, Murumuru butter is high in oleic acid which gives it excellent moisturising properties so this one fulfills.
- Rosehip oil is not only known to aid hydration, but it also contains a lot of usable vitamin C, improves elasticity and aids regeneration - sounds like a bit of a wonder-ingredient!
- Centella asiatica is a herb that has been used in herbal medicine for a long time. It has many known benefits including circulation boosting qualities, improving collagen function in the skin and it also has antioxidant properties. Yay, finally! It is also known to improve tone and elasticity, which is what it is included in this moisturiser for.
I found a lot of technical information on vitamin C in skin care, not all of it good, so I would recommend you read up on it if you are worried. Vitamin C does have a lot of reliable research behind its use in skin care, and I did find that it is effective at promoting collagen production and fighting free radicals. However, the downsides of it are that it is generally unstable in skin care products and you need high concentrations for absorption and therefore any discernible effect. I would assume that due to the price tag of this moisturiser, it contains a good, stable form of vitamin C. But don't believe it blindly!
~~~~ First impressions ~~~~
Obviously, I received my sample in a plain white tube, with only the product name and a tiny blurb on it. When checking to see how much this retails for though, I can see it comes in a glass pot with a white screw on lid. I actually prefer tubes in some regards, as I don't have to worry about sticking my fingers in it, but then a pot is easier to get every last bit out.
The cream itself is an off white colour and such a lovely consistency. It is light and smooth and very soft. It smells very pleasant, though I can't really detect any of the individual ingredients added for their fragrances except the orange; the orange is very apparent to me but the cream has a slightly sweet edge that takes the 'crisp' off the citrus. I really like it.
It states it is most suitable for combination skin but unfortunately it doesn't seem to contain any SPF. I think this is a great shame.
~~~~ Using & results ~~~~
When you start to rub this cream in, you can see how smooth it is. A little goes a really long way, and my 5ml tube lasted me a week using it morning and night - I seriously needed hardly any! I did only use it on my face though, as I use a separate firming cream for my neck (I am a bit of a bargain-product junkie). If you have very dry skin though, then you will probably find you need more. I think my skin is normal/combination but I am not sure. I do know it's not overly dry or overly oily! The cream spreads brilliantly and it's a pleasure to use, the refreshing smell being apparent but not overpowering. I found the smell didn't last that long on my face, which I actually prefer as I don't need scented facial products.
This abosorbed very quickly, leaving my skin looking bright, even in tone and feeling soft, smooth and 'springy' - when I pressed my fingers to my cheeks, the skin yielded under my touch but bounced back nicely and felt firm. I am 28 and have no real signs of aging on my face yet (stray grey hairs though are another thing!), but I can see where I will in the future if I don't be careful. This really did make my skin feel brilliant though, and there was a definite improvement in overall condition. It didn't leave my skin shiny which I liked, as even though I don't mind my face being shiny when I'm not going anywhere, it was nice to not have to do anything at all to my skin to go to Morrisons or the like; no dusting of powder to deal with the shine I get from some of my other moisturisers.
~~~~ Recommend? ~~~~
I really, really would. I adore this moisturiser and I am gutted that a 50ml pot costs £32 in Boots (though you do pick up 128 Advantage card points). There is no way I'll be paying that at the moment and generally I scoff at premium products as I think they are so much money, money that I could get so much more for. Saying that, I have to admit this is one product I would be happy to pay the price tag for (if I had that amount completely spare) as I know how good it is and I know a 50ml pot will last me for a very long time. I would say it offers good value for me, as it really worked with my skin. I am toying with asking for it for my birthday in December though, my mum always asks if there's anything I'd particularly like and usually there isn't really, I'm very easily pleased!
Overall, a beautiful facial moisturiser that comes with my recommendation. It would just be utterly perfect if it had SPF.
I started using A Perfect World moisturiser when I recieved it as part of a gift set for christmas about three years back and I have been using it ever since. This moisturiser is a Beauty Bible award winner and an Origins best seller, which says it all really. I use practically the complete range of A Perfect World products, simply because of how much it benefits your skin and you can really see the improvement in the texture and apperance of your skin within a few weeks.
The main ingredient within the Perfect World range is White Tea. Research has shown that this is one of the most potent antioxidants out there. An antioxidant is what neutralizes and protects from free radicals before they cause harm to your skin. Free radicals come from pollution, sun exposure, smog, stress and lack of sleep. These can damage your skin cells leaving them to die or repair incorrectly, leading to what we know as lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dryness. Antioxidants have been shown to combat the signs of aging and cell damage, which is why White Tea is such a powerful ingredient. Working alongside the White Tea are other great natural ingredients which is what makes this moisturiser so special. Ferment of Sugarcane to also help neutralize free radicals before causing harm to the skin, Murumuru Butter maximises your skins moisture barrier, Rosehip Oil hydrates the skin, Centella Asiatica helps to firm the skin, Vitamin C to brighten and even out your skin tone, whilst Mimosa, Orange, Bergamont and Spreamint finishes off the Perfect World experience, giving it a luxurious feel.
Apply the antioxidant moisturiser after A Perfect world skin guardian, morning and night.
Origins A Perfect World moisturiser is avaliable at Origins counters in most large department stores like John Lewis and also at www.origins.co.uk. A 50ml bottle will retail at £30.00, which is quite expensive, but trust me it is worth every penny and it will last ages. The packaging is really nice aswell, it comes in a pretty little green glass bottle with a white screw top. I would also recommend joining the mailing list at Origins online as they will e-mail you informing you of any special offers or new product launches.
I would recommend this product to anyone, it is suitable for combination, dry and sensitive skin. The result leaves your skin moisturised, radiant and protected. Origins have also launched A Perfect World moisturiser with added SPF 25, which was previously the only downside to this product that it didn't contain an SPF. Now it contains everything your skin needs to be perfectly protected and preserved.
I am a big fan of the Origins Perfect World range, having used the White Tea Skin Guardian for a number of years now, so when my frankly not very impressive Clinique moisturiser ran out recently, I knew I wanted to invest in the Perfect World Moisturiser.
The Perfect World range is packed with more antioxidants than you can shake a stick at. The ingredients in this are intended to work to help detoxify skin from harmful free radicals (the nasties that make you age quicker) before they can cause any oxidation, dehydration or irritation. It's formulated without Parabens (I'll get onto those later), synthetic colour or fragrance or animal ingredients and isn't tested on animals so like all Origins products, very ethical. It also contains Ferment of Sugarcane which increases the skin's ability to neutralise free radicals, and murumuru butter which maximises skin's moisture barrier. It contains Rosehip Oil (for hydration), Centella Asiatica (to firm) and Vitamin C to brighten and even out skin tone.
Packaging is functional and classy looking - it comes in a small 50ml pale green glass jar with a white screw top lid, not something you'd be ashamed to have sitting on your dressing table but not something that's really going to stand out either.
Like all of the Perfect World products though, the best thing about this is the smell - it's divine! It contains Mimosa, Orange, Bergamot and Spearmint which all smell absolutely divine. It's very delicate but really refreshing and citrusy and great to wake you up in the morning - whenever I'm feeling a little bit rough from the night before this perks me right up!
I have to admit that, despite the fact that I was keen to try this, I wasn't convinced I would be that impressed by it. Because of the fact that it is designed to be used with the White Tea Skin Guardian, I had the impression that it would be far too light for my skin, which is going through a bit of a winter dry spell. The Clinique 'triple moisturising' cream certainly wasn't quite enough to quench my skin, leaving a dry patch across my forehead. However, I seriously underestimated this one - although it feels silky and not especially thick on your fingers, when applied it feels rich and luxurious. A little goes a long way, I use a 5p sized blob to cover a cheek. It is absorbed really quickly and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and the softest I have ever known it.
I am normally a believer that companies that insist their products work better when used with the other products in the range are just having a laugh, but the Perfect World Moisturiser used in combination with the White Tea Skin Guardian really is something special! Although it leaves my skin lovely and soft when used on its own, when used together I can honestly say that in 25 years, my skin has never felt so soft, and the softness lasts all day. It's also great on my combination skin which is particularly confused by the cold weather and air conditioning it is put through in winter - it works to mattify the oilier areas and really looks after the dry areas too. It also leaves me with a glow to the skin which hides the fact that I'm currently stressed at work and working myself into the ground.
The only thing that is missing for me from this product is an SPF - I like to get my SPF protection from my moisturiser as it's something I wear every day, while I don't always apply foundation. However, I can live with this from a product that is as good as this!
Now, I said earlier I would get onto Parabens. Parabens are a naturally occurring toxin that is found naturally, but is artificially made and used in almost all cosmetic products as a preservative. Although not proven, there is a suggested link to breast cancer from frequent absorption of parabens into the blood stream and methylparaben, the most commonly used paraben in cosmetics also known as mineral oil, is thought to contribute to premature aging - ironic when you think that it is used in products that sell themselves as anti-aging. Of course, nothing has yet been proven, but I was shocked when I went to my cupboard and took a look through my products and nearly every one contained methylparaben. Earlier this year, Origins took the decision to ensure that all of their products were free from parabens by July 2008 (Interestingly, Origins' parent company, Estee Lauder, have not decided to extend this across their other brands, like Clinique or Estee Lauder) Personally, I think this is a great decision - while I know nothing is proven yet and the amount of methylparaben contained in most products is minute, I would still rather know that something I am putting on my face twice a day (and is therefore being absorbed into the bloodstream) does not contain something that has possible negative effects. Of course, as it lacks this preservative, I try to bear that in mind and I will not be being stingy when applying this and use it on my neck as well! (Normally my neck is treated to a cheaper moisturizer!)
This is priced at £27.40 for 50ml, which is cheaper than the Clinique one I was using previously and a massive improvement. I also managed to get this is in a fabulous sale pack that included a travel sized 50ml of the Perfect World Deep Cleanser and the Clear Improvement face mask, so it's worth keeping an eye out for special offers.
Origins products are available from Origins stores and website at www.origins.co.uk, Boots online store and some bigger Boots stores, and John Lewis stores nationwide.