Product Type: Origins body care
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An (almost) Perfect World
Origins A Perfect World Moisturiser
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Origins A Perfect World Moisturiser
Advantages: Absorbs well, leaves my skin beautiful, nice ingredients
Disadvantages: No SPF
~~~~~~~~ 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.
Summary: Not quite A Perfect World, but close.