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The Nutriganics range is a fairly new addition to the Body Shop (launched October last year, I think) and is their first certified organic anti ageing skin care regime. The range is certified organic by the globally recognised independent certification body ECOCERT, as it meets the minimum level of organic content as specified by them. The range consists of several anti ageing products including facial washes, toners, moisturisers, eye creams and face masks that are said to be high performance products and prices range from £8.00-£13.00. The whole range features several very appealing organic ingredients which include: Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil to soften the skin, organic Aloe Vera from Guatemala to smooth and revitalise the skin, Mallow flower from Switzerland to moisturise the skin and Cornflower floral water from France to refresh the skin.
I've wanted to try a serum suitable for my skin for a while. Unfortunately, all the ones I have tried so far have been too rich and have resulted in breakouts. As I wanted to try the Nutriganics range I decided to buy the Smoothing Serum priced at £13.00 for 30ml. The serum is certified as being organic as 99% of its total ingredients are derived from a natural origin and 34% of the total ingredients come from organic farming. I like that this serum has been designed for the initial signs of ageing by smoothing, revitalising and softening. I believe the product range is suitable for any age range but it has been suggested to be particularly suitable for ages 30-40 years. This is ideal for me as I'm 31. Really, I'm sure it can be used outside of this age range though.
There is no information provided by the Body Shop on which skin types the serum is suitable for. So we are left to assume it's suitable for most types. I have mildly sensitive skin and used to think that organic products would be the least irritant. I have since found this is not always the case as just because something is organic doesn't mean it can't still irritate the skin. I haven't had any problems with the serum but I do think it comes down to individual skin and I feel it's worth mentioning that the serum uses potassium sorbate as a preservative which can sometimes irritate sensitive skin.
The serum comes in a neutral looking container with green writing which I do like as it ties in with its organic content. It has a pump dispenser that I have found easy to use. The container is not transparent so it's not possible to see the serum before dispensing. It's designed to be used at the in between stage, so after cleansing and toning but before moisturising. After toning I apply a thin layer of the white serum to my face and neck (one pump is usually sufficient to do this), using small circular upward motions. It really doesn't take anytime at all for it to sink in to the skin as it has a really light texture and as it goes on it feels soothing. The fragrance is quite unusual (probably because of the long list of plant oils used) definitely not in an off putting way. The smells I can detect are lemon, orange oil, thyme and olive.
Once applied the serum dries almost immediately and it actually feels like you've not really applied anything. It does seem to have an immediate smoothing effect on the skin and makes it look matte as it's not greasy. I normally apply my moisturiser straightaway after using the serum, I find my moisturiser goes on really well, it's as if the serum is acting as a primer for it. I would say the serum does provide some additional moisture to the skin but I always find it still necessary to use my moisturiser. I have had no problem with breakouts probably because the serum is very light as opposed to being really rich like others often are.
I know serums aren't for everyone and can often be viewed as an unnecessary expense on top of moisturiser. After all, do they really make any difference? Well I was initially unconvinced the serum had much of an effect aside from the initial smoothing and accelerated moisturisation. My fine lines have seemed slightly softened but it could be argued that this could all be achieved through a good moisturiser. For this reason, after using the serum twice a day for six weeks I decided to go three days without using it. During this time my face felt noticeably tighter and definitely not as soothed or smooth looking. As soon as I started using the serum again I didn't have these problems which lead me to think that the serum was keeping my skin more hydrated. I would buy the serum again and will probably try some more of the Nutriganics range. Within my budget, it is on the pricey side but not as far as other serums go. Although the price could be a bit lower there is some justification for it as organic plant extracts are expensive. Although I can't see how much serum I have left, because only a small amount is needed I do expect it to last me some time yet. If you fancy giving the serum a go visit www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
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I love this product! I first tried it as a sample and now I'm hooked.
Nutriganics Serum is designed to improve the effects of your normal moisturiser and cleanser. It is very light and absorbs into the skin easily. The serum reaches into the deep skin cells to nurish and works to improve the skin in places normal cleansers and moisturisers can't reach, as they tend to improve just the outer layer of you skin.
The scent is very citrus and fruity making it a delight to apply. It's very lightweight too whereas some other Body Shop Serums are very heavy eg Wise Woman. Simply apply a small blod in dabbing motions to improve your skins circulation and rub in small circular motions to cover the desired surface. It left my skin very soft and smooth, it felt refreshed from the first use.
The good thing about the Nutriganics range is that they contain 99% of ingredients are sourced from a natural origin and 34% of those are produced from organic farming.
It contains Community Trade (similar to Fair Trade) organic babassu oil from Brazil which has properties which revitalise the skin leaving it soft and smooth. The Community Trade organic aloe vera from Guatemala also soothes the skin and is perfect for sensitive skin as it is very gentle. Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy moisturises and softens the skin. Other ingredients include Jojoba seed oil, Thyme extract, Mallow flower extract, Fennel Oil, Mandarin peel oil and fruit oils.
The Body Shop state 'NutriganicsTM meets the minimum levels of organic content set out by ECOCERT, the world's largest independent certifying body of natural and organic cosmetics. ECOCERT, established in 1991, works to promote organic products through its control and certification activities in over 80 countries.'
Overall this prodyct cost £13 (minus 10% Love your Body discount or any promotions) for 30ml but only a small ammount is needed so it lasts ages. It is well worth the price because of it's organic and natural products. It is a pleasure to use and will boost the effects of you normal skin care regime by nourishing your skin deep deep down.