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The Korres Ginseng and Marigold Aftershave Balm is one product I have always had to hand in the bathroom whilst shaving. Bought for me as a Christmas gift a number of years ago I have used very little of the product for some reason as I do like it quite a bit. I doubt very much that I would own this product had I not been bought it as a gift, as I have never seen it in any shop I have every been in! I see that it is quite easy to find online, costing around £10-£11 for the 200ml size.
The Korres Ginseng and Marigold Aftershave Balm comes in quite a 'boring' looking box, with very little appeal to it on the face of things. The bottle is similar really, nothing fancy but yet the plain and simple packaging draws your attention. The balm is obviously designed for use after shaving to replenish your skin. Ginseng ensures your skin recieves hydration and gives your skin a little firmness at the same time. The marigold is present due to its antiseptic properties, witch hazel protects yuor skin from irritation post-shave.
Although I don't use this product often, I find it gives my skin a healthy feel. As it moisturises my skin I can feel the cool sensation - probably from the witch hazel. By applying this aftershave balm to the areas you shave you will prevent your skin from dryness. If you do find your skin irritated due to shaving then you are advised to apply the balm a couple of times a day. I would say the scent is more muted than a lot of the branded products from Gillette and Adidas, for example, and as it is masculine it also leaves a cooling and soothing feel on your nose.
You may be wondering why I rarely use this product - perhaps I am just more attracted to the bright packaging of the sports brands of aftershave balms. I find it hard to find fault with the actual product, although I would say the price is perhaps a slight negative if you are buying it yourself. 4 out of 5 stars from me and it makes a distinct change from the more well known brands.
In a world of metrosexuals and sisters who work in beauty salons and get free products, I tend to try a lot of male products. Usually I get small products which I just get replaced once I run out, but this Korres product is one of the first I've gone and actually bought.
Anyone familiar to Korres knows they are a Greek company who try and use as natural ingredients as possible. They offer clinically tested effectiveness at a reasonable price, whilst using traditional Greek flora and food ingredients in their edible sources! Therefore their 'flavours' I find are generally quite unique, as well as gorgeous.
So the aftershave balm...
I tend to shave using another of the Korres products, an Absinthe shave cream, so this supplements it perfectly. The balm is very light and not too 'gloopy' like cheaper brands. I find only a small amount is needed in the hands to cover the face, so the product lasts a lengthy time.
The fragrance of Marigold and Ginseng is certainly refreshing, especially if you do use the Absinthe cream which may not be to everyones taste. Compared to similar products on the market, the scent of this lotion is in a league of its own!
The performance, like most Korres products, doesn't disappoint either. It soaks in quickly without feeling too tight on the skin, leaving your post-shave skin well moisturised and very light. The Marigold then has antiseptic qualities, very useful if you've cut yourself. The product also contains Witch Hazel to prevent further irritation. Active Aloe and provitamin B5 soothe the skin and aid the moisturising, so in all it's a well rounded item.
I feel it important to mention as well that I have very sensitive skin which often limits what products I can use, yet considering the amount of ingredients in this, I have never had any trouble. Perhaps the natural background of the company suits all skin types.
It is available in a 150ml tube which is minimal in its design yet still attractive with information in both English and Greek. It is also easy to pour out so you don't waste any. Obviously it depends on how often you shave as to how long it lasts you.
The price may put some off. As with anything, you get what you pay for, yet I feel this is a bargain. A 150ml tube will put you back around £12-£15, which I don't feel is too bad. Obviously if you get your products from Boots or Superdrug and pay no more than £5 then this might not be for you, but if you regularly spend money to look after your skin then this is very reasonable. I'd recommend this for any lady buying their other half a gift, as it is irresistable!