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CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM

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I am not a regular purchaser of Clarins products as I think they are quiet expensive compared to other equally efffective brands. I have a rather wealthy sister in law who has a bathroom full of Clarins products and rates them highly so I guess it is a matter of personal taste and opinion.

~~~~~~~ ABOUT CLARINS ~~~~~~

Clarins is a high end brand sold in most shops offering high end cosmetics and beauty products so you will find them in Boots or Debenhams, House of Fraser or similar shops.

The company was founded by Jacques Courtin in 1954 in Paris. He was masseur and created treatment oils he used in his salon and sold them to his clients. He soon had a loyal following of high end customers and the company went from there.

By 1980, Clarins was the top-selling luxury skincare brand in France and then by 1981 it found its way to the USA and by 1990 it was the top selling brand in Europe! Clarins is now sold in 150 countries around the world. Although the founder is now dead the company is now run by his sons so is still run by the same family.

Clarins ay thy are the ones to first create plant based beauty products and some of their products are 100% pure plant oils. They call their combination of plant ingredients as : “Aroma-phyto body care—a term invented by Clarins to convey the combination of aromatherapy and phytotherapy (fragrance + the power of plants).”

Clarins states they value socially responsible initiatives with their ethics helping society toward a more desirable future by cooperation and knowledge-sharing.

Theys were the first French company to stop testing on animals in 1987 . However this claim is not entirely honest and their products do NOT carry the leaping bunny symbol. When asked directly Clarins state :
“ ‘As a global company, we are committed to providing our products and services to our consumers where they live and to do so, we must comply with all legal requirements where we do business. Some countries unfortunately still require animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients in products.”

My personal view is DO NOT SELL in those countries if you really stand against animal testing and that way if all companies followed that places like China might be forced to change.

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~~~~~ DOUBLE SERUM ~~~~~

This is not a new product and in fact larins are updating the formula and tis new one will be out later this year, although the lady at Boots today said anyone who was used to the old serum probably won’t notice any difference.

This serum is apparently a double system which is the result of Clarins’s 27 years of ant ageing experience. It has twenty plant extracts and these are, according to Clarins, the most powerful water and oil based anti aging ingredients.

~~~~~WHAT CLARINS SAY ~~~~~~

” More than just a simle serum, it is a complete age control concentrate with 20 plant extracts which stimulates all the skin’s vital functions. A double anti ageing performance for a more youthful appearance: firmer skin, rescued wrinkles, more radiant and even complexion, less visible pores.”

~~~~~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~~~~

I have only used this a few times as had a few samples given to me in the shop some months ago and I have only just got around to using them.

On the card I was given instructions to fold the sample and mix the two components. One was a clear oil and the other an orange water based substance. They mixed easily and I believe that in the full sized product they are both in the bottle and you have to shake this to get a good mix of both and them mix tis in your hand before applying to your face ad neck. Each sample jus about gave enough for one use on my face and neck.

The serum smells lovely, a sort of sweet orange aroma and although you could tell it was partially oil based it didn’t feel that greasy and was absorbed into my skin quite quickly. I do find that natural serums are quickly absorbed into the skin whereas petroleum based products sit on the skin hence natural ones get into the skin better.

I was actually quite pleasantly surprised at how this made my skin look. It did tighten the sagging bits and I have enlarged pores on my nose area and this did seem to make my skin look smoother .

I was also pleased to find that I could apply my make up after some short time and that it didn’t make my make up slide off or become blotchy at all.237050118alt2

Clarins say that this serum is “a discovery inspired by two noel prizes” They use a Cangzhu extract which is a Chinese herbal medicine and this they say ” is able to activate the G protein which encourages cellular function.” This has be discovered through in vitro tests apparently and they explain it by saying that the “Cangzhu extract enables us able to activate this protein found on the cellular membrane which enhances messages sent to other cells by the other ingredients.” It is all beyond my scientific knowledge so I can’t say if this s likely or not. All I could find on Canggzhu was it was used medically for internal ailments and nothing about this in vitro discovery.

I found this to be an effective serum but I am not sure how much more effective than other serums I have used and many of those had a far smaller price tag and a less high end name behind them.

~~~~~~ CLARINS CLAIM ~~~~~~

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They also use a sample of around 200 women to test the product over four weeks of use and give their opinion of the products and how it worked for them.. This is what they gave as feedback:
After the first application 82% said their skin was more radiant, 73% said it was more toned and 88% said their skin looked smoother.
After four weeks 87% said their skin was firmer,88% more and fewer visible pores and 79% said it reduced their wrinkles.
The trial didn’t say the ages of these women and as the judgement of these things is subjective I take trials like this with a pinch of salt.

~~~~~~~WHAT IS IN THIS SERUM THAT MAKES IT SO GOOD? ~~~~~

Well I have mentioned the magical cangzhu extract but this serum has twenty plant extracts so let’s see what these are and what they do for the skin.
There is arnica which helps to decongest and revitalise the skin – it also helps prevent bruising so is healing too.
Green banana which is firming and reinforces the skin’s fibre network.
Kiwifruit which is almost a skin tonic by itself as it is known to help with rejuvenating the skin, firming, controls excess sebum, anti aging, helps fight acne, prvents sun damage, helps stimulate cell regeneration and lightens dark circles under the eyes.
Organic white tea which is a great atioxidant.
Pistachio tree extract which is also an anti oxidant and helps reduce environmental stress.
Marshmallow is there to soothe the skin.
Maritime pine boosts the skin’s oxygen levels giving a nice healthy glow.
Musk rose is also calming and helps boost radiance.
Bocoa or ironwood extract is an intense skin protector and also firms the skin.
The Cangzhu helps all these other extracts get into the skin and start their work

I rcognise a number of thes natural extracts from other natural based skin products I use more regularly so Clarins are not alone in creating a product using these but the Cangzhu I have not come across before and that is their secret ingredient in this mix.

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~~~~~~ SO DO I LOOK YEARS YOUNGER? ~~~~~~

Sadly no, but I honestly don’t think any cream or potion will make me look younger. Some may help he skin look fresher and tighten the skin tmporarily but a permennat effect will only ever come from surgery or injections which who knows what may occur. I am not prepared to inject stuff into my skin or go under the knife so I use what I can to help slow the skin aging process and try to keep it protected from the sun and other damaging elements,drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods.

~~~~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND HOW MUCH? ~~~~~~

You can buy this from Boots in store or on line and if you have a Boots loyatly card you will earn som points. It can also be bought from Clarins counters in most Department storres and if you search on line you may find you can buy it for less but on the whole the prices are prety similar in the main high street stores.

The re are two sizes on the full sized product; a 50ml bottle is about £70.00 and the 30ml bottle is £55.00 so the larger one is better value if you find you like it.

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~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~~

Yes I would say it is an effective product in the short term and I know many who swear by Clarins and this serum specifically. My sister in law who is 70 thinks this is wonderful as she does every Clarins product but I have to say, and I am not being unkind or nasty, she doesn’t look much younger so as she has used Clarins for years maybe it is not that effective. I think this is overpriced for what you get but it isn’t a bad product. I am not happy about the animal testing pretence so from an ethical point of view this is a product I will not be re buying. There are so many great skin care products made by small British companies I would prefer to buy from rather than big name companies like this.

It didn’t cause me any irritation at all and I do sometimes get rashes from some skin care products so that is another plus.

My skin did look a bit firmer and pores less obvious but I am not sure the effect was a lasting one.

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Green Keratin Hyaluronic C Facial Serum

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Green Keratin Hyaluronic C Facial Serum

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I have bought a number of products from this company through amazon and so far not one has disappointed me. This is a highly concentrated facial serum and one of a number they make.

I bought these products at greatly reduced price through a site offering items reduced in return for reviews on amazon. They have recently changed the rues and now you no longer need to write a review and strangely the companies are responding by offering fewer products and making the deal less sweet!!

As a method of advertising it was great as I would never have bothered trying these products before ut having found them I have repurchased them.

~~~&&&~~ ABOUT GREEN KERATIN ~~~&&&~~~

I have never heard of this company before buying these through the reviewing site but now I have found them I have re purchased them as I have found them to be excellent quality.
The company first began to sell their natural skincare range in 2008 after Anderson Lira and fellow Co-Founder Glen Keeble began hand making skincare products for family and friends and met with great feedback.

“The idea was simple: to create effective organic skincare products out of the highest quality natural ingredients. Because, you only get out of your skin what you put into it, and your skin deserves the best.”
Their products are made with the highest quality, certified organic and natural ingredients. They promise their products are free from: parabens, Methylisothiazolinone, SLS & SLES, E.A, D.E.A, silicones and formaldehyde, artificial fragrances and artificial colourings.

Their products are handmade in a warehouse in London so a British brand which is always a plus for me.

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~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT THIS SERUM~~~&&&~~~

As I mentioned I have had a number of serums from this company and they all vary slightly as does the packaging. I think they change the packing and formulae from time to time.
Mine happens to come in an airless hard plastic bottle with push pump dispenser so you cannot see the contents . This does mean you are surprised when it comes to the end which is a bit annoying but this does keep the product very fresh and uncontaminated from air or light.

The serum is cloudy creamy colour and reasonably thick, not watery like some serums but slightly thinner than a body lotion.
It has none of the nasties mentioned before – Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol Denat., Sulphates, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Silicones, Artificial Fragrance or Colouring

The serum is 92% Organic, made in Britain, cruelty-free, suitable for Vegans and anyone who wants natural cruelty free face products that work.

~~~&&&~~~ MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ~~~&&&~~~

I have been using serums prior to my moisturiser for some years now a do like to buy natural products which have not had any ingredients tested on animals too.
I also like the products to feel like they are doing something to my skin, if not actually making me look younger then at least holding back from any more lines and winkles developing too fast.

The ingredients in this are not only natural but are there because they are naturally good for helping improve the condition of the skin in some way.
This serum has vegan Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate. This has become one of the most included ingredients in ant ageing serums in the last few years and is sometimes referred to as “The Fountain of Youth”. This acid seems to attract and hold moisture in the skin and also helps to soften and smooth the skin.

The Vitamin C in this is Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate which is apparently : “A far more stable Vitamin C derivative that overcomes the oxidation problems associated with ascorbic acid”. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant.
It also has Frangipani Extract which is both refreshing and helps condition the skin and also smells great too.plumeria flower

Organic Thistle oil which is a natural source of linoleic acid or Omega-6 fatty acid which comes from the seeds of Safflower. This is good for skin conditioning properties but is not at all greasy making it a good one for those with oily, combination and large-pored skin types.

Organic Rose Flower Water which comes from the flowers of the Damask Rose is perfect for hydration and moisturising the skin while being cooling and refreshing.

Organic Jojoba Oil is known for being a great skin emollient and skin conditioner.
Vitamin E which is both an antioxidant and skin conditioner.

I always wash and cleanse my face night and morning and after that I apply my toner. I then apply whichever serum I am using and let it soak in for a few minutes before applying my moistuiser or facial oil and make up if I am wearing any.
I found this serum was really light and fresh feeling and soaked in very quickly. It smells fresh and pleasant, kind of light floral and cucumber – like. I used this morning and night and found it really effective and it left my skin feeling fresh and tighter looking so the lines were less evident.

It was easy to apply, not gredamasc 1asy or sticky at all and it slid on easily . I found I didn’t need a lot at all, one push down of the pump, to apply all over my face and neck. I was careful around my eyes but did apply it around my eyes as well and the skin around my eyes, underneath especially looked much firmer and less dark and sallow.
This is not a face lift so I was not expecting to look years younger and indeed I was right to have no expectations of that fact but the serum is a lovely light refreshing moisturiser that really did make my skin look better while I was using it.

I always use high quality natural products so was not expecting this to have dramatic effects but I did hope it would make my skin look fresher, feel calm and well nourished and I did just that.

~~~&&&~~~ WHERE TO BUY AND WHAT YOU GET ~~~&&&~~~

This comes in an airless plastic bottle which holds 30 ml of serum. On the Green Keratin site they sell this for £14.95 and on amazon they sell it for the same price and postage is free with Prime if you are a member.

~~~&&&~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~&&&~~~

Yes this is a lovely natural serum from an ethical British company that I have found to be nice to use and effective as well.

ISA Professional XANADU 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum Makeup Primer Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin E Rose Moisturizer and Foundation Primer

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ISA Professional XANADU 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum Makeup Primer Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin E Rose Moisturizer and Foundation Primer
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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
 24K Gold Vitamin C serum Makeup Primer – PH balanced and easily absorbed. It brightens skin, combats wrinkles and dark spots while the vitamin E moisturizes.
The Rose Extract soothes the skin and gives the Xanadu serum its natural scent.
Hyaluronic Acid captures and holds up to 1000 times its volume in moisture to your skin.
The Perfect Serum for your face, made from Organic botanical extracts and leading-edge technology.
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WHAT I THOUGHT

This is a lovely  natural serum, not tested on animals that is beautifully packaged and lovely to look at as well – a bit like a Christmas ornament .

It is quickly absorbed and feels cool and not heavy or greasy at all.

It smells lovely too – gently of rose.

I apply a little on my cheeks to leave a few flecks of gold as it highlights and gives that party look.

It feels weightless on my skin and the subtle rose scent is lovely .

It can be used as a make up primer as well as a serum and although it didn’t make my make up stay put any better it did give that lovely sparkle from the gold flakes.

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Strongest points:

Real gold flakes
Lovey rose scent
Classy exotic packaging
Easy pump dispenser
not tested on animals
leaves flecks of gold on your cheeks if you apply generously
cool and easily absorbed
Nice eggs shaped bottle – easy to hold
Weakest points
Quite expensive
Not easy to find to buy – not available on amazon just now
Summary

A lovely cooling and gentle serum that soaks in quickly and does seem to have helped my skin show the wrinkles less.