Influenster Vox Box – Baxter Men Skin Care Review

 

I received the Baxter of California Vox Box complimentary from Influence for my blog review. First thing, I want to share is join Influenster! It’s one of best action I took last year ! This is my third box and just so thankful that they gave me a chance to try out and review the products. So anyone want to start be a blogger,I would highly suggest you join Influenster.

I received the following products: Exfoliating body bar, deodorant, hand and body moisturizer, oil free moisturizer and the pomade mixer kit. Wow…

Overall, men who don’t use skin care will find the Baxter of California is not intimidating. The packaging play a big part of this brand. Most men feel masculine and in their mind using a face moisturizer or eye cream is just not manly enough. So the simple packaging and colors, blue or black, works really well. Next is the texture of products. It needs to be lightweight with fast absorption and Baxter Of California nailed these elements.

See below for info on each product (includes info from their website with my comments and thoughts)

Exfoliating Body Bar:

A luxurious scrubbing bar for men with essence of cedarwood and oakmoss. The hydrating, paraben-free formula leaves the entire body feeling smooth, clean and refreshed.

Rich-lathering formula effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, with pumice, jojoba meal and crushed olive seed to scrub away dirt and rough patches all over body. Hydrating ingredients wash away impurities from skin without stripping moisture, making it ideal for daily use. Suitable for all skin types.

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts : 

Overall, I really like this body soap. It has a very refreshing scent and I use the shower puff so it created lots of lather and bubbles. The best part is after I rinse it off and my skin feels so smooth and not dry.

  • Paraben-free
  • 7 oz / 198 g
  • $17.00

Deodorant

Baxter top-selling, clean citrus and herbal musk-scented deodorant is aluminum-free, making it perfect for sensitive skin. The clear solid paraben-free gel won’t stain or discolor clothes.
GQ Grooming Award Winner 2015 for Best Deodorant
AskMen.com Grooming Award Winner 2016

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :

I am not sure why this is top selling. After 10 minutes, it still hasn’t dried so I do not recommend this. Personally, I need to my deodorant to dry quickly and keep me fresh.

  • Paraben-free
  • Aluminum-free
  • 2.65 oz / 75 g
  • $19.00

 Hand and Body Moisturizer 

Hydrating hand and body lotion with a subtle herbal-musk scent.

Versatile enough to use all over your body, this lotion has plant-based moisturizers that combine with natural oils, vitamins and botanical extracts to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Skin is left smooth and refreshed without a greasy residue.

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :
This hand and body moisturizer dried very fast once you apply it on the skin. But as I apply the moisturizer on the body, I see the actual moisture sit on the surface of the skin. It takes extra time to massage in into the skin and disappear. Once the moisturizer absorbs, it makes my body feel very hydrated and not oily. I would strongly recommend this.

10 oz / 300 ml
$18

Oil Free Moisturizer

Hydrating face lotion for men infused with aloe vera, green tea and chamomile.  This oil-free moisturizer features plant-based technology that absorbs quickly to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. Green tea helps protect against free radicals and chamomile helps heal delicate facial skin. Skin is left feeling smooth and refreshed with a shine-free finish.

4 oz / 120 ml
$24.00

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :

Personally I have dry combination skin , so this is not enough  for me . But if any guys out there have oil skin, they will like it. because 2 major component.

1.  The tube packaging is smart , also it feel more  masculine and easy to use.
2. The light weigh  lotion absorbs into skin so quick, so didnt make it look shine or oily


Pomade Mixer Kit

I can’t find this kit on their website for pricing … but I find a style guide below

Mr. Jan’s Thoughts :
Love these pomade, it created different look, see below for style  sample

 

Five Minutes Skincare for Men

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I have received this question: How much time do I need for my skincare? 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 20 minutes? My thought is not how much time you need but what your skin concerns are and if you are using the right products for you skin conditions.

I like to share some of the budget friendly skin care for Combination Skin Condition: But first what is combination skin? Usually, it means you don’t have dryness or redness on your skin, you will feel a little oily on the face, especially on the T zone after lunch. No major issues of your skin.  I found these products from Sephora.com. I like their website because you select the best products based on your skin conditions and there are mnay options and reviews on their products.

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Cleanser for day and night: Anthony Algae Facial Cleanser $36 8oz :
A gentle cleanser that moisturizes and calms the skin, leaving it feeling soft and refreshed. Algae cleanses and refreshes while extracts of azulene, lavender, and rose hip oil calm and sooth. Ideal for dry, sensitive, or mature skin, skin looks and feels fresh, smooth, and healthy.

Mr. Jan’s thought: No need to have day and night face wash, that’s just too much for men.  I love the fact it’s a very large bottle and lasts for a long time. You can even shave with this cleanser.

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Face Lotion:
Day: Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $28 3.3oz
A multitasking daily moisturizer that acts as a broad-spectrum sunscreen and an advanced facial treatment. It contains blue algae extract to keep skin supple and reduce inflammation along with sea parsley, which contains a combination of naturally occurring vitamins A and C and minerals to improve skin’s overall appearance. UVA and UVB protection plus potent antioxidants help shield skin from premature aging due to sun exposure.

Mr. Jan’s thought: Always use SPF during the day. I love face lotion with SPF together. It saves time and money.

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Night: Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10 percent Moisturizer $45 2.0oz
A luxurious facial cream that features a gentle, patented time-release form of glycolic acid and helps to produce a beautiful, fresh, youthful-looking complexion. It helps clarify the skin and smooth away a rough texture, leaving it looking refined and revitalized.

Mr. Jan’s thoughts: The glycolic acid 10% is perfect to use at night before you go to sleep. It will help exfoliate the surface of the skin.

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Eye Lotion: Anthony High Performance Continuous Moisture Eye Cream $38 0.75oz
An advanced, time-released, cream formula that helps prevent premature aging around the delicate eye area. The eye cream fueled with arnica and allantonin to help stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness, and is infused with jojoba oil, shea butter, squalane, and carrot root to provide maximum hydration. vitamins A, C, and E protect, firm, and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.

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Target Treatment:  The Art of Shaving Facial Scrub – Peppermint Essential Oil $25 3.0oz
An effective face scrub enriched with refreshing peppermint oil. This must-have Facial Scrub gently exfoliates the skin’s surface as it deeply cleanses pores. It’s formulated with peppermint essential oil, white kaolin clay, and lavender essential oil to refresh skin and leave it delicately scented.

Mr. Jan’s thought: 3 time a week you should scrub to polish the skin, but I would  suggest do this at night, if you use this in the morning it may irraites the skin after you shave.

All products informations were taking from the Sephora.com

 

 

My update skin care ritual spring 2016

RNA-Duo_848_v5Spring is just around the corner. Are you ready for your skin care update? I have always found that right after the holidays, my skin becomes very dry and sensitive so I want to share my updated skin care ritual with you.

After cleanser and toner I use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, but I use cotton pads for application. I find that when I use cotton pads, it absorbs more Pitera, which allows my skin to absorb more Pitera and more is just better!

After the Facial Treatment Essence I apply R.N.A Power Essence, a new anti aging serum that helps address multi skin concerns such as fine lines, large pores, uneven skin tone, etc. This is the new upgrade from the SK-II Essential Power Essence. I love that the consistency is much more rich and absorbs even better than the Essential Power Essence. When I have sensitive conditions, I use less products which means I don’t layer 2 serums at once. Sometimes, you just need to let your skin breath a little.

Then, I use the eye cream, R.N.A Power Cream, which is also a new upgrade from Essential Power Cream. Overall, the texture is much more rich which is perfect for the season changes. I like this cream because you can see a difference after just one use. The skin looks and feels much firmer and my dryness and sensitives improves.

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Here are some products information from SK-II Website for your reference:

FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE The much-loved and most awarded SK-II bestseller

SK-II’s signature product, the much-loved and most awarded bestseller, Facial Treatment Essence has over 90% Pitera, the miracle ingredient discovered over 30 years ago that remains essentially unchanged till today.

Its irreplaceable formula gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle.

  • SK-II Facial Treatment Essence helps to improve the appearance of 5 dimensions of beautiful, crystal clear skin: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated.
  • Skin becomes breathtakingly crystal clear.

$165 5.1oz

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R.N.A. POWER RADICAL NEW AGE CREAM Brings you the next level of firmness – lengthwise-crosswise firmness – for a hydrated glowing look

Improves multiple signs of aging, giving you a new level of firmness from multiple angles, so that skin becomes firmer, smoother, tighter, and more radiant. After one jar, fine lines appear less defined.

$230 2.8oz

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R.N.A. POWER RADICAL NEW AGE ESSENCE Minimizes the appearance of pores next morning, with a fresh morning glow.

New R.N.A Power Essence brings you the next level of firmness – lengthwise-crosswise firmness

This powerful firming serum minimizes the appearance of your pores for a more youthful looking fresh morning glow. Immediately upon application, each drop fills the gaps in your skin, making it firm, resilient, and feeling plump.

Used with R.N.A Power Cream, this new duo from SK-II brings you to a new level of confidence from today and for the next 15 years.

$195 1.7oz

Luxury Christmas Gifts

 

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Many of my fans ask, “What luxury skincare and fragrances do I like to use the most”. The luxury products below are items that I have used for years now, so they are truly my favorites … Steve Jan’s “Holy Grail”. For my last Mr. Jan All In One episode for the year, I will review my favorite luxury products for 2015. This episode will air on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the usual time.

  1. Ultra-rich, dewy finish

    Born from the sea, the legendary Crème de la Mer has the power to transform the skin. In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible, skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored.

    The Miracle Broth™ in Crème de la Mer is suspended in an extraordinary formula. The secret to activating its renewing power and enjoying its profound benefits lies in a soothing ritual. Crème de la Mer must be warmed for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then pressed gently into the skin.

    Mr. Jan’s thoughts: Is this the best face cream? I don’t know if I can say with confidence that this cream is the best ever, but I find myself coming back to it when my skin is going through a drama. Especially, given the fact that I travel so much. My skin can go through so many different weather conditions, including the super dry conditions in all the hotels. When this happens, I will layer La Mer Cream over my night cream and the next day  WOW, my skin looks and feels super hydrated.

  2. Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance

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    Velvet Patchouli Eau de Parfum, 1.6 fl. oz.

    INSPIRATION
    Incense as a source of inspiration. A church in a tiny village, the scent of incense diffusing all around the streets. A memory reproduced through exquisite ingredients in a perfume filled with chypre accents. Dominant in presence and statement. Exudes strength.

    NOTES

    • Dominant, intense, decisive.
    • Sweet and spicy patchouli oil.
    • The woody tones and elegance of Kephalis.
    • The tenacity of musk.
    • Olfactive family: Woody Chypre.

    1.6 fl. oz./50 ml

    About Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance:
    Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana founded luxury fashion label Dolce & Gabbana in 1982. Under their influence, the brand’s inherently sexy and adventurous designs have shaped Dolce & Gabbana into a globally renowned label. The designing duo has translated the fashion house’s unique point of view into the world of scents with a much-loved Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance collection.

    Mr. Jan’s thought: Fragrance is not a easy gift to give, because it can be very personal. I recommend you make yourself aware of the various scents he/she prefers, i.e. fresh, sweet, warm, light, etc. That will help you narrow the search for the perfect fragrance. I love rich warm earthy scents, this is why I used Velvet Patchouli. Eau de Parfum means that it contains more essential oils and therefore, will last longer. Best way to apply fragrances , spray directly on the skin anywhere you can feel a heart pulse and whatever you do dont rub it. Let the parfum work with your body chemistry to create a unique personal scent.

  3. SK-II LXP ULTIMATE REVIVAL ESSENCE 

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Strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moistureThis precious skin enhancing essence is infused with SK-II’s Highest Concentrated Pitera and Centella Essence to strengthen your skin’s resilience, while drenching it with an intensive boost of moisture.Mr. Jan’s thought:  In my quest to find the ultimate product that will hydrate and boost moisture levels on my skin, and provide the benefit of anti-aging, the list has been long and disappointing. However, after trying numerous products, the one that continues to provide these benefits time and time again is SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence. I use this product nightly and see results and increased moisture on my  skin each time. Using SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence also helps other serums and products to absorb into my skin.

   4. Sisley BLACK ROSE CREAM MASK  

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  1. The Black Rose Cream Mask offers the skin”instant youth”. Rich in active anti aging ingredients (black rose,padina pavonica,and alkekengi calyx extracts), it immediately gets to work on signs of fatigue and leaves the skin looking youthful and energized. It bring tighter three actions to restore a luminous complexion and redensified skin in just 10 to 15 minutes. 1. A smoothing and pluming 2. A revitalizing and 3. A softening and hydrating.Mr. jan’s thought: Everyone knows that I love skin care masks. The Black Rose Cream Mask because makes my skin feel well protected, moisturized, and after washing it off I see a more plump looking complexion. Normally, as all of you know, my “go to” mask will always be SK-II Facial Treatment mask. However, from time to time when you need something different this mask is clearly a treat.

 

Luxury Korean Skin Care Sulwhasoo

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Korean skincare is like a big wave coming to USA. More and more people are asking which of these Korean brands are the best. Today, I want to share with you Sulwhasoo, one of the luxury skincares in Korea, and it is my personal favorite!

The simple way to describe Sulwhasoo is Herbal Medicinal Skincare and the highest content ingredient is ginseng. See the below information about their ingredients from the company website:
All of Sulwhasoo’s ingredients are natural ingredients native to Korea and raised through a meticulous process on our very own Amorepacific herb farm under the most excellent conditions. These are some key ingredients of Sulwhasoo that make Sulwhasoo so beneficial and effective.

Sulwhasoo Ingredients

Ginseng naturally grows only in the Far East and the ones from the Korean Peninsula are considered the best. Ginseng is a very sensitive plant that is highly affected by the nature of the soil it is cultivated in. It is very valuable and precious with many wondrous efficacies. Sulwhasoo uses a 4-year old Ginseng, which known to have the highest saponin content. Sulwhasoo created matchless material after a long research on Ginseng.
Let me show you some of the products I enjoy using from time to time.

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First Care Activating Serum 60ml / 2.2oz $84 
The treatment liquid is used after the toner before the serum. It helps renew skin conditions and allow your serum and moisturizer penetrate deeper into your skin. This is a very lightweight liquid and people with any skin conditions can use it. In fact, this is the first product you should try!

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Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum 35ml / 1.2oz $150 
This serum encapsulated the ginseng helps to reduce signs of aging and fortify skin’s natural elasticity and resilience. I like to use this at night which gives my skin a boost.

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Concentrated Ginseng Renew Cream   60ml / 2.2 oz $220.00
Very luxurious texture and smells very herbal and ginseng. A nutrient-rich cream to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin to revive damaged, youth-depleted skin from within. This is best if used at night.

Happy Birthday! Steve Jan SK-II National Brand Ambassador, Blogger, and YouTuber

Steve Jan SK-II National Brand Ambassador

It’s hard to believe that it has been over eleven years since I first set foot behind an SK-II Skin Care counter. I still remember the very first SK-II product training in 2004 where I first learned about Pitera, the SK-II miracle! Little did I know, from that moment my life would change forever. If you had told me eleven years ago that I would eventually graduate and become the SK-II National Brand Ambassador, I would have replied, “You are out of your mind!”

Over these amazing years, I have come to understand that my life both working for and using SK-II is truly my #changedestiny. Our new slogan #changedestiny is the epitome of my journey, and the foundation for my life as I move forward. However, as I see it, this is just the beginning. There is so much more out there and I can’t wait show our SK-II Team and customers what’s coming next! I know there will be challenges along the way, but I have complete confidence that hard work, wonderful relationships, and a determination to take control of my destiny will prevail. The future is so exciting!

So my question to you is, “What is you #changedestiny story?”

SK-II Pop Up Studio, Soho District, Manhattan, New York City – The Ultimate Luxury Experience

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On Friday evening, October 2, 2015 the SK-II team kicked off thirty days of SK-II luxury in one of the most prestigious districts in Manhattan, New York City! Indeed, the SK-II Pop Up Store is now open to the public in Soho and it is everything you could possibly image.

The store stands on the corner of Broome and Greene in the Soho district of Manhattan. It encompasses the main floor of a beautifully restored old building. There are huge windows on two sides of the store that let in an abundance of light making the experience in the store bright, refreshing and cheerful.

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When you walk through the double door entrance at the SK-II Pop Up Store a skin consultant will provide a friendly greeting and offer to show you around the store. The store tour will include a brief explanation of Pitera, the essential ingredient in many SK-II products and the philosophies of the SK-II company. This year, SK-II has employed a brand new slogan “Change Destiny” which embodies the company’s quest to change peoples lives by improving their skin.

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Once you have toured the store, learned about Pitera and the company’s philosophies, it’s time to experience the SK-II product line first hand. An exclusive feature of the SK-II products experience is to have your skin evaluated by the Beauty Imaging System, a high tech device that is the combination of a camera and very sophisticated software that analyzes pictures of your skin received from the camera. After pictures are taken of your face, which only takes a few moments, the software analyzes the information an creates a profile for the client. The skin consultant then reviews the profile with the client and discusses the appropriate SK-II products for each clients particular concerns. It’s a fun and informative process all at the same time.

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As the SK-II National Brand Ambassador and a lover of beautiful skin, I would encourage you to stop by the SK-II Pop Up Studio and experience all of the luxurious SK-II products before the studio closes on October 31st.

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As a fun introduction to the SK-II Pop Up Studio, check out my latest YouTube video!

Aesop Soho store impression and Boston travel set review

One of my favorite places to visit when I am in New York is SoHo. It almost reminds me of Melrose Ave in LA but with more upscale shops and unique stores.

I like to just walk around and discover new places and things. It could be a restaurant, shops or new skincare products.  So this time, I stumbled upon this super cool store call Aesop. What attracted me to it was the window display ” In The Light Of Summer”. So I walked in.

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My very first thought was, “What does the store have?”. All the bottles are displayed on the wood barrel shelving and they play relaxing classical music. I almost feel like I am not in SoHo anymore and the store has this very light herbal scent, but it’s not like when you walk in Aveda with that overpowering smell.
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After I talked to the salesperson in the store, I learned Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987. The brand carries skin, hair and body care products. It uses plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients. All products are designed to address different skin concerns and use very specific natural ingredients as an essential part of the product creation.

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When she offered me some water, I was surprised to see a message inside the ceramic cup. lol I love this little touch!

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I purchased the travel set “Boston”. It contains seven products from body care, hair care to skin care and I always recommend trying the travel set before investing in full sizes.
Classic Shampoo 1.7 oz
Classic Conditioner 1.7oz
Geranium Leaf Body Cleaner 1.7 oz
Rind Concentrate Body Balm 1.7oz
Fabulous Face Cleanser 0.5 oz
B&Tea Balancing Toner 0.5oz
Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream 0.5 oz
Mouthwash 1.7OZ

After using these products for 2 days , I really enjoy the the following products:
1. Classic Shampoo contain: rosemary , leaf, cedarwoodbrak and juniper berry. This just smells so nice but it’s not too strong and makes my hair feel clean and soft.
2. Geranium leaf Body Cleanser contain: geranium leaf, mandarin rind and bergamot rind. This body cleanser also has a very nice hit of bergamont which is very relaxing.
3. Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream contain: sage leaf,rosemary leaf and lavender stem. This face cream is creamy but not too rich, goes on smoothly and makes my skin feel hydrated. Keep in mind, I was at the hotel when I try these 🙂
Overall I think if you like products that contain essential oil scents, this is a brand you need to try. I would recommend trying their travel set first 🙂

 

How much is too much ? Sisley Supremya Cream

How much will you pay for a great night moisturizer?
Sisley just released a new face cream, Supremya Cream, and it is retailed for $795.

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Here is what Sisley said:
Supremÿa Cream is the supreme anti-aging night skin care specially developed to meet the specific needs of naturally dry to very dry skin dried out by environmental factors, or skin lacking comfort, in a deliciously smoothing, easily applied, rich and firm cream texture.

At the heart of this formula, is Sisley’s patented* Phyto-Complex LC12 (12-hour Longevity Concentrate): a powerful combination of four plant-based active ingredients, which works at night – a key moment for cellular regeneration – to offer the skin visible rejuvenation.
*patent pending

Supremÿa Cream contains an intensive nourishing complex that regenerates and restructures (Hazelnut oil, Kokum butter, Macadamia oil). An exceptional formula that allows a deep lipid-replenishing action, for comfortable, nourished and revitalized skin.

Night after night, the skin is regenerated, restructured and prepared to tackle the next day.

Active ingredients

  • Sisley’s patented* Phyto-complex LC12 (12-hour Longevity Concentrate): a powerful combination of four plant-based active ingredients that improve the quality of the cells’ life**
  • Hazelnut oil: moisturizing and nourishing properties, helps make the skin softer and more comfortable
  • Kokum butter: gives the skin emollience and suppleness. Rich in protective and repairing emollient fatty acids to nourish and revitalize the skin
  • Macadamia oil: restructuring, nourishing, moisturizing, soothing and softening properties to maintain the hydration and suppleness of damaged, dry and mature skin. * patent pending ** ex-vivo test

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Mr. Jan’s feedback 
After using it for one week, I didn’t see any difference in my skin. In fact, I found that when I just use the cream alone I didn’t get enough hydration. The cream just sits on top of my skin. I have to lay a hydrating serum on top of it to keep my skin hydrated. By the way, I have very dry skin so if you have normal to dry skin, you may find this product to be perfect!!

I love the scent of this cream. It’s very light with a lavender & herb scent. I love anything that smells natural herbs. The texture of the cream is very smooth and velvety.   But would I recommend that you spend $795 on this? No I wouldn’t. Honestly, I don’t expect a miracle but, for this price, I expected the cream to at least keep my skin hydrated without having to layer on other serum.
If you are new to luxury brands and want to upgrade your current skin care ritual, I would recommend you spend your money on a great serum, as serum will address skin concerns and it will penetrate into the skin more than face creams. Face creams serve as a barrier to keep your skin hydrated.

Let me know if you will you pay for a luxe face cream and if you have any great recommendations.