Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Brightening Complex | Review

 Purchased by Me (Affiliate Links)

The Organic Pharmacy has had pride of place at the top of my list of the most extraordinary natural skincare lines that I have ever used. In fact, it is one of my very favorite skincare lines, period. They make safe and effective products that do precisely what they are designed to do, and they are a great pleasure to use. Their antioxidant rich anti-aging products stand up to any of their high-end department store counterparts, and in fact it has been my experience that they exceed the efficacy of the chemical-laden products that I have tried.

The Organic Rose Plus Marine Brightening Complex is one of my more recent acquisitions from the line, and I actually made the purchased based upon the effusive recommendation of a really close friend who has been completely obsessed with this product for quite a while. I noticed how astoundingly beautiful and luminescent her skin appeared, and she attributed it to this one product. In fact, she said that she has never been asked about her skin more than she has since she began using this serum. I have to say that I completely agree with her assessment– it really is an amazing product, and I only wish that I had purchased it sooner.
According to The Organic Pharmacy, the Rose Plus Brightening Complex is, "A unique mixture of Bio plant technology, enzyme activity and selected vitamin action smoothes the skin surface and helps reduce pigmentation."

They further assert that it is,

A light brightening serum to lighten pigmentation as well as lift and smooth the skin. Suitable for all skin types, particularly suitable for people concerned with pigmentation. The result is smooth, refined and brighter skin. Papaya proteolytic enzyme exfoliates dead and damaged cells enhancing skin smoothness and encouraging cellural renewal. Fruit Acids from Hibiscus, Cucumber and Mulberry act on the production and accumulation of pigments through inhibition of the enzyme tyrosinase as well as a second exfoliation action. Extracts of the Nagaka Fruit prevents the transfer of melanin from melanocytes to keratinocytes. Glucosamine and Niacinamide applied topically stop the formation of new age spots and help fade existing ones. They block the enzyme responsible for melanin production. Kigelia Africana, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rose Hip and Calendula increase elasticity and collagen production as well as increasing and promoting cellular renewal. High molecular weight Polysaccharides in New Zealand Fern form an immediate matrix over the skin to improve firmness and elasticity.

Suggested use: Apply a small amount directly after cleansing, hydrating and repair morning and evening.

My experience: This is an utterly superb serum, and this is a point that I simply cannot sufficiently underscore. It has a very light texture that sinks in immediately leaving behind no greasy film or residue. Since it has a lightweight fast absorbing texture I apply it directly after washing my face to warm slightly damp skin. I immediately follow with one of my favorite beauty oils, but I must say that it pairs exquisitely with The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Firming Serum (reviewed here). It is an antioxidant rich anti-aging serum brightens and smooths the complexion, and it improves the texture of the skin. Furthermore, it hydrates the skin while it lifts and plumps the appearance of fine lines while offering the skin extraordinary luminosity.

This enzyme packed serum gently exfoliates dead skin cells revealing a significantly brightened complexion, and it not only evens out skin tone, but it also fades sun spots and hyperpigmentation. Additionally, the Nanka Fruit extract and Glucosamine fade existing sun spots while helping to reduce the formation of new sun spots. However, this does not contain a sunscreen, and most certainly should be used in conjunction with a sunscreen during the day. The end result is bright, luminous, lifted, even toned, and clear skin that has the most healthy glowing radiance.
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Overall Assessment: This is a truly remarkable serum, and I simply can't imagine being without it! There is no question that there are many more bottles of this magical potion in my future. This has earned an unmitigated A+ in my book!

$198.00 for 1.1 oz. / 35 ml. from Barneys New York, Beauty.com, Selfridges and The Organic Pharmacy (Affiliate Links).

Purchased by Me. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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33 comments:

  1. This product sounds really cool, I have never used a serum before even though I've heard that I should because they do really awesome things for your skin

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    1. Hi Ebony! It is an amazing serum, and in fact The Organic Pharmacy makes so many extraordinary products! I'm a huge proponent of using serums, and good ones definitely do great things for the skin! It's definitely worth adding a good serum into your skincare routine!

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  2. This is wonderful my lovely one. After Tata's one I'll use this one. I am in need, always, of added luminosity. How is the end of the year going my sweets?
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    1. It is truly amazing, and it gives the skin such gorgeous luminosity! I saw that you won a big giveaway from The Non-Blonde– CONGRATULATIONS! Gaia is amazing! My end of the year is good, but feels a bit rushed as I prep for Winter Quarter (which starts on Monday!). How is yours? You must be enjoying your break from school! xoxoxox Happy New Year! <3

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    2. YES! I am a looong time reader of the non blonde so it was a double gift for me. On the one hand, it comes from a blogger and a perfumer I admire very much and, on the other, it is a little window into something good. It felt like a caress from 2014 which, as you know, in many ways, was a really bad year for me. I am so ready to leave this year behind and hope for our TT lines and in my case, as things are looking, perhaps another postdoc really. It has taken me a really long time to understand I deserve a happy ending for my life and I want to claim it this 2015--my happily ever after. I need a job and a few cats and I can just smile.

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    3. Me too! I love her blog! I was so happy when I saw that you won! You deserve it so much, and aI know that it has been a difficult year for you! It's almost over, and I feel that you will have so many amazing things happen in 2015! Whether it's a TT or another post-doc–I think that things will unfold and give you lots of well-deserved opportunities! Anyone would be very lucky to have you as a professor at their institution. I still keep my fingers crossed that we will end up at the same institution! You definitely will get the right job and a few cats, and a few new perfumes! I wish many many smiles for you in 2015! xoxox

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  3. Wow, I'm sold, Lola! It sound absolutely incredible and has so many ingredients that I love like niacin amide and rosehips oil etc. I just need a major cash infusion ;) Sounds worth saving up for!

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    1. Their products are truly amazing, and they use such amazing and effective safe ingredients! They definitely have a hefty price tag, and I usually make my purchases during the Barneys Love Yourself Bag Event– that way I feel like I'm getting so much more for my money! It's definitely a wonderful line worth trying!

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  4. Whew that price tag though. But man I love some rose stuff!

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    1. It's definitely a pricey line, but their products are truly phenomenal!

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  5. The price tag..... but it does sound great!

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    1. No question that it's expensive, but OMG it is so amazing!

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  6. It sounds nice but definitely out of my budget!

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    1. No question that it's pricey, but it is sooooo amazing!

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  7. Oh my twin, you know I love anything w/ rose! This sounds so divine to me. I'll definitely check it out!

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    1. Hello my twinsy! You would absolutely love this stuff! It's magic in a bottle! Happy New Year! <3

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  8. That brightening complex sounds amazing!

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  9. I'm obsessed with serums. I'll have to give this a try! Well, if I end up coming into some extra money, that is. :)

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    1. Hi Jamie! So am I! This is an exceptionally good one! :-)

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  10. This sounds like it works so well! I'll have to check it out!

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    1. It's insane how well this works, Brooke!

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  11. This sounds brilliant! I'll take anything that reduces post-acne hyperpigmentation. Happy New Year!

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    1. This is a really amazing serum, and it definitely does a brilliant job fading hyperpigmentation! Happy New Year to you too!

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  12. I was all like yes, yes I need this, yes I do! Then noticed the price O.o it does sound amazing though!

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    1. Hi Deborah, It's definitely both expensive and truly amazing!

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  13. I really love brightening things. The brightening complex for this sounds great!

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    1. Hi Laura, Then you would definitely be very impressed by this serum!

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  14. It seems a bit out of my price range, but it sounds amazing!

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    1. Hi Kristin, it is truly amazing, but it's definitely quite expensive!

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  15. This sounds amazing. However, I am allergic to roses (as in Spring allergies to the flowering plant). So, I don't know if I could use it. I have therefore ordered some rose hip oil from Amazon. My thinking is that if I can use it on my skin (pure, organic, first pressed oil) I would be able to use other products which have it as a component. Is that rational/valid thinking? Thanks!

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    1. It really is amazing! That's a really good question! I don't know if the processing of the roses would remove the allergens that cause you to react. Instead of spending the money on Amazon, could you try a tester of this at the Barneys in Boston next time you are in the area? Of course I would check to make sure that they actually stock it at that location. My feeling is that you would be better off seeing how your skin responds to this specific product, if that is what you are contemplating rather than just testing out a Rose Hip oil that will likely differ from the ingredients in this specific product. Of course, if this is a bigger experiment to determine whether or not you can tolerate rose-based beauty products, then that's another matter altogether. You might actually send an email to your physician to see whether he/she thinks it's a bad idea to use any products using derivatives from a known allergen for you.

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    2. If you are very allergic to roses, it may be a good idea to avoid products containing them. What has happened in the past when you have used products that contain rose oil, or derivatives. This is such an expensive product, and it would be so wasteful to spend this kind of money only to fins out that you can't use it!

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