Some new goodies from the recently rebranded Grown Alchemist arrived in the post the other day - it's a two part system, with a "skin prep" serum and a night cream. You're meant to put on the serum, wait five minutes and then put on the night cream before you go to sleep.
If old school pharmaceutical packaging and super scientific sounding complicated product names with fancy ingredients is your thing, well, do I have a treat for you!
First the serum - in a brown-glass eyedropper, it's labeled "Citrus Hesperidin Phytosterols Facial Serum Skin Prep Treatment" - I'm surprised it didn't need to come in a bigger bottle to fit that name on!
Then there's the night cream, also in a brown glass container, but this time a cute tub - "Violet Leaf & Neuropeptide Night Cream".
Like any properly fancy cosmetic brand the names are on the packaging in french as well. Oh La La!
So.. if you're anything like me you read these ingredients and said "WHAT THE HECK?!" But fear not, thanks to the wonders of Wikipedia I can now tell you what this stuff is.
Citrus Hesperidin is an antioxidant found commonly in citrus (my resident scientist says "That's lemon juice!") .. Phytosterols are plant steroids similar to cholesterol, Neuropeptides are protein-like molecules found in the human brain and nerves..
.. now why you'd want any of that in your skincare, or if it does anything, I've no idea, but it seems certain that they've gone to a lot of trouble to include some interesting ingredients!
The night cream smells, unsurprisingly, of violets and this is a nice relaxing scent to have before going to bed, the cream feels rich but not greasy, it soaks into the skin nicely feels good once you've put it on.
I don't know if these are making me more "youthful and radiant" but they have become a pleasant part of my nighttime ritual, it's nice to feel as though you're doing something good for yourself at the end of a long day, and they look lovely sitting beside my bed.. a good reminder that there is always time for a little pampering!