Monday 31 August 2020

Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion: skin barrier-friendly K-Beauty line that will blow your mind

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2020 hasn't been easy, life hasn't been quite the same nor has our skin. We may not be sitting in fully air-conditioned offices all the time, or wear too much makeup anymore, so in theory, we should be okay right? Wrong. I don't know about you but I've never experienced quite as many problems with my skin until this year. I stopped commuting, I'm no longer stressed as hell every single day, I have time to cook and meditate yet my skin has been nothing but stressed AF. 

If that sounds like you and you've been feeling a little dry or dehydrated and your skin's been irritated, then let me introduce you to the next best thing for unhappy skin. Yes, my love for Korean skincare knows no bounds but even I might have whispered a little 'wow' to my cat (LOL) when I first saw a press release for Aromatica's new rose-based range Reviving Rose Infusion. If skin-loving ingredients are your thing, you're into beautiful packaging and desperately trying to repair your skin's moisture barrier, then you may want to read more!

So has Aromatica's new launch exceeded my already high expectations? It might have done just that.

Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner Review

Price: £34 for 200ml (or £28.90 with my code: BDQBLOG with free delivery)

Packaging: matte and cloudy looking, sourced from recyclable glass 

Instagram-worthy packaging is aimed at millennial pink lovers. The dual-phase formula is milky when shaken and as beautiful as it is guilt-free thanks to the brand's decision to use an eco-friendly glass. Is it a toner or an essence? Both, always both as it’s the beauty of South Korean hydrating liquids. It’s not quite an essence as it's definitely more watery but when it comes to results, a few layers of this toner may make you want to skip an essence or even a serum. One layer is plenty if you're following through with your serum, but by the second or a third, you might be able to skip it altogether. I usually end up with one layer, if I’m following up with my usual routine, or more if I rather skip some steps and only finish with a moisturiser or oil. It’s also perfect as a set before retinol if you like to buffer it a tiny bit first (just make sure it sinks in fully before following with vitamin A) or directly after as I find it calming and rebalancing the skin nicely after a stronger active. You’ll see the instant results of course (THAT GLOW), but try it for a few weeks day and night and healthy hydrated skin feeling that lasts is what you’re getting.

The formula is enriched with some superb skin-loving ingredients. Based on Rosa damascena flower and Aloe barbadensis leaf extracts with an addition of Niacinamide, Rosa Damascena flower and Moringa Oils alongside plumping peptides and skin barrier-friendly Ceramides mixed in for a good measure. It’s hydrating and soothing, of course, but it’s also a perfect addition to a well-made skin routine, even for more mature types. The rose scent is there, not too strong but also not the faintest either, it’s not our grandmother's kind of rose, but more modern take on the tradition, but if rose ain’t your thing, you may want to consider that.  The toner is light but also packs enough hydration making it a great option for all skin types.

Ingredients/INCI: Rosa damascena flower extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Methylpropanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Butylene glycol, Ethylhexyl palmitate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 laurate, Glycerin, Caprylyl glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 myristate, Rosa damascena flower oil, Illicium verum fruit extract, Hydrogenated lecithin, Eclipta prostrata extract, Melia azadirachta leaf extract, Ceramide NP, Moringa oleifera seed oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Benzyl alcohol, Farnesol, Linalool, Citral, Limonene

Personally, I’m a fan but then again I’m yet to try something that Jin, owner of Tonic15, has recommended as she tends to test every single product that ends up on her virtual shelves.

Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Serum Review

Price: £36 for 100ml (or £30.60 with my code: BDQBLOG with free delivery)

Packaging: clear glass and made from 100% recyclable packaging

A larger than usual bottle hides away a luxurious and silky serum. It goes on beautifully, spreads easily and sinks in within seconds for a hydrated, smooth and radiant finish. It looks stunning of course, no dual-suspension here, just a thicker version of the toner boasting a fantastic range of ingredients. 

There are of course an abundance of moisturisers in here, from good old Glycerin, and Propanediol, through Betaine to Aloe and so much more plant-derived humectants. Add on lots of emollients to soothe and soften such as Panthenol, Levulinic Acid and Allantoin, skin-loving fruit extracts, oats, natural oils and you have yourself a barrier-repair friendly serum. Glow is noticeable instantly and after a few weeks more long-standing results kick in. Your skill will feel hydrated, it will look fantastic and it will thank you for it. Have a look at the INCI below and tell me you are not in the rush to get it. I’ll wait. You can use this alone, or after a more actives-packed routine to add a dash of hydrating and soothing elements, before moisturiser or oil. 

Ingredients/INCI: Aqua, Propanediol(Plant-derived moisturizer), Glycerin(Plant-derived moisturizer), Betaine(Sugar beet-derived moisturizer), Niacinamide(Whitening agent), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate(Plant-derived emulsifier), Panthenol(Vitamin B5), Phenethyl Alcohol(Emollient), 1)Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Carbomer(Moisturizing/Thickening agent), Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate(Plant-derived emulsifier), Glyceryl Caprylate(Plant-derived emollient), Levulinic Acid(Plant-derived emollient), Allantoin(Skin calming agent), Avena Sativa Protein Extract(Oat-derived emollient), Sodium Levulinate(Plant-derived emollient), Adenosine(Anti-wrinkle agent), Butylene Glycol(Moisturizer), 2)Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Maltodextrin(Polysaccharides moisturizer), Eclipta Prostrata Extract, 2)Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, 2)Citronellol(Ingredient in Rose oil), Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol(Emollient), Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract(Sea buckthorn fruit extract), Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, 2)Geraniol(Ingredient in Rose oil), Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil(Moringa seed oil), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract(Calendula extract), Glycine Soja Seed Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract

1)Organic raw material(s)
2)Naturally found in essential oils

All products in the range (cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser) can work in conjunction with each other. I have too many moisturisers to justify a new one, but it also has great reviews from fellow influencers whose opinions and feedback I trust completely. I have tried the cleanser, a mini sample sent over with toner and a serum, but I must say, I know of better second cleanse-aimed cleansers, that this did not wow me per se. It’s a little thicker, it foams and I trust someone a bit more oily than me would find it lovely and refreshing, but I have others I much prefer. For example, Make P:Rem Relief Moisture Cleansing Foam has a similar feel and texture but also sports an addition of gentle exfoliating and hydrating agents, which I adore as a second cleanse, a couple of times a week or more if I’m feeling particularly congested. Other than that, I prefer more hydrating and soothing second cleanse, but that’s me. 

Have you tried Aromatica, or maybe even ventured into the beautiful world of Reviving Rose Infusion range yet? I adore both products, toner is honestly superb if you like to add an extra hydration layer and serum simply works really hard to plump and really smooth skin whilst both can have some fantastic effects on the compromised skin barrier. They are not totally fragrance-free but only use natural fragrance and no unknown ‘parfum’ (aka skincare world's version of let's dump whatever in here as we don't need to disclose), so take it as you may, but I had no adverse reaction at all. In fact, these two have been total gems when I felt a tad sensitised. 

Thank You For Reading.

With love,

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