A lot of popularity the word ‘serum’ has gained in last few years. Now almost every brand makes serums and sells it at sky high prices. We consumers happily pay those prices because serums promise to be much better than creams and give visible improvement in the skin.
But since they are very expensive, it will be good if we know beforehand which serum is good and which is not good enough.
So here is my review of Lotus Organics Precious Brightening Serum+Creme…. Hell honest as always.
Packaging of this serum is very rich and nice. The colors of the bottle (pinkish) and outer carton (light peach) are beautiful and soothing. This comes in a glass bottle and with a pump nozzle; I give a big thumbs up to both these characteristics. A lot of information (about Lotus Organics brand and this product both) is given on the outer carton. I don’t know why, but I like packaging which has a lot written on it (probably because it feeds the needs of my over-analytical brain and gives me opportunities to find loop holes). It also has an insert which has brief description of various products of Lotus Organics.
Price: Rs 895 for 30 ml
Around 900 rs for just 30 ml? It’s a lot of money, right? Let’s see if it is worth or not.
- Enlivens dull looking complexion,
- Makes complexion more vibrant, healthy and glowing,
- White peony extract makes the skin soft, matte and beautifully glowing,
- Known to create the brightest, lightest, and most luminous skin possible,
- After application, skin is clean, filled with moisture & soaked in divine love, (ye kuch zyada ho gaya).
- Preservative free and Artificial fragrance free (It is not written on the package, but on the insert given with this pack).
- 99% Natural.
Aqua (Himalayan Source) (They mean to say: Water from Himalayas)
Vegetable Glycerine (derived from palm oil),
xylitylglucoside (and) Anhydroxylitol (and) Xylitol (derived from sugar and vegetable),
Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters (derived from olive oil),
Sodium PEG-7 Olive oil carboxymate (derived from olive oil),
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer,
White Peony Extract,
Maltodextrin, Sucrose, Dilaurate,
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate & Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract,
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vegetable derived),
Disodium EDTA (preservative), caprylhydroxamic acid (preservative), caprylyl glycol (used as humectant (moisturizer) and to increase shelf life).
Essential Oil Blend
Dull, translucent white
Gel like, does not flow at all.
It has almost no odor.
Out of all the products I’ve reviewed so far, this is the first time I could not find any loop hole in the labeling and information given (except one grammatical mistake). I like the fact that all the ingredients that they have listed, they are marked either as Natural Origin or Certified Organic. I like the fact that what they have highlighted on the packaging (white peony extract) is actually written in the ingredients list also (unlike many other products; you will know if you read my previous reviews).
Several products these days claim that they are preservative free. But I don’t believe. Any product will have microbial growth in it if it has no preservative. One way to avoid microbial growth is to sterilize the product and container. But even if the product and packaging is well sterilized, microbes will invade once the pack is opened and being used. This product too says that it is preservative free; however, it is not possible. But in this case, the statement is at least technically true. The ingredients include Disodium EDTA and caprylhydroxamic acid. These agents are not direct preservatives, but they indirectly prevent microbial growth in the products. Disodium EDTA is also a penetration enhancer and thus might be serving the dual purpose of preservative and making the other active ingredients penetrate the skin better. Disodium EDTA itself does not get absorbed into the skin significantly and thus is not as dangerous as other preservatives (parabens, formaldehyde etc.) PS: I am only talking about Disodium EDTA being safe if used on skin; it can be dangerous if ingested.
Caprylhydroxamic acid is a natural preservative and has been found safe to be used in cosmetics.
So this product is ‘harmful preservative free’,
Basically, I liked the fact that this product has not been trying to make fool of the consumers (unlike many others), or at least they are smart enough to convince us of this.
This product does not have the consistency of a serum. Usually, the serums have thin consistency, but this is more gel like. But here too, I cannot deduct their marks, because they have clearly written ‘serum+creme’.
It is completely non-greasy, non-sticky. Within few seconds of rubbing onto skin, it is completely absorbed. However, if you apply a lot of it, a layer of the product is left on the skin (though not sticky).
2 pumps are more than enough for one time application. If you apply daily twice, one bottle should last around a month.
Though nothing can change your skin into a luminous body, as the products usually claim, but Lotus organics precious brightening serum+creme has definitely done good to my skin. There is 20-30% improvement in my skin. Dullness has reduced and skin looks clearer.
What I’ve realized is that it can act as a very good cream for people like me who have normal to oily skin. In summers, we obviously cannot apply moisturizing creams, and I personally don’t like vanishing creams; they leave skin a little dry and give a kind of stretched feeling. So this is a perfect cream, gives just the right amount of moisture. I usually avoid any cream in summers, but it is important to apply something beneath the sunscreen (to prevent sunscreen from directly coming in contact with the skin). So I think I have found a good option for this purpose.
Other than this, as I told that disodium EDTA is a penetration enhancer, I can use it to help some other things penetrate my skin better, like some vitamins. I can mix this product with it (for eg. Vitamin E) to improve its penetration. If you use it this way, make sure you are mixing something as natural as possible; you don’t want chemicals from the other product to penetrate your skin more.
Transparent and satisfactory Labeling
No artificial strong odor
No harmful preservatives
Right amount of moisture for normal skin
Suitable for all skin types
No significant con (except I wish it were a little cheaper)
Does it fulfill its Claims: Yes, up to some extent.
Although a little expensive, it is a good serum/cream with good results.
Will I buy it again:
Do I Recommend
Yes. If you still haven’t found an effective serum, you can give it a try. If you are ready to spend this much for a summer cream, you can definitely go for it.
So this was my Honest Review of Lotus Organics Serum.
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