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Product Review: Andalou Naturals Facial Lotion & Eye Serum

October 12, 2012

Today, we are going to have a quick glance at two skin care products by Andalou Naturals:

1) Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18 (80 mL / 2.7 fl oz)
2) Luminous Eye Serum (19 mL / .6 fl oz)

It’s almost a year now that I’ve been using these two products. I picked up the Facial Lotion first because of its regenerating fruit stem cells and UVA/UVB protection combo. I liked it so much that I bought it again and I picked up the Luminous Eye Serum. And I also bought the same products for my mum.

Now I am about to finish my third tube of the Facial Lotion. As you can see from the crinkly state of the tubes, I have been desperately trying to squeeze out every last drop of cream since living overseas means it’ll be harder for me to restock on these products.

Andalou Naturals is a natural and organic cosmetics company from California, whose fruit stem cells infused products are made with natural and fair-trade ingredients, with a minimum 70% certified organic content and are animal/cruelty-free. The Fruit Stem Cells help our own skin’s stem cells defend against environmental aggressors while stimulating, repairing and regenerating at the cellular level in order to slow down the aging process. Their BioActive 8 Berry Complex include: Açai Berry, Arronia Berry, Bearberry, Bilberry, Black Elderberry, Goji Berry, Rosehips Berry and Sea Buckthorn Berry. It is an impressive portfolio of super antioxidants that combat environmental stressors, support cell turnover, increase collagen and elsatin, and strengthen dermal immunity.


Using the Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18

Andalou Naturals is my go-to day cream with full UV protection and cell-renewal properties. Both the smell and the texture are quite  pleasant. The scent has overtones of a sweet citrus flower while the cream feels rich, cool and soothing making this cream great for those who have sensitive skin. I would prefer that my day cream contain a higher level SPF (somewhere around SPF 30), so I tend to wear this only on days when I know I won’t be out in the sun for extended periods of time. Another drawback is that as the day progresses, my face looks a little shinier than usual. But it’s nothing that a little oil-blotting paper can’t fix up.

The Key Ingredients: 

  • Resveratrol Q10: Super antioxidant complex protects and provides energy to cells
  • SPF (sun protection factor): Provides optimum sunscreen protection from the damaging effects of exposure with active ingredients coming from Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 3.0%
  • Rosehip Oil: Essential fatty acids hydrate and nourish to support healthy cells
  • Kelp Extract: Mineral rich and nourishing helps skin retain moisture

Using the Luminous Eye Serum

I’m not as big of a fan of the Luminous Eye Serum as I am of the Facial Lotion. It’s hydrating, but I am not getting the luminous/brightening part. If you are just looking an eye cream that is merely hydrating and soothing, this cream will do the job. But if you are looking for something to help with your dark under eye circles (like me) I would suggest looking elsewhere.

The Key Ingredients: 

  • Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate): Increases healthy circulation and defends against free radicals for a balanced complexion
  • Goji Glycopeptide: Combines firming and lifting strengthen of proteins and polysaccharides creating immediate lifting results
  • Caffeine (green coffee): Stimulates to firm and tighten tired and aging skin

Other thoughts:

I really like that the products come in these simple, clean and easy to use recyclable tubes. Especially now that I’m trying to squeeze out every last drop, I appreciate the packaging even more (as opposed to the pump bottle/plastic containers where you can see that there’s a lot of cream left but you just can’t get to it). Also, I’d like to mention that the size of the tubes and the amount of cream inside is much more generous than other products of the same quality and price.

Where to Find Andalou Naturals Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18 and Luminous Eye Serum: At your nearby Whole Foods or visit the Andalou Naturals website to find a store that carries it (actually, I first found it in a health foods store when I was in the Philippines, but I’ve forgotten what it’s called).

How Much?
Andalou Naturals Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18: $14.95
Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum: $19.95


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