Grown Alchemist is a brand I’ve wanted to try for months, everything from the old style pharmaceutical packaging to the fat list of organic plant-based ingredients, essential oils and natural skin boosters seemed appealing.
In particular, the Regenerating Night Cream With Neuro-Peptide & Violet Extract had caught my attention. So when I spotted an offer to effectively receive their detox serum for free upon purchasing the night cream – well the rest is history and here’s the review:
What It Does: It works with a bunch of antioxidants, Vitamins, hyaluronic acid, essential omega fatty acids and a couple of natural based acids which basically aim to rejuvenate, restore and soothe the skin. I love that it’s stacked with skin goodies without the addition of any of the following: Lauryl sulphates, glycols, petrochemicals, artificial fragrance, animal derivatives, synthetic colours, silicones, or parabens (SOLD!).
Full Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Potassium Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Glyceryl Oleate (and) Glyceryl Stearate (Plant), Mannitol (Plant), Aqua (and) Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract (and) Salicylic Acid (and) Sodium Hydroxide (Natural Polysaccharide Complex), Aqua (and) Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract (and) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (and) Tripeptide-10 Citrulline (and) Tripeptide-1 (and) Lecithin (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Xanthan Gum (and) Carbomer (and) Triethanolamine (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Phenoxyethanol (Natural Peptide and
Polysaccharide Complex), Cetyl Alcohol (Plant), Sodium Hyaluronate (Plant), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Dehydroacetate (Organic Listed), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Wheat Amino Acids (Plant), Myroxylon Pereirae (Peru Balsam) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Camellia) Leaf Extract, Viola Odorata (Violet) Leaf Extract, Santalum Spicata (Sandalwood) Oil, Lactic Acid (Natural), Salicylic Acid (Plant), Passiflora Edulis (Passion-flower) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea-Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise- Star) Fruit Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Limonene (Plant), Linalool (Plant), Benzyl Benzoate (Plant), Benzyl Salicylate (Plant), Farnesol (Plant).
My first thought’s were that the consistency may be a little light for a night cream, but upon application (include the neck and a brief facial massage in any night time beauty regime) it absorbed just beautifully leaving a smooth rich semi-matte coating over my skin. The fragrance of this cream is just divine (if you’ve used Aesop product’s you will know the type of addictive scent I’m referring to)
The Results: I really noticed a difference my skin looked plumped, smooth and rehydrated in the morning, I also noticed an improvement in the clarity and brightness. I can easily compare it to other brands I love such as Aurelia. It has everything you would expect from a high-end moisturiser.
Verdict: Would I repurchase this item? Definitely yes, I love it. Suitable for: in my opinion all skin types apart from active acne as it contains a fair few essential oils that could irritate inflamed skin, it’s probably a bit unnecessary for very young skin and they have also subbed out parabens in favour of phenoxyethanol (as a preservative) which some people may not see as a completely green option. Finally I noted a bit of a kerfuffle with this brand recently for not listing the full product ingredients on their Australian website. I agree that’s a strange thing to do but since I purchased this via Cult Beauty the ingredients were listed (as they are on other UK sites that stock Grown Alchemist) so I was blissfully unaware of this downside.
So is it worth the £66 price tag? It’s far from cheap, but a night cream or serum are the two thing’s in my professional opinion that are worth saving for. It’s the quality and concentration of ingredients you are paying for, I alternate a night cream like this with something like liquid gold or an overnight mask when I want more of an overhaul and using this system a pot this size can last for almost 11 months so averaged out I find it a worthwhile investment (or you could sign up to store mailing lists and look out for offers like I did…).
Have you tried any Grown Alchemist products or do you have a favourite night cream, Let me know?