Saturday, October 25, 2014

Review: FRESH | Crème Ancienne Ageless Complexion Treatment


This is the story of how I fell in love with a $300 face cream.

The romantic in me loves a brand with a few good stories to tell and FRESH seems to have many. This one begins with a Greek physician, Claudius Galenus from the 2nd century, who not only served the emperor but also concocted one of the first cold creams used to treat skin wounds and ailments. With this ancient recipe in hand so the journey begins...


THE BASICS
Brand: FRESH
Product: Crème Ancienne Soft Cream*
Range: Face Mask, Soft Cream, Infusion, Elixir, Eye Cream
Size: 100g (30g size also available)
Price: $328CAD/100g , $164CAD/30g
Details: No parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes, GMOs or petrochemicals.
Availability: Sephora, Fresh online and select Fresh retailers.
Would I (re)purchase: YES! (As soon as I make this type of money)
Website: www.fresh.com

Crème Ancienne was originally introduced by the brand in 2003, Crème Ancienne Soft Cream is the modern interpretation of this centuries old formula. While the original launch produced an exceptionally rich product, the newly reformulated version was made to be more adaptable for all skin types. With a goal to preserve the history of this product and due to the delicate process of its creation, this cream is actually made by hand by monks in a monastery. Why monks you ask? Allegedly in ancient times, if a product isn't made by a monk then it was considered witchcraft!

Housed in a heavy white jar stylized with archaic motifs, the new Crème Ancienne has a light scent, is rich yet soft to the touch and has an unique bouncy texture unlike anything I've put my finger on before. The consistency is very creamy and smooth but its easy to put on too much so my favourite way to apply this is taking a small dime sized amount, rubbing it between my fingers until it almost disappears and then pressing it onto my face. There shouldn't be any greasiness left behind but skin should feel supple yet balanced.


Having used this as part of my daily routine for almost 3 months, I am thoroughly smitten. I knew it was something good after the first week but I wanted to hold off to see if it was just initial infatuation and to this morning I still look forward to putting this on my skin. 

Now I'm not certain I have that many years behind me to see this as an serious aging product but the name Ageless Complexion Treatment is actually quite fitting. What I noticed with Crème Ancienne was an immediate smoothing of my skin texture as well a noticeable firming/lifting effect which has promoted me to use this on my neck and decolletee as well. This perks up my skin, makes me look awake and fresh all in one jar. In fact, I haven't even used a serum in at least 6 weeks. 

What I also love is the fact that this kept my skin in good balance all through the late summer and early fall season, for combination skin like mine, it's hard to find a single product that get's everything done. With its simple ingredients (see end of post), I'm inclined to think it's the beeswax that's helping to seal in the moisture yet I've never used a beeswax based product like this that doesn't feel like a suffocating mask. Best yet, I'm happy to report that there's been on breakouts, clogged pores or any other adverse reactions. In short, it's hard for me to pinpoint a specific target area that Crème Ancienne treats but there's not doubt that is improves the overall feel of your skin.



THE FINAL VERDICT
Look, I'm not going to convince you that you must have this $300 face cream but I will tell you that you should definitely try it if you ever get a chance to grab a sample or see it as part of a skincare set. What makes Crème Ancienne so special is a combination of high quality ingredients that many have come to expect from Fresh but also its unique texture, the way it balances the skin and gives you just that little bit that unspoken something special to your skin in a form that's easy to use even for those who prefer the simplest of routines. I can see this as a beautiful luxury gift and in fact this would be a perfect men's skincare product. Personally, I shall indulge in every last dollop of this cream and it would most definitely be a repurchased item when I make the type of money to afford this on a regular basis.


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INGREDIENTS:
LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER BEESWAX (CERA ALBA) PENTYLENE GLYCOL CORYLUS AVELLANA (HAZEL) SEED OIL ORMENIS MULTICAULIS FLOWER WAX SODIUM CARBONATE DECAHYDRATE LIMONENE CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL OIL OSMANTHUS FRAGRANS FLOWER EXTRACT ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER OIL TOCOPHEROL CITRONELLOL GERANIOL CITRAL 

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