Exotic ingredients are no strangers to luxe cosmetic lines, so upon reading that Amala’s Purify collection (we have used and reviewed Amala’s Rejuvenating line) uses the rare Blue lotus as the common thread in each of its seven facial skincare products (Rejuvenating products major in on antioxidant cocoa), it seemed like high time to give the beautiful botanical a second glance.

Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) and its cousin the Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) are native to Africa and parts of Southern Asia. The sacred flower was celebrated in ancient Egyptian times as a perfume, health tonic and possible aid for sexual stimulation; its blossoms were even found scattered over Tutankhaman’s body when the pharaoh’s tomb was opened in 1922. In cosmetics, the ingredient can be found in cleansers, moisturizers and exfoliants, functioning as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. However, it is also rich in phytosterols, cholesterol-like molecules found in plants that can make skin sensitive to light.

Amala’s paraben-free, organic products aim to restore balance, clarity and radiance to oily and acnegenic skin types by infusing the skin with all-natural vitamins, minerals and amino acids found in Blue lotus. According to studies, the ingredient does contain bioflavonoids such as quercetin and rutin, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Combined with the other ingredients such as sweet almond oil (a skin brightener, emollient and moisturizer) and willow bark extract (which possesses antimicrobial capabilities and is often used for sebum control), it could very well do the deed. As a sufferer of this type of skin myself, we’ll be testing the Amala Purify clay mask ($58), toner ($30) and moisturizer ($68) in the near future to see just how well this rare ingredient works.