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AminoGenesis Paranormal EFX- reader reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Age Spots, Sagging Skin
April 7, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 4 Comments
Reviewed by Barrie

This morning, I squeezed the last drops out of my bottle of AminoGenesis Paranormal EFX Anti Aging Super Serum ($69.99). I did use it up and that is a good omen. However, there are things about it that are spooky.

When I received an email from TIA asking if I would like to test Paranormal EFX, my initial reaction was “Wow! With a name like that, how can I resist?” However, my enthusiasm chilled when I saw the ingredients list. After the magical-sounding tremella mushroom and all the science-y stuff that Marta has taught us about (amino acids, peptides, GPA-3) came the evil methylparaben, the ominous fragrance, and the sinister Blue 1 and Red 33.

But what really put me off was the marketing material. Claims of “scientific breakthroughs” by “top scientists” and invented marketing names for ingredients – Preventhelia! Regenaplex 4! – are turn-offs for me. The story of Chinese princess Yang Gui, “considered the most beautiful woman in Chinas (sic) history, [who] famously used Tremella Mushroom to preserve her beauty” made me want to stop the test right there. I mean, what do princesses know about mushrooms that I don’t?

However, I was under its spell. I did not mind that it smelled like something I would clean the bathroom with. I did not mind that the lilac color was completely artificial. I persevered!

I used the serum, as I would any other, on clean skin under moisturizer day and night. I will say that through the dry winter months, it did add a layer of moisture, which made my skin look and feel more comfortable. My skin often gets very dry at night but has been less so over the past few weeks while I have been using Paranormal EFX. It did not eliminate the need for a moisturizer, but for me, no serum does.

The claims made for Paranormal EFX cover just about everything: fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots and discoloration, enlarged pores, loss of firmness, etc., etc. Unfortunately I did not experience “Results That Are Out Of This World!” nor did I expect to in only a matter of weeks. My skin looks smooth and clear, and I did not react to or break out from the nasties in the ingredients list, but fortunately this is par for the course with my skin.

I am sorry for all the bad puns in this review, but how could I resist? This product junkie will now look for the next magic potion.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Guanidino Propionic Acid, Tremella Funciformis Sporocarp (Mushroom) Extract, Trehalose,Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Myrothamnus, Flabellifolia Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Diaminopropionyl Tripeptide-33, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lysine HCl, Histidine HCl, Arginine HCl, Aspartic Acid, Threonine, Serine, Glutamine, Proline, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Acetyl Tyrosine, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Citrate, PEG40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Blue 1, Red 33
  • April 11, 2012

    by Barrie

    Oh no this review is coming back to haunt me :) . I offered no analysis of the ingredients. I leave that to Marta. I merely mentioned their presence and related my experience with the product and my personal reaction to the advertising.

  • April 10, 2012

    by Marta

    Hello Patti
    You seem to have posted an almost identical comment under the name of Victoria (which I have not published). As clearly stated in the headline of the article, the review was written by a reader. Barrie does not have any kind of vested interest in products that I sell. I wonder, though, if you have a vested interest in AminoGenesis?

  • April 10, 2012

    by Patti

    Barrie, I am just curious at to what degree you have in chemistry??? What credentials do you possess that allows you to speak as an authority on ingredients in any product. Please don't site any PR, Marketing, or $50,0000,000.00 Ad campaigns created by industry spin doctors. I'm so sick of "self Proclaimed Experts" Stating their opinions. I see you sell products here.... Hmmmm... Sounds like you're just trying to sell what you have on your site instead of really knowing anything useful...

  • April 7, 2012

    by Marta

    Barrie, thank you for being such a trooper on behalf of the TIA community. At least you have saved the rest of us from paranormal marketing claims

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