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Aurume Skincare Elements- reader reviewed

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin, Sagging Skin, Dry Skin
October 20, 2012 Reviewed by Emily 4 Comments
Well, this is an odd one. TIA sent me a set of trial-sized facial products for dry/mature skin from a company called Aurume Skincare Elements. The timing was good: I have dry, mature skin (yup, I’m still 57), and I was going away for a week (incidentally, to a hot, dry climate) and not looking forward to decanting my usual stuff into travel-sized containers. The samples (mostly) lasted almost three weeks, with mixed results.

The four items in the set were a cleanser (“Fluere Amadis”); an herbal toner (“Erianthe”); a serum (“Evanesce”); and a cream (“Floresse Aegis”). Add to those mouthfuls that the products’ labels (and the artwork on the company’s website) are rendered in a pseudo-medieval script on a parchment-patterned background, and I felt the need to brush up on my Elvish. The company may have been going for a the vibe of a renaissance herbalist or alchemist (aurum, you may remember from high school, is Latin for gold, though Google helpfully informs me that Aurum Vale is a dungeon in Final Fantasy) but it felt more like Middle Earth to me. (And I suspect it’s bad marketing to select names that customers can neither spell nor pronounce.)

Whatever. The products are very reasonably priced and feature herbs and botanicals, essential oils, butters, and the like. (You will be further reassured to hear that these ingredients are not only organic and fair trade, but are reaped during the appropriate lunar phase.) And the ingredient lists appear indeed credible – all start with aloe, and contain plenty of plant extracts, oils, vitamins, etc.

The best-performing of the lot were the cleanser (though it is so very rich I initially mistook it for a night cream) and the serum (not surprising, given the ingredients, which do include vitamins, hyaluronic acid, and a host of extracts and oils; it is also the most expensive of the four and has a very strong rose fragrance, which some may not appreciate). The toner looks and smells like day-old peppermint tea (sort of murky) and I didn’t see much benefit to it. The facial cream is okay, and contains a lot of good stuff (including shea and other butters), but I found it dry and waxy on application, and I guess I prefer a more emollient feel. I will say that though I suffered a couple of breakouts, my skin did feel adequately hydrated, even during a weeks’ travel, though in three weeks I saw no “anti-aging” effects (such as wrinkle reduction or improved firmness or volume).

Those looking for all, or at least mostly, botanical formulations might want to review the brand’s other offerings as well. In each product category the website lists at least five individual formulations. And they are, as I mentioned, relatively inexpensive for “organic” herbal skincare: Fluere Amadis (cleanser) is listed at $22.95 for four ounces; Erianthe (toner) is listed at $9.95 for four ounces; Evanesce (serum) is listed at $28.95 for one ounce; and Floresse Aegis (cream) is listed at $29.95 for four ounces.

I suspect that many in the 50s-and-up category will want to see their botanical ingredients teamed with a more heavy-hitting anti-aging battery – the sorts of things TIA introduces us to regularly from science. I give the folks at Aurume Skincare Elements full credit for trying, though, and for a creative use of pidgin Latin.

Ingredients in Aurume Skincare Elements:

Fluere Amadis

Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Olea europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Lavendula angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Aspalathus linearis (Organic Rooibos Tea) Extract, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Calendula (Organic) officinalis Extract, Camellia sinesis (Organic White Tea) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Panthenol (Vitamin B Complex), Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A) Oil, Polysaccharide gum (Xanthan Gum)

Erianthe

Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe Leaf) Juice, Mentha piperita (Organic Peppermint) Extract, Glycerin, Salix nigra (Organic Black Willowbark) Extract, Vaccinium myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus auranium dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract

Evanesce

Rosa damascena (Rose) Distillate, Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Juice, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Emulsifying Wax NF, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Vaccinium myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus auranium dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Phenoxyethanol, CoQ10, Beta Carotene (Pro Vitamin A), Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Alpha Lipoic Acid, DL- Thioctic Acid, d-Calcium Pantothenate (Panthenol Vitamin B5), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Daucus carota (Carrot) Oil, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide gum), Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

Floresse Aegis

Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Juice, Rosa damascena (Rose) Distillate, Butyrospermun parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, Calendula officinalis (Organic Calendula) Extract, Theobroma cacao(Cocoa) Butter, Emulsifying Wax NF, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Daucus carota(Carrot) Oil, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Garcinia indica(Kokum) Butter, Mangifera indica (Mango) Butter, Palm Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum)
  • February 5, 2016

    by Amy Vernoy

    I just bought the serum last week. I did a test on my arms that have psoriasis and eczema, just to see whatwould happen. It cured my psoriasis and eczema!
    I was looking online to see if that was what it was for because I was just using it for wrinkles on my face. So amazed and want to tell everyone! I suffered with that condition for 8 years of my life.




  • January 21, 2013

    by Cheryl Turay

    First of all as a woman of color and African origins, I love that Aurume products are certified organic and are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Many of the ingredients sound like things you could eat. Like the Floresse Aegis Creme (which feels just like silky satin). It contains things like African Shea and avocado oils, fruit butter and rosemary extract.
    I also tried the Evanese Serum and was no longer using a product that scored in the “high hazard” category, but in the “no hazard” category. It is truly a joy and comfort to feel safe. In fact, all of the Aurume products score in the low hazard category on Skin Deep.
    And although I didn’t get a chance to try them, I also like that they have a full line of mineral make up. But I will be trying them next week.
    Overall I am beyond satisfied with Aurume products. And what makes me really feel good is that they source their ingredients from the remote farms in Africa, helping them have a better life. My skin feels so good and I even use my cream on my four year old daughter who did try and eat it!

  • November 20, 2012

    by Lisa Martin

    I started on the skin care line about three months ago andI couldn't be more pleased with it. Very high quality! I am in love with this stuff.

    i'm going to an ethnic spa resort that uses this product line in their luxury facials. I am looking foreward to get a professional pampering with their products.

  • November 10, 2012

    by Aurume Skincare Elements

    Thank you, Emily, for taking the time to test and review one of our product lines for mature skin. We were pleasantly surprised that you noted in your review the meticulous methods whereby which we choose our organic product ingredients. The importance of ensuring that herbs and botanicals are harvested during the appropriate lunar phase cannot be overstated. It is well known to science that the moon affects the tides on our planet with its gravitational pull, and in a like manner it affects herbs and botanicals by pulling the phytochemicals into the leaves and other appropriate plant structures to ensure a maximum potency when harvested at the proper time.

    We were also very happy you pointed out the price points on our products. Our mission is to provide not only "the" most effective organically derived skincare products available, but also to provide them at a price that that is affordable to everyone.

    It was not surprising to us that you found the cleanser to deliver outstanding performance since it is packed with such goodies as MSM, DMAE, Esther-C, natural vitamin E, olive oil, organic white tea, organic rooibos tea, vitamin B complex, and retinol Palmitate (vitamin A) all wrapped up with an organic aloe juice. Products of mediocrity tend to utlize a simple water base formula(water as the first ingredient) which will only temporarily hydrate the skin for an hour or two (give or take a little, depending on temperature), but it will not prevent trans epidermal water loss, which is critical in helping to prevent the skin from aging.

    We weren't quite sure what to make of the comment regarding the peppermint toner smelling like day-old peppermint tea. We are not really sure what day-old peppermint tea smells like, and can only assume it smells like peppermint, which is actually what the toner is supposed to smell like. The toner is indeed a bit greenish/murky in color as a result of the natural organic ingredients. We do however offer a wide variety of other toners if a person should have difficulty with the coloration or scent of our peppermint toner product. Our rose toner(Rosarium Albidas) for example, is crystal clear and has a very mild rose scent by comparison, and may perhaps be more suitable to your own personal taste. I should also mention that all of our toners are PH balanced to help bring the skin back into a proper PH after cleansing. Many people think toning is not necessary, but it is actually an important step to bring the skins PH back into balance after cleansing. This ultimately helps to keep the skin in a state of maximum health.

    We noticed you said you experienced a couple of breakouts during the time of usage, and while it is not common for this to occur, it can indeed ocurr as a result of the skin decongesting toxins. Given that you are constantly subjecting your skin to a wide variety of products of varying quality as a product reviewer, this is almost certainly the cause of the breakouts. Since our products are specifically designed to keep the skin in a peak state of health, there can sometimes be a detoxing of the skin for a short period of time as the skins health is restored from a lesser state or condition.

    We must also point out that at age 57, your skin cycle is up to five times longer then someone of say 20 years of age who has a skin cycle of two weeks, and therefore it will naturally take a longer period of time then three weeks to experience maximum beneficial effects from any anti-aging ingredients (from TIA or otherwise). Interstingly, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Alpha Lipoic Acid, DL- Thioctic Acid are all touted by science (and I am pretty sure by TIA as well) as being powerhouses of anti-aging, but We do appreciate your suggestion to add additional proven powerhouses to our formula, and we are always open to customer suggestions on how to improve upon our product lines. Did you have any particular favorite anti-aging powerhouses in mind whereby which you believe we might further improve upon what is already our highest demand serum formulation in the past decade ?

    Tanya Winters
    Public Relations Officer
    Aurume Skincare Elements, LLC
    29 Lacock Street
    Sandy Lake, PA, 16145
    724-376-5155

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