After ilike’s Magnetic Therapy, a facial mask that is almost alarmingly different from anything that I have encountered, the Organic Wrinkle Eliminator Serum ($88), with the color and fragrance of dewy lawn on a spring morning, was almost anti-climatic.

However, the ingredients chosen by Hungarian company ilike are not common and garden, although they do mostly focus on botanicals. The effects after a month of experimentation crept up on me. Although, this serum is described as a wrinkle eliminator, I am not sure that I noticed much effect on lines. It definitely, though has a very gratifying plumping effect and the skin looks healthy and feels soft. After a month of experimentation on my face and the backs of my hands, I have concluded that my hands like it best.

Even when compared to other botanical products, ilike’s Wrinkle Eliminator Serum takes an unusual approach. There are two forms of chlorophyll, the stuff in plants that makes them green, here – a copper called CI 75810 and virgina creeper, which is unusually high in chlorophyll. The action of chlorophyll in plants is complex. It absorbs light in the chloroplasts of plant cells and drives the reaction of photosynthesis. By using the energy of light to fix carbon dioxide into carbohydrate, it gives the plant fuel to grow. As well as being an antioxidant, it helps to balance the skin’s sebum production.

The sourcing of uncommon and interesting plants continues with sedum acer, (also called stoneplant). According to Polish researchers it has been found to contain quercetin, an antioixdiant that may be more powerful than resveratol. Stoneplant also seems to have a skin brightening effect. Then there is purslane, a herb that has more omega 3 than any other leafy plant. Recent research determined that its particular alkaloids are better radical scavengers than vitamins C or E. Pansy extract – the second ingredient in Wrinkle Eliminator after aloe – is used to control acne thanks to antibacterial properties, as well as eczema. It is also an anti-inflammatory.

Exciting those these ingredients are, the formula in its entirety doesn’t come up roses. There is linalool, carcinogenic at certain doses (presumably it is too miniscule here to be off consequence), but then there is eugenol as well, which has similar properties, Finally, there is sodium benzoate, a preservative that can be harmful to DNA. All of these would probably put me off buying a second bottle of what is otherwise an interesting product.

Ingredients in Wrinkle Eliminator

Aloe Arborescens, Viola Tricolor, Parthenocissus Inserta, Sedum Acre, Portulaca Oleracea, Glycerine, Hypericum Perforatum, Calendula Officinalis, Glycine Soja, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Lecithin, Lavandula Angustifolia, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), CI 75810 (Chlorophyll), Linalool, Benyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat.