Reviewed by Kim

Living Nature is another interesting line to come out of New Zealand. Its all-natural products are created from New Zealand’s native plants and are intended to “enhance your skin’s own natural function” while nourishing, purifying and healing the skin. I was fortunate enough to test the Firming Flax Serum ($47), which is described as “a potent, oil-free serum for firmer, smoother skin.”

The serum has a really unique set of ingredients, the most interesting being the harakeke flax gel which is a mild astringent that claims to “cause your pores to contract, preventing your skin from losing moisture for fewer lines and wrinkles.” Harakeke flax seed oil is high in omega-3 and from the little research that I did, I learned that the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, the Maori, used harakeke for medicinal purposes. Harakeke contains enzymes that give it blood clotting and antiseptic qualities to help healing processes, and as a poultice it was used for boils, tumors and abscesses, as well as to treat varicose ulcers. The serum also has active manuka honey, an ingredient that has gotten a bunch of attention here on TIA. There’s also rosehip oil, grapeseed oil, aloe vera, and lots of other nourishing ingredients. I was definitely intrigued.

The bottle of serum is pretty tiny, only .4 ounces, but honestly a tiny bit goes a long way. And I’m guessing you easily have more than a month’s worth. It’s a thin light yellow serum with an interesting smell that I neither liked nor disliked and seemed to dissipate after a few minutes. When I first started to use it, I found that my skin felt dry afterwards and I needed to follow up with a moisturizer. But after a week or two, my skin adjusted and just the serum was enough.

Now, let’s get down to what really matters, its effectiveness. I’ll start off by saying what it didn’t do. It didn’t irritate my extra sensitive skin. This is a big deal, because I had been having little bouts of dermatitis and my skin was easily irritated. Luckily, this product did not activate a flare-up. As far as firming goes, I actually did see a subtle effect. For starters, I should mention that I don’t have sagging skin and so the product didn’t really need to do any heavy lifting. But it did create a subtle tightness without that tight dry feeling. I used it for several weeks, and I really enjoyed it. I’m definitely interested in checking out more from this unique New Zealand line.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Cetearyl olivate (from olive oil), Sorbitan olivate (from olive oil), Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride (from coconuts), Glucose (plant sugar), Mel (manuka honey), Phormium tenax leaf juice (NZ flax gel), Sclerotium gum, Calendula officinalis extract, Euphrasia officinalis (eye bright) extract, Parfum (natural fragrance)*, Daucus carota (carrot) extract, Hypericum perforatum (st.john’s wort) oil, Rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil**, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Glucose oxidase (from milk), Lactoperoxidase (from milk), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool* * From natural essential oils **Certified organic