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Luxtural Mystique Fountain

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Oily Skin
December 17, 2009 Reviewed by Copley 8 Comments
"When luxury meets nature at your skin" is the slogan of Luxtural, a one-year-old skincare brand launched by a former flight attendant with a beauty product obsession. The line, which focuses on skin hydration, is already a media darling and self-professed favorite of fresh-faced celebs like Angelina Jolie, Joy Bryant, and Debra Messing. Based on ancient wisdom and holistic medicine, the cornerstone of Luxtural lies in pristine rainwater from the Pacific Coast. This key ingredient, combined with exotic extracts and natural moisturizers, inspire the stars to shell out $414 for its set of three products.

Promising the fountain of youth in the form of eternal hydration, the Mystique Fountain Deep Hydrating Rainy Mist ($78) is the first step in Luxtural's recommended skincare regimen. Whether you use it as a makeup primer or spritz it as a refreshing tonic throughout the day is your choice. It is said to prepare the skin for moisturizer and feel like a velvety mist of ocean water. Suitable for all skin types, the spray hydrator (housed in an airless pump for hygiene and convenience) tones, calms, and cools skin while reversing environmental damage.

Part of its foundation in holistic science is Luxtural's use of unadulterated rainwater, as opposed to mundane filtered water or (the horror!) tap water. Rainwater has been used for centuries as part of purification processes and holy rituals, symbolizing the cleansing and rebirth of a person's soul. In contrast to ambiguous water sources, Luxtural's unadulterated rainwater, from the exceptionally clean Northern Pacific Coastline, is collected before it ever touches the ground,  avoiding accumulation of organic materials, contaminants, or toxins that may be present in the soil. It is then filtered three times to ensure the highest degree of purity. For some reason, this extreme purity  is supposed to allow for "increased absorption and moisture retention."

Luxtural's proprietary Exotic Extracts Complex (EEC) purportedly soothes, calms, and supports the skin's ability to heal. Derived from exotic fruit plants and flowers with antioxidant properties, the highly concentrated complex helps to fight aging free radicals. To enhance delivery of botanical actives like seaweed extract, Luxtural draws on advanced technology using submicron spheres. Instead of synthetics, the formula contains a natural preservative system based on honeysuckle and natural fragrances from essential oils.

As with Luxtural's other products, the Hydrating Mist is entirely hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested. An independent clinical studies laboratory registered by the FDA found impressive results: 120% increase in skin hydration level after 5 minutes with a sustained moisture boost of 81% after 6 hours. The formulators made a it a point to exclude any ingredients that could be potentially harmful to the skin or the environment (i.e. mineral oils, parabens, synthetic glycerin). Sound like something your skin would want to drink up?
  • December 23, 2009

    by Laura

    I'll tell you what I'll do. Since I live in a redwood forest on the Pacific Coast, the next time it rains, I'll put a clean bucket out on my deck to collect the rainwater. I'll filter it 3 times (!!!), and use it on one side of my face, and the expensive Luxtural Mystique Fountain on the other side of my face and report back my scientific observations. Who knew I had the fountain of youth laying around in puddles on my back porch?

    On second thought, please don't send it to me. Jess (above) definitely needs some TLC. Though my husband wasn't in the military, he was gone for months at a time on business when my now teen-aged kids were little, so I understand how stressful her life must be right now. (Though I don't for a minute think there is anything especially pristine about Pacific Coast rainwater, I'm sure it would be nice for her to be able to pamper herself just a bit).

  • December 20, 2009

    by Jess

    Hm... well all that aside :-) I am a stressed out young mother of three little boys under six years old and my husband is deployed to afgahnistan and my skin does not seem to be happy with anything right now and I have been trying everything. I feel like its aging so quickly :-(! I would love to give this a try... my skin could definitely use some healing.

  • December 18, 2009

    by Jorge

    Please do not buy Luxtural. These folks are cynically exploitn misinformation. While making their own i greidents obscure to potnetial users - they slander ingredients the FDA says are safe and necessary - preservatives including parabens. These are very very biodegradable and they protect against infection by bacteria that can build upin cosmetics during use.

  • December 18, 2009

    by Dee

    Just thought I should clarify my comment above: though the Luxtural website doesn't list the products' full ingredients, it does offer to yield up the info if you contact the company. (Or -- and here Mystique proves to be a Rules gal, holding back until a commitment is made -- you can get a complete listing "on our product boxes.")

  • December 18, 2009

    by Dee

    Well, the Boston weather has just turned arctic, and the skincare I've tested out recently hasn't given me a feeling of deep hydration, so my skin would be especially grateful for a fancy drink right about now. And I kind of love the old-fashioned romance-novel ring of the product names ("Silk Premonition," "Sophisticated Veil," and "Mystique Fountain.") Like our coy heroine Mystique, the Luxtural website keeps us guessing (it doesn't offer complete ingredient lists), but it does promise good things like peptides, a plant-based preservative system, and EFA-full oils (rosehip, borage, and evening primrose). My old, cold skin is ripe for a romantic reawakening....

  • December 17, 2009

    by Niall

    I think the review is ambiguous on what is done to the water. I was keying off this statement, "Part of its foundation in holistic science is Luxtural’s use of unadulterated rainwater, as opposed to mundane filtered water or (the horror!) tap water." Contrasting Luxtral's "unadulterated" rain water with "mundane filtered" water is very, very confusing if the reviewing meant to communicate that Luxtral's water is also filtered.

    Indeed, isn't a contradiction to say the rainwater is "unadulterated" and that it is also filtered? Since the former means unchanged from its state in nature, whereas filtering means the opposite?

    Perhaps you can see why I drew the conclusions I did?

  • December 17, 2009

    by Junko

    Niall, your too funny, but on the serious side I do agree. However, Copley did write that that the rainwater is filtered 3 times!!! With this in mind you could still post again and ask to review it! I'll wait for a community member's review, as that holds more weight than all the celebrity hype.

  • December 17, 2009

    by Niall

    This is a joke, right? Rain water encapsulates and transports air-borne toxins and pollutants - hence the problem of "acid rain". Rain water is the least pure form of water on earth, except the water you find in the gutter. I'll take my tapwater, thanks.

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