I’ve been using Luxtural’s Ultimate Experience for about six weeks, since TIA sent the package for testing. Luxtural’s name reflects the brands identity: Luxury married with natural, and indeed the tag line is “When Luxury Meets Nature at your Skin.”

The three products Luxtural markets are meant to be used together: a hydrating toner, or “rainy mist” in Luxtural-speak, Mystique Fountain ($93); a moisturizing anti-aging lotion, Silk Premonition ($219); and a moisturizing serum, Sophisticated Veil ($276). Just a couple of weeks ago, a TIA reader reviewed the Sophisticated Veil, which she’d been using solo, and commented on the product’s hydrating properties.

My experience is not unlike reader Gunilla’s, in fact. I’ve used the three products, in the prescribed order (serum last, unlike most lines – but it does have a gel-like consistency which is meant to be protective and, I suspect, creates a smoother appearance), both morning and night. I haven’t used anything else during this trial except for some eye creams from time to time. The products are definitely hydrating, and indeed may have longer-term anti-aging or protective qualities, but I cannot say I noticed any change in existing lines/wrinkles, reduction of sagging, or improvements to skin brightness or pigmentation. So I’d concur with Gunilla’s comment, that perhaps the line will be beneficial to younger folks. In the second half of my sixth decade, I am looking to explicitly address these issues, too.

It’s fair to ask, though, what my expectations really should have been for the line. Here I’m afraid the company’s rather primitive website (do turn off the audio) doesn’t really make clear what the customer should expect it to deliver by way of “anti-aging,” except that it’s wonderful and healthy. The site also doesn’t list the precise ingredients in each product (they are detailed on each package, however, and each list is very, very long), but does summarize the ingredient mix.

The first one that’s highlighted is the Pacific Ocean Rainwater: “clean and pure, collected on a site that was carefully chosen because of its particularly superior location, collected without touching the ground.” The other distinctive formula mentioned is the “Exotic Extracts Complex that is unique and exclusive to Luxtural, rich with moisturizing and antioxidant properties. This unique complex supports the skin’s ability to heal, as it soothes and calms, and is made from a blend of exotics fruits plants and flowers.” Ingredients are said to be more bioavailable through the use of a microencapsulated Smart Delivery System for preparing seaweed, cerimides, peptides, and hylauronic acid. Several natural oils, including borage oil, evening primrose oil, and rosehip oil get prominent mention, too.

When TIA’s saintly and patient editor Valerie emailed me initially to ask if I’d test the Luxtural package, she politely pointed out that I should evaluate its effectiveness independent of the price point – apparently, I’ve developed a (well-deserved) reputation for being cheap.

Ultimately, though, price is part of how we do think about products like this. A product might be pricey but also unique and extraordinarily effective – and thus completely worth it. In the case of the Luxtural line, the threesome costs $588 altogether (3.4 oz/100 ml Mystique Fountain; 1.35 oz/40 ml Silk Premonition; 1.2 oz/35 ml Sophisticated Veil). I think many readers may feel that they can come up with an equivalent or even more effective combination of toner, moisturizer, and serum, with similar ingredients, for less. Nonetheless, for those who are can pay the freight, the Luxtural regimen is a pleasant, rich, and very hydrating experience.

Ingredients for Mystique Fountain: Water (Aqua) Pure “Pacific Ocean Rain”, Polysorbate 20, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol Denat Organic, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin (Vegan), Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Methyl Diisopropyl, Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Menthyl Lactate, Lauryl Laurate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Aldehyde C-14 Natural , Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Leaf Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Benzyl Acetate Natural , Cinnamomum Cassia Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil

Ingredients for Silk Premonition: Water (Aqua) “Pure Pacific Ocean Rain”, Glycerin (Vegan), Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol (Organic), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters Glyceryl Stearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Stearyl Lactylate, Sodium Coco-Glucoside Tartrate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Algae Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Root Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cocamidopropyl, Dimethylamine, Lauryl Laurate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Acid, Geraniol , Amyl Cinnamal , Cinnamal , Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus, Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Aldehyde C-14, Natural Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Leaf Oil, Illicium, Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Benzyl Acetate Natural, Cinnamomum Cassia Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Listea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Mentha Citrata Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Oil

Ingredients for Sophisticated Veil: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glycerin (Vegan), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), PEG-12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Aldehyde C-14 Natural, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Leaf Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Benzyl Acetate Natural, Cinnamomum Cassia Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Listea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Mentha Citrata Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Oil