Reviewed by Andy

Having recently turned 30, my skin, in all its rosacea-red, cystic-acne surviving glory, is ready for heavy duty anti-aging preventative medicine. I’ve started to notice deeper “muppet” lines from nose to mouth (more delightfully known as “nasolabial folds”), and the skin under my eyes is crinkly, thin and always slightly purple, like a caricature of Edgar Allan Poe.

Despite those concerns, I’ve shied away from most beauty products as my skin will take any excuse to break out or break some capillaries or generally misbehave in a way that requires a V Beam laser and multiple courses of off-brand Accutane. My evening routine typically consists of a drugstore salicylic cleanser (Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash) and prescription Retin A Micro. Both are incredibly drying and sometimes create a Freddy Krueger, post-chemical peel sunburnt effect. Prescription moisturizer Biafine (rich in squalene) usually restores some supple dewiness, but it’s not fighting free radicals, stimulating collagen production or otherwise performing the age-defying miracles expected from a grown woman’s face cream. It’s time for a powerful night serum.

Which brings us to French skincare line Odacite! Odacite’s major selling point is its freshness – products come with an expiration date to ensure skin is absorbing organic ingredients at their most potent without any irritating and potentially dangerous preservatives. Their products are “toxin-free,” eschewing parabens, fragrances and even the seemingly omni-present “moderate hazard” phenoxyethanol.

The lack of fragrance was noticeable in my Night Time Antioxidants Repair Serum. It has a no-nonsense, vaguely milky scent, almost like baby powder or other child-friendly lotions, which makes sense given its gentle constitution. The ingredients read like an all-star lineup of classic skin savers: Aloe! Jojoba! Vitamin E! Shea butter! Lavender! Both white and rooibos tea! Olive oil! And the Michael Jordan of modern skincare, hyaluronic acid. I’m pleased that it’s almost all recognizable and pronounceable. You can also visit the Odacite website and find a handy explanation for everything on the ingredients list, including Ureidohydantoin-Comfrey (“Stimulates the growth of healthy tissue; the botanical extract of the comfrey plant also acts as a skin softener and an anti-irritant”).

Despite the “serum” label, it has the consistency of a light cream that absorbs easily, and it definitely had an improving, nourishing impact on my skin. I woke up with less scales and irritation, and just as significantly, no breakouts in 45 days of consistent application.

My hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending this product is the $120 price tag for 2 oz/60 ml and a lack of life-changing results. While it delivers as a replenishing moisturizer, and the hippy-dippy ingredients list makes me happy, it might not stack up to hard-working night treatments in the same price point. This serum doesn’t lighten dark spots or reduce redness. No one’s stopping me in the office to ask what I’m doing differently, and none of my friends think I’m getting lucky. Its restorative power is on par with my regular moisturizer, and the results could likely be achieved with more wallet-friendly, albeit chemically-tainted, options.

What we’re really buying here is reassurance against cancer, or at least cancer caused by topical application of a beauty product. Ordering from Odacite is the beauty equivalent of outfitting your house with HEPA air purifiers and shopping at Whole Foods/your preferred NatureMart. If you can afford it, and it offers a measure of comfort and peace of mind in an eco-system where everything from our deodorant to the flame retardants in our furniture are linked to sickness, it’s not a bad investment. I plan to save up for something with more firepower, but it’s good to have this serum as a solid back up plan.

[Editor’s note: Odacite Night Time Repair Serum is available at The Nature of Beauty.]

Ingredients: *Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) (Organic), *Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis ) Oil (Organic), **Emulsifying Vegetable Wax, **Tocopherol (Vitamin E), *Shea (Butyrospermun parkii) Butter (Organic), *Lavender (avendula angustifolia) (Organic), *White Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract (Organic), *Calendula officinalis Extract (Organic), *Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) extract (Organic), *Olive oil (Olea europaea) (Organic), **Carrot Oil (Daucus carota), ** MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Hyaluronic Acid,
**Vegetable Glycerin, **Evening Primerose (Oenothers biennis) oil, **(Rosa mosqueta) Rosehip Oil, **Borage Oil (Borago officinalis), **Ureidohydantoin-Comfrey, **Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide)


*Organic origin; **Plant origin