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Omojo Clear Skin Pure Marine Serum- reader reviewed and rejected

Omojo Clear Skin Pure Marine Serum 0.5 oz
April 14, 2013 Reviewed by Nina 5 Comments
There were so many reasons to get excited about Omojo Clear Skin Pure Marine Serum ($14.99) that I was struck with a little bit of love at first sight. With “Peptides and Collagen + Support for Acne Prone and Sensitive Skin” ­(the box just read so darn well!), I thought I’d gotten my hands on a rare product that wouldn’t make me choose between clear skin and effective anti-aging. Plus, it’s affordable. Yet it didn’t deliver.

Omojo was unable to abate my acne, and nobody’s been blinded by any youthful glow gained from using it (and I’m often asked what I’m using). Indeed, I broke out worse than ever: five big zits as compared to the usual two to three (though I don’t blame Omojo for my pimples, only for its failure to prevent them). My skin is also dry and my fine lines are ever-present. There’s no extra spring in my cheeks, and honestly, I’m relieved this trial is over and excited to enjoy a little moisture from my old-faithful, coconut oil. Yes, I have to reject this product, and the disappointment is a little heartbreaking.

I often figure that just because a product doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be fabulous for someone else. Case in point: a Mukti eye gel, the leftovers of which I passed on to a friend. I didn’t love it but she’s now a loyal Mukti customer. However, based on the vaguely explained ingredients, I have to make an exception because I’m not sure the Omojo product will do much for anyone. It seems like it opens strong with algae and seaweed extracts, but these extracts are a bit suspicious in their non-specificity. I’m much more persuaded by brands like Dr. Alkaitis, who names the various seaweeds, algae and greens it uses.

Equally vague in their descriptions are the vitamins, and certainly in this competitive era of advanced formulation and informed buying, I expect to know whether that vitamin A is retinol or retinyl palmitate (oddly, vitamin A is advertised on the side of the box, but I can’t find it in the ingredients list).

As for those peptides, I can’t find them either – unless Omojo is referring to peptides that occur naturally in algae and seaweed, which is totally fair. That would still be misleading because they’re not quite the same thing as a fortified (palmitoyl tripeptide 5) serum, which is what I think of when I see “peptides” splashed across the box.

Omojo devotes a lot of space to surfactants, solubilizers and solvents (four by my count), including the poorly rated triethanolamine, which scores a 5 hazard rating on EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetic database. Finally, the second to last ingredient is diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, often used in sunscreens to absorb UVA radiation, and marketed as Uvinul A Plus by BASF. Hyaluronic acid is the last ingredient, and both seem to me like they belong more towards the front of the lineup.

Though I’m not impressed and I wouldn’t buy this product, I will comment on the good. Omojo absorbs wonderfully and doesn’t interfere with my sunscreen and makeup – at least not as far as appearance is concerned. It’s paraben and fragrance free, and bears symbols of certification for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). It’s also marine sustainable and sources its marine ingredients from a company that adheres to the Global Partnership for Good Agriculture Practice standards (Global G.A.P.) I really appreciate the commitment to safe and fair manufacturing practices and the example the company sets. I just wish it worked!

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Algae Extract, Seaweed Extracts, Glycerol, 1.3-Butanediol, Water-Soluble Jojoba Oil, Squalene Essence, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Water-Soluble Vitamin E, EDTA-2Na, Allantoin, Capone 2020, Triethanolamine, RH-40, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hyaluronic Acid
  • April 13, 2014

    by Karen

    Hi, I find the omojo ”on sale” for $14.99 at a big name national drug chain. So super excited that I was getting what looked to be an exotic product with promising effects at such a ”discount” I snatched it up. My hubby was not quite as excited add I was and was in fact a little irritated but I held my ground and my case! Boy, I was wrong. After 2 weeks of religiously using the product, I was not clearing up, in fact I was breaking out more. I immediately stopped use but did in fact try it on my 14 yesr old Son who has an extreme acne outbreak. He's face has cleared a LOT BUT FAIRLY SPEAKING I can't say its from the product or bc he's now practicing good skin care habits which prior to this he was not. He us so excited to be using something that sounds exotic that he has been doing what he should of been doing all along. I will not be buying this product any more but will refill the bottle with daily vitamins to keep up the habits. Good ol fashion face washing with moisturize helps. I've become quite fond of apricot scrubs and the dead sea cosmetic soaps.

  • April 17, 2013

    by Christine Lozada

    I totally agree on the Trader Joes brand for coconut oil. I love it!

  • April 16, 2013

    by Terri Sacco

    Thanks Nina! I wondered if the ones for cooking may work just as well. I just odered the following from $14.99.
    Thanks again for the info.

  • April 16, 2013

    by Nina

    Hi Terri,

    I've tried a few different brands, and the two I've stuck to are Trader Joe's ( and Nutiva ( Both are organic and cold-pressed, and one 16 oz. jar usually lasts me about eight months. I think they're really meant for cooking, but they're great on the skin, and very well-priced.

    Hope that's helpful!

  • April 14, 2013

    by Terri Sacco

    Nina, sorry to hear you had a bad test trial experience. But like you said not every product works for every body. What brand of coconut oil do you use? Is it cold pressed and organic?

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