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I would summarize Organic Radiance as a line that formulates with scrupulous attention to natural ingredients, while leaving plenty of room for anti-aging heavy hitters in the peptide and vitamin departments. The newly reformulated Organic Radiance Ultra Nourishing Anti-Aging Elixir ($65/2.2oz) is a good example.
Note that I said reformulation. While there was much to like about the old formula, such as the clarity it gave the skin of our reviewer and, my personal favorite, the fact that no silk worms were enslaved or slaughtered in the pursuit of silk amino acids, the Truth In Aging community couldn’t get past the product’s pungent scent.
I am pleased to say that Organic Radiance responded by addressing the pong and boosting the anti-aging formula with 5% niacianmide and anti-oxidant rich rasmpberry seed oil. This plant-rich cream still has a vegetal scent, but in my nose’s opinion it is fairly mild and not at all offensive. If anything, it smells of the sea buckthorn extract.
Like testers of the old formula, I can attest to increased clarity, hydration and a more even skin tone. I wouldn’t say that it has had an impact on lines and wrinkles (a 40-something with early stage wrinkles would do well on this though), but my skin does quite simply look healthier.
The big gun here is niacinamide. A 2003 study on 50 women aged 40 to 60 added niacinamide at 5% (the amount coincidentally in Organic Radiance) to a moisturizer and found “significant improvements” to fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation spots, texture, and red blotchiness.
Organic Radiance has packed in so many active (active being the operative word — there isn’t a single filler here) ingredients that I can only highlight a few: MSM, natural sulfur, has a skin brightening effect, palmitoyl tripeptide-3 stimulates collagen synthesis, then there’s plenty of kind-to-worms amino acids, vitamin C, CoQ10 and botanical antioxidants.
My only quibble is with the consistency. It is dense, almost like carrot puree, but has an unfortunate tendency to separate. I found the only way to ensure that it leaves the bottle (a basic plastic affair — but at least you know your hard-earned is going on the contents, not the packaging) is to give it a vigorous shake. Still, it is a small price for a quality, natural anti-ager that won’t break the bank.