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Origins Plantidote Mega-mushroom Lotion

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Dry Skin, Oily Skin
April 18, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
This is one of those posts that will get me tarred with the Christopher Hitchins brush (he had the temerity to not only have a go at God, but the infinitely more sacred Mother Theresa). Nonetheless, I'm going to take a deep breath and then just blurt it out: I don't get Dr Andrew Weil.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not questioning his medical credentials or his sincerity. It is simply that he's not a very good advertisement for his own anti-aging regimen (unless he is 108, rather than the purported 63). I know that cobbler's children tend to be badly shod, but shouldn't doctors' take their own medicine. Not only does he look beyond his years (the Oklahoma bomber's beard doesn't help), but isn't he more than a tad overweight?

All this was brought on by the fact that he has added yet another product to the seemingly endless line of mushroom-based skincare, Plantidote (I keep wanting to call it Plantitude). This one is a lotion (Mega-Mushroom Treatment Lotion) for calming and hydrating skin. All the products in the line have more or less the same ingredients. The proprietary mushroom mix that is the main anti-inflammatory ingredient and various oils and plant extracts. I am always surprised to see some essential oils that are irritants, including lavender (which may also be responsible for killing skin cells, according to one uncorroborated study) and irritating preservatives.

I've found that Plantidote gets mixed and rather extreme reviews. Some people love it and claim that skin is soothed within minutes of application. Others claim that redness and rosacea is made worse after using the product.
  • June 15, 2008

    by Susan A

    <p>Take a closer look at Dr. Weil and his products. First of all he is built like a Mac truck. There's not an ounce of fat on his body. He is all muscle!! Second of all his products really do help with inflammation and very quickly at that. Before you knock his face creams why not try them first. The Origins store will be happy to give you free samples. Susan A</p>

  • April 19, 2008

    by susan kelly

    <p>You must be young. I am closer to Andrew Weil's age and I've got to tell you he looks good to me for his age. Now, one may not like that earth, crunchy, hippie, style he has going on but his face is amazingly line free. </p>

    <p>If you read about his life style he is very very active for his age, he has a huge garden, and young children not to mention all the writing and speaking he does, oh... and his real job. </p>

    <p>I'm no huge fan, i don't use his products but I have a ton of friends his age and none of them look as healthy, vibrant and wrinkle free as he does.</p>

    <p>Susan </p>

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