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Pevonia's neck serum with an African bust firmer

Reviewed by Marta August 7, 2009 8 Comments
Each of Pevonia Botanica's products focuses on a specific plant extract and in the case of its neck and decollete cream, Pevonia's Ligne Esthebuste ($67), it is the sausage tree. Its proper name is kigelia africana and, appropriately, African folklore has it that the extract will firm breast tissue. I have been using Ligne Esthebuste and, to my surprise, there may something to it.

This could, of course, be wishful thinking on my part. There is absolutely no clinical evidence that I could find that supports the breast firming claims. What is certain though is that kigelia africana (with its gorgeous bat-pollinated flowers and bizarre monster sausage-like fruit) is an antibacterial, a "significant" (in the words of one study) anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The leaves and flowers are rich in hexadecanoic acid, a fatty acid, and the other important component is verminoside. There are also steroids that explain why the plant has traditionally been used to treat eczema.

On balance, I don't buy the breast tissue firming theory, but as a powerful anti-inflammatory, kigelia africana should improve skin elasticity. My test so far suggests that it does.

Oh, by the way, I was discussing only the other day with my esthetician that breast firming treatments (that don't involve silicone implants) are going to be the next big thing. Witness, in addition to Pevonia's, a recent crop of new boob creams including Rodial's Boob Job. Remember, you read it here first.

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Water, kigelia africana fruit extract, gycerin, carbomer, polysorbate-20, sodium chloride, pectin, chamomile, phenoxyethnol, sodium citrate, methysilsothiazolinone
  • December 22, 2009

    by marta

    Stephanie, I haven't tried Protect & Restore. The problem for me with a lot of the Skin Biology products is that there is often a lot of fillers, parabens and the like and P&R is fairly representative of that:

    Purified water, copper peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and copper chloride), squalane, ethylhexyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, PPG-2 myristyl ether propionate, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycine, propylene glycol (and) diazolidinyl urea (and) methylparaben (and) propylparaben, allantoin, cupric chloride, lavandula augustifolia (lavender) oil, tocophersolan (Vitamin E), retinyl palmitate, mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocopherols, mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocotrienols, lycopene, xanthophyll (lutein), ubiquinone (CoQ-10).

  • December 21, 2009

    by Stephanie

    HA! Love your sense of humor. Have you ever tried the Protect & Restore for Breasts etc by Dr. Pickart?

  • December 21, 2009

    by marta

    Hi Stephanie, I did try it and I wasn't knocked out and I certainly wouldn't buy it. The disappointing answer is that I haven't found anything (other than a rowing machine) that does a good firming job. But I'll keep looking......

  • December 20, 2009

    by Stephanie

    Hi Marta,
    Did you end up trying the Pevonia neck/bust cream? If so, how did it work?

    If not, have you found anything from amongst the soon to be ubiquitous breast firming products/treatments which work?

    Thanks for your hard work with this blog!

    All the best,

  • November 23, 2009

    by Raynay

    I don't often run into bust products they seem to be more for the European market.

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