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Reviewed by Lynda
I recently had the privilege of testing Red Flower Essential Omega Fresh Berry Oil Serum ($48 in the shop) and, as a recent convert to oil serums, I was extremely excited about this one.
I'm in my mid-40s, and while I hadn’t tried any Red Flower products prior to reviewing this serum, I did read reviews on TIA (and elsewhere) that made the company sound intriguing. In the company’s words, “Red Flower was created from a deep-rooted love of the land and spirituality, as well as a sense of science and holistic medicine… founded on the principles of world traditions, sustainable sourcing, ritual, well-being and aesthetic… Red Flower is a calling. A ceremony to feel all of the senses. A moment taken to reconnect and restore.” Like I said, pretty intriguing. Sign me up.
The Essential Omega Fresh Berry Oil Serum also sounded delicious – like I might want to try this on my salad type of delicious. It includes avocado, cranberry, garden mint, juniper berry, raspberry, rosemary, arctic lingonberry, cloudberry, blueberry and strawberry seed oils. Definitely tempting enough to want to taste, though I didn’t take that much to heart this Truth in Aging “Dare to Try” opportunity!
I’m not even touching on the benefit to your skin through these ingredients’ concentrated doses of vitamin C, antioxidants, and essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Plus, there is the sensual Tahitian gardenia oil and intoxicating balsam fir tree oil scents. And top it off with the added healthful benefits of jojoba oil and vitamin E. The ingredients list alone was enough to convert me. The hard part was waiting for it to arrive.
The bottle is an elegant, frosted clear glass with an easy-to-dispense push spray – and a lid (thank you, Red Flower). So many oils I have tried don’t come with lids, making them hard to travel with.
The scent was surprisingly subtle, given the ingredients list. I was almost disappointed when I first smelled it; I expected heady gardenia, fruity berries, woodsy balsam and jojoba, and the unusual exciting twist of mint. Until I remembered I don’t like strong scents in my skincare products, and smiled, satisfied.
In reality, the scent is very unassuming, but beautifully complex. Weeks later, I am still captured by the subtle complexity. Trying to identify when the earthy herbal scent fades into the sweetness of the berries, to be transformed by the vitality of the mint, finally fading into the flowery gardenia. Or is it the other way around? It’s an intoxicating mystery. Almost as much fun as the pleasure of massaging luxurious oil into your skin.
Red Flower’s rather “far out there” statements are grounded – this was a “ceremony to feel all of the senses, a moment taken to reconnect and restore.”
The Red Flower Essential Omega Fresh Berry Oil Serum is lightweight, and absorbed quickly with no greasy afterglow whatsoever, unlike many facial oils.
Red Flower suggests this serum is best suited for all skin types, but highly beneficial for hormonally imbalanced skin lacking elasticity and suppleness, resulting in rosacea, acne outbreaks and redness. My skin is normal – except in the dead of winter when it becomes extremely dry and prone to eczema, which is exactly where my skin was at when I tried this product. Unfortunately, this oil was not the powerful match for my dry skin that I had hoped for. And once the eczema flared up, I had to stop using it and return to more potent heavy creams and medication. It simply didn’t have the strength to counteract the extreme dryness.
With sadness, I carefully tucked away my beautiful intoxicating Red Flower Essential Omega Fresh Berry Oil Serum until summer arrives and my skin returns from dry to normal. If I was feeling a little more generous, I’d give it to my teenage son to see how it works with his oilier acne-prone skin. I have a feeling it would be better suited to his skin type. But I like this little bottle of self-indulgent luxury too much! I’m going to keep my Red Flower Essential Omega Fresh Berry Oil Serum, but only for the summer months.
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil (Certified Organic, Simmondsia Chinensis), Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil (Persea Gratissima), Monoi Cocos Nucifera, Gardenia Oil (Gardenia Tahitensis), Glucono Delta Lactone, Cranberry Seed Oil (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus Idaeus), Fragaria Vasca (Strawberry) Seed Oil (Fragaria Ananassa), Lingonberry Seed Oil (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea), Copaiba Balsam oil (Copaifera Officinalis), Guaiac Wood Oil (Guaiacum Officinale), Fir Absolute (Pinus Balsamea), Garden Mint Oil (Mentha Viridis), Juniper Berry Oil (Juniperus Communus), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Vitamin E Tocopherol 50