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SenZen Breath Of Life

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Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Junko January 20, 2011 11 Comments
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I was very, very excited to get breath of life in the mail from Marta for many, many reasons. The first reason that caused me to be excited is that I love serums, and always apply one every morning and night. SenZen is an exciting new brand at TIA with many recommended products and nearly a perfect track record so far. Normally I expect a brand to have one or two exceptional products with the remaining being so-so, sub-so or awful-so, but for SenZen it seems that this, is not-so. SenSpa/SenZen is exciting for me because they're based in San Francisco, which is where I work. I like to support local businesses by purchasing products and services locally, whenever I can.

The price of this product caused me some excitement too, as it is an expensive serum at $110.00 for .60 fluid ounce. Honestly, don't most of us believe that the more expensive a product is, the better it will and should perform? SenZen also gave this product an exciting name...Breath Of Life! I love what they've named this product! Couldn't we all use a breath of life, and especially a breath of life to our facial skin? I was, really, really excited about using this serum, so much so that I didn't request any further information from SenZen before I began using it, yelling giddy-up before I was hitched up!

On the bottle below breath of life, it reads that it is an oxygen peptide treatment. Peptides are beneficial because they help build collagen, and oxygen is supposed to help heal and cause cells to grow. I used this treatment like I would a serum, every night for 4 weeks until I had finished the bottle.

Perfluorodecalin is the ingredient that delivers oxygen, and is highest in the ingredient list after water. On the web I was able to find numerous products using perfluorodecalin with varied claims as to what this ingredient will do for your skin. One site claims that it produces a Botox-like effect, relaxes muscles and provides cellular detox. After reading that organs and tissues can be stored longer in oxygenated perfluorodecalin, I think the Botox-like claim is crap. Perfluorodecalin may benefit the skin, but comparing it to Botox, I'm just not seeing the similarities. For a bit more from Marta on oxygen and perfluorodecalin see her 2008 article.

Breath of Life has a strong ingredient list which includes tetrapeptide 17 following perfluorodecalin, an impressive patented liposomal delivery method, strong antioxidants with low hazard smoothers & emollients. The not so likeable phenoxyethanol, ethoxydiglycol & parfum are in smaller quantities at the very end.

For all my initial excitement and its' powerful ingredients, my normal to oily, acne prone skin reacted horribly to breath of life. I broke out in cystic pimples for the full 4 weeks that it took to use up the bottle. I haven't experienced a breakout this bad in a very, very long time. Whatever the cause, my skin definitely didn't like Breath Of Life. Perhaps I should have used it only once or twice a week, or perhaps it's not meant for acne prone skin? Maybe SenZen will post a comment to help identify what the problem might have been. Without other thoughts, my thinking is that it's the parfum. Breath Of Life has a very strong, feminine perfume smell that doesn't go away like most products I've used. I'm still confused as to why they've added such a strong perfume scent to a unisex product.

We all know that not every product works for everyone, and I always like to have more than one review to judge a product by, so if anyone has given Breath Of Life or a product with perfluorodecalin a try, please give TIA your thoughts. This product definitely didn't work for me, but I still really love what SenZen named it, Breath Of Life...

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Perfluorodecalin, Tetrapeptide 17, Bisabolol, Caffeine, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahydro Curcuminoids, Ferulic Acid, Di-Potassium Glycyrrhizinate Propanediol, Silk Amino Acids, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Dimethiconol, Ethoxydiglycol, SENZEN™ Energized Liposomal Blend, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Extract, Bacillus Ferment, Montmorillonite (Trace Minerals), Lavandula Anguvstifolia (Lavender) Oil, Polyacrrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)
  • February 8, 2011

    by Junko

    Thank you Marta and Randy for the follow-up comment. I'm hoping Sunday will come back with some comments after her B-Day trip to SenSpa!

  • February 6, 2011

    by Marta

    Junko, I spoke to SenZen and founder Randy Schrack says that the outbreak that you experienced could be due to toxins being eliminated by the perfluorodecalin. Randy said it is a very strong active that will often have this effect and ultimately it is beneficial. Ideally, you stick with it for 30 days, by which time the toxins are eliminated.

  • January 24, 2011

    by Sunday

    THANK YOU for getting my post up Marta!

  • January 23, 2011

    by Sunday

    Hi Junko ~ my birthday is the first week in February and at this time we would be visiting the city and just dropping by the Sen Spa (maybe some other time I'll splurge for a Spa day) ~ But I did call the Spa and confirmed that they do give out samples...so while I am still going to buy the Eye Cream, I can sample other products! I do have a question for you in another post...but to answer in regards to my choice of Cellbone products that I do LOVE, they are:
    Super AOX Skin Firm Moisturizer
    Retinol 1.0 anti-wrinkle Moisturizer
    Skin Nutra night nutrient cream
    I love these lotions, the AOX is super absorbent and does NOT leave any residue, works GREAT with my make-up! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Night Cream, so does my neck and decollete. The Retinol 1.0 is extremely hydrating and I use that on my off days from serums.
    The serums I use are:
    Glycolic C Super Serum
    Collagen Antiaging Serum
    I use these after dry brushing with my Clarisonic, and then apply my night cream. I have to be light handed with the Glycolic C Super Serum, that IS powerful stuff. I think some serums should be prescribed ~ HA!

  • January 23, 2011

    by marta

    Sunday, this is what has already been published:

    "Oh Dear Junko I REALLY hope for your skin to calm down quickly for you, very quickly! Thank You for your review, I have been on the fence with in which direction to go with my serums. I use mostly Cellbone serums and they work great, I think in past posts I’ve read you too use some Cellbone products. Well anyway all my products are just under half way gone and it is time to replenish…I’ve been debating with myself where to spend my $$. So far I was thinking of going ALL SenZen, but your experience gives me pause. I also live in the Bay Area and that was one reason I was leaning towards them, another was making a Birthday Day in SF for my purchase. Maybe now I’ll see if they will give some samples, because after reading your post I think I’ll only be buying the Eye Cream. Again Junko “Thank You” for your review!"

    If you are attempting to post something else, please try again and if it fails, email me and we'll try to get it up for you.

  • January 23, 2011

    by Sunday

    This the response I get: Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that! ~ please help!

  • January 23, 2011

    by Sunday

    Hello Marta, in my attempt to post a response to Junko's question about my favorite Cellbone products ~ I was unable to post...any thoughts as to why my comment did not take here?

  • January 21, 2011

    by Junko

    Sunday! So nice to know that you are near to me (I love your name). Hope you have a beautiful birthday in the city. When is your birthday & were you thinking of going to SenSpa? Maybe yes? AND you can talk to them about what would be good for you and maybe they'd say breath of life?? Maybe if I'd had a SenSpa professional look at my skin...they'd of told me not to use it? So often the case with spa based products, they really should be kind of prescribed for you I think. I still really like Cellbone Hyperpeptides (have half a bottle left in my cabinet still) ~ what Cellbone products do you really like???

    Beautiful Julie! Thank you for your recommends Glo sounds good. I was getting better then flew to Germany during the holidays and Luft lost our luggage for 10 days ~ I had none of my beloved products & was stuck with drugstore products like Olay Regenerist which created new eruptions and aggrevated the old. Three weeks home and it's getting better with La Vie Gycolic Mask, Prep, Murad Blemish, Balance and a very old bottle of Glymed Plus lotion that has sulfur and salicylic. * DANNYENGLAND the break-out caused a new scar next to my nose. PLEASE HURRY up with your scar reduction article while it's a new scar and there's hope that I can get rid of it!

  • January 20, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Junko, I feel your pain! and am sorry this happened. I know, too, the excitement you felt on delivery of the product. So ironic. For a long time I used MyChelle NoTox (peptides) serum. Currently I'm using GloTheraputics glopeptides & Defense and Juice Beauty Green Apple Antioxidant Serum. I also just purchased Osmosis Calm for a recent breakout of rosacea- although I don't know if the Calm is classified as a serum.

    I can recommend all the above (except Osmosis, for lack of long-term use) for those looking for a good serum.

    Junko- what did you use to calm your face down? ~jk

  • January 20, 2011

    by Sunday

    Oh Dear Junko I REALLY hope for your skin to calm down quickly for you, very quickly! Thank You for your review, I have been on the fence with in which direction to go with my serums. I use mostly Cellbone serums and they work great, I think in past posts I've read you too use some Cellbone products. Well anyway all my products are just under half way gone and it is time to replenish...I've been debating with myself where to spend my $$. So far I was thinking of going ALL SenZen, but your experience gives me pause. I also live in the Bay Area and that was one reason I was leaning towards them, another was making a Birthday Day in SF for my purchase. Maybe now I'll see if they will give some samples, because after reading your post I think I'll only be buying the Eye Cream. Again Junko "Thank You" for your review!

  • January 20, 2011

    by Nina

    Marta,

    I take very good care of my skin, as a matter of fact I am at home right now recovering from an Affirm CO2 laser treatment. My problem is....I have malar festoons which is an edema below my eyes but more at the top of my cheeks. Besides surgery, is there anything that you or your readers know of that can help decrease the swelling. Thank you in advance and I love your site!!

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