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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...
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)