Review | La Clarée Oliv’ Radiance Elixir

February 8, 2010
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A concentrate of antioxidant and regenerating active ingredients, this natural dry oil actively smoothes out wrinkles, stimulates cell activity and protects the skin from the effects of ageing. Skin is firmer and intensively moisturised, regaining it’s softness and supplety. Leaves you with a sparkling complexion. An exceptional tool in combating the visible signs of ageing.

- La Clarée

Part of the quartet of La Clarée Oliv’ products I received, Radiance Elixir (S$54.90) is the star of the  brand, with more than 60% of  its natural ingredients derived from organic agriculture. A rich honey liquid in a small, brushed matte glass bottle (the glass keeps the ingredients stable and maintains their integrity), this 15 ml serum comes with a hygienic pump stopper to dispense the drops. The packaging has an almost-clinical feel, imparting a sense of assurance.

A few drops are enough to spread over the face; too many and the excess product is obvious. In the right quantity, this product dries to a velvety finish, yet keeping the skin moisturised. Unlike some other serums, it leaves the skin feeling comfortable and smooth – I like its finish and my fine lines look softer in the morning. I’m not sure about  ‘a sparkling complexion’ but the positive effect is certainly noticeable, despite its subtlety.

As with other moisturising products from this organic skincare brand, the trio of green tea, edelweiss and aloe vera is present in Radiance Elixir for anti-oxidant/pollution and moisturising purposes. Among other active ingredients, it also contains of jojoba oil for regeneration, olive leaf extract to fight free-radicals, nourishing macadamia oil, soothing sunflower oil, anti-ageing evening primrose oil and smoothing Vitamin E.

Like Vivawoman, I was dismayed to see isopropyl palmitate listed as the third ingredient. This is a comedogenic ingredient, so I would not recommend this to people who are acne-prone. I do think that this product might be beneficial to older men and women, in whose skin sebum levels decrease over time (hence the unlikelihood of older people getting acne, barring environmental or hormonal changes).

On days when I intend to sleep in an air-conditioned room (I rarely do this nowadays) or when my skin is especially dry, I’ll apply the Moisturizing Face Cream over Radiance Elixir for an added moisture boost. However, I’ve found this product to be effective even when used alone.

Like the other products in the Oliv’ range, this feels/smells expensive and its premium quality is on par with that of the high-end products you find at departmental stores. We shouldn’t be surprised though – the creator of this brand is the scion of the man behind L’Occitane, after all. ;)

La Clarée Oliv’ can be found at the following Watsons stores: Causeway Point, Compass Point, Great World City, IMM Mall, Ion Orchard, Jurong Point, Ngee Ann City, Parkway Parade, Raffles City, Tampines Mall, Tanglin Mall, Tiong Bahru Plaza and Vivo City.

Image source: La Clarée UK


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