I don’t know about you, but the only thing I knew about probiotics was that they were those wriggly, microscopic bacteria thingies that exist in Yakult drinks. Or yogurt. They help you digest,
restore your sense of virtuousness after supper at 3AM and are just basically something you can’t do without. Topical probiotics, though, has a strange appeal to it.
It’s like, hey, look, you don’t have enough GOOD bacteria on your skin. Slather some on!
This long post includes:
- A quick introduction to Aurelia Probiotics Skincare
- Review of Miracle Cleanser
- Review of Cell Revitalize Day Moisturizer
- Review of Revitalize & Glow Serum
- Initial thoughts on Cell Repair Night Oil
I was very enticed when I first heard of Aurelia Probiotics Skincare, because I love probiotics drinks so much I’d drink them all the time if I can. I imagined products smelling like Calpis or Yakult – the faintly tart, lightly milky scent, and I was sold. To try out a few products from the line, I got the Revitalizing Daytime Collection, a mixed set of full and sample sizes. Here’s what in it:
- Miracle Cleanser (full size)
- Monday to Sunday Bamboo Muslin Cloths (7)
- Refine & Polish Miracle Balm (sample size, 15ml)
- Cell Revitalize Day Moisturizer (full size)
- Revitalize & Glow Serum (sample size, 5ml)
- Cell Repair Night Oil (sample size, 2ml)
The brand in a nutshell: Winning 28 awards in 28 months, this London label focuses on reducing inflammation, stabilizing your skin’s defense system, and slowing the aging process. The main probiotic used is bifido bacteria, and other ingredients in most products include BioOrganic 100% botanical oils. All products are also free from parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and colors, lead, mercury, GMOs, and more. They also do not test on animals.
The fairytale I fell for: Dermatologist Claire Vero, while working with patients with skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis or problems like dryness and aging, discovered that a) reducing inflammation was the key to healthy and great skin, and b) using probiotics topically work great for that purpose. Nah, actually, just the word probiotics got me.
I was fully expecting Aurelia to be another great-marketing-meh-products disappointment, because when you’re a cynic AND a sucker at the same time that sort of thing just comes naturally to you. Anyhoos, on to the reviews!
This has gotten rave reviews from many sites, but what I love most is its multi-purpose functionality. I use it as a makeup remover, first cleanse (before the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick), second cleanse (after removing makeup with eye/lip remover and micellar water), or just as a daily cleanser. It works for everything. Despite being creamy, it does not clog pores or feel heavy on your skin. It comes with the softest muslin cloth (or 7 if you get the set) and you’re supposed to wipe off the cleanser using the cloth and warm water. However, even on times I get lazy and rinse off with cold tap water or not use the cloth at all, getting all the product off isn’t a problem.
Other than probiotics proteins (full ingredients list here), this includes bergamot, eucalyptus, rosemary, andchamomile essential oils. I was *literally* on the fence about this because I hate the smell of rosemary and eucalyptus but adore bergamot and chamomile. The fragrance – which might be overpowering if you’re not into essential oils – was perfect and uplifting, making the whole cleansing experience very indulgent. I like to close my eyes while I massage it in and pretend I’m at the spa ~~~
It gets all makeup off – even my waterproof Chanel mascara – but I usually prefer to swipe off my eye makeup separately cause cleansing creams or oils tend to get in your eyes no matter how careful you are. And this STINGS (just as much as the MRCS) so try to avoid using it for your peepers. On days that I feel that my skin is drier, I skip the second cleanse and use the Cremorlab Snow Falls toner instead, and there isn’t a speck of residue on the cotton pad. Other than being able to cleanse throughly, the Miracle Cleanser is extremely gentle and hydrating. If you have oily skin it might be too rich for you. I have dry/combination and it works great, plus leave my skin glowing and baby soft.
Repurchase? Yes. The price point might be a little steep, but when I’m not trying out new cleansers, this is what I reach for. Unfortunately I love this a little too much and am only left with 30% of it 🙁
I’m… very… undecided about this whipped moisturizer. It comes in a paste-y, balmy form – like a hair pomade – and melts between your palms easily. It is absorbed into skin relatively quickly, and I like to press this on after warming it. I live in Singapore, and air conditioning is kind of a must for me, so I need something that’s rich and extremely hydrating at night. This is great for that but when using it for day I find that my t-zone and even my cheeks get shiny and greasy right around lunch. Which is kind of weird, considering this is a day moisturizer.
The fragrance is just as indulgent as the cleanser, and while it has different essentials oils – jasmine, mandarin,plumeria, and tuberose – it does not clash. Both times the scents do not linger for long, but they make the whole process of cleansing and applying very enjoyable. In addition to probiotics proteins, this includes peptides which leaves the skin surface smooth, which is why it is stated that it can double up as a primer too. To be honest, this feels too slippery for me to trust makeup on so I don’t use it for that purpose. Full ingredients list here. It also has fancypants stuff like:
Upcoming superfood Baobab – rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9. Has 6 times the antioxidants of blueberries, 6 times the vitamin C of oranges, 6 times the potassium in bananas, more magnesium than coconut water, and twice as much calcium as milk.
Kigelia Africana – fruit extracts from this tree have long been used to treat eczema. It has anti-bacterial, firming, and melanoma-fighting properties.
‘The Botox Plant’ Hibiscus – Natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) which encourages cell turnover and helps control breakouts. It also moisturizes and firms skin, which is how it got its pet name.
Repurchase? No. It is too rich for me, but would probably work better on more matured skin.
I LOVE this serum. It came in a tiny sample size for the set, and I finished in about a week. As a western beauty product, it surprised me with how fast this was absorbed into my skin. After tapping it on, my skin would drink this up instantly, and there was no stickiness or tackiness left behind. The texture was similar to the Mizon Snail Repair Ampoule Serum, extremely lightweight and slightly runny, but its absorption rate was even higher than that. Full list of ingredients here.
The hero ingredients and fragrance for this serum is the same as the moisturizer, and targets to hydrate, lift, brighten, and fight free radicals. In the week that I used this – even though I enjoyed how fuss-free it is – I didn’t really notice any change, though my skin felt soothed and rested. I wouldn’t have expected major changes from a week’s use anyway.
Repurchase? Maybe. The instant absorption part is a real winner for me, because I’m really impatient, but the effects weren’t AHHH-MAZING enough for me to fork over the moolah for this right now – especially when there are so many other serums to try.
The facial oil was actually the first product from the set I opened up, and it is also my favourite scent out of all the others. Aurelia’s fragrance layering, I must say, is absolutely fantastic and on par with fragrance houses like Jo Malone. Sometimes, I pop open the little stopper on this just to take a sniff – and I’m not kidding when I say it makes me happier immediately. The reason why I put this down as initial thoughts instead of a review is because I tried this for three nights straight, then promptly forgot about it for a while.
Especially since I got back from Seoul, I’ve been religiously using my new essences, serums, and sheet masks every day and I didn’t feel that my skin really needed a rich, nourishing oil (for now). It could also be that the sample bottle, like one of those tiny plastic perfume decanters, is a fuss to twist open and close.
The first thing that will hit you about this oil is the insanely awesome fragrance. With a blend of neroli, lavender,rose, and mandarin essential oils (!!!! ALL my favourite smells!), it is perfect as a last step treatment in your regime because it’s very soothing, and will help lull you to sleep. As an oil, it also absorbs quickly – though not as fast as the serum, of course – with patting and gentle massages. It warms nicely between your palms and feels heavenly on your face. When I wake up in the morning, my face is dewy, not oily, and really, really soft. Even after cleansing, there is a slight glow to my face. Other than baobab, kigelia and hibiscus as the hero ingredients, this highly nutritious oil also includes:
Kalahari oil – With over 70% omega-6 fatty acids, this moisturizes, restructures, and helps maintain the skin barrier.
Mongogo oil – high in linoleic acid, which keeps skin supple and aids in regeneration. It also has eleostearic acid, which reacts with UV rays to form a protective film.
Full list of ingredients here.
Repurchase? Maybe. It is great as a night treatment. The main deterrent to repurchase Aurelia products is its high price point.
All in all, Aurelia seems like a good brand if you a) have matured skin b) want to address aging issues and c) are looking to splurge. For now, I’ll stick to finishing what I have and
whore around try out other stuff first. *
All products have been purchased with my own money and opinions here are 100% my own.