Lavender Luminosity Renewal Facial Serum

by Avalon Organics  Lavender
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$21.99 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
2/25/2013
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No
Tested On Animals:
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This serum contains numerous irritating ingredients and is a problem for all skin types. Far from renewing and not the least bit anti-aging, it instead damages skin’s ability to repair itself and generate healthy collagen (that’s what potent irritants like citrus oils do). This was once a highly rated product but its latest incarnation is truly disappointing. Believe us, you will see infinitely better cellular renewal results from using a well formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant and following with a state-of-the-art anti-aging serum. You’ll find lists for both in our Best Products section.

As we age, our natural cellular renewal process slows. Our skin’s underlying support system weakens and expired skin cells are slower to be replaced which creates lines, roughness and an overall dulling effect on our complexions. This light, soothing serum helps support cellular turnover while kombucha helps smooth the skin’s surface. A concentrated antioxidant blend of grape seed polyphenols, organic white tea and vitamin C help skin ward off damaging free radicals to help slow future damage. This dual action formula works synergistically to improve skin radiance from inside and outside.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Squalane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol Acetate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Ascorbic Acid, Algin, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

Avalon Organics is one of many companies owned by Hain-Celestial, a company that specializes in marketing "natural" products. Along with various food and beverage brands you often see lining the shelves of health food stores, Hain-Celestial is also behind several other cosmetics lines, including Alba Botanica, Jason Natural, and Zia Natural (and just to be clear, none of these are all natural in the least).

Avalon Organics is most similar to Alba Botanica, but strangely enough, Avalon in many ways is the inferior line. Relative to the Alba Botanica line, Avalon Organics products cost more and their formulas aren't nearly as state of the art. A major thumbs down for Avalon Organics is the fact that none of their sunscreens contains sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. In addition, many more of the Avalon Organics products contain irritating plant oils (lavender, orange), and almost all also feature a plant tea concoction that includes not only lavender but also arnica, a problematic plant if ever there was one (Sources: American Journal of Contact Dermatitis, June 1996, pages 94–99; and www.naturaldatabase.com). It is these natural ingredients that sabotage many of the Avalon Organics products.

Avalon does include several helpful natural ingredients (among them willow herb, licorice, borage oil, and aloe), but their benefit is diminished when they must overcome the potential skin problems presented by the not-so-helpful plants. Moreover, several Avalon Organics products contain a blend of unidentified essential oils. These are used for fragrance, but Avalon opted to list the generic term "fragrance" as "other essential oils," which means that consumers do not know exactly what oils they're applying to their skin. This goes directly against FDA regulatory requirements: "other essential oils" is not a legitimate ingredient term.

It is indeed admirable that Avalon Organics is dedicated to organic farming and to sustainable agricultural practices that improve the environment, but such a mission doesn’t translate into great skin-care: farming is one issue, but brilliantly formulated products is another. In this case you can't rely on Avalon products to take care of your skin without some careful consideration. There are a handful of recommended products to consider, especially if you prefer a ratio of ingredients that favors natural over synthetic. (Note, however, this is not an all-natural line, any more than munching on Skittles candy is like eating real fruit.) But taking "the time to honor yourself" (Avalon's statement) by using products only from their line, or being swayed by this brand's "Consciousness in Cosmetics" for the sake of your skin, would be a mistake.

For more information about Avalon Organics, call (888) 659-7730 or visit www.avalonorganics.com.

Note: Avalon uses the term "other essential oils" on their ingredient lists, which does not comply with FDA or international regulations. These regulations state that you must list by name ALL the individual ingredients you include in your product for this category of ingredients.

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