Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules are pink and green capsules, each individually sealed (so preservatives are not needed). According to Elemis, moringa oil is supposed to be a powerhouse ingredient. There is limited research on this plant, but none on its ability to provide “1700% more antioxidant power” than other plant oils. How Elemis came up with that number is anyone’s guess, as they provide no information about how they arrived at such a conclusion, just a vague reference to “clinical studies,” which is meaningless unless you can see the study. Beyond anecdotal information, all we know about moringa is that it appears to lower cholesterol, hasten wound healing, and provide anti-fungal benefits (Sources: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, March 2008, pages 439–446; Bioresource Technology, January 2007, pages 232–236; and Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, November 2006, pages 898–901). That’s great, but there are other plant extracts and oils that have the same benefit; moringa is just one of many ingredients that are good for skin. What is frustrating is that these capsules contain fragrant oils and fragrance components that cause irritation. The Ceramide capsules from Elizabeth Arden are a much more advanced way to take excellent care of normal to dry skin, and without any problematic extras that aren’t helpful for skin.
Formulated with a high concentration of Anti-Oxidant power, naturally found in Moringa Oil from the Tanzanian ‘Miracle Tree’, these Skin Bliss Capsules, when applied to the skin, help repair the visible signs of ageing and counteract the damaging effects of pollution.
Pink Rose Capsules (30 capsules) Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum Including A Blend Of Rose Absolute - Rosa Centifolia), Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral, Dipentene (D-Limonene) Green Lavender Capsules (30 capsules) Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum Including A Blend Of Lavender Essential Oil - Lavandula Angustifolia), Linalool, Dipentene (D-Limonene), Geraniol, Citral
Elemis products are sold at upscale department stores, such as Nordstrom, and in select spas. The company describes itself as having the most successful professional spa and anti-aging range of products in the world—quite a boast, especially considering that we've never seen Elemis listed on any review or comparison of the financial status of cosmetics companies, and we review that sort of information frequently. I'm comfortable wagering that Aveda, Darphin, Decleor, Sisley, Sothys, or even Yon-Ka have greater sales than Elemis each year, but we suppose they're hoping the fiduciary boast helps establish their credibility stateside. Even if their numbers were accurate, popularity does not necessarily equate to quality; cigarettes and getting a tan are still popular, and both are terrible for skin.
Just like every spa and salon line we've ever reviewed, Elemis uses the exact same approach to skin care that their competition does—touting the miraculous properties of essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy. Of course, Elemis wants you to believe that their blend of nature and science is the only way to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free for as long as possible. As is true for many lines, Elemis has followers, and some of the customers we overheard at our local Nordstrom store were excited about this line. One woman actually commented to her husband: "Look, honey, these are the products used in that expensive spa we went to, so they must be good!" Although we really wanted to tell her that spa products and price tags have nothing to do with formulary excellence, we kept my mouth shut; we get in enough trouble at cosmetics counters as it is.
On first glance we weren't real enthused about this line, and after extensive review and researching their products, we are even less enthused, plus a bit irritated at the paucity of value represented. For the most part, this is nothing more than an average collection of products whose elitist spa positioning allows them to get away with charging an exorbitant amount of money for products that cannot possibly do what they say. Even worse, they may hurt your skin in the process due to the irritating fragrant plant extracts they contain. As expected, sun protection as part of daily skin care is given little attention (their daytime moisturizers top out at a whopping SPF 7), while there are numerous moisturizers and serums claiming to increase skin's dermal respiration, oxygenate tissues, and make inelastic, sagging skin a thing of the past. If you're the type to fall for such false promises and want plants galore, there's not much else we can say to keep you from exploring this line. But if you're skeptical and concerned chiefly with getting the best possible skin care for your needs (and dollars), then Elemis is a line you can safely and absolutely ignore (if you want to splurge there are far better options).
Falling for the Elemis spa trappings, potent fragrances, and "we're-imported-so-we're-better" philosophy won't provide your skin with the litany of ingredients it needs to function at its peak and to resist signs of aging that can be legitimately addressed with state-of-the-art products.
For more information about Elemis, call (800) 423-5293 or visit www.elemis.com.