07.22.2016
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Wild Rose Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser
5.07 fl. oz. for $30
Expert Rating
Community Rating (1)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:07.22.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

This cleanser/scrub hybrid is an OK option for normal to oily skin, but only if used very gently. The scrub particles are rice powder and bitter cherry shell powder, and the latter can scratch and tear at the skin due to the particles' irregular shape and potentially sharp edges. This is also highly fragranced, and fragrance isn't skincare (see More Info below).

This can clean and exfoliate the skin, but at a cost if you aren't exceedingly careful. You can get gentle cleansing from lots of products (including many that cost far less), and merely using a washcloth will manually exfoliate your skin without the risk of abrasion from potentially sharp-edged particles, such as ground-up cherry shells. More to the point, all skin types will do far better when it comes to exfoliation by using an effective AHA or BHA exfoliant instead of a scrub. AHA or BHA exfoliants simply do more, especially if signs of aging, enlarged pores, or breakouts are your concerns.

Note that although this scrub contains the BHA ingredient salicylic acid, the formula's pH is too high for it to function as an exfoliant. Even if the pH were ideal, salicylic acid must be left on the skin to work—and in a cleanser it is just rinsed down the drain.

Pros:
  • Cleanses and manually exfoliates skin.
Cons:
  • The bitter cherry shell powder can be an abrasive scrub ingredient.
  • Highly fragranced.
  • The salicylic acid cannot function as an exfoliant.
Community Reviews
Claims
Creamy-rich, soap-free exfoliating cleanser for an instantly brighter complexion. Natural exfoliants rice grain, cherry stone, and sugar-citrus extracts blend with Wild Rose oil—a natural source of skin brightening vitamin C. Gentle enough for daily use, it is clinically proven to improve skin’s overall radiance and texture.
Ingredients
Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Coco-Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Glycerin, Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Shell Powder, Inulin, Sclerotium Gum, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Galactoarabinan, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Lecithin, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract.
Brand Overview

Korres At-A-Glance

Korres is a Greek cosmetics line that was started by Athens-based pharmacist George Korres and his chemist wife, Lena. From its humble beginnings with a natural cough syrup steeped in Greek tradition to a long series of herbal remedies using local ingredients, Korres eventually morphed into a line of skincare infused with natural ingredients, a strong pull for many cosmetic consumers.

A key difference for Korres is that many of the natural ingredients they use are chosen based on the principles of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine involving the administration of various diluted herbal tinctures to improve diseases. Unfortunately, there’s very little research-based support for homeopathy as it relates to great skincare.

Overall the Korres products are a fairly even mix of pros and cons. Many of their products are tricky for us to recommend, due to the frequent presence of fragrance (a problem for skin, whether it is natural or synthetically derived) and usage of jar packaging for several of their moisturizers.

For more information about Korres, visit www.korresusa.com or call 1-855-9KORRES.

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Korres At-A-Glance

Korres is a Greek cosmetics line that was started by Athens-based pharmacist George Korres and his chemist wife, Lena. From its humble beginnings with a natural cough syrup steeped in Greek tradition to a long series of herbal remedies using local ingredients, Korres eventually morphed into a line of skincare infused with natural ingredients, a strong pull for many cosmetic consumers.

A key difference for Korres is that many of the natural ingredients they use are chosen based on the principles of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine involving the administration of various diluted herbal tinctures to improve diseases. Unfortunately, there’s very little research-based support for homeopathy as it relates to great skincare.

Overall the Korres products are a fairly even mix of pros and cons. Many of their products are tricky for us to recommend, due to the frequent presence of fragrance (a problem for skin, whether it is natural or synthetically derived) and usage of jar packaging for several of their moisturizers.

For more information about Korres, visit www.korresusa.com or call 1-855-9KORRES.