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The undulating seaside treasures of France, whose shores are packed with seaweed, stately bamboo forests of Australia, and the sprawling African Savanna all feature prominently in Origins’ latest wunderkind, Plantscription Anti-aging Power Serum ($55).
Origins sent out Candace Kumai and Kim Mance on a scientific/social experiment, where they traveled all over the world to smell, touch, and experience these ingredients before they decided which ones would end up in its latest skin therapy. The bark of the rare Anogeissus tree from Ghana was analyzed by Origins for five years to prove that it truly does provide anti-aging benefits to the skin.
In two weeks, studies showed what we’ve come to expect in an anti-aging product: reduction of fine lines and wrinkles (51% reduction in wrinkles), plumping of skin, and lifting and firming. Other natural ingredients include the delicate lace-like Crithmum from France, also known as the “retinol of the sea,” and bamboo and pea extract from Australia, both excellent sources of hyaluronic acid and amino acids.
After 8 weeks, the results are subtle but the layers of the upper skin are boosted and there is a less wrinkled surface. Plantscription — the serum — isn’t the only actor in the play: there are other products that have been around for years, including the anti-aging cleanser, lotion, youth-renewing face oil, night cream, and eye cream.
While the serum looks and feels more substantial and veers towards lotion territory, it is interesting that Origins chose to marry social media and science in this way.
Time will tell if this serum delivers on its promises, but for now, it’s a list of beautiful worldly ingredients backed by science — all of which makes the $55 price tag worth it.