Review: Korres Pomegranate Scrub & Wild Rose Mask
Situated around the corner from Orchard MRT station’s entrance/exit, I took notice of the Korres retail outlet simply for its decor when ION opened in 2009. I have always been curious about this brand. It reminds me of strong concept skin care brands like Kiehl & Aesop.
KORRES is a Greek natural products brand started in 1996. The brand was created based on its pharmaceutical experience in homeopathy treatments of herbal origins. Today, the company’s natural and certified organic products are internationally known to be made with highly concentrated active ingredients (*No kidding! I will revisit this point later in my review).
When I first visited the store and started browsing, I realized I could easily lose my wallet here. But instead of buying the whole shop (which I most definitely cannot afford!), I asked the store lady to point out some of KORRES best sellers for exfoliating scrubs and masks – because that was what I needed to top up at home.
She said without hesitation, ‘Pomegranate Cleansing Scrub & Wild Rose Brightening Mask.‘
I said, ‘I’ll take one each.’
She replied, ‘Sorry. We’re sold out.’
I said, ‘For both?’
She replied, ‘Yes. For both. In fact, there is a waiting list and if you can give me your contact number, I will call you when the stock comes in.’
I said ‘When do you estimate to get the stock in?’
She replied, ‘It is hard to say because the last time the stock came, we were out-of-stock again after about two weeks.’
I was amazed. Is it seriously REALLY that good?
I finally got a call and my hands on these babies. On first impression, the tubes quantity is just slightly bigger than travel size. I have to admit, I was a little disappointment ‘Why so small?’. Apparently, this is their new 2011 packaging (maybe the reason for the crazy backlog of orders a few weeks ago). The company wants to retain their products fresh. By using a smaller packaging, it will shorten the usage time and encourage customers to buy fresh stock. Interesting concept.
As you can see, my tubes are almost finished.
|I cannot seem to be able to rotate this image to horizontal which is the way I took it. Argh..|
In fact, if you look closer at the photo above, you will notice that on the tubes they tell you the % of natural content is in the tube.
Pomegranate cleansing scrub = 86% Natural content
Wild Rose brighten mask = (a whopping) 93.3% Natural content
My take? First, I have to say – I love love love these products. The moment you open the cap, you can immediate smell the strong aroma. The Pomegranate cleansing scrub smells stronger than the Wild Rose brightening mask. But they both can definitely hold their own.
I now understand what they mean when the company states that their products are made from highly concentrated active ingredients.
When I first tried the mask, I instantly felt heat on the surface of my skin. And this sensation remained throughout the time I had it on my face. Once I washed it off, I could see that my complexion has a blush of rosy pink color. A nice radiant look. Initially when I had the mask on, I thought I was having an allergic reaction to the product. But I realize now that it is actually the ingredients that were actively working on my skin.
These products are certified organic and dermatologically tested. They contain no parabens, no mineral oil, nosilicones, no propylene glycol, no ethanolamines and no phthalates.
You got to love them!
This product was listed as one of Kat’s Best Products Reviewed for 2012.