When I ran out of my last serum, I decided to venture over to Whole Foods to see if they had any options that were reasonably priced. Serums can be an expensive skincare step, but as luck would have it the Andalou Naturals brand was on sale and they had a few different serum options at a pretty reasonable price point. I picked up the age defying Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum to see if it could help out my fine lines which have started to bother me more over the past year or two.
I’m still very much in the beginning stages of familiarizing myself with the brands that Whole Foods carries, so I photograph displays in order to jog my memory! I went ahead and photographed the brand’s Age Defying line of products, but they also offer Brightening and Clarifying lines. On sale, the serums cost $18.99. I had no idea what to expect of this one, but my funds are limited and it’d be really great to find a good serum for under $20.
This is a lightweight, creamy serum that smells lightly of apple and grape juice, and the serum does include apple and grape stem cell cultures which I assume contribute to the scent, as the serum is free of any fragrance. It feels lightly hydrating and within a minute it sinks in leaving skin feeling smooth and soft. The bottle comes with a pump, and each pump is relatively small so I end up using 2 to 2.5 pumps for my whole face. It never pills up or anything like that, it’s definitely pleasant to use.
This serum boasts a lot of fun ingredients to encourage a youthful appearance: apple and grape stem cell cultures, a BioActive 8 Berry Complex with bilberry fruit fruit stem cells, resveratrol Q10, myrtle leaf extract, and goji glycopeptide. Aloe is the very first ingredient (no water here), and there are a whole bunch of other recognizable and beneficial ingredients on the list … vitamins C and E, cranberry juice, olive squalene, borage/rosehip/flax/evening primrose/sea buckthorn oils, rooibos, white tea, kelp extract. There actually isn’t a single thing on the list that sticks out as questionable or disappointing to me.
I’ve been using the serum for over a month now. Normally I’d want to use a serum for a bit longer before writing about it, but I have others that I’d like to start testing out as well, either alone or in combination with the Andalou serum, and I want to write about it before I start experimenting. I feel like this is as good a time as any to start talking about it, though, because I’ve already started to see results. I’m 27 so I don’t have deep wrinkles to correct, but I have fine lines under my eyes and on my forehead that I keep a close eye on and would love to erase as much as I can, and I’d like to continue promoting healthy, youthful cell growth and protect my skin from environmental stresses. In the 5 or so weeks that I’ve been using this, I’ve started to see the little lines under my eyes in particular beginning to relax. To me, this serum has clearly proven itself as effective, and I still have most of the bottle left.
Additionally, the serum is made naturally without GMOs, gluten, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances. It has gluten-free, eco-friendly, vegetarian, and cruelty free verifications. Moreover, it’s $25 and even less if on sale. I’m very impressed with this blind purchase! The serum is definitely worthwhile and I’m interested in trying more products from Andalou Naturals.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Lauric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Juice*, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hyaluronic Acid, Olive Squalane, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Glycopeptide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glyceryl Monolaurate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Polyphenols, Borago Officinalis (Borage), Rosa Canina (Rosehip), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) and Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oils*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos), Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis and Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts*†, Laminaria Digitata (Kelp) Extract, Allantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*
† Fair Trade
You can find it on Andalou’s website, or at Whole Foods like I did.
Have you tried Andalou Naturals before? Are there any wallet-friendly serums you enjoy?