Fresh Elixir Ancien | Face Treatment Oil

...and then there is an oil, simply graceful in its poetry.
And, not because of it’s price tag. Fresh Elixir Ancien ($250) is the supreme handiwork of Byzantine monks from the Czech Republic. And, now you wonder what is it about this oil that justifies this wantonly decadent pricing? Incidental science.

I’ve often discussed the merits of age-old traditions, mostly Ayurvedic in form, but even before this fierce materiality of nature’s energies and ingredients, one of the most important medical researchers - Claudius Galenus (129–216) – uncovered what may have been the world’s first skincare treatment. When Galen created a cream to heal up his patient’s wounds, he turned to local monasteries, who were also decreed as apothecaries of their time. Monks were known to hand blend their cultivated herbs and flowers into perfectly rendered medicinal ointments to cure the wounds of the ailing. It was this type of “technological” manufacturing by the world’s first beauty anthropologists that the founder of Fresh – Lev Glazman uncovered while researching into the reams of archives found at LVMH chemist library. Fast forward through two years of weary travels on the international monastery circuit in post-communist, cooled off Europe in search of one that would recreate the rigorously disciplined craftsmanship in a contemporaneous formula for mass production even if meant the product would be created and blended by hand at far less quantities than what a lab could produce. This may look easy enough, but to succeed with such luxury & branding, the ultimate result would require something with a spiritual bent. Fortuitously today, Fresh found their friary, launched the wildly successful Creme Ancienne and now employs a small group of rawly exiled monks from west Bohemia churn out limited jars & bottles with an essentially unseeable conviction. Following the success of a face and eye cream is Fresh's canonical elixir.

Meant to be used at night, Elixir Ancien is an extraordinary face oil on many counts. The aesthetic range is quite broad. First off, the oil is dutifully reconstituted with Meadowfoam Seed, Jojoba, and Wheat Germ oils. Of the lot, the Meadowfoam Seed oil is a superior emollient that is quite small in structure, highly moisturizing, extremely stable, and capable of adhering and staying on the skin. It's because the carrier contains over 98% long-chain fatty acids, which help form an effectively seal onto skin, reducing the transepidermal loss of water. More water in means more moisture to plump up fine lines. So much so, Fresh’s lab tests actually show Elixir Ancien is clinically proven to reduce the number of wrinkles by 56% and the length of wrinkles by 62%.

...and, yes, I saw the proof.
The tersely elegant blend continues with Black Currant Seed oil and its high GLAs (to maintaining elasticity) weaved through fragile lacings of Myrrh Extracts (for tightening) punctuated with Rosemary Leaf Extracts (to soothe). Atop this inconspicuous rich roster, Seabuckthorn Berry oil (also seen in Ancient Greek and Tibetan texts) is slipped in to help cells regenerate with its mighty Omega-7’s and phytonutrients. And, you know when Time gives some unconditional love to the goodness and purity of Seabuckthorn's superhearty properties, it's an oil with some serious cred. After a week's use, foundation imparts such a seamless glide, people will wonder if you snuck off for a facelift, which would have set you back twice as much. Yes, skin is radically well-restored. It’s a consciously pared-down palette of oils. The light golden oil is ultralight in viscosity, and leaves a slight sheen that can be blended in within minutes. It’s also a rare face oil that doesn't employ any aromatherapy scents to enliven the experience, which will be a welcomed respite for those of who have gotten bored with those commonplace essences (ahem…Lavender). There is such a lovely, fresh floral haze, but truly, it’s so wispy, it’s only apparent when you dig your nose deep into the porcelain bottle. Elixir Ancien is smart for insisting on bliss without unnecessarily overpowering the senses, unlike some of those nose-searing face oils. The oil smells of something whispered, ancient, and arcane.

...and it wears just as so.