Ren Skincare Rose 012 Moisture Defence Serum

Ren’s Rose serum ($80) is as potent and it is gorgeous. It’s no secret I’m a fan of Ren’s products; the Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel is so pure with plant extracts that it is the only eye cream I can use after a chemical peel.

Ren Skincare isn’t just about bringing organic luxury to your vanity table. In addition to bringing 100% plant and mineral derived actives, the brand also focuses on high tech solutions for everyday dryness.  A cult success in the UK, the brand sailed across the ocean and landed in some of the top prestige retailers – you know, Barneys NY and Sephora. Their vegan products (enclosed in nearly entirely recyclable materials) are also included in the ever trendy Vegan Society Animal Free Shopper 6th Edition for staying true to chemical-free formulations. And, Ren is wholly confident about disclosing their packaging practices. They use vacuum packaging, which reduces the need for any preservatives to a bottom line minimum.

There’s a hipster appeal with Ren. The clinically cool looking labels show you as much of the benefits as they possibly can. But, the sleek glass bottles bring an equally suitable sense of luxury, which makes you feel better about indulging in the bounty of oils.

An easy tangle of carriers is present: Camellia, Jojoba, Rosehip, Macadamia and Rice Germ soak right into thirsty skin.  The familiarity of a ravishing, but tamed Damask Rose (from an all natural parfum) helps some of the other abstract oils – Ximenia, Soya, and Arctic Cranberry Seed – get into skin and retain the drenching moisture while calming any inflammations from unexpected flare-ups or patchy peeling. Add to this a bioactive complex of juicy Ceramides, Phospholipids, and Omegas (6 & 7), the underlying layers of skin will activate reparative work. African Ximenia is the oddball here; it’s a silky oil, rich in unsaturated fatty acids (approximately 92%), helps to preserve the integrity of the cell wall, and has a restructuring effect on the skin. Its long chain fatty acids bring a good substantivity and is nourishing and moisturizing.

Jet lag alert: the serum generally proves popular when used as an intense moisture mask, which requires a little effort. Blending a few drops with your night cream, really. I even tried the serum after a Mandelic Acid peel (in my vain effort to lighten some pesky age spots), and awoke to a gloriously velveteen skin that you know Rose will do so well.

I can now see why the Brits turned their reputably brief flirtation with essential oils to utter devotion with the seductive Ren. The brand speaks of unmistakable quality and sincere honesty without the clutter of any mass-marketed hype that always overpromises and under delivers.

Winter is upon us. And, roses are always adored. Who doesn’t need some Rose therapy?

Price: $$$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Slightly viscosity