Although organic and natural skincare has exploded in popularity, it’s hardly new. Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used olive oil on their skin as a moisturizer along with honey and milk. According to INB Medical, in medieval times cucumber and rosemary were used to cleanse the skin, and during the Renaissance bread soaked in rose water was a salve for puffy eyes. Fast forward to today and many of those same ingredients are still being used in skincare. One brand that has been at the forefront of organic skincare is Eminence. Here’s a look at the company, its products and is it right for your skin?
What is Eminence?
Eminence traces its roots back to 1958, when the Koronczay family began creating skincare products. Their descendants, the brothers Attila (a civil engineer) and Boldijarre (an esthetician) brought the brand to Canada in the 1990s and spent a decade building the brand. Today the family owned company is used in spas all over the world, and Eminence is regarded as a leader in organic skincare. The brand was named American Spa’s Favorite Skin Care Line for 10 years in a row and Eminence also has plenty of celebrity fans, including Jessica Biel and Alicia Silverstone.
What is the Eminence Philosophy?
Eminence takes a holistic approach towards skincare that is centered on organic ingredients and biodynamic farming. As the company explains, “Healthy skin is a reflection of what you feed your body, inside and out. That’s why we source premium ingredients from organic farms worldwide to ensure our products are the purest and most potent.” Eminence supports biodynamic farming which means they “regard the farm, the plants and the animals as a self-supporting ecosystem that lives and breathes.” The company says it doesn’t use any harsh chemicals and their products are free from parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils, propylene glycol or sodium lauryl sulfate.
What Are The Most Popular Eminence Products?
Eminence offers a wide range of products including moisturizers, lip balm, face washes, masks and serums. Many of its best sellers are also award winners, including Bamboo Firming Fluid, a serum formulated with bamboo and coconut. It is meant to hydrate the skin and help improve its appearance thanks to a “natural retinol alternative” and Swiss green apple stem cells. Coconut, shea butter and grape seed oil deliver hydration in the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, which is meant to tighten the appearance of skin.
The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is designed to hydrate and protect the skin, while fighting the signs of aging. Rosehip oil is packed with Vitamins C and E along with beta-carotene and essential fatty acids. Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is a blend of rice powder and lactic and salicylic acids. The powder becomes an exfoliating paste when mixed with water, and helps get rid of dead skin cells. The Clear Skin Probiotic Mask is powered by cucumber and yogurt, and helps to target blemishes. It is also meant to help minimize the appearance of pores, thanks to ingredients such as kaolin clay and antibacterial tea tree oil.
How Much Do Eminence Products Cost?
Eminence products are pricey and in line with spa products. The Clear Skin Probiotic Masque sells for $56, and the Stone Crop Hydrating Mist Is $38. Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum retails for $58. Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream is $98 while one of the priciest products is the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, for $100.
Is Eminence Cruelty Free?
What Ingredients Are in Eminence?
Eminence’s products are formulated using organic and natural ingredients. Many of the ingredients are hand-picked to “craft premium natural, organic and Biodynamic® skin care that is both good for the earth and the skin.” Instead of skincare staples such as retinol (a vitamin A derivative) and dimethicone (a silicone) many Eminence products are formulated with oils and plant based alternatives. Products contains “natural retinol” and ingredients such as “stone crop,” a plant that is often used in living/green roofs and also helps reduce skin pigmentation. An entire collection is built around the southeast Asian mangosteen, an antioxidant rich super fruit. One thing to keep in mind is that Eminence doesn’t list the full ingredients list on their website; products only have “key ingredients” noted. If you want to find out more, retail sites such as Dermstore.com include the full list.
The Bamboo Firming Fluid is meant to hydrate the skin and help it look firmer thanks to a “natural retinol alternative complex” containing chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree to help smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Other key ingredients are hydrating coconut oil; pH balancing coconut water and Tahitian oil. Tahitian oil is also called monoi, and is made from steeping the petals of Tahitian gardenias (tiare flowers) in coconut oil. It’s also what powers Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck. The cream contains argan stem cell complex (argan stem cells and nutmeg seed); evening primrose oil; and the moisturizers shea butter, jojoba oil and grape seed oil. Oils are also the key ingredients in the Facial Recovery Oil, which is meant to tone and hydrate the skin. It contains a blend of clary sage oil to help balance the skin; moisturizing olive oil; the antioxidant sage leaf extract and ylang ylang, which helps to cleanse and balance the skin.
More common skincare staples found in Eminence products include vitamin C, which helps to brighten the appearance of skin and is found in the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum. The vitamin C (or L-Ascorbic acid) is sourced from lemon and grapefruit. The serum also contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate, also known as Vitamin C salt. Hyaluronic acid, which holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, is found in Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum and Firm Skin Acai Booster-Serum, which uses HA derived from the marshmallow plant.
Where Can I Buy Eminence ?
Eminence products are sold on the company website, and in spas and salons around the world. The products are also sold on Dermstore.com and Amazon.
Does Eminence Work?
Perhaps you have tried Eminence products at a spa, or you’re curious about the hype. When it comes to deciding if a skincare brand might work for you, it’s important to remember that beauty is never a one size fits all approach. Taking a deep dive into reviews is a good place to start.
Eminence has been around for decades and has earned its fair share of awards and celebrity praise. Its number of award winning products are too numerous to list but recent ones include the Wildflower Ultralight Oil, which won “Clean Beauty Best Body Product” from Allure in 2019, and was a Yoga Journal Editor’s Must Haves in 2018. The Acne Advanced Cleansing Foam won “Best Acne Cleanser” at the NewBeauty Awards in 2019. Other products have received editorial awards from Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, O magazine, PopSugar and American Spa magazine.
Reviews from actual customers are harder to find as products are sold primarily through its network of spas and is available in limited retail stores. One of the most reviewed Eminence products on the Dermstore is the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum. More than 200 customers gave it a 5 out of 5 star rating, citing its smell and how it made their skin feel. “Since I’ve started using this product I’ve noticed it has evened my skin tone and I’m experiencing less redness. Love the smell!” Other customers didn’t see the results they were hoping for. “I truly wanted to love this but saw no difference in my skin and didn’t love the way it felt.”
Amazon customers gave the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant a 4.4 out of 5 star rating, from more than 500 reviews. Satisfied customers wrote “AMAZING – no more breakouts & it my skin looks NEW” and “This is my new favorite exfoliant. It is gently enough to use every day.” Some customers had a bad reaction. “Am I the only one who has had a horrible reaction to this?!” Others called it a “waste of money.” “…This exfoliant is the worst I’ve ever used. It does nothing for my skin and I think it causes new breakouts.”
The Bamboo Firming Fluid also has a 5/5 star rating on the Dermstore, from 163 reviews. Some customers loved it and felt they saw improvements on their skin. “I love this, it is not too thick and sticky. Goes on very lightly and smells great!” as well as “After a week of use I could see the difference in my skin elasticity and brightness.”
The writer behind Cherry Blossoms the Blog sampled five Eminence products in 2012, including Stone Crop Gel Wash, Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, and Clear Skin Probiotic Masque. Her conclusion? “After using these products on my skin for a few weeks I can now announce that I am definitely a believer in Eminence Organic Skin Care. Not only has my skin never felt so soft (seriously, I feel like a baby again!) but my skin has also never looked so refreshed, vibrant and perfect.”
On Influenster, one of the most reviewed Eminence products is the Clear Skin Probiotic Masque. Reviewers gave it 4.4 out of 5 stars, from more than 300 reviews. Satisfied customers liked how the mask smelled and felt on their skin. “With ingredients like tea tree oil aloe and cucumber juice this is a great mask for people who tend to breakout …” Others couldn’t get past the smell or had an adverse reaction. “Smells awful, makes my skin burn. I don’t notice any positive results from using the mask.”
What Are Some Alternatives to SkinMedica ?
Although SkinMedica has its fans, it may not work for everybody, or may simply be too expensive. Consider another brand, such as Formulyst.
Formulyst makes it easy to create your own skincare routine. Each skincare concern is assigned a number, and your personal combination will be just as unique as you (and your skin) are. All you have to do is find your formula, and follow the numbers.
Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Night Cream contains that ant-aging superstar retinol. It does a little bit of everything, from addressing fine lines, crow’s feet as well as dark spots. The night cream contains a high dose of retinol along with skin soothing safflower seed oil and jojoba.
Formulyst’s Active Serum is packed with good for you ingredients, such as nourishing vitamins B and E, and vitamin C, which helps skin look brighter. Rounding out the all-star list are ferulic acid and niacinamide which help stabilize the formula and boost the potency of vitamin C.
Arbutin is a common alternative to skin lightening hydroquinone, and is the star ingredient in Formulyst’s Luminous Skin Serum, which zeroes in on skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation. The serum is powered by Triple Brightening Technology, a powerful blend of naturally derived alpha arbutin, rumex extract (a plant that helps stop the production of melanin) and a biomimetic peptide.