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Eminence Skincare Review

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09.28.18AD DISCLOSURE

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?

Yes.

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.

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Formulyst

The philosophy of Formulyst is long-term and effective skincare, rather than covering up any imperfections. The comprehensive line of products tackles everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin. While some brands rely on unnecessary fillers and scents, Formulyst focuses on ingredients that help create results, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many of the Formulyst’s products harness the power of plant and citrus extracts as well as gold-standard workhorses such as retinol. Read More
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Advanced Dermatology

The Advanced Dermatology skin care regimen addresses the most pressing aging concerns. It can be used by men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. This award-winning system can help diminish wrinkle appearance, reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, fade away redness, even out skin tone and improve the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. Some of the standout products in this line include the Super Youth Serum, Complete Age Defense and Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Treatment. Read More

Eminence Bright Skin Moisturizer Review

The Eminence Bright Skin Moisturizer was designed to serve as a protective, glow-boosting moisturizer that supports your skin throughout the day. This formula is intended for daytime use as it contains a built-in broad spectrum SPF. Alongside this daily dose of sun protection, this formula also includes a unique ingredient complex known as GigaWhite. This, along with stone crop, bearberry and a natural hydroquinone alternative, allow this product to brighten the skin without using any questionable ingredients. Additionally, since this product doesn’t contain any hydroquinone, you don’t have to worry about using this product in 3 month cycles or taking breaks in order to avoid any negative side effects. Instead, this product slots right into your current routine and can be used alongside any of your other more active ingredient-focused serums or essences. The only thing to note here is that this product has an SPF rating of 30 so if you prefer to have a sun care product with a higher coverage SPF, you may want to also include a separate facial sunscreen into your routine as well.

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Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer Review

Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer is a hydrating and clarifying face moisturizer that is said to instantly calm acne inflammation, as well as reduce and prevent breakouts. Unlike many skin care products, this moisturizer is actually a water-free formula. It includes cucumber juice instead of water as the highest concentration ingredient. Cucumber juice is known to calm inflammation, improve skin hydration, and shrink the appearance of pores. The probiotic in this moisturizer is yogurt, which is produced from the culturing of milk with bacterial cultures that contain the lactic acid-producing bacteria, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. Topical application of probiotic ingredients can help to balance the skin’s microbiome, as well as improve the overall appearance of skin by strengthening the skin’s barrier function.

Another key ingredient in the Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer is Salix Alba (willow bark) extract, which contains a compound called salicin. Salicin provides exceptional anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, as well as even out skin tone while increasing skin firmness. Another soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredient is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is also antibacterial, which means it has the ability to kill the bacteria that are responsible for causing blemishes. Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer also features a blend of of antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E), coenzyme Q10, and alpha lipoic acid, which is referred to as Biocomplex. Biocomplex is said to protect the skin from environmental free radicals and improve the appearance of skin. Overall, Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer is full of anti-inflammatory and anti-acne ingredients that should help to treat and prevent breakouts.

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Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum Review

Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum features a deeply nourishing organic formula that is said to hydrate, exfoliate, and repair your skin, leaving it soft and rejuvenated. This serum contains an alternative to hyaluronic acid derived from the Althaea Officinalis (marshmallow) plant. The roots of the marshmallow plant produce mucilage, a polysaccharide substance extracted as a viscous solution from plant roots, seeds, etc. Upon topical application, marshmallow extract forms a protective gel that moisturizes skin. Marshmallow root extract mimics the effects of conventional hyaluronic acid and is small enough in molecular structure to be easily absorbed into the skin by use of topical skin care products.

Two additional key ingredients in the Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum are strawberry juice and rhubarb juice. Rich in antioxidants and key vitamins, such as vitamin E and C, strawberry juice is ideal for treating skin inflammation and irritation while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as age spots and blemishes. Rhubarb juice is a good source of beta-carotene and other polyphenolic compounds like lutein and zeaxanthin. These compounds help to protect the skin from free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum contains several more organic botanical ingredients that should help to nourish, hydrate, and soothe the skin.

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Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer Review

Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer is a natural anti-aging face cream that is said to tighten and lift the skin with each application. It contains a Natural Retinol Alternative Complex, which is comprised of chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree gum. This complex is said to increase collagen synthesis, tighten the skin, and erase signs of fatigue. However, these claims have only been proven in in-vitro test systems, which means the tests were done in a test tube (not on humans). If this ingredient does provide these benefits, the Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer could be a good alternative for those with sensitive skin that cannot tolerate retinol.

Another key ingredient in the Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer is PhytoCellTec (Swiss Green Apple Cell Culture Extract). PhytoCellTec is a patented liposomal preparation of apple stem cells derived from the ‘Uttwiler Spätlauber’, a rare Swiss apple variety that have especially long-living tissue stem cells. According to the manufacturer, PhytoCellTec has been proven to reverse signs of aging in fibroblasts, help skin cells maintain the capacity to build new tissues, and provide an anti-wrinkle effect on crow’s feet. Lastly, the Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer contains both coconut water and coconut oil, two excellent skin moisturizers. The nutrients provided by coconut water include vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, as well as a source of electrolytes. Coconut water is known to support hydration and preserve skin elasticity. Coconut oil is composed of many different types of fatty acids, primarily lauric acid, myristic acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid. Once applied to the skin, these fatty acids help to replenish the skin’s natural barrier function. A strong, intact barrier helps to prevent water loss, therefore keeping the skin hydrated and soft.

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Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser Review

Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is a clarifying cream-gel cleanser that is said to treat oily and problem skin without stripping the skin of moisture. This product is actually a water-free formula, and includes cucumber juice instead of water as the highest concentration ingredient. Cucumber juice is known to calm inflammation, improve skin hydration, and shrink the appearance of pores. The probiotic in this cleanser is yogurt, which is produced from the culturing of milk with bacterial cultures that contain the lactic acid-producing bacteria, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. Topical application of probiotic ingredients can help to balance the skin’s microbiome, as well as improve the overall appearance of skin by strengthening the skin’s barrier function.

Another key ingredient in the Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is willow bark extract, which contains an important compound known as salicin. Salicin provides exceptional anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, as well as even out skin tone while increasing skin firmness. Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser also features a blend of of antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E), coenzyme Q10, and alpha lipoic acid, which is referred to as Biocomplex. Biocomplex is said to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin. Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan.

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Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid Review

Retinol can be an complex and often troublesome ingredient for those with sensitive skin to successfully incorporate into their skin care routines. Because this ingredient is so strong, the retinization phase, which includes increased dryness, peeling, sensitivity and even breakouts during the first three months of use, can be especially difficult. In order to combat that, some companies, like Eminence Organics, have started to explore botanical alternatives for retinol. The result are products like the Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid. This serum contains a retinol alternative complex that includes natural extracts including chicory root and others to smooth wrinkles. While these ingredients don’t have the same library of research to back up their ephicacy, they have been chosen for their specific abilities to mimic the anti-aging benefits of retinol. This product also contains a number of beneficial antioxidants, which makes this a great all-rounder product for those who are looking to improve their skin, but aren’t quite ready to make the jump to a high-grade retinol.

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Eminence Facial Recovery Oil Review

Eminence Facial Recovery Oil is a toning and hydrating oil that is said to soothe and renew sensitive and aging skin. Olive oil is the highest concentration ingredient in this product. Olive oil is abundant in oleic acid, an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid, which functions as a penetration enhancer and improves absorption of other ingredients. Olive oil is also rich in flavonoids and other types of antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

Another key ingredient in the Eminence Facial Recovery Oil is coriander extract, which has restorative effects due to its rich supply of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an essential omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid that can integrate and improve the totality of the skin barrier, which can help to enhance the skin’s overall appearance. Ylang ylang oil is also included in the Eminence Facial Recovery Oil because it is a potent antioxidant that can help improve uneven skin tone. However, ylang ylang oil is a fragrant, volatile oil that can be a skin sensitizer. It’s important to note that research has demonstrated you don’t always need to immediately see or feel the sensitizing effects of fragrance ingredient for your skin to suffer damage.

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  • Day M 03.20.19 Reply

    I have tried many products and I have never had a product not cause an allergic reaction, until now. Eminence products are extremely great. No negative reactions and the products are worth the price. I love that they last months!

  • Linda L Beymer 08.16.17 Reply

    I was gifted the Eminence Oils & Serums Signature Series Discovery Set for Christmas 2016. I am a former weapons load specialist having served in the United States Air Force. A lot of working outside on the flight line in environments from harsh cold temperatures, to unbearable, humid heat including 7 months in The United Arab Emirates 1990-1991(where the temperature was 135 degrees, and sweat rolled out of my body like my body was producing it’s own rain), had it’s effect on my face. I have gone from just keeping my face moisturized with generic products to Eminence. I love this kit! It was a great sampling to see the difference it could make and it definitely has! It has a variety of 5 oils and serums that do things like Firm, hydrate and soften, to Replenish & Smooth! I still need a variety to treat my face because in addition to being an inside the house and outside the house gal, I hot flash. So this kit is great to treat my skin to what it needs each day! I am out so I am ordering it again!

  • Katie 10.06.16 Reply

    I started using Emminence app 2 years ago and absolutely love everything I have used. I often purchase a sample to use for a few days, before investing in a full size of an offering. US made products often include ingredients that are not tolerated or legal in other countries, particularly European countries, where standards are very high. For this reason, I was initially interested in a European made spa-like skin care line, and could not be happier with Emminence. I purchase online from Natural Beauty Group who has been a certified distributor of Emminence for many years. Also, their products last a long time, because they are so rich and concentrated, I use much less and get great results. Wouldn’t use anything else!

  • MariaT 08.24.16 Reply

    I absolutely love this skincare line. It changed my life and complexion,literally. It’s a gift from nature and the price is very reasonable. The ingredients are fully disclosed and natural. Amazing product. Thank you thank you!!!

  • Heidi 10.31.15 Reply

    I have had excellent results with every product I have tried. My favorites are the Stonecrop gel face wash and the Strawberry Rubarb dermafoliant. The wash lasts a long time because a tiny bit goes a long way. It’s extremely gentle yet effective. I used to struggle greatly with acne but this wash helps keep it under control. The dermafoliant gives instant results by removing dead skin and leaves a dramaticall softer surface.

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