Glass tests No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum by British beauty brand Vanderohe

MY SKIN is naturally dry. So I have found that the best way for me to moisturise it is to use face oil rather than a moisturiser which are so often mixed with synthetic chemicals. Hence, I am always in search of the most nourishing, most beautifully smelling and most natural blend of oils to save my face from dryness day-to-day. This is where Vanderohe’s No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum comes in.

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The face serum with a naturally rich thick oily texture requires only three drops to make my face feel soft, radiant and delightfully aromatic. Make no mistake, this isn’t made for dry skin only but for all skin types. This face oil is made of only natural organic plant oils, each one carefully selected for its benefits and fragrance and sourced from its most natural environment directly from the locals by  Olivia Thorpe –  the founder of this new and conscious brand – who travelled around the world to find these ingredients and took two years to perfect the blend.

Be it rosehip oil from Chile, high in vitamin C and E which protects the skin from sun damage and premature ageing, or wild crafted myrrh from Somalia often used in ancient times due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to soothe irritated skin. These plant oils have a balancing effect for our skin, including oily skin with acne as they inform the oil glands to stop producing sebum, the oily waxy matter that’s meant to moisturise our face but often becomes troubling and making the face too oily.

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The fact that the final product is not only anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, moisturising, skin-strengthening and balancing but also smells absolutely gorgeous is also not accidental. A completely natural floral herbal scent composed of the essential oils with leading notes of Somalian myrrh, neroli from Morocco and Bulgarian lavender and rose has an aromatherapeutic effect. To calm and enhance one’s mood was Thorpe’s intention and she has succeeded.

The idea to create this serum came to Thorpe during her first pregnancy when the need to use natural products rather than synthetics and chemicals, and to avoid certain ingredients, became more important than ever in order not to harm her unborn child. She also became more aware of and senstive to, than usual, of the fragrance of the beauty products she was using as her nose haf become very sensitive during pregnancy.

On top of that, Thorpe has always suffered from a problematic and sensitive skin and so also wanted to simplify her beauty routine and replace the five products that she was using at the time with just one. Isn’t that the dream of all of us? Thorpe, however, succeeded.

And the goodness doesn’t stop there. The UK-based Vanderohe gives 10 per cent of its profits to the Four Seasons Resort Maldives’ Marine Savers programme pioneering the research on coral reefscaping in the UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Maldives, Baa Atoll. Coral reefs are one of our biggest sources for medicine and they support other species in the ocean. Also to make up for the inevitable carbon footprint the brand creates, it takes part in a carbon offset scheme which plants a tree for every donated pound.

This is definitely one to try.

by Sara Hesikova

No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum retails at £88 for 30ml and is available here.