Grown Alchemist is yet another good-looking Australian skincare brand that I’ve been lusting over for a while. Well you know how much of a sucker I am for apothecary style packaging. At one point I considered selling a kidney for the postage costs but there’s no need as the ecochic, botanical meets biochemical line has made its way to our shores and I’ve been trying out a few products.
All Grown Alchemist products are made without parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, artificial fragrance and other irritants. The majority of ingredients are from natural sources or certified organic. If you have any sensitivity issues, be aware that the preservative Phenoxyethanol is used in their formulas so be sure to patch test or avoid accordingly.
Packaging wise there is a definite resemblance to my beloved Aesop. So yes I have a type. The Grown Alchemist bottles don’t just look good though, they serve a purpose. The recyclable amber glass helps to protect the contents from contamination and sunlight.
To be honest I’ve never used a specific detox serum before. So why the need now? Frankly London is beautiful but filthy. A recent King’s College research study ranked Oxford Street, due to super high levels of nitrogen dioxide, as being the street with the highest levels of toxic air in the world! (above Mumbai and Delhi). Without any scientific tools I see the state of my clothes after a day walking around London and on public transport so just think of all that gunk on your skin. Have you noticed how much fresher people living in the countryside look?
The Grown Alchemist Detox Serum Antioxidant +3 contains tri-peptides and antioxidants, designed to combat various environmental stresses on the skin such as pollution and UVA/UBV rays, which contribute to skin ageing. The +3 refers to the fact that this serum doesn’t just protect against free radical damage from oxygen, but also carbon and nitrogen. Most skincare tends to only focus on oxygen free radicals. Side note, every time I type free radicals I think of that song.
I have been using the serum morning and night immediately after cleansing. It has a soothing light floral smell and I like how it makes my dry skin feel when I dab it on. It’s comfortable and not screeching for moisture or oil. Texture-wise this is nothing like what I typically expect from a serum. It is very liquid and lightweight like a toner, I would say it’s like a boosted hydrasol. I like the idea of adding a layer of protection with a serum so will carry on reaching for this to help fend off City Grey Face.
One bugbear I have is that Grown Alchemist’s website only lists active ingredients not the full ingredients list. Most annoying – what if you’re allergic to something? Anyway here is the ingredients list of the detox serum from the box:
I’ve be reviewing the other products once I’ve properly test and will report back. Do you use a detox serum?