There’s a big trend towards more natural beauty products and Korres is at the forefront of this movement. Korres is a Greek skincare brand, originating from Athens’ first ever homeopathic pharmacy. In 1996, George Korres created an aromatic herbal throat-soothing syrup with honey and aniseed similar to one that his grandfather used to make in his hometown on the island of Naxos. Today they have over 400 natural and certified organic products.
I was invited to trial a variety of their new products including the recent additions to the Wild Rose skincare range. Wild Rose is a Korres ‘trademark’ ingredient and a global best seller 19 years after its initial launch. There are numerous reported benefits to the formulation, including hydration, brightness and action on fine lines. I was keen to see whether the products lived up to the hype and started my test with the Wild Rose Brightening and Line-Smoothing Serum.
Suitable for all skin types, it’s an ultra concentrated serum that promises an instant firming and line-smoothing effect and a long term reduction in the number, depth and length of wrinkles. Wild Rose oil is a natural source of vitamin C, helping to repair skin discoloration. The serum also contains Vitamin C, baobab gel, ginseng extract, quince extract and provitamin B5. The packaging has an elegant simplicity and the dark glass bottle will ensure that the formula retains its effectiveness as long as its kept in a cool place. The serum should be applied to the face and eye area after daily cleansing and can be used alone or before a face cream. It’s hard to say whether there was an instant firming effect but it certainly gave my skin a certain glow and had a gorgeous rose aroma. I did get the impression that my skin looked more rested the next morning but will need to use it longer to see the full effects. Retailing at £30 for 30ml, it can be purchased online from www.MarksandSpencer.com.
I don’t know about you but my skin is parched from sunbathing and late nights, so emergency measures are called for! The Wild Rose Instant Brightening Mask was hopefully just what the (skin) doctor ordered…Containing wild rose oil, argan tree oil, waltheria indica extract, shea butter, avocado butter and provitamin B5, it claims to have an instant brightening effect whilst promoting skin renewal.
A pure white mask, it has a nice creamy texture that felt instantly soothing. You apply it, wait for 15 minutes and then rinse off. My skin certainly felt plumped up and less dry, and I’ll definitely be keeping this in my makeup arsenal. It’s a very reasonable £7.00 for 16 ml and a handy compact size to slip into your handbag.
I’ve tried BB creams before but never a CC cream so was intrigued by the recently launched Wild Rose Colour Correcting Cream SPF30. It aims to deliver naturally radiant skin, even skin tone and SPF protection in one step. Enriched with carob tree extract to soothe the complexion, and wild rose to smooth fine lines and skin discolorations, it promises long term skin benefits.
It comes in two shades, light and medium and I tried the medium which definitely gave me a healthy glow. Coverage was quite sheer, so this is best for a natural,
‘no-makeup’ look and particularly suitable for holidays due to the inbuilt sunscreen and the convenient tube packaging. Retailing at £26, it can be purchased via Marks and Spencer.
There are a number of other products in the Wild Rose range including an exfoliating cleanser and an eye cream. Their Wild Rose 24 hour Moisturising and Brightening cream was the first ever natural one on the market when it was launched in 1996 and it has been a global best seller ever since. Naxos island in Greece was the inspiration for the first ever Korres product. Today the company has 23 stores worldwide in the cities of Athens, Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Brussels and Prague amongst others. Korres can also be found at exclusive department stores and pharmacies. As well as their skincare collection, they have a range of bath products and haircare.
In 2001, Korres launched its first haircare line without the use of silicone. Although it’s an extremely popular compound due to its silky effect, it is a non environmentally-friendly synthetic that is not skin-compatible and tends to contribute to pore-clogging and dull hair. Having focused its research and development efforts on addressing hair and scalp needs naturally, they set out to create a natural alternative that would offer all the benefits of traditional haircare.
I decided to try their almond and linseed range for dry and damaged hair, starting with the Almond and Linseed Shampoo. It contains organic extracts of marjoram, mountain tea from Crete, almond, linseed and dittany – a powerful healing plant. I have to say that I was impressed with this, it made my hair feel softer and shinier. It also apparently helps prevent breakage and split ends whilst the almond and linseed make it easier to style, and it retails at £10.
I combined this with the Almond and Linseed Conditioner, also at £10. This definitely does what it says on the tin, which is to nourish dry and damaged hair, to prevent breakage and help control static and frizzy hair. You can feel a difference as soon as you put it on your hair, it really coats it and makes it easier to run your fingers through.
Finally, I tried the Almond and Linseed Nourishing Hair Mask which incorporates shea butter to help hair retain its moisture. I did find this effective in softening my hair and making it more manageable but I probably need to leave it on longer to let it work its magic, rather than a few minutes in the shower!
Aside from the effectiveness of the products, one of the things that I like about Korres is its support of Greek agriculture. They have formed long term partnerships with organic farmers and local communities and they’ve also combined the unique properties of Greek and international flora to deliver a truly unique range.
Available to buy online from www.MarksandSpencer.com