Korres – Naturally Beautiful

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.

Korres Wild Rose 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.

Korres Wild Rose serum
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.

Korres Rose Sauvage Masque
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.

Korres beauty
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.

Korres beauty products
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

  • This looks like such a lovely collection of organic products and it’s so cool that the recipes come from Greek traditions 🙂 I would love to try the CC cream- it sounds like it does a great job

    Rachel xx

  • That brightening masks looks great!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • I don’t think I’ve tried Greek skincare before, but I’m definitely tempted by Korres. I like the sound (and definitely the smell) of the ingredients especially the wild rose, plus the brightening mask sounds lovely! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • The wild rose line has a lovely fragrance and I was impressed by the mask, definitely worth a try

  • K.

    I love Korres lotions, but I haven’t tried much else from the line. I definitely have to check this out. Loving the products you have on display Suze.

    Kia / KTS

    • Thanks Kia, I haven’t tried their lotions yet but I would after sampling the rest of the range

  • These look really good! x

  • I’ve heard very good things about Korres and have tried a couple of their creams in the past. Out of the products shown, the hair mask is certainly very appealing – anything with almond in usually does a great job and of course smells wonderful in the process!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • It did smell really nice and I felt that it did a good job but I’d like to try leaving it in for a bit longer or even overnight if I try with a hair bonnet!

  • Harija Ravi

    Great post and interesting!!


  • I love that brand! this year when i visited Greece I bought some products! Unfortunately here is not available.

    Nice products indeed!



    • That’s a shame but hopefully one day it will be stocked there

  • I would love to try all these great products as well!


    • They’re really good for most skin types, Anouk so worth a try

  • Great stuff! I’d definitely give them a try 🙂


  • These sound amazing…definitely would love to try them!


  • Danielle

    I have not tried any Korres products but would love to. I’m always looking for natural beauty products and the ones you tried seem really good. Have a nice day!


    • Natural is definitely the way forward, have a lovely week Danielle

  • Jenessa Sheffield

    lovely review!


  • Coco Cami

    Beautiful review, thank you for sharing 🙂

    Camille xo


  • The Wild Rose line sounds incredible, the shampoo too! Thanks for the details and review


  • That little suitcase is the cutest thing ever! and that face mask looks beautiful, thanks for sharing this I will have to check it out! x

    Liz | LotsofLoveLiz

    • I know, isn’t it the cutest suitcase! Really enjoyed trialling the face mask

  • I love Korres! I want to try the wild rose products



    • They’re so worth trying Laura, and I’m not surprised that you love the brand

  • Trang Do

    Wow!! I love that little suitcase!!
    Kisses and hugs from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • It’s very funny isn’t it, imagine fitting everything into that!

  • Coco

    I love natural beauty products, I need to try Korres! Thank you for your lovely comments, I truly appreciate! Baci, Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog – Valeria Arizzi

    • You’re very welcome Valeria, and Korres is definitely worth a try

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    I have tried Korres before and loved their products. They were fab with my sensitive skin. Love your nail polish colour

    • I’ve been wearing that nail polish so much, seems to go with everything! Korres is great for sensitive skin.

  • Love Korres! Great review of this line, lady!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Lizlizo

    These products look so luxe, thanks for the thorough review!

    – Liz Lizo

    • You’re right Liz, they do have a very luxe feel! Glad you liked the review

  • I haven’t tried anything from this brand or even heard of it before. These products sound really good and I’d really like to try them, especially the mask. xx


    • They’re quite easy to get hold of luckily so definitely worth a try

  • Corinne C

    I have tried some of their shower gels before and was really impressed. They always smell divine!

    Corinne x

    • Yes I really liked the scent of the shampoo so imagine it’s quite similar

  • stylentonic Constantinos

    Greeks do it better! 😉 My kind of beauty!


  • fun packaging! looks like cool products!



    I’v heard so many great things about Korres already. The ingredients like almond, shea butter and wild rose sound amazing. Adore the elegant simplicity of the packaging and how convenient those are. I need to try the serum, I’m still searching for a nice one. 🙂


  • I love Korres. When I lived in Athens I discovered their fabulous body butter. I ended up buying loads as presents for people back home. Then you could also get it from their shop on the Kings Road which has since closed. Didn’t know they have a BB cream. Would love to try it.

  • I love their stuff – we found it first in a hotel in Greece – the Kinsterna – and I’ve used it ever since!

  • Lucy

    What a great travel kit. I love Korres products they are made with great ingredients and they smell divine for a foodie Lucy x

  • OMG this tiny suitcase is the most adorable thing ever! I’ve been pondering trying Korres products for a while now and I know what I’m getting next time I run out of something…

    Sandra | Cake + Whisky