Sunday, March 24, 2013

Skincare Sunday I: Origins Plantscription SPF 25

What better way to wind down on a Sunday evening than by writing my first instalment of "Skincare Sunday"? One skincare product diced, chopped, tried out and reviewed by yours truly for all Sundays left in this year :)
I'm a skincare enthusiast. I get excited reading about active ingredients and there's nothing I love more than the feeling of trying out something that works (shout out to La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, the little tube that never lets me down). 
I hope you'll enjoy my weekly skincare blurbs as much as I enjoy writing them!

Without further ado, I'd like to showcase today's little pot of wonder:
Origins Plantscription SPF 25 Oil Free Cream

I got this in the mail from the kind people at Origins about 2 months ago and I've been testing it out regularly since. Canadian winters are painfully longer than regular winters so my skin, which is usually oily, has been more normal during these months. 

I dip the end of a clean Q-tip in the pot (to keep things sanitary) and pick up about a dime-sized amount of cream, which is enough to spread over my whole face and neck. It leaves my skin looking plump and glowy. It makes for a lovely primer before foundation. The formula is rich in anti-oxidants and has an SPF of 25 which is pretty decent. It's heavier in texture than the Murad Essential-C moisturizer (which I still absolutely adore and recommend) which makes it more suitable for combination/dry and normal skins. There is also a formula that is not oil-free that caters to dry/more mature skins. If you're combination oily to oily, it might be a bit too much for you. It's not cheap, but a little goes a long way. I've been using it regularly over the last 6 weeks or so, and have barely made a dent!

To sum it up, here's what I love about it:
  • non-offensive fragrance (super light clean scent that doesn't linger after application)
  • no greasy residue yet leaves skin looking glowy
  • decent SPF
  • easily available at a number of retailers (Sephora, Origins, The Bay, Macy's)  
  • a little goes a long way
  • doesn't break me out
  • my skin looks seriously healthy and plump when I use this in the morning!
The negatives:
  • comes in a pot, so if you're a clean freak like me it might be a pain in the butt; Q-tip method is alright though
  • skip this if you're having an "oily" day, even though it's oil free, it will enhance oil slick factor by midday
  • $55 in the US, $69 in Canada (umm... woof.)
All in all, I am loving this lately!

Any Origins products that you love and recommend? Send the suggestions my way :)


  1. This seems like such an amazing product. I've heard great things about Origins so I'm really curious to try it, but it's kind of hard to get it over here.

    Great post!


  2. May have to try this one out, although hopefully I can get a sample to try first because my skin tends to vary from combination dry to oily :(

    I love Origins products! Over the last few months I've been using the Mega Mushroom cleanser and the Zero Oil cleanser. The former is great for dry, sensitive skins where as the latter is best for oily, acne prone skin.
    I love both of them but think I would only repurchase the Zero Oil as it smells fantastic and leaves my skin fresh whilst not drying it out!

    Please do more of this series, I really loving reading skincare products reviews.

    Paris x

  3. I used to love some Origins products until I found out that they're using quite a lot of irritating ingredients :(
    I have to admit, I always look up products on Paula's site before I buy them.. just because I trust her in all things skincare related:

  4. ooh this looks great! i've been looking for a good oil cream that doesn't make me look greasy! Thanks!

  5. I hear ya about Canadian winters. My skin is dry normally, and it keeps getting dryer as I get older. Winter is just brutal on my poor face.

  6. Sounds good! I think the pros outweigh the cons :-)

  7. Great post Sandra :) I really like the eye cream of this range, will check out this when my Make A Difference+ runs out. I really rate Origins as their products have always made my skin look decent :) x

  8. I want to love Origins products, but for the price I'd never buy a product in a pot. Any active ingredients in it get exposed to air and lose their potency.

    One reason I love LRP - no fuss, effective packaging!

  9. I really like Origins products and this sounds lovely but my skin is super oily so prob wouldn't work...sigh.

  10. I really need to try this, it sounds great! Everyone raves about Origins

  11. Really need to try this, everyone raves about Origins!

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  12. I love Origins Vitazing. I have been using it for 6 months as daily moisturizer and it works great for my combination/oily skin. It leaves a healthy glow on my skin and has SPF15. I would like so much to try this one but it's a bit pricy! :(

    Great blog ;)

  13. i've been using origins make a difference + this winter and quite like it :) I like the q tip idea too.

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  15. This sounds great! I am currently on the hunt for a good night cream. I have had mixed experiences with origins in the past. This seems like a product worth sampling though.


  16. I really like the Origins Vitazing and the overnight drink up mask.


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