Glow Recipe’s curation skills are always on point. I don’t know how these ladies do it but they continually pick diamonds that my skin loves out of an overwhelming sea of mediocre products. So, no surprise to me, they’ve once again, they’ve come through with another must have winner. This time it’s the Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum.
Pressed serum? Yep! You may have seen it when the Glow girls were on Shark Tank last month! (They made a deal with Robert btw, the nicest shark of the bunch IMO 😉
A little about the chaga pressed serum from their website.
A serum and moisturizer combined in a ‘pressed serum’ format that is packed with 60% Chaga Mushroom extract harvested from the tundras.
How it works:
Chaga Mushroom extract, cooled instead of heat-processed to preserve the original nutrition, is combined with a blend of fermented oils including olive and argan oils. This easy-to-use serum and moisturizer in one treats, nourishes and brightens skin without heaviness.
Parabens, Synthetic Dyes & Fragrances, Mineral Oils.”
Pressed serum is totally new to me, and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but I have to tell you, I absolutely loved this pressed serum texture. It really is like a light moisturizer, with custardy texture, but chocked full of skin beneficial ingredients.
It’s extremely soothing, which is much needed during this time of year. You east coasters really could have used this during that hellacious winter storm, let’s put it that way. I’ve been layering it on top of the Blithe Vital Treatment Pulp Essence during the day and Holy Snail’s Shark Sauce at night. These combinations have been a breakthrough for my skin which was really acting up lately due my illness and the incredible cold snap we’ve had. I have to walk 2 miles a day in this weather so my skin really takes a beating during the harsh winters here. I can’t half-ass my skincare, it takes high quality products to build up my moisture barrier and keep it from drying out. This serum is one such product. The custard texture glides on the skin and leaves it plump and hydrated. It’s odor-less, and very rich without being heavy. The texture is really divine.
I really wish there were more products with this texture, it’s something I have really been missing in my routine. It also has some really great ingredients as you can see here.
Inonotus Obliquus (Mushroom) Extract(60%), Water, Glycerin, Diglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Polyurethane-39, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Sparassis Crispa Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylate-13, C12-16 Alcohols, Caramel, Palmitic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyldihydrojasmonate
I recently attended a local artisan faire and there were several pop up shops for locally made skincare. Every single one of them had a chaga product! They even had dried chaga tea. It’s been used since antiquity as a folk remedy, and it’s even been used for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties medicinally. It’s touted as an immune boosting superfood, but that’s if it’s ingested. I’m not sure of the actual benefits of applying it topically, all I know is it’s worked wonders on my ravaged skin and has become an integral part of my new harsh weather skincare regime. In short, I can’t tell you exactly why, it just really works beautifully for me. Whatever voodoo magic is going on, keep it up Blithe.
I really love this product layered with other essences or ampoules, but you could also use it solo and still get great benefit. If you are interested in the companion essence, BLITHE Vital Treatment Pulp Essence, let me quickly tell you a bit about it. It’s absolutely packed with extracts. Butylene Glycol and water don’t even show up on the ingredient list until #8 and #11 respectively as you can see from the ingredients list here:
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract(22.844%), Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract(9.665%), Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract(9.665%), Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Fruit Extract(9.665%), Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract(9.665%), Phaseolus Angularis Seed Extract(9.665%), Phaseolus Vulgaris (Kidney Bean) Seed Extract(9.665%), Butylene Glycol, PEG-32, Glycerin, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citrus Limon（Lemon）Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Caramel, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mannitol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. Candida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
It has absolutely no scent and goes on very smooth without any overly slick or greasy feel. It also has almost no acne triggers or irritants, it’s a powerful essence and it wold work great for oilier skins and drier skins alike. Again, I love it paired with the pressed serum but if you wanted to use this alone, especially if your skin is oily and you hate the feel of serums, this would be one to definitely check out.
And my favourite part, Glow Recipe has offered to give you 15% off your order if you order through my link! Yay to saving money!
EDITED TO ADD: Now also available at Sephora!!! pressed serum: http://www.sephora.com/tundra-chaga-pressed-serum-P408267?skuId=1833029&icid2=brand%20content_blithe_lp_from_the_brand_carousel_brand:blithe_p408267_image