A while back Volition sent me three products to use and review. One by one I feathered them into my skin care regime and have given them each a month long trial to see how I liked them and how my skin reacted to the products.
Volition is a crowdsourced skincare brand that produces clean, cruelty free, vegan products. The crowdsourced is something I find very interesting. (although the clean and cruelty free are also very important too). According to their site anyone who has an idea for a product that they’d like to see created can send in their ideas. Volition then floats the idea to their community of voting participants (I believe you can sign up to be a member of that quite easily on their website) If the idea gets enough votes, then it is passed on to a team of professionals who turn the idea into an actual product.
Each of the three products sent to me came with a little card telling me about the innovator who came up with the idea for the product. Aja came up with the idea for the Prizmatic Luminizing Shield. Keidy came up with the concept for the Snow Mushroom Water Serum and Nastia Liukin was the innovator behind the Celery Green Cream that I am reviewing today. So what is the Celery Green Cream from Volution?
According to the website…
Celery. A classic staple turned modern juicing powerhouse. It’s the superstar ingredient in this oil-free face moisturizer that purifies and minimizes the appearance of pores for healthier-looking skin. This moisturizer hydrates and visibly plumps, helps minimize the appearance of pores and uneven skin texture, and purifies. It is good for enlarged, clogged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture and tone.
Full Ingredients list: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lactic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Calcium Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Sorbitan Olivate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Greens, Citric Acid, Mica, Potassium Sorbate.Volitionbeauty.com
So those are the claims. Now let’s talk about the product. As I said, it comes with an innovator card that lets you know a little bit about the person who created the product. The product itself comes in a nice glass jar with a screw top lid. The label is sleek and clean and I have to say I like that the label can be peeled off easily so that the jar can be reused. Because quite frankly, this is the kind of jar that can be easily reused and that I probably will reuse.
But packaging is one thing, product is another. When you open the jar there is a thin inner plastic lid covering the product. I like the inner lids keeping the product and the outer lid separated. Keeping as much air away from the product as possible is always a good thing.
When this inner lid is pried up, the cream is revealed. It is a light green, almost celadon color and it smells fresh and clean.
It actually reminds me of the celery soda we used to get at the deli when I was a kid. Without the bubbles of course. I suppose it is to be expected since it too was made with celery seed. There is a very light vegetal quality to the clean scent, but it isn’t an added scent, just a natural one and it isn’t overpowering in the slightest.
My baby doll is much more sensitive to scents then I am and when he sniffed it, his reaction was to say it smelled clean not scented. I don’t think it would bother anyone who is scent sensitive. It is mostly only noticeable when you first open the jar and dissipates quickly.
The consistency is of a thin gel or water cream and I found my skin drank it up quickly. There was no sticky feeling left behind, which I have on occasion had with these types of formulas before. It sat under my makeup beautifully and kept me hydrated throughout the day.
Prior to transitioning into using this moisturizer, I had several stress related breakouts and have been treating them. Sometimes the treatment dries out the skin around the problem and sometimes instead of hydrating the skin around the treated area, moisturizers just make things greasy and irritated.
I did not have that problem with the Celery Green Cream. It moisturized the dry patches and didn’t irritate the inflamed area. I don’t normally have overly sensitive skin, but those were my sensitive areas and it handled them beautifully while they were healing.
I used this moisturizer as my main moisturizer for a month. I applied it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. While it was beautiful during the day, I found I needed a little something extra at night. Not every night though. Instead of using a night cream every night, I found that I could use my night cream once or twice a week as an added boost to my night time moisturizing. Generally, I found that the boost was needed after I spent large portions of the day outside in the heat.
I suppose it shouldn’t be terribly surprising as on those days I was also drinking a lot more water. I think that while working outside in the garden or walking on the walking trail, I just sweated out enough moisture that my entire body simply craved more hydration in every form. And as I love masks in all forms, especially night masks I can wear while sleeping, I had no problem adding an extra product a couple of times a week.
While I really liked using this moisturizer, for me, I think the consistency of it lends itself to warm weather months. Once the weather starts to turn cooler, I tend to switch to a transition moisturizer which has a thicker consistency than the gel like moisturizers of summer and then as fall fades to winter I tend to want a thicker, more full bodied cream. This is, however a fantastic summer cream.
Using it my skin felt hydrated and used in conjunction with the Snow Mushroom Water Serum I actually saw a plumping of the skin and a reduction of the fine lines around the corners of my eyes. While I doubt anything natural will get rid of the line running across my forehead, I noticed it didn’t get any more pronounced while I used this cream. I’m calling that a win.
There is about two to three weeks of moisturizer left in my jar of product as I write this. I will be finishing this jar of moisturizer and slowly weaving additional products into my routine in order to give them a fair trial.
While this Celery Green Cream was sent to me by Volition, in the spring, my summer skin care preparation is going to include ordering a new jar of this moisturizer along with the Snow Mushroom Water Serum. As for the Prismatic Illuminating Shield, the sunscreen designed for those who hate sunscreen, I will be reordering that as soon as the bottle starts to feel too light for comfort. It is not something I want to run out of anytime soon.
Speaking of ordering, the links located throughout this site are for volitionbeauty.com. Volitionbeauty.com only ships to US and Canada, so if you are located in other countries, you and want to give Volition a try you can go through @cultbeauty, which ships Volition Beauty worldwide, and @meccamaxima / @meccacosmetica which ship to Australia and New Zealand.
I personally really enjoyed my trial of Volition and will feel very sad when my jar of Celery Green Cream comes to an end. At least I know, I can always recycle the jar. And as Volition has a skin care test to ask questions regarding all your skin’s needs, I will be going back through and looking at the other products listed. The three I tried, were all recommended on that list and my skin really enjoyed them. It gives my high hopes for the other recommended products.