For the Month of November, Boxy Charm allowed Charmers to pick between the Juicy Eye cream and the Kyprus serum to have in their boxes. While it was a difficult choice for me, in my box I went with the eye cream since it is not usually a product offered and at the time I was running low on my eye cream. I was sad that I wouldn’t get to try the Kypris though as it is an expensive product ($90 per bottle) and not one I would pick up on a whim. However, Boxy Charm then had the Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench and Glow Serum offered in their add ons and I found I could purchase it separately for $12 which I did.
This was my first experience with Boxy Charm Add-ons and I have to say it was an all-round positive one. I liked that I could order the product I didn’t chose for my box, which made me very happy. I was not charged for shipping either which is always a plus in my book. It also surprised me a bit as it ships separately instead of in a box.
Add ons were chosen on October 7th and my package arrived safe and sound at my mailbox October 21st. As I thought they would ship November first when everything else shipped, I have to say that was a pleasant surprise as well. The product was mailed in a plain yellow mailer and wrapped in bubble wrap inside. I found it amusing that Boxy Charm has its own bubble wrap imprinted not only with its own logo but a flurry of pressed hearts as well. I don’t know why that amuses me, but it does.
But on to the product.
First the math.
The glass container with an eyedropper contains 1.59 fluid ounces of product according to the packaging. When weighed, the entire product weighed in at exactly 4 ounces. So the package itself weighs 2.41 ounces. After 15 days of use the weight of the full product is 3.5 ounces, meaning that in two weeks of regular use 0.5 ounces of product was used. Extrapolating outward means the product should last a little more than six weeks. If you paid $90 for the product then you spent approximately $15 per week on serum.
But knowing how much is used and whether it is worth using are two different things. So let’s start off with what the product claims to do. According to the website it has a:
Featherweight texture with intense hydration. Antioxidant Dew lavishes skin with quenching encapsulated antioxidants, nurturing amino acids, and an array of soothing botanicals. Use as a lightweight hydrator or as a layering piece in your skin care wardrobe. For best results, use in combination with your favorite KYPRIS Beauty Elixir.
There are: 26 Active Natural Ingredients, Antioxidants Galore Phospholipid encapsulated Vitamins C & E and Superoxide Dismutase with Ferulic Acid and herb-derived antioxidants. Sea Algae Extracts studied for their impressive ability to hydrate, Waltheria indica A botanical gem from the Mallow family known to soothe skin’s appearance, and DPHP – Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline is a botanically derived amino acid that smoothes skin’s appearance to enhance luminosity.
And here is where it gets a little hinky.
Given that the product has twenty six active natural ingredients, the ingredients label is quite long. In addition, the ingredients list given on the website for the full $90 bottle of serum do not match the ingredients list on the package that came in the mail. While most of the ingredients are the same, they are given in a different order.
As ingredients are listed in the order of quantity contained within the product, with the highest concentration (and thus most active) of ingredients being listed first and decreasing in quantity as the list continues, this means that even though most of the ingredients are the same, they are featured in different quantities. Which essentially makes it a different product from the serum sold on the website.
In addition, there are a few ingredients missing from the BoxyCharm version. The sea algae extract they specifically mention in their website description is missing as is the Reed extract. At the end of this post I will put the ingredients list for comparison purposes. I am neither a chemist, nor a dermatologist (just a skin care enthusiast) so I am not certain what the changes between the two labels actually means in terms of product efficacy. I just know they don’t match which makes them different products.
All that was said to basically say that I am essentially reviewing the Boxycharm version rather than the official one. I know long winded, right?
That kind of bothers me a bit. Economic and ethical arguments aside, since I can only review the version of the product made specifically for BoxyCharm unless you purchase the BoxyCharm version then you are essentially buying a different product and this review is not really helpful. Or it may be, I don’t know. without testing the original, I can’t compare.
Which is a real shame, because I really liked this product.
Actually I need to add another really in there.
I really, really liked this product.
It comes in a dark blue glass bottle. The glass makes me happy because of recycling reasons and the dark color protects the product from light, which can wreak havoc on a lot of skin care products. The scent of the product is slightly medicinal in an herbal kind of way. It reminds me of the health food stores my mom used to take me too when I was a kid. I like the smell and truthfully it is not a terribly strong one. It dissipates rather quickly. The serum comes with a dropper and three drops of the product is all you really need. I put the drops in my hand, rubbed my hands together then applied the serum to my face.
The serum is milky and slightly viscus. It sinks into the skin rapidly and made my skin feel soft and hydrated. It is not greasy in the slightest and soothed the slight irritation I had on my skin from a nasty wind I spent too much time in. I really liked the way it made my skin look and feel. It gave me a kind of healthy glow and for the last two weeks I liked my skin enough to leave off my foundation and just used a dusting of powder on my skin.
Like all serums, it needed a few minutes to do its thing before moisturizer could be applied so after I put it on my skin I brushed my teeth and moved on to other tasks before applying the moisturizer and continuing with my morning routine. Even though I for the most part went without foundation for the last few weeks, I did try it under my make-up, foundation included and had absolutely no problems with it.
The serum sits well under the moisturizer and caused no problems at all. And like I said I really liked the way it made my skin look and feel. I looked up the ingredients contained in the serum and unsurprisingly they are designed to soothe irritated skin, help you retain moisture and elasticity. Growing up we always had an aloe plant in the house and anytime we had a burn, whether stove top or sun related, my mom would snap off a part of the plant and run the gel from the snapped plant part on the burn, so it is unsurprising that a serum including aloe soothes the skin well.
In fact, I like the ingredients list for both products, I just wish they were the same so that I could have gotten a more accurate feel for what the official product was so that if I go to repurchase it I know I am getting a comparable product. I am not entirely sure it would be the same if I ordered it. A part of me wants to order it just to see if it performs the same or better, but that $90 price tag is a hefty gamble. It is something I have to think about.
I do keep a list of splurge products. These are things that I might have a hard time convincing myself to pay for on the regular, but that I have tried and really like. These are products that I will pick up if they go on sale or if I feel the need to splurge on something extra as a treat (hence the title splurge list). If the ingredients list were the same for both products I would not hesitate to put this serum on the splurge list. Then as soon as my bottle ran out I would stalk the site spending time debating a purchase with myself as I used other products hoping o find something I liked just as well.
But, because they are different, I am hesitant.
Its like they don’t want me to stalk them.
While I am not one hundred percent certain about a repurchase, I do know that I will be using every last drop of this product up. I may set it aside while I test something else (I know I have a serum coming in this month’s Ipsy), but after testing another, I will be going right back to this until it is all gone. After that, who knows? Perhaps I will convince myself to splurge and test the direct from the company version of the Kypris Serum. If so, you’ll be the first to know my reactions and comparisons.
Listed below are the two ingredients lists. As you can see the order is different for many of the ingredients meaning they are present in different concentrations in each product. In addition there are a few differences in the listed ingredients, with some being present in one bottle and not the other in each version. I have marked the ingredients that differ from the two bottles (they are the ingredients in all caps, bold and underlined) so you can make your own judgement call.
Ingredients in the Kypris Serum according to the website:
Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, ALGAE, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phospholipids, PHRAGMITES COMMUNIS (REED) EXTRACT, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, PORIA COCOS EXTRACT, Xylitol, Anhydroxylitol, Waltheria Indica Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Calophyllum Inophylum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Superoxide Dismutase, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mannitol, Dextrin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Gluconate, Xanthan Gum
Ingredients listed on the box that came with the Kypris Serum from Boxy Charm:
Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, xylitylglucoside, BETAINE, dipalmitoyl, hydroxoproline, pantenol, AHNFELTIA CONCINNA EXTRACT, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, anhydroxylitol, calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) seed oil, symrytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, waltheria indica leaf extract, citric acid, dextrin, ferulic acid, lecithin, mannitol, phospholipids, PRUNIS CERESIS (SOUR CHERRY) FLOWER EXTRACT, rosa centifolia (rose de mai) flower extract, rosa damascenta (damask rose) flower extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)leaf extract, superoxide dismutase, Ascorbyl palmitate, sodium citrate, sodium gluconate, sodium hyaluronate, sodium levulinate, xantum gum, xylitol, sodium anisate