Citrus scents in skincare: love ’em or hate ’em? Me, I have a love-hate relationship with them. More love than hate, actually. I know, I know. They can be irritating if you have sensitive skin, but mine isn’t.
I can’t throw high doses of retinol and vitamin c at it, and it won’t complain (thank you skin!). So, I don’t think a tiny dose of citrusy oils will do any damage. But they always transport me to heaven.
Cos I’m pretty sure there are lots and lots of citrus groves in heaven, spreading their zesty, summery aroma all around. That’s the image that pops into my head anyway whenever I use PHB Brightening Serum White Birch & Frankincense.
The smell is amazing, not too strong, and makes application so pleasant. I can’t wait to put the serum on every morning just to get a whiff of it.
Especially formulated for normal and combination skin, PHB Brightening Serum promises to brighten it and give it a radiant glow. And it delivers. My skin is definitely that little bit more radiant since I started using it.
PHB claims their white birch extract is to thank for that. According to them, it can reduce dark spots, too. Sadly, I couldn’t find any studies supporting that claim. And I’m too young to have sun spots yet, so I can’t tell you how well it works for that.
But I’m not too young to have wrinkles. They started slowly creeping up around the corners of my eyes already in my late 20s. So, it’s good to know that white birch has powerful antioxidant properties that can prevent new ones from forming. And yes, this time, science backs up the claim!
PHB Brightening Serum also contains a generous dose of aloe vera, which can soothe irritations, and increase moisture’s content in the skin. That’s something glycerin can do too. They work the same way. By attracting water from the environment into the skin, and locking it in. This way, skin’s well-moisturized and soft all day long.
The consistency is gel-like and very lightweight. It sinks into the skin quickly, without leaving a greasy residue behind. The pump applicator dispenses just the right amount of product too, so that none gets wasted. And doesn’t the bottle look sleek?
I only have one complaint. I wish the formula contained more antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, or green tea. The more antioxidants, the better. But if you’re looking for something that gives your skin an almost instant glow, and hydrates it too, I think you’ll like this serum a lot.
You’ll certainly like the way it makes you feel. BHP products are all made in the UK, with vegan and halal certified ingredients. Best of all, 15% of the proceedings go to charity. Don’t you wish more brands did that too?
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Biosacharride Gum-1, Coco-Caprylate, Sclerotium Gum, Betula Pendula (Organic White Birch) bark extract, Propanediol & Salix alba, Helianthus Annus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil & Euphrasia Officinalis (Organic Eyebright) Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Bergamot) peel Oil, Boswella cartii (Frankincense) resin oil, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil, Benzyl alcohol, Commiphora (Myrrh) resin oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Farnes Oil
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Lightweight gel texture, sinks quickly into the skin; Hydrating, makes skin soft and smooth; Gives skin a radiant glow; Gorgeous scent; Sleek and practical packaging.
Cons: If your skin is sensitive, the scent may irritate it; Low amount of antioxidants.
Summary: PHB Brightening Serum White Birch & Frankincense hydrates and brightens skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and radiant. I just wish it contained more antioxidants.
Price & Availability: £19.95 at phbethicalbeauty.com