Blithe pressed serums review

Do you need a pressed serum?

Made famous by Blithe, pressed serums are a hybrid between a serum and a moisturiser. Because why use two products when the one will do?

I love the versatility of pressed serums, but are they really enough? Can you really combine these steps together and call it a day?

I’ve put Blithe Pressed Serums to the test to find out:

blithe crystal iceplant pressed serum

Blithe Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum

Blithe Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum is my fave of the lot. Why? It’s the most hydrating and has the best texture.

I wasn’t sure what texture to expect from a pressed serum. Turns out, they’re all a bit different. This one feels like a thick gel moisturiser. It’s a little tacky, but fast-absorbing, refreshing, and leaves a nice sheen on the skin.

The formula is a combination of:

  • Glycerin: A moisture magnet, it attracts water from the environment and binds it into your skin, keeping it hydrated for longer.
  • Lactobacillus/ Soybean Ferment Extract: A skin-conditioning agent that keeps skin softer and smoother.
  • Antioxidants: This baby is packed to the brim with natural plants extracts with antioxidant properties to fight free radicals, the main causes of premature aging.

Its main job is hydration and it does it really well. A pea-sized amount plumps up my skin, so my fine lines look smaller. My skin is softer to the touch. And my complexion has a subtle sheen that makes it naturally glow.

If you have oily skin, this could double up as a moisturiser. But for everyone else, this isn’t enough on its own. It’ll up your hydration game, but you still need to use a moisturiser with it.

One more thing: the serum smells like cucumbers laced in aloe. So refreshing!

Related: If Your Skin Is Perfectly Hydrated, Do You Still Need To Worry About Anti-Aging?

Do you need how to layer your skincare products and match them together? Download the “How To Combine Your Actives Like A Pro” below to find out:

blithe gold apricot pressed serum

Blithe Gold Apricot Pressed Serum

Blithe Gold Apricot Pressed Serum is my LEAST fave of the lot. It’s not that it doesn’t work. I just can’t stand its texture.

It’s a sticky gel that takes a few minutes to absorb and dries down to a shiny finish. My skin isn’t particularly oily and I usually like a glowy look, but this is way too much.

But hey, I guess that’s one way to achieve brighter skin. Skin-brightening is what this serum is all about. Here’s what it contains:

If you want to fade away dark spots, Niacinamide can help. But it can’t single-handedly do the job.

If you use this serum alone, you won’t see results. But, together with retinoids, azelaic acid and/or exfoliation, it does help dark spots fade away that little big faster.

The only thing I love about this serum is the citrusy scent. It’s slightly bitter, yet refreshing.

Related: Is Niacinamide The Most Multitasking Skincare Ingredient Ever?

blithe tundra chaga pressed serum

Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum

Call me a snob, but I don’t dig the brown colour of Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum. Brown reminds me of dirt – not exactly what I want from my skincare…

Mental associations aside, this serum has a wonderful gel texture that sinks in quickly into the skin and doesn’t feel greasy or tacky.

Here’s what’s inside:

  • Inonotus Obliquus (Mushroom) Extract (56.4%!): A type of mushroom that grows on birch bark trees. It has powerful antioxidant and skin-lightening properties that can fight both discolourations and premature aging.
  • Glycerin: A moisture magnet, it attracts water from the environment and binds it into your skin, keeping it hydrated for longer.
  • Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil: It creates a barrier on the skin that prevents water loss, keeping it hydrated for longer. It also strengthens its protective barrier.

This serum is said to be a multitasking powerhouse that hydrates skin and fights premature aging at the same time.

Hydrating, it definitely is. It boosts your skin’s moisture level, plumps up fine lines and wrinkles, and makes the complexion softer and smoother.

Sure, you need to seal it in with a moisturiser. But if your skin could do with the extra moisture, it’ll lap this up.

Does it prevent wrinkles and treat dark spots, too? Inonotus Obliquus (Mushroom) Extract is a promising ingredient. But like all preventative anti-aging actives, it takes years to see results.

I’d personally add it to my routine for hydration only and keep using my retinoids with it. Why?

Inonotus Obliquus (Mushroom) Extract may have anti-aging properties, but we don’t know how well it compares to retinoids (the gold standard for anti-aging).

You don’t want to abandon what’s been proven to work for decades to chase the new, shiny thing that may not give you the same results. But you can totally use them together. 🙂

One more thing: this has no added scent. But the few drops of essential oils Blithe sneaked in give it a subtle earthy aroma.

Related: Prevention VS Treatment: What Really Works Against Wrinkles

blithe velvet yam pressed serum

Blithe Velvet Yam Pressed Serum

If you have dry or dehydrated skin, Blithe Velvet Yam Pressed Serum is for you.

For starters, it feels more like a lightweight lotion than a serum. Unless you apply too much, it sinks in quickly without leaving any greasy residue behind.

The formula is a godsend for healing dryness. Here’s what’s inside:

Now that’s summer, I’m using this as a moisturiser. It does just what a moisturiser should do: it strengthens my skin’s protective barrier, it makes skin softer and smoother, and it plumps up fine lines, so they look smaller.

Come winter, I’ll layer it under my moisturiser for that extra hydration boost. I’ve already tried it and I didn’t experience any problems with pilling whatsoever.

Did I mention it smells like rosewood?

Related: The Best Skincare Routine For Dry Skin

Price & Availability

Crystal Iceplant: £18.00 for 20ml and £7.99 for 50ml

Gold Apricot: £19.00 for 20ml and £39.99 for 50ml

Tundra Chaga: £19.00 for 20ml and £39.99 for 50ml

Velvet Yam: £18.00 for 20ml and £37.99 at 50ml

Pressed Serum Deluxe Collection (all 4 serums): £48.13

At the Skin Library and Yes Style

Blithe Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum Ingredients

Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract (58.42%), Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycereth-26, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Saccharomyces/ Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Allantoin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactobacillus/ Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/ Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Xanthan Gum, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Disodium EDTA, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Polyglutamic Acid, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Amber Powder, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Candida Bombicola/ Glucose/ Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Selaginella Tamariscina Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Cuscuta Australis Seed Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract.

Blithe Gold Apricot Pressed Serum Ingredients

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract (31%), Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Undecane, Tridecane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/ Hexarosinate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Olivate, Panthenol, Dimethiconol, C14-22 Alcohols, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Palmitic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Stearic Acid, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, PEG-150 Distearate, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Myristic Acid, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Water, Tocopherol, Candida Bombicola/ Glucose/ Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract

Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum Ingredients

Inonotus Obliquus (Mushroom) Extract (56.4%), Water, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Butylene glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, C12-16 Alcohols, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylate-13, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Acrylate/ Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Triethyl Citrate, Adenosine, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Disodium EDTA, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sparassis Crispa Extract, Candida Bombicola/ Glucose/ Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Alteromonas Ferment Extract

Blithe Velvet Yam Pressed Serum Ingredients

Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract (68.5%), Caprylic/  Capric Triglycerides, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/ Capric Glyceride, Candida Bombicola/ Glucose/ Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide