[Source: The Body Shop]

A couple of weeks back, I was invited by The Butterfly Project to review The Body Shop's new offering of Nutriganics Drops of Youth. As you may have guessed, it's an anti-aging product, and since I'm hitting the big 30 next year, I've been on the hunt for products which will aid in my desire to be told I look 40 when I'm 60.

And so, I jumped on the opportunity to try this out. I hadn't heard of it prior to receiving it, so I didn't enter this with any preconceived notions of what to expect. A little research yielded a wealth of information on this, and the fact that it is made up of a minimum of 98% natural ingredients, it was already fitting in perfectly with my plans for clean skincare in 2014. 

So, what do they claim Nutriganics will do for you? It's meant to make skin smoother, firmer, fresher and healthier. It proposes to accomplish all this through the use of criste-marine plant stem cells. Criste-marine is a plant found in the French countryside of Brittany (and we all know how awesome French skincare is!) which aids in achieving all this by harnessing the plant's ability to absorb nutrients from its surroundings in order to sustain itself. This means that it's pulling in and storing all the moisture and hydration you need in order to have your skin heal itself and regenerate quicker. 

In fact, The Body Shop claims that you will see results within just 5 days of use, and this is because well hydrated skin tends to regenerate more effectively, thereby allowing the new cells to replace the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin quicker. 


[The Body Shop's Nutriganics (30ml)]

The packaging itself is very simple and easy to use. Firstly, it comes in a glass bottle, which is always a nice touch. It also has a dropper, which adds to the apothecary feel of the use of glass packaging. 


What's excellent about the dispenser is that it only picks up a limited amount of product (roughly 2 drops), which is perfect because it is recommended that you apply 2-3 drops on each application.

As for the consistency, it's a clear, viscous liquid that has no discernible scent to it. It may have a very mild scent, but nothing that struck me or really made me notice it, so I'm sticking to the no-scent claim. 


The instructions on the box state that you are to massage 2-3 drops of Nutriganics into your skin until it is fully absorbed, and follow it with a moisturiser. However, a little digging has yielded that this is, in fact, a very multi-purpose product. You can actually use this as a pre-serum if you need the extra shot of skin-boosting, which I find absolutely lovely! 

However, for the purposes of testing the 5-day use, I used it as a serum on its own and followed it up with moisturiser, twice a day. Also, in order to get an accurate reading on how truly effective this was, I refrained from using any form of scrub, exfoliator or mask on my skin for the period of testing.

So, let's take a look at my mugshot prior to starting the 5-day testing phase!

THE BEGINNING:


As this point, I had a small spot on my forehead, and some underskin bumps around my cheeks. Other than that, my skin was in decent condition. 

Prior to use, I would cleanse my skin, then tone, and follow it up with Nutriganics and a moisturiser. 

Day 1:

In the morning:

[Nutriganics]

What was interesting about applying Nutriganics was how viscous it seemed, yet it sunk in incredibly quickly and immediately left my skin feeling more plumped, hydrated and most amazingly, soft! The softness was something I wasn't expecting, and the only product I've ever used which had all these results is Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair. Could this be the perfect dupe? Fingers crossed!


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

Ever so often, serums tend to leave me shinier than usual. This wasn't the case with Nutriganics. I'm an oily skinned gal, and I get a little worried about such things, so if you're like me, and you've noticed that this contains some oils, don't fret! There are a number of oils (e.g. argan) which are actually good for us oily girls because it helps to balance the skin out. This seems to be the case with Brazilian oil contained within this. In fact, I noticed that it did actually help to keep my oil issues under control a tad bit better than any other serum I had tried.

At night:


[Cleansed Skin]

I followed the same steps at night, but I tend to use a thicker moisturiser in the evenings, which is where any additional shine comes from.


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

Day 2:

In the morning:


[Cleansed Skin]


[Nutriganics]


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

By the morning of Day 2, I was still very impressed by how soft my skin was! I kept telling the Enabler to touch my face! My skin also felt very well hydrated, and if you noticed my horrible morning face, the only area I avoided using the product on was my undereye area because I am prone to millia, and that is the primary area that looks exhausted, as opposed to my regular death pallor in the morning.

At night:


[Cleansed Skin]


[Nutriganics]


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

Even with severe lack of sleep, my skin didn't feel or look as exhausted as it usually does, plus it certainly felt a lot better. Still couldn't stop touching my face (Problems, I know!]

Day 3:

In the morning:


[Cleansed Face]


[Nutriganics]


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

Day 3 brought another interesting development. I usually don't give much credence to products that claim to firm the skin, so that wasn't something I was really looking out for during this trial, but I could actually feel the difference. You're meant to use this in upward motions (which I do with all my skincare anyway), but never before have I actually felt the drooping of the skin lessen. I was a little surprised, and very happy by this!

At night:


[Cleansed Face]


[Nutriganics]


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

Despite average 4-5 hours of sleep per night since the trial started, my skin still felt better than it did when I kicked things off after a night of 10 hours of sleep. It felt more plumped and extremely well-hydrated, and it felt incredibly soft to the touch, and definitely a little firmer than it was in the beginning. More importantly, my ever-present issue of those annoying little underskin bumps was starting to dissipate somewhat!

Day 4:

In the morning:


[Cleansed Face]


[Nutriganics]


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

By Day 4, I was starting to see that my pores looked a little less obvious. And this is once again testament to the firming action of Nutriganics. I'm not saying my pores disappeared, my no means. They are something I tend to obsess over, so when they start to look that tiny bit smaller, it's something that I take note of!

At night:


[Cleansed Face]


[Nutriganics]


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

Day 5:

In the morning:


[Cleansed Face]


[Nutriganics]


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

At night:


[Cleansed Face]


[Nutriganics]


[Nutriganics + Moisturiser]

I noticed that by Day 5, the changes I had noticed were ongoing, and my skin was really quite happy. Most of the underskin bumps had completely disappeared, and my skin felt a lot more nourished than it had in a long time. The only issue I faced was that I tried varying the quantities of product used, and when I used 3.5 drops, I started to look shiny after a few hours. 3 drops worked fine, so if you are someone with oil control issues, you might want to stick to the recommended usage. I would recommend 2 drops during the day, and 3 at night if you are not layering it with another serum. Basically, just stick to whatever comes out of the dropper. It's spot on!

THE VERDICT:



[Top: Before; Bottom: After]

The picture at the bottom was taken the morning after the 5th day of use, post-cleansing. Ignore the red eyes and lips, I was undergoing my morning dose of a sneezing fit. Or maybe I was crying because I was so happy with Nutriganics? 

Honestly though, I cannot express how happy I am with this! I'm really excited to layer it with another serum at night to see how it performs. It's all so exciting! Personally speaking, at this point, this may actually replace my Holy Grail serum (Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair) because it does the exact same thing for my skin as ANR  does, but at half the price! Can you even imagine how ecstatic I am?! 

Nutriganics comes in 30ml (RM129) and 50ml (RM189), and is available in The Body Shop Stores nationwide, and on their online store.

If you'd like more information on Nutriganics or The Body Shop, please visit the following sites:
Website: http://www.thebodyshop.com.my/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheBodyShopMalaysia?fref=ts

2 comments:

  1. Amazingly detailed and dedicated post on this product. Looks like The Body Shop is trying to get serious with skincare. I've always thought of them as more of a shower and bath product company.
    An Estee ANR dupe? Hmmm...I guess it is worth trying if it is only a fraction of the price. I'll pop into a Body Shop next time I'm in a mall for a sampling of this elixir that has you all excited. I have to say that you had nice skin in all the Befores though. I'm so envious of that! I wonder how it will fair on my super-sensitive skin.

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    1. It's made of 98% natural ingredients and doesn't contain collagen, so I'd wager it would be great for your skin. Fingers crossed because it truly is an amazing product and I don't think words can express the feeling of finding something half the price that's more than comparable to what you've been lusting after. I'm so glad I held off on buying another bottle of ANR because it looks like I'm sorted! I thought of TBS as more of a shower and bath company too, but it looks like they're really upping their skin care game. Their Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil looks amazing as well and I might have to get it!
      Thank you for the skin compliment! It means the world because a couple of weeks back there were absurd breakouts all over!

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