Nov 18 2014

Brand Spotlight: FRESH Skincare Review


It’s Tuesday! You guys know what that means – Brand Spotlight time! Today’s feature is a Fresh Skincare Review Roundup. Fresh is a higher end and rather expensive skincare line. It was founded in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg who began with a store in Boston selling their now iconic Oval Soaps. According to the company: “Fresh is pure beauty. Dedicated to natural ingredients, rich textures, and addictive scents, Fresh offers a sensorial experience like none other.”

Fresh Skincare Review

Fresh is a brand that I have some experience with, but have not tried the entire range of products. With the exception of the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil which I purchased a travel size of, the remaining items featured in this spotlight are deluxe samples that I received with various other purchases. The sizes were very generous and I’ve had ample time to test each one out to develop my thoughts on them. Let’s get started.


Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil


I’m starting with my favourite product of the bunch: the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil.  According to the company, Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is “a precious blend of pure oils—seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond—packed with nourishing omegas to preserve a youthful appearance. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a boost of vital moisture.” It also claims to provide 24-hour hydration.

Fresh Skincare Review - Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

Even though my skin is typically oily-combo, I started using oils about two years ago and do enjoy them. The main ingredient in this particular oil, “Seaberry” is actually sea buckthorn oil, which is an ingredient included in other, less expensive brands (you can also buy 100% sea buckthorn oil). Sea buckthorn contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6,  and C and has been used to treat skin conditions such as burns, rashes, to heal wounds as well as cosmetically, to slow aging.

Although I know I can get this oil at a cheaper price, it does not take away from my love of the product. I’ve used the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil in the past and have consistently had good experiences with it. In the evenings, after cleansing I’ll either us it in place of my moisturizer (the directions say 1-2 drops but I tend to use 4) or mixed in with my moisturizer (in which case I’ll use 2 drops). My skin is always well moisturized and radiant in the mornings. Additionally, I find that this oil helps with calming redness and reducing the severity of breakouts. No offensive smell either. Highly recommend this stuff.

The travel size (0.5 fl oz) retails for $18.50 USD while the full size (1.7 fl oz) retails for $50.00 USD.


Fresh Soy Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover


According to the company,  the Soy Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover with soothing mallow extract “is a breakthrough formula that gently and effectively removes all traces of makeup, including waterproof, while treating the lashes and moisturizing the skin around the eye area. The innovative concentrate’s one-of-a-kind texture offers a softening sensorial experience like none other.”

Fresh Skincare Review - Soy Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover

If you’ve ever used Fresh products, this lotion-like makeup remover smells distinctly of “Fresh”. It’s pleasant lemony-floral aroma doesn’t bother me but may be too strong for some. As far as the formula goes, it is indeed a very gentle, if not, the most effective eye makeup remover. No stinging and eye area feels condition after use. I find that the best way to use this is to apply directly onto the eyes, rubbing gentle to dissolve makeup and then removing with a cotton round. If I pump the product directly onto the cotton round, then place the round onto my eyes, I find that I have to use too much of the product (like 5 pumps for each eye).

A full size (4 fl oz) retails for $26.00 USD.


Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment


The Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Treatment is “an antiaging lip treatment proven to repair, nourish, plump, and smooth wrinkles around the delicate lip area.” It claims to be “fortified with a high concentration of ultra-nourishing, age-delaying ingredients, including Hyaluronic Spheres, that penetrate the skin to fill in wrinkles and plump the lips, and sea fennel extract, to help smooth fine lines and define the lip area”.

Fresh Skincare Review - Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

Much has been said about how amazing this product is, so I won’t go into too much detail. It is, indeed, a very, very nice lip balm that truly moisturizes the lips rather than offering a quick fix like many other lip balms do. But, I’ve never actually purchased a full size. I just can’t bring myself to spend the $25.00 USD. On another note, my mother has dropped the cash for this several times over.


Fresh Sugar Lip Polish


The Fresh Sugar Lip Polish is touted as a “sweet treatment that that leaves lips incredibly soft and smooth”.  It basically a (brown) sugar based scrub with added perks like meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed oils and shea butter. The only other lip scrubs I’ve used are the oh-so-famous Lush Lip Scrubs and the ELF Lip Exfoliator (which comes in a lipstick-like tube). Compared to the Lush scrub, the Fresh version is definitely more luxurious and I have to admit I prefer it.

Fresh Skincare Review - Sugar Lip Polish

The main issue I have with the Lush Lip Scrub is how messy it is – and I understand why. It’s a natural, basic scrub without too much hoopla – just sugar and oils. The Fresh Lip Scrub doesn’t have all that much extra junk in it either, but it stays together better. When I use it, I don’t find that the granules are going everywhere. I suspect it may be the molasses (which is one of the ingredients). Whatever the reason, I tend to reach for it more often because of the ease of use.

A full size (0.6 oz) retails for a hefty $26.00 USD.


Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment


A newer release, the Fresh Sugar Ship Lip Treatments are a gloss version of their balms.  They claim to “moisturize, promote suppleness, and improve lip definition”. The shade I received as a GWP is Clear – there are three additional tinted versions (Cherry, Honey & Rose).

Fresh Skincare Review - Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

The first few times I used this, I wasn’t that into it. However, I later discovered that the formula is perfect for layering over matte lipsticks. You know how sometimes when you layer a gloss over your lipstick it changes not only the look but the consistency? Like it becomes too slippery and your original lipstick starts to break down and bleed. The Sugar Shine, on the other hand, has some slip to it but is tacky enough to place over your lipstick with minimal interference. It’s not thick or goopy either. I can only speak for the clear version, of course, but it was a delightful discovery.

At $18.50 USD a pop, the Lip Shines definitely fall within the higher end category but not a ridiculous price point as far as lip glosses go.


Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask


The Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask is an investment and retails for $88.00 USD.  Fresh says that it is  “a hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin”. It contains Black tea ferment (Kombucha) which is an antioxidant that is said to help with aging and over all skin well being, as well as lychee seed extract, polysaccharides, and jicima root juice.

About a year ago, I purchased a full size of this mask for my mother. She suffers from moderate rosacea and is always looking for products to soothe redness and calm her skin. I too have a mild case. I can’t remember why I thought she (we) might like this but she (we) immediately fell in love with the way it made her (our) skin feel. 🙂

Fresh Skincare Review - Black Tea Instant Perfetcing Mask

When you first apply this mask, it feels slightly cool and refreshing on the skin. As you let it sit, the cooling sensation intensifies – but not in a minty way (if you know what I mean). It’s almost as if you’ve placed your head the refrigerator – but far more pleasant. Anyway, after you’ve rinsed this off (about 20 minutes later), the cooling sensation stays with you for another half hour or so. For anyone that suffers from skin that becomes over-heated – this cooling is very welcomed. It’s also great if you’re just hot, too. 🙂 Of course, as with everything, not everyone thinks the ingredients in this are good for you, especially for those who suffer from sensitive skin conditions. The main culprit, I believe, is the Menthoxypropanediol – which also causes the cooling. That being said, neither my mother nor I have noticed any irritation to our skin. But it is something worth considering, as is the fragrance that many of the Fresh products contain.


Fresh Skincare Review – Final Thoughts:

Fresh is very much a luxury skincare brand that focuses on the “experience” end of skincare as much as the ingredients and performance of products. Whether the “experience” is worth the price tag is an individual choice. There are several products I really enjoy from the brand which I can see myself repurchasing and, indeed, have already done so (in the case of the Seaberry Oil). But as always, there are more affordable options out there as well. Find Fresh skincare at Sephora, Fresh and other retailers.



What did you guys think of this Fresh Skincare Review? Have you tried anything from the brand and do you think they products are worth the hefty price tag?





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    • MJ on November 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm
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    Very sadly last year I missed on my Sephora birthday gift, a Fresh lip balm duo 🙁
    I would really love to try this brand, starting from their lip balms, and now that you told me about it, their face oil too!!
    Lovely and very informative post as always,


      • Kimmy on November 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm
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      Hiya, MJ! How are you lovely? Aww, sorry you missed out on your Fresh bday gift. 🙁 if you are interested in brand, the oil is definitely the best of the bunch! xo

  1. Hey Kimmy, that’s a lot of Fresh! I’ve only tried their lip balms (the clear one and Rose), and I do like them. I just don’t use lip balm during daytime enough to justify actually buying a tube! The oil does sound promising though, but then again, I’m just a big oil fan in general! Kinda wish Fresh were available in Belgium (or Europe in general), but then again it’s probably only good news for my wallet!

      • Kimmy on November 19, 2014 at 11:10 am
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      Lol. I know exactly what you mean. It’s always a combination of thank goodness (for my wallet) but sad face at the same time when a brand/product is not available in a particular market. 🙂 What are some of your favorite oils, Sunny? xo

  2. I haven’t heard of fresh skincare before, but thank you for this 🙂 I love reading up on new brands!

    Serene xoxo

      • Kimmy on November 19, 2014 at 11:11 am
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      You’re welcome, Serene. Glad that the information was useful! 🙂 It’s so strange that Fresh isn’t more widely available in Europe as it was started in the UK. 🙂

  3. I haven’t tried anything from the brand, but after reading your post I would like to try their products 🙂

    Pink Frenzy

      • Kimmy on November 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
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      Aww, thanks Laura! I’m glad it was informative. 🙂 xo

    • kpsays on November 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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    I love the Fresh Lemon Sugar fragrance. I used to be a disciple of the Brown Sugar Body Polish, but it got to be such a pain to clean the slippery/oily film it left in the shower! That was when the line first came out way back when. I now think the brand is a little underwhelming for the price. I do still buy the fragrance though!

      • Kimmy on November 21, 2014 at 11:19 am
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      I’ve actually not tried the body polish. “Disciple”, hehe. I have, however, tried the fragrance and its definitely lovely, if not my usual scent taste/preference. xo

  4. This is the first time I’m being introduced to this brand – so thanks for that! I always get to know so many new brands when I visit your blog, it’s great! I am rather intrigued by the Sugar lip polish which sounds lovely. I’m currently toning down a little in the amount of skincare I use, because I personally think I started to use too much products which left my skin unhappy! Anyways, thanks for the introduction. 😉 x

      • Kimmy on November 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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      You’re welcome, lovely! And that’s such a compliment and I am touched that you would say that. Fresh is definitely a pricier brand that’s for sure, there is a store in London though so that’s something. 🙂 I know what you mean about using too much skincare – sometimes it’s good to stick to a few things. Plus, you are young and your skin is already perfect. 🙂 xo

  5. All of these sound dreamy, and I really like the look of the face oil and the mask… I only knew this brand for all the lip stuff, but even if they’re expensive the other products sound great too! 🙂 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on December 1, 2014 at 10:49 am
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      I’m loving the lip scrub right about now and still using the seaberry oil regularly (though I’m also testing a few more out). 🙂

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