I don’t know if you guys remember way back last year when I purchased the *Rodial Stemcell Superfood Discovery Set. At $38.00 USD (or £30.00), I thought it was an incredible value. I hauled it in a Skincare Gift Guide. Anyway, with all the skincare I have floating about, this one had to wait in line. But I finally was able to test it over the past month and am ready to offer my thoughts.
Rodial is a London based company that “offers natural alternatives to injectables & plastic surgery procedures, delivering targeted treatments to specific skin concerns combining the best of anti-aging and firming ingredients”.
Depending on the range, the products can get pricey, so I thought the Discovery set was a great way to introduce myself to the brand. The set includes the following four travel sized products from the Superfood line and a muslin cloth (the Been Venom moisturizer I received as a GWP).
The Rodial Stemcell Superfood range contains “concentrated blends of super-food actives such as Omega 3,6 and 9, Marula Oil and Vitamins A, B5, C and E. These actives are combined with PhytoCellTec Alp Rose stem cells to further protect the skin and boost epidermal regeneration to give the utmost nourishing skin treatment for dry skin”.
All of the products smell fantastic – fresh, clean but familiar in a comforting way. Its like a modern take on classic creams like Ponds and Olay.
Rodial Stemcell Superfood Cleanser
What the company says: “A dual action cleansing cream designed with advanced stem cell technology to boost cell vitality and skin regeneration, and also remove makeup.”
My thoughts: Let me start by saying that I’m not accustomed to cream cleansers. Like many, I often feel that they aren’t getting my skin clean enough. However, I have to admit that applying this cream and then removing it with a warm muslin cloth was a very pleasant evening ritual and I can see why so many people enjoy this approach to cleansing. I wear a full face of makeup so I have to use the superfood cleanser along another product. Most days I either used it after removing my makeup with another product (wipe or liquid makeup remover) or used it as my makeup remover and followed with another cleanser (cleansing water or traditional foaming cleanser).
The Superfood Cleanser retails for £32.00 ($40.00) for 200ml/6.8 fl oz.
Rodial Stemcell Superfood Facial Oil
What the company says: “Designed with a concentrated blend of superfood actives which work to provide nourishment and hydration to the skin”.
My thoughts: A very, very lovely facial oil. It’s more like a serum-oil hybrid. Some oils can be thick, but this glides onto the skin effortlessly and absorbs quickly. It is light enough to use in the day, but sufficiently moisturizing for the evenings. Depending on my skin’s needs, I could use this alone or followed with a moisturizer. I definitely noticed an overall improvement in texture and clarity.
The Facial Oil retails for £60.00 ($80.00) for 30ml/1.0 fl.oz.
Rodial Stemcell Superfood Day Cream SPF 15
What the company says: “Instantly illuminates skin while reducing redness and imperfection. Promotes a healthy and youthful complexion. Protects the skin with essential vitamins and fatty acids.”
My thoughts: Despite being targeted for drier skin types, this moisturizer was light enough to use in the day. There is a slight luminescence to the cream which I’m guessing accounts for the instance illumination. As far as reducing redness, I have noticed that my complexion is more even as of late…
The Day Cream retails for £49.00 (or $62.00 USD) for 50ml/1.7 fl.oz.
Rodial Stemcell Superfood Glam Balm Multi
What the company says: “Designed to feed skin with essential nutrition, restoring moisture and balance to dehydrated complexions, with 100 different uses”.
My thoughts: First off, I didn’t test this 100 ways. 🙂 The concept and execution of this product reminds me of the cult favorite Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. It is an emollient balm that has that slight petroleum jelly feel but it is not as sticky and thick as the Eight Hour Cream. I took a look at the ingredients lists and the first thing I noticed was that the first three listed are Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, and Shea Butter. Water, which is usually the first thing listed as it is often the highest concentration of anything most skincare products, was the fourth.
While this product is too heavy for me to use as a nightly moisturizer, it was definitely beautiful for when my skin was feel dry, tight or generally inflamed. I also love it on my elbows and heels. If you like the Eight Hour Cream but feel it’s a bit too heavy, or if you live in a cooler climate, I could see this being a go to winter must have.
The Glam Balm Multi retails for £35.00 ($44.00 USD) for 40ml/1.4 fl.oz.
Rodial Bee Venom Moisturizer
What the company says: “The revolutionary bee venom moisturiser is an advanced formula that revitalises and renews for naturally younger looking skin. 72% of trial volunteers felt the cream left their complexion looking firmer. Working in synergy with complex plant extracts to visibly improve skin tone and elasticity, bee venom helps to smooth and plump out fine lines and wrinkles by controlling muscle contractions in the face and helps increase blood circulation in treated areas.”
My thoughts: This is one of Rodial’s more expensive lines. Honestly, I don’t think the sample contained enough product for me to thoroughly test the anti-aging claims. I will say that this was a dream to apply – like a breathe of fresh air on the skin. It was extremely light weight yet my skin felt instantly hydrated and smooth. No greasiness or heavy feeling whatsoever.
The *Bee Venom moisturizer retails for $190.00 USD (£150.00) for 50ml/1.76fl.oz.
Final thoughts: I did enjoy all of the products, though my favorites were the Facial Oil, Multi Balm and Bee Venom moisturizer. And they smell so good. Even Mr. Bear commented on the pleasant scent. If you’re on the fence, I say start with the Rodial Stemcell Superfood Discovery Set. The sizes are decent and more than enough to last at least a month (especially the cleanser). There’s also a new Dragons Blood Discovery Kit that I’m drying to try!
Rodial is more easily found in the U.K., though it can be found at select U.S. retailers. They carry some select Rodial products at Ulta and I’ve mentioned this before but I use Beautybar.com to purchase products that are otherwise inaccessible (Rodial, Lorac, Cargo Cosmetics, Nest Fragrances, Jouer Cosmetics etc). I think the site really needs to be updated to become more user-friendly but it’s still a great way to purchase products at U.S. prices with no markups, only shipping costs which are reasonable. And most of the advertised promo codes seem to work on international shipments.
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