Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief and Resilience Lotion
I bought this as a 7ml sample from Feelunique Pick N Mix. I had looked in to this product before hand and I was well aware of the ingredient list however going against my better judgement, I ordered the sample. What can I say? Curiosity got the better of me. I was intrigued at how it could be described as soothing, calming, relief lotion blah blah blah when the ingredient list is full of potentially irritating, fragrant and sensitising ingredients. It’s a wild list.
When ingredients 4 to 13 are essential oils and fragrance you need to ask yourself “is this actually going to be soothing?” Reviews are saying it is. It might not cause immediate reaction or irritation but there is a lot of potential for that to happen. I got the lotion on a cut on my finger and it stung quite a bit so I can only imagine how this would feel on skin that is irritated .
I haven’t went through every ingredient. I have highlighted the obvious culprits and to be honest, that’s enough for me to tip the bottle down the sink.
water\aqua\eau • butylene glycol • peg-4 • citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil**, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil**, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil**, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil**, pelargonium graveolens flower oil**, boswellia carterii (olibanum) oil***, limonene, linalool, citronellol, geraniol • ganoderma lucidum (reishi mushroom) extract • fuscoporia obliqua sclerotium extract • cordyceps sinensis (mushroom) extract • ergothioneine • camelina sativa seed oil • lactobacillus ferment • hippophae rhamnoides extract* • zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract* • curcuma longa (turmeric) root extract* • ocimum sanctum (holy basil) leaf extract • helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil* • silybum marianum fruit extract • saccharomyces lysate extract • centella asiatica (hydrocotyl) extract • hypnea musciformis (algae) extract • caffeine • sucrose* • salvia sclarea (clary) extract • saccharomyces ferment filtrate • peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil • gellidiella acerosa extract • trideceth-9 • glycerin • glycereth-26 • polysorbate 20 • sodium hyaluronate • tocopheryl acetate • maltodextrin • pentylene glycol • sodium hydroxide • citric acid • potassium sorbate • phenoxyethanol
Maybe it is soothing in the short term, but it could cause problems for your skin in the long term. If you don’t know much about ingredients you only have to smell this product for it to cast doubt about whether or not you really want to put something that smells so potent on your face. It smells as if a spa exploded. Unsurprising when about a fifth of the ingredients are pure essential oils and fragrance.
To quote Paula Begoun “what’s good for your nose is rarely good for your skin…because most of those compounds can also significantly irritate and damage skin. Common examples include fragrance ingredients like limonene, citronellol, eugenol, and linalool, all present in many fragrant plant oils. The positives just don’t outweigh the negatives”.
Well said. End of review. Kidding, I have too much to say but Paula really summed it up with a “drop mic” quote .
Despite all the research available on the internet highlighting the damaging impact essentials oils can have on the skin, a website I have held in high regard has an article touting essential oils as beneficial with no mention of the potential irritation they can cause. I am really disappointed by this and will be using their glossary with a pinch of salt now. This is also an interesting article regarding essential oils in skin care that is worth reading when trying to decide if essentials oils are a yes or no for you. To quote the article “Within their [Essential oils] dynamic mixture, the extremely beneficial molecules are also what can cause sensitivity and possible irritation”. Why risk it?
I say this to really drive home that you should do your own research on products and ingredients and check the source is credible. Definitely don’t rely on marketing to tell you if a product is good. Don’t even rely on this review to tell you if something is good or not, do your own research and find out info you can trust 100% before you put anything on your skin. You only have one skin! Let’s not ruin it.
Don’t get me wrong, essential oils have beneficial properties and the lotion has a good few other beneficial ingredients too like glycerin, butylene glycol, centella asiatica, saccharomyces and sodium hyaluronate plus others. The essential oils can be beneficial but who knows whether you are going to be one of the people who benefits or reacts? You can get the non EO beneficial ingredients this product offers from other products without having to play Russian roulette between your skin and the fragrance and oils in this product.
I can understand the claims the product makes (soothing relief) due to the beneficial properties that essential oils can have however the same properties that help also hinder. It is a contradictory ingredient list for sure as essential oils are not good for sensitive irritated skin. The above mentioned article makes that clear!
Interestingly the mega mushroom ingredient (Ganoderma Lucidum Extract) has no evidence to support its efficacy as a topical ingredient, according to Paula’s choice. Mushroom extract is also half way down the list of ingredients so there is likely less of that than all the fragrance ingredients before it. How can a lotion be advertising itself as mega mushroom lotion when the “main” ingredient isn’t even topically effective and is only minimal in the ingredient list anyway? The mind boggles. Actually it doesn’t boggle. I am not confused by this. I know it is all marketing.
Despite everything I have said on the product and even though the product smells like a spa has exploded, I put it on my face anyway. In the name of research. I hope you appreciate it. It’s very thin in consistency. It’s not a lotion, it’s a toner and a watery one at that. No immediate burning or tingling on the skin and no immediate redness. That being said it didn’t feel soothing or relieving either. However, I won’t be continuing to use this product, not even in the name of research. Like I said, why play Russian roulette with your skin?
If you do have irritated skin and are looking for relief try panthenol, colloidal oatmeal (beta glucan), bisabolol, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, aloe vera, licorice extract and calendula.
I hope this has been helpful at raising awareness of potentially irritating ingredients. If anyone has any experience of this lotion I would be interested to hear your views.
Sources: The Derm Review Ingredients Glossary, Paula’s Choice, EWG.com, Lab Muffin, Tisserand Institute