Korres

Leave me alone I’m tired of reading up on skincare routine!!! I just want something that’s natural and good for my skin but apparently EVERY SINGLE BRAND is shitty and full of greenwashing (the Internet says so). I just want… wholesome skin… glowy and full of beauty… naturally…

for now I’ll stick with my Korres products, as they have nice fragrances, claim to be super natural and work well enough for me. Today my wild rose moisturiser came in, and I just applied it to my face after the other steps and it stung!! I miss my shiseido pureness moisturiser so much but it’s DAMN expensive and it’ll be along while before I can get it again so. I’m praying this moisturiser works for me. I need it to.

btw leave me ur suggestions on Really Natural & Efficient ™ skincare brands thank u

CHARACTER STUDY: LENA KORRES

The cofounder explains why the brand is still coming up roses 20 years later.

While most of us like to put a bouquet of roses in a glass vase, Lena Korres—the cofounder of her eponymous brand—prefers to see the flower through a microscope. She’s analyzed the mighty skin-improving benefits behind the bloom for two decades, and is continuing to expand on its famous Wild Rose collection that originally lured us in. To celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary, the line has expanded with a new Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil. The Sephora Glossy talked with Korres about the sweet, sweet benefits of roses and how the brand got its start. JESSICA VELEZ

How did you get your start in skincare?

“After completing my studies in business and chemical engineering, I moved on to work at Korres, which was born out of Athens’s first-ever homeopathic pharmacy. I was actually its first employee and was drawn by George Korres’s early vision. As the pharmacist—and owner of the Korres pharmacy—he mixed natural ingredients to create herbal preparations, remedies, and eventually cosmetic products. The passion and respect for natural ingredients as well as the deep knowledge of their properties was inspiring and fascinating. I wanted to be part of it literally from day one.”
 

We know that wild rose was the first Korres ingredient. What are some of its benefits?

“Wild rose, a Korres trademark ingredient and a synonym of the Greek skincare brand’s history, is the main active of the first-ever Korres cosmetic product. Wild rose fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level that demonstrates significant repairing action on pigmentation disorders and fine lines. Furthermore, wild rose oil, rich in linoleic and linolenic acid, offers significant moisturizing, healing, and softening properties. At the same time, it forms a protective film on the skin that helps with cell regeneration.

Can you tell us what you love about your Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil?

“The story behind it. This year, Korres is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the launch of the Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, infused with real rose petals. We have reinvented our first apothecary beauty product, the wild rose oil, to honor the original precious extract. Its formula is boosted with super C to increase skin’s absorption of vitamin C by up to 1,000 percent. The result is an even skintone and smooth, younger-looking skin.”

How does it stand out or complement the other products in your Wild Rose collection?

“The Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil is the latest addition to the Wild Rose line, with the highest concentration of vitamin C. Its unique brightening system is boosted with the wild rose oil, which is particularly high in vitamin C content—nine times higher than that of an orange juice—to deliver significant repairing action on fine lines and pigmentation disorders while improving the overall texture of the epidermis.”

 

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HOUSE OF SUNSCREEN: THE SUN SAFETY KIT

Sixteen ways to protect yourself. One great cause.

Take a look at four people sitting or standing near you right now. One of them—or you—will develop skin cancer. An even more sobering fact: Despite being one of the easiest kinds to prevent, it is more prominent than all other forms of cancer combined. “That’s why education is so critical,” says Dr. Perry Robins, president and founder of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “As a behavioral disease, it’s highly preventable.”

In 2006, Sephora and the Foundation formed a partnership to help turn the tide on skin cancer. The result: the Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit. “The idea was simple,” says Robins. “Put some of Sephora’s bestselling sun protection products together to promote the importance of sun safety with proceeds going to the Foundation.”

To date, the kit has raised more than $3.7 million to fight skin cancer. Along with supporting a variety of Foundation initiatives—including SkinCancer.org, the #1 online resource for skin cancer information; a youth education program; and a PSA campaign—it has also funded free skin-cancer screenings, “which directly save lives,” emphasizes Robins.  

Now in its ninth year, it is one of Sephora’s most popular kits, and it’s easy to see why. The current incarnation comprises 16 different ways to protect your eyes, lips, face, hair, and body with leading advances in water resistance; complexion perfecting; and multitaskers that double as moisturizer, antiager, primer, and foundation. “This year’s assortment is our most innovative yet,” confirms Gaby Giron, Sephora Assistant Skincare Merchant.  

Brands that donated top suncare products include Clarins, Shiseido, Josie Maran, Algenist, Origins, Ole Henriksen, Murad, Dr. Dennis Gross, AmorePacific, Peter Thomas Roth, Dr. Jart+, Supergoop!, Vita Liberata, Korres, CLINIQUE, and St. Tropez. “We always advise people that the best sunscreen is the one you’re most likely to use,” says Robins. “Sephora [with the Sun Safety Kit] affords its customers the opportunity to find the right one for them.”

The Sun Safey Kit is now in stores in limited quantities. It is expected to sell out. 

MELISSA LANE

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HOUSE OF SUNSCREEN: THE BEST SUNCARE FOR YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

Pick the perfect protection.

Think sunscreen is one-size-fits-all? Think again. The choices abound in a cornucopia of formats, formulas, and feel-good benefits. So, how do you choose? “It all depends on your lifestyle,” says Gaby Giron, Sephora Assistant Skincare Merchant. “Some people are active; some are in the city; some are baking in the sun all day. We’re all so different. But, luckily, there’s a sunscreen for everyone.” Below, the best sun protection for the demands of your day (and oh-so-subtle personal preference). MELISSA LANE

ACTIVE, STAY-PUT PROTECTION

Stand up to sun, sweat, and surf with these sporty sunscreens.

SHISEIDO ULTIMATE SUN PROTECTION LOTION

Especially for you if you like: a silky-smooth texture.

KORRES YOGHURT VEIL FOR FACE SPF 30

Especially for you if you like: the nourishing properties of yogurt.

VITA LIBERATA NEROLI & ARGAN MILK BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50

Especially for you if you like: the non-greasy feel of dry oil.

MAKEUP-FRIENDLY FORMATS

Perfect your protection—and complexion—with these powders, mists, and creams.

COOLA MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY

Especially for you if you like: organic ingredients.

AMOREPACIFIC CC CUSHION COMPACT SPF 50+

Especially for you if you like: to touch up on the go.

PETER THOMAS ROTH RADIANT INSTANT MINERAL BRUSH-ON BRONZER SUNSCREEN SPF 30

Especially for you if you like: subtle shimmers.

MULTITASKING FORMULAS

Address a host of other concerns while safeguarding your skin.

SUPERGOOP! CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM

Especially for you if you like: fighting signs of aging.

JOSIE MARAN ARGAN DAILY MOISTURIZER SPF 47 PROTECT & PERFECT

Especially for you if you like: a healthy, youthful glow.

MDSOLARSCIENCES MINERAL TINTED CRÈME BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30

Especially for you if you like: a matte, universal tint.

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Fragrance Obsession/Review: Korres Pepper Jasmine Gaiac Wood

I think Korres doesn’t get enough attention for its masterfully-crafted all-natural perfumes. Pepper Jasmine Gaiac Wood is just one of the ones I love enough to own (I like almost ALL of their scents), but I’d say firstly that the name isn’t at ALL indicative of what it smells like. It’s not an obvious floral or woody scent.

But then jasmine is a very dense, sweet flower that sometimes smells like candy or fruit, so it’s no surprise.

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Pepper Jasmine Gaiac is spice laced with a little white chocolate.

That’s the only way I’d describe it. It really reminds me of Victor & Rolf Spicebomb, but without the heavier and sweeter tobacco and saffron vibe. I fell in love with this at first sniff.

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Top notes: anise, citrus, sandalwood, vanilla

Heart notes: Jasmine, passion fruit, Gaiac wood

Base notes: pepper, white chocolate, greenery, peach.

They’ve placed pepper, green notes and peach in the base, and sandalwood and vanilla in the top, a reverse of usual scents. But it works for me. I never really get much fruitiness from the scent though, so if you are looking for a fruity-sweet or gourmand fragrance, this is not it. Once it dries down, it’s more a creamy skin-scent with depth and a fresh bite of spice.

Yum and clean at the same time!

Lasting power is average for a floral EDT with a slightly sweet base (about 4-5 hours on my skin), and I would say the scent projection (how far the fragrance diffuses) is quite low. This is a scent that hugs you, so while it’s not one of those fresh, powdery or aquatic scents, it’s not overpowering on warm days.

Korres is available at korres.com, and korres.com.sg (yes, they ship in Singapore so you don’t need to trek down to a store).

Current favorites ▪️

•Gilly Hicks underwear
•Alain de Botton, ‘A Week at the Airport. A Heathrow Diary’
•Chanel eyeshadows
•Korres eye pencil
•Accessorize ring with stars
•Vintage golden bracelet
•Moleskine notebook
•Il Papiro pen

November, 2014