Andalou Naturals: plant-based luxury in a bottle

Andalou Natural's 1000 Roses Collection

Andalou Natural’s 1000 Roses Collection

Sweet Bean recently won a contest on my beloved cruelty-free fashionista online mag Girly Girl Army for a cosmetics collection from the Novato, California-based skincare company Andalou Naturals.  A hapless loser who never wins contests or prizes, I was pleased at the news.

What I didn’t expect from my winnings:  a box packed abundantly with the most luxurious, vegan and cruelty-free skin care goodies a green mama could ask for.

When I opened the box and examined the products, I found I had received Andalou’s 1000 Roses Collection–their line of skin cleaners, toners, face creams and oils, made with all-natural ingredients that featured floral essential oils and their patented method of grape and apple stem cells. I was drawn to the gorgeous red hues and clean, well labeled design of the containers, and further amazed by the luxurious feel and smell of every single product. Thoroughly  refreshing and aromatic.

My favorite picks among the 1000 Roses Collection: the face toner and the all-purpose Moroccan beauty oil, which  I used on my hands and hair.

But then, I scrupulously questioned the claim on the packaging  that everything was made with “fruit stem cells” that have been proven to: renew dormant cells, repair damaged cells and regenerate healthy cells in the skin.   And not because stem cells don’t work wonders. In fact, I know the opposite to be true: having worked in medical publishing for a good dozen years, and having read the original scientific studies proving the wonder of stem cells, I knew that there was something to Andalou’s claim.

But I was unfamiliar with a skin care line that actually adopted the strategy of using stem cells, which have been general relegated until now to traditional medical science, i.e. curing diseases and  chronic health conditions. I inquired further, and found that the company had certainly done its homework, and finished with flying colors.

According to Andalou:

The age defying effect of their stem cell technology (called ‘ PhytoCellTec™ ‘) “was tested on lab cultures of epidermal stem cells. The tests showed  that aged stem cells treated with PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica display similar activity as young stem cells.

“These positive effects were also confirmed when 100% of subjects showed a significant and visible decrease in wrinkle depth during independent clinical studies of 20 women, age 37 – 64, when they applied an emulsion of PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica, twice daily for 28 days.” As always, keep in mind that individual results may vary.

I am a believer.

Scent-sensitive gals, please note: the rose collection is very aromatic. Those who are sensitive to smells can find the following scent-free item from Andalou: the Lash + Lid Make-Up Remover, Luminous Eye Serum, and 1000 Roses Eye Revive Contour Gel.