DISCLAIMER: These products were gifted to me by the brand, free, for testing purposes only. This post is not sponsored nor am I required to give this product nor the brand a good review.
The one thing I love about being a type of influencer is discovering and connecting with brands I would have not known about if I wasn’t active in the #skincarecommunity on Instagram. One of these brands is HAUTO (follow their IG) by Vanak (follow him on IG too, and check out the brands website). I haven’t known him long online, but Vanak is sincerely so down-to-Earth I keep getting amazed at the work he has done with the products, his site, and overall image of his brand- I’m thinking, “all of this- these ideas- these formulas, they’re all him!”. A brand is really a reflection of their founders and their inner creativity coming to life.
Now let’s get down to the product. I was sent a box full of the “Roots: Hydrating Floral Hyaluronic Acid” serum, which has the claims of repleshing skin’s moisture to improve texture, long-lasting hydration, visibly reduces fine lines & wrinkles, and has great anti-oxidant support. I’ve been REALLY testing this serum out daily. In the morning, the evening, by itself, as well as with other products to see how well it plays with others, and even ON MY HAIR. YES! You can even use this serum on the hair.
I can go over the usual and typical “I felt hydrated and my skin looked plump and more radiant” (which the product did) route of this blog, however, I’d like to focus more on details as well as the other properties of the product that don’t get really discussed. I guess to make an easier read, I’ll break it down in sections.
WHO IS THIS PRODUCT FOR?
I suggest this serum most for the person who wants to maintain their hydration while wanting a vegan formula with ethically sourced ingredients while being free of the usual “bad ingredients”.
THE KEY INGREDIENTS:
Hyaluronic Acid which is known to 1000x its weight in water to really hold hydration in the skin.
Hautotin 72, according to the information pamphlet I have it’s, “a powerful multivitamin complex containing vitamins E, C, B3 & B6 that work to repair skin & give it a youthful radiance”.
The serum sinks into the skin, it can feel tacky for a few seconds then transforms into a smooth surface after it settles down.
It has a light floral scent that doesn’t irritate my nose (I am prone to sneezing with lots of floral notes). This product has a natural fragrance composed of essential oils and/or plant-derived aromatic scents. Since ‘fragrance’ is listed after Phenoxyethanol, it’s at a potency of 1% or lower.
AS A HAIR SERUM:
I put my hair gel away for now and have been using this serum as a hair treatment since I received the products. It works well in keeping my hair nice and soft with a soft sheen. I also use it as a scalp treatment on my shaved sides (because it’s also skin) to really help balance out the oil production on my scalp. However, I don’t have any strong thoughts on it as a scalp treatment yet.
WHAT IT DID FOR ME:
Because I’m using this in a more humid time in NYC, I’ve been using this in conjunction with mattifying products in the daytime and moisturizing products in the evening. In the AM, I’m noticing my skin looked more radiant and gave me a natural glow, it also plays well with my other products in the routine- , furthermore, I solely use this as the only serum/treatment. In the evening I pair this up with a hydrating essence and night cream/mask of my choice. Overall it foes the job well because I haven’t had a dry patch and it’s really been keeping my hydrated in this concrete jungle.
WHAT CAN BE CHANGED/IMPROVED:
I opened up the rainbow-decorated bottle. I feel like the pump could be changed to dispense the serum slower, or even have a dropped instead of a pump. If you press down too fast or hard, it will shoot out too quickly and splatter on your hand. Not sure if all the bottles are like that. However, a quick tip to bypass the issue is slowly press the pump to have it dispense perfecty. So treat each bottle of treasure kindly!
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
As this product does contain fragrance/essential oils, I say “fear not”, if you have no issue with fragrances, try this out. There seems to be some type of fear mongering when it comes to fragrances in products. I usually say, unless you’re allergic or react to something specific, you shouldn’t be afraid to try or test out a product because someone else is allergic to something. Every person/brand has their own philosophy in topical skincare and I respect that. However, we should also be more open minded when it comes to preference over truth. Most claims against ingredients will usually use words like “may” or “may possibly” because there’s never a definite detail or result.
FULL LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Pyridoxine HCl (Vitamin B6), Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Red 40 (CI 16035).
Working in a beauty retailer myself, this price is near the average of most serums, especially ones under a natural/clean catagory.
Information was taken from the product insert. Check out more details about this product here.