For the road trip, I brought along 2 of the items from this 3-pc kit, which I got for $5 as a purchase with purchase last year when I bought some skincare at The Face Shop.
The kit includes:
• THE THERAPY Essential Formula Emulsion – $40 for 130ml (Deluxe sample is 32ml, worth $9.85)
• THE THERAPY Secret-Made Anti-Aging Cream – $45 for 50ml (Deluxe sample is 10ml, worth $9.00)
• THE THERAPY Essential tonic treatment – $35 for 150ml (Deluxe sample is 32ml, worth $7.47)
The total value of the kit is $26.31, which is definitely worth the $5 I paid for it.
The packaging describes The Therapy range as “an anti-aging cosmetic line that embodies a two century-old European natural blending method from Marche, Italy.” There isn’t a whole lot of technical information about this line available – I was able to find a press release dated Dec 2014 which provides vague information about processing techniques, blending theories and botanical ingredients (marigold, olives and bay leaf). From their Facebook page, it lists the following benefits [brackets are my added comments]:
• provides radiant and supple skin with a natural oil and moisture layer
• Marche handmade anti aging blending formula
• formulated without 10 additives [no surfactants, silicone, paraben, acrylamide, mineral oil, artificial coloring, animal-sourced ingredients, benzophenone, triethanolamine, sulfate]
• main active ingredient adenosine [apparently adenosine is a good anti-inflammatory ingredient]
I’ll review these in the order in which I would normally use each product:
Essential tonic treatment
I used this as my post cleansing, pre-moisturizing toner. It has a thicker liquid consistency, similar to that of the Body Shop Vitamin E toner. While it did leave my skin soft and supple feeling, it’s good, but not amazing. There’s a faint floral fragrance – I’m guessing the marigold?
Essential Formula Emulsion
This is a puzzling product. The texture is kind of like gooey gel lotion, but not in a bad way. I used this product in two different ways: one way was to apply a thin layer pre-nighttime moisturizer, like a serum, and the other way was to use it as my daytime moisturizer.
I preferred it as a daytime moisturizer – it provided the good amount of hydration but can leave the skin a bit shiny. The 5th and 6th ingredient in this are palm and canola oil – I don’t recall ever seeing those in skincare before but apparently they’re good for the skin and alternatives to mineral oil.
Secret-Made Anti-Aging Cream
This cream has a whipped butter quality to it – a little bit of this goes a long way. I made the mistake of apply too much the first few times I used it and my face was super greasy looking. This is best used as a nighttime moisturizer as it is a bit rich for daytime. The scent of this was very calming and faint. In the morning I wake up with soft, supple skin.
Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised by this range from The Face Shop! I would say this line is more geared toward normal to dry skin. Out of the 3 items from this kit, I would definitely consider buying the full size of the cream and maybe the emulsion. They are definitely contenders to eventually replace some of the Shiseido products I currently use. The Therapy collection also includes an item that wasn’t part of this kit: Oil-Drop Anti-Aging Serum ($45 for 45ml) – which I’m very intrigued by!
• absence of additives
• not heavily fragranced
• skin calming and hydrating ingredients (glycerin, glycol, adenosine, olive oil, honey, oat)
• may not be readily available in North America
• a bit more expensive than drugstore prices
Stash worthiness: 8/10