I was thrilled when Skin&Co Roma approached me about reviewing some samples of their truffle therapy products, but also completely apprehensive about changing up a skincare regimen that had just recently repaired my skin and seemed pretty nailed down. But when an Italian skincare company making products with truffle oil offers you samples, you don’t say no!
In 1953, Giuseppina Balestra introduced her own beloved blend of botanical oils with Umbrian Truffles based on traditional Italian recipes in her store in Rome. During Hollywood’s glamorous “Dolce Vita” years, acclaimed stars filming in Rome would flock to her store to try these high-end formulations, and fell in love with the luxurious feel, enticing smell, and miraculous results.
Nearly 60 years later, third generation family entrepreneur Gabriel Balestra worked with one of Italy’s oldest universities to bring his grandmother’s formulas into the modern era. Quality truffles harvested on the family’s own farms in Umbria serve as the base for this truffle-infused skincare.
I received 2 facial product samples and 2 very generous bath/body samples to try.
The Truffle Therapy Serum ($75) is packed with goodness. They say it plumps the skin and fights off damaging free radicals, reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It has pure extracts of their truffle extract, which provides an anti-oxidant, anti-aging effect. There is an ingredient to aid collagen production, hyaluronic acid to help brighten the skin, panthenol to stimulate cell regeneration, and olive oil extract for moisture. Given all this, I thought the Serum would be a good alternative for my Sunday Riley Good Genes, and it turned out I was right.
As directed, I followed it with the Truffle Therapy Face Cream ($68) as a moisturizer. Naturally, it also contains their truffle extract (what gave it away?). It also has African shea butter (and no reactions, luckily, unlike with cocoa butter!), vitamin E, and almond oil to moisturize the skin, as well as rosemary and allantoin to help eliminate redness and stimulate cell regeneration. It also contains Echinacea to help prevent UVA-UVB damage (BUT DON’T SKIP THE SUNSCREEN!), and an extract to help with elasticity.
That’s a lot technical information, so here’re some more laymen’s terms. The first night I used them, I couldn’t stop touching my face, my skin felt so nice. Soft and supple.
I did not use the serum in the morning since I don’t like to use any possibly exfoliating products in the morning, since I find it stimulates my oil production. I did use the Cream as my moisturizer in the morning. And my skin felt lovely the whole day, though I think it got a little oilier than normal (but not excessively.) (And, also, my regimen that had been working so well to keep my skin oil-free had stopped being as effective before I even started using these products.)
I guess probably the best compliment you can give to new skincare products you’re trying out when your skin is already in good condition is that it’s continued to look just as good. It’s like the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. (Okay, apparently it doesn’t quite say that, but we all think it does. 😉 )
The Truffle Therapy Body Gel ($18.50/$9) did exactly what it was supposed to do: it got me clean. 🙂 And delicious smelling. And it did not overdry my skin, it felt lovely afterwards. (The truffles are strong in this one.)
Truffle Therapy Body Milk ($35/$11) contains the magic truffles, as well as antioxidants, vitamins, essential amino acids. It’s a decadent moisturizer created to nourish dry skin. My poor feet and legs get so abused during the winter. They’re shoved into tights that are shoved into socks that are shoved into snow boots and/or willies. I forget to get pedicures. Sometimes it gets to the point where there is this white stuff on my black tights, and I realize it’s because my skin is dry (gross, I know). So I immediately slathered on the amazing smelling body lotion onto my gams, and they instantly felt quenched. I actually sighed in relief. And they continued to stay soft for ages.
So I’m equal parts relieved and delighted! And the products themselves are completely delightful. When I received the box, I opened it up, and immediately went, “Yummmm.” Even sealed and packaged, they smelled amazing. That’s the first thing you’ll likely notice about them.
Initially, they smelled coconut-y to me. That was my sister’s suggestion as to the scent. Once I started using them and had them on my skin, I definitely smelled more of a fig/figuier (fig tree), though my sister actually dislikes fig and swears it’s not. (I went through a period where I was determined to find a fig fragrance I could wear and bought many different decants, which my sister said smelled like “cat piss.” However, my nose is the one that stood in my friend’s kitchen in Nice, inhaled the breeze coming through the open window, and said, “It smells like a fig tree,” to which she replied, “We have one outside!” So I’m slightly inclined to go with my description. 😉 ) Apparently, according to their literature, their products are “delicately combined with irresistible fragrance by master French perfumers.” So who knows?
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the Skin&Co products, as I said. It almost completely equaled the products I was already using, and my skin continued to look great. At those prices, they are a bit of a luxury purchase, but from using them, I think they’d be a wise investment if you’re in the market for new skincare items (or a new perfume 😉 ).
I will warn you that if you are sensitive to scents, you may not like these products. I can smell the facial products for a while after, and the body lotion even the morning after I put it on. (I also have a very sensitive sense of smell, so if yours is less so…)
If you want to hear more about them, tune in tomorrow night to QVC’s Tuesday Night Beauty at 8pm EST for the grand launch of the line. It’s also available at QVC.com, Henri Bendel, Dermstore, Amazon, and the Skin&Co web site.
Or…check back here on Friday for a Valentine’s Day surprise. 😉
Have you tried any of these products? What’s the most decadent ingredient in the products you’ve used?
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