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It’s not every day I get the opportunity to put my hands on luxurious skin care products. I am a poor, and rarely exit out of my budgeted lane, but I made a rare exception (who am I kidding, it was a press sample) for Kypris Beauty Elixir I- 1,000 Roses. 1,000 Roses is described as a 100% active, moisturizing Beauty oil formulated with holistic principles in mind. Scientifically established nutrients, a plethora of botanical extracts, and the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses combine to repair signs of environmental damage to deliver dewy, glowing, rose-petal-soft skin. The description alone is enough to make anyone want a bottle.
Only one problem… it retails $225… *cues the Lil Wayne meme*- I added Bulgarian rose petals to the background for dramatic effect:
Kypris Beauty Elixir I- 1,000 Roses Packaging
Kypris Beauty Elixir I- 1,000 Roses comes in a white box with gold writing. Open the box to reveal a 0.47 oz amber colored glass bottle with a white eyedropper. 1,000 Roses is small in size, so it will fit well in your skincare stash without taking up tons of space. There’s nothing groundbreaking or innovative about the packaging really. It’s an eyedropper.
Kypris Beauty Elixir I- 1,000 Roses Formula
The oil in my bottle of 1,000 Roses dispensed golden in color (I immediately questioned the stability of the oil when I saw the color), and has the consistency and texture of oil. When applied to the skin, it absorbs immediately and has a warm, floral scent that lingers for quite some time. My skin did not look or feel greasy after application. It also does not feel heavy on my face at all.
For obvious reasons (the $225 price tag), I wanted to dig into the ingredients list to see what makes this elixir so special, and so pricey:
- Sunflower seed oil– high in linoleic acid, anti-inflammatory, occasionally fights acne, provides antioxidant protection
- Coconut oil– comedogenic, does not deserve a seat at the table
- Baobab oil– boosts collagen production, anti-inflammatory
- Pumpkin seed oil– moisturizing, promotes skin renewal, provides antioxidant protection
- Ubiquinone– Builds collagen and elastin, reduces free radical damage
- Rose oil– destroys p.acnes bacteria, improves skin absorption, fights free radicals, refines skin texture
The overall tone of the ingredients list provides some insight into what this oil does- It strengthens the skin, moisturizes, provides antioxidant protection, improves skin texture and calms inflamed skin. I’m not sure if the coconut oil makes this product less relevant because let’s be honest- some people can and do moisturize with coconut oil and their skin is just fine. But it has to be noted that coconut oil is highly comedogenic and people with oily, acne prone skin can’t use it. So stating this oil is for most skin types is just not true, and I feel like there is a moral obligation to specifically exclude oily, acne-prone skin types.
Is it worth $225?
Yes and no. Kypris Beauty Elixir I is a matter of ‘you get what you pay for’. Bulgarian rose oil is very expensive and it’s what your money is going to when you purchase this product. On the other hand, I have a few questions. 1,000 Roses contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, an oil-soluble form of Vitamin C, but what percentage? My oil was golden in color the moment it arrived on my doorstep, does this mean the Vitamin C was less efficient from the start? Could there be another ingredient giving me the golden color? Why virgin coconut oil?
The virgin coconut oil is really messing with me and makes a precious, powerful oil like Bulgarian rose oil useless in my eyes, for most skin types. I can’t see myself shelling out $225 for this oil on a regular basis.
Kypris Beauty Elixir I- 1,000 Roses retails $90-$225.
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Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Oil, Aleurites moloccans (Kukui) Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin Seed) Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Opuntia engelmannii (Prickly Pear Seed) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Extract, Rosa damascena (Rose) Oil, Hippophae rhamonides (Seabuckthorn Berry) Extract, Punica granatum (Pomegranate Seed) Extract, Rubus occidentalis (Black Raspberry Seed) Oil, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry Seed) Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (From Licorice), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Rosamarinus officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Extract, Non- GMO Mixed Tocopherols.