Skin Care

By Amy Sciaretto

In Fiore, a San Francisco-based holistic handcrafted skin care line, recently launched the Complexion Treatment Set, a quadrant of 15ML bottles with medicine dropper caps. On your bathroom shelf or vanity, these little vials look like ordinary medicine bottles. But, when you apply a few drops of the oils to your face, look out! These light, yet rich-in-antioxidant oils give your skin a fresh, dewy glow and work at the cellular level to repair the wear and tear that comes from everyday living.

Complex de Fleur is the anti-ager of the quad with twelve organic and wildcrafted herbal infusions and an aloe base, which gives your skin a radiantly luminous glow. When we say organic, we mean it! We guarantee you’ll be able to read the label because the ingredients match objects found in gardens rather than labs. The ingredient list looks like something you’d see at your local health food store or salad bar such as wheat germ, rosemary, sage, and horsetail extracts, but everything is natural and beneficial. This orange-hued oil feels light and non-greasy on your face and absorbs quickly, making it a suitable option for all skin types.

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The three other face oils nourish and purify dull skin while moisturizing. I replaced my normal summer moisturizer for two weeks by alternating between the three: Calme, which is aimed at sensitive or irritated skin; Nourrit, the richest blend which is geared at damaged, dehydrated and mature skin; and Pur, which is recommended for oily skin that’s also in need of improved elasticity. Though they all serve a different purpose, each contains rosehip oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E.

Whether or not the cellular regeneration occurs, only time and extended use will tell. However, I found each oil quite suited to my normal to oily skin. I used a few droplets – you only need three or four of Calme on lightly sunkissed skin – and it soothed and relaxed sensitive patches. I let Nourrit work its magic as a nighttime moisturizer, figuring it would penetrate and work while I dreamt. Since I’m a bit oily, I used Pur during the day, and it gave me a healthy, luminous glow and never looked like a needed oil blotter sheets. If you’ve got particularly good skin and don’t wear a heavy base or foundation, you don’t need a liquid highlighter to give you sheen. These oils impart just enough silky shine.

The only drawback is the scent. I felt like a patchouli-loving hippie. With elements like bergamot, jasmine, ylang ylang, frankincense and myrrh, the In Fiore Complexion Treatment Set had a strong odor that wafted up my nose every time I used it. It was a bit overpowering, but not enough to detract from the dewy glow (and hopeful healing cellular reparations) that came from these blends. I also love that this organic product feels luxe; it’s refreshing for a plant-derived line to be so chic.

The In Fiore Complexion Treatment Set retails for $95.00 and is available at www.beautyhabit.com and Studio at Fred Segal.

Originally published September 2006
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