Review: Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mineral Hydrating Radiance Serum

No matter your skin type, nothing is as important as prepping your skin properly in order for your makeup to not only apply smoothly and evenly, but keep it looking great throughout the day. Even if you won’t be wearing any makeup, it’s still important to follow your everyday skin care routine as normal. That’s the secret to keeping your skin looking the best it can be after all!

The ultimate key to prepping my own skin is by making sure its hydrated. If it isn’t, my makeup doesn’t apply as well and any my dry patches, especially where I currently have any zits, are horribly emphasized. That’s why I strictly double-moisturize every morning with both a day cream and a serum. Since I’ve only quite recently started using serums for day use, I decided to pick up this Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mineral Hydrating Radiance Serum while I was in Guam back in November.

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The entire Dr. Organic line has products that belong to a specific range for specific skin needs or skin problems (check them all out here), such as organic royal jelly for ‘promoting skin regeneration’, manuka honey for ‘moisturising and repairing’, and lavender for ‘calming and soothing the skin’. The dead sea mineral range, where the serum is from, is for ‘creating a spa experience  which leaves the skin feeling, smooth, relaxed, and hydrated.’

For me, smooth, relaxed, and hydrated is exactly what my skin needs to be when I’m starting and getting ready for my day!

Product description:
This light, fast absorbing, Organic Dead Sea Mineral Hydrating Radiance Elixir quickly penetrates and infuses the skin with essential minerals and powerful marine extracts, actively brightening and re-energising tired, stressed skin. Our proprietary blend of organic extracts and oils combine to provide instant radiance, a smoother complexion and deep down hydrated protection.

Organic and natural bioactive ingredients:
Dead Sea Mineral Salt, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Algae Extract, Bladderwrack Extract, Kelp Extract, Bitter Orange Leaf Oil, Orange Fruit Extract, Mandarin Peel Oil, Pine Needle Oil, Thyme Flower Oil, Wild Mint Oil, Spearmint Extract, Vitamin E

Free from: Parabens • SLS • Artificial colors • Phthalates • Harsh preservatives

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The product comes housed in a frosted, glass bottle which holds 30ml or 1.1 fluid ounce of product. I think it’s a good amount of product for something that’s less than $20, especially since organic beauty products tend to be more pricey than their non-organic counterparts.

I know a lot of people don’t consider beauty products encased in glass as very ‘travel friendly’, but the bottle itself isn’t that big, and with the added pump dispenser, plus additional cap on top – then I feel I can easily bring this along with me during trips, confident that there won’t be any spillage. The bottle itself seems quite sturdy too. I like the overall packaging of the product, box included. Simple things like color scheme can make a big difference with how attractive a product is, and that combined with the simplicity of the fonts used and minimalistic design makes me believe like this product is something worth getting. Does that make sense?

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The serum itself has a good consistency as it’s not too thick nor too runny. It also absorbs really quickly. Actually, the moment I start spreading and massaging it onto my face, it already starts sinking into my skin! Within a few minutes I feel like I can already apply the next product in my skin care routine (my moisturizer). I use a pump and a half each time, which is just right to cover my whole face evenly.

The scent of this product is a little citrus-y almost. At least to me. It’s mild though, making it at least tolerable even if you’re not a fan of scented products. I don’t like citrus scents that much in the first place, so I’m glad it’s not that strong and it disappears once it absorbs.

My thoughts? Well, the serum really does the job of hydrating my skin just right. It doesn’t over-moisturize, that’s for sure, as I haven’t experienced increased shine on my face whenever I use this. However, its effectivity just can’t keep up when my skin is feeling drier than usual. It’s a good serum and it’s definitely moisturizing, it’s just not moisturizing enough for those extra dry skin days I have every so often. As I mentioned before, my skin is a little temperamental, so sometimes my oily t-zone becomes oilier than normal, or my dry areas become drier than normal. When the latter happens, I still see some slight patchiness here and there, usually on my cheeks, after applying my makeup even though I prepped with this serum beforehand. My skin also didn’t seem any ‘brighter’ even after using this for nearly a month and I didn’t really feel it being ‘re-energized’ either. Safe to say I probably won’t be re-purchasing this, primarily because I need and prefer a product that can consistently moisturize no matter if my skin is being temperamental or not. However, since I do like it and as I said, it still is moisturizing and delivers just the right levels of hydration for my face, then I use this instead on days where I won’t be putting on any makeup as well as at night as part of my evening skin care regime.

WHAT I LIKE:
– Absorbs into the skin quickly.
– Temporarily makes my skin feel a little smoother after applying.
– Ideal for sensitive skin and those who strictly use organic beauty products only.
– The pump dispenser with cap which makes dispensing the product controlled, hygienic, and lowers the risk of spillage.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE:
– Not moisturizing enough when my skin is drier than normal. I still see dry patches on my skin when applying makeup.
– Didn’t see or feel any of its ‘brightening’ and ‘re-energising’ claims.

Price: US$16.00
Purchased from: Vitamin World (Micronesia Mall, Guam)

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54 thoughts on “Review: Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mineral Hydrating Radiance Serum

  1. I like the ingredient list, but to be honest the glass bottle is the deal-breaker for me and not because of the travel part…I *hate* frosted glass so much because I have long nails. It’s worse than scraping your nails on a chalkboard >….>

    • Ah, I can see why that’d be irritating! I don’t keep my nails that long because I work with kids and frankly can’t type on my Macbook’s flat keyboard (at least not as fast) with them, haha.

    • I went for the first time last year. I love shopping there too! Haha. I’m glad I just got the chance to try the product at least. It works good enough for me if I won’t be wearing makeup anyway :)

    • I’m not entirely sure if it’s 100% organic as I remember it stating somewhere on the box that most of the ingredients are except the salt and another added ingredient they used.

      I ran the ingredients through cosdna.com though and 10 out of the 13 ingredients ranked low on the possible irritation, safety, and comedogenic scale. The remaining three ingredients just didn’t have a matching search result :)

  2. That’s true! Organic products tend to be on the pricey side. Such a shame it is not hydrating enough, with a name like ‘Hydrating Radiance Serum’ you think it’d go the extra mile!

  3. Too bad it doesn’t live to all of it’s claims. I think this product won’t be moisturizing enough for my skin as well especially now that it’s cold so, I have no intentions of trying this at the moment. ^^ Thanks for the review!

    • My skin can get drier if I’m just in an air-conditioned environment, so you can imagine how much worse it gets when I’m in a country during the winter season. If this isn’t moisturizing enough for me in a tropical climate, it won’t save my skin at all when it’s cold!

    • I prefer products with pumps or that come in squeeze tubes myself. Since I have acne-prone skin I have to make sure none of my products get ‘contaminated’ with my fingers so I have to use a spatula.

  4. I love the packaging but I think I will give this a pass. It’s kinda expensive for what it can give, imho. However, I’m amazed that it looks like a lotion. I always see serums as transparent and liquidy.

    • I’ve tried a number of serums before that weren’t clear so the color didn’t really surprise me. The texture did remind me of a moisturizer though at first!

    • As a serum that’s meant to moisturize, but it didn’t, it’s not something I’d repurchase. But I blame my skin type, of course! This is not a product for those with dry to very dry skin.

    • I’d say the price tag for it is…okay. It would be nice if it were cheaper though! But organic products tend to be on the more expensive side, sadly.

    • I don’t believe it’s 100% organic, just mostly, as I read a side note on the product’s outer packaging saying one or two ingredients (I think the salt is one of them) isn’t purely organic. I can’t really remember though, unfortunately!

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