Oct 16, 2014

Brand Introduction Korres - Natural Ingredients Brand

Korres is a Greek skincare brand, born out of Athens' first ever homeopathic pharmacy in 1996. The first Korres product was an aromatic herbal throat-soothing syrup with honey and aniseed; a recipe inspired by 'rakomelon', a warming spirit-with-honey concoction, which George Korres' grandfather used to make in his hometown on the island of Naxos. Today the Korres portfolio includes over 400 natural and certified organic products, with brand presence in 30 markets. Our goal is to develop innovative and clinically effective skincare products based on natural active ingredients; to promote natural ingredients research in relation to its biochemistry; and to project the unique Greek flora benefits through our cooperations with local farmers, and the production of our brand-own high value organic extracts. 

If you are into natural ingredients product, I would like to introduce you to Korres. Korres is a Greek beauty brand, that share a some-what similar brand philosophy with The Body Shop, Himalaya, and Pangea Organics. I got to know this brand from my bestie in Singapore. She claimed that her sensitive skin couldn't take a lot of beauty products and Korres is the one that she could use. Then she got me a jar of the Wild Rose Lip Butter and I instantly fell in love.

One of their star product is the Lip Butter, which is also the first product that I tried from Korres. The Wild Rose lip butter gives a little red tint on the lips. I love to use it for natural look makeup. Meanwhile, the Jasmine and Guava (not in the photo) is my everyday dry lips rescue. I have the Guava one placed right next to my bed stand so I can reach it before I sleep. I must say the difference in color between the Jasmine and Guava is not visible at all. The only difference is the scent. Guava gives a refreshing scent, meanwhile Jasmine has a rich smell to it just like jasmine flower. Like any other lip butter, its function is to moisturize the lips and to prevent it from chapping. One thing special about the lip butter is the Greek ingredient called Quince. It has wound-healing properties that restore cracked lips instantly.

When my bestie gave me the lip butter, she manage to slip in some samples of their body butter. I tuck it aside (just like most samples that I received) until my impromptu trip to Hong Kong during winter. I could only take one hand carry bag, so sample sachets were the best thing to pack. The body butter was my biggest savior during the trip.

The weather was dry and windy in HK and my skin suffered severe wind rash. After applied the Body Butter, amazingly my skin stop itching and I had no problem showering hot water. This body butter is perfect for those who suffer from eczema and dry skin. Aside from its efficacy, I also like the texture a lot. It feels like soft butter, literally! When applied on the skin it glides smoothly, as you rub against your skin the butter gets absorbed into the skin. They have a few variants of scent but I like the Japanese Rose and Guava the best.

One product that I dislike from Korres is their wipes.

I bought this Milk Proteins wipes at the Athens airport because I needed something to remove my makeup before connecting to my next flight. To my surprise, I didn't like it at all. The wipe sheet feels rough and it doesn't saturate a lot of products in it. The remover strength is not as good as other ordinary makeup remover. I had to apply strong force before I could remove all my makeup. I don't think this is good to use on the skin because you will be constantly pulling the skin when using it. This is the only Korres product that I wouldn't recommend to you.

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with all the Korres skincare products. I've not tried their makeups yet, but I did bought a full set of makeup as a souvenir for my friend and from her testimony, she loves it a lot. Other products that you should try from Korres are their Honey Base Cough Syrup (the initial product that developed by Korres), Black Pine Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Cream and Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion. I think it is noteworthy to point out that Korres is NOT an organic brand although they use 97% of natural ingredients in their products.

Unfortunately Korres is not available in Malaysia. If you're visiting our neighbor Singapore, they have a store at Takashimaya. Alternatively, you can buy from Luxola which ships to Malaysia.

Are you a fan of natural skincare products? If you are, tell me what's your favourite brand in the comment below. I would love to check it out. 

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