4 Nov 2013

Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment Review


I do like to avoid being a negative nancy here on my blog, but sometimes something just has to be said about a product I really have not got on with/do not agree with. The Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment is one of those products (along with having the longest name e.v.e.r) in that I really do not like this at all. 

If you read my post on Nouvelle Daily recently about choosing to go natural with all my beauty products, you will have seen me pretty much slate an un-named moisturiser for causing havoc to my skin. Well, it was this one. 
There's an awful lot of hype around Origins products, especially the Make A Difference range lately and I admit I have fallen for said hype time and time again, with Origins previously being one of my favourite brands for quite some time. But the more I've been learning about ingredients and brands that are truly natural I have come to learn that Origins is not. The ingredients in this treatment confirm this 100% for me and I wish I'd of realised sooner.
When I first got my hands on the fetching acrylic pot I was a little too excited to bother with what was in it and happily slathered it on my skin for days, waiting for miracles that never came. I'm prone to milia around my eyes and cheekbones but after using this I had so many new little white lumps of keratin popping up I nearly wept. Not only that but my skin dried out, broke out and pretty much self imploded. So attractive guys. This all happened quite slowly and it took me a long time to realise my skin is sensitive to silicones and all the other synthetic, pore clogging ingredients that are in this pot of joy.

I'll quote a little of what I wrote on Nouvelle about the main ingredients that I am so upset with:
"As we all know ingredients are shown in descending order, with the highest quantities shown first, so it was highly worrying that the second ingredient was Cyclopentasiloxane (I know, can you even say that?) - a silicone-based fluid. Secondly we have Butylene Glycol, a surfectant with good 'slip' and no skincare benefits. Next up is Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, a synthetic oil created as a substitute for mineral oil. Nice. Then there's Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate VP Copolymer, a synthetic thickener used because it makes creams feel nice when applied. Finally we have demethicone, another silicone which acts as more of a hinderance than a help to your skin."
Not very natural is it? Don't be fooled by creams and gels like this that feel nice and give skin a fake 'plumping' effect, it's all lies!! 
I have avoided using this for a good few months now, attempting to let my face get back to normal (unfortunately the scars are here to stay for a long time) but I gave it a go on friday night and by morning there was a new painful red friend on my face. So that's all the telling I need! What a waste of £34.

All I'm trying to say is... please take care with what you're putting on your face, guys. It's your FACE. You only get one.
Also, one last thing to make it all a little bit worse for myself, Origins is owned by the giant Estee Lauder company so of course the products are not even a little bit cruelty free. It's just like a big slap in the face, right on my spot. 

Ingredients: (taken from here)
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Trehalose, Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate VP Copolymer, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Litchi Chinensis Seed Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Anastatica Hierochuntica (Rose of Jericho) Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Vetiver Root Oil, Camphor Bark Oil, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract, Magnolia Acuminata Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Extract, Iris Palida Root Extract, Linalool, Citral, Limonene, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Lens Esculenta Lentil Fruit Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract/Extrait D’Orge a Deux Rangs, Astrocaryu Murmumuru Seed Butter, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Polyquaternium-51, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium PCA, Caffeine, Urea, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Pentylene Glycol, Dextrin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Essential Oil 


P.S. On a lighter note, new blog layout, whatcha think? ;)

26 comments

  1. I didn't think much of Origins GinZing moisturiser, it's OK but it's not spectacular.

    When it comes to "cruelty-free" brands, I find it's very difficult to know whether you're actually buying a product that really is "cruelty-free." No cosmetics can be tested on animals (in the UK) but regardless of that, just because they are not tested on animals doesn't mean they don't contain animal byproducts.. which are often very difficult to spot.

    Also: where does it end? If I stop buying from a brand because it's owned by a corporation who aren't 100% cruelty-free (most often than not both companies are simply sister companies - they might be owned by a "bigger" company, but they still stand alone when it comes to accounts, etc.) then surely I have to stop buying from supermarkets who factory farm.. etc.

    This is the biggest obstacle (I find) when it comes to deciding what I am morally OK with when it comes to buying cruelty free products. I guess the only way is to buy 100% vegan products.

    How do you deal with this?

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    1. Valid point lady!
      I'm not suddenly going to become a flower power hippy but I am trying, I choose to avoid products tested on animals and the brands that own them because It makes me feel better. I dont buy products from any brands that are owned by Estee lauder, Procter & gamble, L'Oreal and a few more I cant think of atm. Which is basically every brand on the shelves of boots.
      I buy my cleaning products from M&S because they have the leaping bunny logo on, & I'm sure I've heard Sainsburys own brand products are cruelty free too.

      I'm just trying my best, one step at a time.

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    2. Oh absolutely - I wasn't in any way saying what you're doing isn't good enough.. Totally the opposite. I think more people should push for 100% cruelty free products, especially when it comes to beauty brands.

      I really struggle with deciding where to draw the line when it comes to my ethical choices. If I went all out (like I used to) then I wouldn't buy anything from the high street, including clothing shops and supermarkets. But that simply isn't practical.

      I really do hope your skin recovers from this product!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. I hope your skin heals as quickly as possible :) I have never tried any of Origins' products, because their ingredient list leaves me sceptical. It's very hard sometimes not to succumb to the hype surrounding all those beauty products on the market. I almost got to buy the Apocalips lipgloss by Rimmel because they looked smashing and everyone raved about it etc...(suprisingly I couldn't find any ingredient list...) until I finally found it and I saw the most horrible ingredients (amongst them paraben and co.) Now concerning your layout, I really like it, it's very neat and easy to browse:) xoxo Liz

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    1. I wish I had known about certain ingredients sooner! It's hard to resist hype sometimes but I'd rather feel better with myself than lining the pockets of a corporate giant.
      xo

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  3. Unfortunately Origins is one of those brands that implies that they are natural with their slogan "Powered by nature" but once you learn about ingredients you start to realise they're really not! I've never tried anything from them myself but that really sucks how it has affected your skin and I'm sure it will get back to normal soon with using products that really are natural instead :) Going natural is definitely a big eye-opener when it comes to the ingredients in a lot of the hyped up products.Totally agree with you being more careful. I take soo much longer deciding whether to buy a product now with researching the ingredients just to make sure there's nothing horrible I want to avoid hidden in there! P.S. I like your new layout :)

    Ria x
    naturiabeauty.com

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    1. It really is very very deceiving, their counters especially, with all the fake fruit lying about and the tree logo, cheaters!
      I'm so glad there are lots of beautiful websites dedicated to selling only natural products and listing their ingredients, it makes life so much easier xx

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  4. So many people think that Origins are a natural brand & Origins do nothing to correct people on that notion. I personally really liked the Rejuvenating Moisturiser but found the Treatment never did enough for my skin. I also think it might've contributed to my blemishes. The GinZing moisturiser broke me out like crazy, glad I only had a little sample tube. The only Origins product I now use is Night-A-Mins because I am wary of the ingredient list of most of their products. Too many fragrances, silicones & synthetic oils xx

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    1. They sell themselves as a natural brand and us bloggers just fall for it again and again thinking it must be better than the cheaper brands but it's probably worse!
      Reading a lot of the product reviews on Paula's Choice really shocked me!
      xo

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  5. I was aware that Origins are not as natural as they claim to be, it's quite shocking how they get away with it really as I do find it rather misleading. Having said that, I still want to try their products as they receive so many positive reviews, I currently have just one thing by them which I do like a lot. They should however be more open about what they are though.

    Surely they could produce the same product without the nasty ingredients in? Other companies manage it.

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing
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    1. Its more about profit than creating skincare that really does good. So misleading and disappointing. xo

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  6. This is really interesting, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think I've always been aware that Origins isn't a natural but I love the moisturiser version of this. I always find it hard to buy natural/organic products as what if they don't work for me (as I've already got problems with my skin) and as Sophie said as well where does it end? Do you think that people who use organic/natural products should change their diet (like being vegan/vegetarian or not eating processed food)?

    I'd love to know your recommendations/advice!

    Hannah x
    Girl+World

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    1. I think you should look a little more into natural brands, there are so many that they will work for your skin! (in a much kinder way!) browse naturisimo and beingcontent, lovelula and abeautifulworld.com for LOTS of gorgeous natural skincare/makeup :)

      I have absolutely no plans to become a vegan but I do eat a lot less meat these days. Im not going to suddenly wake up and decide to live in the forest but these small changes in my life, such as using natural skincare and makeup makes me feel better and actually do good for my skin, instead of piling on synthetic chemicals!
      It's not about "but where does it end!!!" it's about making ethical choices that are right for ME :) xoxox

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  7. Sounds awful, I didn't know origins was owned by estee lauder - I think estee lauder own mac too :( x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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    1. They own Mac, Aveda, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, Tom Ford, Smashbox, La Mer, Ojon, Clinique, Bumble & Bumble, Darphin & lots more!!!
      xx

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  8. I don't use origins for the same reasons you have highlighted above but I am quite shocked at just how bad their ingredients list actually is. You can do so much better from smaller independent brands Xx

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  9. I've never tried anything from Origins before but after hearing a lot of positive reviews I was thinking about giving some of their products a try. I think maybe I'll stay away now, their products seem incredibly pricey and I'm sure some of them do work, but I think I'll be sticking to the things I already know I like.

    I'm trying to be better with my skincare. There are times I'm guilty of using things that probably aren't that great but work well for my temperamental chin but for the most part I'm totally in love with Neal's Yard!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  10. I've not been interested in Origins since trying a tiny dab of their Drink Up Intensive on my hand and it causing me a horrible allergic reaction (it was only after I'd tried it that I realised!). They seem to have half and half natural/synthetic - lots of "natural" oils mixed in with not so desirable ingredients! Hope your skin recovers quickly, and great post x

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    1. *by realised, I mean read the ingredients (it's been a tiring day)

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  11. I read the post in question on Nouvelle Daily and I did wonder which product it was.
    I'm actually shocked about the ingredients, and this was always a product that I had thought about trying.
    I also have to commend you on your move towards more natural brands. I must admit I used to be a lot better about researching the ethics before buying, but your posts have invigorated me to try harder again :)

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  12. Oh god, I really wanted to get this, maybe I'll skip it my skin doesn't need to be upset further. It's good to know what products people don't like. By the way the new layout is lovely.
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Hello Annabel! I am SO glad you did this post. I was thinking about buying it because of the hype and the fac that the brand claims to be natural. I looked at the UK website of the brand and I couldn't find a list of ingredients per product. I though this was a bad sign. I wanted to do more research on this product and then you deliver the perfect article! Thank you for saving me time and money.
    Ps: are the origins product in general as unnatural as this one?
    Thanks!
    Pauline (from Belgium ;) )

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  14. I tried a sample of this from an Origins counter a couple of months ago and it broke me out horribly! Like an idiot, I didn't look at the ingredients properly and simply binned it as fast as I could, but after reading your experience I can now see why I reacted so badly to it. Some Origins products work me for me, but others have been awful so they seem very hit and miss :(

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  15. I think there should be rules and regulations in regards to calling something that Implys it's something it's not! Because unless you're that kind of person you're going on face value! There are a lot of products out there that claim to be natural and organic etc when I fact they're the polar opposites !!

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  16. Oh I am so happy to found this review. Last time I am thinking about which skincare line could be good for my combo skin. Lots of people in the blogger world hype origins products. So also thought about buying this cream..but now I won't. So much bad ingredients..:/ And those brands use the "natural image" to sell their expensive products..:(
    I follow your blog now ..and read a lot of your posts <3 I really like your blog and your posts about skincare are so interesting :)

    xx
    Anne

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  17. Worst $50 that I spent. I def think that this product is overhyped on the internet. I wish that I had read this earlier. Actually, I gave away all my Origins creams (including Night A Mins) to friends who wanted it because it honestly felt like Origins just sits ontop of the skin. Korres > Origins imho.

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