Product Review: Origins A Perfect World™ Age-Defense Moisturizer

As you know, I recently purchased Sephora's Sun Safety Kit for 2013. It was filled with 19 different products related to sun safety - several of which were sunscreens or facial moisturizers containing sunscreen. Today, I'm reviewing one of those facial moisturizers: Origins A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer w/ White Tea.

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I've mentioned this before, but for the new readers, I'll say it again: Some of the issues I have when using a sunscreen on my face are the "Big 4":
  • makes my face shiny/greasy
  • causes breakouts and/or clogged pores
  • makes my eyes sting and water
  • fragrance is either irritating to my skin or unpleasant to my nose

These are pretty typical "complaints", so you've probably experienced some of them yourself. When I try a new facial product containing sunscreen, these are the things I'm watching for - I want a product that protects without causing those issues.

I've tried Origins products in the past, and it's never been a good thing. Something about their products tends to be very irritating to my skin. But I know lots of people love their products - and apparently, this specific product is one of their top-sellers.

This product is marketed as a "super-charges antioxidant moisturizer with White Tea, Maritime Pine and UVA/UVB sunscreens surrounds skin in a protective bubble to help delay the appearance of premature aging signs." It's also oil-free.

{enjoy the view} | Origins A Perfect World Moisturizer

Consistency: The product is a fairly thick lotion/cream. It didn't absorb well for me.

Fragrance: There is a fragrance that I assume is white tea - at least that's what it reminds me of...

Big 4:  My face was very greasy and felt itchy all day. My chest and neck started itching immediately after applying - you can see the big red splotches below:

{enjoy the view} | Origins A Perfect World Moisturizer spf 25

Ingredients (from

-Silver Tip White Tea: Known as the "Elixir of Immortality," it provides powerful antioxidant properties that help protect skin from age-accelerating free radicals.
-Arabidopsis: This small flowering plant helps visibly repair past oxidative damage and helps support skin's create healthy cells.
-Resveratrol: This plant extract, contained in the skin of red grapes, helps protect against visible aging. It is one of the most recognized super antioxidants.
-Maritime Pine: This super-antioxidant is often called the "youth nutrient," and helps protect the skin cells against damage that can undermine skin's defenses, thereby making it more vulnerable to UV exposure.

I couldn't find a complete ingredient list on either Sephora or Origins' website. I don't like that. I'd like to know the specific sunscreen ingredients - and since it obviously reacts poorly with my skin, I'd just like to know the rest of the ingredients as well. I finally found an ingredient list by Googling it:

Water (Aqua), Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Water (Bitter Orange), Myrtus Communis Leaf Water (Myrtle), Rosa Damascena Flower Water (Rose), Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG 100 Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (White Tea), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil (Bergamot), Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil (Lemon), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil (Sweet Orange), Cinnamomum Camphora Bark Oil (Shiu), Mentha Viridis Leaf Oil (Spearmint), Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (vetiver), Plumeria Alba Flower Extract (Frangipani), Magnolia Acuminata Flower Extract, Iris Pallida Root Extract (Orris), Rosa Damascena Extract (Rose), Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Adenosine Phosphate, Algae Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract (Hydrocotyl), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Tribehenin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysilicone 11, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, Behenyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra Di T Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Potassium Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol 

The ingredients in bold are the ones that concern me because they can all cause irritation and sensitivity. When you put that many of them together in one product, people with sensitive skin are just asking for trouble (as you can see by my picture).  

Size/Price: Available in a 1.7 oz. jar for $39.50. My sample was in a tube, which was fine. I don't like the fact that the full-size product comes in a jar. That means all of the product is exposed to air and light every time you open the jar. Most antioxidants lose efficacy when exposed to air and light.

Repurchase? No. As a matter of fact, I think I'm finished trying any of the Origins products. It took several days for my chest to stop stinging and itching. I think the price is on par with similar products. I could not find this product on the Skin Cancer Foundation's recommended product list.

Have you tried this product? Would you consider trying it?

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(Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with nor did I receive any compensation from any company or product mentioned in the above post. I purchased the product myself and all opinions are, as always, strictly my own.)

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