Rohr Remedy Kakadu Plum Vitamin C Face Serum

 

Rohr Remedy
Kakadu Plum Vitamin C
— Face Serum

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The Kakadu Plum Vitamin C face serum is one of Rohr Remedy’s most sought-after products. The Kakadu Plum itself is reported to contain 55 times more Vitamin C than oranges, stimulating collagen production and smoothing out fine lines and signs of ageing. It’s prized for its medicinal and food value by indigenous Australians, finding it’s way into brightening and anti-ageing products alike.

The added benefits of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E bring healing qualities to this product, while Tamarind seed extract - a natural source of Hyaluronic Acid - smooths fine lines and plumps the skin with added hydration. The downside to this seemingly active formulation is that of course being an all-natural product, there aren’t any stabilisers to stop the Vitamin C from oxidising. Without a stabiliser, the product will last around three months before its power slowly diminishes.

 
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Brand integrity

Rohr Remedy is founded by Sydney-born Emily Rohr, then turned gallery-owner in Broome, working closely with the last people to come out of the desert in the Kimberly. Emily’s connection with the Indigenous artists saw her to understand their concern for the loss of the traditions using bush medicine as effective treatments. Having a strong family background in dermatology and pharmacy, Emily sought to marry the two to enable the long tradition of bush medicine to live on.

Using traditional Indigenous farming techniques in understanding the eco-system and working with the natural environment has formed the basis of how each plant is wild harvested. The extracts are achieved by using a patented technique that keeps the integrity of the whole of the nutrients of the plant material. They’re also highly active due to wild harvesting the plants over the use of plantation-grown plants. Because of this, the products within the range are interchangeable depending on the skin’s needs and can be versatile depending on what your area of concern is.

The brand is against animal testing and is on its way to becoming even more environmentally-friendly, by introducing refillable products in their upcoming range.

 
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First impressions

Fragrance
The face serum has added Geranium essential oil which gives it a fresh, botanical scent once opened.

Texture
The texture is a lightweight serum. Only a 1-2 pumps are needed to be applied for the entire face and neck. It will absorb into the skin in preparation for other hydration products.

Efficacy
This product is really is a visibly corrective formula in brightening, reducing fine lines and targeting sun damage. It’s hydration properties make it an easy go-to product year round. Without Ferulic acid, Vitamin C will begin to oxidise when exposed to light and air. Unfortunately, this means the Vitamin C will begin to lose effectiveness faster if not coupled with this antioxidant.

 
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Ingredient watch

read our full Formulation Analysis

The Good

Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is an Australian native ingredient that is a rich source of Vitamin C.

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) seed extract
has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and recently likened to having hydrating benefits similar to Hyaluronic Acid.

Tocopherol (Vitamin E) is a powerful antioxidant in skincare, repairing skin and working to restore skin on a cellular level from sun damage or repair scarring.

The Questionable

Benzyl Alcohol is a common skincare preservative that although is a fatty alcohol, has been linked to irritations.

 
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Packaging review

This product uses one type of plastic in its packaging and a plastic label.

Bottle: PVC - See more about PVC and its impact
Lid: PVC - See more about PVC and its impact
Box: Recyclable Cardboard

Rohr Remedy use PVC plastic, however does not contain BPA. It’s a durable plastic made from a combination of raw petroleum, ethylene and chloride. There aren’t many recycled PVC materials in the world as to make this type of plastic, it requires virgin material.

Rohr Remedy use recyclable cardboard to enclose their products, each colour contributing to their strong brand identity. An honourable mention is the labelling on the plastic is screen-printed, meaning no other material has been used to add the branding onto the bottle. 

Future product ranges of Rohr Remedy have refillable products in the works to minimise their packaging and promote product stewardship.

 

Formulation full analysis

The Good

Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is an Australian native ingredient that is a rich source of Vitamin C, in fact, it’s reported that the plum contains 55 times more Vitamin C than oranges. It contains high antioxidant levels - around 5 times more potent than the blueberry, and high levels of gallic and ellagic acids, which strengthen the epidermal barrier while encouraging elasticity and bounce.

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) seed extract
has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and recently likened to having hydrating benefits similar to Hyaluronic Acid for hydration.

Tocopherol (Vitamin E) is a powerful antioxidant in skincare, repairing skin and working to restore skin on a cellular level from sun damage or repair scarring.

The Questionable

Benzyl Alcohol is a common preservative found in almost every cosmetic product, and we know that small amounts of this ingredient aren’t necessarily harmful. We also know that alcohol is notorious for weakening the skin, however there is a difference between all of them. Fatty alcohol such as Benzyl Alcohol is incredibly known to condition and soften the skin. However, it has also been found to instigate immune system responses such as itching, burning, hives and blistering at particular concentrations. Similar to Phenoxyethanol, if all the products on the bathroom shelf include benzyl alcohol, we’re then looking at high, and potentially toxic exposure of the preservative.

 

Thoughts?

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