Jane Scrivner is one of those brands you hear about on Instagram or from a friend. The British brand only became available in the US a few days ago on Beauty Heroes. Otherwise the only place for us in the states to order from was her UK website. I ordered a few items some months ago so I’ve had time to play with them. I grabbed the ‘OO’ (Over Oil) Cream (award winner) & Bioluronic Buzz 2000 (which is new).
The ‘OO’ (Over Oil) Cream is such a unique product. It won the Beauty Shortlist Awards last year for Best New Skincare Launch. Details per Jane Scrivner:
A unique function through a fabulous combination of collagen stimulating, beta-glucan rich colloidal oatmeal, calming & protective argan oil, cooling aloe gel, betulinic acid from white birch bark for tone and clarity finishing with vitamin E for enhanced barrier function. ‘OO’ Cream locks in the nutrients of your daily facial oil whilst forming a fine film to protect from TEWL (trans epidermal water loss).
Directions Apply am & pm Over your facial Oil for hydrated, protected and radiant skin without the shine. Apply a light film of ‘OO’ Cream into face and neck area, gently smoothing until fully absorbed. On its Own ‘OO’ Cream can be used as daily moisturiser on its own, simply apply with pads of fingers and massage in to face, neck and décolleté as required.
English Spring Water Aqua, Oat Kernel Extract Avena Sativa*, Aloe Vera Aloe Barbadensis, Sun Flower Helianthus Annus*, Shea Butter Butyrospermum Parkii*, Cetearyl Alcohol (Emollient from Coconut), Argan Argania Spinosa*, Rose Hip Extract Rosa Canina*, White Birch Betula Pendula, Glyceryl Stearate (Coconut Origin Emulsifier), Calendula Calendula Officinalis, Phenylethyl Alcohol Natural (Ecocert Preservative), Coco Glucosides (Coconut and Fruit Sugar Thickening Agent), Eye Bright (Euphrasia Officinalis), Orange Citrus Aurantium*, Palmarosa Cymbopogon Martini, Rose Geranium Pelargonium Graveolens*, Tocopherol Vitamin E, Rose Absolute Rosa Centefolia, Vanilla Vanilla Plantifolia, Benzoin Styrax Benzoin, Sodium Phytate (Salt Form Of The Corn Derived Phytic Acid), Sodium Hydroxide, (Alkaliser Made by Leaching Ashes to Maintain PH Balance of Materials) Benzyl Alcohol (Plant Derived Preservative), Citral+ Euganol+ Geraniol+ Citronellol+ Farnesol+ Linalool+, Limonene+ Benzyl Benzoate+ Benzyl Cinnamate+.
+Naturally Occurring Components Of Essential Oils.
This cream has a bright marigold color and has a very unique texture. The texture has an almost whipped, but not in a traditional sense, texture that’s very airy and light. It easily will spill out of the tub like a lotion if you tilt it over. So it’s kind of like a cream/lotion/whipped product all in one. It goes on lighter like a lotion & it’s never greasy nor heavy. It leaves my skin soft & hydrated while leaving a matte finish. This is going to be a go to for me in warmer months.
It does have a strong rose scent so if you have to stay away from all fragrance this might be an issue for you. The scent comes from essential oils which is fine for me but I know some have trouble with essential oils. Jane has formulated two of her products with fragrance free versions, maybe one day this will come in a more fragrance free version as well. I know ultimately I would prefer fragrance free myself even though I can do the rose scent. It may be hard to make this fully fragrance free due to the flower extracts.
The oat kernel extract calms and soothes skin. Aloe soothes and hydrates. I’m guessing the sunflower is what gives this cream it’s color. Sunflower extract is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamin F. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties. Shea butter hydrates. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and A. It’s also packed with omega 6 fatty acids and linoleic acid as well as antioxidants. Rose hip extract is from the seeds of roses and it’s very high in vitamin C as well as other minerals and vitamins such as beta carotene, bioflavinoids, calcium, citrates, citric acid, iron malates, malic acid, niacin, phosphorus and vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K. Calendula is calming and soothing. White Birch Betula Pendula or Silver Birch contains salicylic acid so it has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits. Perfect for mattifying and keeping skin clear. I really adore this light cream. This does what it says–creates a layer sealing in all other layers of skincare to help prevent TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss or why your skin feels dry four hours into your day).
The Bioluronic Buzz 2000 caught my eye because I love layering hydrating products. It launched late last year. Details per Jane Scrivner:
Hyaluronic Acid or Bio Fermented Hyaluronic Acid – BIOLURONIC – totally natural, totally ‘clean’.
Our NEW Smoothing, Hydrating Hyaluronic gel.
As it suggests BIOLURONIC BUZZ 2000 is a Hyaluronic gel (2000mg per 135g bottle) with Buzz Button (Spilanthes Acmella) Extract, Aloe Vera and a dash of White Willow (Salix Alba – Salicylic Acid)
Which all means this gel delivers a luxuriously silky feel that spreads beautifully, can be lightly massaged and then dries down leaving a firming, hydrating layer to pull moisture into the skin whilst firming, smoothing and refining fine lines.
I choose Bio Fermented Hyaluronic as it is 100% natural. I choose Organic Aloe Vera as a gel base to boost the water content and to calm, cool and nourish skin. Spilanthes Acmella is jointly known as ‘Buzz Button’ or the ‘Toothache Plant’ as applied topically it reduces muscle tension and is a natural muscle relaxant – the Spilanthol is thought to have a ‘paralysing’ effect on facial muscles, penetrating the skin and inhibiting contractions in the subcutaneous muscles – a safe alternative to Botox.
Clinical studies have reported 75% of patients immediately seeing the smoothing effect of this extract. I would say you will notice a change within 3 days of using.
White Willow (Salicylic Acid) gently works to smooth the skins surface and then its all topped off with my all-time favourite astringent, toning, lifting and tightening Organic Frankincense Essential Oil.
The 2000 shows that in every 135g bottle, there are over 2000mg of hyaluronic gel, so we packed as much of the key ingredient into this gel, giving it the high performance, deeply hydrating and moisturising quality.
Directions Use a little, add more if needed – I use AM and PM – why wouldn’t I!! The 135g bottle should last at least 3 months – try it on legs and arms too for all over, head to toe hydration.
Aqua (Water), Hyaluronic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Propanediol**, Salix Alba Bark, Aloe Barbendensis Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate, Boswellia Carteri Extract, Phytic Acid***, Benzyl Alcohol****, Spilanthes Acmella (Buzz Button) Flower Extract.
**From Corn Sugar
****Naturally Occurring In Essential Oils
This comes packaged in a large plastic bottle with a pump. Though Jane Scrivner just released a smaller version as well. This is a thicker textured hyaluronic acid gel that hydrates and soothes. It’s virtually fragrance free to me, I don’t detect anything. Jane uses bio fermented hyaluronic acid which is natural. Basically it’s just hyaluronic acid produced by a bio-fermenting process. We all know why we love hyaluronic acid as it replenishes moisture in the skin and helps retain that moisture. Thus revitalizing the skin and helping in every aspect of anti-aging.
Recently I heard Brandon Truaxe (founder of Deciem) discuss with Nadine Baggott in a You Tube interview about how everyone uses sodium hyaluronate the salt of hyaluronic acid as the smaller molecules pass more easily into the skin versus the larger hyaluronic acid molecule. He goes on to say how applying hyaluronic acid can actually stimulate your body to produce your own hyaluronic acid which the salt sodium hyaluronate does not. I have not actually looked this up but it’s an interesting concept.
Willow bark extract contains salicylic acid which has astringent, anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits. It will also help keep skin clear by unclogging pores and mildly exfoliating. This also contains aloe. Boswellia Carteri Extract or frankincense oil helps with inflammation and can reduce redness. Spilanthes Acmella (Buzz Button) Flower Extract helps relax facial tension thus reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This Buzz Button does this by relaxing the collagen fibers and fibroblasts which are what move and contract under the skin.
I have been using this Bioluronic Buzz 2000 on and off for a few months. It does work better with consistent daily use. I noticed once I started using this daily my skin was more hydrated, smoother and firmer. It does work on fine lines to some degree. This product does require some extra work to layer it however. It does not play well with everything. This works best after all your serums but before oil and cream/lotion if you use it. Follow the directions and use a thin layer after serums. Let it dry fully before applying oils. If you don’t do these two things it will pill.
It took me a few weeks to really figure that part out well. If you do a thin layer and let it dry fully before moving onto oils this does fine and I’ve had no pilling. Even with those two tips I’ve noticed this still doesn’t play well below a balm no matter what I do. The oily balms seem to make this pill no matter what order, how thin the layer or if I let it dry and set. All creams are fine even heavier ones as well as all facial oils I’ve tried. It’s just the oil balms and with DCL C Scape as well. That combo pills bad. It’s a lovely product that works well once you figure out it’s little quirks and how to use it in a routine. Learn from my mistakes above.
I look forward to seeing what Jane Scrivner comes up with next. The new AHA/BHA toner is on my short wishlist. I have also tried the Nourishing Cleanser as well and it’s quite nice. I got a sample from her site. I love that she sells samples.