It’s always fun when a little box of products arrives in my mailbox. It’s especially fun when the products are from SenSpa, my favorite spa I’ve never been to. Let me explain. Since I started writing about wellness and spas in early 2009, San Francisco based SenSpa has been on my radar. With its location in the Presidio and its resort-like atmosphere, this is one day spa that I’m clamoring to visit. The lovely folks at Ruby Press send me enticing photos and press releases whenever SenSpa launches something cool and innovative, which is pretty regularly, like the Wellness Apothecary.
A family trip to Northern California this summer brought me to San Francisco, but with our hectic sightseeing schedule I couldn’t break away for long enough to pay SenSpa a visit. I was so close, and yet so far. Now SenSpa has launched SenZen, a collection of ten serums, cleansers, moisturizers and hair/body products. For now, sampling the new products will have to do until I can get back to San Francisco.
SenSpa has created a skincare line from start to finish – they didn’t simply slap the name of their spa on an existing line. Each formulation was carefully and thoughtfully designed, incorporating SenSpa’s East meets West philosophy every step of the way. Using organic Chinese herbs and ancient healing ingredients alongside cutting-edge Western technology and research, SenSpa has created a highly effective, unique line that is available on their website.
SenZen’s product formulations were developed with the latest in skincare safety research in mind. The entire SenZen line doesn’t contain any of the following:
* Aluminum compounds
* Coal tar
* D&C/FD&C dyes
* Lead/lead compounds
* Mineral oil
* Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3)
* Sodium laureth sulfate/sodium lauryl sulfate
So for three weeks, I abandoned my dermatologist prescribed skincare regimen and took a leap of faith to try SenZen. I faithfully cleansed with Perfect Balance: Oil Control Energy Cleanser ($39) and moisturized with Infinity: Never Ending Facial Moisturizer ($95) twice a day. Each morning, I exfoliated with Slough It Off Facial Scrub. Normally, I have oily and blemish prone skin. At the end of the day, my skin was still matte. No oily shine. And not one blemish – not even one. And believe me, I looked hard, very hard every day! I was scraping the tiny sample size bottles to get out every last drop.
While the products may be at a premium price point, you need to use only the smallest quantity for effective results. They’ll last a very long time. Let me tell you a bit more about a few of my favorites:
SEALED & DELIVERED: BODY LOTION $44.00
Sealed and Delivered is a moisture quenching and hydrating lotion that delivers antioxidant and healing ingredients to devitalized and dry and flaky skin. A non-greasy formula that may be used anytime day or night. Soothing for irritated and compromised skins due to eczema or psoriasis.
Tester’s notes: Creamy consistency and pearly color. Not exactly a fragrance, but a light, clean scent that matched all the other products I tested. Non-greasy, immediate hydration. Hours later, still no dryness on my arms and legs. I couldn’t wait to apply it again and again, but I really didn’t need to reapply in between showers.
PERFECT BALANCE: OIL CONTROL ENERGY CLEANSER $39.00
Perfect Balance is a unique blend of essential ionic minerals that attract water while purifying and detoxifying skin. Nourishes skin with a complex of 15 bioavailable natural minerals that act as a humectant and gently exfoliates and rejuvenates skin. Perfect for oily and acne skin as it absorbs environmental toxins and free radicals. Ideal for evening use to stimulate circulation and soften pore congestion.
Tester’s notes: Pearly green color. Lightly foaming. Washes away easily. Used in conjunction with the facial scrub and moisturizer, my skin felt and appeared less oily than before; almost dewy. The greatest testimonial? At days end, still no oily skin!
SLOUGH IT OFF: FACIAL SCRUB $42.00
Slough It Off is a unique hydroxyl blend of 5 botanical extracts compressed into powders. This multifruit blend is derived from exotic fruits and rice to create a gentle yet effective exfoliation that is appropriate for morning or evening use. What’s unique is the exceptional moisturizing capacity of this complex. Additionally improving cell renewal and brightening dull skin. Even the most dehydrated and dryer skins can enjoy the instant sloughing and smooth surface feel.
Tester’s notes: Smooth base with lots of fine grain exfoliant. Not harsh or irritating. Signature SenZen scent. Effective: after a week my skin looks and feels smoother.
INFINITY: NEVER ENDING FACIAL MOISTURIZER $95.00
Infinity is a wealth of peptides and proteins designed to renew a weakened skin barrier for the most fragile and environmentally beaten skins. Delivers the power of peptides to support the strength of the epidermal/dermal junction by stimulating and protecting collagen and elastin fibers.
Testers Notes: Very thick and rich. As with all the products tested, a little bit will do.
DOUBLE DOSE: EYE CREAM $84.00
Double Dose is a new complex to address dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Stimulates flushing to assist in lessening dark circles due to stagnation from poor diet, lack of sleep, allergies, and lack of exercise. Aids in puffing and firms sagging skin while hydrating thin tired eyes. Protects from harmful environmental factors.
Testers Notes: Thick and smooth, easy to apply, signature “scent”.
NOTE: Some of the products separated a bit during their long summertime journey from San Francisco to the East Coast, but it was nothing a little shake of the bottle didn’t cure. To be fair, the Northeast was experiencing record heat and humidity – tough conditions for any traveling liquids.
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As is common in the industry, the writer was given complimentary samples of a variety of SenZen products to test in order to write this article. While this did not influence the outcome of the testers experience, echoflam.com believes in full disclosure.