First Impressions: TerraVibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

This product was sent by the brand for the purpose of review. As always the opinions are all my own.

I have a new product rotating into my skincare line up this week. Well actually I have several, but this is not only a new to me product, but a new to me brand. Plus it is an eye serum. With eye serums, as around my eyes tends to be where the bulk of my fine lines live, I really like to measure their effectiveness. So I try to take pictures before I start using the product.

Unfortunately I then often forget to label the photos and have to go back and search for them trying to guess if that was the pre use photo. So I figured that to help myself out, and to share with you, I would post the pre use photos along with my first use and first thoughts on the product. That way there will not only be a record, but I am more likely to remember to label my photos.

So what is the new product? It is the Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye serum with Hyaluronic acid. There isn’t a lot of information on the website. The official page states…

Ultra Broad Spectrum CBD with added terpenes and CBG, 30ml bottle

The list price for this bottle is usually $59 but it is currently on sale for $53.10. Oh and terravibe gave me a promocode to share with you as well if you are interested it is VGSKINCARE20 in case you want to try this out.

While I would like a little more description on the site, I do like that they have a Certificate of Analysis posted for the product. Which quite frankly makes me more comfortable using it. The Certificate tells me how much CBD is in the product and more importantly it tells me that THC is not in the product. While THC is actually a great night time ingredient that I don’t mind using to help calm my mind and send me off to sleep, I really don’t want to be using it in a day time serum. Also the COA (Certificate of Analysis) matches what is listed on the bottle so I know that everything is accurate.

I am still learning about CBD products and so I’m at the point where I am reading a lot of the documentation just to be certain I am actually using what I think I’m using. I might not need to read as much as I do, but I still read it anyway. This is a first use post and I will keep studying the product while I spend the next month using it, so I’ll have more to say about the details then.

For now the how to use is kind of important. While there isn’t a lot of info on the site, eye serum is pretty easy to figure out. There are directions printed on the bottle. They are actually interesting. It states…

full bare face at the beginning of the trial

Use a dime sized amount each morning. Using circular motions work lotion into your skin until absorbed fully. Use on your neck, face and upper chest. Best results come from daily use.

The serum comes in a white glass bottle. I really like that it is not see through a the ingredients can be protected from the light. The bottle also has a dropper to dispense the product. The product has the consistency of a thin water cream and has absolutely no scent.

While I don’t mind what I like to think of as the CBD Scent, I really like that it is a scentless product.

close up of the side of my eye barefaced before trial starts

In the bottle description I noticed that it isn’t just for around your eyes. Which makes the dime sized amount seem accurate. It it was just going around my eyes then a dime size would be way too much. For the face neck and upper chest, it was exactly the right amount of product to use. So I did.

I have to say my first use was quite positive. I started around my eyes and then sort of expanded out and then down my neck as I worked, mostly because I wanted my eyes and forehead to have the most of the hyaluronic acid benefits since those show my lines more.

There were no instant results as far as lines go, but I wasn’t expecting them really. As a first use this was just an initial reaction. The serum went onto the skin easily and absorbed quite quickly. It also left my skin feeling silky and soft. I was very impressed with it in that first use actually.

While I have used hyaluronic acids before and absolutely adore them for their skin plumping line erasing benefits, terpenes in skincare are new to me. From what I’ve found thus far they are supposed to be anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and might even help control sebum levels. For me that will be interesting. I am not a terribly oily skinned person, especially in the colder months so I will be watching to make certain that this doesn’t dry me out. Admittedly I am using it right before a day time moisturizer, so that might not even be an issue. It is just something I will be watching as I use the product.

While I did a test on my inner arm and had no sensitivity reaction, I have never really used a product like this on my skin and am very interested in seeing how it performs over time. Today begins the thirty days of testing. This Terravibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum will be my day time serum for the next month. I’ll keep you updated in my weekly skincare line up (posted Fridays) and when the month is over, we’ll break down the actual results along with my final thoughts. Personally, given how well today’s first use went, I can’t wait.

First Impressions: Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner

Recently I finished a shampoo and conditioner set from Color Wow. It was the Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner for Normal to Thick Hair. I adored the set and will be purchasing them again. However while I was using the set, I accumulated several sample/travel sized containers of shampoo and conditioner.

So I figured that before I started a new full sized bottle (and trial) I would work my way through the sample sets and see if any of them were ones I wanted to try out in the full size. The first set I pulled from the collection is the rahua Classic Shampoo and Conditioner. I have seen this brand around and I have to say I do find the bottles and their look appealing. I am also taken in by their descriptions and ingredients.

According to the rahua site the Classic Shampoo is…

Formulated with rare, sustainably sourced ingredients, this rich, restorative shampoo leaves hair soft, silky, and luminous, and scalp soothed. Made with omega-9 rich Rahua oil and naturally scented with the fresh, woodsy aroma of Palo Santo oil, this cult-favorite formula is concentrated and will keep scalp in balance—not too oily, and not too dry.

Best for all hair types. 

This shampoo retails for $34 and looks golden in the bottle. It is lovely to look at. It is golden in the sample size as well, but it is hard to tell through the white plastic. The Conditioner is the classic white conditioner and has the exact same description as the shampoo so I won’t copy it out a second time. It retails for $36.

Both of the products feature rahua (ungurahua) which is pretty much where the name comes from. It is supposed to strengthen hair and promote follicle growth. The signature scent of the product comes from the palo santo oil also known as holy wood. According to the rahua website this holy wood was…”prized by Amazonian shamans since the Incan era for its spiritual purifying properties, the essence of this wild tree is Rahua’s signature scent. Its sophisticated, earthy aroma offers a soothing aromatherapy experience.”

There are other ingredients, each sustainably sourced and each claiming to do wonderful things for the hair, but i will stop there because it is the signature scent that is most memorable.

Don’t get me wrong, the shampoo and conditioner are really nice. The shampoo lathers nicely and feels luxurious in the hair. It rinses out cleanly. The Conditioner leaves hair silky soft and when using it I did not need a detangler spray at all. I just let my hair dry naturally and it was quite easy to comb through. i used a bit of MoroccanOil to tame some fly aways and i was good to go. (I use the light Moroccanoil even though I have thick hair as I find it is lighter on my hair and prefer it even though it is targeted for fine hair. At $15 it is a product well worth keeping around, just as an aside.)

The products worked well.

Better than well in fact.

I just can’t get past the scent. It is a very pungent scent that lingers. It is spicy but somehow bitter. If it was just something that I could use in the shower and wash away with the suds I would be okay with it, but the scent lingers in the hair and you get a whiff of it every time you move your head, or at least I did. There was enough shampoo and conditioner in the tubes for three washes, which is about a week’s worth of shampooing and conditioner for me as i wash my hair every other day. I lived with the shampoo last week and now the tubes are empty. While I love the feel of my hair, I am more than ready for the scent to go away. It is a fine product and I love the sustainable growth and harvesting practices. I even love that they have a sustainability set so you can buy refills and just reuse the same bottle.

I love all of the benefits both to my hair and scalp and to the environment and local populations, but I just can’t take the scent of this shampoo and conditioner. This is one of those products that I really wanted to like because I love the thought behind it, but I just can’t deal with an entire bottle of this. One week with the scent of the palo santo oil was more than enough. Because I really like their ethos I may look into other products rahua offers that do not contain the oil but a full sized version of this will not be coming home with me anytime soon.

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