I’m a member of Tomoson, which is essentially a platform for brands and bloggers to connect. As a blogger, you can apply to review products, and then the brands either approve or deny your request. I’m not very active on there, but a month or so ago I was invited to review a couple Adovia beauty products. So I applied, and here we are. It’s always fun to try new stuff, right?
I’d never heard of Adovia, and I just kind of assumed they were a new company. Not the case. They’ve been around since at least 2007, which was the earliest mention I found in a quick search. Their products combine herbal extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea. They’ve got several testimonials on their website, so from what I can tell it seems to be a fairly respected brand.
Mineral Eye Gel: This eye gel promises to make your eyes look 10 years younger and get rid of under-eye circles.
The first thing I did when I received this was read the box, because I’m that person. I read the back of toothbrush packages. Yeah, I’m weird. Anyway, there were a couple typos. I’m kind of (ok, maybe not kind of) a grammar snob when it comes to packaging and professional things, and that really bugged me. Maybe that’s unreasonable.
The next thing I did was check the ingredients. Some good ones, some not so good ones. Good – chamomile extract, grape seed oil, aloe. Not so good – parabens. Something else I want to point out – when I was approved through Tomoson for this product, they sent me to an Amazon link to order it (free with a coupon code). The description on the Amazon page does not match the description on the box. Amazon says it has Vitamin C. Now, I’m not saying this eye gel doesn’t have Vitamin C…but it doesn’t say that on the package. The marketing is just a little confusing. (The Adovia website has a better description, for what it’s worth.)
The typos and inconsistencies, combined with the fact that there was no seal on the eye gel, made me incredibly hesitant to try it. I ended up trying it on my hand first to make sure I wasn’t going to have a weird reaction. I didn’t, so I gave it a shot on my eyes.
The gel is very lightweight, and has no odor, which is nice. It takes a little longer to absorb than I’d like (about a minute), and I’ll be perfectly honest – it makes my eyes sting if I use too much or get it too close to my actual eye. I usually like to apply eye cream on top of my eyelid as well as below, and I can’t do that with this one. That said, once it’s absorbed, the skin around my eyes feels more hydrated. I can tell a difference in how my eyes look when I use it and when I don’t – I don’t know that it makes them look younger (though that could be because I’m still fairly young to begin with), but they definitely look less tired.
Despite my initial hesitation, I actually do like this product. It retails for $36, which I think is a bit steep though. I’m not sure I’d pay that for it. Then again, I think we’ve established that I’m cheap, so I may not be the best benchmark.
Exfoliating Facial Salts: These facial salts claim to give you an at-home microdermabrasion to reveal a radiant, clear layer of skin.
I was a little confused about this – I was thinking it was a scrub. It’s literally just salt. Dead Sea Salt, yes, but salt nonetheless.
Like the eye gel, the description on Amazon didn’t quite match the package – Amazon says it’s for oily skin, but the package says all skin types. However, the Amazon description recommends that normal and dry skin types mix the salts with olive oil, so I’m willing to overlook the slight discrepancy.
Also like the eye gel, it had no seal. I’m really bugged by that. Plus, it made a giant mess when I opened it (though at least the tub was full!)
I have incredibly sensitive skin, so I was really curious to see how this would do. It’s rough….very rough. Almost painful. After using it, my skin felt exfoliated, and slightly dry and tight. To the touch, though, my skin felt smooth, so I have a feeling I need to try it mixed with olive oil. My skin did look a little brighter. I’ll try it a few more times, though not more than once a week since it’s so rough. I think it’ll be a great body scrub, if I end up not being able to use it on my face.
This is priced at $19, and while that’s more reasonable than the eye gel, I’m not entirely convinced it’s the right price either. Time will tell.
Final Verdict: I enjoyed trying both of these products. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them over alternatives, but I also wouldn’t tell you to avoid them at all costs either. Definitely worth trying, at least, and I’d check out other Adovia products!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.