Review of EMINENCE Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum

Posted on September 18, 2013


Eminence strives to become one of the top organic brands for skin care. Established in Hungary as family business since 1958, Eminence is actively distributed in North America. Their products are predominantly found in spas and salons and the company is committed to protecting the future of Earth through green practices — for every product sold Eminence will plant a tree.

Eminence_organic_skincare_bright_skin_licorice_root_booster_serum-2We had an opportunity to review the Eminence Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum. For those who do not know what “skin brightening” is, it’s a term used for products that lighten complexion and in doing so, skin blemishes are lightened and become less visible too. This extra strength brightening serum contains the following key ingredients: Licorice (brightens skin appearance), Natural Hydroquinone Alternative Complex (antioxidant rich skin brightener), Lactic Acid (sloughs off dead skin cells), Gigawhite™ (skin brightener), Stone Crop (reduces pigmentation and lightens complexion), Lemongrass (tones and cleanses skin), and a variety of vitamins and antioxidants to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin. On a side note, hydroquinone is linked to elevated risks of cancer including leukemia and there is no mention of the product being certified USDA Organic.

The serum is packaged in a glass dropper bottle with a viscosity slightly thicker than water. It possesses a faint scent of black licorice that is not at all overpowering. However a majority of our staff would have preferred a different scent used in their skincare products. For use, Eminence recommends applying 3-4 drops over the entire face and neck. The serum goes on oily when first applied however the oiliness is later absorbed into the skin. As a result, we experienced some intense skin “heaviness” and would have rather just washed it immediately off our skin. The product made us feel uncomfortable where we did not want to continue our normal skin care routine.

As far as the product’s claim to brighten up skin, we are not sure if it does just that. Our complexion remained the same color and blemishes still stood out after a 21 day review period, even when we tried to avoid sun exposure during the intense Summer heat. Reviewing this product brings us back to the question, are Organic skincare products better than Non-organic ones?

Priced at $56 for 1 oz / 30 ml, the Eminence Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum was a disappointment. Our skin felt more oily and heavy after use and the advertised brightening effects are questionable. Maybe it’s just better to just stay out of the sun instead to get lighter colored skin?