Friday, March 1, 2013

REN Rose O12 Moisture Defence Serum review

         REN is a chic plant-based skincare line from across the pond (i.e. the UK) that has a growing following of beauty lovers. The product line is formulated with feel-good ingredient lists free of sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic colors, and silicones. I've been testing out REN Rose O12 Moisture Defence Serum, and am excited to share my review with you today!

         The REN Rose O12 Moisture Defence Serum is used to restore radiance to dry, dehydrated, or sensitive skin. It uses REN's Biomimetic Skin Complex, a lipid-rich delivery system to strengthen the moisture barrier of skin. Active components include Rosa Damascena oil, Omega-6 Ceramides, Phospholipids, Vitamin A, Ceramides, Octacosenoic Acid, Tocotirenols. Simply put, this serum delivers retinoid-like compounds in a soothing oil based formula.

          The first thing I noticed when applying REN Rose O12 Moisture Defence Serum was the beautiful rose scent (if only all skincare smelled like this). I use 1-2 pumps for my face. The product has a light oil-like formula, as opposed to serums that have more sticky or 'dry' feel. I can definitely feel a protective layer left on my face, but it wears comfortably. I like to let it sink in for a few minutes before applying moisturizer. Not all oil-based skincare agrees with my sensitive skin, however REN Rose O12 seems to work for me. Retinoid based results can only truly be seen in the long term, but the experience I've had so far combined with a previous experience with REN Bio Retinoid serum leads me to believe that REN's ingredients are active and effective.

         Overall the REN Rose O12 Moisture Defence Serum ($80 for 1.02 oz.) is a comforting serum for dry or sensitive skin, and is great for my winter skin. The oil has a different feel than traditional serums, however I do find it quite pleasant. It's nice to have an extra barrier when working with retinoids that can dry my skin. And, of course, the beautiful rose scent is a big plus too! REN Products can be found at Sephora and Thanks for reading! Have you tried the REN O12 Moisture Defence Serum? What REN products do you like? What serum are you currently using?

Love, Dovey.

P.S. If REN piques your interest, be sure to check out my reviews of REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Aging Concentrate and REN Keep Young and Beautiful Anti-Aging Eye Cream.
Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration by PR. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.


  1. This is definitely on my REN wish list! I've only tried the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask so far, but I remain a huge fan! I love roses, and I love some good oil for my face. This is right up my alley! Thanks for the review, Dovey! Once I finish some of the dry oils in my current routine (Pai Rosehip oil is my current go-to) I'll go for this one!

    1. Hi sunny, Awesome! I'm so glad this was helpful :-) The Rosehip oil sounds like it would be in a related category!

  2. I just got through a tiny sample of this and I loved it. I'm a sucker for most things rose, but I put this on before bed and my face felt amazing in the morning! I'm a sucker for most products that give me that effect =) I'm using a bunch of other face oils so I can't quite justify the purchase yet, but it's on my radar!

  3. This sounds lovely! I love dry oils, they work amazingly well on me. And the rose scent sounds amazing as well! I haven't tried anything from Ren yet, but you got me interested! :)

  4. REN has so many appealing options! The only product I've tried is the Omega Night serum, which I'm still divided on.

  5. I am loving the rose cleansing gel. It has a similar consistency to the Fresh Soy cleanser (in my opinion) and it's not super foamy so it does a nice job of getting my face clean without stripping my skin of every last ounce of moisture. It has a nice subtle smell, too, which I love. I'm using the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum and I LOVE it. It leaves my face noticeably more moisturized by morning and everything just looks, well, repaired.

  6. I love the Glyclol Lactic & Invisible Pores Detox Masks. I just got a sample of their cleansing balm to try. Jury's out on that one still - have only tried it a couple of times.
    On my wishlist are the eye gel, resurfacing AHA concentrate, radiance perfection serum, & the jojoba facial polish. I guess the shorter list might have been what's NOT on my REN wishlist!


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