I have to admit that I was perhaps least looking forward to testing the Karin Herzog line of products for the Royal Beauty Bag series. The main reason that I was not excited about testing them was just the more expensive price tag which came with the products paired with the fact that they’re not available in stores to test out so you’re spending a small fortune on a product with zero test to if the cream will work with your skin. Oh, and the fact that Karin Herzog’s official page does not ship to Canada or the United States? I was already not impressed.
But skin… Like Kate’s… I had to continue my quest.
So why did I need to try out these glamorous potions? The first thing that I noticed when I was shopping for these products was that they are very much focusing on the percentage of oxygen content of the creams which in turn are touted to provide less imperfections. From what I could gather, the Vit-A-Kombi 1 cream is essentially a powerful anti-aging cream with 1% oxygen, Kombi 2 being 2% and Kombi 3 being 3%.
I finally bought the smallest bottles I could find on Amazon (cheapest for shipping to North America) of the Vit-A-Kombi 3 (Go big or go home, right?) as well as the Vit-A-Kombi 1. I discovered after I had the products that the 1 is for everyday use as an Anti-Aging cream and 3 is for pimples or spots that you want corrected.
So I used the Vit-A-Kombi 1 every night for 2 weeks. This is no small feat as you have to use a small spatula that comes with the product to smear it on your face and not rub in so as to not disturb the oxygen content. I found myself little frustrated that I had to use the little spatula and then wait around without touching anything until the cream “absorbed”. There was not any tingling that I felt and it took what seemed like ages to sink in, but the cream smelled pretty good.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got moderately oily skin and I found it to be quite heavy. My skin felt oily and I hate that about creams so I didn’t like that. I am also lucky to have pretty good skin without pimples, but after using this cream I found myself have a couple pop up on my cheeks – which is odd as I typically have tended to get them on my t-zone. Research online shows that pimples in the T-Zone are related to hormones (makes sense, I had terrible breakouts when pregnant) but pimples elsewhere might be a sign of a product not working well with your skin.
After 2 weeks, I didn’t notice any difference. I did get a chance to try the Vit-A-Kombi 3 though since I had pimples and it did a pretty decent job of clearing them up. I took the bottles to my mom when I visited her recently and she’s going to give it a try. Perhaps I didn’t try it long enough, perhaps it was just my skin type… But what I do know is that I wasn’t that impressed. I switched back to my Caudalie Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Cream which is equally if not more expensive but works really really well on my skin as it’s light and is perfect for late twenties to early thirties skin trying to stop the signs of aging when they’re luckily not yet visible.
The more products I’ve tested for the Royal Beauty Bag, the more and more I’ve realized that although something might work like a charm on someone, it’s really about how that product works on every person individually. One of my best friends I told this story to admitted to me that she actually started going to see a dermatologist for her skin because she wants to do everything she can to take care of it today. She in turn gets professional grade facials and creams prescribed which are covered by her insurance medical benefits which are designed specially for her. Will be something I look into.
So I would recommend this cream if your skin can handle heavier moisturizers and if you have skin issues like rosacea, pimples, spots or dark patches. This seems to be the sweet spot for this cream, and probably someone with these skin issues will see a much more defined result than I did.
Want to Try It Yourself?
You can find the entire Karin Herzog line at her website, and if you live in Europe it’s easy to order from there. If you’re lucky enough to be one of those readers, check out the new item she’s just released which is an Anti-Aging trial kit for €15.00 and includes a small sample size of Vit-A-Kombi 1.
If you’re in North America, she does have individual distributors but they are quite expensive and shipping was ludicrous. I purchased the items from Amazon.