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Raspberry is the preferred flavor for skin/health improving product.
on August 21, 2009
Overview: I tasted both flavors and found the Raspberry-Jasmine flavor much more palatable that the Pomegranate-Lychee. While high-priced, there were definite improvements to my skin. I also noticed a slight improvement in fatigue at the end of the day.
Why I Selected This Product: I've always had good skin. An older woman asked me my secret many years ago, and I wanted to answer, "I'm in my early twenties," but it's true that my skin has remained unwrinkled and relatively blemish free at age 41 and that I don't look my age. Still, it's not quite the skin I used to have -- I'm a little more prone to blemishes, I have a slightly darker patch on one cheek, and it doesn't quite feel the same as it did once upon a time -- yes, some of the glow is gone. When the opportunity to try Glowelle occurred, I figured I'd be a good guinea pig, because I had definite things I wanted to monitor.
I liked the ingredients that are listed in the product list, all good stuff and most have benefits beyond those to the skin. I think it's weirdly telling that the pitch here is more the skin-deep stuff than the claims about increased energy or about the other positive things about the drink, which are easily searchable -- since these are health claims, and not listed on the product page, I'll not discuss them here. The packaging sent to Vine Members, does list a claim that 84% of people said they had more energy. Obviously, as good as the ingredients are, you're paying a pretty penny and it might help to keep it in mind that this is really a general good health drink and not just a beauty drink.
Flavor Comparisons: The flavor I received from Vine is the Raspberry-Jasmine. When I started to discern some of the promised effects, I bought the second flavor -- the Pomegranate-Lychee. Of the people who complained about the flavor, I wonder how that divides up between the Raspberry and the Pomegranate. I will say that I might have been originally more put off if I'd not received what I've found to be the better flavor, the raspberry, first. The raspberry is not unpleasant, and tastes somewhat like unset sugar-free Jell-O. The pomegranate just seems less palatable, and I like pomegranate drinks, so I think it's more than that.
Neither flavor is delicious or something I would drink for the heck of it, but the raspberry was pleasant enough that I could make a glass first thing and sip at it while I started my daily routine and find that I'd finished it in pretty short order. I never loved the flavor, but I didn't mind it. The pomegranate is more of a chore to drink.
So, Did It Help My Skin?: Yes. Definitely. No one is liable to ask me next month why I'm not in school, but my skin is definitely improved -- all over, since you asked. Oh, wait, you didn't ask. My complexion is brighter, the darker spot seems to be lighter -- but I won't swear to that -- and it just seems to act like younger skin, plumper, more resilient, more hydrated even though I never skimped on water in the first place. I think what convinced me, other than my husband's confirmation, was that I wasn't thinking about this drink while I went about my life, but when I would catch my reflection, before I would remember, I'd notice I looked better-rested and more vibrant.
As I noted in the above paragraph, the skin all over my body is definitely softer, and freckles -- I'm what I would call Irish-complected -- that have darkened over the years seem to be a little lighter. It makes sense, doesn't it, that the benefits wouldn't be limited to the face?
I haven't noticed more energy, not in the sense of I assume they mean, but I seem to be less fatigued at the end of the day. Long walks and time doing houseworks and heavy chores seems to find me a tad less sore.
None of this is miraculous and I'm not calling this a miracle drink, but I do think it does much of what it promises. It's expensive though. I think some of the price, and I don't think the ingredients are cheap, is the convenience for people who don't want to swallow pills or make a point of drinking a lot of tea or -- heaven forbid -- completely rework their diets. I think you pay for it being a more pleasant and no-brainer way to get the goodies.
As others have mentioned the packaging is very nice, but a little too decadent. Any time you don't want to throw out a box, because it's so sturdy and pretty, it's probably not the best for the environment -- at least when you inevitably have to start throwing these heavy-duty boxes in the trash. I used to sell $20 cardboard ballerina music boxes that weren't as sturdy. Maybe like a lot of other products, they should make it where you can buy the whole kit, and after that you just buy the little packets to refill the box.
As much as I think this is a good product, I think in this economy when people are cutting back, that it might be too much of a luxury purchase unless there is somewhat of a price drop as well as perhaps marketing that really hits on all the benefits. Good skin is more than just being pretty, but also a sign of overall health, and a guard against some of the concerns about sun exposure. I'm recommending it, but I'm aware that it might not be that simple for people on a budget.
When I finish the second month's supply, I'll post an update of if there were continued improvements. As much as I liked the product and the convenience, the monthly financial hit is something I'll have to consider. If someone does have the spare cash and would like to try a healthy drink that improves the skin and might have additional benefits, I would recommend they go for a 30 day trial, and then reevaluate the product and see if it's worth it to continue.
Here's the promised update. While there might be tiny continual improvements, there's nothing hugely dramatic after a second month. I continue to prefer the raspberry flavor and -- while I still lament the price -- appreciate it as a healthy way to keep my skin glowing and youthful and get some nice supplements.