Sunday, 12 June 2011

Korres Vanilla Plum : Body Butter & Shower Gel

One of my recent discoveries has been Korres.Well when I say I discovered it I mean it in the 'heard about it for ages, always wanted to try it, but never quite got around to buying it but have now' sense.

Korres was set up in 1996 and is a Greek skincare brand that has its roots in Athens’ first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy. The first Korres product was an aromatic syrup with honey and aniseed, a recipe inspired by ‘rakomelo’, a warming spirit-with-honey concoction, which grandfather George Korres used to make in his hometown, on the island of Naxos. From there they have gone on to offer over 400 natural and organic certified products. Korres has a certified organic skin & hair care range, a make-up line as well as suncare products and herbal preparations. The company focuses on using natural ingredients and formulas.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.....
"Once upon a time, there was a young(ish-allow me some artistic licence!) girl who had always wanted to try Korres products but had never realised this ambition. Whilst I realize that winning the Pulitzer Prize or curing all the world's illnesses are more worthy goals, for the purposes of this blog we'll stick with the purchase of Korres products for now! When the new St David's 2 shopping centre opened in Cardiff she was very pleased to see a Korres store amongst the offering, as previously it had been difficult to get hold of. But for some reason even then it took her a while to get around to actually visiting the store. But after reading a few blog posts about Korres in quick succession she finally visited the land of Korres - sadly not Greece, just it's Cardiff outpost. She loved a LOT of the products and found it hard to set her heart on just one range she liked. But eventually she gave her heart to Vanilla Plum.

The young girl was overjoyed to hear that they were running a Buy One Get One Free offer across all of their ranges at the time. She purchased 2 x Body Butter and 2 x Shower Gel which came to £19 instead of £37! At that price she didn't feel too extravagant, as at the usual prices (£11.50 for 150ml of Body Butter and £7.00 for 250ml of shower gel) she probably would have seen these as 'treats' as opposed to everyday products."

The shower gel is moisturising which must be down to the list of ingredients which resembles that of an innocent smoothie (other smoothie brands are available): wheat proteins; aloe and vitamins C & E. It is also claimed that it can reduce the visible signs of skin ageing, but I haven't been using it long enough to comment on that. There'll be a blog post about that sometime in 2012.
The body butter, which contains plum extract; red grape polyphneols; shea butter; quince extract, and sunflower, almond and avocado oils leaves my skin feeling really smooth and smelling divine. One of the things I love about the products is that the scent lasts and I have had people ask me which fragrance I was wearing, hours after applying. However that doesn't mean that the scent is overpowering, rather that it has some depth and longevity.

As previous readers of my blog will know, I am a sucker for some lovely packaging and that definitely adds to the Korres appeal. The packaging is quite simple and understated with striking typography and imagery of the ingredients in the product.

"Alas the tale of the girl and her new found love does not have a happy ending. For no sooner had she discovered this wonderful range than the Evil Director/Manager/[insert name of whoever was responsible] decided to close down the branch thus denying the girl the chance to stock up on more Korres loveliness on her own doorstep."

If you are tempted to try this or any other products from the Korres range (Guava Body Butter is already on my list) then you can find them at Beauty Expert , but sadly not at my local shopping centre.

Have you used Korres products before? I would love to know whether you have any other recommendations so please comment away!


  1. This sounds really lovely, I have used a few Korres products and all have been really good.

  2. I would love to try other Korres products, I have the lip butter in Mango and LOVE it, smells delicious and it is so moisturising x x

  3. i loooove korres! haven't disliked a thing that i've tried. adore the honey thyme moisturizer, milk proteins foaming cleanser, lip butter pots, and body butters. The foundation was lovely but a bit too orange :( felt good though...the eye cream was just okay to me I suppose, liked the benefit new one better. but still an awesome line and will continue to use!


  4. Bettina - There's so many I want to try!

    makeup monologue - I keep hearing good things about the lip butters. Keep meaning to try them.

    Vonnnie - I haven't tried any of the makeup. I'll have to check it out.

    Strawberry Blonde - It is delicious! Have seen it on offer, but forgot to bookmark the page. Will check tomorrow to see if i can find the link.

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