KORRES - Get Me to the Greek

I first discovered KORRES 10 years ago. Well before Vogue sang its praises, prior to us ever imagining  Sephora, and just around the same time that the first iPhone was released.

It's been a serious love affair ever since. 

I went on to try new products four and and five years ago and now again.

Ever since the beginning, there's a sumptuous to everything they do. A luxe richness that nourishes and pampers you, inside and out. As if you've been to the spa. Scratch that, better than a trip to the spa.

And there's serious science too. The founders, Greek pharmacist George Korres and chemical engineer Lena Korres, believe in the power of plants. With a knowledge base of over 3000 herbal remedies, they centre their products around powerful, natural, homeopathic ingredients that they then maximize their effectiveness using the latest scientific advancements. If that's not enough, all products are free of Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Silicones, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, and Ethanolamines.

The result is a line of exquisite skincare products that boast the most beautiful, natural fragrances, with results that won't just impress you - they'll floor you.

Take a look at what's stolen my heart lately:

- KORRES Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir

Saffron, derived from the flower Crocus sativus and known as the "priceless spice," is the most expensive spice on earth due to the labour intensive growing and harvesting process - approximately 150,000 flowers are needed in order to obtain 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) of dried crocus stigmas.

You probably know saffron mostly from cooking, and its easily discernible smoky aroma. But here it's much more floral and enticing.

Maybe that's because the bursting-with-powerful-antioxidants-saffron used by KORRES, is hand-picked just one day before bottling. Not only precious, it's the most luscious scent.

But KORRES Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir is much more than just a pretty fragrance to get lost in. It takes just a few drops of this glorious, weightless 94.9% natural potion onto cleansed skin to completely transform your complexion.

There's a lot going on in just these few drops - Hyaluronic acid firms, while patented and natural Hexapeptide-11 plumps, and Polysaccharides derived from oats and tamarind seeds locks in moisture.

This warrior solution boasts age-fighting ingredients of beta-glucans, peptides and amino acids, that plunge deep into your skin, boosting collagen production, plumping and firming it into a more youthful, radiant, smooth canvas. Watch as your wrinkles vanish in no time.

So don't be surprised if after application, you skip your usual makeup routine. Even - gasp - concealer. When your skin looks and feels this phenomenal, why would you want to cover it up?

That hefty pricetag? Worth every penny. 

There's gold in them thar bottles and what I believe is the solution to visible signs of aging.

And the bottle it comes in? Dazzling.

- KORRES Castanea Arcadia Wrinkle Rewind Night Cream

A lot of research and science goes into all KORRES products, including this one. 

There was a study conducted by one of the industry’s largest primary research programs, AGROCOS. Over the course of four years, AGROCOS studied the active ingredients of 3,600 plant extracts, evaluating them for their antioxidant properties, UV-protection and anti-pigmentation abilities. The findings revealed that of the 3,600 ingredients that were studied, the extract (Lupeol) from the leaves of the Castanea (Chesnut) tree found in Arcadia, Greece was one of the most active of all the ingredients.

KORRES developed an innovative molecule known as HALupeol, which encases pure Lupeol in a hyaluronic acid shell. This new molecule "creates a special system that allows the active ingredient to penetrate the skin, reaching deep into the epidermis for maximum efficiency," and led KORRES to create the  Castanea Arcadia Collection.

The first thing you'll notice about this evening moisturizer is the plush, heady scent that you'll want to envelop yourself in forever.

The second is how rich and lush it feels on. And yet it's whip light and sinks in upon application without a lick of greasiness. Amazing.

But it's the jaw-dropping results that will impress you most. Put this on before bed and wake up with skin you can't wait to show off.

Formulated with active ingredients including betaglucan, black oat extract and lecithin at "clinical efficiency," crystals that help reflect light, and rich oils (jojoba, chamomile and apricot), your skin gets drenched with moisture, lines vanish as if they never appeared, and your skin is now as resilient as your spirit.

I told you it was impressive.

- KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil

I could go on and one about all the magnificent (Camapu Extract), extravagant (real wild rose petals swirling around your bottle!) ingredients that brighten and repair, tone and soothe.
But all you really need to know is that this rosy beauty illuminates your skin into a healthy glow and leaves those annoying, aging lines behind.

Go ahead and choose a product that might work, or choose to look on the bright side with this absolute stunner.

- KORRES Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector

Dark spots. Uneven skintone. Dull complexion.


Just when you think you're done with these forever, they come back full force.

That's why you need this dreamy, silky, light-as-air lotion that smells like a bouquet of roses and works hard to fix your skin's issues, so you don't have to.

This dynamic duo of Wild Rose Oil and Super C, a "stabilized version of vitamin C that increases absorption of ascorbic acid by 1000%," will make you radiant again, while you go about your day. French Sea Fern and Sand Lily (plant native to Crete) Extract erase and prevent dark spots and discolouration, as you hustle your way through that pile of paperwork in front of you.

You've got enough to do.  Let KORRES do the heavy lifting on this one.
- KORRES Jasmine Body Butter

Jasmine is incredibly healing, known to help combat depression, ease tension in arms and legs,  and nourish dry skin, just to start.

But jasmine is a quirky scent. Sometimes it's very pungent and can have a urine-like odour.

Of course not when KORRES has anything to do with it. 

In their hands, it's a delicate floral that envelops you with a warm, sunny fragrance with exotic notes. And paired with this creamy, opulent emollient, enriched with shea butter, quince extract and oils of sunflower, almond and avocado oils, it's a complete skin salvation every time you lotion up. 

Your skin gets seriously smoothed, softened, hydrated and rejuvenated in one fell swoop.

Bonus: You've finally found a jasmine you can fall in love with.


Once you try KORRES, you'll want it for life.

One of the best skincare lines EVER is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and beautyBOUTIQUE.ca, so shop now.

Stephanie Dickison

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