Where do I even begin when it comes to describing Deciem – The Abnormal Beauty Company? There is so much rattling around in my brain right now it’s hard to know where to start! I suppose I’ll start with saying that they are one of the coolest and most talked about new companies out there today. Deciem is an umbrella company that houses multiple beauty brands within that umbrella. They are different, from their very scientific, no-nonsense approach to beauty, to their crazy website. What you see is what you get, quality beauty products without any frills, which makes them able to offer affordable and effective products to us!
On first glance the Deciem website can be a little overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to go first. Mostly because there is just so much to look at and so many options. And once you delve deeper into the site you may find all of the scientific beauty jargon a little confusing. But, stay the course, believe me, there is much reward to be had! They do explain things very well, almost too well, but that just proves that they know, and want you to know the science and the technologies behind their ingredients.
I decided to select 3 different products from 3 different brands within the Deciem umbrella. There were products that I was either curious about or needed to restock and thought this would give me an opportunity to sample some new-to-me brands. Let’s get into what I got, why I got them and my thoughts on each.
The first product I went for was the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 from The Ordinary brand. Hyaluronic acid is the powerhouse ingredient behind many popular moisturizers on the market today. Able to hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water it plumps the skin for a more youthful appearance. I had been using a product called HA5 from SkinMedica, but I was actually afraid of it. Why was I afraid you ask? Um……because it’s freakin $200 a bottle! I rationed that stuff like it was pure gold because really, it practically was. Ridiculous, I know, but my skin clinic convinced me that it was the number one product that I needed in my skin care routine. And it was really hydrating, but not earth shattering in its benefits.
This was my initial quest that led me to the Deciem website. I still wanted to use a quality HA, but I didn’t want to pay an exorbitant price for it. After hearing rumblings within the beauty community about Deciem, I thought it was definitely worth a late night web perusal. I ended up being on the site for a good hour sifting through information about ingredients and delivery systems etc, etc….. After a slight education I finally decided on this serum. And do you know how much this one cost? An absolute steal at $6.80. Can you believe it? I still can’t!
This serum uses the same technology as HA5 in that it offers multiple forms of HA with varying weights to deliver optimal hydration to the skin. The Ordinary brand offers 3 forms as opposed to 5 from the SkinMedica version, but I’m fine with 3 if it means I’m saving about 190 bucks! Within the Deciem umbrella there is also a brand called NIOD which offers a serum with 12 forms of HA – the MMHC . It is more expensive at $35, but being that its packed with more ingredients it’s still super reasonable. I may try that one next, but wanted to give The Ordinary brand a shot first.
So far I’m really impressed by the way this serum makes my skin feel. It is totally comparable to the HA5 in terms of consistency, hydration level and feel on the skin. It’s very lightweight and leaves the skin instantly plumped and hydrated. At this point, I see no reason to go back to the crazy expensive alternative again!
The next place I checked out on the site was the Chemistry Brand and their line of body care products. I instantly zeroed in on this Retin-Oil because I’d never seen anything like it before. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock when it comes to body treatments, but an oil with a retinoid complex was new to me. I’ve been using retinoids on my face for years, so it does make sense to use them to combat cellulite, scars and stretch marks too. This prospect had me very excited indeed!
The first thing I noticed after opening my package was that the body oil was very small. I suppose I was expecting a big’ol bottle so that I could slather my whole self in it. Returning my body to its former 20-year-old glory. But, alas that is not how you’re intended to use this product. It’s purpose is for targeting small areas of concern. For me personally I’m targeting my under-bum. You may or may not be familiar with this area depending on your own body shape, but it is precisely under the bum and at the very top of the thighs to be exact. I want this area to be a lot more smooth and less lumpy, bumpy than it is currently.
The second thing I noticed was the strong citrus scent of the oil. I love a citrus scents, so for me this was a positive. Just something to be aware of if your opposed to that. It’s a minor detail really as the scent doesn’t linger incredibly long.
The oil itself feels amazing, absorbs quickly and a little goes a long way. I usually have some left over on my hands to do a quick sweep over my tummy and the sides of my thighs too. And this is kinda crazy, but after a week of use my “area” is looking smoother and feels firmer than before. I can’t wait to see what the outcome will be after I’ve used the whole bottle. If it’s amazing you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll let you know!
The “no-poo” movement has intrigued me for years. The thought process behind it is that detergents in shampoos are damaging and strip your hair of its natural oils. By ditching traditional shampoos and cleansing with alternative methods your hairs natural oils will become balanced and your hair will be healthier and stronger. Sounds great, right? So, when I saw this HIF brand of cleansing conditioners on the Deciem site I thought it was a great opportunity to give it a whirl. However, before diving in with both feet I had a little investigation to complete.
Without naming any names, I have heard some negative things about a certain cleansing conditioner brand in the press. There are claims of hair loss and scalp irritation with continued use of this product. Were all cleansing conditioners potentially bad for your hair in the long run, I wondered? That question propelled me to dig a little deeper and do some research before placing my order.
Very quickly, it became clear to me that using a cleansing conditioner consistently might not be the best idea for some hair types (like oily, fine hair, for example). Because it’s basically like oil-cleansing for the hair, it would stand to reason that it could clog the hair follicle if the scalp is never actually cleaned with a “shampoo”. Resulting in irritation and ultimately hair loss. The scalp might just need a thorough scrubbing once or twice a week with a more foaming-like cleanser. Or if you’re “no-poo” maybe one of those apple cider vinegar rinses to clear the scalp of residue.
So…….my intention is to use this Volume Support version a few times a week to cut down on my shampoo use. In using it this way I hope to avoid any potential negative effects and just reap the positives. A kind of meet in the middle approach, if you will. I’ve used it a few times this week and the results were great. It left my hair feeling super clean and not weighed down at all. My hair also behaved the same as if it was washed and conditioned the traditional way. I’m really happy to have this alternative to shampoo in my weekly routine and have high hopes for healthier, shinier hair ahead! I’ll keep you posted.
Tip for use: start with a small amount and work it between your hands first before applying to your wet hair. Dab hands onto scalp and then dab product all the way down the length of your hair. Then go in with the ends of your fingers to massage it throughout. Leave on a few minutes and rinse. Wha-la!
The Deciem site is amazing, with so many innovative brands to choose from. Keep it mind the next time you need to stock up on beauty supplies. You will most likely save money and gain incredible quality products. It’s definitely worth the look!