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Cosmetic Skin Solutions, LLC - SkinCeuticals knock-off?
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:33 pm      Reply with quote
Is anyone familiar with this brand? It looks like a clone of SkinCeuticals.

Link to their website is here:

http://www.cosmeticskinsolutions.com/
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:10 pm      Reply with quote
I am not familiar with the CSS brand, but I have to say that the disparity in pricing between SC and this brand makes me a bit leery as to how comparable the products really are. But that's just me. Wink
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:20 pm      Reply with quote
Finally, a sight that doesn't rape folks for C serum...Yay!

Why are you leery about it havana?

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Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:11 pm      Reply with quote
Boy, it looks very interesting. Ingredients look good, packaging looks appropriate, prices look terrific...
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I just purchased the set of CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF and B5 gel.

I have all three SkinCeuticals versions, very new and very fresh, in my house right now. So I hope to get a good comparison, at least in how it feels to use it, if not in long-term efficacy. I may even do some half-face trials. Will report back.
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Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:33 pm      Reply with quote
I look forward to your report, starriest. The raw ingredients for high quality skincare are not all that pricey, for the most part. I do think there is a pretty high markup for a lot of products. (For example, I know that Vitamin C serum can be made inexpensively on a DIY basis, but I am too lazy to do it. Embarassed )

A half face test would be especially helpful, but any comparison you do will be most welcome.
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Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:27 am      Reply with quote
I also think that since the actual raw materials don't cost all that much, it's very possible that this knockoff of skinceuticals is as good as the original. A review by someone who has both would be fantastic.

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Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:00 pm      Reply with quote
I have to say I am pleased that finally another company is making a CE Ferulic serum! I am not pleased with SkinCeuticals customer service. I have emailed them trying to find out WHERE I can get this product in Toronto, and they just gave me the 1800 number to some distrubutor that never answers! Its so hard to find CE F in Canada unless you are willing to order on ebay. I dont really trust that, I want to order from the places that makes it to ensure freshness. By the way has anyone here had a better result using C.E.Ferulic than a regular C serum?
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Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:43 pm      Reply with quote
Ferulic Acid doubles the UV protection factor, and also stabilizes the vitamin C serum;

http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v125/n4/abs/5603565a.html

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:13 pm      Reply with quote
Their site does not appear to be working? Can anyone else get on to their site?
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Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:19 pm      Reply with quote
They are selling dermarollers and EMLA 5% numbing cream also:
http://www.cosmeticskinsolutions.com/Rollers.htm
http://www.cosmeticskinsolutions.com/EMLA%20Cream.htm
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Their site does not appear to be working? Can anyone else get on to their site?


I just tried it and it is working. Also, try their online store at eBay. Link below.

http://stores.ebay.com/Cosmetic-Skin-Solutions-LLC
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Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:28 am      Reply with quote
Thank you. It must have just been a glitch when I tired to get on their site, as now I can!
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Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:35 am      Reply with quote
I just noticed this site too. I wouldn't be surprised if the serums are just as good as Sc's.
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Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:02 pm      Reply with quote
GirlieGirl wrote:
I just noticed this site too. I wouldn't be surprised if the serums are just as good as Sc's.



There is really only so much that can be done with ingredients for a C serum.. What surprises me is how the *fancy* company's get away with charging such ridiculous prices... As for stability issues, quite a few Skinceutical users complain their's have oxidized, so imagine how they feel tossing $$$$ down the drain.. Sad

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Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:38 pm      Reply with quote
Kassy_A wrote:
GirlieGirl wrote:
I just noticed this site too. I wouldn't be surprised if the serums are just as good as Sc's.



There is really only so much that can be done with ingredients for a C serum.. What surprises me is how the *fancy* company's get away with charging such ridiculous prices... As for stability issues, quite a few Skinceutical users complain their's have oxidized, so imagine how they feel tossing $$$$ down the drain.. Sad


I know! I totally agree about the fancy company stuff.

C serums like these really need to be kept I the fridge to prolong its life. I wish companies would state that.

I am very likely to order from this company buy probably not for a another month or so. Maybe by then there will some more reviews.
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Sat Dec 13, 2008 2:42 pm      Reply with quote
Kassy_A wrote:


There is really only so much that can be done with ingredients for a C serum..


The one thing I wonder about is pH level though. My products arrived yesterday and it just now occured to me that I would like to test the pH level to compare. I just need to figure out where to get litmus paper strips, I guess.

I bought three items: CE Ferulic, Phloretic CF and B5 serum. I have all three SkinCeutical versions at home to compare.

Today I took a close look at two: CE Ferulic and B5. The CE Ferulic seems identical: texture, smell, color...just the same. While I have the product, I am not a big user of CE Ferulic normally and usally restrict it to certain non-face areas, such as forearms and hands. My skin does not really react well to topical Vitamin E, so I don't use it often but use it sometimes. If and when I compare the pH of this and SkinCeuticals and find them the same, I think I would call this an exact duplicate.

The B5 serum is not identical as it has a different viscocity and a very slighly different smell. This is thicker than my SkinCeutucals B5. I put a drop of each on the back of each hand. The SkinCeuticals was much thinner and ran down the hand easily. This version very slowly moved with a lot of resistance. I tried a half face test of this. Once applied, it felt similar. When dried, the was about the same, maybe a little drier with this version. So far, I think this is close but not exact. But I also think there is not a lot of magic to HA serum and could never understand the SkinCeuticals price. So this offers an execellent option for all but the same product.

I have not yet opened the Phloretin CF. This is my fave Vitamin C serum at the time and I really hope this is as identical as the CE Ferulic knock off. Without the Vitamin E causing me problems, my skin thrives on this stuff.

Will continue to compare and update reporting.
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Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:47 am      Reply with quote
I ordered the peptide kit from CSS. I'll keep everyone posted on that stuff works!
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starriest wrote:

The one thing I wonder about is pH level though. My products arrived yesterday and it just now occured to me that I would like to test the pH level to compare. I just need to figure out where to get litmus paper strips, I guess.


Here's one place, there are many more;

http://sciencekit.com/wide-range-ph-test-strips/p/IG0024657/

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Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:06 am      Reply with quote
I also bought a few of their serums about a month ago. I haven't started to use them yet, I'm trying to finish a bottle of Skincueticals C&E Ferulic first. It will be interesting to see what the PH test shows.
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Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:43 pm      Reply with quote
Kassy_A wrote:
starriest wrote:

The one thing I wonder about is pH level though. My products arrived yesterday and it just now occured to me that I would like to test the pH level to compare. I just need to figure out where to get litmus paper strips, I guess.


Here's one place, there are many more;

http://sciencekit.com/wide-range-ph-test-strips/p/IG0024657/


Thanks. I may order from there. I was actually thinking more instant gratification and wanted to find locally. I want to know NOW! Laughing Seriously though, great to have this option.
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Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:50 pm      Reply with quote
I had started a thread over on the DIY board and thought some of conversation maybe of interest:

http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=31847
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Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:01 pm      Reply with quote
Starriest, thank you for performing your own clinical trial! I am very anxious to hear the results.

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Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:59 pm      Reply with quote
*quietly listening in*

I'm anxious to hear about the comparison of the Phloretin vitamin c products.

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Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:21 am      Reply with quote
starriest - did your serums come with a complete ingredient listing on them? Someone reported they did not and the company refused to give them out even though she had already purchased them.
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