I ran out of my beloved Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer and instead of running out and restocking, I decided to shake things up a bit and try out Indeed Laboratories' Fillume Volumising Moisturiser. It was on sale at Shoppers, it is manufactured in Ontario (win win!) and I was really curious about its packaging. Indeed Laboratories is best known for their star product, Nanoblur, nicknamed the Selfie cream for its ability to get you photoready but they have a few other products in their arsenal such as Fillume, which are worth considering.
Much like the Abnormal Beauty Company, Indeed Laboratories' raison d'etre is to "eliminate all marketing hype and costs from skin care and instead deliver real results as cost-effectively as possible." Another striking feature of Fillume is that it is packaged in an airtight jar. I know moisturizers packaged in a jar are a real bugbear with skincare mavens as it is unhygienic and the constant exposure to air destabilizes the ingredients. So how does the Fillume jar work? One presses down on the top and the moisturizer squirts out the dispenser in the middle. The only other moisturizer that I can recall that comes in an airtight jar is Drunk Elephant's Lala Retro Whipped Cream but its price tag will give you sticker shock and make you stagger back like a....drunk elephant.
I must say there is something oddly satisfying about pressing down on what amounts to a giant button and having an exact pea sized amount magically appear in the middle. As with everything, portion control is key and it is comforting to have the guesswork taken out of trying to dispense the recommended amount onto one's fingers.
The moisturizer hasn't broken me out and performs adequately for a cold, harsh Canadian winter that is dragging on for far too long. It contains sesamin, a paraben free extract from sesame seeds that supposedly minimizes the appearance of fine lines and restores "volume" to the face. The only grievance I have with it is the fragrance or lack of it. My first whiff of it produced a gut reaction of intense dislike. It took me a couple days of grimly slathering it on to my face before I figured it out. Its slightly medicinal smell reminds me of the generic lotion dispensed in doctors' offices and in hospitals. In fact, it reminds me of Phisoderm, that decades old cleanser that I was forced to use to combat my unruly teenage complexion. We all know that scent can be incredibly evocative and reminders of my youthful self obsessing over hormonal eruptions is not a good thing. Luckily, the scent does disperse eventually. I intend on soldiering on until I have finished it in an effort to recoup what I spent on it but I don't think that playing "Whack-A-Mole" with the top can compensate for the resurgence of youthful memories so it's unlikely that I will be repurchasing it. I will say though that if you don't care about the scent and have sensitive skin, you might want to give it a go. After all, there is something to be said for supporting companies that are offering skincare products with targeted ingredients at a reasonable price.
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