I received a 5 mL sample of Skin & Co Roma’s Truffle Therapy Boosting Anti-Aging Serum in an Ipsy bag a while back, and gave it a spin a couple of weeks ago.
The company’s truffle-based skincare line is based on research indicating that truffles contain strong anti-oxidants. The idea for such a product line originally came from the company founder’s grandmother, who sold her version of a truffle beauty oil from 1952–1980, in Rome, Italy. The truffles used are harvested from Italy’s Umbria region.
From Skin & Co Roma:
Formulated around the undiscovered properties of the truffle, Truffle Therapy Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing ingredients. Carefully handcrafted in Umbria, Italy, it restores skin with undetected radiance. Fine lines start to fade, roughness is surrendered and silky smoothness is immediately revealed and skin looks firmer and brighter, creating a healthy, youthful complexion with improved smoothness and tone.
The sample was fairly small, but I found that a bit of the serum went a pretty long way since it smoothed over the skin well and didn’t dry up too fast. It lasted me a little over a week, using it once each evening. I only applied it to my face, and not to my neck as well so as to stretch the sample a bit further.
The consistency is standard for a serum: it’s a translucent white, slightly liquid-y gel with a tropical, coconutty scent which unfortunately reminded me of drugstore shampoo. This serum normally retails for US$70 for 30 mL, so I’d have thought unscented or a more sophisticated scent was in order! I mean, I love tropical scents but it just seemed out of place in an Italian facial serum.
The serum felt very nice on the face—my skin instantly felt more moisturized. It didn’t leave a sticky residue behind, either, though I did put my regular night cream Valcena Multi-Active, and a facial oil, tarte Maracuja, over it before going to bed.
I think in all honesty that the sample needed to be larger in order for someone to formulate a worthwhile opinion on the product. I don’t think a week was really long enough for me to tell whether my skin was improving at all. (And another serum I recently tried showed results almost immediately.) It might have seemed a little bit smoother when I woke up in the mornings, but truth be told, most of the serums I’ve tried do this, so this is nothing I’d pony up $20 for, let alone $70!
Suffice to say that I didn’t notice anything special about this serum during the 9–10 days I used it, and I would not purchase the full-size. There are loads of facial serums out there on the market that I’ve yet to try!
Aqua (Water), Coco-Caprylate (Coco-Caprylate), Glyceryl Stearate (Glyceryl Stearate), Cetearyl Alcohol (Cetearyl Alcohol), Cyclopentasiloxane (Cyclopentasiloxane), Dimethicone (Dimethicone), Glycerin (Glycerin), Chondrus Crispus Extract (Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan)) , Equisetum Arvense Extract * (Equisetum Arvense Extract *), Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein), Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract (Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract), Tuber Melanosporum Extract (Tuber Melanosporum Extract), Rosa Canina Fruit Extract * (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract *) , Sodium Hyaluronate (Sodium Hyaluronate), Allantoin (Allantoin), Phenoxyethanol (Phenoxyethanol), Sodium Benzoate (Sodium Benzoate), Potassium Sorbate (Potassium Sorbate), Sucrose Palmitate (Sucrose Palmitate), Propylene Glycol (Propylene Glycol), Sodium Polyacrylate (Sodium Polyacrylate), P-Anisic Acid (P-Anisic Acid), Ethylhexylglycerin (Ethylhexylglycerin), Parfum (Parfum) , Citric Acid (Citric Acid), Glucose (Glucose), Disodium EDTA (Disodium EDTA), Coumarin (Coumarin), Linalool (Linalool), Dextrin (Dextrin).
For reference, here are my skin-related concerns:
- Late 30s, starting to see small signs of wrinkles
- Dry/dehydrated skin
- Acne-prone (hormonal/stress)
- Clogged pores (sebaceous filaments) on nose
- Mild eczema, though not usually on face
- Trying to sleep more and drink more water!
- Living in Toronto, Canada, where it is still cold in April…
Skin & Co Roma Boosting Anti-Aging Serum contains 1 fl oz / 30 mL and retails for US$70. The sample I received from Ipsy contained 5 mL. Skin & Co Roma’s truffle products are made in Italy.
Skin & Co Roma was launched in New York, NY, USA in 2013. The company’s truffle-based products are based on founder Gabriel Balestra’s grandmother’s beauty oil, which she sold from 1952–1980 in her shop, La Galleria, in Rome.