In the skincare world, serums are like your BFF who keeps calling you to hang out. Serums are everywhere, and there are loads of different kinds to choose from. But what's the big deal about them, anyway? You might already know that they're revered for targeting specific skincare problems because they're packed with concentrated ingredients, helping you bid dryness, redness, or signs of wrinkles, farewell. But they can do much more than eliminate your zits or flaky skin. In fact, you should use them all the time, even if you don't have a skin issue (lucky you). As the makeup artist, Kristofer Buckle, tells Huffington Post, using a serum regularly can make your skin firmer, smoother, more moisturized, and even make your pores look smaller. No matter how much you love your daily moisturizer, it can't always do all those things, which is why serums are worth your time. While you're searching for the perfect serum to improve your complexion, make sure you also choose one that smells heavenly. When smoothing on a serum, you want its scent to boost your mood and make you feel like a million bucks. There's nothing luxurious about an elegant serum that smells like a household cleaning agent or liquid medicine, right? So, with that in mind, take your serum shopping to beautiful new heights with these 20 serums that smell so good, you'll be forgiven for wanting to snack on them.
20 Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum
You might not expect this serum to smell good when you hear that it essentially contains fungus, but truffles have become a prized ingredient in skin care in recent years, and this product is a prime example of why. Skin & Roma is an Italian company that's been creating skincare items with truffle extracts since the 1950s, and they've mastered what it can do for your skin, according to Bella Box. Talk about being way ahead of the trends! This Therapy Serum moisturizes your skin while reducing lines and wrinkles, thanks to how the truffle extract contains fatty acids that offer hydrating benefits.
Truffle extract also hunts down free radicals in the skin and destroys them, meaning that your skin stays healthy and youthful.
It sounds amazing, right? Well, those skin benefits aren't the only great things about this serum. It smells like all the health-boosting claims that it makes because just a whiff of it is enough to alert you to its goodness. According to reviewer Jenn Morales on YouTube, it has an uplifting scent that will boost your mood. Happiness in a bottle! That joy is sure to multiply when you see all the evidence of its potency on your skin.
19 Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
When you see the bottle of this serum and how tropical it looks, you might expect that it has a beautiful aroma - and you'd be right on the money. The Green Tea Seed Serum by Innisfree has a soothing herbal scent that will make you feel like you're in a beautiful forest when you close your eyes. As you know, different scents affect us in different ways. The scent of green tea helps to make you feel relaxed, according to the Japanese Green Tea website. So have a whiff or two of this serum before you spread it over your skin - it'll keep you calm on those stressful days. Not just good for your mental well-being, it's also extremely soothing for your skin. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum keeps your skin beautifully moisturized with Jeju green tea water. This water is squeezed from fresh green tea leaves that are packed with minerals and amino acids to brighten up your skin and quench its thirst. The result is beautiful skin that looks like you've just come back from a tropical holiday. The product also contains other herbal ingredients, such as orchid extract, camellia leaf extract, orange extract, and grapefruit extract, which probably contribute to how it smells so wholesome and fresh.
18 Aesop's Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum
This is another herbal-infused serum that smells good enough to eat, and we're seeing a trend starting to form. Natural, botanical ingredients in skincare serums that aren't just healthy for your skin but also make you feel healthy by giving you such refreshing and wholesome smells! Aesop's Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum contains a variety of delicious ingredients that you'll want to put on your skin right away. These include refreshing aloe, which is the product's main ingredient, as well as lavender, parsley, and grape. No wonder it smells like a delicious fragrance.
It actually also has a slightly floral smell that will make you feel revived when you use it.
The product's antioxidants nourish your skin, leaving it feeling soft and well hydrated during the summer months. It will also help to keep your skin calm, so it's great if you suffer from problem skin. This serum is a really light product that doesn't feel thick on your skin, making it feel as fresh as it smells. A little goes a long way as you only need half a teaspoon of this serum to get all the lovely benefits from it, although you'll probably be tempted to wear much more.
17 Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum
Take a look at that juicy orange bottle color. It really does look good enough to eat, right? Well, the truth about this Truth Serum is that it smells even better than it looks. Get ready for a delicious orange smell that's infused with the scent of chocolates, as noted by Glamour magazine. Yes, chocolates! If you're the type of person who likes to rub on some serum before racing out of the house in the mornings, then this product is perfect for you because it gets to work really fast. You only need a small amount of this serum to make your skin feel softer and get rid of redness that can make your skin look angry and inflamed. It's also great for skin that needs to be hydrated, brightened up, and made more elastic. So really, there's something in it for everyone and it works well with all skin types, even sensitive ones. While its smell will make you feel invigorated (and maybe crave chocolates), the product gets to work when applied to your skin by being a vitamin-drink for it. One of its most important ingredients is Vitamin C that boosts the skin's production of collagen so that your complexion looks beautifully bright and nourished.
16 Dr. Dream's Dream Age Rejuvenating Serum
Just like you'd imagine by looking at the bottle, this serum smells like beautiful roses while being soft as petals on your skin. Yes, really! That's sure to make you want to wear it all the time because it's positively dreamy. Dr. Dream's Dream Age Rejuvenating Serum is a Korean beauty staple that contains rose water and niacinamide, two ingredients that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, according to Allure. As mentioned on Style Craze, rose water is a popular skincare ingredient because it has many benefits, one of them being how it maintains the skin's healthy pH balance. This is important because using too many skincare products can result in an overgrowth of bacteria, which leads to problems such as acne getting in the way of a flawless complexion.
By keeping the skin's pH healthy, this serum, therefore, ensures that skin can be clear and beautiful.
Dr. Dream's Dream Age Rejuvenating Serum has a silky texture that feels luxurious on your skin while infusing it with a gorgeous glow and even skin tone. It also maintains the skin's water-oil balance so that it doesn't feel greasy or clogged, thus also going the extra mile to preventing breakouts.
15 Votary Toning Serum
Green is a color that's usually associated with feeling invigorated and mentally refreshed, and this serum's got the perfect green bottle because it aims to do just that. It also looks really elegant and trendy on your vanity, which is a nice bonus. Votary Toning Serum is filled with rejuvenating natural ingredients such as lemon and neroli that create a beautiful and refreshing citrus smell which will make you feel alert in the mornings - and maybe make you crave something fresh to eat for breakfast. Fresh orange smoothie, anyone?
Although Votary Toning Serum is considered to be a serum, don't be fooled - it's actually much more than that. As reported by the Independent, the product boasts amazing exfoliating qualities. The combination of glycolic acids and hyaluronic acids in it means that your skin eliminates dead cells while getting a good dose of anti-aging and moisturizing benefits. This actually re-textures the skin, so think of this serum as a skin care makeover of note because it's a toner and serum in one chic product! This definitely makes your morning skincare routine a lot easier. You'll have softer, smoother, and scrubbed skin that smells delicious in a flash, all before breakfast.
14 Kiehl's Since 1851 Midnight Recovery Concentrate
The use of oils in skincare products have been generating a lot of buzz lately. They're great for giving you a more nourished and moisturizing effect, although they do tend to be a little heavier on your skin than serums. But that's why combining a light serum with an oil can be the perfect combination to achieve revived skin. This Midnight Recovery Concentrate in a gorgeous blue and gold bottle is a rich oil-serum product that is more hydrating than traditional moisturizers, according to a review by Harper's Bazaar. It probably smells better than many moisturizers, too, and that's thanks to its heavenly lavender smell.
Before you lather it on your skin in the morning, know that it's meant for use before bed.
As reported by Vogue, it works to restore your skin's tone and radiance while your skin undergoes its natural recovery process overnight. It's packed with essential oils and beautiful botanicals, such as evening primrose oil and lavender oil. It's like spring in a beautiful bottle. Since it's meant for nightly use, its fragrance is gentle enough so as not to be overpowering. Not forgetting, the scent of lavender can help you feel relaxed before bedtime, so you're sure to have sweet dreams.
13 Riddle Botanicals Relief Serum
Have you noticed how many skincare products contain essential oils these days? They're wonderful for keeping your skincare routine more on the natural side and infusing your skin with a range of healthy ingredients to target skin problems like dryness and redness. Botanicals Relief Serum by Riddle is filled with essential oils, such as jojoba, tea tree, sage, lavender, and juniper. These are all great for keeping breakouts at bay, according to the Huffington Post, while giving you a light but nourishing serum to keep your skin looking good. The bouquet of essential oils in this serum also creates a lovely clean, relaxing smell that you'll love - and which is healthier than many synthetic fragrances that you find in conventional skincare products. As reported by Mamavation, conventional fragrances contain toxins that can give you a variety of different nasty side-effects, such as allergic reactions and illness. Scarily, many of them haven't been tested specifically for human safety. You'll, therefore, be glad to know that you can breathe in the gorgeous blend of essential oils in this serum and lather it on your skin without worrying about health dangers. All of Riddle's ingredients are 100 percent USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade, and Artisan Crafted.
12 Vichy Idealia Life Serum
When you see this product in its beautiful, bright pink bottle, you'll be immediately drawn to it. Vichy Idealia Life Serum looks luxurious and it definitely offers you model-worthy skin results. As reviewed by the Lovely Girlie Bits website, this serum gives you an instant glow after you apply it to your skin and it also contains ingredients that protect your skin against a variety of nasties, such as pollution and even stress. The review goes on to say, "It has a light texture, a faint floral scent and a slightly pearly finish to it that gives a hint of a glow. My skin feels smoother, looks brighter and more radiant, my skin tone is evened out which makes for a happy Karen. I can apply my moisturizer over the top right after and then get to applying my makeup. Speaking of makeup, I don't know if it's coincidental or not, but since I started using Idealia Life Serum, I've been using mainly BB and CC creams, only needing a light coverage. Hmm..."
Sounds like a dreamy product that improves the overall state of your skin.
And, speaking of that gentle floral scent, its smell will make you think of beautiful pink flowers floating in a summer breeze. Delicious.
11 Burt's Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum
This serum's humble and plain packaging is misleading. Inside, its ingredients, such as refreshing watermelon, white hibiscus, and crisp apple, make it smell edible while being healthy for your skin. As reported by Allure, the scent alone makes using this product completely worth it! But in case you're wondering, its delicious scent is created by beautiful and natural fruit ingredients that work hard to keep your skin hydrated and firm while sending signs of aging packing. It's good to know that most of the ingredients in Burt's Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum are completely natural, preventing the use of toxins on your skin. But, how do those fresh ingredients achieve all those skincare goals? They're packed with valuable antioxidants, those ingredients that have become the gold standard of youthful, healthy skin. To break it down for you, watermelon contains lycopene, which helps to prevent skin inflammation. Apple contains Vitamin C that boosts the skin's collagen, helping it look more youthful and firm. As for white hibiscus, it's got antioxidants known as anthocyanosides that boost blood circulation so that skin can gain more nutrients while they also scavenge for nasty free radicals that have an aging effect. Bonus: this sweet-smelling serum gets absorbed easily by the skin, leaving no greasy residue.
10 Amarte Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum
There are many interesting things to discover about this incredible product. First, its simple white and gold container looks elegant and trendy, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Second, when you open it and take a sniff, it smells like the ocean.
You'll imagine jumping into the sea on a hot day, which is exactly the kind of invigorating serum you want to apply to your face during the summer.
What makes it so refreshing? Amarte Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum contains cucumber as an ingredient. But that's not all. It goes one step further to create a high-tech serum that you'll fall in love with. Cleverly, the product's cucumber extract releases drops of pure water onto the skin to form a protective veil, according to the Amare Skincare website. And that's no exaggeration about what it does! As reviewed by Bustle, when you apply the extremely light serum onto your face, it really does transform into water on the surface of your skin. You just have to blend it in a bit to make it get absorbed into your face. Wow! You'll feel that its nourishing goodness has given your skin much-needed hydration because it instantly leaves your face feeling like velvet. Beautiful!
9 Earthwise Beauty Nap In The Meadow Organic Face Serum
This pretty bottle makes you think of candy floss and ice cream. Nap In The Meadow (such a pretty name) is a serum that boosts your skin's appearance, no matter what type of skin you were born with. It's a really light product when you apply it and wonderfully doesn't have much oil in it, so it quenches dry skin without aggravating your acne. It also gives you so much goodness because you don't have to use a toner afterward, as mentioned on the Earthwise Beauty website. It's a beautiful multi-tasking product that works hard to make your skin beautiful. A review that was published on the Andie's Green Lifestyle states how it treats scars, removes redness, and gives you a beautifully smooth skin texture. Best of all, it's filled with certified organic ingredients, such as aloe, German blue chamomile oil, and turmeric. Just by looking at it, you'll probably assume that it smells good enough to eat, and you won't be disappointed. To some people, it smells like flowers in the springtime, while others have claimed it has a lovely strawberry smell. Mmm! Delicious-smelling and dreamy for your skin. Now that's the perfect serum to invest in, not just in summer but all year round.
8 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydration Serum
Everything about this product screams hydration, from its ocean-blue packaging that makes you think of jumping into refreshing water, to its name. But what really makes it such a good product to invest in because of how versatile it is. As reported by Refinery29, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydration Serum is highly rated by the dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD, not just because it's great for moisturizing your skin but it also works well with other products that you currently use every day. It can be easily layered under them, you see. That's a huge bonus, especially if you consider that some skincare products can be too heavy or greasy, and they can make your other skincare products gloopy.
You want something that nourishes your skin and has a light texture, but that also won't get in the way of your other skincare or makeup ingredients.
This serum does the job. It's gentle and melts into your skin to boost its moisture without making a big noise about it. There's also a nice surprise in store when you open it. Although you might assume that this product will smell like the ocean, it actually gives off a soft cherry scent that you'll love because it doesn't feel overpowering.
7 H2o+ Calming Corrector
This forest-green bottle is eye-catching, and it really does promise what it claims to do: calm and correct your skin. The reason why is because it's smartly packed with glycol and salicylic acids. If you love exfoliating your skin, you'll know how important these acids are to gently remove dead cells from the surface of your skin so that your face looks fresh and smooth. And, when your skin is a smooth canvas, it can catch the light much easier, which means you'll achieve natural radiance without having to make your highlighter your BFF. As mentioned on Refinery29, Dr. Alexander Rivkin, who is a cosmetic surgeon, says that finding a skin serum that moisturizes and exfoliates your face is great for tackling skin that loves to break out. That means no more nasty zits that crop up on you when you least expect them! When you use this product, you'll feel like you're getting a top-notch moisturizer and exfoliator in one product - we love multitasking beauty products! - while its fragrance will make you feel like you've walked out of a rejuvenating spa treatment, even if you're just in your bathroom at home. It's that special pampering touch that takes this product to the next level.
6 Joanna Vargas Daily Serum
Scented serums are all the rage, and there's something really intriguing about expecting one smell or no smell only to be surprised by something you didn't see coming. Joanna Vargas Daily Serum has fragrance notes of cotton candy - yes, really! That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this serum, though. It's been hailed as a healthy juice for your skin. You know how you drink green juices to flood your system with healthy vitamins? Well, by applying this serum onto your face, you're giving your skin the nutrients it needs to be its healthiest.
Its oat grass juice ingredient gives it a wholesome and nourishing treatment for your skin while encouraging the lymphatic system to work better.
Then, vitamins A, C, and E fight signs of aging, while hyaluronic acid gives your skin a boost of hydration. As reported by Violet Grey, Joanna's favorite ingredient is also found in this product. "Galactoarabinan causes more cell turnover than a glycol acid, but it's also anti-inflammatory so it doesn't cause irritation, even with sensitive skin," she says. Joanna, who is a renowned facialist, goes on to say that this serum is the top-selling product in her salon, as well as her secret weapon to fight dull skin.
5 Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Serums are known for being light and fresh. That's why they're especially good to use in the hot months when you don't want too many layers of product on your skin. This radiance serum is lightweight as you'd expect, but it has a milky texture that boosts your skin's natural glow. It smells really expensive and invigorating, so you'll feel like you're in a luxurious five-star spa when you use it. Serums are known for being hydrating and packing an antioxidant punch to target a specific skin problem. This one focuses on treating an uneven skin tone. As reported by Truth In Aging, three years of research led to Caudalie's team of researchers to isolate and stabilize a molecule in grapevines to boost skincare. The viniferine complex was patented. This fancy ingredient basically blocks enzymes that create skin pigmentation so that skin can be flawless and even-toned, as well as beautifully bright. Fighting pigmentation is especially important as you age, as UV exposure and pollutants can cause blotchiness on your skin. Just a little bit of this potion goes a long way to make your skin feeling beautifully pampered, and its elegant smell will make you feel like a million bucks.
4 Belif Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate
One of the best things about modern serums is that they often contain creative and interesting ingredients to nourish your skin in the best way. This one contains rose water, fermented soybean, and peat, the combination of which illuminates the skin naturally. Every time you use this miracle serum, you'll love how its herbal, lemon scent boosts your mood and makes you feel fresh.
The great thing about illuminating serums is that they treat your skin so you don't have to worry about hiding all your skin's flaws.
As one user comments on Sephora, this serum faded their dark spots after two weeks of use. In addition, this serum has achieved 4.4 out of 5 stars on the site! Having healthy, naturally glowing skin means you can sidestep all the beauty products you usually use to make your skin look healthy. This product focuses on letting your natural skin shine through in a healthy way, giving you a fresh complexion no matter what your skin type is. Bonus: since you use a few drops of this serum on your face after applying toner, it goes a long way and it actually boosts how other skincare products that you use after it will work.
3 Kypris Antioxidant Dew
This bottle looks so fresh and fun, and what's inside it is even more interesting. Kypris Antioxidant Dew has a gentle spicy undertone to its comforting smell that you'll love. It also makes the serum smell a bit like a fragrance, which is a nice touch and makes you feel pampered. When you use it, it boosts your skin to create a gorgeous complexion, so you'll want to keep this one within easy reach. It's got the common serum ingredients, such as Vitamin C, but also some others that are sure to grab your attention. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that fights free radicals which cause damage to your skin over time, while Hawaiian Sea Algae moisturizes your skin but without causing your pores to become clogged, as reported by the Just Ask Arjun website. Kypris Antioxidant Dew is not sticky or greasy when applied to your face and you just need a few drops of it to moisturize your entire face. Its dropper bottle makes applying it feels like a special dew for your face. That's the great thing about serums: they're so intensified with healthy nutrients for your skin that you don't need a large amount of them to reap their skin-boosting ingredients.
2 Emma Hardie Midas Touch
The Emma Hardie Midas Touch packaging makes you think of syringes, but the smell is anything but medical. It's been reviewed as smelling delicious, and that's probably because of its rich, soothing botanicals that have a cooling effect on your skin. This serum's star ingredient is moringa seed which contains vitamins and minerals to improve the quality of your skin's tissues.
If you're worried about aging, then this serum is for you because it's focused on anti-aging properties.
It achieves this by boosting your skin's collagen so that your skin can remain youthful and firm. One of the perks about this product is that it can also be used on the skin in the delicate eye area, as reported by the Independent. Since the fragile skin around your eyes display signs of aging earlier than other parts of your face, a serum that doubles as an eye cream hits all the right notes. Although it's light in consistency like other serums, Emma Hardie Midas Touch is also luxuriously creamy so that you can feel that it's nourishing your skin when you use it. Luxurious serums such as these that smell amazing and give you younger skin are a must for your bathroom cabinet.
1 Omorovicza Gold Night Drops
This product brightens skin while making it stronger, and it's sniff-worthy too, thanks to its elegant rose and spice scent. This is another luxurious serum that's got lots of minerals to boost your skin's health that will make you feel extremely pampered. In fact, it forms part of a luxury range that's focused on the mineral-rich waters of Hungary, according to the Independent. You'll no doubt be tempted to buy the whole range! This serum contains colloidal gold as an ingredient to give your skin anti-inflammatory benefits and make your skin feel much firmer. As reviewed by the Telegraph, it's so creamy that it's easy to use and keeps skin moisturized. When used at night, it leaves you waking up with a brighter, smoother face. The reviewer adds, "But the real differences were apparent after a few weeks' nightly use: our complexion was smoother and the skin, particularly around the jawline, seemed more defined and lifted. Its texture had improved and fine lines had softened, too (possibly thanks to the retinol in the drops). An excellent anti-aging offering." With such a great serum that smells divine, these gold drops prove that serums can be light but also luxurious. And why not?
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