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Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Power Berry Serum

Earth Sourced Power Berry Serum

This 95% natural serum gives skin a healthy glow through a potent combination of berries selected for their proven antioxidant power in nature.
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Ingredients overview

Water (Aqua), Glycerin (Skin-Replenishing), Coco-Caprylate (Emollient), Butylene Glycol (Slip Agent/​Hydration), Propanediol (Hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (Texture Enhancer), Emblica Officinalis (Gooseberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seaberry) Fruit Extract, Schisandra Chinensis (Magnolia) Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Plinia Cauliflora (Jabuticaba) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Melia Azadirachta (Chinaberry) Flower Extract (Antioxidant), Melia Azadirachta (Chinaberry) Leaf Extract (Antioxidant), Myrciaria Dubia (Camu Camu) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (Skin Soothing), Squalane (Skin-Replenishing), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C/​Antioxidant), Tocopherol (Vitamin E/​Antioxidant), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9 (Skin-Restoring), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11 (Skin-Restoring), Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Oil (Skin-Replenishing), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Emollient), Leuconostoc/​Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Skin-Softening), Corallina Officinalis (Seaweed) Extract (Hydration), Coccinia Indica (Ivy Gourd) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant), Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil (Emollient), Xanthan Gum (Texture Enhancer), Mannitol (Hydration), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (Hydration)

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Fragrance and Essential Oil Free

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Ingredient name what-it-does irr., com. ID-Rating
Water (Aqua) solvent
Glycerin (Skin-Replenishing) skin-identical ingredient, moisturizer/​humectant 0, 0 superstar
Coco-Caprylate (Emollient) emollient
Butylene Glycol (Slip Agent/Hydration) moisturizer/​humectant, solvent, viscosity controlling 0, 1
Propanediol (Hydration) solvent, moisturizer/​humectant
Glyceryl Stearate (Texture Enhancer) emollient, emulsifying 0, 1-2
Emblica Officinalis (Gooseberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant) soothing
Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant) antioxidant, soothing goodie
Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract
Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seaberry) Fruit Extract
Schisandra Chinensis (Magnolia) Fruit Extract
Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract
Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Plinia Cauliflora (Jabuticaba) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Melia Azadirachta (Chinaberry) Flower Extract (Antioxidant)
Melia Azadirachta (Chinaberry) Leaf Extract (Antioxidant)
Myrciaria Dubia (Camu Camu) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract antioxidant, antimicrobial/​antibacterial goodie
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (Skin Soothing) soothing, skin brightening superstar
Squalane (Skin-Replenishing) skin-identical ingredient, emollient 0, 1 goodie
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C/Antioxidant) antioxidant, skin brightening goodie
Tocopherol (Vitamin E/Antioxidant) antioxidant 0-3, 0-3 goodie
Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9 (Skin-Restoring)
Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11 (Skin-Restoring)
Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Oil (Skin-Replenishing)
Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Emollient) emollient 0, 1-3 goodie
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Skin-Softening) antimicrobial/​antibacterial, preservative
Corallina Officinalis (Seaweed) Extract (Hydration)
Coccinia Indica (Ivy Gourd) Fruit Extract (Antioxidant)
Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil (Emollient)
Xanthan Gum (Texture Enhancer) viscosity controlling
Mannitol (Hydration) moisturizer/​humectant goodie
Potassium Sorbate (Preservative) preservative
Sodium Benzoate (Preservative) preservative
Phenoxyethanol (Preservative) preservative
Ethylhexylglycerin (Hydration) preservative

Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Power Berry Serum
Ingredients explained

Also-called: Aqua | What-it-does: solvent

Good old water, aka H2O. The most common skincare ingredient of all. You can usually find it right in the very first spot of the ingredient list, meaning it’s the biggest thing out of all the stuff that makes up the product. 

It’s mainly a solvent for ingredients that do not like to dissolve in oils but rather in water. 

Also-called: Glycerol | What-it-does: skin-identical ingredient, moisturizer/humectant | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 0
  • A natural moisturizer that’s also in our skin
  • A super common, safe, effective and cheap molecule used for more than 50 years
  • Not only a simple moisturizer but knows much more: keeps the skin lipids between our skin cells in a healthy (liquid crystal) state, protects against irritation, helps to restore barrier
  • Effective from as low as 3% with even more benefits at higher concentrations up to 20-40% (around 10% is a good usability-effectiveness sweet spot)
  • High-glycerin moisturizers are awesome for treating severely dry skin
Read all the geeky details about Glycerin here >>

What-it-does: emollient

A clear, colorless to slightly yellowish oil that makes the skin nice and smooth (emollient), spreads easily on the skin and is marketed as a good alternative to volatile (does not absorb into the skin but rather evaporates from it) silicones like Cyclomethicone.

What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant, solvent, viscosity controlling | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 1

Butylene glycol, or let’s just call it BG, is a multi-tasking colorless, syrupy liquid. It’s a great pick for creating a nice feeling product.  

BG’s main job is usually to be a solvent for the other ingredients. Other tasks include helping the product to absorb faster and deeper into the skin (penetration enhancer), making the product spread nicely over the skin (slip agent), and attracting water (humectant) into the skin.

Also-called: Zemea | What-it-does: solvent, moisturizer/humectant

Propanediol is a natural alternative for the often used and often bad-mouthed propylene glycol. It's produced sustainably from corn sugar and it's Ecocert approved. 

It's quite a multi-tasker: can be used to improve skin moisturization, as a solvent, to boost preservative efficacy or to influence the sensory properties of the end formula. 

What-it-does: emollient, emulsifying | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 1-2

A super common, waxy, white, solid stuff that helps water and oil to mix together, gives body to creams and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.

Chemically speaking, it is the attachment of a glycerin molecule to the fatty acid called stearic acid. It can be produced from most vegetable oils (in oils three fatty acid molecules are attached to glycerin instead of just one like here) in a pretty simple, "green" process that is similar to soap making. It's readily biodegradable.

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Acai Extract

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Also-called: Blueberry Extract | What-it-does: soothing

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Bilberry Fruit Extract

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Raspberry Extract | What-it-does: antioxidant, soothing, astringent

Raspberry is one of the colorful berries that’s not only delicious but contains many biologically active, healthy compounds. It has polyphenols including anthocyanins and ellagitannins that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

According to skin care expert Paula Begoun, it’s antibacterial as well but due to its tannin content it can cause also irritation to the very sensitive skinned. 

Also-called: Elderberry Fruit Extract | What-it-does: astringent

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

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Also-called: Blackberry Extract | What-it-does: astringent

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Goji Berry Extract | What-it-does: astringent

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Strawberry Fruit Extract | What-it-does: astringent

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

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Also-called: Camu Camu Fruit Extract

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Grape Seed Extract | What-it-does: antioxidant, antimicrobial/antibacterial

We wholeheartedly support the rise of seedless grapes as fruit snacks, but when it comes to skincare, we are big fans of the seeds.

They contain the majority of the skin goodies that -  similar to green tea - are mostly polyphenols (but not the same ones as in tea). The most abundant ones in grape are called proanthocyanidins, and 60-70% of them are found in the seeds (it's also often abbreviated as GSP - grape seed proanthocyanidins). In general, the darker the fruit, the more GSPs and other flavonoids it contains.

Also-called: Licorice Root;Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract | What-it-does: soothing, skin brightening

You might know licorice as a sweet treat from your childhood, but it's actually a legume that grows around the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East, central and southern Russia. It's sweet and yellow and not only used for licorice all sorts but it's also a skincare superstar thanks to two magic properties:

Nr. 1 magic property is that it has skin-lightening or to say it another way depigmenting properties. The most active part is called glabridin. The topical application (meaning when you put it on your face) of 0.5% glabridin was shown to inhibit UVB caused pigmentation of guinea pigs. Another study even suggested that licorice is more effective than the gold standard skin-lightening agent hydroquinone. All in all, licorice is considered to be one of the safest skin lightening agents with the fewest side effects.

What-it-does: skin-identical ingredient, emollient | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 1

It seems to us that squalane is in fashion and there is a reason for it. Chemically speaking, it is a saturated  (no double bonds) hydrocarbon (a molecule consisting only of carbon and hydrogen), meaning that it's a nice and stable oily liquid with a long shelf life. 

It occurs naturally in certain fish and plant oils (e.g. olive), and in the sebum (the oily stuff our skin produces) of the human skin. As f.c. puts it in his awesome blog post, squalane's main things are "emolliency, surface occlusion, and TEWL prevention all with extreme cosmetic elegance". In other words, it's a superb moisturizer that makes your skin nice and smooth, without being heavy or greasy.

Also-called: Form of Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Isotetrapalmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, ATIP | What-it-does: antioxidant, skin brightening

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a stable, oil-soluble form of skincare big shot Vitamin C. If you do not know, why Vitamin C is such a big deal in skincare, click here and read all about it. We are massive vitamin C fans and have written about it in excruciating detail.

So now, you know that Vitamin C is great and all, but it's really unstable and gives cosmetics companies many headaches. To solve this problem they came up with vitamin C derivatives, and one of them is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (let's call it ATIP in short).

Also-called: Vitamin E | What-it-does: antioxidant | Irritancy: 0-3 | Comedogenicity: 0-3
  • Primary fat-soluble antioxidant in our skin
  • Significant photoprotection against UVB rays
  • Vit C + Vit E work in synergy and provide great photoprotection
  • Has emollient properties
  • Easy to formulate, stable and relatively inexpensive
Read all the geeky details about Tocopherol here >>

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Sesame Oil | What-it-does: emollient | Irritancy: 0 | Comedogenicity: 1-3

A goldish to dark yellow emollient plant oil coming from Sesame seeds. Similar to many other plant oils, it contains high amounts of nourishing and moisturizing fatty acids (about 38% of oleic and 48% of linoleic acid) and is a nice oil to repair and regenerate dry skin. It is rapidly absorbed and gives the skin a soft and gentle feel.  

Also-called: Fermented Radish Root | What-it-does: antimicrobial/antibacterial, preservative

It's an alternative, natural preservative that comes from radishes fermented with Leuconostoc kimchii, a lactic acid bacteria that has been used to make traditional Korean dish, kimchi. During the fermentation process, a peptide is secreted from the bacteria that has significant antimicrobial properties

It is one of the more promising natural preservatives that can be used even alone (recommended at 2-4%), but it's not as effective as more common alternatives, like parabens or phenoxyethanol

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

Also-called: Rapeseed Oil

We don't have description for this ingredient yet.

It's one of the most commonly used thickeners and emulsion stabilizers. If the product is too runny, a little xanthan gum will make it more gel-like. Used alone, it can make the formula sticky and it is a good team player so it is usually combined with other thickeners and so-called rheology modifiers (helper ingredients that adjust the flow and thus the feel of the formula). The typical use level of Xantha Gum is below 1%, it is usually in the 0.1-0.5% range. 

Btw, Xanthan gum is all natural, a chain of sugar molecules (polysaccharide) produced from individual sugar molecules (glucose and sucrose) via fermentation. It’s approved by Ecocert and also used in the food industry (E415). 

What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

A type of sugar molecule, that has water-binding properties and helps to keep your skin hydrated

What-it-does: preservative

It's one of those things that help your cosmetics not to go wrong too soon, aka a preservative. It’s not a strong one and doesn’t really work against bacteria, but more against mold and yeast. To do that it has to break down to its active form, sorbic acid. For that to happen, there has to be water in the product and the right pH value (pH 3-4). 

But even if everything is right, it’s not enough on its own. If you see potassium sorbate you should see some other preservative next to it too.

What-it-does: preservative

A helper ingredient that helps to make the products stay nice longer, aka preservative. It works mainly against fungi. 

It’s pH dependent and works best at acidic pH levels (3-5). It’s not strong enough to be used in itself so it’s always combined with something else, often with potassium sorbate.

What-it-does: preservative

It’s pretty much the current IT-preservative. It’s safe and gentle, but even more importantly, it’s not a feared-by-everyone-mostly-without-scientific-reason paraben.

It’s not something new: it was introduced around 1950 and today it can be used up to 1% worldwide. It can be found in nature - in green tea - but the version used in cosmetics is synthetic. 

What-it-does: preservative, deodorant

If you have spotted ethylhexylglycerin on the ingredient list, most probably you will see there also the current IT-preservative, phenoxyethanol. They are good friends because ethylhexylglycerin can boost the effectiveness of phenoxyethanol (and other preservatives) and as an added bonus it feels nice on the skin too.

Also, it's an effective deodorant and a medium spreading emollient

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what‑it‑does solvent
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what‑it‑does skin-identical ingredient | moisturizer/humectant
irritancy, com. 0, 0
A real oldie but a goodie. Great natural moisturizer and skin-identical ingredient that plays an important role in skin hydration and general skin health. [more]
what‑it‑does emollient
A fast-spreading emollient oil that has a similar skin feel to volatile silicones. [more]
what‑it‑does moisturizer/humectant | solvent | viscosity controlling
irritancy, com. 0, 1
An often used glycol that works as a solvent, humectant, penetration enhancer and also gives a good slip to the products. [more]
what‑it‑does solvent | moisturizer/humectant
A natural corn sugar derived glycol. It can be used to improve skin moisturization, as a solvent, to boost preservative efficacy or to influence the sensory properties of the end formula. [more]
what‑it‑does emollient | emulsifying
irritancy, com. 0, 1-2
Waxy, white, solid stuff that helps water and oil to mix together and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. [more]
what‑it‑does soothing
what‑it‑does antioxidant | soothing
Raspberry is one of the colorful berries that’s not only delicious but contains many biologically active, healthy compounds. It has polyphenols including anthocyanins and ellagitannins that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to skin care expert Paula Begoun, it’s antibacterial as well but due to its tannin content it can cause also irritation to the very s [more]
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Grape Seed Extract - contains awesome polyphenols that are super-potent antioxidants and also have UV-protecting and anti-cancer properties. [more]
what‑it‑does soothing | skin brightening
You might know licorice as a sweet treat from your childhood, but it's actually a legume that grows around the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East, central and southern Russia. [more]
what‑it‑does skin-identical ingredient | emollient
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what‑it‑does antioxidant | skin brightening
A stable, oil-soluble form of Vitamin C, that might have (in-vitro results) all the magic abilities of pure vitamin C (antioxidant, collagen booster, skin brightener). [more]
what‑it‑does antioxidant
irritancy, com. 0-3, 0-3
Pure Vitamin E. Great antioxidant that gives significant photoprotection against UVB rays. Works in synergy with Vitamin C. [more]
what‑it‑does emollient
irritancy, com. 0, 1-3
Emollient plant oil coming from the seeds of Sesame. Contains high amounts of nourishing and moisturizing fatty acids (about 38% of oleic 48% of linoleic acid). [more]
what‑it‑does antimicrobial/antibacterial | preservative
It's an alternative, natural preservative that comes from radishes fermented with Leuconostoc kimchii, a lactic acid bacteria that has been used to make traditional Korean dish, kimchi. [more]
what‑it‑does viscosity controlling
A super commonly used thickener and emulsion stabilizer. [more]
what‑it‑does moisturizer/humectant
A type of sugar molecule, that has water-binding properties and helps to keep your skin hydrated.  [more]
what‑it‑does preservative
A not so strong preservative that doesn’t really work against bacteria, but more against mold and yeast. [more]
what‑it‑does preservative
A preservative that works mainly against fungi. Has to be combined with other preservatives. [more]
what‑it‑does preservative
Pretty much the current IT-preservative. It’s safe and gentle, and can be used up to 1% worldwide. [more]
what‑it‑does preservative
It can boost the effectiveness of phenoxyethanol (and other preservatives) and as an added bonus it feels nice on the skin too. [more]