Skincare Review: Duchess Marden Body Serum

Here’s 1 of the samples I received in February 2012’s edition of Bellabox. A 0.14 fl oz glass dropper bottle of Duchess Marden Damascena Body Serum.

A 200ml version is available for S$89.89 (US$71+) which strikes me right away as OUCH MUCH! Does it warrant its high price tag? Let’s assess.

According to the sales spiel:


  • Replaces traditional body creams with superior ability to fortify skin
  • Hydrates dry, parched skin, with no oily residue
  • Increases moisture retention
  • Softens & firms skin
  • Stimulates the production of new cells
  • Works as an anti-inflammatory
  • Minimizes discoloration from bruising
  • Provides a supple, healthy glow to skin
  • Derived from pure, natural plant-based elements
  • Free of petrochemicals, parabens and chemical preservatives

Irritatingly enough, the ingredients are NOT FOUND on the Duchess Marden and Bellabox site, which always irks me for skincare items, since these items are to be used on the skin itself.

Thank goodness for Google. The ingredients taken off are:


Apply to entire body after bathing or showering to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin.


Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter, Aleurites moluccana (kendi) seed oil, Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed extract, Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit extract, Schizandra sphenanthera (schisandra fruit) fruit extract, Rosa bourboniana (rose) flower oil, Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, Acacia decurrans (mimosa) flower oil, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) peel oil, Plumaria alba (frangipani) flower oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) flower oil, Tilia cordata (linden) flower oil, Citrus aurantium (petitgrain bigarade) leaf oil, rose geranium, bisabolol, Iris pallida (orris) root extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, caprylic capric diglycerides and Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil.

So to cut the story short, this body serum is a mix of oils, extracts and shea butter.

For a compound that contains so many oils, it goes on surprisingly liquidy. There’s a light floral scent that doesn’t overwhelm, in case you were wondering or hoping for a mucho scented experience.

It doesn’t quite sink in that quickly, true to its oil nature and does leave a slight sheen behind when absorbed, so you’d not want to use this on your skin and put on clothes that’re absorbent too quickly. It does moisturise but of course, the tester’s too small in quantity to show much effect, especially when used on a large surface area.

So I can’t really say if it does rejuvenate my skin or work miracles on it. While it does moisturise delightfully with a light scent, I’m not sure if it’s worth the splurge. But the ingredient list looks good and if you have slightly more mature skin, I’m guessing the oils would work for you much better than lighter emulsions and body lotions.

~*Item reviewed was part of a Bellabox paid for by me*~


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