Monday, 25 July 2016

Schaf Radiance and Firming Serum: Review + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Schaf is a brand I had the pleasure to acquaint myself with earlier this year and I have been nothing but impressed so far (their Eye Cream is one of my all-time faves!). The brand speaks to me because of its dedication to natural, effective ingredients as well as a line-wide ban on iffy additives like parabens, sulfates, and silicones. Their products are designed for all skin types (with lightweight oil-free moisture-binding ingredients like hyaluronic acid) and are all cruelty-free and 100% natural. 

Schaf's newest product is a bit of a powerhouse. The Radiance and Firming Serum** is the first serum in the brand's lineup and does not pull any punches in terms of promises and ingredients. It comes housed in a 30mL glass bottle and retails for $60 CAD

The Radiance and Firming Serum** promises to hydrate, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is designed to brighten, refine, and keep skin hydrated all day with some serious glow. Lots of claims, but it has the ingredients to back it up! 

Not only is the serum (like all Schaf products) free from nasties like parabens, artificial colours and fragrances, sulphates, mineral oil, silicones, and petroleum (full list of no-nos below), it touts fantastic active ingredients like hyaluronic acid (to hydrate), niacinamide (a potent antioxidant and skin tone-evener), Vitamin C (to brighten), and peptides (to hydrate and repair skin). The ingredient list is brief and potent, with no unnecessary fillers or irritants. 

The Radiance and Firming Serum** comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a handy pump dispenser. One pump is really all you need for your entire face! As you can see in the bottom photo, the texture of the serum is quite watery, but has just enough viscosity  that it doesn't drip everywhere. It spreads over the face easily and fully absorbs within a few minutes. Also, unlike most vitamin C-based serums out there, this one does not have an overpowering orange scent, which my sensitive skin quite loves! Instead, the fragrance is ultra subtle. 

Instead of playing coy, I'll just come out with it: I'm so in love with this serum! Here is a (pro heavy) list of pros and cons reflecting my experience:

  • The texture of this is incredibly light, which my oily skin loves!
  • Despite the light texture, I find this to also be deeply hydrating. In a pinch (or on an extra steamy day), I can get away wearing this only without any face cream or oil over top
  • This has not irritated or broken out my sensitive, acne-prone skin one bit
  • I have definitely noticed that my skin is now more even-toned and some dark spots have noticeably faded
  • A little of this (one pump) goes a very long way, so I can see the bottle lasting quite a long time!
  • This is cruelty-free and free from several nasty, toxic ingredients
  • At $60 CAD, this is actually more reasonably priced than many conventional and green beauty serums on the market...
  • That said, $60 CAD still might not be in everyone's price range

Overall, this serum is a serious winner! Younger skins will love it for the light texture, dry skin will love it for the deep hydration, and aging skins will love it for the brightening and tightening. Pretty much zero complaints about it- my skin is so happy!

Now for an exciting surprise- Schaf was kind enough to provide an extra Radiance and Firming Serum for me to give away to one lucky reader!! You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.


Winner will receive one (1) full-sized (30mL) bottle of Schaf Radiance and Firming Serum at a retail value of $60 Canadian

Must be 18+ years of age to enter

Giveaway is open internationally

Contest ends August 8th at 12:00am (midnight)

Entries from fake/giveaway accounts will not be counted. Let's be honest, people! 

Good luck to all entrants!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week :)


** This product was provided to me as a PR sample for consideration and review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% authentic and my own! 


  1. This sounds absolutely wonderful. I like that it's 100% natural and is hydrating (but light). Serums can be tricky!
    Sounds like a winner.

  2. Radiance & Firming? Sounds right up my street! My current favourite skincare product is Omorovicza Omoressence - it's so hydrating! xx

    Beautylymin| Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Giveaway

  3. My current favourite product is cold pressed organic Rosehip Oil! It's been such an amazing addition to my skincare routine.

    ps: Thank you so much for the giveaway, I entered and fingers crossed. Absolutely loving the ingredient list, it's so impressive!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  4. My favourite skin care product at the moment is Avon ANEW Reversalist Night Renewal Cream ..I use it & its awesome :)

  5. I always look forward to your skincare reviews because we have the same type of skin. But regardless, my HG product is Elta Clear sunscreen.

  6. I currently am loving the Pixi skindrink product glowtonic!! Thanks for an awesome giveaway :)

  7. I currently am loving the Pixi skindrink product glowtonic!! Thanks for an awesome giveaway :)

  8. Oooh it's surprisingly affordable for a serum! I always expect serums to be sooo expensive. It sounds like Schaf has another winner - I'm also a huge fan of their eye cream!

  9. Sounds awesome! I'm loving sheet masks now!

  10. I am enjoying Burts Bees cleansing oil! Thanks for the contest!

  11. I never heard of this brand before but radiance & firming (count me in)! My fav skincare product is from Pai -theirs rosehip oil is amazing because it could be used all over my face & I especially love it as eye cream

  12. My current favorite skincare product is sunscreen, specifically Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 for sensitive skin. It's a physical sunscreen free of fragrance, alcohol, and parabens. It does leave a bit of a white cast (but can be blended in), but since I have very fair skin it's not a problem at all. Thanks again for the giveaway!


All of your lovely comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your musings, ideas, and opinions. Feel free to leave a link to your blog- I'd be happy to check it out :)