Time to review one of my favorite serums from the Dr. Weil for Origins – Mega Mushroom Skincare line. Actually it is not one of my favorite, it is my favorite and the only serum that I’ve repurchased and will continue to repurchase because the product works and offers great value for your money! I have tried four products from the skincare line; overall, I love the serum, like the cleanser and lotion but did not like the face cream. This skincare line is centered around the reishi mega mushroom (more details on this mega mushroom later in the post).
Dr. Weil Mega Relief Set
The set I got was the Mega Relief set which includes a 50ml cleanser, 50ml soothing lotion, 30 ml serum and 30ml face cream. I got the set from Sephora which didn’t include the makeup bag. The current set was retailing on Origins’ website for $72 ($111 value). Unfortunately, it is no longer on the website but I would keep an eye out for these value sets if you want to try a few products.
If you only want to try one or two of the items, I would suggest wait until Sephora’s Friends & Family sale in April to get 15% off!
Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser
This mega-mushroom face cleanser is extremely gentle so if you have sensitive skin then this will be a good option for you. It is non-foaming and very similar to the Fresh Soy Cleanser and the Liz Earle Cleanser. With these non-foaming cleansers, I am convinced it doesn’t do a good job of deep cleaning and definitely would not be able to take off makeup. It is best to use it in the morning when you need a gentle cleanser or use it your as the second cleanser after you take off your makeup using a stronger cleanser. This cleanser leaves my skin extremely smooth and supple. Overall, I like it and will keep an eye out to see if it comes in a set with the serum but I will unlikely buy this separately.
Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion
The mega-mushroom skin relief soothing lotion is basically a toner you use after cleaning your skin and before you put on the serum. It is a clear liquid that isn’t sticky but is definitely more hydrating than your usual toner. I currently love the Caudalie Grape Water and I find this soothing lotion to be more hydrating. The only annoying part is the large opening of the 50ml bottle so I have to be careful every time to not pour out half of the bottle. I like this lotion and similar to the cleanser, I will keep an eye out to see if it comes in a set with the serum but I will probably not buy this separately.
Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum
Now onto my favorite serum, the mega-mushroom skin relief advanced face serum. I Love this serum. I have tried so many serums over the last 9 years and have never repurchased any because I love trying new products and didn’t find any product good enough or a must have that I needed to repurchase. This serum was the first that I repurchased and will continue to repurchase. There are three main reasons why this serum is a must have for me:
- First, I can use this serum year round. My skin type is generally normal but it is slightly oily in the summer and dry in the winter. The texture is between a gel and cream and the serum gets absorbed immediately into the skin. The product is non-sticky so it’s great even when it’s super hot in the summer. Yet, the serum is hydrating enough that I can use it in the winter.
- Two, this serum soothes, calms and hydrates my skin. Even though the serum is light, it keeps my skin well hydrated and smooth. For a while I couldn’t figure out if it was the Caudalie Grape Water or this serum in my new skincare regime that was keeping my skin smooth. I experimented by pairing the water with a different serum and a different water with this serum – it was this serum. Also my skin gets irritated easily and becomes redder / darker as the day goes on (no idea why) but I have noticed this serum helping to keep my skin calmer during the day. Since using this serum a year ago, my skin is honestly just smoother and calmer.
- Three, for the price of the product, the hydrating and calming effects it delivers to my skin makes it a great value. At $54 for a 30ml serum, it is not cheap but on the relative spectrum of other serums, ~$50 is the entry point. I have tried so many serums around this price point that didn’t deliver that much or at least I don’t notice a huge different. The other serums are nice and do their jobs fine but none of them were memorable and wowing. Please note, I have never tried the pricier serums (i.e., SK II, La Prairie, La Mer) so I can’t compare but those products are so pricey that it’s not even comparable.
Overall, I love this serum and already plan to buy my 3rd bottle during Sephora’s F&F sale in April! Please note, the mega-mushroom skincare line does have a slight herbal smell, similar to Sulwhasoo products. The smell goes away after a few minutes but if you don’t like the scent then this product line might not be for you. I personally like the scent and find it to be calming! If you came to this post because you are debating on whether to try this serum then I would highly highly recommend it!
Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream
Lastly the mega-mushroom soothing face cream – sadly I didn’t like this product. The texture is definitely a cream – it has a thick texture but it is absorbed into the skin quickly. To me, this cream does nothing. In fact, I think it dehydrates my skin more than anything. Regardless if I use it during the day or at night, this cream makes my skin drier than if I just use the serum alone. I really don’t get it. For example every time I use this as a night cream, when I wake up the next morning, it feels like I didn’t even put on any moisturizer the night before. My skin is tight from lack of moisture. I thought I wasn’t using enough so one night I covered my face very generously; nope, it still dehydrates my skin. I honestly just don’t get it – I am definitely not going to repurchase the product.
What is Reishi Mushroom?
Before starting to write this post a few days ago, I knew this skincare line was centered around a mega mushroom but after researching the reishi mushroom, I realized the reishi mushroom is actually another name for Ling Zhi (霊芝 or 灵芝). Ling Zhi or reishi mushroom is a very well-known and expensive natural medicinal food used in Eastern Asia culture for thousands of years. I have always known about Ling Zhi and how it is supposed to be great for your body. Wild and natural Ling Zhi fetches astronomical prices. The mushroom helps to boost your immune system and is believed to prevent cancer. There are so many articles talking about the health benefits of Ling Zhi or reishi mushrooms if you want to read more.
I’m glad I didn’t find out reishi mushroom is Ling Zhi until recently; otherwise I would question whether my positive impressions of the serum are placebo. Ling Zhi mushrooms command so much respect among the Asian population and has been hailed as one of the super foods for thousands of years. I am certain it’s not placebo because I love the serum long before I knew it has Ling Zhi. I’m sure the products contain the tiniest amount of this mushroom or it would be priced at La Mer’s price levels if not more.
Who is Dr. Weil
Based on Dr. Weil’s Wikipedia page, he is an American celebrity doctor who is broadly described as the guru of holistic health and integrated medicines.
Thank you for reading! I hope this review was useful and if you do end up trying the serum or any other products from this skincare line, let me know if you also love it!