ORIGINS Mega-Mushroom

Whether factually knowing it, or intuitively knowing it, I have surrounded myself with the good health that comes from mushrooms.  Yes, I repeat, mushrooms.  Let me explain…..
I remember being a bit confused at first…..I had a brand called Four Sigmatic sending me Reishi Mushroom Drink Mixes, and I wasn’t quite sure what I thought about it.  Hot Mushroom Drink?? Not to mention the fact that it tasted good and I felt great after drinking it…..was this some sort of trick?!
Well come to find out, Mushrooms are one of nature’s original superfoods.  Fast forward to living near one of Los Angeles’ most popular health food markets {Erewhon} where they started serving Reishi Cappuccinos….Erewhon sells and makes food for some of the most health-consious people in Los Angeles, so if they are into it, it must be gospel, right?  I remember for months there was a huge billboard outside the market with a big Reishi Mushroom.  So strange, right?  And then literally these crazy little mushrooms started popping up everywhere I turned around!
Some of the most important health benefits of reishi mushrooms include their ability to slow the aging process, detoxify the body, reduce blood pressure, eliminate inflammation, prevent cancer, improve cognitive ability, and boost energy.
I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the team over at Origins, and what do they show me?  A whole line dedicated to the REISHI Mushroom!


Reishi have a 7000 year history of use. Referred to as the “Mushroom of Immortality”, it’s believed to have life-extending properties and is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to heal, improve health and promote longevity. It’s also known to possess potent skin-soothing properties and is used to help calm, comfort and relieve visible redness in sensitive skin.

One of Origin’s TOP selling products is the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion.  In all honesty, this was a FIRST for me.  You know how much I use and test products and I had never used anything with Reishi for the skin, nor had I used a skin lotion.  Of course I was cracking up that it was Reishi, but excited to hear all the details of why this product was so successful.

This extra-light treatment lotion features Dr. Andrew Weil’s famed Mega-Mushroom blend. It helps soothe, comfort and hydrate skin so it looks and feels healthier, more supple and refreshed. Great for sensitive and reactive skin.

First, to clarify, even though it’s called a lotion, it’s not literally a lotion.  It’s a clear, liquid formula, that is more like a toner.  You can use it on a cotton pad, or I just put a little squirt in the center of my hand and pat it into my skin from my palms.  It’s meant to be used after cleansing the skin, before serums, moisturizers, etc.  It has become a cult product for many women around the world, especially those that have tried multiple products for rosacea, eczema, dryness, or other variants of irritation.  Countless reviewers state how this has changed their skin, and something they cannot live without.  I can also say for myself that it has quickly become one of my favorite products.  I literally saw a change in my skin after one day of using it.  WOW!
I was excited about this product, and wanted to carry on and use others from this line.  I also have been using the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum.

This potent serum is fortified with Sea Buckthorn plus skin-repairing Reishi, irritant-soothing Chaga and Cordyceps mushrooms, long used in Chinese medicine to heal, promote longevity and improve health. Used faithfully, skin is transformed from reactive to resilient and from stressed to soothed to reveal a healthier, more radiant appearance.

I put this serum on after the lotion, and only need about 2 pumps for the whole face.  This serum helps even out skin tones, reduce redness and irritation, and gives a major boost of radiance.
Lastly from this line, I’ve been using the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask.

This creamy treatment mask with Cordyceps and Reishi Mushrooms plus Ginger, Holy Basil and Turmeric instantly calms and soothes while visibly reducing redness with regular use. And a unique blend of Marine Algae and moisture-replenishing plant extracts helps revitalize and restore luminosity to stressed skin and rebuild a protective barrier. Leaves skin calm and comforted.

This is one of the top masques I’ve ever tried!  It’s brightening, soothing, and helps smooth the skin so much.  It also helps treat the tiny little bumps I get around my cheeks.  One of the secrets to using this masque is that you can actually use it overnight as a night cream…. you will wake up glowing with a beautiful, even complexion.
Bottom line, ESPECIALLY if you suffer from redness, rosacea, irritation, or lack-luster skin, I highly recommend you giving this line a chance.  Secondly, you should probably get your hands on that lotion….. I mean there’s a reason why it has such a cult following…..!  I have been thrilled with the results I’ve gotten this past month since using these products, and can’t wait to discover what more Origins has to offer.  I’ll make sure I link the three REISHI GEMS below!