Whenever I review a skincare product I make sure to use it for at least a month. Your skin renews itself every 28 days or so to know the real deal you have to use a product at least that long. After the month is up I choose to blog about the product after one of the following three triggers:
1) I’m so excited about it that I have to blog about it straight away
2) I’ve used up the entire bottle and want to blog about it while it’s still fresh in my mind
3) I’ve decided to stop using it because I don’t really like it that much
The Anti-Aging Soothing Emulsion for sensitive normal, or combination skin by Bio Beauté by Nuxe fell into the 3rd scenario for me. I bought it in the summer at Monoprix in Avignon, France. The summer months are so nice for dehydrated skin. Hydration takes a back seat to sun protection worries. This is why I picked a lighter product than normal . The emulsion is a bit watery and it separates easily which I guess is why it was called an emulsion and not a cream. However by definition creams are an emulsion (binding water and oil and getting them to stay together) so I’m not really sure what the marketers were trying to achieve there. Plus if there is water in the product then you’ll need preservatives which will hopefully be of the naturally-derived, more expensive, non-paraben kind.
Now for the big test – how well does the product work/do I enjoy using it? The smell of the emulsion is definitely fruity and not entirely unpleasant. The color is slightly cream colored, not the usual unnatural-looking white. However, the consistency and the lack of hydration are what killed it for me. The formulation is too runny and the skin feels slightly sticky or taught afterwards, not in the this-product-must-be-doing-something-for-my-fine-lines kind of way but more in the my-skin-feels-really-dry kind of way.
I couldn’t find a full ingredient list on the web or on the tube so I can only piece together limited information about the contents of the product. According to the website, the main plant and certified organic components are cherry, plum, and peach extracts and apricot kernel oil. Also the website boasts that 98.6% of the ingredients are natural in origin and 57.9% of the total ingredients are organic. To me that sounds pretty good. The tube bears the ECOCERT, COSMEBIO, and “Organic Cosmetic” labels. COSMEBIO was new to me, although I had heard of ECOCERT. Both are French organic certification bodies. However, “Organic Cosmetic” was too generic of label. I couldn’t find any information on the internet about the certification, if indeed it is a certification. The label also claims to be paraben free. Fine, but prove it to me by providing a full ingredient list!
In summary for me this was not a good product. However it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some redeeming qualities, I think it was how the ingredients were all put together that didn’t do it for me. Take the nice fruit extracts, bottle them with some floral water, make a toner instead and now you’re talking. I’d definitely sign up to that!