Body Excellence Firming and Rejuvenating Cream (Discontinued)

by Chanel  Precision
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$85 - 5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Anti-Cellulite/Firming Products
Last Updated:
8/2/2012
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes
Because alcohol is the second ingredient, this body cream isn’t moisturizing or firming in any way. Instead, the alcohol causes irritation and free-radical damage, which isn’t firming or rejuvenating in the least. The only thing excellent about this product is how much of a waste of time and money it is.
A powerful firming duo of ingredients, including an organic silicone derivative, helps maintain skin’s support system for a demonstrably denser look, with enhanced suppleness and “bounce.” A unique complex of smoothing sugars gently exfoliates coarse, uneven areas, helping to stimulate cell renewal on a daily basis.
Water, Alcohol Denatured, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Shea Butter, Octyldodecanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Canola Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Fragrance, Tocopherol Acetate, Urea, Glucosamine HCL, Hibiscus Esculentus Seed Extract, Methylparaben, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Laureth-7, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Zingiber Cassumunar Root Extract, Sorbic Acid, PEG-12, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide

The history of this Paris-bred line is steeped in fashion, jewelry, and fragrance firsts. The image-is-everything fashion sensibility and fragrance know-how have been loosely translated to Chanel’s ever-imposing skin-care collection, now divided into several categories, although most of them have overlapping, overly exaggerated claims and over-the-top pricing. The company likes to mention its research facility, referred to as C.E.R.I.E.S. (Centre de Recherches et d'Investigations Epidermiques et Sensorielles) as a way to give credibility to its products and the formulary expertise of Chanel's team of scientists, but its studies are not necessarily the kind of independent research that shows up in medical journals.

Founded in 1991 and funded by Chanel, the goal of this research facility is "to help provide a scientific foundation for the design of skin care products and to promote public awareness of the principles underlying maintenance of healthy, attractive skin." Examining Chanel's often lengthy ingredient lists reveals that they believe healthy, attractive skin requires mostly standard, banal ingredients coupled with lots of fragrance and just a smattering of anything resembling state-of-the-art ingredients. Designing skin-care products whose purpose is to reinforce healthy skin doesn't involve strong scents, irritants such as alcohol, or sunscreens whose SPF ratings fall below the standards set by major health organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology and corresponding international academies as well. Furthermore, their Nº 1 products claim to increase skin's oxygen uptake, something that essentially puts skin on the fast track for more free-radical damage, and no one at C.E.R.I.E.S. seems to have any idea about how to treat acne-prone skin. (Well, let's face it, acne is never fashionable.)

Just like most Chanel skin-care products, the research facility and its ties to the dermatology community make it sound more impressive than it really is. Chanel's influence on fashion and luxury accoutrements is legendary and ongoing; but their skin-care products simply cannot compete with what many other lines are doing, including Estee Lauder, Clinique, Prescriptives, Olay, Dove, Neutrogena, and many others. Considering the couture-level prices, too much of Chanel's skin care is average, and that doesn't look good on anyone.

For more information about Chanel, call (800) 550-0005 or visit www.chanel.com.

Chanel Makeup

Chanel pulls out all the stops to present their makeup in the most flattering light. Many of their products are deserving of the best status, but, frustratingly, an equal number disappoint, seeming to coast on Chanel's name and attention to upscale, designer-influenced packaging rather than providing true quality. For example, few companies have foundations with textures as varied and state-of-the-art as Chanel. However, most of their foundations with sunscreen are formulated without essential UVA-protecting ingredients, even though Chanel clearly knows about this issue, as evidenced from their numerous skin-care products that do contain avobenzone or titanium dioxide. Neglecting adequate UVA protection while going on about how the product creates younger-looking skin is not only inaccurate, it's harmful to your skin's health and appearance.

Beyond inadequate sunscreen, Chanel's eye and lip pencils have extraordinary prices, but ordinary to poor performance, and most of their "we're trying to be unique and clever" products don't do much to prove they're worthy of purchase. It's hard to ignore that much of what Chanel does well other lines do just as well (and sometimes better), and with a more realistic price range to boot. However, the overall situation is better than standard but well-dressed formulas with shamelessly affluent prices, because although it's not inexpensive, the best of Chanel's makeup is truly outstanding. What's needed to establish consistency is an overhaul of the many products that have fallen behind formula-wise. We doubt Chanel will reevaluate their pricing for the better, but given that, the least you should expect is stellar performance from everything you buy that bears the iconic double C logo!

Note: Chanel is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Chanel does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

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  1. CocoChanel
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
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      3 / 4
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      2 / 4
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      2 / 4
    My cat likes the fragrance .....
    • My Ragdoll cat --- whose name is Coco Chanel ---- absolutely adores the fragrance of this body lotion; she's always trying to lick it off my hands! Other people, however, have commented that they find the fragrance extremely offensive, so one has to take care in whose presence it's applied. When it is used as an all-over body lotion, it can become somewhat overwhelming. It seems to work all right as a hand lotion and I actually find its results to be far superior to those delivered by the Body Excellence Nourishing & Rejuvenating Hand Lotion (whose fragrance is definitely NOT APPEALING to me, my cat or anyone else for that matter and which actually greatly offends my cat, Coco Chanel, who paws at her nose repeatedly then turns tail and runs away as fast as she can, just to escape that awful hand lotion)! I can't say that I'm totally devastated to learn on this web site that this particular product is apparently being discontinued.

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