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Aromatic Cleansing Balm
Rating
1.35 fl. oz. for $45
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The name of this thick, tricky-to-rinse cleansing balm for dry skin is a tip-off that it's going to be problematic. "Aromatic" is another way of stating "highly fragranced," which describes this cleanser perfectly. If only its intoxicating scent was great for your skin, but that's not the case!

Research has shown that the fragrant oils in this cleansing balm can irritate the skin, and just think how it would feel if you got this cleanser in your eyes! So, although this rich balm may feel luxurious on dry skin, and it easily removes all types of makeup, it's not a cleanser we recommend because irritation hurts everyone's skin.

Pros:
  • Cushions and replenishes dry skin as you cleanse.
  • Removes all types of makeup.
Cons:
  • Rich, thick texture can be difficult to rinse.
  • Contains fragrant plant oils known to be irritating.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Claims
Indulge in a blissful, purifying spa experience! Rapturous aromatic pleasure engulfs you as this opulent balm entraps impurities, nourishes, and relieves tightness. Magically transforms with water into a silky, non-oily, non-comedogenic milk to leave skin pristinely clean, smooth, supple and luminously radiant.
Ingredients
Hydrogenated Polydecene, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Glycerin, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Sorbitan Oleate, PEG-10 Laurate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Decyl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-10 Hydroxystearate/Stearate/Eicosadioate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Water\Aqua\Eau, Beta-Carotene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Behenyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dextrin Palmitate, Hexylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Phenoxyethanol.
Brand Overview

Darphin Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lauder's influence on this line has resulted in only a few improved products; there are some good cleansers; some worthwhile serums and moisturizers; a couple worthwhile masks and a good skin-lightening product that's remarkably similar to a less expensive option from Clinique (another Lauder-owned brand).

Weaknesses: Very expensive; no effective products to address acne or other types of breakouts; pervasive use of skin-irritating fragrant oils; only one sunscreen and it has problems; jar packaging for products that contain air- and light-sensitive ingredients.

From its beginnings as a spa line developed for French aestheticians in the late 1950s, Darphin's core belief is that beauty comes from inner balance and harmony of the body, mind, and soul. This vision was truly new decades ago, and while it sounds great as an image-enhancing philosophy, it never translated, either back then or now, into progressive products that will make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin. In fact, among all of the skin-care lines espousing natural ingredients and botanical extracts, Darphin is the least impressive, with inadequate, dated formulations. Close competitor (and forerunner) Clarins at least includes several daytime moisturizers with sunscreen and also offers a complete collection of sunscreens for the body. Not so with Darphin, whose sunscreen selection is limited at best. Apparently, inner balance involves putting your skin at risk for wrinkles, discolorations, sagging, and, potentially, cancer.

Estee Lauder acquired Darphin in 2003, but that investment has resulted in little improvement or change to this line, options that are desperately needed. Almost without exception, Darphin products are vastly overpriced for what you get. Many of them contain problematic ingredients or plants whose benefit for skin is unknown or merely anecdotal.

As you might expect, most of the anti-aging claims Darphin makes for its products stem from the exotic to commonplace plants and plant extracts they contain. Although it's appealing to think that familiar substances such as ginseng, sandalwood, and corn can firm skin and improve the signs of aging, they do no such thing. Adhering to Darphin's skin-care routines (all of which involve multiple products, most with redundant formulas) would leave skin vulnerable to sun damage, and the many fragrance components found in products throughout the line increase the chance that skin will suffer a phototoxic reaction when exposed to sunlight. Considering the premium prices of these products, that's a lot of potential for a literal and figurative burn!

For more information about Darphin Paris, owned by Estee Lauder, call (866) 880-4559 or visit www.darphhin.com.

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