With a texture much closer to a moisturizer than a serum, this product contains several beneficial ingredients that show Lauder’s influence on Darphin’s formulas. (Estee Lauder Corporation acquired the brand a few years ago.) Unlike many Lauder moisturizers, this contains several volatile fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. It also contains an assuredly irritating amount of fragrant coriander oil. Coriander can cause a phototoxic reaction in the presence of sunlight and is also known to cause contact dermatitis (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). How important is an “exquisitely scented” product if the fragrance isn’t doing your skin any favors? From a marketing point of viewwe suspect Lauder’s execs figured scent was more important than the quality of the product.
This potent, exquisitely scented serum, with Omega 3,6, & 9, helps reduce the appearance of first lines and wrinkles as it nourishes dry skin all day long to promote silky soft skin.
Water, Shea Butter, Butylene Glycol, Tridecyl Stearate, Triisostearin, Apricot Kernel Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate Tridecyl, Trimelliate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Rosemary Leaf Extract, St. Paul’s Wort Extract, Olive Fruit Extract, Wheat Bran Extract, Coriander Seed Oil, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Linoleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, PEG-8, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-32, PEG-6, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, 1,2, Hexanediol, Benzphenone-4, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Isoeugenol, Yellow 5
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.