Among this body oil's main ingredients are a mix of non-fragrant plant oils that are great for dry skin. Things go astray with the inclusion of numerous fragrant oils; they smell divine, but they won't do your skin any favors. In fact, your skin is better off without them because each has research proving it irritates skin, which is never the goal.
Nutmeg and cedarwood oils are among the fragrant oils most likely to cause irritation, plus the main fragrant component of nutmeg—isoeugenol—is considered carcinogenic (Sources: National Toxicology Program Technical Report Series, September 2010, pages 1–178; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
- Replenishes, smoothes, and softens dry skin.
- Doesn't feel overly greasy.
- Contains several fragrant oils and fragrant plants that research shows are irritating to the skin or pose other risks.
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).
This dry body oil provides rich nutrition, while intensely beautifying the skin. Its formula brings to the skin a perfect balance of fatty acids; nourished, it reveals all of its softness. This oil's non-greasy texture coats the skin in a silky film with sensuous vanilla-tinted notes of Jasmine.
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol.
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.