Darphin Paris
Vital Protection Age Defying Protective Lotion SPF 15
1.7 fl. oz. for $120
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes

The SPF rating on this product cannot be relied on because no active ingredients are indicated, a truly strange misstep for a major cosmetic company such as Darphin. The formula contains titanium dioxide, but unless it is listed as active, you can’t bank on it for reliable sun protection. By the way, titanium dioxide isn’t a “100% natural” filter. The process used to create the titanium dioxide that is included as a sunscreen and the manner in which it’s coated to be aesthetically pleasing is not an all-natural process. The formula contains other synthetic sunscreen ingredients also, but again, they’re not listed as active. We are also concerned about the number of fragrance chemicals in this moisturizer, all of which are known to be irritating.


A daily Darphin lotion with 100% natural filters and powerful antioxidant edelweiss protects the skin against environmental stress factors and provides anti-aging benefits.


Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Nylon-12, Sorbitan Stearate, Isohexadecane, Aluminum Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Di-PPG-3-Myristyl Ether Adipate, Sucrose, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Lecithin, Triacontanyl Pvp, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Alcohol, Fragrance, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Zinc Oxide

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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

Member Comments

No members have written a review yet. Be the first!

Enter a title for your review
First Name, Last Initial
Email Address
How would you rate this product on the following:
500 characters left

Terms of Use

585623-IIS1 v1.0.0.369 3/2/2015 2:45:37 PM