Harmonie Calm Delicate Milky Cream Emulsion

by Decleor  
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$70 - 1.69 
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizers/Anti-Aging
Last Updated:
3/11/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This lightweight moisturizer is assuredly overpriced for what you get, but it's among Decleor's better formulas for normal to slightly dry skin. In terms of natural ingredients, almost all the plant extracts in this formula have soothing, anti-inflammatory activity—which, along with barrier-repair ingredients, is just what sensitive, reddened skin needs.

The drawback and reason for the average rating is the inclusion of fragrant ingredients known to be irritating. Although these are present in low amounts, which reduces the risk, when sensitive skin is your chief concern, these ingredients shouldn't be present in any amount.

This is a decent moisturizer if you're not experiencing symptoms of sensitivity, but there are better options (including many for truly sensitive skin) that cost less. One example is Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer from Paula's Choice; you'll find others in our Best Products section.

Pros:
  • Lightweight, emollient texture soothes slightly dry skin.
  • Contains several anti-inflammatory plant extracts.
Cons:
  • A moisturizer for sensitive, reddened skin shouldn't contain fragrance; this does.
  • Expensive.

This high-tolerance day cream with a silky, melting and luxurious texture is specifically formulated to care for sensitive and normal to dry skins. "Lacto Calm" complex, a synergy of precious flower milks, combines with protective and comforting plant active ingredients to gently soothe and moisturize.

Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Isononyl Isononanoate, Squalane, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Stearyl Caprylate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycol Palmitate, Panthenol, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Scrophularia Nodosa Extract, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract, Palmitoyl Pine Bark Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohols, Cottonseed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 60, Tocopheryl Acetate, Maltodextrin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycolipids, Sclerotium Gum, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Linalool, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

What can you say about a skin-care line where almost 85% of the products contain volatile, fragrant plant oils that have research showing they are irritating to skin? Few lines in this book received so many unhappy faces for this reason alone—yet those very oils are Decleor's claim to fame. This spa-oriented company was begun in 1975 by a massage therapist and is now owned in part by Japan-based Shiseido (whose sunscreens trounce Decleor's by leaps and bounds).

Decleor is all about aromatherapy for skin. They speak freely of the purity of the essential oils they use and the distillation processes that keep them active, but that's precisely the cause for concern. Yes, lavender, bitter orange, rose, geranium, neroli, and other "essential" oils smell wonderful, but the very ingredients that create those intoxicating scents are what is responsible for causing skin irritation, inflammation, and, in some cases, phototoxic reactions. These essential oils have active constituents but, because they are not regulated as such, any company can use whichever ones they like in any concentration. Moreover, companies don't have to indicate the quantities that were used, leaving the consumer to guess. The concept of aromatherapy has well-established benefits concerning inhalation of scents and the effects they have on one's mood and, sometimes, physiological function. But enjoying these oils via inhalation (where they really can be beneficial) is different from applying them to skin, where hypersensitivity is well-documented and topical usage is cautioned (Sources: Current Pharmaceutical Design, December 2006, pages 3393–3399; Phytotherapy Research, September 2006, pages 758–763; European Journal of Oncology Nursing, April 2006, pages 140–149; The Journal of Nursing, August 2005, pages 11–15; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Not only are most of Decleor's products a giant step backward for your skin, they're also a real misfortune when you consider Decleor's terrible sunscreens and lack of truly state-of-the-art ingredients. In short, experiencing these products in a relaxing spa environment may make you feel refreshed or invigorated—but if your goal is establishing a sensible, effective skin-care routine, you’ll need to keep shopping.

For more information about Decleor, call (888) 414-4471 or www.decleor.com.

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