Tested on animals:No
It's a shame this very emollient moisturizer contains some fragrant plant oils known to be irritating, because, with one other exception (explained below), it would be an excellent option for exceedingly dry skin.
The fragrant plant oils include myrrh and geranium plus angelica, which contains chemical constituents that can be phototoxic, including bergapten, imperatorin, and xanthotoxin. Although some of the components of angelica oil have antioxidant ability, it is a risky ingredient to use on skin if you are going to expose it to sunlight (Sources: www.naturaldatabase.com; and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, March 2007, pages 1737–1742).
The other issue is jar packaging. Because all plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Unfortunately, all of this adds up to a very rich moisturizer that would be a much better option for very dry skin if it were not packaged in a jar and if the problematic plant oils were omitted. Now that would be divine!
- Exceptionally rich, creamy texture for very dry skin.
- Jar packaging won't keep the plants and other important ingredients stable during use.
- Formula contains several fragrant oils research has proven are irritating to skin (see 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).