03.12.2013
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Elemis
Herbal Lavender Repair Mask
Rating
2.5 fl. oz. for $46
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Oil-Absorbent Masks
Last Updated:03.12.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:No
Overview

Herbal Lavender Repair Mask contains thyme, rosemary, and lavender oils, none of which have any reparative effect on skin. The clay helps absorb excess oil, but the vegetable oil serves to defeat that purpose, making this a poor formulation all around. Some of the plant oils, such as thyme, would be good for skin if the extract form was used, as this can be a source of antioxidants without the fragrant components known to cause irritation.

Claims

This powerful oil-absorbing, healing and regenerating mask contains antiseptic Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender Essential Oils. These synergistically rebalance and purify the skin, making this the ideal mask for sallow, combination and teenage skins prone to spots and congestion.

Ingredients

Water, Kaolin, Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Oil (Olus), PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula (Lavender) Angustifolia Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Methylparaben, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Linalool

Brand Overview

Elemis At-A-Glance

Strengths: Almost all of the sunscreens contain one of the recommended UVA-protecting actives; a good sunscreen for those with sensitive skin; one good cleanser; the self-tanner is great for dry skin; a few worthwhile products in the men's line.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; many products contain fragrance components that can cause irritation; some of the sunscreens contain embarrassingly low SPF ratings; mostly average yet overpriced moisturizers; no reliable exfoliants; no skin-lightening products; no effective anti-acne products; masks that are bound to confuse skin; claims that entice consumers to believe various plants will prevent wrinkles and revitalize skin.

Elemis products are sold at upscale department stores, such as Nordstrom, and in select spas. The company describes itself as having the most successful professional spa and anti-aging range of products in the world—quite a boast, especially considering that we've never seen Elemis listed on any review or comparison of the financial status of cosmetics companies, and we review that sort of information frequently. I'm comfortable wagering that Aveda, Darphin, Decleor, Sisley, Sothys, or even Yon-Ka have greater sales than Elemis each year, but we suppose they're hoping the fiduciary boast helps establish their credibility stateside. Even if their numbers were accurate, popularity does not necessarily equate to quality; cigarettes and getting a tan are still popular, and both are terrible for skin.

Just like every spa and salon line we've ever reviewed, Elemis uses the exact same approach to skin care that their competition does—touting the miraculous properties of essential oils and the benefits of aromatherapy. Of course, Elemis wants you to believe that their blend of nature and science is the only way to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free for as long as possible. As is true for many lines, Elemis has followers, and some of the customers we overheard at our local Nordstrom store were excited about this line. One woman actually commented to her husband: "Look, honey, these are the products used in that expensive spa we went to, so they must be good!" Although we really wanted to tell her that spa products and price tags have nothing to do with formulary excellence, we kept my mouth shut; we get in enough trouble at cosmetics counters as it is.

On first glance we weren't real enthused about this line, and after extensive review and researching their products, we are even less enthused, plus a bit irritated at the paucity of value represented. For the most part, this is nothing more than an average collection of products whose elitist spa positioning allows them to get away with charging an exorbitant amount of money for products that cannot possibly do what they say. Even worse, they may hurt your skin in the process due to the irritating fragrant plant extracts they contain. As expected, sun protection as part of daily skin care is given little attention (their daytime moisturizers top out at a whopping SPF 7), while there are numerous moisturizers and serums claiming to increase skin's dermal respiration, oxygenate tissues, and make inelastic, sagging skin a thing of the past. If you're the type to fall for such false promises and want plants galore, there's not much else we can say to keep you from exploring this line. But if you're skeptical and concerned chiefly with getting the best possible skin care for your needs (and dollars), then Elemis is a line you can safely and absolutely ignore (if you want to splurge there are far better options).

Falling for the Elemis spa trappings, potent fragrances, and "we're-imported-so-we're-better" philosophy won't provide your skin with the litany of ingredients it needs to function at its peak and to resist signs of aging that can be legitimately addressed with state-of-the-art products.

For more information about Elemis, call (800) 423-5293 or visit www.elemis.com.

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Friday, February 01, 2013
Where Elemis gets its cachet

The MAIN place one can find the British Elemis products is in the Steiner spas on cruise ships. It's only been within the past decade that they have been sold in shops and online. Ship spas market the products they use their in facials and body treatment with--depending on the ship--a very hard sell, and I agree with Paula that they are mostly not good (and crazy overpriced). Having said that, some of their products are harmless and smell heavenly, such as the exotic frangipani monoi oil (aka Moisture Melt). I sometimes use this a body fragrance. The Japanese camellia oil is very nice too.

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