Tested on animals:Yes
This surprisingly emollient moisturizer would be a great option for dry to very dry skin if it didn’t contain fragrant lavender oil along with fragrant ingredients that pose a risk of skin irritation with each use. See More Info to find out why lavender oil is not a pleasant ingredient to see in skin care, despite its association with calming one’s senses before sleep.
Described as providing the hydrating power of a mask with the lighter feel of a cream, this moisturizer contains some very good skin-softening and hydrating ingredients. The best among them, like jojoba oil and a castor oil derivative, won’t remain as stable and effective as possible because this night cream is packaged in a jar. See More Info to learn why anti-aging products packaged in jars don’t equal money well spent.
Although this moisturizer contains denatured alcohol (the bad kind of alcohol for skin), the amount plus the heavier emollients that precede it likely mean it poses minimal to no risk of irritation. Still, even small amounts of lavender oil are problematic, and this night cream simply doesn’t have enough going for it to earn a recommendation from us—not when there are so many brilliant moisturizers that take beautiful care of dry skin.
Last, this moisturizer contanis a form of the beta hydroxy acid ingredient salicylic acid and has a pH that would allow it to work (to a degree) as an exfoliant; however, the amount is most assuredly less than 1%, so it cannot be relied on for exfoliation.
- Creamy-rich texture feels comforting on dry skin.
- Moisturizes without feeling greasy.
- Lavender oil poses a strong risk of irritation.
- Jar packaging won’t keep this cream’s most intriguing ingredients stable once opened.
Lavender oil: Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it’s fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
Jar packaging: The fact that this product is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you’re introducing bacteria, which cause further breakdown of key 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; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).