Chinese Botanical Moisturizer (Discontinued)

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$4.99 - 4 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/26/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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Chinese Botanical Moisturizer begs you to discover for yourself what the ancient Chinese knew about skin care—but relying on this folklore is akin to thinking a computer from 1982 is just as advanced as what you can buy today. Ancient civilizations of any kind didn’t know about sun damage, the damage caused by irritation, how blemishes were formed, or the benefit of cell-communicating ingredients and skin-identical ingredients. This moisturizer has a lot of fragrance and several Chinese herbs whose effectiveness for skin is unproven. We do know that ginger can be irritating to skin, and that’s a good reason to eat Chinese food rather than use this China-themed product. Even without the ginger, this problematic moisturizers contains plenty of plant extracts and oils research has shown are irritating (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

The Chinese have trusted botanicals for thousands of years to heal the body; inside and out. We have blended Chinese herbs in a light, natural formula to moisturize and help heal your skin. Discover for yourself what the ancients knew.

Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Tian Men Dong (Asparagus), Xi Xin (Wild Ginger), Chu Hua (Chrysanthemum) Gan Jiang (Ginger), Da T’Sao (Fujube), Ko Ken (Kudzu Root), Sang Zhi (Mulberry Twig), Shao-Yao (Peony Root), Fu Ling (Poria), Wu Wei Zi (Schizandra), Artemisia Pallens Oil (Davena), Ormenis Multicaulis Oil (Moroccon Chamomile), Eugenia Caryophyllus Oil (Clove), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cathamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Rosa Canina (Rose) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract,Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Lecithin, Sorbic Acid, Squalane, 1,2 Hexanediol/Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance

Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.

Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.

What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.

For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.

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