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Peaceful Patchouli Moisturizer
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16 fl. oz. for $11.95
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:02.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Peaceful Patchouli Moisturizer contains a significant amount of patchouli oil, whose volatile components (including eugenol) can be irritating to skin. Far from being a peaceful experience for anyone’s skin, this moisturizer also contains several other plant extracts and oils known to be irritating, and the heavy thickeners it contains can quickly clog pores. Patchouli oil may smell appealing, but fragrance isn’t skin care, especially for someone with sensitive, reddened skin.

Claims

Earthy, woodsy, stimulates, sedates, anxiety reducer, aphrodisiac, sensual, exotic. These are some of the attributes long ascribed to Patchouli. Whatever the benefits, its soothing performance on dry, sensitive & chapped skin is legendary. Patchouli Oil is one of the few essential oils that improves with age--much like yourself. Hemp seed oil serves as an ideal super fatting agent, adding lubricity and preventing the skin from becoming irritated or too dry. Enjoy this all-over lotion whenever you have skin that requires tending.

Ingredients

Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Coco- Caprylate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Emulsifying Wax NF, Butyrospremum Parkii (Shea Butter), Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Lecithin, Glycerin, Calendula Officinalis, Flower Extract, Foeniulum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, Rosa Canina (Rose) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sambuca Nigra (Elder) Flower Extract,Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, 1,2 Hexanediol/ Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

Brand Overview

Kiss My Face At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; generous sizes; some very good sunscreens, occasional use of antioxidants without troublesome plant extracts; some fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Nearly all products contain one or more problematic plant extracts or volatile plant oils; the Obsessively Organic line is a dud; no products to treat acne or lighten skin discolorations; several bar soaps; no reliable AHA or BHA products; irritating toners; problematic self-tanner.

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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