06.13.2011
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Alchemy Cleansing Concentre Antioxidant Rinse
Rating
4.4 fl. oz. for $44
Category:Skin Care > Makeup Removers > Eye Makeup Removers
Last Updated:06.13.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Stating that this cleanser is “the best defense against the first signs of aging” is akin to stating that a candy bar is the best defense against a diet lacking nutritional value! This is a very standard makeup remover that contains a long list of plant extracts, most of which have antioxidant properties. That’s nice, but given how this product is used (meaning rinsed off), the antioxidants won’t have much chance to benefit skin. This removes all types of makeup, but … Wow! … is it expensive (really expensive) for what you get! There’s really no reason to consider this over much less expensive makeup removers from Almay, Neutrogena, or Clinique. Despite that caveat, this deserves a good rating for its performance, but the price for these ingredients is nothing more than marketing nonsense. Women just have to stop falling prey to this insanity.

Claims

A soft cleanser rich in antioxidants, combines moisturizing emulsifiers and exfoliators, and removes all types of make-up and debris, while infusing skin with humectants and brighteners. The best defense against the first signs of aging.

Ingredients

Water, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, Propylene Glycol Isoceteth-3 Acetate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Ethylhexyl Ethylhexanoate, Peg-8, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract (Faex), Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Protease, Subtilisin, Octyldodeceth-25, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Propylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium Edta, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium Edta, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Fragrance, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Limonene

Brand Overview

Laboratoire Remède At-A-Glance

Strengths: One good tinted moisturizer with SPF 30.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no products to treat acne or skin discolorations; jar packaging.

This expensive, French-themed skin-care line is owned by Bliss, a New York–based spa that is in turn owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. It has been around since 1997, when a group of "overachieving French scientists" decided to create products that repair and protect skin from further damage. Based on the product selection and their ingredients, it seems that these French chemists were more aligned with mad scientists than with what it takes to create a truly beneficial range of skin-care products. If the goal was to provide products that help repair damage, why do so many Remède items contain ingredients that generate free-radical damage and cause cell death, such as hydrogen peroxide? And why does keeping skin in top shape have to be so expensive? It doesn't, but the marketing direction and the rather shockingly high prices have a lot more to do with this line's pretense than with skin care.

According to information on www.blissworld.com, each Remède product "contains a 'formula core' of advanced ingredients, plus permeation technology to get the dew down deep." The reality is that many of these products are some of the most troublesome around, and sunscreens are in very short supply. Then again, marketing sunscreens isn't fun or sexy, so it's easy to see why Remède chose to downplay this essential and instead focused on their fantasyland of claims promising to tackle every concern someone with aging skin may have. Never mind that the ingredients are mostly ordinary and incapable of coming anywhere close to being an all-in-one solution. Remède may brag about the ability of their products to penetrate and deliver ingredients deep into your skin. But for many Remède products that would be a major problem, because it means your skin would be penetrated by skin-damaging ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide, peppermint oil, and lemon oil. As expected, there are a handful of remarkable choices, but they're not remarkable because they do what Remède claims; rather, they are praiseworthy because they contain blends of ingredients that are legitimately capable of improving the healthy functioning and appearance of skin.

For more information about Laboratoire Remède, call (888) 243-8825 or visit www.remede.com.

Note: This brand will soon be updated with its newest products!

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