Matte Therapy Cleansing Gelee Aroma Purifying Gel-to-Cream Wash
5 fl. oz. for $44
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths)
Last Updated:03.22.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Far from being an exemplary, fairly priced cleanser for normal to oily skin, this inadequate formula irritates skin with a high amount of coconut alcohol followed by numerous fragrant plant oils. The irritation this cleanser causes is a problem for the eye area and will likely make oily skin worse by stimulating oil production at the base of your pores. Talk about bad therapy! And why Remede feels their products must contain synthetic coloring agents is anyone’s guess.


This water-activated gel-to-cream cleanser ditches the day’s debris while taking a swipe at sebum, for skin that’s beautifully balanced and remarkably matte. Featuring Carrageenan Moss from French Brittany to provide hydration and barrier protection, and soothing, antibacterial essential oils of rosemary and lavender. Comfort-boosting CBT-21 leaves skin fresh, smooth and never moisture-sapped.


Water, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract, Myrtus Communis Oil, Origanum Majorana Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Geraniol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coumarin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool, Capryloyl Glycine, Citral, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citronellol, Xanthan Gum, Farnesol, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5, Blue 1

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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