Nourishing Botanical Body Cream

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$30.50 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
8/28/2013
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No
Tested On Animals:
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There are many elements of this body moisturizer to admire and they could (loosely) be considered nourishing. It's an emollient mix of plant oils and shea butter along with a small amount of some good antioxidants which are all helpful for dry skin. However, the overpowering fragrances in here, both synthetic and natural, are disappointing.

Fragrance is never skin care, especially not in this amount as it takes over the formula and imparts irritation to skin especially if you just shaved your legs and then apply this. We know a product that smells nice is important to many women but we hope great skin care with brilliant ingredients and none of the bad becomes the more important factor in any skin care purchase.

Last, labeling this 'botanical' is a stretch of the imaginations. Although there indeed plant-based ingredients in here, there are also synthetically-derived ones as well. Don't fall for the all-natural hype this line is build on!

Pros:
  • Great blend of plants oils and shea butter for dry skin.
  • A few good antioxidants.
Cons:
  • Contains far too many irritating fragrance components both synthetic and natural.

This concentrated, hydrating body cream helps the skin retain moisture throughout the day. With shea butter and avocado oil to help soften, and pure orange, lavender and rose-scented geranium essential oils to delicately fragrance the skin.

Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitellaria Paradoxa (Shea Butter), Talc, PEG-20 Stearate, Echinacea Purpurea (Echinacea) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Carbomer, Geraniol, Benzoic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Linalool, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactic Acid , Ethylhexylglycerin, Citronellol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Citral, Coumarin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate.

Liz Earle began her United Kingdom-based cosmetics company in 1995 with her name affixed to the label, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skin Care. Originally located on the Isle of Wright, the company their products were inspired by the natural foliage of this part of the world’s rainy, cold environs.

A prolific writer of more than 30 beauty books along with a background as a beauty journalist and broadcaster, Earle became a diehard believer in all things natural. One of her books even suggests you can beat cellulite with scrubs, creams, and massage oils. We wouldn’t bet on it any more than the allure of all natural holds the answer to having beautiful skin, but even Earle’s products don’t follow that philosophy wholeheartedly as they are not all natural in the least. In fact, you could say they are about as natural as polyester. Labeling the line “naturally active” is a clever play on words; it makes you think the products are natural without really saying they are.

After 15 years of being one of the biggest independent UK-based personal care companies Liz Earle was bought by Avon in 2010. That has certainly changed the face of the company! It’s interesting to point out that despite Avon’s home consultant business model, Liz Earle stopped the home consulting side of their business shortly after joining the fold at Avon.

Business decisions aside, the products are what matter and what’s inside those products matters most. We were first struck by the line’s lack of sunscreens. The company’s convoluted explanation for this is how the weather in the UK doesn’t warrant it (though we’re not sure how that factors into the brand’s U.S. distribution) and also because synthetic sunscreens are bad for skin. None of that is true. Daylight (as in UV light, which is present whether the sun is shining or not) in any amount causes immediate and long-term skin damage. Only a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure a day causes premature aging, though you won’t see these effects until years later. Numerous studies have shown how regular use of sunscreen with all types of active ingredients, including synthetic and mineral, makes skin look significantly younger, longer—and reduces risk of skin cancer.

The company does say mineral sunscreen ingredients are good yet that only shows up in their Daily Eye Repair with an SPF 10 (SPF 15 is considered the minimum by medical and regulatory boards around the world) and it appears this product is only be sold in the U.K. There is no explanation why there aren’t other mineral-based sunscreens in the line.

Although we find the lack of sunscreens a sign of bad (or at least shortsighted) skin care, we are also highly skeptical of skin-care companies that sell bust and neck treatments. Earle’s Superskin Bust & Neck Treatment claims the natural ingredients it contains can plump skin around the bust. Again don’t count on it, but we admit the application description will arouse something! Ironically, the description for the product explains how sun exposure ages skin, but then we’re going back to the lack of sun protection in the line. Now that’s contradictory! Regardless skin on the neck, chest, and face benefit from the same state-of-the-art ingredients and there is not a shred of unbiased research to the contrary.

Despite the reservations mentioned above, there are some interesting formulations in Earle’s line with great price points. But even the better formulas suffer from too much fragrance, dubious and overblown claims, and prevalent use of irritating plant extracts. Oddly enough, the fragrance-free formulations in this product line have some of the more ordinary formulations when it comes to antioxidants or soothing emollients—two categories of ingredients those with sensitive skin really need.

In short, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skin Care is nothing to get all that excited about, whether you’re a fan of natural ingredients or simply want skin care from the U.K.

For more information about Liz Earle, visit www.lizearle.com or call 1-800-515-5911.

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