Tested on animals:Yes
The first thing we have to address in this review are the claims attached to this night cream, particularly that it contains a "13.5% Lunar-Peptide Complex." That is strictly marketing language around a made up name that is not actually an ingredient! It could have double the amount and it would still be meaningless in terms of what this product actually contains. Lunar-Peptide! Sheesh!
Putting aside our distaste for obnoxious marketing silliness, this fragrance-free moisturizer comes in an opaque, pump-style container, which means the good ingredients in here that are light- and air-sensitive will stay stable. The formula is best for normal skin, as it's too emollient for combination to oily skin types, and the absorbent ingredient nylon-12 could make it too matte for dry skin.
What earns this moisturizer some interest is that it contains a mix of some plant extracts that are antioxidants, as well as the potentially-intriguing ingredient present bakuchiol. Though it's not present in a great amount, and it's not clear how much is needed to have benefit, there is some emerging research showing it could have retinol-like properties without some of the side effects of retinol. Keep in mind though that this research is from a pharmaceutical company, and not supported by any independent peer-reviewed studies.
So what about that "13.5% Lunar-Peptide Complex" we mentioned earlier? There is one peptide included in the formula myristoyl nonapeptide-3, and while only having one peptide only is certainly not a bad thing, the claims certainly make it seem like you'll be getting a lot more in the deal! There really is nothing particularly stellar (or lunar, for that matter) about this one.
The 13.5% appears to be a mixture of this single peptide along with a couple of novel plant extracts with limited research about their topical benefit. Plus from what we can tell it still doesn't add up to 13.5%, but again, even if it did, this moisturizer is more surface spin than substance.
In the end, this is a moisturizer that does have some beneficial ingredients and certainly no bad ones, though Peter Thomas Roth has far better formulas to offer than this one.
- Contains some beneficial emollients and antioxidants.
- Contains the potentially-intriguing ingredient bakuchiol, which might have retinol-like properties.
- Only one peptide included in the "13.5% Lunar-Peptide Complex," and it's not present at 13.5%!
- More spin than substance.