Pevonia Botanica

Pevonia Botanica At-A-Glance

Strengths: One outstanding eye cream and retinol product for lips; a couple of very good cleansers and toners; products don't take everything-but-kitchen-sink approach to ingredients.

Weaknesses: Pervasive use of irritating synthetic and natural ingredients; no sunscreens included as part of daytime skin-care routine; sole sunscreen contains sensitizing preservative; no skin-lightening or BHA options; lack of effective options to manage acne; jar packaging; hokey claims that don't have substantiated proof.

Pevonia is a spa/salon line of skin-care products that has been around since 1991 and, like countless other spa lines, speaks of its unification of natural ingredients with advanced scientific technology. Its vast range of products showcases all manner of gimmicky ingredients, including caviar, numerous essential oils, marine DNA, and products said to oxygenate skin. Many of their products make mention of being triphase and homogenized. Although that may make them sound special, those terms are common to cosmetics chemists involved in mixing various ingredients. For example, many moisturizers (and emulsions in general) have multiple phases as they are being manufactured. One phase gets a certain blend of ingredients, those are mixed, and then the next phase is added. Hardly anything to brag about.

You may hear aestheticians selling Pevonia products speak of the outstanding results the products provide, all due to the company's fastidious selection of holistic, natural ingredients. It can be a spellbinding speech, but the reality is that many of the natural ingredients Pevonia uses (including lemon oil and arnica) are documented problems for skin, and many synthetic ingredients are included and some are also problematic. Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate and methylisothiazolinone aren't the least bit natural, and their inclusion in these products is further proof that Pevonia's self-proclaimed title of skin-care leaders in the spa industry is on par with McDonald's spearheading vegetarianism. Of course, the overall message is to not let yourself get caught up in any cosmetic company's grandstanding until you have examined the proof behind the proclamations.

As expected, not everything is plant-infused smoke and mirrors with Pevonia. They deserve credit for their mostly succinct ingredient lists and do have a handful of remarkable products that are, surprisingly, fragrance-free. This is definitely a line to shop very carefully, and note that none of their routines are recommended because not a single one of them has a group of problem-free products (and all of them omit sunscreen, yet several products claim to offer UV protection, which is dishonest and misleading).

For more information about Pevonia, call (800) 446-3751 or visit www.pevonia.com.

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Average After-Sun Soothing Gel Pevonia Botanica After-Sun Care  $36.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Good Phyto-Aromatic Mist Pevonia Botanica After-Sun Care  $35.50 6.80 fl. oz.
Poor Renewing Glycocides Cream Pevonia Botanica AHAs  $65.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Spot Treatment Pevonia Botanica AHAs  $48.50 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Spa Teen Blemished Skin Blemish B-Gone Pevonia Botanica BHA  $21.00 0.40 fl. oz.
Average Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $34.50 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Spa Teen All Skin Types Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $18.50 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor Hydrating Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $40.00 6.80 fl. oz.
Poor Timeless Balm Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $38.00 4.00 fl. oz.
Good RS2 Gentle Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $41.00 6.80 fl. oz.
Poor Spa Teen Blemished Skin Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $18.50 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor Phyto-Gel Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $38.00 6.80 fl. oz.
Average Dry Skin Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $29.50 6.80 fl. oz.
Best Sensitive Skin Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $29.00 6.80 fl. oz.
Poor Clarigel Exfoliating Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $29.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Combination Skin Cleanser Pevonia Botanica Cleansers/Soaps  $29.50 6.80 fl. oz.
Poor Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Cream Pevonia Botanica Enzymes  $43.50 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Eye Make-up Remover Pevonia Botanica Eye Makeup Removers  $29.00 6.80 fl. oz.
Best Evolutive Eye Cream Pevonia Botanica Eye Moisturizers  $67.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average "C" Evolutive Eye Gel Pevonia Botanica Eye Moisturizers  $71.50 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Collastin Eye Contour Pevonia Botanica Eye Moisturizers  $70.50 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Aromatherapy Face Oil “Jouvence” Pevonia Botanica Face/Body Oils  $24.50 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Aromatherapy Face Oil “Douceur”, for Sensitive Skin Pevonia Botanica Face/Body Oils  $23.50 0.20 fl. oz.
Poor Aromatherapy Face Oil “Harmonie”, for Combination to Oily Skin Pevonia Botanica Face/Body Oils  $24.50 0.50 fl. oz.
Best Lightening Gel Pevonia Botanica Lighteners Without Hydroquinone  $52.50 1.00 fl. oz.
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