27 wishes multi-purpose skin nurturing balm (Discontinued)

by philosophy  
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$19 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
7/1/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

We have but one wish for this moisturizer, and that the formulator would have omitted the irritating fragrant oils, none of which help solve "multiple skin concerns." If anything, using this product can potentially create more problems than you started with, and that's the wrong way to go about solving a problem!

This balm-like moisturizer starts out well, with skin-repairing glycerin as the first ingredient and some very good, non-fragrant emollient plant oils. It also includes two forms of vitamin E for an antioxidant boost, but the numerous irritating oils that follow spell trouble for all skin types. Please see More Info to learn why irritation from fragrant ingredients is bad, and check out our list of Best Moisturizers for superior options.

Pros:
  • Contains several excellent ingredients proven to help restore and protect dry skin.
  • Concentrated and affordable.
Cons:
  • Formula contains several irritating fragrant oils capable of causing significant irritation.
  • The fragrant oils keep this balm from being truly soothing. Your nose might be happy, but your skin won’t be.

More Info:
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Aging and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

27 wishes multi-purpose skin nurturing balm moisturizes, soothes, softens and helps protect to solve multiple skin concerns.

Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearyl Olivate, Shea Butter Glycerides, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-10 Dipalmitate, Water, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Phytosterols, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Squalene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Dipteryx Odorata Bean Extract, Juniperus Virginiana, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Bisabolol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Polyamide-5, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol

Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store élan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors, we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.

Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...

So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best products—but it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now owned Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.

For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.

Note: philosophy opts to use lowercase letters for every product they sell, so the listings below are simply following suit.

philosophy Makeup

Minimalism is a big theme among philosophy's dwindling, uneven range of makeup. Whereas the color options from this company used to be extensive, well-organized, and at times clever, what's lining the counter now needs help, in more ways than one. The major issue is the plethora of ordinary products that cost far too much for what they don't offer, which is innovation and, in almost every case, selection. The line shines brightest (pun intended) with its lip color offerings, though the best products in this category are counterbalanced by glosses or lip balms with needless irritants. If you're a fan of philosophy's skin-care products and are considering their makeup, you don't want to try to build a comprehensive color wardrobe with it. However, you'd be wise to explore the handful of pleasant surprises here, including an excellent bronzing lotion, foundation primer with sunscreen, and the multi-use makeup brush.

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