[W.] Foaming Cleansing Creme

by Sothys Paris  [W.] Lightening
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$34 - 4.2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
4/25/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Chamomile, white tea, and brown seaweed are what Sothys claims will lighten dark spots when you wash your face with this cleanser. Not only do these plant extracts make up only a tiny fraction of the formula, but also there's no research anywhere proving they lighten discolorations, not to mention that these ingredients are rinsed down the drain before they can have any impact. This is a standard water-soluble cleanser that's less appealing than many others due to its high price and the inclusion of sodium lauryl sulfate. The small amount of sodium lauryl sulfate (a known skin-irritating cleansing agent) means it's not likely to be problematic, but the amount of fragrance is telling because it proves again that Sothys is more concerned with scent than with results that support its claims.

This foaming cleanser eliminates impurities and makeup as it helps lighten dark spots with white tea, chamomile and brown seaweed. This cleanser is the perfect way to jump-start the lightening process.

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Glyceryl Laurate, Glycol Distearate, PEG-3 Distearate, Sorbitol, Fragrance, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Bisabolol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Butylene Glycol, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sodium Chloride, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Agarum Cribosum Extract, Isobutylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

We have to admit we weren't looking forward to reviewing this line. We've been aware of Sothys for some time, and over the years many women have asked us what we thought of it. We don't ever mind being asked what we think of a product line, but in this case it was the way we were asked that we found depressing. Somehow this spa-oriented line has developed an almost reverent reputation for being a superior skin-care line.

A question would go like this, "What do you think of Sothys?" We would reply, "Not much, the formulas are either out of date or contain problematic ingredients and the price tag is silly for what you get." Inevitably, the response would be, "Really? I thought it was one of the best lines around … it's French, you know?" Sigh. Yes, we do know. But …

Despite a long French-heritage, dating back to 1946, this spa-oriented brand with a vast array of products doesn't deserve a reputation for being anything other than an overpriced spa  brand to avoid.

Most of Sothys skin-care formularies are so far behind the times that using them is akin to using a typewriter instead of a computer—the formulations are as ordinary and mundane as it gets. Almost all their moisturizers lack any reasonable amount of antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients. Also consider that there are no effective products for those struggling with blemishes or blackheads, despite their claims. It is astounding that in a line with dozens of facial moisturizers (most with repetitive formulas), not a single one includes a sunscreen. How can this brand be so incredibly blind to the number one cause of wrinkles and skin aging? If they aren't aware of the critical importance of sun protection, then how much do you want to trust them in any other aspect of helping your skin?

Sothys makes much ado about the training it provides to aestheticians. Not having attended any of their classes, we can't speak specifically to the content of what they teach, but if their products are even vaguely representative of what they inculcate, woe to those aestheticians who rely on Sothys as their source of skin-care education.

When all is said and done, and you've gotten past the smoke and mirrors, nothing else matters if you don't have well-formulated products, sunscreens, exfoliants, acne products, options for rosacea and sensitive skin, and/or reasonable pricing. And that's where Sothys falls flat on its scrubbed, steamed, masked, and spa "purified" face.

For more information about Sothys Paris, call (305) 594-4222 or visit www.sothys-usa.com.

Note: Several names on Sothys Web site and other sites retailing this brand list one name on the product page and another on the product itself. In our reviews we list the name on the product itself.

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