Sothys Paris

Sothys Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Shockingly, this line has no strengths, but it does deserve mention for good self-tanning products and their Double Lightening Serum.

Weaknesses: Expensive; a preposterous number of ordinary moisturizer and serum formulas sold with grandiose claims; overuse of fragrance; several moisturizers contain.

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 We would reply, "Not much, the formulas are either out of date or contain problematic ingredients and the price tag is silly for what you get."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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Average [C] Renewal System Microdermabrasion Mask Sothys Paris Scrubs  $93.00 2.24 fl. oz.
Average [W.] Double Lightening Serum Sothys Paris Lighteners Without Hydroquinone  $93.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Average [W.] Foaming Cleansing Creme Sothys Paris Cleansers/Soaps  $34.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Average [W.] Lightening Touch-Up Powder Sothys Paris Loose Powder  $40.00 0.17 fl. oz.
Average Active-Contour Age-Defying Cream Sothys Paris Eye Moisturizers  $51.00 0.50 fl. oz.
Poor Active-Contour Destressing Mask Sothys Paris Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $35.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Body Lotion with Cherry Bud and Lavender Sothys Paris Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $38.00 5.07 fl. oz.
Poor Clarifying Correcting Serum Sothys Paris Serums  $52.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Clarte & Confort Clearness Refreshing Mask Sothys Paris Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $34.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Clarte & Confort Concentrated Serum Sothys Paris Serums  $51.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Clarte & Confort Light Cream Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Clarte & Confort Protective Cream Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $42.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Creme Reparatrice Active Cream Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $41.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Eau Thermale Spa Softening Body Gel Sothys Paris Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $28.00 5.07 fl. oz.
Average Eau Thermale Spa Velvet Cleansing Water Sothys Paris Cleansers/Soaps  $24.00 6.70 fl. oz.
Poor Floral Water with Angelica and Hawthorn Sothys Paris Toners  $33.00 6.76 fl. oz.
Average Fluide Hydra-Matite Hydra-Matt Fluid Sothys Paris Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $41.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Average HOMME Age-Defying Active Care Sothys Paris
- HOMME
Face/Eye Moisturizer  $49.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Good HOMME Detoxifying Active Cleanser Sothys Paris
- HOMME
Face/Body Cleansers  $29.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Good HOMME Revitalising Hair and Body Care Sothys Paris
- HOMME
Face/Body Cleansers  $28.00 6.76 fl. oz.
Average Hydra-Protective Vitamin Serum Sothys Paris Serums  $45.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Immuniscience Fluid Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $41.00 1.69 fl. oz.
Poor Immuniscience Mask Sothys Paris Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $32.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Good Lift Defense 2 Serum Sothys Paris Serums  $70.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Lift Defense Age-Defying Enriched Cream Sothys Paris Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $55.00 1.70 fl. oz.
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