Fragrance Free Intense Hydration Cream is a disappointment on two major fronts. Primarily, it's the disingenuous name, "Fragrance Free," because this is loaded with fragrance from citrus extracts, and also contains a troubling amount of the irritant carrot extract (Daucus carota).
Second, it contains citrus ingredients (orange extract and mandarin peel oil) that have the potential to cause a phototoxic reaction when applied to skin that's exposed to UV light. See More Info for a detailed explanation of why you should avoid fragrance in cosmetics.
While Yes To added a very nice array of moisturizing oils, fatty acids, skin-identical ingredients, and a few antioxidants, they aren't enough to save this problematic formula—even if Yes To had elected not to package it in a jar. See More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem for moisturizers.
Bottom line: Even though Fragrance Free Intense Hydration Cream contains a few notable emollients and beneficial ingredients for dry skin, its drawbacks make this product one you should skip in lieu of the better-formulated alternatives you will find on our list of Best Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime).
- Contains a few non-fragrant plant oils that are beneficial for dry skin.
- Includes antioxidants and skin-identical ingredients that all skin types need.
- Packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once opened.
- Despite the "fragrance-free" on the label, it does contain fragrant extracts and oils.
- The citrus ingredients pose a risk of irritation and skin reactions in the presence of sunlight.
Irritation from Fragrance: 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 Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
This dermatologist-tested night cream is perfect for normal-to-dry types looking for a nourishing, fragrance-free formula to help protect delicate skin.
Aqua, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Persea Gratissima Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Squalane, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Ipomoea Batatas Tuber Extract, Mel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Diethylene Glycol Monophenyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.
How this Israel-based brand of skin-care products came to be so widely distributed is an impressive marketing feat. It’s sold in over a dozen countries and we’ve seen it locally in such diverse places as Safeway (a grocery store) and Ulta (a salon/spa/cosmetics boutique). Business is booming in the natural products market, and it appears that the Yes To brand is on its way to being one of the frontrunners! Yes To products were even featured on the popular daytime talk show The View. Clearly, this line has attracted the attention both of consumers and the media.
Why all the fuss? We’ll do our best to explain, but the simple reality is that the success of this brand is due to the fact that lots of consumers want natural products, regardless of whether or not the formula is beneficial for skin. Many women (but not those who read our reviews) are completely unaware that many of the products from the so-called “natural” product lines contain just as many synthetic ingredients as “unnatural” brands. That’s no longer the case with Yes To products, but not too long ago, it was!
The Yes To brand is divided into four sub-brands: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes and Yes To Blueberries. The original launch and the largest group is Yes To Carrots. After the carrot-containing products became a hit, the company began to assemble a tossed salad of other products, including their Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes to Blueberries. What next? We’re anticipating Yes To Lettuce and Yes To Blue Cheese Dressing, that way you can make a complete salad!
All kidding aside, Yes To products are worth a look if you prefer mostly natural ingredients, though not every natural ingredient Yes To uses has been proven beneficial for skin, and some are problematic. As with most natural-themed lines, there are a handful of Yes To products to consider. But few of them are state-of-the-art and there are no products to successfully manage acne or blackheads, lighten skin discolorations, or significantly reduce redness
Although it is commendable that Yes To doesn’t make over-the-top anti-aging claims, a skin-care line should help take care of skin’s daily needs, and this line’s products are somewhat lacking. All the fruits, vegetables, and any natural ingredient you can name isn’t enough to protect skin from the cumulative damage of unprotected sun exposure (the Yes To brand does sell a couple of excellent sunscreens) or to satisfy other skin-care needs. It’s a nice idea to think that tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and blueberries are as good for your skin when applied topically as they are for your health when consumed as part of a healthy diet, but that’s simply not the case. Still, if you shop this line carefully you’ll come away with some workable products that are pleasant to use.
For more information about Yes To and its food-themed brands, call (888) 929-3786 or visit www.yestocarrots.com.