A short while ago, I wrote a review discussing the newest edition to the La Mer skincare range: The Moisturizing Soft Lotion. Although I definitely could and still can recommend it with all my heart (it is absolutely beautiful and in my own opinion even nicer to wear than the original, heavier face cream) one of the things that I highlighted in the review was the fact that the product didn’t come with an INCI-list and that it wasn’t easy for me to receive the same by contacting the SA’s.
Due to a misunderstanding, I thought it to be impossible to ever get hold of a full ingredient list, but La Mer immediately reached out to me to ensure me that they would provide me with all information needed. Obviously, that made me really happy as all I ever wish for with That Luxurious Feeling is to provide you all with as much information as possible, in order for you to be able to make informed decisions before shopping for beauty.
A couple of days ago, I received the INCI-list and first thought I would simply rewrite the original review. But I’ve decided not to and instead post this second article. For me, it is important to be able to stand for what I write and the fact that I didn’t have an easy time to read the ingredient list is just the way it is. I have the huge advantage to work with super professional PR managers that went all the way to provide me with in depth details and I’m very grateful for that. But as a regular consumer (on the Middle East market), my conclusion is still that I miss the INCI-lists in the La Mer packaging. I love to read about the ingredients!
Now, La Mer have kindly let me know that for the U.S. market, the INCI-lists are in fact provided with the products and I was incredibly happy to learn so! I know that we all like to read up on ingredients and obviously, when a brand is high-end and quite expensive, our expectations of what’s inside them turns sky-high! It is fair game, I believe.
I’ve promised you the full INCI-list for The Moisturizing Soft Lotion so here goes, with great compliments to La Mer:
I know that a lot of you have been waiting for this post and you are more than qualified to read the list yourself. Therefore, I won’t get into all the details but I still wish to add some small comments:
First of all, please go back and read the original review where you’ll get an idea on the interesting and ground breaking technology used in this cream. Secondly, in that article, I’ve already mentioned a bunch of ingredients worth highlighting.
As for the INCI-list provided, I’d like to focus on these ingredients in particular:
- Petrolatum. Mentioned as the second largest compound in the product and the one ingredient that divide us beauty-lovers into two team. Either you use it and love it, or you won’t put it anywhere near your face. Petrolatum is not to be confused with Petroleum but it is a byproduct of it, derived from crude oil. As someone who have previously worked in high management within the oil- and gas industry, I can’t really say that this ingredient is sexy. It is FDA-approved as an over-the-counter skin protectant, it is considered “safe” as what we get is the refined, cosmetic-grade petrolatum which has to undergo the highest standards of purification. This is not an impure ingredient. It holds the natural ability to prevent TEWL (trans epidermal water loss) which makes it excellent in keeping your skin moistured. What it doesn’t do great though, is working as a carrier for other good ingredients that need to deeply penetrate the skin, simply because it sits on top of the skin and forms a barrier where nothing will get in – or out. This is why I can’t really see why it have to have such a prominent spot in this cream, especially since the 4th ingredient is Shea Butter which is a beautiful alternative to petroleum jelly.
- On the upside I want to highlight the fact that the cream is jam-packed with Sesame seed oil, Alfalfa seed powder, Sunflower seed oil and Sweet almond. All such beautiful and nourishing ingredients for the skin and such amazing company to the Algae (seaweed).
- Hexapeptide-8. This is something I like! By some called “Botox in a jar” but I wouldn’t take it as far as that. We love and need out peptides for anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle purposes in general, but this synthetically created peptide is different than the others. It very gently causes the muscles that creates wrinkles like crows feet and frown lines to relax, making the lines disappear as the layers of skin smooths out. It is nowhere as powerful as botox, it doesn’t reach deep enough into our skin layers and the effect is very mild. Still, it is a great addition to this product! It holds water-binding properties as well, which will plump up the skin from within.
- Butylene Glycol. This colourless alcohol is considered to be “safe” by the FDA and CIR for topical application and is very common in cosmetic products. It is used as an humectant, as it is phenomenal in retaining water from the air and keeping it within the skin. It is a great conditioning agent and commonly used to decrease the viscosity of creams, making the product softer and easier to apply. I love the fact that it is known to be highly resistant to humidity; something that we sure need here in Dubai!
There you have it, my sweeties. I truly hope that by looking at the ingredients, you might be able to determine if this is a product that will match your standards and come to your likings. We all have different skin, we react to different ingredients and so on. But knowing what’s inside a product usually creates a brand loyalty if it resonates with what you believe in. I hope that this has been helpful. ♥