I have dry skin and live in a high mountain desert, so I need some serious face moisturizer or I look like Yoda. I was using Eucerin COQ10 before trying to go toxin free and I loved that product for it’s effectiveness and yellow cake batter smell. I am now using a moisturizer made by our wonderful compounding Pharmacy, Alpine Apothecary. It totally rocks, is 100% safe and has peptides which fight wrinkles! I think they’ll ship it if you’d like to order it: www.alpineapothecary.com. In between those times, I tried out Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Moisturizing Cream. I still use this when I run out of the Alpine Apothecary lotion. Here’s my review:
Ingredients: Aqua, Cetyl alcohol, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Glycerin, Alcohol denat (38b, lavender*), Rosa rubiginosa (rosa mosqueta) seed oil*, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Hypericum perforatum (st. john’s wort) oil, Glyceryl linoleate, Glyceryl linolenate, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Prunus amygdalus amara (bitter almond) oil, Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) leaf extract, Echinacea purpurea (coneflower) extract, Equisetum hyemale (horsetail) extract, Tocopheryl acetate, Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, Urtica dioica (nettle) leaf, Ascorbic acid, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, Beta-carotene, *organic”
Cosmetics Database Score: 3 (low end of moderate hazard), but may be a 1 (see Notes)
Potentially Hazardous Ingredients: retinol, tocopherol
Pros: it works very well to moisturize dry skin and it has a nice consistency. It absorbs well and doesn’t leave an oily sheen. You can wear it under makeup no problem. It’s better as a summer than a winter moisturizer if you’re looking for super duper moisture.
Cons: it smells weird and is an unfortunate pink putty color. It sort of reminds me of my Nana’s lotions and not in a good way. Plus, this is a total nit, but the packaging looks cheap for a product that is moderately expensive.
Notes: the reason this is a 3 instead of a 1 or 2 on the Cosmetics Database is because the Cosmetics Database thinks it contains Retinol which is a form of Vitamin A. What’s bizarre is that the ingredients on the package don’t match the ingredients on the Cosmetics Database. I listed the ingredients from the package. I don’t see Retinol listed anywhere in the packaging, so use your judgment. Although Vitamin A is a naturally occurring and crucial vitamin, retinol is ranked an 8 on the Database, because when it’s exposed to UV rays it can produce free radicals potentially contributing to cancer.
Overall Score (0 being worst, 10 being best): 8
Where to Buy: Whole Foods, online