Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Molton Brown Peruvian Maca Anti-ageing Hydra-cream - or don't impulse-buy skincare
I did a quick scan for mineral oil and wheatgerm oil (none), spotted some silicone in the formulation but thought it would probably be okay as it wasn't one of the very first ingredients, and completely failed to clock how high fragrance is on the INCI. Fragrance is listed before shea butter and the other botanical ingredients - which means that this moisturiser has next to no shea butter etc in it, or a lot of fragrance (or possibly both).
The texture of this moisturiser is nice, and it does hydrate skin well - no flaky patches even in the cold weather. Unfortunately, the fragrance is overwhelming to my nose and it doesn't fade either. It's an ozone-y type of smell that is meant to smell clean, but reminds me of washing powder or washing-up liquid, and that's not a smell I want on my face. I also found that it made my skin feel a little itchy after application, and I had spots develop in unusual places (tip and side of nose, cheeks, just above eyebrows) within a week of use twice daily. This is a typical sign that my skin dislikes a particular product so I've discontinued use and I'm borrowing Mr and Miss London's Mu London Hemp Moisturiser while I wait for the Pai Skincare I've just ordered to arrive (the spots have gone).
If you are still interested in Molton Brown moisturisers, I'd strongly recommend trying a sample first if you can, but if not definitely giving it a good sniff first (I'm doubly annoyed at myself because a lady in the Molton Brown shop did offer me a sample but I just barged ahead and purchased it). This is not a full review as I haven't used the product long enough to do that - more a caution to read the ingredients list and sample first.