You know I like eco cosmetics, especially for their sunscreens. Now, their new product series with focus ingredient OPC is finally here, after I was able to have a look at it at the Vivaness natural cosmetics fair this February.
I tried the cleansing milk, their SPF 10 day cream and their SPF 30 cc-cream. All of these products show the same color – a brown, orangy shade probably due to the grape ingredients and the mineral particles. This is only faintly visible on the skin itself, no worries. The day cream is 29,50 €, the cc is 35,50 € and the cleansing milk is 19,50 €.
So what is OPC? The oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) are derived from grapes and together with Q10 they are used in the formulation to prevent radical formation. Free radicals are threatening the skin and so we want to prevent their formation. Eco cosmetics also adds plant-derived hyaluronic acid that is able to be absorbed into the skin and keeps the moisture, therefore they are stating the product is made for a juvenile appearance as skin looks more elastic and full.
With the cc-cream I do not see a lot of coverage. It actually only gives me a hint of a bronze without shimmer. And the benefit of having spf 30 on my face. But I am not convinced with the scent of all of the products. The ingredient list is as follows:
Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Glycine Soja Oil*, Punica Granatum Fruit Water*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Talc, Zinc Oxide, Isoamyl Laurate, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Alumina (Corundum), Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ubiquinone, Oryzanol, Xanthan Gum, Cetearyl Glucoside, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Punica Granatum Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
The products are Cosmebio certified and I think they are a good mixture of sun protective ingredients coupled with nourishing plant extracts. With the new product ranges comes a new packaging system and that has its pros and cons. First of all, they are very hygienic as you do not touch the cream with your fingers. Instead is is pressed out of a slit. If you mind the brown stains on the pan you need to wipe the top after every use.
The day cream is not suitable for highly demanding skin as I feel like I could use another product on top. But for oily skin I think it would make the perfect base including a low daily sun protection factor.
The cleansing milk is not foamy at all but when used with the conjac sponge it is more fun. Then, in combination with a make up removing cotton pad or wash cloth, it gets the job done and the skin feels fresh afterwards.
But same problem here: the product is naturally tinted and therefore your sink and remover wipes will become stained aswell. But I think ingredients are more important than a possible stain somewhere so I’d not abandon the product because of the color.
Also I can highly recommend the conjac sponge as it just makes washing your face more fun and easy. The cleanser foams more and the structure of the sponge gives you a light peeling. But you have to take good care of your sponge so that it can last up to 3 month. You need to wet it twice daily otherwise it will turn solid again. Also give it enough space to dry hanging to prevent mold formation.