Day moisturisers are a crucial part of keeping the skin healthy and smooth, protected from UV-damage and ageing as well as creating a fine base for makeup to sit on. As a result, choosing your day (or night) moisturiser should be based on a deep process of thought combined with a lot of experimenting until you find the one that works perfectly for you.
Dr Botanicals was very kind to send me the Duo Moisturiser Pomegranate Noir Indulgence Cream to review.
So without further ado, does it work and is it worth your time and money?
Here’s my chemist’s verdict:
The cream has a jelly white colour. It’s slightly transparent but you cannot see through it when it’s layered thick.
There are no colourants in the cream so this is the natural colour from the cream’s ingredients.
The texture of this moisturiser is somewhere between a cream and a gel with the cream texture being dominant. However, when the product is easily spread onto the skin and is absorbed quickly with no stickiness or heaviness left behind which resembles a gel more. So, it feels more like a cream but has characteristics of a gel.
This combination is excellent for oily skin as you won’t feel greasy or heavy but you will still moisturise your skin enough. It might not be the preferred feeling for someone with dry skin though who might want to get that deep, butter like moisturisation.
This moisturiser smells really nice. It has a cosmetic but floral scent. It’s quite sweet and pleasant. It definitely doesn’t smell like pomegranate but that’s a positive in my mind.
The scent comes from fragrance ingredients so it is not natural.
A 50mL tube of this moisturiser retails for £44. It is definitely on the expensive side and unfortunately I cannot justify the price based on the ingredients or function.
There are other moisturisers that are much more nourishing for the skin for similar price tags or less.
The cream tube comes in a similarly designed outer packaging. It looks quite nice and the red and white colour scheme and patterned design makes it stand out. This is a product I would definitely notice on a shelf. It has the typical Dr Botanicals branding and it looks like a skin care product.
The tube that the cream comes in has a similar pattern print on it and follows the same colour scheme. It looks more like a hand cream to me, than a face moisturiser, perhaps because it comes in a tube and not in a jar. However, that is a major advantage as jars expose the cream’s ingredients in air which can oxidise some of the goodies, such as vitamins, anti-oxidants and other air-sensitive ingredients.
Perhaps it’s also the design pattern on the tube as face moisturisers tend to be more simple looking. Nevertheless, the fact that it comes in a tube is a major positive.
Dr Botanicals recommends this moisturiser for dry, normal and oily skin.
Unfortunately thought, it wasn’t my favourite on my oily skin. It definitely didn’t add to my face oils but it also didn’t control them meaning that I became more oily throughout the day than I would if I used oil balancing moisturisers.
The end result wasn’t catastrophic but I became shiny where otherwise I wouldn’t have been. I could have simply patted the extra oil away and control the situation but since there are other nourishing moisturisers out there that also control my oils better, means that I won’t be choosing this one as my main daily moisturiser.
I think that this moisturiser would work best for normal skin. It would also work for dry skin but it won’t give you that lasting deep moisturising feeling you might want in this case.
It also doesn’t contain SPF which is a major disadvantage if you were to use this as a day moisturiser.
This product is vegan friendly and cruelty free.
This moisturiser works well, it’s absorbed by the skin quickly and it doesn’t leave any residues behind. It feels nice on the skin and due to its texture especially is very easy to spread.
It initially feels deeply moisturising on the skin but after a few minutes, when it completely dries out, the skin feels soft but normal. Neither dry or deeply moisturised.
It unfortunately didn’t work as well with my oily skin as other moisturisers out there and coupled with the above after feeling, I’d say that this moisturiser is best for normal skin.
It smells nice and it gives that “feminine” feeling after using it. If you buy it and it doesn’t work as good or your face as you might have hoped, worry not. I have been using it as a hand cream and my hands have never been as soft.
This moisturiser contains 19+ ingredients. One of the listed ingredients is “fragrance” which is a term that covers a lot of molecules meaning that it is likely more than one. However, since we don’t know what they are and which ones they are, I just counted it as a single ingredient for simplicity.
On quick glance, this moisturiser is not particularly nutritious for the skin. It’s not bad for your skin either but it’s not the moisturiser that you will thank 10 years down the line. It will moisturiser and soften your skin for now, but it doesn’t have any of those ingredient goodies that will boost your skin in the long term too, like for example, vitamins, anti-oxidants, peptides or other hero compounds like hyaluronic acid etc.
Additionally, Dr Botanicals only lists 2 active, or special if you like, ingredients in their marketing material for this moisturiser which are the coconut oil and the Tiare flower extract. Even though ingredient lists don’t mention the ingredient amounts, the Tiare flower extract is found second from last in the list and a quick guess work on the formulation shows that this means it is only present in a very low concentration, anywhere from 0.6% and below.
There are some ingredients that are potent enough and you only need literally a dot of them to have a great effect, meaning that this doesn’t mean that it’s not a useful ingredient. However, at the same time it’s not great that one of this creams selling points is the second to last, almost the least amount of the other ingredients.
Nevertheless, let’s have a detailed look at the ingredients contained.
- Water based formulation.
- Glycerin – Found naturally on the skin therefore it is a skin replenishing ingredient. It’s almost always present in moisturiser products as it improves the smoothness and moisture content of the skin. It leaves a cooling effect on the skin and it is often found in 10% or below as it gives a sticky effect at higher concentrations.
- Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant giving smooth and soft skin appearance.
Easily penetrates skin, slows water from escaping by forming barrier, anti-oxidant.
- Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil – Skin conditioner. High in anti-oxidants and antibacterial fatty acids. Provides deep hydration and conditioning to skin. Some research shows that it can improve skin’s elasticity and by extent perhaps slowing down wrinkle formation.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – Weak preservative (often used instead of parabens in combination with other preservatives) and a skin conditioning agent. Used in ointments to treat eczema.
- Gardenia tahitensis (tiare flower) extract – Skin conditioner. According to Dr Botanicals it works to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin.
- Cetearyl alcohol – Some studies consider alcohols bad for the skin as they disrupt the skin’s barrier. Suspected to be an environmental toxin.
- Isoceteth-20 – Suspected to be an environmental toxin.
- Benzyl alcohol – Another alcohol, see above.
- Parfum / Fragrance – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’s more than 3000 molecules that you fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name.
- Dehydroacetic Acid – A fungicide and bactericide killing off and preventing the growth of microorganisms. Controversial reports, some classify this as toxic and others as safe.
- Eugenol – A known sensitizer that some associate with contact dermatitis. Controversial reports on its safety. Some classify this as an immune system toxicant or allergen.
This cream also contains the following ingredients, which were not mentioned above, as they are neither good or bad, they are mainly present for formulation purposes: stearic acid, carbomer, polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, disodium EDTA, Laureth-7.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
With that being said, the following compounds present in this moisturiser have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, fragrance/parfum, eugenol.
This is a moisturiser that will offer quick results but will not protect or nourish the skin in the long term. It smells nice and feels nice on the skin giving a really nice soft result.
However, if you have oily skin, it does not seem to control or help with oil production and therefore there are better options in the market for you.
This cream would best suit normal skin although unfortunately, the fact that here are as many ingredients negatives as positives clearly illustrates that this is a mediocre moisturiser. The beauty market is highly competitive and they are definitely better options out there.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!
I’d like to thank Dr Botanicals for sending me a free bottle to review.
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