I am a big believer in natural skin. I want to make sure that I don't expose myself to harmful chemicals that could potentially cause cancer yet still use products that benefit my skin. Call me paranoid but I think it makes a difference. I might do a post on how I try to lead a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle if people are interested. Getting back to topic, Avalon Organics is marketed as a natural brand and this particular moisturizer is 70% organic. I found this at my local Whole Foods but I believe they sell it in drugstores as well. It's relatively expensive at around $22 for 2oz. It claims that the antioxidants reinforce elasticity, firms appearance and provides photo-aging defense. It doesn't have parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic fragrances and is vegetarian.
This all sounds good on paper but does it work? I have been using it for a month and I have to say I don't much care for this. It smells nice if you like citrus cents but I have normal to dry skin and it doesn't adequately moisturize my face. Keep in mind that I live in a very dry, desert climate so it may work better for those that have to deal with humidity. I also didn't notice any other positive effects that would warrant paying over $20 for.
I would also like to address the fact that this says it is oil free, yet, if you look at the ingredients, it's filled with essential OILS. Those with oily skin beware! I've been researching a lot on antioxidants in skin care. I think it is a good idea to have antioxidants in your night time skin care routine but in order for them to be effective they need to be packaged where they aren't exposed to light or a lot of air. This is a jar container which means, hello air, goodbye beneficial antioxidants.
The Good: It doesn't contain harsh chemicals and it's not overly pricey.
The Bad: Too many fragrances which can be bad especially for sensitive skin, doesn't moisturize enough for dry skin, contains oils which can be a problem for oily skin. Basically, if you have normal skin you may like this. Also, antioxidants can't work properly in the jar container.
The Verdict: While I have seen and read reviews that rave about this moisturizer, I would say skip it. There are other moisturizers that will be better suited for your specific skin type than this one.
I am on the hunt for my perfect night time moisturizer and when I find it I will be certain to let you know.
Have you tried this? I would love to know if you have and what you thought of it. I might be the only one out there that wasn't blown away by this!