This works, really

27/01/2012

This Works No wrinkles extreme moisturiser
I heard of This Works a few years ago, but never got around to see their products, let alone try any. It changed a couple of months ago because I run out of my Korres Rose moisturiser. Off I went to purchase another portion only to see that it was out of stock. More over, I was told that it wasn’t suitable for my age and I needed something different because physical age is a physical age and one just has to get on with it. I did a quick research and ended up purchasing Materia Herba anti-aging moisturiser. I didn’t like that moisturiser at all. The packaging looked cheap and the feeling of the product on my skin was, how should I put it… well, it was strange, like a layer of sticky film without stickiness as you touch your face. It was my first disappointment. Next one came after I realised that some of Korres products do actually contain parabens and although this particular cream was ok, I didn’t feel comfortable any more. So I choose  not to continue using Korres skin care as wonderful as some products can be (I still adore and use the make-up range, though).

My next task was to find a product that
a) didn’t have parabens or mineral oils
b) was anti-aging
c) contained essential oils
d) was made in the UK or France

After selecting a few creams and thoroughly filtering the list, I finally choose No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturiser. Made by This Works, a UK-based company founded by Kathy Phillips who spent 7 years working at Vogue as a Health and Beauty Director, it was free from phthalates, sulphates, synthetic colours and fragrance, parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, petrolatum and propylene glycol.

It was also packed with some wonderful active ingredients including retinol known for its anti-aging properties, hydrating and collagen-boosting hyaluronic acid, and moringa and UK sourced organic crambe oil that provide a generous supply of essential fatty acids. Plus the magic potion contained amino-acids, shea  and cocoa butters, castor  and jojoba oil and, of course, essential oils.

Then there was the jar. I took my own picture of it because I believe what you see on-line doesn’t really do it any justice. It looks gorgeous and expensive, it’s heavy when you hold it and smooth as you touch the surface. It’s like a large ice-cube that holds a frozen scoop of ice-cream inside. Even my husband commented how beautiful that jar looked on a bathroom shelf.

The cream itself is a pure indulgence. I always think of my beauty routine as a ritual and having to use this moisturiser every morning and evening makes me feel spoilt, relaxed and happy. A little goes a long way. I pick a small quantity, apply it with the palms of my hands and after pressing it into my skin, follow with a quick massage while inhaling a wonderful light fragrance of bergamot oil with a touch of lemon and cedarwood as undertones.

This cream really works. I can’t comment on the anti-aging effects yet, but my skin always feels comfortable and never – dry, even in this strange winter environmental mix of radiators and cold winds.

It costs £45 for 48g and will most likely last a couple of months. 

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As some people may be sensitive to essential oils, I’ve decided to list all the ingredients here as a health&safety part of my post.

No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturiser Ingredients: Aqua (water), butylene glycol, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, coconut alkanes, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, glycerin, crambe abyssinica seed oil, moringa oleifera seed oil, glyceryl stearate SE, theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter, caprylic triglycerides, candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters, glyceryl stearate, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) peel oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, cedrus atlantica (cedarwood) wood oil, citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) oil, phenoxyethanol, cetearyl alcohol, sodium stearoyl lactylate, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, coco-caprylate/caprate, xylitylglucosides, mannitol, arginine, serine, sucrose, hydrogenated castol oil, mica, parfume, anhydroxylitol, sodium hyaluronate, benzyl alcohol, limonene, PCA, citruline, glycogen, histidine HCl, cera alba (beeswax), xylitol, ethylhexyglycerin, rtinol, linalool, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, alanine, threonie, glutamin acid, lysine HCl, dehydroacetic acid, sodium hydroxide, citral, geraniol, Cl 77891 (titanium dioxide).

13 comments:

  1. I have super sensitive skin and I have found that I am allergic to certain essential oils (tragedy t The Organic Pharmacy and they were so rude about it!). I use calendula cream from Jurlique but I am beginning to get some fine lines on my forehead so need to search for something...

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    1. Oh, Paola, so sad when a company has such an unprofessional attitude to customer care! :( I've been looking at Jurlique, too, but haven't tried their products yet. I quite like Nude skincare (and packaging), but I haven't used them. As a big fan of Nuxe and Caudalie, which I used for years, I'd suggest Nuxe Crème Nirvanesque as it's good for anyone over 25 and is also free from rubbish.
      xxx

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  2. It's always so wonderful to learn about new products. This one looks like a good one and your description makes me want to try it. But before I do so I'm going to try Embryolisse, which I recently learned about through Caterina of the blog Not Just A Pretty Dress. It's not available in Belgium so hubby has promised to drive me to Lille, France, where there are at least three shops that sell it ;-)

    But I'm definitely bookmarking this one. Have a wonderful weekend ;-)

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    1. I do like the idea of "just driving to France"... Sounds so wonderful. I wish I lived in Europe. Please let me know how you get on with the cream. I actually found a UK-based retailer (after reading Caterina's post) and I love the price, so if you also think it's a good one, I'll be tempted to try it even more. I like the fact that it's paraben-free and contains several lovely ingredients. So, please do keep me posted on your progress.
      xxx

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  3. It is looking good! and if it helpes :) GREAT buy then.

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    xx

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  4. I have been using SkinCode, but I would like to try something new. Thank you for your thorough description of the product, I'm really tempted to give their products a try, provided they have something suitable for my skin and that I can order it online until I have the chance to purchase it from abroad. One of the most wonderful things about blogging is that you get an honest opinion and advice on products you are unlikely to find in any fashion publication or official site. xo

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    1. Ada, I agree with you about blog - usually they are the first source I use for product reviews. I am glad my story is useful. As far as I'm aware they do ship to other countries. xxx

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  5. I am so glad for this review--I need to try this! The packaging alone is gorgeous, but I appreciate all the research you did. I agree, finding an organic/natural face cream (or any product) that doesn't feel sticky, icky, or gunky can be a challenge. I love Kimberly Sayer of London's line - all organic and smells heavenly (scented with real lavender) - it might be an alternative if you ever deviate from that beautiful ice cube.

    Happy weekend to you!
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. Mary Jo, thank you so much for a reference. I will definitely look it up. I'm such a huge fan of organic and natural.
      Have a wonderful weekend, darling!
      xxx

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  6. Wow, I am also a fan of natural and chemical-free cosmetics, and this sounds really good! Thank you so much for reviewing it. I am always on a hunt for a good, reasonable, and effective product for my face :)
    Have a beautiful day!
    Good luck!

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  7. Wind resistant would be so welcome here in Quebec City... boy, does it blow!

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  8. Gosh you have me totally sold on the packaging too! You really did your research for this post, I've read some similar information online and in magazines but it's very clear in what you've explained here. I am trying to look more at ingredients and be more knowledgeable about what I put on my skin. Great post.

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  9. Natalia, thank you so much for this 'honest' review: as you know I love discovering new products and this label should definitely be included in my list of beauty products to try...

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