After exclusively moisturizing with oils for 3 months both morning and night, I was ready to dip my toes back into the pond of water-based facial moisturizers last month. I live in a hot, humid Southern climate so it’s imaginable how lovely sweat and oil shine looks during the day. Feeling a need for hydration and something more mattifying for day-time, including something for wear under makeup, I thought I’d give the aussie-branded Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream a shot. Just a warning – this is not the most positive of reviews in terms of having a bad brand (not product!) experience.
WHAT GROWN ALCHEMIST SAYS ABOUT IT +
“This non-greasy, nourishing facial moisturiser noticeable improves skin hydration without leaving residual oil or shine on the skin. “
It’s pretty bad that Grown Alchemist doesn’t list full ingredients on their site – only a handful of “active” ingredients. And second, in my personal case of the product received, the ingredient list on the product box is very different than the list on the product tube. WHAT’S GOING ON? I emailed GA in mid-June asking for an official ingredients list, but as of 7/14/16 I haven’t received a response. If I get a response back from GA, I will update this review.
INGREDIENTS AS PER PRODUCT BOX and NET-A-PORTER // Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Aqua (Purified Water), Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Dulcis Oil, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (Plant), Cetyl Alcohol (Plant), Glycerin (Plant), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Dimethicone (Mineral), Benzyl Alcohol (Organic Listed), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide), Lactic Acid (Plant), Tocopherol (Plant), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil, Sucrose (Plant), Daucus Carota (Carrot) Sativa Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Plant), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Sodium Dehydroacetate (Organic Listed), Linalool (Plant), Limonene (Plant), Citral (Plant), Geraniol (Plant), Citronellol (Plant).
Asides from the ingredient confusion, the hydra-repair cream is actually a really lovely moisturizer. It’s a slightly-runny lightweight cream that gives the skin a matte-like finish yet it still provides adequate hydration. With its matte (but not dry) finish it makes for a good base under makeup. Those will oily skin-types will get on well with this moisturizer. For those with dry skin-types, you may find that you will need to add a little oil or serum as a moisture boost to it. If I need that little boost, I apply a thin layer of my beloved Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil, and then apply a pea sized amount of the GA on top of that. It does have a bit of a “slip” feel which leads me to believe the ingredient list version on the box that includes dimethicone would be the correct one.
You’re probably wondering why I went through with buying this facial moisturizer after the ingredient hullabaloo. It does blow my mind that a natural geared skincare brand wouldn’t list ingredients in full on their site (seriously, what about those with allergies and sensitivies to certain ingredients?) At the time I considered them to be one of the bigger natural beauty brands and assumed trust in them. (Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity!) After finding an ingredients list on NET-A-PORTER (which is where I purchased it) I considered it good enough. No big deal. But then, after receiving this product came the issue of two totally different ingredient lists. The version on the box does match the one on NET-A-PORTER. I’d like to think it was just a packaging mishap, perhaps a reformulation took place, but there has been no acknowledgement of this, or acknowledgement of a packaging mistake. On that note, if the box is correct and not the tube, that’s pretty horrid to put a reformulated product in its old packaging with an old ingredients list. I’m actually fine with both versions of ingredients listed, but the box list includes dimethicone, which many green beauty consumers are not okay with.
To conclude… I did also mention this moisturizer in my Summer Essentials post, because I genuinely like this product. While my experience with this one Grown Alchemist product was positive, I encourage you to use your own judgment as to whether you would take the plunge and try it or any other product in their line, or not considering the ingredient list confusion/incorrect packaging and poor customer service. I’m going to continue to use this moisturizer since I do like how it performs, but for the time being I will be passing on trying anything else by Grown Alchemist.