Name: L’Aloe Refresh & Tones Fresh Moisturizing Cream
From L’erbolario’s website:
A wide variety of external factors can cause redness of the skin of the face: the Aloe juice present in this light cream helps soothe the discomfort, also minimising the affects on appearance, and simultaneously brings its extremely important moisturising and toning effect. On each application, the skin will feel immediately and intensely moisturised, with a pleasantly refreshing sensation which will accompany it throughout the day.
What I liked:
- moisturizes skin and makes it soft
- gives skin a refreshing feeling
- moisturizing action lasts most of the day
- light consistency, absorbs easily
- hygienic packaging that also mentions the expiration date
What I didn’t like:
- didn’t do anything from my skin (apart from hydrating it like all moisturizers do)
- made me break out really badly
I’ve recently had the chance to try a sample size of L’Erbolario L’Aloe Refresh & Tones Fresh Moisturizing Cream thanks to my boyfriend’s mum. She was given it as a GWP by a SA but, after trying it, she decided she didn’t like it so she passed it onto me to see if the product worked better on my skin. After all, we don’t all react the same to a product and what one hates h, another can love. It wasn’t the case this time. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this cream either.
L’Erbolario L’Aloe Moisturizer is white in color and has a very thin consistency that applies easily and absorbs rapidly into the skin. When you first put it on, it will give your skin a very pleasant refreshing feeling. This is thanks to Aloe Vera, which is the main ingredient in the cream and also has soothing, anti-irritant and antioxidant properties. During the first week of use, I noticed that my skin was hydrated and softer for most of the day, but sadly that was the only benefit I experienced. My skin didn’t feel or look better, was just moisturized, which let’s face it, it’s something that all moisturizers do.
Still, I thought that maybe the cream needed more time to perform its magic, but instead things got worse. Much worse. After the second week, my face was covered in pimples. It was definitely one of the worst breakouts I’ve ever had and consider that I don’t break out easily. Usually the only ingredients that cause me to get pimples are the Palmitates and Myristates (like Isopropyl Palmiate and Myristyl Myistate), but since I’ve stopped using products with those, breakouts almost never happen to me anymore.
And this cream doesn’t even contain those ingredients. Actually it doesn’t contain any ingredients that are considered to be very comedogenic so I’m not sure why it broke me out so badly. But this cream is definitely the culprit as it was the only new product I introduced in my skincare routine and after ceasing its use, my skin is back to normal again. You can find the ingredient list below so you can see for yourself:
Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Aqua, Dicapylyl Ether, Polyglyceryl-3 Methyloglucose Distearate, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hordeum Vulgare Wax, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Glycine Soja Oil, Rosmarinus Officinal Extract, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
Let’s talk about the formula
As you can see, it’s an average formula that is good at moisturizing skin but doesn’t have any other benefits. Yes, a couple of ingredients have antioxidant properties but in my opinion, there are much better formulated products on the market if you’re looking for antiaging products. Also, you probably noticed that the formula isn’t as natural as L’Erbolario products claim to be, although it’s one of the best from L’Erbolario in that respect. Most L’Erbolario products contain more synthetic ingredients. That’s not something that bothers me as I don’t think that natural products are necessarily better than synthetic ones, but if you’re looking for something organic, L’Erbolario products aren’t for you.
Finally, a note on the packaging. I like that the cream comes in a tube which makes it more hygienic to use as the product won’t get contaminated with bacteria. In addition, on the side of the tube, you can find the expiration date of the cream and not just the symbol that indicates the cream expires in 6 or 8 months, which is useless if you don’t know when the product was actually made. And how are we supposed to know how long it was on the shelf before we picked it up? No, this cream has the exact expiration date, in this case 03/12, printed on the tube, which is a lot more helpful as you’ll know exactly when it’s time to throw it away.
Available at: L’Erbolario shops
Overall, I didn’t like L’Erbolario L’Aloe Refresh & Tones Fresh Moisturizing Cream at all cos it broke me out really badly. But even if that hadn’t happened, I doubt I would have given it more than a 3 rating as, apart from moisturizing and giving my skin a fresh feeling, it didn’t do anything else. It’s just an average moisturizer in a hygienic packaging.