The ingredients list is (my notations are informed by the ingredient dictionary at the back of Don't go to the cosmetics counter without me):
- water - top marks for not going for the more pretentious word "aqua"
- Glycerin - an known emollient (yay)
- Hydrogenated Polyisobutene
- Cetearyl Alcohol - an emollient and thickening agent (yay...I think)
- Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia Nut Oil) - a known emollient (yay)
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) - another known emollient (yay)
- Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl acrylate Crosspolymer - forms a film over the skin to make it feel nice and smooth, but apparently also a weak skin sensitizer
- Sodium Polyacrylate - as above
- Phenoxyethanol - one of the less irritating cosmetic preservatives
- Tocopheryl Acetate - an anti-oxidant (yay)
- Ceteareth-20 - a fatty alcohol used to thicken the lotion
- Stearyl Alcohol - a fatty alcohol used as an emollient (yay)
- Benzyl Alcohol - an alcohol known to have a potentially drying and irritation effect on skin (boo!) but at least it's near the bottom of the list so there's not so much of it.
- Farnesol - plant extract used for fragrance (boo!)
- Sodium PCA - water binding agent (yay)
- Panthenol - alcohol form of vitamin B (yay...I think)
- Cyclopentasiloxane - makes the skin feel smooth and slippery (sure, why not!)
- Dimethiconol - as above
- Citric Acid - prevents the formulation from being too alkaline (yay)
- Sodium Hydroxide - prevents the formulation from being too acidic (wtf?) and extremely irritating in large doses.
When I got home with it this afternoon I cleansed, toned and then smeared a big gob of the stuff all over my face. It was already a bit irritated from this change-of-season irritatedness so I didn't expect the new moisturiser to make it all better.
The good thing is that my skin didn't feel like parchment an hour later, and didn't make my skin feel any worse.
I shall keep an eye out for how this product feels on my face for the next month (or until the tube runs out) and keep you posted.