How To Choose Moisturiser: Natural Organic vs French High Tech

Choosing a great moisturizer is a challenge on par with climbing Mt Everest.  It’s difficult, expensive and daunting, more so when you want high end skincare. Even if you have skills and specialist training, it still takes hours to seive out the nuggets.
Each week hundreds  of new products are launched.. How do you know what will work for you?

How to choose a moisturiser from Duty Free

Do you choose according to the gorgeous photo of the model (hey, it works! That’s why companies advertise…)
Or do you choose by the brand name or the length of time a company has been in business or the country where the product is made?
Or do you read the ingredient list?
Unfortunately, even high-end products with well-known brand names from cities like Paris – that are known for their glamorous women – can cause skin problems.
So where do you go from here? And how do you know what NOT to do. Read on and find out!

This past week two ladies arrived on my (virtual) doorstep. One uses what I term Chemical Soup, while the other is a devotee to the healthy organic lifestyle.


This is what Chemical Soup lady is adding to her skin: …

Inspired by Nature

Its a brand made in France with a marketing tagline of Inspired By Nature… (cough cough.. the potplant in the corner of the office kind of Nature?)

This is what they put inside…biggest ingredient up first… second biggest comes next etc.

Water, Glycerin, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl, Alcohol, Propanediol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Parfum/Fragrance, Cellulose, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dipsacus Sylvestris Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Tromethamine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethiconol, Tocopherol, Butylene Glycol, Diospyros Mespiliformis Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin, Sanicula Europaea Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Extract, Citric Acid, Lapsana Communis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Furcellaria Lumbricalis Extract, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Maris Sal/Sea Salt/Sel Marin.Ci 14700/Red 4.Ci 17200/Red 33.Polyvinyl Alcohol.Copper Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-14 .Heptapeptide-15 Palmitate.

I researched ingred number 3…so that I wouldn’t be biased calling it chemical synthetic goop…

Here’s a link to the techy article….

You might like to skim that page and come to your own conclusion… ..


In contrast, you can eat 98 or 95% of my recipes! Not that I recommend this…essential oils are not designed for ingesting willy-nilly. One of my friends discovered a lavender allergy this week after eating what seemed a yummy bar of blueberry and lavender dark chocolate…


Which brand ?

The world’s best selling cosmetic range. Affordable.. in the short term.. but what happens next? The lady is 40 and says she has dryness. Am I surprised?


Will her skin respond?

I’m about to run a test on her skin, she’ll be a perfect guinea pig in the heart of London where the water is safe to drink but rather drying on the skin.

If my range is’ for her’ she will notice results/changes within a few days. Skin has innate intelligence. It will gobble up the freshly made organic goodness.. or.. it won’t.

If it won’t, I’ll investigate and find out what else is missing.

Because I handmake each jar of goodness here, I can tweak for an individual, unlike a big brand.

Heck even small brands won’t do that for you… my version of Bespoke skincare is along the lines of an original Van Gogh or Monet…

is because I was born to do this.. even if we won the lottery I would still be working with Nature to help women feel better about their skin. Why? because I suffered for YEARS with grotty painful skin and hid away from life.

As soon as I allowed my skin to heal, using natural means, I got the confidence to try new things, meet people and more. Self-image is so tied up to our faces. If I could send products back in time to when I was 12 and starting acne.. I would, in a heartbeat.

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Moisturizer moisturiser definition

The first known use  of the word in print was in 1957.  Other new words to appear that year include disco,  go- kart , doggie bag, paracetamol  and Zen-like.

Wiki defines ‘Moisturizer or moisturiser is a cosmetic preparation used for protecting, moisturizing, and lubricating the skin. These functions are normally performed by sebum produced by healthy skin. The word “emollient” is derived from the Latin verb mollire, to soften.’

a cosmetic preparation, as a cream or lotion, used to restore moisture to the skin, especially of the face and neck.


Synonyms include balm, ointment, salve, cream, demulcent, emollient, liniment, oil, unction and unguent.

Typically modern moisturisers are of the ’emulsion’ type, containing both water and oil.  Balms, ointments an salves tend to be waterless, or anhydrous – with no water-based components, just waxes and oils..

What are moisturizers used for?

Our skin looses water through evaporation.  This is called transepidermal water loss (TEWL). A layer of moisturiser on the surface creates a barrier to water loss, which keeps our  skin soft and supple. This barrier also acts as protection against dirt, pathogens and damage.    Emollients inside the moisturizer, such as shea or cocoa butter,  prevent water evaporation. The more oils in the formulation, the greater the emolliency, so ointments and salves are more emolliuent than emulsions/moisturisers than lotions. Humectants draw water into the stratum corneum.

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3 thoughts on “How To Choose Moisturiser: Natural Organic vs French High Tech”

    • Even scarier, I used to use chemical goop too… it’s only when somebody points out what’s inside and that there are options. Thank you for reading the articles Karen :-)

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