I'd been using the same moisturizer religiously for a long time but have been transitioning into only buying cruelty-free products. I picked up a bottle of this night cream for $6.99. I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to find something within a reasonable price range (my cruelty-free body wash is double what I'm used to paying.) So I was shocked when I found a 12 fl oz cruelty-free night cream for such an affordable cost.
The scent is not what you'd expect. When I saw it at the store and unscrewed the pump-top cap to give it a sniff (the packaging couldn't be better btw) I expected a coconut fragrance. In spite of the presence of coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut aromatic extract this stuff smells very herbal and predominantly like lavender. There are many negative reviews online attributed to people not liking the smell. So if you're purchasing without smelling first, be aware of this. I quite enjoy the scent because I use this right before bed and find lavender to be soothing and relaxing.
I had concerns that this would break me out. My skin responds well to coconut oil but an ingredient listed is Kpangnan butter. I was hesitant to use a product with any kind of "butter" on my face because while my skin is relatively normal, my pores tend to clog very easily. I figured I'd give this stuff a shot though.
If you have "normal" skin, this isn't too heavy or too light... it's just right. My face feels moisturized and looks great. Haven't had any breakouts. Paraben-free, no animal testing, vegan, no synthetic fragrance, gluten-free.
Very recently (so recently that most online vendors still sell the old formulation) this night cream was reformulated. Here is the new ingredients list: Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Aqueous Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Certified Fair Trade for Life - Social & Fair Trade by Imo), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water (Certified Fair Trade for Life - Social & Fair Trade by Imo), Pentadesma Butyracea (Kpangnan) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Aromatic Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Ascorbic Acid.
Upon further research, I found that the old ingredients list appears to contain things I'd prefer... it used to say Virgin Coconut Oil and also used to contain Aloe Vera. If I did decide to repurchase this I'd try to get the old formulation. This moisturizer is working okay for now. I needed something affordable in a pinch, but if the coconut oil used in this now is refined then no amount of cheap pricing would make it worth using continuously on my face. I emailed them to clarify if the coconut oil used in this product is still unprocessed and they have yet to respond. I like the fact that it's fair trade coconut oil though... this helps to ensure that the farmers who produce the coconuts are getting paid decently.
Also, I can't remember exactly what it says (I don't have the bottle with me) but the back of the bottle tells how the company Alaffia donates some proceeds to help expectant mothers in underprivileged countries.
EDIT 3/15/2016: Alaffia responded to my email, saying that this product does still contain Virgin Coconut Oil but they had to take out the word Virgin from the label so that the ingredients list would fit on the packaging.