I've lately become a Chantecaille convert, and got a 1.0oz Flower Harmonizing Cream in the Aromacologie skincare set. Pricewise, this cream is not cheap (normally $99 for a 1.7oz jar), but I do quite like it.
For reference, my skin is crazy these days. I typically have combination skin with a very oily t-zone and dry cheeks, and being pregnant (I am 8 months along!) - has exacerbated the oily and dry parts of my face, so much so that my forehead is constantly subject to breakouts. Because I can't use any aggressive skincare at the moment, I have been relegated to these extremes.
Enter Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream... I was assured by the Chante SA that it is a safe, every day moisturizer that can be used by expecting mothers. (I think at some point, they even touted that on the website.) I do have to note that it contains Retinyl Palmitate, which is a synthetic Vitamin A. Although it appears quite low in the ingredient list, I still err on the side of caution and do not use this cream every single day - only about 2X a week, because I am paranoid. The research I have been able to find online regarding topical use of Retinyl Palmitate has not given any conclusive evidence of significant penetration into the skin, only orally. (Administered orally, more than 10,000 IU's of Vitamin A per day can lead to birth defects.) I did ask my OB, who did not seem concerned -- but again, I am paranoid.
Anyway, back to the Flower Harmonizing Cream... the texture is not too thick, not too watery. What I love best is the quick absorption into the skin. It doesn't sit on top of the skin and make it oily or heavy feeling. Instead, it feels like a nice, soothing drink for the skin. The botanical extracts give it a pleasant, fresh fragrance.
Overall, a definite repurchase for me.
From the Chantecaille website:
- A complete moisturizing cream to nourish and cocoon skin against stress
- Essential Oils, Seaweed, Vitamins and Flowers reduce inflammation and promote collagen production
- Saccharides soften exceptionally dry skin and provide long-term moisturization
- Edelweiss flower, a powerful antioxidant, provides natural UVA/UVB protection
- 87% botanicals including a healing base of Pure Rosewater; Vegan-friendly; Paraben-free