SKIN by ecostore Rejuvenating Body Moisturiser Product Review
SKIN by ecostore™
— Body Moisturiser
Body moisturisers are one category that is absolutely saturated in today’s market, given it’s a reliable, constantly in-demand product to include in a brand’s skincare line. Given that body care isn’t as unpredictable as our faces, it’s normal to not want to necessarily splurge, rather just find something that does the trick. The words lotion, butter, cream and moisturiser are used interchangeably among different brands, so it’s best to know the consistency that works for you depending on your skin’s needs.
SKIN by ecostore have developed a nourishing and rejuvenating body moisturiser, catered toward all skin types: combination, dry, normal and oily alike. Combining beautiful, clean ingredients, the moisturiser aims to keep skin hydrated and smooth, particularly adding nourishing ingredients for dryer skin types. The product is dermatologically tested, cruelty free, and vegan.
This product claims to be 'Dermatologically Tested'.
What does this mean?
SKIN by ecostore is a diffusion line by ecostore that has drowned the health food shop market with their demagogically tested, naturally-derived products for skin. The brand is based in New Zealand and uses local ingredients to create powerhouse formulations to replenish and regenerate skin. Some of their main ingredients in their formulations include:
New Zealand marine extract for ultimate skin hydration
Antioxidant and vitamin-rich grapeseed extract
Omega-packed blackcurrant oil
Ecostore was born originally with household cleaning products, with the intent of promoting a no-toxin household and limiting completely the exposure to unhealthy chemicals found in everyday products. Supporting their journey to healthier homes and environment is scientifically backed research, and full transparency over their formulations. In Australia and New Zealand, labelling for cleaning products is not a legal requirement, however ecostore have made it a condition of their brand, to ensure ultimate transparency to their consumers.
Not only is their ingredient list safe for us, so is their packaging. Plastic are made from sugarcane, with 92% of each bottle made from renewable content, and is 100% recyclable. The packaging is Carbon Capture™, known as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based plastics, as it traps CO₂ from the atmosphere, ultimately reducing your carbon footprint too.
The scent of the Rejuvenating Body Moisturizer is mild, which is appropriate when applying to a large area of skin. Although subtle, it’s floral notes incorporate similar to perhaps a geranium and patchouli blend, perhaps from the added essential oils labelled as “parfum” on the ingredients list.
Silky to touch, and lightweight on the skin, this moisturizer leaves skin feeling soft and nourished. Its non-greasy texture doesn’t leave you feeling oily after use.
The ingredients are beautiful and well thought-out, the feel is silky, and it absorbs quickly into the skin. Generally, many skin types will find this a great lightweight moisturizer to do just the trick, however dryer skin types may find it isn’t as replenishing as they’d hoped, despite it marketed toward dryer skin types too.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, a derivative of coconut oil and glycerine with provides a lightweight and non-greasy barrier of moisture.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, a thick skin conditioning agent that helps retain moisture into the skin by creating a barrier on the skin’s surface.
Undaria Pinnatifida (Marine Algae) Extract, a source of active phytochemicals such as carotenoids, fatty acids, vitamins, tocopherol (vitamin E), and phycobilins.
Parfum (Essential Oil Fragrance) is a questionable ingredient as many different ingredients can be labelled under this title.
This product uses 3 types of plastic in its packaging and a plastic label.
Bottle: HDPE - See more about HDPE and its impact
Ecostore are incredibly transparent about their packaging materials throughout their business. In regard to this moisturiser, the pump functionality has been noted to be difficult to use, however the materials used have been well thought-out and contribute to their clear vision for the brand.
Bottles for ecostore use HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), known as code 2 for recycling. Their labels printed on the bottles are printed on clear polyester backing which is fully recyclable. Additionally, water-based adhesive is used to apply the labels, which means they don’t need to be removed to recycle the bottle. The pump is the only plastic trigger spray in New Zealand that contains no metal parts, making it fully recyclable.
Ecostore also offer refills and bulk sizes, particularly with their household products. It’s not noted whether this is the case for their skin range, however if not, we would assume it’s due to hygiene reasons.
Formulation full analysis
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is the second ingredient listed on this product, making it one of the core components to investigate. To break it down, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is a mixed triester derived from coconut oil and glycerin. The oily liquid has two main functions, an “emollient” for providing skin with lightweight and non-greasy barrier of moisture, and a “dispersing agent” for assisting in the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other active ingredients in the product to be fully absorbed by the skin. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride has been deemed to have low-toxicity and shows no potential for skin/eye irritation of sensitivity, according to both the EWG and Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter is a thick skin conditioning agent that helps retain moisture into the skin by creating a barrier on the skin’s surface. It also works to deeply moisturise the skin and heal any dry flakes on the surface. This ingredient has a high content unsaponifiable fats - where unlike other fatty oils such as coconut oil it has a higher ability to retain its moisturizing abilities.
Undaria Pinnatifida (Marine Algae) Extract is a hero ingredient for many of ecostore’s products. It is a seaweed found in New Zealand and is relatively newly researched. Studies have found that Undaria pinnatifida is a source of active phytochemicals such as carotenoids, fatty acids, vitamins, tocopherol (vitamin E), and phycobilins. The major components and pigments of this marine plant have been reported to eliminate various tumour cells through destruction of free radicals and oxidative stress.
Parfum (Essential Oil Fragrance) is a questionable ingredient as many different ingredients can be labelled under this title. Although ecostore promote the exclusion of synthetic fragrances and have identified it is from essential oil, we are unsure why this couldn’t have been identified as the specific essential oil used. According to the EWG, the average “fragrant” or “parfum” can be any of 3,163 chemicals that aren’t normally listed on labels. Many of these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions as they fall usually under phthalates, oxtoxynols and nonoxynols. Although this may not be the case through identifying essential oils, we wonder if it would have been more appropriate to label the oil used.
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