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As some of you will know from reading my previous reviews, I am always on the lookout for companies who manufacture skincare products (or any products for that matter) and who also adhere to a strict non-animal testing policy.
Upon browsing a listing of approved manufacturers, I happened upon 'Jason' - a strange brand name but nevertheless boasting products that are organic in addition to not tested on animals. The prices seemed very reasonable so I decided to give a few of their products a try. (See earlier review for information on the handcream I tried).
== The Product ==
I was looking for a facial moisturising cream which I could use at night, so I particularly wanted an intensive one. This one is described as 'ultra-intensive' and purports to 'impart luxurious softness'. The full product name is actually 'Cocoa Butter Ultra Intensive Moisturising Creme'.
It contains cocoa butter and vitamin E to create a 'high performance moisturiser'
== Packaging and Price ==
The cream (or creme, if I'm to be more accurate!) arrives in a plastic jar/pot with a screw top lid. Fairly cheapy feel if I'm honest, but then it is a fairly cheapy price, at £6.50 for 125g (4oz). In case you are unaware of sizing, 125g is a fairly large size for a moisturiser - the jar is about 7cm in diameter by 5cm high.
== My Experience ==
Well the first thing to strike me when I unscrewed the jar was the smell of the stuff. It smells like chocolate. Really like chocolate though - sweet and sickly and quite strongly of chocolate.
It applied okay - didn't absorb brilliantly and left a slightly greasy film on my skin. Although it seemed to absorb after a little while and didn't leave me all 'shiny', I still felt as if it was 'sitting on top' of my skin rather than my skin drinking it in, which is something I prefer in a moisturiser. I have sensitive skin around my eyes and I was able to use this there - on the thin skin just under my eyes it was fine and didn't cause them to sting at all like some products do.
It did smooth the skin a bit, and my skin was still smooth in the morning and certainly not dried out. However I did get a couple of spots soon after I started using it, and I don't generally get spots, so I'm afraid I have to associate this with the slightly greasy feel it has to it and the fact that it doesn't feel as if it absorbs straight in.
== The Problem ==
But the overriding factor here, and most of the reason that I rate it so poorly, is the smell (I would rather describe it as a stench, but that is a personal opinion so I will stick to 'smell'). As soon as you put this product on your face, you can then smell it for the rest of the evening. Well it's on your face, which is situated very close to your nose! Some people might like the smell of sickly sweet chocolate on their face but I don't. My husband doesn't like it either and he can't help but smell it when he's sitting on the couch next to me. My pillows ended up smelling of it, my nightwear, my hands from applying it. Yuk.
I did persevere for a while - partly to give the product a chance and partly because I am one of those people who HAS to use a product right to the end before I will allow myself to start another one. But really, when I got to the point when I was dreading applying it because - whether it worked well as a moisturiser or not - it was quite literally making me feel a bit sick, I realised that this was silly and time to call it a day. I'm afraid to say that I have had to break a rule and the rest of the pot will be consigned to the bin.
(Review will also appear on Ciao)