Monday, March 25, 2013

From the French Pharmacie: Embryolisse - Baume Riche

I originally got this because I'm in the middle of an intense love affair with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (read my full review of it here) and I thought hey, maybe this is good too. The original is fantastic as a day cream that also acts as a primer and can be worn under foundation. It's non-oily, gentle for sensitive skin and absorbs quickly.

I have used Lait-Crème Concentré at night, and while it did a fine job, it wasn't enough for winter or for dehydrated skin. So I thought maybe this one would fit the bill. I was totally right. It's very similar to Lait-Crème Concentré, but has a thicker, richer consistency and slightly stronger scent (though still pleasant).

From the Embryolisse website:

"When dry skin sends out an SOS, this cold cream is the answer. Ultra-concentrated in essential, moisturising, lipid-replenishing natural nutrients (olive extract, shea butter, white beeswax), it acts as a balm to nourish and repair, protect and soothe the most irritated and driest skins. Restored and reinforced, skin is supple, soft and radiant with a new feeling of well-being and comfort. The very rich and nourishing texture is like a cocoon that protects sensitive skin from external aggressions."

It can be used on the face (just avoid eye area) and body, wherever you need a bit of relief from dryness. 

I wouldn't use it as a day cream, but as a night cream it's fantastic. You can see a sheen on the skin after applying and feel that it's there, but it's not greasy or overly oily and it absorbs well by morning. I think it's great for those who suffer from seasonal dryness or minor skin irritations, and it will also help with skin that feels "tight" after washing.

It's not cheap - but it's not the most expensive product in its class out there either. A little goes a long way, and because it's ultra-rich, you probably won't need to use it every day so it should last for awhile. In my opinion it's worth the price tag as a balm to use occasionally when problems arise, or a few times a week during colder months. If you're a fan of Lait-Crème Concentré as a day cream, give this one a whirl at night!

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