Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin (vegetable origin), Alcohol Denat., Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Trigylceride (derived from Coconut oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Liquorice root extract), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit extract, Lycium Chinense (Goji berry) Fruit extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Terminalia Arjuna (Arjuna) Bark Extract, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Leaf Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Atlas Cedar) Bark Oil, Tagetes Minuta (Marigold) Flower Oil, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tetrapeptide-30, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Alpha-isomethyl ionone
Just like Reviving Renewal Night Cream, the Radiance Day Cream comes in a glass container with a plastic lid. The appearance of the cream is, due to turmeric (curcumin in the source of pigment) as well as synthetic fragrance ingredients, slightly peachy. The scent? Not natural; any consumer of natural beauty products, used to essential oils being the source of the scent in beauty products, will notice immediately that UrbanVeda Radiance Day Cream’s source of scent is a synthetic one. The biggest problem with this is the source of the scent are toxic ingredients. The scent stays on the skin for hours (not the case with products when the source is natural, like essential oils). It comes across as perfumed body lotion. For those who prefer unscented skincare products or products with a non-overpowering scent, this cream’s scent will be too strong, likewise for those, who are allergic to synthetic fragrance, this cream will not be for you.
The texture is light and cream easily absorbed. While this cream is targeting dry skin and I have combination and oily skin (along with sensitive), oily skin, too, can be dehydrated. UrbanVeda Radiance Day Cream does not feel heavy on the skin and does leave the skin moisturized and soft. I’ve tried it under liquid foundation and mineral foundation, and it proved to work quite nicely as far as preparing the skin for foundation. Given I have oily skin, as usually, it took about 5 hours before the skin began to appear shinny.
Unfortunately, just as with UrbanVeda Revival Renewal Day Cream, my skin had a reaction due to certain ingredients in the cream: it became irritated and I developed some spots and redness. Here’s my analysis of the ingredients.
The UrbanVeda Radiance Day Cream contains some pretty good ingredients as well as some bad ones. Sweet almond oil softens then skin, while orange peel oil promotes circulation, rejuvenates and fights dull skin. Papaya fruit extract is has peeling properties (due to papain, a protein-dissolving enzyme); it softens and smooths the skin, promotes renewal of the top layer of the skin and minimizes skin’s discoloration. Arjuna bark extract moisturizes the skin lessens the appearance of wrinkles (the extraction process uses some chemicals, such as chloroform, which can be potential carcinogens). Patchouli stimulates the growth of healthy skin. Atlas cedar bark oil has antiseptic and astringent properties. Marigold flower oil has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Two of the ingredients are very popular in health-oriented communities at the moment: goji berry and turmeric. Goji berry fruit extract and turmeric are potent antioxidants with anti-aging properties.
So far so good; unfortunately, there are ingredients in this cream (some can be found in the UrbanVeda Revival Renewal Night Cream as well), which are not good.
These are the same toxic ingredients found in both creams I’ve reviewed:
- Isopropyl Myristate (fragrance ingredient, emollient) : can be a potential skin irritant.
- Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative) : possible skin and eyes irritant.
- Sodium Polyacrylate (emollient, film forming agent) : contamination concerns.
- PEG-100 Stearate (surfactant) : high contamination concerns; possibility of being contaminated with dangerous Ethylene Oxide (EWG score 10) and 1,4-Dioxane (EWG score 8).
- 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol (preservative) : an antimicrobial preservative that works by forming formaldehyde (!!) in cosmetic products. Human toxicant and allergen. Has a 7-9 EWG score!
And these are toxic ingredients found in Radiance Day Cream:
- Butylphenyl methylpropional also known as Lilial, Lilyal (synthetic fragrance additive, synthetic scent ingredient, masking agent). Yellow color, floral aroma. Possible human immune system toxicant and allergen; associated with endocrine disruption, may cause contact dermatitis. Easily penetrates, responsible for long-lasting, powerful scent. Restricted in cosmetics use due to being possible toxicant and allergen; EU Commission requires for Butylphenyl methylpropional to be listed on ingredients list when its concentration exceeds 0.001% in leave-on products and 0.01% in rinse-off products. The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has restricted its use in fragrances because of the potential dermal sensitization. EWG score 7.
- Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde also known as Lyral (synthetic fragrance, masking agent). Known human immune toxicant and allergen. Easily penetrates, responsible for long-lasting, powerful scent. 89% of people with pre-existing eczema, an allergic reaction resulted from application of Lyral.
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde EWG score 2. Lyral EWG score 5. EU Commission report.
- Alpha-isomethyl ionone (synthetic fragrance ingredient, masking agent). Possible human immune system toxicant and allergen. Used as a perfume. Can cause skin irritation and skin allergy. International Fragrance Association (IFRA) banned the ingredient from being mixed into fragrance products (i.e. perfume, cologne). EWG score 5.
- Parfum. The problem with parfume/fragrance is that many cosmetic compounds can be hidden behind these ingredients. When I asked them, UrbanVeda informed me that three essential oils are behind Parfum compound in Revival Renewal Night Cream. Parfum in Radiance Day Cream may consist of essenetial oils, however, there are many synthetic fragrance ingredients in this cream as is.
My final word on UrbanVeda Radiance Day Cream? Not good. Unfortunately. Too many toxic, synthetic ingredients. I’ve tried this cream a few times for the sake of this review, even though I was scared of the reactions my skin will have given many toxic allergens. Given my skin is not used to such ingredients anymore and given I’ve had problems with contact dermatitis in the past, I just didn’t want to risk applying this cream on a daily basis. If this cream had only the good ingredients which I’ve mentioned above, only those natural ingredients, this cream would be a good as well as affordable one. There’s truly no reason to put toxic preservatives in the cream, as well as there’s no reason to put toxic synthetic fragrance ingredients. It ruins the product and takes away the mission UrbanVeda embarked when launching the brand.
I’ve spoken to UrbanVeda and shared with them my honest concerns about their formulations, and they assured me they will re-formulate the products. I am looking forward when they drop the toxic ingredients and I will notify my readers when this happens so that you can safely use their products.
Price: £15,99/20€ for 50ml.
Have you tried any UrbanVeda products? What are your thoughts?
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We’ll be giving away one UrbanVeda Radiance Day Cream in the up coming days, so make sure you check back if you wish to participate in the giveaway.
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UrbanVeda Radiance Day Cream was provided to Nature of Europe by UrbanVeda as a PR sample for the purpose of an honest review.