UrbanVeda is a young natural cosmetic brand, based on Ayurvedic principles.
But unlike so many things in the modern world, Ayurveda doesn’t believe just in the quick fix. Naturally formulated using Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and fruits, combined with multi-vitamins and clinically proven actives, urbanveda helps to maintain skin’s natural balance by infusing it with Omega-rich bio-oils, free radical-fighting antioxidants and vitality-boosting essential fatty acids.
UrbanVeda products for skin and body care come in Purifying range based on neem and botanicals, Radiance range based on turmeric and botanicals, Reviving range based on rose and botanicals and Soothing range based on sandalwood and botanicals. Purifying range is for normal and oily skin, Radiance range is for for combination, dry and dehydrated skin while Reviving range is for mature skin and Soothing range is for sensitive skin.
Today, I’ll review UrbanVeda Reviving Renewal Night Cream.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin (vegetable origin), Alcohol Denat., Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (derived from Coconut oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Rosa Damascena (Rose Damask) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose Damask) Flower Water, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Juice Extract*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, Terminalia (Arjuna) Bark Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, *Organic
UrbanVeda Reviving Renewal Night Cream comes in a glass container with a plastic lid. Reviving Renewal Night Cream, suited for mature skin, has non-overpowering rose scent, is white in appearance and of a very light and smooth texture. Likewise, the cream feels very light on the skin. It absorbs quickly and leaves the skin looking matte, while very soft to the touch. It easily spreads, and a little goes a long way. While being a night cream, it’s not heavy and nourishment takes a second seat behind hydration. In the morning, the skin does not look oily.
However, there have been some not so pleasant effects. I developed a few spots, and my skin was quite irritated. Also, there was some eye irritation occurring. I’ve been using Reviving Renewal Night Cream along with Radiance Day Cream, which, unfortunately, consists of certain ingredients found in Reviving Renewal Night Cream as well. I can unequivocally state that my skin has not come in contact with any PEGs, much less with 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol for over 10 years, and the skin’s reaction was in line with this fact. More on that bellow, where I analyze the ingredients.
The ingredients in UrbanVeda Reviving Renewal Night Cream are somewhat of a roller-coaster. There’s no denying Reviving Renewal Night Cream consists of a good amount of skin-beneficial ingredients. Almond oil soothes and softens the skin. Evening primrose is rich with essential fatty acids and regenerates the skin. Borago oil is a potent antioxidant, with high content of fatty acids and anti-aging properties. Pomegranate extract is another potent antioxidant, rich with ellagic acid and Omega5 and has anti-aging properties. Rose hip oil promotes skin and tissue regeneration. Rose geranium has anti-inflammatory properties and balances sebum, while promoting skin’s circulation. And then there’s the ever excellent and my absolute favorite: Rosa Damascena oil and flower water. As far as the ingredient “parfum” is concerned, I had to ask UrbanVeda what is behind it, since this ingredient can be a tricky one and brands can put all sort of cosmetic compounds in a product and label it as “parfum”. UrbanVeda informed me that behind their “parfum” ingredient are 3 essential oils. Kind suggestion to UrbanVeda regarding this: include this fact on ingredients list.
But there are some ingredients in Reviving Renewal Night Cream that had me scratching my head and wondering why they’d put them in such, otherwise, good formulation:
- Isopropyl Myristate (fragrance ingredient, emollient) : can be a potential skin irritant.
- Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil : may act as stimulant and may have calming properties, but at the same time, can be skin-irritant and may not be suitable for sensitive skin
- 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!
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My final word? UrbanVeda has the potential with their products, given how many natural (but not organic, as there is only one ingredient listed as organic) ingredients their products consist of. However, with such terrible ingredients, which have no place in any beauty product, much less in products, which would like to be a part of natural cosmetic branch, as PEG-100 Stearate and most dangerous one – 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, they’ve done their formulations a great disservice. While I’m anything but a fan of Sodium Benzoate preservative, given it is in UrbanVeda Reviving Reneval Night Cream (along with another preservative – Potassium Sorbate), there’s absolutely no reason for this product to consist of such dangerous preservative as 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol. It took me receiving the products before I realized the above mentioned toxic ingredients. Seeing UrbanVeda in certain stores dedicated to selling only natural cosmetics also proved to be misleading for me.
As I keep saying, Nature of Europe, when reviewing beauty products, gives a detailed and honest review; I will not rave and recommend each and every product I review just because I received it as a PR sample. What is good or great in a product will receive praise; likewise, if ingredients are not up to par (if ingredients are good, but the product may not suit my skin, I will state this as well – such a product could be perfect for a skin that’s different than mine), I will state this, in no uncertain terms as well. Just as I expect from other green beauty blogs to give an honest review, so do I expect and demand from myself to give my readers an honest review. So, I hope UrbanVeda takes this review not in a personal way, but as a compliment for their formulation consisting of great ingredients, as well as a well-meaning suggestion to get rid of the ingredients, which are harmful and not in line with either natural beauty standards nor Ayurvedic ones. I would love to report in the near future they’ve gotten ridden of certain ingredients!
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Make sure you stop by Nature of Europe in the up and coming days, as we’ll be giving away to two winners UrbanVeda Revival Renewing Night Cream and UrbanVeda Revival Renewal Day Cream!
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UrbanVeda Reviving Renewal Night Cream has been provided to Nature of Europe as PR sample for the purpose of an honest review. Special thanks go to the lovely Laura for her professional, yet kind, friendly and helpful customer/PR service over at UrbanVeda.