St. Ives Face Mist Spritz a Little OHMMM

St. Ives

Face Mist Spritz a Little OHMMM

4.23 fl. oz. for $ 5.99
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St. Ives Face Mist Spritz a Little OHMMM is labeled as such on the actual product, but the brand’s web site has this product’s name as OHMMM Relaxing Lavender Face Mist. By any name, this is a problematic product due to the amount of fragrance it contains. As we discuss in the More Info section, fragrance isn’t skin care.

This facial mist is packaged in a clear plastic bottle covered with an opaque wraparound label. In use it produces a fine mist that falls evenly over skin--that’s nice but not enough to earn a gold star from us.

As expected, this feel refreshing and provides light hydration, but the hydrating ingredient (a glycol, triglyceride, and glycerin) are standard for this type of product. You’re not getting anything special here, and it’s a shame the formula completely lacks antioxidants and repairing ingredients found in today’s best toners and face mists.

Back to the fragrance, it’s potent and tends to linger on skin as if you had applied perfume. Even if you don’t see or feel any irritation, it can be simmering beneath skin’s surface, as we explain in the More Info section. The hard fact is that strong fragrance like this isn’t healthy for anyone’s skin.

Note: This is said to have a lavender scent, but if you’ve ever smelled this plant or the oil extracted from it, you’ll know right away the claim is wrong, as this smells nothing like lavender (not the worst thing, though, because pure lavender contains components that can irritate skin).

  • Sprays a fine mist that doesn’t leave skin too wet.
  • Provides a refreshing feel plus instant hydration.
  • Boring formula contains commonplace hydrating ingredients.
  • Strong fragrance tends to linger on skin and can trigger irritation.
  • Lacks repairing ingredients and antioxidants other toners provide.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice! Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.

Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Need to reset and relax? Meet St. Ives hydrating face mists with fragrances designed to provide mood-boosting benefits! Spritz OHMMM for an instant feeling of relaxation with notes of calming lavender and get that zen moment you crave.

Water (Aqua), Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Cetylpyridinium Chloride.

St. Ives At-A-Glance

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, visit

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