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Curel

Intensive Healing Cream Daily Fragrance-Free Cream

16.00 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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This body moisturizer from Curel is a very basic formula whose core emollients and a fair amount of wax help make dry skin look and feel better. Not the most elegant-feeling cream around, this has a richness but lacks a sophisticated blend of repairing and antioxidant ingredients to make it a more interesting, effective option.

Despite the name, this isn't fragrance-free; the formula contains a small amount of eucalyptus extract, which adds scent and is also an irritant. The amount is likely too low to be cause for concern, but given that eucalyptus offers no benefit for skin (dry or not) why include it at all?

The jar packaging this product has presents a hygiene risk, as dipping fingers into a water-based formula isn't ideal. We'd normally comment that this type of packaging causes the state-of-the-art ingredients to break down, but they're pretty much absent here, so the packaging is not going to hinder the formula (yet the formula isn't all that great to begin with).

One more comment: This moisturizers contains a preservative (DMDM hydantoin) that isn't the best for sensitive skin.

Pros:
  • Makes dry skin look and feel better.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • The jar packaging isn't sanitary.
  • Formula lacks a sophisticated blend of repairing and antioxidant ingredients.
  • Contains a couple of problematic ingredients that pose a slight risk of irritation.
Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

It is a proven formula that provides immediate moisturization to help heal even the driest skin. This gentle cream absorbs quickly, replenishes moisture and helps revitalize ceramide levels for long-lasting relief and hydration.

Water, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Microcrystalline Wax, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Paraffin, Dimethicone, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Magnesium Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Magnesium Sulfate, Glyceryl Oleate, Ethoxydiglycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Propylparaben.

Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.

Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.

Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curels specialty, its disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).

Theres truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if whats inside the bottles isnt great for your skin. Dont get us wrong; Curels body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but theyre just the beginningdry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidantsand those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isnt the cure for dry skin.

If youve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isnt the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when youre getting a truly superior formula, its money well spent!

For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com

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