Keep It Supple Body Oil
Versed’s Keep It Supple Body Oil lays the basic foundation of what it takes to make a top-notch body oil but makes a common mistake by including fragrant ingredients that aren’t good for skin on any part of the body!
This oil comes in a transparent plastic bottle, meaning it should be stored out of direct light to preserve its light-sensitive ingredients. It has a spray dispenser which, while it doesn’t disperse a very fine mist, doesn’t result in large droplets, either. It’s a convenient way to apply oil over various parts of the body.
Included in the formula are sunflower, sweet almond, coconut, macadamia, and soybean oils, all non-fragrant oils that have both moisturizing and antioxidant properties. The texture, while definitely that of an oil (no surprise there) is surprisingly lightweight, absorbing fairly fast without a greasy feel.
What isn’t appealing is the fragrant ylang ylang oil (listed in the ingredients by its scientific name, Cananga odorata flower oil), as well as the fragrance ingredient linalool. Both of these smell nice but consistently put skin at risk for irritation. Fragrance can compromise skin, no matter where it is on the body, so it’s best to avoid it altogether (see More Info for details).
Because of this, we recommend steering clear of this and seeing our list of best body moisturizers for rich hydrators that skip the potential for irritation.
- Spray dispenser is convenient for applying to different areas of the body.
- Includes several moisturizing, antioxidant, non-fragrant plant oils.
- Lightweight oil absorbs quickly without a greasy feel.
- Needs to be stored out of direct light to protect its light-sensitive ingredients.
- Includes fragrant ylang ylang oil and a fragrance ingredient, which put skin at risk for irritation.
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.
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Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
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
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Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
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For the 97% of your skin below your chin, allow us to introduce your new favorite moisturizer, a favorable alternative to thick, heavy body lotions. It’s a non-sticky, non-greasy, quick-absorbing dry oil. We promise it passes the get-dressed test with no waiting period. Just spritz to envelope your body in a blend of sweet almond, macadamia nut, and coconut oils with nourishing calendula flower extract and vitamin E. And that subtle yet intoxicating aroma of white flowers comes from ylang oil.
Versed Skincare is the creation of Katherine Power, former West Coast fashion editor of Elle magazine and co-founder of the LA-based fashion company Clique Brands. Versed is positioned as the sister brand of the company’s Who What Wear clothing line sold at Target, and so Versed is sold there as well as other retailers.
Versed’s philosophy is straightforward: offer affordable, effective skin care products that are both vegan and, in the brand’s words, clean. “Clean” is an ambiguous phrase in the beauty industry that lacks a standard, regulated definition (it varies from company to company), but in this instance it means that there are no so-called “toxic” and “questionable” ingredients in Versed’s products.
While some of these ingredients – such as formaldehyde and artificial fragrance – are certainly best avoided, others are labeled as bad based on outdated research, poorly designed or inconclusive studies, or simply anecdotal evidence, and not on the conditions (or concentrations) in which these ingredients are actually used in real-world skin care applications.
That aside, Versed has an attractive aesthetic that goes along with this clean philosophy: pastel-colored packaging with plain type that explains what each product’s purpose is and calls out key ingredients in each. For the most part, Versed products are packaged to protect their light- and air-sensitive ingredients; however, there are a few instances of clear and jar packaging, which compromise the benefits of some ingredients, particularly antioxidants.
The formulas from Versed are a mixed bag. Some contain a host of beneficial ingredients while totally avoiding irritants, others are good but basic, and some others include fragrant plant extracts and oils that pose a risk of sensitizing skin (and we should be clear – fragrance, both synthetic and natural, can irritate skin). It really is a situation where the products are best judged on a case-by-case basis, as the hit-or-miss nature of the line requires more scrutiny than simply choosing based on product claims and skin type.
Despite the extra effort needed, Versed does have some good products to offer, and the convenience of being available both online and in a major retailer like Target, will have a lot of appeal to a good number of people. You can learn more about Versed at https://versedskin.com/.
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