BeautycounterEvery Day PM Hydrating Cream
1.65 fl. oz. for $44
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This moisturizer from Beautycounter is nearly identical to the brand's Every Day AM Hydrating Cream, with only minor differences (that is, the order of the ingredients is slightly different), so much of the same review applies.

This is a run-of-the-mill moisturizing cream that contains emollients, a few anti-irritants, and antioxidants. It's not bad, but it's not anything to get excited about, either, especially when you consider that the potentially irritating fragrant lavender flower extract is higher on the ingredient list than any of the beneficial antioxidants! While lavender flower extract has less potential to irritate skin than the more potent lavender oil, it's still not a positive for your skin in any product. Despite the claim that this cream is unscented, it does contain fragrant ingredients that can be irritating to skin.

One other interesting thing to note: This product costs more than the Everyday AM Hydrating Cream, although the size and nearly all of the ingredients are the same. Talk about a head-scratcher!

Our advice is to skip this one, and consider one of the superior options on our list of Best Moisturizers.


  • Contains emollients, a few anti-irritants, and antioxidants.
  • Tube packaging protects what beneficial ingredients it contains from air and light exposure.


  • Contains lavender and geranium extracts, which are potential skin irritants.
  • Given the cost, it is just a good moisturizer, not great.
Last Updated:02.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Our unscented nighttime hydrating cream softens your skin as you sleep.
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Xanthan Gum, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Beta Glucan, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xylitol, Maltodextrin, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
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Beautycounter At-A-Glance

Beautycounter is the brainchild of self-described “serial entrepreneur” Gregg Renfrew, a woman who is perhaps best known for serving on the board of Martha Stewart Living after selling her bridal registry company, The Wedding List, to Stewart’s media empire. Renfrew has worked as a consultant on cosmetics lines from celebrities like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba.

Renfrew says she decided to start her own cosmetics line after learning that not all the ingredients used in cosmetics were safe, so Beautycounter was launched in 2013. The brand’s primary focus is provide what it calls “safe” skincare to consumers, with its website stating that a rigorous ingredient selection process is used to ensure nothing “harmful” is used.

For all the interest Beautycounter has stirred up, the line is by and large lackluster, and in many cases overpriced for what you get. Many of the formulas start out with potential, but are ultimately derailed by either the inclusion of potential skin irritants or the jar packaging, which will render many of their beneficial ingredients ineffective over time.

Beautycounter products can be purchased through its website or through product consultants who do home sales parties. For more information, visit www.beautycounter.com.

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