I purchased Andalou Naturals Super Goji Perfecting Cream at Whole Foods a few months ago. (I cannot go there without buying skincare, so I don’t even fight it any more.) That particular visit featured my first Andalou purchase and I have to say, it was a good one! I layer the Goji cream over serums/oils in the evening or to apply before sunscreen on days that my skin needs it. I also like to use it on my neck and decolletage because on me, that area is too sensitive for anything other than gentle moisturizers.
I think it’s good to have a non-fussy moisturizer in the mix. This cream fit the bill in 3 ways: 1) the cost–it’s $24.99, but I have seen it for $19.99 2) the ingredients are hydrating and anti-oxidant 3) the light, fluffy, non-greasy texture. It has a pleasant peachy scent. I do think it would be great if it came in a pot with one of those pump covers just to ensure it’s kept fresh and clean. Love those. The cream also made me curious about other Andalou products, so I recently got a bottle of the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner. I like having an another toner to rotate into my routine–it helps my beloved Yuli Panacea Elixir last longer. The Andalou Toner costs $12.95 for a generous 6 ounces–cheap thrill alert! It has aloe and hyaluronic acid to help boost moisture and the bottle sprays a fine mist–all that I am looking for when it comes to non-fussy. The only thing I don’t love is the scent. However, I will finish it and then plan to check out their other toners–I have my eye on the Illuminating Clementine + C Toner.
Cream Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) and Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oils*, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Glycopeptide, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Extract*, Glyceryl Monolaurate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Bisabolol, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Allantoin, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) and Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oils*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extracts*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Agathosma Capensis (Buchu) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil* Non-GMO verified *Organic † Fair Trade
Toner Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Distillate*, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lauric Acid, PhytoCellTec (Alpine Rose, Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Soothing Complex: [Hyaluronic Acid, Magnolia Officinalis Bark, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Leaf Cell and Boswellia Serrata (Boswellin) Extracts], Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa and Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) and Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oils*, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Oil Non-GMO verified *Organic † Fair Trade
I don’t use either of these exclusively, so I can’t speak to the anti-aging effects. However, both of these products feature a nice combination of moisturizing, soothing, and antioxidant ingredients–lots of them (vitamin C and E, CoQ10, resveratrol to name a few). In addition to the other ingredients in the formulation, I was attracted to the idea that the cream contains peptides, as they are known to attract moisture and help the skin repair itself. I figured this would be a good thing to add to my layering of products since my serum or oil will have other things covered–like exfoliating ingredients. Andalou gives you an affordable way to do that extra layer of moisture and helpful ingredients. They even offer a serum in this line for those who don’t need as much moisture or don’t like products that come in a pot. In terms of the claims about fruit stem cells, I am not addressing those here because there seems to be a lot of conflicting opinion on them. From what I read, they are promising, but need to be studied more. I liked FutureDerm’s take on them–they aren’t proven, but are boosting ingredients to add to proven essentials such as AHAs, retinols, and niacinamide. I am looking forward to checking out other offerings in this range. Thus far, it seems really well done and at great price points.