TIA and TIA readers alike have enthusiastically supported Yes To Carrots, a relatively new skin care brand that promises a fantastic quality to price ratio. However, manufacturer JocottBrands would rather hear you say yes to 40 Carrots, one of the dozen or so cosmetic brands it markets.

I had never heard of 40 Carrots until Marta told me about it, and when she did I wasn’t as surprised as I was irritated that it existed. From the start, I was sure the brand was riding the tide of Yes To Carrots’ success. And in such an obvious way! At the very least they should have called it 40 Blueberries so as not to overtly copy the Yes To, Inc. flagship line.

Still, my initial reaction was based on assumption. Maybe 40 Carrots was actually something new, something worthy of further examination. According to its website, 40 Carrots features beta-carotene and retinol, which work as anti-agers. So far, the brand boasts five products – an eye gel, moisturizer, crème cleanser, vitamin C serum and sleep cream. And, according to several other sites, 40 Carrots products are paraben-free.

All of this is good news, as were all of the reviews I found on various forums on the Internet. The consensus seems to be that for an inexpensive brand, 40 Carrots is a good buy, but don’t expect a miraculous disappearance of crows feet or wrinkles.

Even the 40 Carrots reviews are reminiscent of Yes To Carrots reviews (though perhaps Yes To Carrots has slightly more positive ones). So the question is, how do the brands stack up against one another?

An 8.45 fl. oz. bottle of Yes To Carrots Body Moisturizing Lotion costs $7.99.  A 4 oz bottle of 40 Carrots Carrot + Mango Moisture Splurge Lotion costs $15.00. The only ingredient I might think twice about in the Yes To Carrots product is tocopheryl acetate, a form of vitamin E that is considered a moderate hazard by the Cosmetics Database. But it only appears after 20 some odd ingredients before it. The 40 Carrots product has the moderately concerning triethanolamine and phenoxyethanol, but again, they don’t appear on the list of ingredients until the end.

A 1.01 fl. oz. jar of Yes to Cucumber Soothing Eye Gel costs $14.99, while a 0.5 fl. oz. jar of 40 Carrots Carrot + Cucumber Eye Gel costs $15.00. Although the Yes To Carrots product contains benzyl alcohol and tocopheryl acetate, the ingredients can be located only within the last four on the list. The 40 Carrots product, on the other hand, contains four worrisome ingredients, one of which is in the first five ingredients: ethoxydiglycol. Others are sodium polyacrylate, silica, and phenoxyethanol.

While neither brand is perfect, it is apparent that Yes To Carrots provides better quantity and quality at a better price. Although 40 Carrots is paraben-free, it is not nearly as natural in its ingredients as Yes To Carrots is. Overall, I’m happy with the Yes To Carrots Body Butter I have sitting in my bathroom cabinet at home, and I don’t think I’ll be replacing it with other carrot-related products anytime soon. That is, unless they’re Yes To Carrots carrot products.

Yes To Carrots Body Moisturizing Lotion

Water (Aqua), Dead Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Daucus Carota (Carrot) Juice, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Juice, Ipomoera Batatas (Sweet Potato) Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Honey (Mel) Extract, Silt (Maris Limus), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Lactate, Chamomila Recutita (Chamomile Oil), Tocopherol Acetate, Algae Extracts (Rhodella, Dunaliella, Spirulina), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propolis Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Niacin, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Peel Extract

40 Carrots Carrot + Mango Moisture Splurge Lotion

Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (Safflower), Butylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycol Distearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Betanol Age Radiance Complex: Beta-Carotene (and), Retinol (Vitamin A), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil (Carrot), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Juice (Carrot), Mangifera Indica Seed Oil (Mango), Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil (Apricot), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Extract (Acai), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Allantoin, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol (and), Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Orange 4

Yes to Cucumber Soothing Eye Gel

Aqua (Water), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract*, Sodium Alginate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel*, Chamomilla Recutita (Camomile) Extract*, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Extract*, Citric Acid, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract*, Capsicum Annuum (Green Pepper) Extract*, Algin, Algea (Spirulina, Rhodella, Dunaliella) *, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Minerals), Parfum (Fragrance), Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) *, Panthenol*, Dehydroacetic Acid. Certified Organic Ingredient

40 Carrots Carrot + Cucumber Eye Gel

Water, Butylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Ethoxydiglycol (and), Musa Sapientum Flower Extract (Banana), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate (and), Hydrogenated Polydecene (and), Trideceth 6, Betanol Age Radiance Complex: Beta-Carotene (and), Retinol (Vitamin A), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil (Carrot), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Juice (Carrot), Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Oil (Cucumber), Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Silica, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol (and), Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Orange 4, Green 3, Yellow 5