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Somme Institute Treat & Tint review
I received this product from TIA on April 2 for a product review. This product is a combo sunscreen/moisturizer/tint/ and skin treatment product, which contains Somme’s MDT5 (Molecular Dispersion Technology 5) skin product. All Somme Institute products are designed to include the MDT5 product, but it is not clear from the product labeling or their website, how much of this each of their skin regime products does contain. Since this is a combo-type product, I used this only on weekends, when it would be a typical time for me to use something like this. The product retails for $40 for 1.7 oz (50 mL) on Amazon.
The packaging for this product is your typical tube in a box. The box came with a fact sheet touting Somme’s MDT5 technology and also consumer information on the box. However, to my surprise, there was no consumer information printed directly on the tube (product ingredients, for instance), except for the name of the product and the manufacturer (Somme Institute). Nowhere on the tube was a label indicating (ONLY) an SPF of 15 for this product. The only labeling was at the crimp of the tube with an expiration date of 3/2011. Apparently, based on my reading of the product insert, I am supposed to use this product after I have used A-bomb in the morning. I did not have any A-bomb to try in conjunction with this product.
The product is fairly sheer and goes on smoothly. The sunscreen used in this product is your typical drugstore combo of chemicals - avobenzone (2%) and octinoxate (7.5%). Nothing special here. Generally , I only use a barrier cream (zinc oxide, micronized) for my sunscreen, but fortunately for me, during the time I was reviewing this product, we had floods and rains of epic proportion here in the Midwest, so a well-functioning sunscreen was not a necessity at that point.
After using this product for 2 months of weekends, I can honestly say, I would not go out of my way to purchase this product again. Ever. There are comparable products out there for the price or even lower. From the department stores, Laura Mercier sells a tinted moisturizer , SPF 20, 1.5, oz (40 mL) for $42. The Laura Mercier product uses octyl methoxycinnamate and menthyl anthranilate as the chemical sunscreen. From the drugstores, we have Neutrogena Healthy Defense tinted moisturizer, SPF 30, 1.7 oz (50 mL) for $14.69 on Amazon. The Neutrogena product uses a combination of ensulizole (2.0%), octocrylene (7.5%), and zinc oxide (1.9%) as sunscreens (yes, you saw that right – zinc oxide).
Personally, I want a higher SPF micronized zinc sunscreen. But, you say, I am also getting the advantage of the MDT5 technology. Well, am I? I could not find anywhere on the label the amount of this special product in the Treat & Tint composition. I also reviewed the Somme Institute website to see if I could get any additional information regarding this product or the entire product line and how much MDT5 their products contain. No luck. I found that this MDT5 is a “vitamin/protein delivery system that allows highly engineered vitamins (A, B3, B5, C and E) to go deep within the skin, repairing years of sun damage …” Humph. ( …. and where is the protein in this composition?) What I did find were claims to patented technology (the MDT5 technology) but no patents listed on the product or the website. I did find claims to a “proprietary blend” of ingredients on their website that goes into making the MDT5 product. But, a proprietary blend and a patent are two very different things. And, if a company does have patented technology, you can bet they will mark their products to defend their technology. Bottom line – I have doubts as to the MDT5 technology and the lack of disclosure on the part of Somme Institute. Personal testimonials are fine, but I want to see the science to back this up especially when I would be paying so much money for the product (their recommended 5-step regimen is about $300, followed by the $40 Treat & Tint).
Ingredients: CDATA[Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5), Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazlinonone, Palma Rosa Extract, Ylang Ylang Extract, Jasmine Extract, Geranium Extract, Lavender Extract, Marigold Extract, Galbanum Extract and Tetrasodium EDTA.