Arbonne has just launched two new lines (color cosmetics, which we’ll be reviewing very soon) and the RE9 Advanced range of skincare. The “breakthrough” idea (according to Arbonne) behind RE9 Advanced is to take a vitamin C supplement along with topical treatments aimed at boosting collagen production. I am not a big believer in the body’s ability to efficiently process supplements, still I’m prepared to give the skincare products the benefit of the doubt and over the coming weeks will be reviewing some samples, starting with the  Firming Body Cream ($68).

This body cream redefines the phrase “sinks right in”. Every time I have used it, Arbonne RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream just seems to be absorbed within milliseconds, leaving my skin feeling comfortable, hydrated and somewhat firmer. Like the rest of the RE9 range, it has the stamp of a head of research who used to work at Aveda. Think botanicals.

I like the fact that it has seabuckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides), a plant that has plenty of quercetin. This is an important flavenoid and some researchers believe that quercetin is a more potent antioxidant than the much-hyped resveratrol. The aging amongst us, will be pleased to see that isoflavones, which have chemical structure that is similar to estrogen (the hormone we women start to produce less of as we reach menopause), are here thanks to a plant called pueraria lobata, more commonly called kudzu. A native of Japan, this plant is now rampant in North America (if you see trees covered with some invasive vine, it may well be kudzu). So if nothing else, Arbonne is probably doing the Environmental Protection Agency a favor by finding a use for it.

Moving away from botanicals, it is worth giving a shout out to hexapeptide-10, which also goes under the name of serilsenine and is made a Spanish company called Lipotec. A hexapeptide is a chain of six amino acids that stimulate cell activity by interacting with specific molecules. The result is that collagen is rebuilt and fine lines are supposed to be reduced and pore size reduced. Incidentally, hexapeptide-10 is also favorite of the South African brand Dermaxime.


Water, sunflower seed oil, stearic acid, shea butter, dimethicone, squalane, cetearyl wheat straw glycosides*, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, orange peel oil, hippophae rhamnoides oil, imperata cylindrica root extract, oat kernal extract, lamaria digitata extract, pueraria lobata root extract, ginger root extract, plankton extract, hexapeptide-10, tocopheryl acetate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, panthenol, carbomer, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium PCA, butylene glycol, polysorbate-20, sodium hydroxide, caprylyl glycol, caprylhydroxamic acid, limonene, linalool, citral.

*Formulated without gluten