I am not sure whether Mr Aubrey intended his Rosa Mosqueta Moisturizing Cream ($13.49) to be a face or a body cream. Probably, he is agnostic. I find this moisturizer much too rich for my face, even though my skin is a little dry right now. However, my body really likes it and especially dry areas, such as the elbows, just soak it right up. This joins Aubrey’s shampooshair conditioners and even the shave cream as great examples of good ingredients (although not all of them are actually organic) at an even better price.

I would guess that one reason why Aubrey’s products are inexpensive is because they all seem to leverage the same basic ingredients. This Moisturizing Cream’s ingredients list looks a lot like the first half of the list for the Rosa Mosqueta hair conditioner.

Dry skin will love the coconut cream base and the aloe vera. It is rich in potassium, silicon and calcium and has historically been used to strengthen finger nails. But Aubrey’s moisturizer really comes into its own with horsetail. Saponins and flavanoids (particularly quercetin) also give horsetail the ability to help heal wounds (as used by the ancient Greeks). The thing about quercetin is that it may be a much more of a powerful antioxidant than was previously thought. Cornell University has a new way of measuring antioxidant potency called ‘cellular antioxidant activity’ (CAA) that tests the antioxidant activities of a compound inside the cell itself. This is an approach that is deemed to be more accurate. Of all the flavenoids, quercetin had the highest CAA value.

Coltsfoot is another Aubrey favorite and it is an anti-inflammatory. However, a study on rats that were fed high amounts of coltsfoot determined that it is carcinogenic and the University of Iowa classifies it as unsafe. I haven’t found any research that indicates adverse effects if used topically, but it should probably not be ingested. Coneflower is echinacea, that stalwart of natural cold  cures that is often accused of being a placebo. There is science to back up its effect on skin though as it heals wounds by protecting connective tissue.

The star of the show, of course, is rosehip. The seeds are high in (fatty) linoleic and linolenic acids as well as Vitamin C, all of which are essential for the health of the hair and skin. Flavonoids, a ketonic compound (namely 3-pentenpropyl-kentoe) and trans-rhodanic acids have been detected.

Ingredients:

Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Organic Aloe Vera, Horsetail Extract, Coltsfoot Extract, Coneflower Extract, Organic Rosa Mosqueta® Rose Hip Seed Oil, Calendula Oil, St. John’s Wort Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E), Nettle Extract, Bitter Almond Oil.