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Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Review

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
March 15, 2019 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments
TRU Rating
An over-priced peptide and oils

Pros

Some fatty acid-rich oils

Cons

A misleadingly mysterious active

The combined forces of Victoria Beckham, breathless bloggers and a high(ish) price tag has propelled Augustinus Bader to cult status. After being tipped off at a party that I should take a look, I was intrigued to find that behind this two-product skincare brand is the eponymous Augustinus Bader, a patent-laden German doctor, stem cell expert and creator of a mysterious technology called TFC8.

The formulas for the two products are very similar and so I have focused on Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream ($160-$265). It is striking for three reasons. The first is that the hand of Dr Bader’s as a stem cell and burn treatment pioneer is barely visible. Perhaps I am being too literal, but I was expecting stem cells or growth factors to be indicated in the ingredients list, or at least some kind of patented wound repairing formula.

Which leads me to the enigmatic TFC8, otherwise known as Bader's proprietary Trigger Factor Complex. The website vaguely describes this as “natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and synthesised molecules”. In the ingredients deck, it is simply listed as TFC8.

Cosmetic brands are supposed to use a standard system for naming ingredients called INCI. A trade name such as Matrixyl should, therefore, be spelled out as the peptides that it is comprised of. Even vitamin C should really be listed by its relevant INCI, such as L-ascorbic acid.

Augustinus Bader and TFC8 should comply with this – as most companies do – so as to provide the consumer with complete transparency. To fail to do so is bad form in my book. Buyer beware, with Augustinus Bader you don’t fully know what you are putting on your skin.

This leads me to third thing that struck me. What we do know about the rest of the formula, where we are given all the ingredient INCIs, they are not especially impressive – think shea butter, aloe leaf, and avocado, evening primrose, and sunflower oils. There is a lone peptide at the end of the list, palmitoyl tripeptide-8.

It is my suspicion that these ingredients make up TFC8, basically some fatty acid rich oils and a peptide (the latter probably what was referred to on the company website as "synthesized molecules". It’s all a bit misleading and smoke and mirrors-ish. According to the brand, you'll no longer have need for toners, serums, or any other kind of moisturizers. Without knowing what TFC8 actually is, I won’t be giving anything else up.

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