Sometimes I actively choose not to check out the price of a new product until I have been testing it for a while. I usually end up with a price in my head and it’s always fun to see whether I am going to be shocked or pleasantly surprised. In the case of Biao Beauty’s Rejuvenating Night Crème, my mental price tag was about three times the actual one. Which makes this rich moisturizer one of the bargains of the year as well as being a product that I really enjoy using.

I must admit I wasn’t expecting to be quite so completely won over by Biao. While its aims are laudable – “committed to pampering women of all ages, supporting our remarkable planet and advancing global philanthropic causes” – I feared that its botanicals might not be as potent as my aging skin needs. And touches like the biodegradable packaging, which is impregnated with wildflower seeds so that instead of tossing the box you can plant it in the yard or window box, suggested that Biao’s emphasis might be more on planet rescue than skin rescue. My fears were misplaced. Rejuvenating Night Crème is an excellent product.

I have been using it on my hands and sometimes my neck (this cream is a bit too rich for my face, as my skin is already a little oily. I swear my hands look five years younger – like they did when I did regular LED treatments on them (something I’ve lately been very remiss about). They look considerably plumper and more hydrated and they feel much, much softer. They don’t just feel softer immediately afterwards, this is an all day thing. And all for less than 25 bucks for 4 fl oz.

The core of Rejuvenating Night Crème’s ingredients is a complex called EpiCalmin TMC. The TMC part is an acronym for traditional Chinese medicine and is the inspiration for three plant extracts: honeysuckle flower, xanthium sibiricum fruit and cyperus rotundus root. Mibelle Biochemistry, which makes the formula, says it will make skin feel soft, moisturized and comfortable. In my experience, that is exactly what this Biao cream does. EpiCalmin is also supposed to reinforce the skin’s natural defense system. I have found no independent research to corroborate this, nor by looking up the three extracts individually.

Chamomile, an anti-inflammatory and skin conditioner features strongly, while the most of the ingredients are nourishing oils. Calendula isn’t as nutrient rich as olive (the latter is more expensive and way down on the ingredients list), but still has useful fatty acids and there’s babassu, avocado and cocoa seed butter.

Biao Beauty goes out of its way to eshew nasty ingredients. However, it should be pointed out that the EpiCalmin complex comes with the preservative sodium benzoate (which has some unpleasant associations according to some researchers) and even honeysuckle extract is controversial as it may contain a compound that is similar to parabens (I will be researching this topic in the future). The other preservative, potassium sorbate, is considered very mild.

Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe leaf juice, Organic Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Organic Lavender extract, canola oil, glyceryl stearate*, cetearyl alcohol*, cetearyl glucoside*, glycine, glycerin, organic babassu seed oil, honeysuckle flower extract (and) xanthium sibiricum fruit extract (and) cyperus rotundus root extract (and) sodium benzoate, palma rosa oil, rose flower oil, sweet almond oil, clove flower oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, Moroccan rose oil, algae, cocoa seed butter, avocado oil, jojoba seed oil, olive fruit oil. *vegetable derived