When I first saw the Borba Firming Fiber Knit Diamond Shimmer Body Contour ($30), I broke out into a broad (or perhaps devilish) grin. After all, Borba brought us $100 vitamin water, a bag of gummi bears for $25 and a bizarre cream called Plasma "inspired by HDTV".  The Fiber Knit thingy comes with "Hydrolyzed Spandex Complex". Splendid. I was about to have fun.

But no. It turns out that, although the Borba marketing people are wont to get carried away, this body cream doesn't look at all bad. Obviously, there is no such thing as hydrolized spandex (thank the Lord), but this potion does have some interesting and potent botanicals.

Shorea Stenoptera is one of the dominant ingredients and it is mostly stearic acid and other fatty acids, along with shea butter. Following a handful of vitamins you'll find some exfoliants in the forms of glycolic and malic acids and the papain enzyme. A new botanical discovery (for me) is anona cherimolia. The seeds have been found to contain antioxidant peptides, according to Chinese researchers. Meanwhile, German researchers have had good antiaging results for red and wrinkled skin with borage and linseed (flax).

According to Dermaxime, hedera helix (ivy) is considered to be a great anti-cellulite ingredient. It is full of triterpenoid saponins, phenolic acids, flavonoids, malic acid and fatty acids. It further contains  rutin and nicotifloroside in the flavonoids that are part of the phenolic compounds, as well as caffeic and chlorogenic acids. The active ingredients in ivy, including the saponosids, help other ingredients in a product to be absorbed by the skin. They also help the lipids (fatty contents) stocked in the adipocytes (fat cells) to go back into the blood stream and to be either used as a source of energy or be eliminated.

Amongst the antioxidants, there is birch (also found in Weleda's anti-cellulite oil) and yerba mate. A study undertaken by the Department of Dermatology at Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, concluded that Yerba Maté does posses strong anti-cancer effects within the skin.

There is a little bit of jumping on the peptide bandwagon going in with the inclusion of heptapeptide-1. This is one of those expression wrinkle limiting peptides whose action would seem of limited use in a body cream.

Unfortunately there are a few things not to like. Aminomethyl proponal is a pH adjuster and potential irritant. Tetrasodium EDTA has the cosmetic world divided as to whether it is an irritant or toxic. It is, however, considered by the EPA to be a pollutant. In You Being Beautiful, Doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz include diazolidinyl urea on their list of ingredients to avoid. This is because it may be contaminated by formaldehyde. Plus there are a couple of parabens.


Deionized Water, Shorea Stenoptera (Illipe) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Sterate Se, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Carbomer, Fragrance, Dimethiconol, Cetyl Phosphate, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Ascorbic Acid (Vtiamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Papain, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Heptapeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Lactobacillus/ Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Collagen Prepeptide, Anona Cherimolia (Cherimoya) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Betula Alba (White Birch) Leaf Extract, Echinea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Linum Usitatissimum ( Linseed) Extract, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cucumis, Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis (Yerba Mate Or Paraguay Tea) Leaf Extract, Biotin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium Edta, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.