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Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Cream

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta January 14, 2009 4 Comments
There are over 80 ingredients (I'll spell that out for you to make sure I have your attention: EIGHTY) ingredients in Chantecaille's Nano Gold Energizing Cream, but only one of them - pure gold, coming in at number 63 - could possibly justify a $420 price tag.

Gold must be a powerful anti-ager to be the 63rd ingredient and do all that Chantecaille claims: "24-karat gold are [sic] bound to silk microfiber, a natural protein that is moisturizing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Through nanotechnology, these elements reach the cellular level where they act as the ultimate healing and preserving force." So what is gold doing in a face cream anyway?

Gold has a medicinal history going back to ancient times. Recently, gold has been associated with soothing arthritic symptoms. Gold 'salts' (the ionic chemical compounds of gold) are injected to reduce inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. So it could be an anti-inflammatory, except that the Harvard Medical School thinks that gold works by making proteins associated with autoimmune diseases inactive. Gold 'nano-bullets' are being used, according to Science magazine, as a cure for cancer.

There might be something to it, but the evidence that it will deliver in a face cream is far from compelling. And I am still confused by the "silk microfiber", a natural protein that Chantecaille has bound to the gold. Silk microfiber is most likely in one's underwear drawer since, as far as I know, it what lingerie is made from.

To spare you the exhausting process of scrutinizing the rest of the ingredients (of which there are are about 60 too many), I can say that they are mostly botanicals. Most are what we might increasingly expect to see, such as green tea, marigold (calendula) and pineapple. Amongst the more unusual is ruscus aculeatus, otherwise known as butcher's broom. There are some cosmetic companies that claim that it has anti-inflammatory and other properties, but I couldn't find any evidence to support that.

I can't justify paying even half of the price tag for Chantecaille Nano Gold. Can anyone else?

Rosa damascena flower water,glycerin,cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl palmitate,myristyl myristate,glyceryl stearate se,butylene glycol, peg-40 stearate,cetyl alcohol,stearic acid,sorbitan tristearate,butyrospermum parkii (shea butter),sorbitol,ruscus aculeatus root extract,ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit juice,calendula officinalis flower extract, centella asiatica extract,algae extract,aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) extract,echinacea angustifolia extract,plantago lanceolata extract,camellia sinensis leaf extract,rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract,dimethicone,caprylyl glycol,ptfe,chlorella vulgaris/lupin albus protein,ferment filtrate,borago officinalis seed oil,oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil,propylene glycol,polyacrylamide,diphenyl dimethicone,pullulan,phenoxyethanol,alpha-arbutin,bisabolol,hydrolyzed fibroin,mica,lactobacillus ferment,maltodextrin,disodium edta, titanium dioxide,dimethiconol,acacia dealbata flower wax,ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate,hydrolyzed yeast protein,jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower wax,narcissus poeticus flower wax,panthenol,tocopheryl acetate,hydrolyzed wheat protein,sodium hyaluronate,arginine,glycine, methionine,retinyl palmitate,palmitoyl tripeptide-5,rosa damascena flower oil,pelargonium graveolens flower oil,ammonium glycyrrhizate, gold,sodium polyacrylate,xanthan gum,hexylene glycol,laureth-7,sodium hydroxide,peg-8,helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil,iron oxides (ci 77491), tocopherol,benzoic acid,sodium dehydroacetate,sorbic acid,ascorbyl palmitate, potassium sorbate,sodium benzoate,bht,ascorbic acid,citric acid [citronellol,geraniol,linalool,citral]
  • September 12, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Teena, I should probably point out that this review is from 2009 (we didn't have a store then by the way) since that seems not have been clear to you. Butcher's broom is a great ingredient and I'm grateful for the reminder. Five years on, I still wonder if that would justify $420 though.

  • September 11, 2015

    by Teena

    really.... nothing for butchers broom. That surely is a ridiculous thing to say. I do declare that your reviews are very judgy and less ingredient based at times. I mean half of the things you trash are better than the items currently being sold on the site. A lot of people had relied on this site for non-judgemental facts for quite some time. Boil it back down sister...

  • February 2, 2009

    by Michelle

    Hi Niall,

    Can you list the names of the other, less expensive products you mentioned above that also firms the skin? I am looking for something to help with the elasticity for the entire face, and possible also the eye area as well. Thank you!

  • January 14, 2009

    by Niall

    I got a sample of this cream when I bought a Chantecaille Christmas gift for my sister. It's not as emollient as you would think, and disappears rather quickly into the skin. It definitely has a firming effect the next morning, but then so do creams costing much, much less. The gold angle is just a marketing ploy (like La Prairie's $1000 titanium cream) to justify a fairy tale price. May I suggest instead you go buy some Crisco and sprinkle gold glitter on it? It will probably be just as effective.

    But if you're interested, the way to go is to get some samples from your local Chantecaille counter.

    And Butcher's Broom is used topically as a vasoconstrictor - i.e., to deal with spider veins and things like that. Have no idea if it actually works.

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