I have been sent unsolicited samples of Alchimie Forever Kantic Lights Off ($71). I have to say that this night cream is so blah, that I wouldn't give it blog space except that it came with a with a note from the president and CEO, Ada Polla, that I found to be decidedly amusing.

Ms Polla, a winsome young woman who looks barely 20, is the daughter of Dr Barbara Polla, a biochemical researcher who specializes in antioxidants, and Dr Luigi Polla, a "European leader in the field of laser therapy". Just over a decade ago, the Pollas (who are Swiss, by the way) opened the Forever Laser Institute in Geneva. While finding time to indulge their passion for contemporary art, the Pollas then launched a skincare line called Forever Choice.

Recently Swiss Family Polla decided to rename the line Alchimie Forever (which I personally don't find a huge improvement) and put young Ada at the helm. So devoted to the core family business is she that she named all the products after lasers. And so we have Yttrium (yes, that is the right spelling) which is used to make phosphors in lasers. Excimer is a laser used primarily for eye surgery. There is Diode 2 and so on. Why would anyone think this would be a good idea?

Given that Ada's mother is antioxidant specialist, its a little disappointing to find that Alchimie Forever Kantic Lights Off has not much more than vitamin E, olive oil and bilberry. Also its a pity they isn't a toxicologist in the family. Her or she might have guided the formulator away from irritants and carcinogens such as propylene glycol, every paraben known to man, phenoxyethanol and diazolidinyl urea.


Water/Aqua, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Propylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, C14-22 Alkylalcohol, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Myristyl Lactate, Polyacrylamide, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, PEG-10 Olive Glycerides, Sorbitol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance/Parfum, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal.