After using a small jar of the ilike Stonecrop Whipped Moisturizer
($68) for the last two months (and with still half a jar remaining), I have to say that I really like this product!
Although I had some concerns about sodium benzoate being the preservative used, I had no visible reaction after several weeks of morning and evening use. One of the reasons for concern about sodium benzoate is that when combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), benzene is formed, which is a known carcinogen. I don’t know what concentrations are considered dangerous, but my guess is that it’s quite low in the ilike line.
The moisturizer is green and has a fresh scent... like being in a park on a spring day, following a nice rain. Could this be the chlorophyll in the product? Not sure, but it’s quite pleasant. I only need a small amount to cover my face, neck and décolleté, and it feels nice and light on the skin, yet very hydrating. The true test for me when testing moisturizers is how they work at sea level (home) AND at altitude, and this one definitely did well in both environments.
Marta already has done a pretty thorough review of the benefits of stonecrop
(sedum), which is a succulent plant and natural moisture retainer, like cactus. I happen to have lots of sedum growing in my yard and am now intrigued about creating a DIY mask with it! In summary, sedum is an awesome antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral plant - and it is the primary ingredient in this moisturizer, hence the name.
Yarrow is another active ingredient; it is used as a calmer of irritants and as a toxin eliminator. Although there is some scant research suggesting that yarrow stimulates hair growth, I’m happy to inform you that I haven’t had to start shaving my face, neck or décolleté due to excessive hair growth, and you can be assured that I was looking for it!
Ilike is a Hungarian company, created by Ilike Molna, known by locals as “Aunt Ilcsi.” Her grandmother was the village herbalist, so Auntie was exposed at a young age to the more naturopathic way of life. After graduating from a highly renowned aesthetics school in Vienna, with a biochemistry focus, she started developing organic skincare products - and has been doing so ever since... for 50 years! The ilike products are not mass produced and are made in small batches. One of the really cool things I learned while researching the company and products is that she uses the entire herbal “pulp” as opposed to just the extracts, which increases the nutrient level and provides a higher level of the polyphenols... sort of like eating an orange versus just drinking a glass of juice.
Because of the lightening effects of the stonecrop, this whipped moisturizer is ideal for freckled or blotchy complexions. It’s also nice for dry and/or sunburned skin, and may provide benefit as a post-chemotherapy moisturizer. I’d definitely buy more products from the ilike line and really appreciate having had the opportunity to test one of them.
Active: Stonecrop, yarrow, vitamins C and E, bioflavenoids, citric acid, malic acid, maloric acid, free amino acids, phenol carbonic acids, pectins
; Other: Aqua, sempervivum tectorum, achillea milefoium, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, arachidyl alcohol, behnyl alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, glycerine, sodium cocoyl glutamate, tocpherol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzyl alcohol, ascorbyl palmitate, xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium acsorbyl phosphate, chlorophyll