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Kate Somerville- reviewed and rejected

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July 7, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
Kate Somerville is a beauty brand that I’ve postponed looking at for the longest time because I feared that it bring out the nasty old cynic in me. But when I saw an ad for Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment ($150) with “stem cell technology”, I could no longer restrain myself.  And then I came across the $500 Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8 and it was time for the gloves to come off. This is a shockingly bad product

Peptide K8 indeed! I suppose I could give someone credit for a play on words as I suppose that K8 = Kate. Ho, ho. But before anyone’s sense of humor overtakes their senses long enough for them to drop $500 bucks for a trademarked peptide, know that there is no such thing as peptide K8. What you will find in Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8, trailing after a long list of mostly underwhelming ingredients is palmitoyl oligopeptide. And this, my friends, is Matrixyl.

As peptides go, Matrixyl is perfectly respectable, although not one of the newer, more cutting edge ones. It isn’t even as powerful as its sibling Matrixyl 3000.  What’s more you will easily find Matrixyl in products that have one zero less on the price tag.

Kate Somerville may the chutzpa to pass off Matrixyl as her very own peptide, but she’s got a cheek charging $500 for this lackluster potion. Even if I beat back my old cynic and try generously to focus on the positives, I don’t get very far before becoming enraged. For example, the first ingredient that comes after the typical chemicals and silicones is orbignya oleifera seed oil. This is extracted from a South American weed and is increasingly being used by the cosmetics industry as a coconut oil substitute.

About the only things of any interest are macadamia (full of omega 7 and B vitamins) and cannabis oil (good against acne and also a source of fatty acids). OK, but they don’t even begin to justify $500. And the rest of the formula is so mediocre (the best being vitamin C and ceramide-2) and full of fillers and harsh preservatives that it is too depressing to dwell on for any longer.

Before giving up entirely on Kate Somerville, I did go back and check out Cytocell. This is another sorry specimen. It is billed as having peptide p-199, which “catalyzes stem cell activity”.  As you might, by now, guess peptide p-199 exists only on Planet Somerville. Lurking at the end of CytoCell’s ingredients list is polypeptide-72. An online search provided no information on polypeptide-72. Oh well, at least this one is only $150.

Ingredients in CytoCell

Water/Aqua/Eau, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, C4-24 Alkyl Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Isodecyl Isononanoate, Isohexadecane, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Behenyl Alcohol, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Whey Protein, Cetearyl Glucoside, Linolenic Acid, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, o-Cymen-5-OL, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/IPDI Copolymer, Tocopherol, Tropolone, Polypeptide-72, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.

Ingredients in Deep Tissue Repair Cream

Water, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Squalane, Cholesterol, Urea, Sodium PCA, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Silk Powder, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Allantoin, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ceramide 2, Citric Acid, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tribehenin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triacetin, Copper PCA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzoic Acid, Geraniol, Disodium EDTA.
  • May 29, 2017

    by Anne

    I am not surprised. KS products all contain something, I know not what, that feels "icky" on my skin. Like a film or coating of some kind. It just feels dirty. My aging, oily, large pores can be finicky but I have learned over the years what it can and can not tolerate. The products from her line, and I've tried several, simply have a feel and fragrance that reminds me of cheap drug store stuff. The Quench can't be much more than silicone, am I right? I have used a lot of high end products and some may be b.s., but the feel and fragrance is usually quite nice. These products from KS just don't rise to the level that she is charging.

  • October 18, 2012

    by Mara

    Actually, it is her brand, that's why it calls peptide K8. The original products for bio revitalization are truly amazing. The product Mezowharton P199 was going through clinical trials in the leading plastic surgery and esthetic clinics in Russia. The production of collagen in the aging skin ( 40 plus) is scientifically proven. Very sorry to read such low class comments.

  • May 18, 2012

    by Michele Watson

    This has just arrived in Perth and it is SO expensive. Thanks for the reviews-was tempted by the hype but now know better!

  • August 11, 2011

    by NoeyD77

    I sooo totally agree with this article on Kate Somerville's line! There is literally no posdible way to justify her prices and her product Quench pales in comparison to Hydtoshield, the product it clearly tries to imitate.

  • July 7, 2011

    by jc

    actually the peptide k8 is dermaxyl, inci: C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate -
    Tribehenin - Ceramide 2 -
    PEG 10 Rapeseed Sterol -
    Palmitoyl Oligopeptide

    matrixyl's inci is:Glycerin-Water-Butylene
    Glycol-Carbomer-Polysorbate 20-
    Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4

  • July 7, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    We can get Matrixyl in Olay (probably the best of the drugstore brands), as well as cerimide-2 for under $50, and when it was released, I nixed trying it because I was well beyond Matrixyl. My active is Matrixyl 3000, near in name, not close in formula or results. And... sweet jaybus! who in their right mind would spend this kind of money! right? I'm looking at you... *squints. There are so many wonderful creams and potions in the TIA shops I'm dying to try that still burden my pocketbook under $150. I will work through all of these, thank you. This one, Kate Somerville, is pure ego in a cannister! ~jk

  • July 7, 2011

    by Junko

    Really appreciate articles like this Marta. I'm surprised that companies can name ingredients whatever it is they so desire. Furthermore, I feel like Kate is mocking us (consumers) by marketing K8. Thanks so much Marta for having our backs!

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