I recently stayed at a St Regis, which is the high-end Starwood brand. If you''re familiar with St Regis, you'll know they carry Remede bathroom amenities. Remede is sort of like the high-end line of Bliss brand (which is carried at Starwood's trendy W). Because St. Regis is luxury and high-end, you would expect them to carry the best of the best. So I was curious as to how reasonable Remede worked for the skin. I tried the Remede Hydra Contour Complex for Body.

Remede Hydra Contour Complex for Body promises an advanced firming and hydrating emulsion to create firmer, younger-looking skin. For $65, you better hope you see results!

One of the first things that caught my eye is aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, which is controversial in the cosmetic industry. Some experts believe it to be highly toxic, but it has been known to enhance SPF in sunscreens and act as a productive absorbent. Studies have revealed no evidence of toxicity in the ingredient but others would beg to differ. So it's a gamble.

Remede Hydra Countour Complex for Body is packed with emollients, many that are plant-based. And there's tons of great oils to soothe and hydrate. I think the oils speak to the older demographic of the hotel, as they are great for aromatherapy and calming, like lavender. Even marjoram extract is great to soothe muscular pain and reduces swelling. There's some wheat protein and linoleic acid and vitamin E, all of which is great, but I think a product of this prestige and price should include them. especially to offset the number of parabens. Maybe I'm jaded after trying out so many body moisturizers.

But then I weigh in ingredients that are redemptive enough to make this a worthwhile buy, like plectranthus barbarous root extract (widely used in body firming products) and citrus uranium amara extract, which has been linked with the reduction of cellulite. So Remede really does make an attempt to firm the body and they're not just going for your pocket change.

I actually like the fragrance of it, and the quick absorption makes me happy but I prefer my lotions to be invigorating and of course, Remede Hydra Contour Complex for Body is out of my budget. But if you've got $65 to spend on a bottle of lotion, by all means…

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, MYRETH-3 Myristate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butylene Glycol, Meadowfoam Oil Squalane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone / Phenyl Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Lavender Oil, Camphor Bark Oil Rosemary Oil, Pine Oil, Marjoram Extract, Thyme, Safflower Oil, Peg 60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Copolymer, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Steareth 21, Methyl Paraben, Polyoxyethylene Stearyl Ether, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzophenone-4, Citrus Aurantium Amara Extract, Macadamia Oil, Ribes Nigrum Seed Oil, Wheat Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linoleic Acid, Vitamin E. Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Terminalia Sericea Extract, Plectranthus Barbatus Root Extract, Sunflower Oil, Citral, Retinol Palmitate, Geraniol, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Propyl Paraben, Butyl Paraben, Ethyl Paraben, Isobutylparaben