A tip from a reader led me down the fragrant plant-lined path to L'uvalla. Certified organic, L'uvalla's skincare products are not only formulated with vegan ingredients straight from nature, but they are also sustainably produced, from seed to shelf. Two exotic anti-agers, lotus flower extract and argan oil
, are L'uvalla's signature ingredients. While the lotus flower lends the skin potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers, argan oil nourishes with fatty acids and vitamin E (twice the amount of olive oil
). I got to know L'uvalla better by testing two creams designed to turn back the clock: the Age-Defying Day/Night Cream and the Eye/Lip Anti-Wrinkle Cream.
L'uvalla is very upfront about the origin of its formulas. While 100% of the ingredients derive from a natural source, 95% of the plant ingredients in the Day/Night Cream (and 99% in the Eye/Lip Cream) come from organic agriculture. On top of the fatty acids in the argan oil, L'uvalla loads up both formulas with hazel seed oil, palm kernel oil, and sunflower seed oil. These natural emollients serve to deeply condition the skin, along with wheat germ oil, which is rich in nearly every vitamin under the sun, essential fatty acids, and minerals. The remainder of the botanical oils in both creams contribute some arguable antiseptic and cell-stimulating benefits to the skin. They are most often used for their mood-lifting aromatic properties.
Typically, I'm not a sucker for aromatherapy, though I'll admit I was once seduced by a tantalizing bouquet of REN Rose Synergy Facial Serum
. But L'uvalla's creams emit a subtle, earthy fragrance that seems to put mind at ease. The Age-Defying Cream uses rosewood oil for its calming properties, rose geranium flower oil for its anti-depressant effects, and thyme oil for its ability to combat exhaustion and aid in concentration. The Eye/Lip Cream draws on cypress oil and ylang ylang flower oil (the key aphrodisiac component of pherAdore
). These essential oils are known to melt away anxiety, anger, and tension. I doubt it's a coincidence that I fall asleep much more easily when my face is coated in L'uvalla's twin creams.
I was initially disappointed at the diminutive sizes of the Age-Defying Day/Night Cream (1.4 oz.) and the Eye/Lip Anti-Wrinkle Cream (0.7 oz.), but these moisturizers are made to last a full three months. Just a small squirt of each product goes the distance. Thanks to cilica (a mineral used as an absorbent powder and thickening agent) in the Day/Night Cream, the emollient spreads easily across the skin without leaving a greasy residue. As it gets absorbed almost instantly, it smooths out texture, mattifies oily areas, and thoroughly hydrates dry spots. It may sound cliche, but my face has developed a healthy, youthful glow under the influence of this cream. I cannot detect a single weakness, save for its lack of SPF during daytime use.
I am almost as enamored with the Anti-Wrinkle Eye/Lip Cream, which gives an uplifting boost of moisture to the eye area. My sporadic dark circles remain, but fine lines have seemed to fade. As for its other use, though the cream doesn't have a noticeable smoothing effect on my lip creases, it has won over my senses with the smell of an herb garden and the feel of luxurious silk. Because of its lightweight texture, a little goes a very long way in coating my pout. It may not last for hours like a wax-based balm, but how often can you use the same cream both under your eyes and on your lips? I am familiar with very few moisturizers that I'd feel safe ingesting, and L'uvalla makes one of them.
Like an innocent puppy, L'uvalla's two moisturizers are hard not to love. The only dangers in the Age-Defying Cream are citric acid, lavendin oil, and castor seed oil, all of which can cause mild skin irritation after repeated exposure. L'uvalla omitted castor seed oil from the Eye/Lip Cream, probably due to convincing evidence of both skin and eye irritation at low doses. Extremely sensitive skin may experience allergies to a few botanical oils in the latter formula (i.e. lavender
), but most skin types should experience nothing but nourishment. All of the common toxic offenders, including parabens, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, DEAs, propylene glycol, active chemicals, and synthetic fillers are conspicuously MIA.
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Ingredients in Anti-Wrinkle Eye/Lip Cream:
Natural Spring Water, Hazel Seed Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Argan Kernel Oil, Lotus Flower Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Rosewood Wood Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Lavendin Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Lavender Oil, Potassium Sulfate, Cypress Oil, Cilica, Citric Acid
Ingredients in Regenerating Age-Defying Day/Night Cream:
Natural Spring Water, Hazel Seed Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Argan Kernel Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Lotus Flower Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Rosewood Wood Oil, Rose Geranium Flower Oil, Lavendin Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Cypress Oil, Thyme Oil, Myoinosite, Chlorophyllin-Magnesium Complex, Citric Acid