Reviewed by Kate

We have this great neighbor who is an absolutely delight; gracious, generous, erudite  and charming. Everybody loves him, and for good reason.  So believe me when I say that I find one of his slightly quirky habits endearing.

He wears both a belt and suspenders. Every day. With long pants and with shorts, with business suits, and with gardening jeans. Perhaps even with his swimming suit and pajamas.  His clothes are well tailored and that there is absolutely no chance for a wardrobe malfunction resulting in an unintended boxers or briefs sighting, so I often wondered why he elected for the "double duty" look. What I eventually learned is that the belt keeps pants from straying in a "north/south" direction and the suspenders keep pants from straying in an "east/west" direction. The double duty layering is a great solution for my well groomed neighbor, even though I am not likely to be sporting this style any time soon.

What does wearing both a belt and suspenders have to do with OR J'aime day cream made by Odile LeCoin? It seems the layering principal is being applied here as well.  Pardon my oversimplification, but after reading the literature and even watching a video on correct application techniques (I am not kidding),  I have concluded that J'aime day cream was designed as a virtual "top coat" for the companion products,OR Je suis, OR Je vis, and OR Je reve. In theory, the OR J'aime day cream layers over the  OR core products, creating a fantastic moisture rich barrier which both protects the skin from the outside elements, and encourages a deeper penetration of the core OR products, allowing skin to heal itself from within. Users should see exponential results from the layered application of both products. Imagine the J'aime day cream layer working for your complexion rather like the hot damp towel used to maximize the effect of hair conditioners on your tresses, but as an obviously more socially acceptable alternative for your face.

And darned if the double duty principal doesn't seem to work, at least in part.

For the last month I have tested the OR J'aime day cream (top coat) over a number of different skin care products...everything from an inexpensive hand lotion to a decollatage moisturizer, and got the same relatively positive results. I noticed a deeper more effective penetration of the various"core" products, and  a nice "shielding" barrier on top. The major ingredients in the "top coat" include hyaluronic acid (which acts as a moisturizer),  vitamin E  (which acts as an anti-free radical agent), aqueous extract of Marigold flowers (for healing and antiseptic properties, plus an emollient, anti-irritant, decongestant, and anti-redness agent),  macadamia nut oil (to delay skin ageing and/or to help ageing skin with its reconstitution), and Musk rose oil ( to aid in restoring elasticity to the epidermis and to reduce the appearance of age spots.)  What it DOESN"T contain is also very positive..... no dyes, no artificial coloring, and no paraffin.... but I must say I am not wild about the parabens.

So would I recommend OR J'aime day creme? Yes, for those who have exceptionally dry complexions or for skin temporarily ravaged by 1) winter cold or 2) sunburn. Otherwise, it was a bit too "gummy" for me when used in combination with my favorite facial moisturizer, and my make up melted away before I was out the door. If I skipped makeup and went "fresh faced", there was much too much "fresh" ("shine") for my tastes. And while the J'aime day cream was especially/extremely effective on top of my hand lotion, it really is rather pricey for this unintended type of use. So my verdict? Even though I won't be using it regularly, OR J'aime day cream might be the perfect product for someone with 1) really really dry skin 2) chapped skin 3) or sunburned skin... and for those who don't mind the layering of multiple products.

Ingredients in Odile OR J'aime

Ingredients: water (Aqua)/ Cyclomethicone/ Biosaccharide Gum-1/ Dimethicone crosspolymer/ Isodecyl Neopentanoate/ Polymethyl-methacrylate/ Glycerin/ Propylene Glycol/ Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract/ Rosa Moschata Seed Oil (and) Tocopherol/ Macadamia Ternifolia Oil/ Polyacrylamide (and) C13-14 Isoparaffin (and) Laureth-7/ Sodium Hyaluronate/ Carbomer/ Phenoxyethanol (and) Methylparaben (and) Butylparaben (and) Ethylparaben (and) Propylparaben (and) Isobutylparaben/ Triethanolamine/ Soybean Extract (Glycine Soja)/ Tocopheryl Acetate/ Tetrasodium EDTA/ Fragrance (Parfum)/ BHA/ Benzyl Benzoate/ Hexyl Cinnamal/ Butylphenyl Methylpropional/ Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde