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Reviewed and rejected: Prada Body Cream Review

Prada Body Cream 6.8 oz

In the run-up to Fashion Week, Truth In Aging will be going backstage to look at some of the designers' cosmetic offerings. Ah, the anticipation...will we find great threads for the face, or the emperor's new clothes?

The other day, we found a runway winner with Calvin Klein's foundation with the antioxidant matrixyl 3000. Unfortunately, today's pick, Prada Body Cream ($44) is the cosmetic equivalent of wearing a bikini in the dead of winter.

This is one of those designer products that confirms my suspicion that many of them are launched with the sole intention of using up unsold branded perfume. Indeed, fragrance is the tenth ingredient on the Prada Body Cream list - after a motley assortment of silicones, emollients and synthetic oils.

If you are looking for anything that goes beyond feeling silky or emitting a pong, you'll find a couple of OK (but underwhelming) ingredients: avocado oil, shea butter and sodium hyaluronate.

It struck me, after scrutinizing the ingredients, that I'm being a little unfair. Prada Body Cream could be just the ticket on a camping trip. If Prada's signature perfume doesn't keep unwanted bugs away, you might benefit from the inclusion of geraniol, a mosquito repellent. And, for good measure, there is another insect repellent called benzyl benzoate plus the pesticide, citronellol.

Ingredients in Prada Body Cream: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butyrospermum (Shea Butter) Parkii, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Tocopherol,
Urea, Linalool, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Allantoin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Coumarin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Geraniol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), Hydroxycitronellal, CI 14700 (Red 4), Citral, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben

  • September 20, 2016

    by JK

    Dear Marta,

    Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citral, etc are all the molecular components of fragrances. Even if a fragrance is extracted from a natural source these molecules may be present. These are the fragrance molecules, the combination of which, give a certain fragrance the characteristic smell that it has.

    As per regulation, a fragrance cannot be marked in a cosmetics ingredient list as such. It must be expanded to indicate the sub-components of the fragrance. You will find the above mentioned ingredients in almost all cosmetics that have added fragrances in them. If they are not being stated then either the fragrance being used in the cosmetic does not have that molecule or the regulations of the region in which the product is being sold does not require such disclosure or the company is simply violating a law.

    Best,

    Captain

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