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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