Robanda's Body & Breast Firming Treatment ($45, 7 oz)

Ok, so this product really makes me mad.  In part, because it's been characterized as a product to address "cancer patients' unique needs," but really does nothing at all - except expose you to even more carcinogens!

It's an all-over body moisturizer with "vexel," which I can find absolutely nothing about, and "bio-bustyl," which is supposed to be a combination of hyaluronic acid and matrixyl 3000.  And it has neither.  Take a look at the ingredient list.  No hyaluronic acid, and only one peptide that makes up matrixyl 3000: palmitoyl ogliopeptide, and that being way at the end of the ingredient list.

This cream has a bunch of synthetic emollients and a lot of garbage -- in fact it's almost a toxic dumping ground:

    • Propylene Glycol (the second, SECOND, ingredient on the list, is what you find in anti-freeze and is a known irritant and toxin) 
    • Triethanolamine (a known irritant, possible carcinogen, and possible contaminated with the potent carcinogen nitrosamine)
    • Phenoxyethanol (very irritating) 
    • Sodium Benzoate (a preservative that, when combined with vitamin C, becomes carcinogenic)
    • PEG-8 (may be contaminated with carcinogens, and has an enhanced skin penetration effect, which will bring all these nice ingredients deeper into your skin.
    • Methylparaben and propylparaben

So what's good, anything? Well there's soy protein, vitamin A and caffeine.  Plus the peptide palmitoyl ogliopeptide... But there all so low on the ingredient list I doubt that they're in any concentration high enough to be effective.  There's dimethyl MEA, but that comes with only unsubstantiated anti-aging claims.

I'm throwing this in the garbage.


Water, propylene glycol, isopropyl palmitate, stearic acid, ethylhexyl (octyl) palmitate, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl polymethacrylate, ceteareth-20, dimethicone, rahnella/soy protein ferment, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, dimethyl MEA, caffeine, lecithin, glycerin, sodium benzoate, palmitoyl carnitine, PEG-8, methylparaben, fragrance, palmitoyl oligopeptide, carbomer, propylparaben, retinyl acetate, yellow 5, red 40.

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