I first tried a Somme Institute product (it was the serum) about two years or so ago and there were many things that I liked about it. My inner nerd appreciated the advanced form of vitamin delivery, my design diva loved the packaging, but my skin? Well, it liked Somme Institute Serum ($82), but didn't love it. Not enough to buy another bottle. Now I am reunited with Somme Institute by a box of  glycolic acid-soaked Transport Pads ($58) that was given to me as a sample and I am intrigued to see if, this time, it can win me over on all counts.

Transport is a tub of glycolic acid, antioxidant and vitamin soaked cotton pads that are supposed to exfoliate, brighten the skin and deliver nutrients. I have just started to use them on my neck, decollete and hands. I must say, it is delivering on the first two promises big time. I need to give it a few more weeks to see if I am getting a longer term benefit. Initially, I was intrigued by the idea of pads. What's the point, I asked myself.

I think I do get the point now. These pads are extremely well-saturated with product (so much so, I could easily get two uses out of each) and I really feel as if I can rub in and target specific areas with more control - and more product - than if was to apply a serum with my fingers. For a large area, like the decollete (no, I'm not bragging, I mean relative to my face), coverage is efficient and even. For a small area, such as an age spot, you can really spend some time rubbing the pad - an activity that could be worthwhile given that the second ingredient is exfoliating glycolic acid.

Somme Institute basically has one tune in its repertoire, so it had better be a good one. It is something called Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5). Developed over seven years and tested on 5000 participants, MDT5 is a combo of vitamins A, B3, B5, C and E. They have been attached to proteins that target skin cell receptors to ensure that the nutrients are deeply absorbed.

Well, that could be a tune worth humming along with, especially as Transport Pads also have antioxidant green tea, grapeseed, chamomile and aloe. Unfortunately, there are a few things I don't like: tetrasodiume EDTA may or may not be an irritant, but it is certainly an environmental pollutant; methylchloroisothiazolinone is an irritant that has largely been removed from cosmetics other than rinse off ones; there are similar concerns for the controversial methylisothiazolinone.


Water, Glycolic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Green Tea Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Ammonium Glycolate, Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5), Panthenol, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Powder, Menthol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Grapeseed Extract, Palma Rosa Extract, Ylang Ylang Extract, Jasmine Extract, Geranium Extract, Lavender Extract, Marigold Extract, Galbanum Extract