Professor Augustinus Bader. With Victoria Beckham. More of the same.

University of Leipzig and a celebrity in one package. Then you look under the rug, i.e. the ingredient list. Nothing there. An emulsion of oil and fat with some thickeners, cheap peptides and some preservatives.  Nothing to keep the ascorbic acid in its antioxidant form, and they don’t even bother to use “proper” vitamin E. A good example of a cheap product sold as gold.

Ingredients:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fat), Pentylene Glycol (solvent), Propylene Glycol (solvent), Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine (lipid), Glycerin, Sorbitol, Shea Butter (fat), Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Sodium Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Squalane, Sunflower Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Alcohol, Carbomer, Ceramide NP, TFC-8, Sodium Benzoate, Soybean Protein, Superoxide Dismutase, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Dextran, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Ascorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Tocopherol (synthetic vitamin E), Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Sodium Dextran Sulfate.

 

Except for the mystery ingredient: TFC-8, which could be anything. I hope it is epidermal growth factor, because then this product may actually work. And I hope TFC-8 does not contain erythropoietin, the protein Dr Bader has been using in experimentation, because it has no place in skin care: it is  pro-angiogenic and showed no great benefit (if any) when used on burned patients. Keep it in the kidneys, where it is supposed to do its job.

Am I annoyed? Yes, because they can get away with selling nothing for $200 +. I am not the only one. People wonder how come Dr Bader can get away with using an undefined ingredient not listed in the INCI (international nomenclature ingredient) list. One more case of a scientist who wanted to supplement its salary at the expense of credulous women. Don’t be one of those.

 

Hannah

 

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