OroGold Cosmetics decided to pay me a visit by spamming this post, so I thought I'd share the ingredients list for the OroGold 24k Multi-vitamin Day Moisturizer with you and help you make your own version. Unfortunately, we don't have access to gold - either the third ingredient or the near the end of the list - so we can't make an exact duplicate. But at $140 for 1.8 ounces - yep $2.60 for 1 gram of this moisturizer - I think we can be satisfied with just getting close to it.
As an aside, who actually responds to this spam? And what does it say about a company that hires someone to troll blogs to write comments but doesn't check to see if said spammer can write well enough to be understood. Great marketing, OroGold! You're getting my $140!
The comments in brackets are mine...
Agua (water), Ethylhexl Palmitate (an ester), Gold (ha!), Capric Triglycerides (an ester, like fractionated coconut oil), Glycerin (humectant), Cathamus Tinctorious Oil (safflower oil), Stearic Acid (thickener), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient and thickener), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (emollient), Octyl Methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), Glyceryl Stearate SE (low HLB emulsifier), Carbomer (makes gel), Aloe Leaf Extract (aloe), Allantoin (allantoin), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Persea Gratissima Oil (avocado), Calcium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Camellia Sinensis Extract (tea extract), Dimethicone (silicone), Panthengl (no idea, but might be panthenol), Calendula Extract, Chamomilla Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sodium PCA (humectant), Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Gold (huh? Twice in one list?), Thiamine HC, Riboflavin, Niacinamide, Pyrodoxine HC (last four are B Vitamins), Methylcobalamin (look at this link for more information), Calcium, Ascorbate (Vitamin C, already listed), Panthenol (humectant and B Vitamin), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C, anti-oxidant), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexyl (not a full name), Glycerin (humectant), Fragrance
This company doesn't put its ingredient lists on their website. Wonder why....
From the website: "Gold and beauty are words that work well together. Throughout history, gold has been recognized for its luxurious and beautifying properties. Historians have long maintained that Cleopatra slept in a gold mask every night to enhance her captivating beauty. In ancient Rome, gold salves were used for of a variety of skin problems. In ancient Chinese medicine, gold was the key to youth; as the queen of the Ch'ing dynasty used a gold massage roller on her face daily. For centuries, pure gold has been used by the privileged and the wealthy as the secret to more youthful, beautiful skin. OROGOLD Cosmetics has included gold in our luxurious formula and made it possible to take advantage of these ancient secrets to their fullest, without having to be an actual queen to accommodate it...The ancients, who devoted massive amounts of time and energy to alchemy and label the colloidal gold as the “Elixir of Life”. The miraculous qualities of gold were known since the beginning of time."
Read that again. Is there anything in there that confirms that gold will do anything for your skin? What it basically says is that throughout history, people liked gold and ascribed magical properties to it. We put it in our moisturizer because it sounded nice. "Gold and beauty are words that work well together."
Okay, I've stopped laughing. Let's think of how we can duplicate this product...Find any moisturizer recipe and make it. There really isn't anything remarkable in this product. The oils are nice ones - safflower has lots of linoleic acid and avocado has lots of oleic acid - and the humectants are ones we can get easily from our supplies. If you have dry skin, consider using this facial moisturizer recipe and changing the oils and adding sodium PCA for the other humectant, or if you have aging skin, try this one with the same alterations. Or this new one with Ritamulse SCG. Or click here for a list of other moisturizers you could make.
If you compare this ingredient list to pretty much any other moisturizer, you'll see a ton of similarities. There is nothing unique about this product except the gold and the price. Is it a good moisturizer? Sure, why not! It has the things we want in a moisturizer - emollients (the oils, esters, and fatty alcohols), humectants (glycerin, sodium PCA, panthenol), vitamins (A, B, C), and anti-oxidants (the vitamins, for the most part) - but it really is nothing special about it, save the gold, which does nothing.
As a note, I hate April Fool's Day pranks. This is not one. This is a real product. I'm off work today and doing everything my power not to do my physics assignment!
Dear Spammers: If you enjoyed this slagging of your product, I encourage you to continue inundating my blog with your rubbish! I am more than happy to rip your product apart, encourage my readers to never buy it (and to tell their friends as well), and figure out how to duplicate it for a fraction of the cost. You want some attention? Well, here it is! Who said there was no such thing as bad publicity?