Crying, Literally: Sisley Ecological Compound

I’m typing this post while pausing every few seconds to wipe the tears that are welling up and it is all because of Sisley’s Ecological Compound. 

Last week my coworker gave me a mini-bottle of this to try since she knew I liked “botanicals”. My experience with Sisley has not been good, I found their products always caused me to breakout (hello mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, etc.), and just were not effective at doing anything – if you want overpriced, this is it. At least a product such as Rodin’s Luxury Facial Oil is all active and high quality, the majority of Sisley products I’ve tried are mainly harsh chemicals, water, synthetic waxes, parfum, mineral oil, PEGs, and then maybe 8% active essential oils. But the Ecological Compound was ranked on several top beauty product lists in many Cantonese and Japanese beauty magazines so I decided to give this a go.

Here is the full ingredient list:
Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Centella Asiatica Extract, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance (parfum), Stearyl Alcohol, , Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Butylparben, Ethylparaben, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Propylparaben. (cont. linalool, coumarin, limonene, benzyl benzoate).

I was surprised how high Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, and Parabens are listed, this formula needs an overhaul fast. It seems Centella Asiatica Extract is the key player on this list and it is a very good botanical but based on this formulation alone, I would not pay the $245 list price. 

In hindsight, I think I knew this wouldn’t give me the desired result so I was smart enough to try this on the backs of my hands first. The creamy milky serum absorbed quickly and left behind the most overwhelming stench of perfume – kind of like STRONG French perfume that really gets to you after an hour. The scent seemed to get worse as it lingered until all I could do was focus on it. Then, my knuckles developed a rash, and now I have an itch along my index finger. Needless to say, this would have wreaked havoc had a put it on my face. I quickly went to wash this off. Then I wiped my eyes – big mistake. I didn’t realize how persistent the Mineral Oil and Parfums were, and even with a thorough washing I still had residue left. Now my eyes are burning and tearing up. I’m left frustrated.

I’m also looking online to find reviews for this product and I’m honestly so astonished to see so good reviews for this product that I would not even put on my face! 

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