Saturday, 20 February 2016

La Solution 10 De Chanel


Every time I talk about Chanel I get negative comments about the fragrance content. Well, those of you that like your products fragrance-free because you have sensitive skin and would like to use Chanel but can't, heads up.

What is it?
'The 1st comforting moisturiser formulated by Chanel to soothe, de-stress and defend sensitive skin with only 10 ingredients for optimal skin tolerance.'

An oil and fragrance-free moisturiser for sensitised skin.

Who is it for?
In theory everyone, as most of us have sensitivity issues from time to time.
Particularly good for stressed skins, reddened skins and post-treatment skins.

What’s in it?
The 10 ingredients are:
water
squalane (olive sourced, not shark)
lauroyl lysine (amino acid)
glycerin (vegetal)
camellia sinensis leaf extract (silver needle white tea)
shea butter extract
sodium polyacrylate (emollient)
steareth-21 (emulsifier)
caprylyl glycol (humectant)
phenoxyethanol (preservative)

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Not really, even the shea butter is an extract, as opposed to the thick actual 'butter'.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Mixture/vegan

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No in EU/ sold in China

What's not in it?
oil
fragrance
mineral oil
parabens

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
'Apply to perfectly cleansed skin morning and evening.'

I've also been using it randomly, as a moisturiser and underneath other heavier products throughout the day on no-makeup days.

What’s good about it?
To look at the ingredients you may not get particularly excited about this new Chanel cream, but the attention to detail has been rather hidden behind the scenes. Chanel worked with Dr Amy Wechsler to try and find the best cream to immediately soothe the skin, with the fewest ingredients.
La Solution apparently took 117 trials and 4 years to come to market and Chanel say during each trial they would go back to the drawing board if any of the testers reported redness/breakouts etc.
We know that stress is a killer - for both you and your skin. In the skin it is caused by sleep deprivation, emotional and physical stress, travel, pollution, smoking, hormonal changes, sun exposure, over-scrubbing, the list is endless. A stressed skin leads to over-production of NGF (nerve growth factors) and causes the skin's sensitivity to increase.
The main focus of the product is silver needle tea, containing twice as many polyphenols as green tea and proven to reduce the production of these neurotrophic factors by 75%. In layman's terms, it tells your skin to CHILL and go for a lie down.
I used it to calm my post-retinoid flaky skin under slightly heavier oil-based moisturisers and it was brilliant. Not greasy, no burn at all on sensitised areas and it definitely took the redness down. I reached for this over my usual 'sensitive face' products all week and it worked. I love it. It's now my first choice when I feel a hot flash/food allergy reaction coming on, and very comfortably in the 'when in doubt' pile.
One of the nicest things for me is the purposeful exclusion of mineral oil, all too often added to 'sensitive' creams with the thinking that it causes no further damage, and that fewer people react to it, when more and more we are finding out that this is simply not the case. It's used primarily because it is cheap.

What’s not so good about it?
It's £58.00, but it's Chanel. And it's not a vanity product. It works. Your call. But please refrain from leaving me comments saying 'Why would you pay £58.00 for a face cream?' when I check your Instagram and it's full of £500 handbags and £150 jeans. Alrighty then. :)

Similar products?
I only found Eucerin, and that wasn't particularly 'clean', if you know what I mean.
Minimal ingredients, no fragrance, no oil, no essential oils, no mineral oil. Can anyone think of anything else? I'll add if so!


Chanel La Solution is £58.00 and goes on sale nationwide in the UK on 25th March, but is already widely in the US and available from Nordstrom for $80.00 here: Nordstrom/Chanel/laSolution



45 comments:

  1. That sounds lovely. And £58 isn't *that* bad for a luxury moisturizer. I should save this on my treat-myself list.

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  2. Love your blog :) Would LRP Toleriane Fluid count as a similar product? Which Eucerin product is it please? Thank you.

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    1. I was going to ask the same thing- if the Toleriane range would compare? Toleriane has really helped my sensitive skin after becoming really reactive to fragranced products (even Darphin).

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  3. Trilogy Very Gentle MOISTURISING CREAM is lovely, no fragrance or even essential oils.Just a very nice fuss free, natural moisturiser with ingredients you can read and actually understand :)

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    1. Contains oil though. And alcohols. x

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    2. Yes I know it contains oils but I thought you shouldn't shy away from oils for any skin type? ( apart from maybe essential oils on sensitive skin as lavender especially irritates mine?) And please could you do a post alcohols as there are so many different types of them and gets confusing. I thought alcohol denat was most irritating alcohol out of all of them? And how about La Roche Posay Toleraine fluid? I haven't personally used it but your friend Ruth has used it before as gave it a good review. By the way just also wanted to say I love you and your blog and have gained so much helpful knowledge ( obviously still far from being a pro like yourself!) X

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    3. Broke me out in small red spots - little inflamed congested patches ... Particularly the serum which goes with it (which I found weirdly drying). Sad as it was lovely under make-up but not the safe bet it should have been..

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  4. "'Why would you pay £58.00 for a face cream?' when I check your Instagram and it's full of £500 handbags and £150 jeans. Alrighty then. :)" Hahaha boom , exactly ;) ya'll peps have to get over themselves ! I'll give this a go , and thanks for changing my life routine-wise , been quite a keen fan of lotions and potions for the last eons of my life , always curious of learning more and you have definitely helped me learn more , even though learning all the : " what goes on first etc.." was a wee bit of a confusion ( understand that I'm not at all very coordinated ) I finally got it right ^_^. Bisous from Paris xxx

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  5. Sadly not quite in my budget, I picked up a advanced night repair, aurelia night oil n Emma hardie cleanser. Will Defford keep my eyes out to try in store this and save up if it agrees with my skin

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  6. I´m using Bioderma´s Sensibio light moisturizer to calm my bitchy rosacea/ sensitive/ oily/ dehy / stressed / *insert every single possible problem* skin down - works brilliantly! But it has more than just 10 ingredients, obviously.:)
    May have to look into this one as a future "birthday wishlist item" !
    Thanks, Caroline! xx

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    1. Sounds just like my skin. Struggling to find a moisturiser that works for me. May have to try this one

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  7. The fact that they took long enough to properly test it is satisfying! I've got combo/dry skin with extremely dry cheek area and now I am turning to your blog after so many recommendations in hopes of saving my skin but a lot of these products are tough to get hold of in Pakistan! :) x

    Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  8. I don't think the price is ridiculous. Nia24 contains some of those ingredients (niacin or smth like that is one of the top ingredients so this is geared towards repairing sun damage) and has a similar price. It does contain fragrance.

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  9. This sounds lovely - I've been using Elemis SOS cream on my sensitive patches and blemishes which has worked well, would this work on spots?

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  10. Caroline, I think Elemis SOS Emergency Cream is a fantastically soothing product for sensitive, acne prone skin also. It's £52 but it's 50ml so better value than Chanel. I never see any reviews though so wondered what you thought? Thanks and I love your blog! x

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  11. Caroline, I think Elemis SOS Emergency Cream is a fantastic alternative. It's soothing for sensitive, dry and acne prone skin which is what I have (my holy grail product). The price point is the same but you get 50ml instead. It doesn't get a big enough mention though and I wondered what you thought about it? Thanks and I love your blog!

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  12. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream might be something similar? It's supposed to be a moisturizer for sensitive skin.I don't think it has fragrance or oils either :)

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    1. I'm semi-obsessed with Ultra Repair Cream. I only bust it out when I have extreme dehydration, but boy does it do the job. Cheap as chips, too. I can't praise it highly enough.

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  13. I'm about to start a prescription retinoid for acne - this looks perfect! Do you think it will be moisturizing enough for someone who already has dehydrated skin?

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  14. Avène has a range called "Tolérance Extrême" for intolerant/hypersensitive that is cheaper and with less ingredients than this one and no mineral oil I think, and works quite well. This one from Chanel is probably worth a try, even though the Hydra Beauty range made me breakout because of too much fragrance. As for First Aid Beauty, it made me breakout really badly as well. I react to Bioderma, Caudalie, every all natural/bio/vegan like Tata Harper, so pretty much everything lol. Anyways, great blog !

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  15. TBS's aloe soothing gel? Not a cream, though.

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  16. OOh OOh Ooh!! Can't wait to try this! I have rosacea-prone skin and its really hard to find an oil-free and alcohol-free gentle moisturiser. Clinique used to have a fab one in their redness range and then discontinued it. ARGH! HATE THAT! I have tried the Bioderma light one as well but its only ok. I put it on the kiddlies if their faces are windburned from playing outside.

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  17. The thing that came to mind was the a'kin emergency gel (but looking it up to check the ingredients seems like maybe it's discontinued).

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  18. Thank you for reviewing this Caroline. I used to use, and love, Chanel's 'Calming Emulsion' before it was discontinue. It was so good for my sensitive, rosacea prone skin. Is this thier replacement for the calming emulsion? Thanks again Caroline, I really appreciate your help!

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  19. £58 sounds reasonable. Silver needle white tea is only produced in (comparatively) small amounts and is expensive so I imagine the extract isn't cheap either.

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  20. Sounds lovely! I'm up to every other night of the PC Clinical 1% and the dryness is maddening (although I have received several unsolicited "nice skin" comments in the past few days). Can you, or would you, compare this to either the serum or the moisturiser in the new PC "Calm" range? Thank you!

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  21. How about the Muji sensitive skin range?

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  22. How about the Muji sensitive skin range?

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  23. Caroline, do you know if this is available in Australia? Thanks for the review :)

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  24. Hi Caroline. This cream sounds very good but honestly ı dont agree with u about the price. in my 30's ı purchased a chanel bag. ıt is equivalent to £500 in that time. Now in my 50's, ı still use this bag. but if ı use this cream morning and night for 3 months, ı have to purchase 2 or 3 tubes in a year. that makes 3x58=£174. isnt it too much for a 10 ingredients cream? nothing special in it.ı make my own creams with better formulas than this. But thank u for all yr information. ı love yr vblogs, keep doing.

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  25. Luckily I don't have many issues with sensitivity, but I may recommend it to my mother, who's skin is prone to redness.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  26. Just what I've been looking for! This sounds perfect for calming down my skin after using Retin-A. Any chance you could do a post on Retin-A / perscription strength retinoids and how to use them correctly, along with products you recommend when using them and how to fit them into a routine. I think it would be very helpful to many people! Thank you Caroline xx

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  27. Also a retin-a user. This sounds great. What's your current fave heavier cream to use on top?

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  28. Would LOVE to try this! And I'm just curious, what do you mean about the Eucerin not being clean-comment? I'm interested :)

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  29. Skin recovery cream from Avene, a minimal list of ingredients (even if there is mineral oil in it). When everything is too harsh, it's the go-to product.
    A plus, the tube has a special cap to preserve the product and keep it sterile.

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  30. As someone with super sensitive skin who react to mineral oil like crazy, I'm all over this. Thanks Caroline!

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  31. "It's £58.00, but it's Chanel. And it's not a vanity product. It works. Your call. But please refrain from leaving me comments saying 'Why would you pay £58.00 for a face cream?' when I check your Instagram and it's full of £500 handbags and £150 jeans. Alrighty then. :)" That part of the post made my day!!! It baffles me when I see these same women sporting expensive gel manicures and Prada bags, yet you can tell none of that money went to skincare...

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    1. I'm not into designer bags but I used to be. A moisturiser will last a couple of months but a bag will be around for years. Not everyone who buys designer bags carries them for several years, true, depending on how much money they have to throw around, but I think they're a minority.

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  32. I'm sure the Chanel range is fantastic, but of coures the price is high. I like Chanel makeup exactly because they are not particularly scented, but I've found the skincare too strong.

    There are lots of alternatives out there (La Roche Posay is one of my staples), BUT, I've recently really enjoyed using this range which might be new for anyone outside the nordic countries:

    http://estellethild.com/product/soothing-moisture-day-cream-50ml-copy-3/, and even though my skin isn't sensitive I usually enjoy using the sensitive versions - I just like good "basics". All the E&T ranges here are nice to use, and the fragranced ones are mild too.

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  33. Hello Caroline. I wanted to talk you about the brand Jonzac. It is organic "french pharmacy", I call it the organic Avene.

    I have the light cream for reactive skin (Reactive, émulsion légère haute tolérance) : no mineral oil, no silicones, paraben etc (certifed organic, charte cosmétique bio) and no perfume, no essential oil (houra!)
    It is supposed to be soothing thank to the thermal water of Jonzac and other things (you're welcome).
    Airless pomp packaging. 12 € in pharmacy. Don't know if it is available abroad but I bought mine on Amazone so why not!

    I love organic but I have sensitive skin and just don't like essential oils (and strong perfume in general)in a face cream. This is my holy grail.

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  34. forget to mention if interested :

    Jonzac Thermal Spring Aqua (Water), Malva Sylvestris Leaf Water*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Aqua (Water), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Sodium Levulinate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phytic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Phytosphingosine. *produits issus de l'agriculture biologique

    There is a light and a rich version. I have the light. I don't think this can be comedogenic. It's really thin while very moisturizing.

    voilà :)

    Hope it can interest someone.

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  35. Hi there, REN and Dr. Hauschka have a number of products for sensitive skin without any nasties. If you want a shortened list of ingredients, check out BAKEL.

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  36. £500 handbags? lol, I carry Chanel handbags, I WISH they were £500! I like the sound of this moisturiser, will check it out.

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