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ALERT! Completely different product from original formula!
on February 13, 2013
THEN: I used Avalon Organics Ultimate Moisture cream for over 10 years. It is the only product that really moisturized my skin here in the Rocky Mountains with nearly 350 days a year of unrelenting sunshine and wind at 8,000 feet above sea level. The original cream was a lovely and rich (without being heavy) cream that gave my skin a remarkable and noticeable glow often commented on by others. Fine lines were kept at bay, my face was never shiny or dry. Due to our extremely dry climate I would use approximately two 2 oz. containers a month. When I traveled to hot and tropical climates the amazing effect was an actual lessening of oiliness. I am at times prone to breakouts and this product never caused any. I would keep some in my purse to apply under my eyes once or twice during the day, and the effect was always a brightening lift of any appearance of fatigue, youth in a jar. No other cream (including several quite expensive ones) had ever been so remarkable. It was a quick to soak in, frothy souffle of intense moisture but with a feather light feel on the skin. I run out of adjectives trying to describe how perfect this cream was. I never broke out and my face felt and looked dewy and glowing.
NOW: The name and formula have both changed. If you purchase from this page you will be receiving "Lavender Luminosity" night cream instead. When I went to make a recent online purchase I saw more than one review of the product stating that if you had previously enjoyed this product to now beware. The new formula was an entirely different product and had suffered at the hand of the new "more sustainable" formula. I note the company does not say what becomes "more sustainable". I am inclined to believe it has more to to with their cash flow and less to do with the environment.
I finally found a store I could test the new formula. I left without making a purchase because I found both the daily moisturizer and the night moisturizer, completely different products from their former selves. If this were an improvement I would have undoubtedly purchased in bulk. I am afraid I find both new products extremely, in a word, horrible. And it would be a gross waste of my money to purchase either one. I will also add he product turned my face dangerously red and stung like an angry hornet. A unique an unpleasant sensation no other product before or after has managed to produce.
Unbeknownst to me my mother did purchase both the daily moisturizer and the Ultimate Moisture night cream (based on my rave reviews to her of the previous formula), which she gave me (since she didn't like it anyway). Braving a potentially hostile skin reaction, I wore the daily moisturizer for two days, and each day it felt like such a relief to wash my face. It leaves a completely unnatural "mask" like layer on top of the skin without actually sinking in or moisturizing in any way. It feels like a layer of plastic saran wrap.
I thought it not possible, but the night cream was even worse. It reminded me of some margarine I purchased during an extended stay in a third-world country once. I tried to melt it in a skillet and it never melted, even at very hot temperatures. It would never spread with any fluidity, nor would it soak in to any food item.
I lament the new night cream feels just as cheap and ineffectually formulated as third-world margarine.
I have never written to a company to express my disappointment until now. I wrote Avalon Organics to express to them my disillusionment with their new "improved" product. They have chosen not to reply or acknowledge my letter.
So, it is with a heavy heart that I find I must change my decade long and loyal romance with Avalon Organics to someone else. I am currently trying a bevy of products one after the other in my quest. None are as perfect as the one solitary jar I have left of the original formula "Ultimate Moisture Cream". Good title that one, "ultimate" is absolutely right.
If you are a user of the late lamented Ultimate Night cream and have found any product that compares favorably please let me know.