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Bellapulse facial care system

I was impressed when I first opened my package from Bellapulse.  I was only expecting a tube of eye cream, but also received the bellapulse facial care system complete with cleansers, moisturiser, and one of those vibrating face brushes.

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After my first few days of using the bellapulse system, my face had a purge.  Lots of my black heads turned into tiny little pimples on the surface and then went away.  But I guess that’s a good thing, the products were working and freeing me of my blackheads.  After a few more days, my skin was looking quite good.

I really like the vibrating facial brush.  I feel like it cleans deeper than a washcloth.  According to the bellapulse website, the brush is the facial cleansing companies “dirty little secret.”  Sure, I like the brush, but come on now, it’s a brush. Besides, a lot of other facial cleansing companies are making their own electronic brushes too.  It’s not some crazy guarded secret or anything.  When I read that line on the front page of the bellapulse website, I didn’t think “oh my gosh, I have to have this.”  Instead, I thought “marketing ploy.”

The set comes with a night facial cleanser, a day facial cleanser, and a night moisturiser.  But where is the day moisturiser?  What am I supposed to use for the day time?

Maybe it’s the bellapulse, or maybe it’s hormones, but after the good skin phase, my face erupted with more pimples than I’ve had in years.  I usually get a couple when it’s that time of the month, but this time, I got about 10.

I don’t look at a products website, or ingredients before trying it out, so that I’m not consciously or subconsciously biased during the trial (which is kind of scary considering some of the stuff they put in beauty products these days!!).  When I finally turned over the different tubes of bellapulse, the first thing that struck me was the misspelling of children.  All products say “keep out of eyes and away from chirldren,” which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

I also found lots of long winded, scary sounding ingredients.  After looking them up though, most of them turned out to be fine.  For example, the night cleanser and moisturiser’s main drawcard, hyaluronic acid.  Anything acid tends to give me images of a liquid substance eating through a floor, but acid is naturally present in lots of organic matter, i.e. lemons.  Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that is naturally present in the human body.  Manufacturers of beauty products claim that hyaluronic acid lessens wrinkles, and makes for more youthful skin, but according to WebMD, there is “no evidence to support the claim that hyaluronic acid prevents change associated with aging.”  So some say it does help with wrinkles, others say it doesn’t.  I didn’t personally notice any difference.

Other ingredients with crazy long names turned out to be amino acids (which are the second largest components in proteins, but also play important roles in other processes).

Some ingredients are not so good.  Sodium lauryl sulfate, which is not classified as a carcinogen itself, is often contaminated with 1.4 dioxane, which is a carcinogen, and removal of the contaminant is not required by U.S. law.  SLS is used as a detergent, but is a known skin irritant.

Then there’s the the second ingredient in the hyaluronic acid moisturiser (which means it’s the second most abundant in the product): White oil.

I don’t know if you’re ever heard of white oil, but since I’m an organic gardener, I certainly have.  White oil is a mixture of soap or dishwashing liquid and vegetable oil, which is then diluted with water and sprayed onto plants to suffocate soft bodied insects, moth eggs, etc.  The white oil blocks their pores and prevents them from breathing, therefore killing them and preventing them from feasting on my crops.  That’s all good for the garden, but it’s not exactly something I want on my face, and very well could explain the current breakout I’m experiencing (white oil blocks pores, remember?).

Surely they are not talking about the same sort of white oil though, right?  All of my googling yielded no other sort of white oil, so I sent an email to the folks at bellapulse who set me up with the products to try out in the first place.  That was 8 days ago, and I still haven’t heard a peep from them.

I also asked them about the second ingredient in the rose hip seed cleanser, which is listed as AG-100.  The only stuff I found when googling that is motorcycle parts, so I have absolutely no idea what that is, or if it’s harmful.  The last ingredient I enquired about is glycerin.  Glycerin is a simple sugar alcohol, but can either be natural, or synthetically made.  I wanted to know which kind is used in bellapulse.  As I said though, they are not answering my questions or acknowledging my email.

Needless to say, I definitely would not use any of these products again.  Maybe if I knew what exactly the ingredients in question are, but since I’m getting the cold shoulder, I have to think they are not good ingredients.  Plus I can’t support a company who won’t tell me more about their products if I want to know.  I think everyone has a right to know exactly what they are putting in and on their bodies.

PROS:

-Comes with facial brush (which I really like)
-Reasonably priced

CONS:

-Possibly (probably) made my face break out
-Company does not respond to requests for ingredient information
-Spelling mistakes on packaging
-Some ingredients could be contaminated with carcinogens

UPDATE:

After posting this and sending the link to my contact, I received the following email:

Hi Sheri,

Thank you for the link.  I do apologize for not responding sooner, but I have been out dealing with a death in my very immediate family and I am still working my way through all of the emails.  I don’t appreciate that the review references that you would never heard back from a company when I actually have been out dealing with much larger issues than this review.  If you’ve ever experienced a death in the family, I’m sure you know what I am referring to.  If you haven’t, I truly hope you never have to experience the pain.

To respond to your questions, white oil is a mineral oil, and it is natural.  It is also commonly referred to as Paraffinum Liquidum, and is used in baby oil and other cosmetics.  The glycerin is natural and is actually in our own skin naturally, helping to maintain the outer barrier and protecting the skin’s outer barrier to prevent dryness. 

I am sorry that you didn’t have a good experience with this product.  Not every product is for everybody.  Thank you for taking your time to review it.

So now I feel like an ass, but on the other hand, if you have a job where you field lots of emails, you generally put an automatic out of office reply on, or if you have to leave suddenly, a colleague does it for you in your absence so that all of your clients/customers/whatever don’t think that you’re ignoring or avoiding them.

I looked up Paraffinum Liquidum, and this is what I found:

screen shot from European Commission Health and Consumers website

screen shot from European Commission Health and Consumers website

I’m not sure if something that is highly refined and processed can be considered natural, but either way, it’s not something I want on my skin.  Many websites claim that mineral oil in cosmetics and facial products act as a barrier to keep moisture in, but at the same time don’t let sweat and bacteria out, and exacerbates exema.  This could definitely explain my current outbreak (which is starting to get better.  I stopped using bellapulse and instead have been using home made stuff).

They didn’t mention the AG-100 at all.

2 Responses to Bellapulse facial care system

  1. Sheri,
    Great review. Perhaps an old fashion face cloth with warm water and a little soapy suds will help your beautiful face.

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