Today I want to talk about a product that has been on my beauty shelf for several months now. I bought Ildi Pekar's Moisturizer this winter when I felt my skin was in need of some serious hydration. When I finally got it in the mail, I immediately fell in love with the creamy texture and gorgeous scent. And who wouldn't feel just a bit luxurious spooning a product out of this gorgeous packaging?
Each and every ingredient is natural and pronounceable:
I love that it contains hyaluronic acid, which I am obsessed with for moisture and plumping. Pro-vitamin b5 and willow bark extract both have soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. I just wish we knew what kind of Vitamin C was in the formula as some are more stable (read: more effective) than others. I use a Vitamin C serum daily already and so I am not banking on this product providing all of the anti-aging properties of Vitamin C by itself.
At first, I thought that this would work just as a nighttime cream. Given that coconut oil is the second ingredient, I expected that it would just exacerbate the appearance of my oily T-zone during the day. I was wrong though! For having such a thick texture, this moisturizer sinks into the skin beautifully and leaves it feeling deeply nourished and soft but not at all oily. It also seemed to work well when layered with a serum underneath and SPF on top. I hesitate to say this about such a rich cream, but I think it's going to work really well as a daytime moisturizer in the upcoming summer months. A real multitasker!!
I am also in love with the smell. The ginger juice extract give is a sweet but spicy scent that is absolutely delicious. It's not overpowering but it does linger a while, which I really love.
Now for the one thing that I don't love about I Pekar Moisturizer - the price. This (admittedly beautiful) 1.7oz package will set you back $78 at retail. Seems like a lot, given that the formulation is pretty simple. That being said, a little bit really does go a long way. I bought my container back in December (for 20% off!) and there is probably still about a month of product left. I think whether or not it is "worth it" depends entirely on your budget. I'd say go for it as a splurge but don't let it break your bank account. I will definitely consider a repurchase when winter rolls around again.
So there you have it, a lovely and natural moisturizer that feels every bit as luxurious as those high end products from traditional cosmetic companies. I dare say it feels even more luxurious since you can feel good about not using harmful chemicals on your skin. Has anyone else tried anything from this company? What did you think??