Review: Margherita Ghel Renewing Cream
Margherita Ghel – what a cute name. The name Margherita is the French word for Daisy, and Ghel…I don’t know. Gel, perhaps? I have never heard of this brand, so I was curious and had to find out more.
Based on a strict organic skincare philosophy, this French skincare brand uses ingredients from biological agriculture and natural plants that are certified by Écocert (the first organic certification organization founded in France). Its key ingredient, daisy. Specifically, white organic daisy organically cultivated in the Pyrenees of France.
Unlike the more popular botanical species of lavender, tea tree and rosemary in skincare, I have also never heard of daisy being used as a primary healing extract. Apparently, daisy petals were used in World War I given as first aid to wounded soldiers when medical supplies ran out. During the Song Dynasty in China, daisy was also known as ‘chuju’ – an ingredient added to royal rice cakes preventing rot when presented to the Emperor. Imperial princesses bathed and soaked in chuju petals for everlasting beauty and youth.
I was asked to review Margherita Ghel’s Renewing Cream. Knowing I was going away on holiday (read The Taaras) where my skin would be exposed to prolong sun and salt water, I thought it would be a good time to see how well works.
Developed as a highly concentrated moisturiser to give the essential nourishment to skin to prevent from ageing, this cream is made from key ingredients such as daisy extract (of course!), aloe vera extract, sunflower seed oil, borage seed oil, calendula and evening primrose oil.
The fact that aloe vera juice is the second listed ingredient, I am not surprised it made a noticeable difference to my skin during and after my beach holiday. After the first day of snorkeling, I ended up with an obviously dark tanned patch (burnt skin) strip across the top of my forehead near the hairline – the part that was not covered by my snorkel mask – despite using SPF 75++.
So, I applied the renewing moisturizing cream that night before bed. The next morning, the burnt portion of my forehead recovered almost instantly; it looked less red and felt less parched. Four days of continuous snorkelling and using this moisturiser really saved my skin. I came home with a healthy glow and radiant complexion – no sign of uneven tan lines or sun-burn.
Scent-wise, I would say, is subtle. There is no overwhelming aroma to detect besides the occasional faint whiff of shea butter, sunflower seed oil and calendula.
Texture of this moisturiser is creamy, firm and fairly thick. As you can see, this is one pump and the cream sits firm on the back of my hand.
The cream does take a little bit of spreading before it settles into the skin. Even so, you may notice a thin layer of cream on the skin’s outer layer. It is a comfortable layer, not the sticky or oily kind. While this moisturiser is meant for day and night use, I used mine mainly as a night cream in an air-conditioned room.
I like its lightweight recyclable packaging. And the twist-top lock pump is super convenient! The product expiry can be found under the bottle.
The only thing that annoyed me is that the bottle’s label does not have the ingredients listing. Instead, you will find it on the box. So, if you are interested to read or refer to the ingredients list, make sure you don’t throw out the box it comes in!
Lastly, it is good to know that Margherita Ghel guarantees effectiveness of all their products, and do not use genetically modified organisms, petro-chemical ingredients or test on animals. They also free of paraben, mineral oil, silicone, Phenoxyethanol, artificial perfume and colour.
Retail price: S$99
Available at SuperBerry, 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #03-29
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. Katjuju.com, is not affiliated, in any way, with this company or its products. This product review is written with editorial integrity and honesty; and without influence.