Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a pleasant Monday.
I mentioned in this in my skincare routine, but I was suffering from random acne on my chin that I could manage but would never fully go away. I thus came across exfoliating/acid toners and decided to purchase Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V since anyone who used it raved about it.
Lotion P50V is formulated for sensitive skin as opposed to P50, which is widely used for other skin types. The other variant is P50W which is meant for mature skin. It has a watery consistency with a slight yellow tint. I use this everyday after cleansing at night, except the two days when I do a mask. I take 4-5 drops on a cotton pad and pat it all over the face.
This doesn’t sting everywhere but usually does in areas where I get have dry patches. The stinging is a bit like tiny pins poking you but it’s not worse than threading your eyebrows. Once you start using it regularly, it rarely stings. You can use this over blemishes, it doesn’t hurt. Once applied, it feel just a little bit tacky for some time. I generally wait for 2-3 minutes before applying my facial oil, eye cream etc.
Their own material suggests that it helps remove dead cells and impurities, rebalances the skin’s PH and helps strengthen the epidermis. The proof that it works is that I don’t get dry patches or recurring acne anymore. Yes I might get one or two spots a month but it’s not a constant bunch like before. I’ve also switched to more gentle cleansers this year and that’s probably helped as well.
Full disclosure, this stuff smells terrible. And it’s the kind of smell that will stay on for a few seconds after you apply it. Feet, stale cheese, stale idli, a lot of creative descriptions have been put forth. I don’t think it’s that bad, I can ignore it. I was really taken aback the first time I used it, but now after so many months, it doesn’t really bother me. If you are sensitive to smells, don’t buy it. Or try it first to see if you can deal with it.
I have the new formulated version which doesn’t contain Phenol. I’m going to go in brief about the top ingredients here. It contains a PHA (Gluconolactone) which helps retain moisture, an AHA (lactic acid) for getting rid of dead cells, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3 for brightening), BHA (salicylic acid) for taking care of acne and few other milder AHA’s like Malic Acid and Phytic Acid. It doesn’t contain denatured alcohol or problematic ingredients as such. The only (possibly) mild irritant mentioned is Thyme but it’s further down on the list so, I’m not too bothered.
I will definitely repurchase this or P50 in the future. I do want to try First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads or Pixi Glow Tonic before I do though. This is pretty expensive at Rs. 3635 (including VAT) for 150ml, but it does last you for months. I’ve currently used about 60% in 7 months and I won’t need to repurchase this till next year for sure. The packaging is very simple and classic. The little hole makes sure you don’t end up with too much product at a time. Not ideal to travel with though, I feel it might spill since there’s no stopper.
You can only get this at certain spas or websites which generally don’t ship outside their own country. I recommend checking out the BR website where they have stores and spas listed. In India, BR is distributed by JCKRC who own the Caressaa Day Spa in Juhu, Mumbai. If you’re in Mumbai, you can hop over there and buy it directly. The rest of us have to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After emailing them asking if they’d ship to Pune, they did a skin consultation over the phone and recommended I use P50V instead of P50 first. I NEFTed the money and I had the product with me in a few days. Bit of a hassle to get but I don’t mind. I also recommend reading this excellent post from SkinandTonics to know more about P50 and the ingredients. It sold me on buying this.
Name: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V
Product Amount : 150ml
Shelf Life : 12 months
Price : $59 / Rs. 3635
Ingredients : Water (Aqua), Gluconolactone, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Malic Acid, Vinegar (Acetum), Phytic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseradish) Root Extract, Arctium Lappa Root (Burdock Root) Extract, Rumex Acetosa Leaf Extract, Myrtus Communis Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Sulfur, Sorbitol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
Overall : 4/5. I’d give it a 5 but the smell… not ideal.