Week #1 Challenge

What ingredients we find in this f@mous Nuxe cosmetic brand

Here I am in my very first week of that challenge…

I just discovered how huge is that work!!! But also how passionate I am about it…how right I feel now about the decision I took 25 years ago when I began making my own cosmetics…

For that very first week I chose a skincare I am using all the time…I mean…I am using MY formula of course…

I already knew about Nuxe shimmering Gold Oil, it iswell exposed in the press, like Marie Claire, ELLE and Bazaar Magazine for instance, Nuxe is on the

2013 GENIUS AWWARDS MAKEUP page. And Nuxe slogan is: Nuxe, Natural Orignin Cosmetics.

So…let see if this is right…

and for once…let me use some French words…

Simplement prodigieuse cette huile!!!

Here is the “NUXE huile prodigieuse” formula


below my recipe. And after my recipe, you will find my total  Nuxe formula’s dissection…I am shure you can’t wait mmmmm!

A big surprise is waiting for you…is that formula natural…or not natural???

And here are France’s Organic Beauty Secrets

I first thought I would  share a formula as close as possible as the existing one, than I realized it wan’t making sense. The huge cosmetic industry formulas are conceived  on a cheapest way for them, but with a “rich” image…

For approximately 3.5 Oz of “Huile Prodigieuse” you will need:

  1. 10 tablespoons of organic macadamia oil (you can find it in Whole food market)
  2. 2 tablespoons of vegetal glycerice. You can find it in drugstores like CVS
  3. 2 tablespoons of Coco caprylate
  4. 2 tablespoons of carrot oil
  5. 5 drops of geranium essential oil
  6. 1 vanilla pod
  7. 20 drops of benzoin extract. It is used in very famous perfumes like “Allure de Chanel”, L’Instant de Guerlain, Yves Saint Laurent,L’Eau de Prada fragrances.
  8. 1 teaspoon of gold mica or hazelnet shiny mica glittering powder. This is a mineral powder
  9. 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract.glittering Body Oil

Cut the Vanilla pod in half and incise it in its length. Put the pieces of vanilla pod in your recycled cosmetic bottle. And now you just need to mix everything together. Use a funnel to pour your bottle.

Your Huile Prodigieuse like is ready. Don’t forget to shake before hydrating your skin.

The longer the vanilla is “brewing in your oil, the more it will reveal its wonderful fragrance…after 2 or 3 weeks, it’s devine!!!

And if you like it with more floral fragrance, you can add 3 or 4 drops of jasmine essential oil…

It is hydrating my skin, but also giving a beautiful glittering or should I say shimmering and goldish like color to my skin…I simply and naturally like it…

And now…my Dissection of Nuxe Ingredients

 chemical ingredients

Isopropyl Isostearate

This ingredient is a synthesized emollient and conditioner.

So it’s a synthetic ingredient which is mainly composing this body oil.

Referred to “Environment Canada Domestic Substance List” this ingredient is an uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative.

The main ingredient in that brand is synthetic…

Macadamia Ternafolia Seed Oil

Macadamia nut oil has a high content of palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid that is similar to the skin’s sebum, which tends to decrease naturally with aging. Using macadamia nut oil can help fight the dryness as a natural moisturizer and is absorbed by the skin quickly.

macadamia oil

Like olive oil, macadamia nut oil is rich with antioxidants and is especially high in vitamin E. Vitamin E improves the appearance of scars, tones the skin and prevents stretch marks.
An important aspect is that it’s a stable oil, it won’t oxidate too fast…great oil for your body!!!

We will keep that one

Coco Caprylate/caprate

This is a great natural substitute to silicone. It’s a good option to use as a skin non greasy conditioner.

I am using it in my recipe… l.

coco nut

Dicaprylyl Ether

It is commonly used as a solvent and was once used as a general anesthetic . It has narcotic properties and has been known to cause temporary psychological addiction.

It’s a synthesized ingredient. No need to use that one in my recipe.

Almond Oil

This wonderful vegetal oil is used to treat dry skin and hair. It’s used all over the World for baby skin and in natural cosmetic products. We can use it in our formula.

sweet almond oil

Corylus Havelana

This is as simple as that…this is hazelnut oil….

This is perfect for the skin, it is penetrating easily the pores of your skin and is sooting it… We can keep it.

hazelnut oil

Camelia Seed Oil

This is an oil used for ever by Japanese women to hydrate their skin.

It is protecting and penetrating very easily. We could keep it…but it won’t be easy to find for you…optional.

Perfume, Fragrances

It could be synthetic fragrances because cheaper…we will use essential oils and natural vanilla…


Tocopherol is Vitamin E which a very effective preservative ingredient. However, you have natural and synthetic vitamien E.

I will chose to substitute tocopherol with grapefruit seed extract which is full of vitamin E and is a natural product.

Borago Officinalis Seed Oil

Great oil to use in cosmetic products if you want to hydrate and revitalized your skin. It’s a wonderful anti aging oil, which can really be an excellent anti stretch treatment.

We keep that one.

Olive Oil

This is an excellent moisturizing oil. It also have anti inflammatory effects. We could keep that one or use it to substitute another one you don’t have at home…

Sunflower Oil

It’s a good oil to use in your recipe. It also have anti inflammatory benefits and contain beta carothene which is excellent for your skin. But honestly…we have already a lot of other EXCELLENT oils…

sunflower oil

Rosemary Essential Oil

This essential oil can revitalize your skin. We could use it, but already have great ingredients to help revitalize your derma.

Hypericum Perforatum Oil

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, hypericum perforatum has antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties. When applied to the skin, it relieves irritation of minor wounds and conditions, including eczema, cuts, minor burns. The herb’s antibacterial properties help prevent infection and promote healing of the skin.
This is a good oil, however…I want to make it simple, we wont keep that oil for our homemade recipe.

Solanum or Tomato seed oil

Is a highly penetrating oil as well as hazel oil and is more expensive. We could use this oil but we will simplify the recipe for you.

Caprylic/Capric Tryglyceride

Is an ingredient derived from coconut. It’s vegetal. However the benefit is really similar to coco caprylate. it is only optional….

Benzyl Salicylate

This ingredient is has been associated with allergies and contact dermatis. It’s an ultraviolet light absorber (sunscreen).

According to the “Cosmetic Database”, it’s ranked between middle to high overall hazard as well as allergy and immunitoxicity.

It’s under use restrictions in the cosmetic industry.

Butylphenyl Methylpropional

It’s a synthetic perfuming substance which is ranked hazardous in Europe and is part of the 26 allergen fragrance substances.

Do I need to tell you we don’t need that in our homemade recipe.


is another synthetic fragrance with the same hazardous risk as precedent ingredient….It is a chemical substitution to Rose


It’s another chemical substitution to rose’s molecule…


How borring this is turning to be…all these chemicals…


same…idem…chemicals to substitute natural fragrances cheaply…


Same…idem, but smelling like lily of the valley.

My Conclusion:

Ok, Nuxe slogan is: Natural Orignin Cosmetic… however…no…this is playing with words…

Is it including natural ingredients? Yes

Is it all natural ingredients? No