Solange Daily Anti-Aging Serum

Solange Skincare was birthed when founder and President Melissa Conaulty’s dear friend died of melanoma at age forty, giving her life purpose to research what it took to restore youthful skin and protect it against further damage. She chose the name “Solange,” because it means angel of the sun, and fit her vision to create highly effective products to protect skin, like an angel’s wing, shielding it from the effects of the suns’ damaging rays and other environmental factors.

Like angel’s wings…?

Per the website, Solange uses only the highest quality, naturally active botanicals, pure essential oil and no synthetic chemicals to create a skin care line for all skin types. Solange Skincare is serious about improving skin health, and strives to educate their clients about the dangers of UV light, environmental factors and lifestyle choices that affect the skin. They are deeply committed to eliminating skin cancer and donate 1% of our company’s profits to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Solange daily Anti-aging serum comes in a 1 ounce bottle, and costs $60.00.

Product Claims:

  • Reduce fine lines while promoting smoother, firmer and more youthful appearance
  • Highly effective in increasing collagen synthesis
  • Enhances moisture retention

Cross Examination:

While Solange Skincare does have a formulation page on their website, there is no breakdown of what is in each individual product, so I went on an ingredient hunt, finally coming up with this:

PURIFIED WATER, GLYCERINE, NAB MUSHROOM EXTRACT, STEARETH-20, MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL, BOSWELLIA SERRATA EXTRACT, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, DIAZOLIDYNYL UREA, IODOPROPYLNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE

I’ll be honest: there isn’t much to say about this ingredient list. But, I will dutifully break it down for you to the best of my ability. Per the Solange website, NAB mushroom extract improves firmness and hydration, Meadowfoam seed oil prevents moisture loss (is very similar to rapeseed oil), and Boswellia serrate has calming, anti-irritant properties. Note: Boswellia, otherwise known as Indian frankincense, is normally taken orally.

The one ingredient that did have some research behind it (conducted by the company that manufacturers it, of course) was the mushroom extract. Efficacy studies have been performed with NAB Mushroom Extract (a mixed aqueous extract of mannentake and shitake mushrooms) which shows that the extract has the ability to:

  • Increase cell turnover and collagen synthesis,
  • Improve skin hydration (In-vivo)
  • Reduce fine lines & wrinkles (In-vivo)
  • Increase skin firmness (In-vivo)

Not having found anything else, I examined the rest of the short list of ingredients.

Hydroxyethyl cellulose is a gelling and thickening agent derived from cellulose. It is widely used in cosmetics, cleaning solutions, and other household products.

Glycerine is used in personal care preparations, mainly as a means of improving smoothness, providing lubrication and as a humectant. Very common and cheap.

Steareth-20 is a common,synthetic chemical used to emulsify, or mix, two liquids.

And last but not least, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate. This is an iodine-based preservative which, according to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessment, has strong evidence as a human toxicant. This chemical is a potent and proven contact allergen. I found multiple scientific studies in journals such as Contact Dermatitis and American Journal of Contact Dermatitis that showed this chemical was a baddy, leading to contact dermatitis and contact sensitization. Environmental Protection Agency notes about “limited evidence of gastrointestinal or liver toxicity”, and by Japan’s Standards for Cosmetics iodopropynyl butylcarbamate is restricted for use in cosmetics.

The Bottom Line:

For a skin care company that cares so deeply about using natural ingredients and educating clientele about skin cancer, it is a wonder they would use such widely known irritating chemical substances in their products.

Furthermore, there is little to no scientific evidence that any of the botanicals listed fight wrinkles or signs of aging (with the exception of the mushroom extract). While I applaud the philanthropist bent of the company vision statement, the product just doesn’t measure up to other wrinkle creams out there. Bottom line? Buy. Something. Else.