Food for thought … and beauty

Posted on March 1st, 2010 by Gina

I used to make fun of DHC Skin Care when I got the catalog in the mail.  How seriously can you take a company that peddles Olive Virgin Oil as an age-defying moisturizer, and also sells salad dressing at the back of the book?  Nonetheless, some of you are loyal fans, so I over the last couple years, I’ve tried a few of their products, with some success.

The origins of the company are unusual.  DHC stands for Daigaku Honyaku Center, which Wikipedia says began in Japan as a translation center.  It expanded into publishing, direct marketing, cosmetics, health food supplements and lingerie.  Here in the states they have found success in direct mail, producing monthly catalogs with a lot of repetitive products.  January’s book included 36 moisturizers, for instance. Some products are a little silly – “Q10 Watermist” spray-on revitalizing, um, water, lots of products with milk or olive oil, and the monthly section on DHC Fine Foods, including soups, pilaf, and the above mentioned olive oil.

The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep doesn’t have much information on the line except for a nighttime moisturizer that gets a low hazard rating, and they get points for listing all their ingredients online.  My hero, Paula Begoun, the Cosmetics Cop, finds DHC mediocre, but not dangerous. “None of them [the products] are in any way groundbreaking or unique,” she says.

Several LookinGood volunteers tried out a product of one of their sub-brands – Q10 Ultimate Firming Body Lotion, billed as a “Daily Hydration and Skin Firming Body Care.”  The line is fragrance free and EU Cosmetics Directive Compliant, so there didn’t seem much risk in following the directions of daily use.  But alas, only minimal firming for any of us, and we all disliked the smell.   In the company’s defense, if you are going to truly abide by organic standards, ingredients that alter the smell cannot be added.  But we know there is a plant extract of some kind that would appeal to our olfactory senses.

Coincidentally, two of LookinGood’s volunteers have also tried DHC Velvet Skin Coat, which is basically a fine wax-type base coat for your face.  It’s very light and makes liquid foundation go on lusciously.  It also serves as a filler for those imperfections – aka, wrinkles – around our faces.

There are a million personal care products in the annual DHC Product Guide and no doubt we will try more.  Who knows, maybe we’ll order some noodles and salad dressing.  When we’re done, we can just smear stuff on our bodies.

2 Comments on “Food for thought … and beauty”

  1. LookinGood

    De gustibus non est disputandum. That’s why we write about this stuff, darlin’!

  2. Michelle

    But Gina, here’s the thing about DHC — they tell idiots like me what types of products to use in what order. Even if I don’t use their products, I know when to use what. It just so happens, the products work for me. And considering that you consistently forget how old I am because of how old I look, you’d have to say they do a pretty good job.

    I love more than anything: Green Tea Shower Gel, Face Wash, Mild Lotion, Soothing Lotion, Extra Concentrate, Q10 Body Gel, Micro Skin Water and After Bath Treatment Hair Oil.

    I really like: the Seaweed Extract (discontinued), Platinum Silver Nanocolloid products, Washing Powder, Olive Leaf Lotion and Olive Leaf Milk, Rich Moisture and Extra Nighttime Moisture.

    I’ve tried probably 8-10 others, but those are my tried and true; what I use regularly when I’m not trying new stuff for LookinGood. I’ve got my eye on the germinated brown rice and the Nunez de Prado Olive Oil, I just haven’t had a chance to order them yet.

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