Monday, January 10, 2011

What to do when you accidentally recommend discontinued products

Recently, I raved and raved to the internet about DDF's Glycolic body lotion.

I raved in person about it, too. In fact, if you were my husband, you were subjected to an appalling amount of fan girl squeeing: This stuff is great! Seriously! My butt is so smooth, babies envy it! You should check it out! Um ... when we're not in public.

Almost delirious over how fabulous my skin felt, I went browsing on the internet looking for a good, possibly cheaper source of my new BFF--only to discover that it had been discontinued.

So then I went searching through various message boards looking for a  replacement. I heard about AmLactin, and the next time I was at Walfgreen's, I bought a big bottle of it.

It sounds good. It has AHAs. It's 12 percent lactic acid with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. This means its claims to "exfoliate and smooth rough, dry skin" are probably accurate.

I've only tried it on my hands so far, and it doesn't feel as luxurious as DDF's Glycolic Body Lotion--which makes sense, because DDF's formula is packed with lots more skin-softening ingredients. I'm no Paula Begoun, and even I can tell the difference. (But this is serious cosmetics geekery, so I'm burying it in a footnote.)*

I'll let you know how it works out.  But I'm telling you one thing. The packaging is really bothering me. Compare the DDF I recommended

to AmLactin

The DDF bottle says spa, and luxurious but not flashy. The AmLactin bottle says doctor's office, and medicinal but not in a sexy nurse way.

Even if I fall in love with AmLactin, I'm planning to decant it into a better looking bottle. Because there's no way that bottle sends out a come-touch-me vibe. Even if it does leave me raving to my husband about the texture of my butt.

* For my fellow cosmetics geeks--a comparison of DDF's and AmLactin's ingredients. First, DDF's Glycolic Lotion:

Water, glycolic acid, caprylic/capric triblyceride, (a fatty acid derived from coconuts) dimethicone, (skin protector) ethylhexyl palmitate, (skin smoothing wax) glyceryl stearate, (a combination of glycerin and fatty acid) propylene glycol, (attracts water) PEG-100 stearate,  c12-15 alkyl benzoate, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, ammonium hydroxide, sodium PCA, glycerin, lactic acid, triethanolamine, sorbitol, polyglyceryl-6 isostearate, polysorbate 60, tocopherol, retinyl palmitate, allantoin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, methylparaben, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, borago officinalis seed oil, disodium edta, propylparaben, panthenol, phenoxyethanol, tocopheryl acetate, vitis vinifera seed extract, camellia oleifera leaf extract, milk protein, zinc glyconate, butylene glycol, sodium ascorbate, dmdm hydantoin, fragrance.

And AmLactin:

Water, lactic acid netralized with ammonium hydroxide, light mineral oil, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, propylene glycol, glycerin, magnesium aluminum silicate, laureth-4, polyoxyl 40 stearate, cetyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, and methylcellulose.


  1. Silicones make me break out so fast I can practicLly feel the pimples rising .
    But they do make your sin feel soft, so that is probably what you loved about DDF

  2. Anonymous--that could be it. Pimples are not now and have never been my problem. I'm the queen of dry skin.

    But this is a review of a body lotion that also works as a hand and foot cream, and these areas aren't usually subject to clogged pores. (Although if I had bacne, I wouldn't put DDF body lotion on my back--even if I could reach.)

  3. When I read your earlier post it also reminded me of Am-Lactin. Wondering about something- this may be too simplistic but here goes: I wonder if you could mix Am-Lactin with solid Coconut Oil (which I love) to make it more enjoyable? I'm going to try it. I have both products, might as well. I'll let you know...

  4. Jenny, that sounds like a good work-around. In the comments I've read about AmLactin, a few people mentioned being put off by the smell. Some of them mentioned mixing it with a better-smelling lotion.

  5. There's a smell issue as well? The label screams I'M OVER 50 and there's a smell?

  6. Am-Lactin reminds me of Cetaphil - so UN glamorous but gets the job done. I may have to check it out. Though I have to say, with that bottle I would have thought it would be something to treat a grody skin issue like bedsores! I hear you re: decanting, and like the idea of mixing with a more lush lotion!

  7. One of the reasons I attempt to stay with home-made (some call them natural) beauty products is that as soon as I find a manufactured product that I really like, it is discontinued. (Do you know why this happens so often - are the corporations just plain malevolent?) So I probably won't even invest the time to get to know it in the new stuff. But I do greatly appreciate your posting the ingredients of each, and the thoroughness of your research.

  8. Poppy, Just discovered your blog...
    LOVE it!
    "on the internet no one can see your crow's feet!" hilarious!
    Have a pretty day!

  9. Poppy, why did you stop blogging? Hope you are doing well ...


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