I learned about Tepezcohuite from Salma Hayek who has created her own cosmetic line (Nuance). She has raved about the rejuvenating properties of Tepezcohuite (mimosa tenuiflora, or Mexican “skin tree”). Her products are not entirely about Tepezcohuite and are hard to get in Europe, so I decided to search for some other Tepezcohuite products out there. I found a website http://tepezcohuite.co.uk/ and ordered some, the pomade being one of them.
It all seemed wonderfully natural at first glance.
The ingredients listed were:
Tepezcohuite Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Mosqueta Rose Oil
When I received my package and opened the pomade for the first time, I immediately got a suspicious feeling just by smelling it. It reminded me of something you might want to use for your car – yes, petroleum jelly. When I tried it on my hands, I was totally sure because of the stickiness, greasiness and non-absorption. Petroleum jelly is not listed as the main ingredient, but I guess the word pomade should make it clear to everyone.
I am not a supporter of petroleum-based ingredients in cosmetics, so I was quite disappointed. I gave it a try many times though, but have not seen any miraculous results. Just like regular petroleum jelly, it forms a layer that prevents skin’s own moisture from escaping and in that way it can work for really dry skin. But it still feels like putting car grease on yourself. I had some problems with eczema then, but it did not improve with the pomade.
The website mentioned a wonderful fresh lime aroma, but I am sorry, for me it is nothing to write home about. It could definitely use some other perfume to cover the petroleum odour.
All in all, I wish I could tell you something more positive about this, but I really was not impressed.
I am aware that Tepezcohuite has been used for hundreds of years to treat skin conditions, to stop bleeding etc. I am not giving up on this ingredient, but mixing something so natural with petroleum jelly does not make much sense to me.
Update: I was giving this product another try when I had irritated skin, but it seemed to make it worse. I also found that there is tepezcohuite powder at the bottom, but even when I put this thicker version of the pomada on my hands, it did not ease the irritation. Instead, I really had to wash it off, which is not easy to do because petroleum jelly is very greasy.
For those of you looking for a natural cream with tepezcohuite, I have found one sold by ADSM Beverly Hills*. The one pictured below has been updated, but contains great ingredients as well: Tepezcohuite Regenerating Hybrid Moisturizer*
It’s very light, absorbs well, smells nice and there’s no petroleum jelly or other synthetic additions.
The ingredients of the new version are:
Distilled water, Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil), [Bees wax, HE Cellulose, Polyglyceryl Oleate], Tepezcohuite Tree Bark, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Sorbitol, (Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline), Genistein, Honey Extract, Mango Extract (Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycerin), Lactobacillus Ferment, Rose Geranium Essential Oil.
Distilled Water, Sodium Hyaluronic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), [Bees Wax, HE-Cellulose, Polyglyceryl Oleate], MSM (Dimethyl Sulfone), Tepezcohuite Extract, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Camellia Seed Oil (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil), Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Honey Extract, Silk Powder, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Genistein, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment
*affiliate link – more info