As an Asian beauty enthusiast, I am always up for trying unorthodox ingredients. (Unorthodox, at least, for my corner of the world.) A cream that features straight animal fat as a star ingredient is certainly something I’ve not tried before. My skin, though fundamentally normal in its sebum production, does tend to lean on the drier side which has resulted in my affection for richer, heavier creams. Products like the Benton Steam Cream are touted as being some of the heaviest creams out there, but I haven’t found them to be all that rich. Enter the horse oil cream. My dry-leaning skin, combined with my first experience of tret-face this year, meant I was looking for a seriously beefy (haha) cream to nourish and maintain that all-important moisture barrier.
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What is it?
Guerisson 9 Complex Cream is a heavy moisturizer enriched with horse oil designed to nourish drier skin types. It should be used after any lotions or lighter moisturizers, and before a sleeping mask.
- Size: 70g
- Price: $18.85 CAD from Jolse.com
- Texture: Very thick, buttery cream or balm
- Scent: Light citrus scent with oily undertones
- Packaging: Glass jar with an embossed gold lid
Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Horse Fat, Shea Butter, Niacinamide, Stearyl Olivate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Mentha Suaveolens (Apple Mint) Leaf Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Lavender Flower Extract, Western Rose Flower Extract, Lemon Balm Leaf Extract, Chamomile Leaf Extract, Bergamot Leaf Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Bixa Orellana (Bixa) Seed Oil, Betaine, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrated Silica, Disodium Stearyl Sulfosuccinamate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Green Tea Extract, Ligularia Fischeri (Fischers Ragwort) Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Soybean Oil, Human Oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, Myristyl Alcohol, Xantham Gum, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide NP.
CosDNA breakdown. For comedogenicity: beeswax flags 0-2; butylene glycol and dimethicone a 1; cetearyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, jojoba oil, and chamomile extract a 2; soybean oil a 3. For irritation: beeswax and jojoba oil flag 0-2; carbomer a 1; cetearyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol a 2.
The main ingredient here is the horse oil. It can be a controversial ingredient, to be sure. Since the oil is a byproduct of the horse meat industry, I don’t take much issue with it because horses aren’t being consumed only for their fat. Other noteworthy ingredients are additions like snail mucin, niacinamide, adenosine, shea butter, and a variety of botanical extracts.
This cream is everything I want out of a thick, rich moisturizer. The glass jar packaging and the beautifully embossed metal cap really make this cream feel like a luxury product. It has a nice, sweet citrus scent that I really enjoy. I don’t find it overpowering but people sensitive to fragrance would probably be bothered by it. Some have said there is a meaty undertone to the scent, and I can see where that comes from (though again, it doesn’t bother me).
Due to the oil content of this cream, it’s definitely the richest and most nourishing thing I’ve tried on my face. The texture of it is buttery and smooth, and I love the way it feels. Massaging this cream in is an absolute treat for the drier portions of my face around my chin, nose, and mouth. The experience is just so rich and luxurious, it always feels like I’m super-pampering my skin when I use this.
I don’t generally have issues with it sinking in, though sometimes I find that I have to refrain from using it on my forehead and temples because it pills up later in the evening on those more oily areas.
This cream was really great to have even in the summer months this year. I’m not using any tretinoin right now, but when I was this cream was my absolute savior in taming the peeling, flaky beast that was my chin during that time. I would even put this on in the morning and take it with me to work to banish the flakes that would inevitably appear in the afternoon. Any time I felt like my skin needed some extra nourishment or TLC, this cream performed beautifully.
I’ve been using it less in the past couple of months because I’ve not had quite as much need for it, but I’m very glad to have this on hand as we head into the colder, drier months. I plan on starting up another retinoid in a couple of weeks here, so I know my skin will be generally a lot happier with this in my arsenal once the tretface inevitably returns.
Would I Repurchase?
Definitely. I don’t know when that will be though because I’ve hardly made a dent in it, I need so little each time I use it. I’ve been looking for a super rich Asian cream for some time, and this one finally had the weight that I was searching for.
I liked this cream so much, in fact, that it inspired me to try the rest of the Guerisson 9 Complex skincare line which consists of an essence, toner, lotion, and hydrogel masks. Those will be coming up in my next haul post in the next couple of months or so. Very happy to have a team of such heavy-hitters for the winter months!