Say “Yes” to Essential Hydrating Day Moisturiser from Skin Chemists?

For the past few months I’ve been testing Oui Essential Hydrating Day Moisturiser from Skin Chemists. And initially this post was supposed to be entitled “80 Euros Face Moisturiser. Is It Worth The Splurge?“. I purchased the product on the site with a 18€ price tag instead of 80 euros. But as I was searching on the web for more information about the company, I found out that it is sold for 9.99£ on their official web-site. Well, that came as a surprise!

Anyway, let’s review it!

A few words about the company

Skin Chemists is a British company with research centres in the UK and Florida. They specialise in creating products that target specific skin problems that mostly center around anti-ageing.

Good news is that their products are cruelty free, 100% organic and made of ethically sourced ingredients.

What does this moisturiser claim?

The Oui Essential Hydrating Day Moisturiser says to suite all skin types. As someone with combination to dry skin, I believe it would suite to people with dry skin in summer and oily types in winter. The formula contains Tiare Flower Extract, Vitamin E and coconut oil. These ingredients are supposed to moisturise, repair, sooth and purify your skin at the same time. All in all, it sounds great!

What are the pros?

As I’ve already mentioned, my T-zone is a tiny bit oily, but dry overall. And this product worked well for me  in summer. Its base is something between a gel and a cream. Once again, I found it good for dry skin in summer, although, I would not go for it in winter.

And oh this scent! I love the way it smells, very fresh and not invasive at all.

What are the cons?

The first thing that comes to my mind is the sticky texture of this moisturiser and how it feels when you first apply it. Don’t get me wrong, it is not sticky once it sinks in and I didn’t experience any issues in applying my foundation on top. But it sticky for the first few seconds and is not necessarily how you want your moisturiser to feel like… I had a debate in my head whether it’s bad weird or no big deal weird. My conclusion is that I do mind it after all. I like my moisturiser to be creamy and the one you work in your skin. But it’s just a personal preference.

Would I repurchase it?

When I believed the full price to be 80€, my answer was definitely not. With a price tag potentially less damaging to my bank account my answer is still no. I didn’t feel the product was doing anything special to my skin. For the same price tag or more affordable, I would rather get a Hydreane from Roche-Posay, a Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet from Caudalie or an Aloe Soothing Day Cream from The Body Shop.


Have you tried anything from the brand? I also got a Wrinkle Killer Facial Oil for my mom and am impatient to get her feedback on it. Since the company specialises more on mature skin types, I hope it’ll work out better.