In today’s skincare review I am showcasing a product that I have never tried even though this brand is a Dutch skincare staple. Biodermal is a Dutch skincare brand that was started in the 70s to cater to the founders sensitive skin. So if you are in The Netherlands and you have sensitive skin, you will probably have come across this brand at some point. They are a little bit expensive for a drugstore price point, but they are one of those brands that is know for being great for your skin. Let’s test it out!
Skincare review: Biodermal P-CL-E Fluide moisturizer
Biodermal as a brand is available from more drugstores in The Netherlands. They are a little up there in price. A tube of the infamous P-CL-E Fluide retails for around €30. Luckily this brand goes on sale all the time and you can find them at buy 1 get 1 free or getting 40% off prices. That makes it a bit more manageable in terms of price point. Other than that, this is quite a no frills skincare brand so let’s get stuck in and look at it in more detail.
What does this moisturizer have to offer?
So the information I can find on this product is that it should help repair the skin and it should be formulated for dry and sensitive skin. It has a lightweight texture that is absorbed by the skin very easily and it promises to contain several ingredients that should allow your skin to have some benefits. It contains a plant-derived collagen, amino acids, antioxidants and Vitamin E. Overall I feel this is a brand that is quite simple and tries to focus on the product rather than marketing and packaging.
What are the ingredients like?
So as I always point out: I am not a skincare expert. I just like trying things out and include an ingredient list because it can sometimes be helpful to determine a product is right for you or not. That said, I am not a cosmetic scientist so I wouldn’t know just based on ingredients alone whether the product will be any good.
Aqua, Glycerin, Cocoglycerides, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Isohexadecane, Sodium Polyacrylate, Glycol Distearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Coco Glucoside, Glycoproteins, Valine, Threonine, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Glutamic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Parfum, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylparaben, Citronellol, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol.
In here we get water and glycerin first and foremost. The rest of the ingredient list is abacadabra to me. I can find the plant-based collagen half way through the list (Ceratonia Siliqua Gum) but there also seems to be quite a few filler ingredients from what I can tell. Perfume is quite high up as well which for a product geared towards sensitive skin may not be the best if you have any sort of sensitivity to this.
What was my experience using this product?
This product has so much going for it. But sadly I will have to say: stay away from this. Based on the ingredient list I can’t really pin point what happens here, but this stings my eyes so badly and I don’t put it anywhere near my eyes when I apply this. Maybe it’s the fragrance, maybe it’s something else, but when I first tried it I thought it had a lot of alcohol in. It doesn’t feel drying though: the texture is lovely. Very moisturizing and it sits well on my skin. But there is something in this that makes my eyes burn. Not a great thing for a so-called great for sensitive skin skincare product.
My final thoughts
This product has so much going for it. Unfortunatly the Biodermal P-CL-E fluide is one that I don’t think I’ll repurchase. I would also not recommend this for very sensitive skin. It is one of those products that sound great on the page, but my experience using it wasn’t the best. It feels nice and not drying at all. In fact, it’s part of my everyday skincare routine in the night time and I feel this is hydrating enough for the night time for now, but it could also work as a day time staple. However, the fact that this stings my eyes every time I use it makes me weary to make this a solid favorite.
Would I recommend the Biodermal PCLE Fluide?
No I would not. Maybe your eyes are a little less sensitive but I feel there is something in here that irritates my eyes nearly every time I use it. Granted, it is getting less now that I have used this consistently for a few weeks. How they can market this as being perfect for sensitive skin though is beyond me. If you want my advise, I would say: stay away from this one.