Monday, November 3, 2008

Product Review: Biotherm Aquasource Non-Stop Oligo-Thermal Gel Intense Moisturization for Normal/Combination Skin

At a Glance:
Price: RM140 / US$32
Weight: 50ml / 1.69 Fl. Oz.
Made in: France
Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca / Apricot Kernel Oil, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Butyrospermum Parkii / Shea Butter, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Magnesium Gluconate, Limonene, Methylparaben, Fructose, Glucose, Glycine Soja / Soybean Oil, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Triethanolamine, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isobutyparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Salicylate, Urea, Menthoxypropanediol, Zinc Gluconate, Linalool, Ceramide 3, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Hydroxyisohexyl 2-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citral, Dextrin, Benzyl Alcohol, Copper Gluconate, Hexyl Nicotinate, Sucrose, Glutamic Acid, Manganese Gluconate, CI42090 / Blue 1, CI19140 / Yellow 5, Aspartic Acid, Alanine.

Product Description

Intense moisturizing, this fresh-textured gel is enriched with a patented hydrating complex to provide a reservoir effect on skin. Our pure concentrate of mineral-rich Thermal Spring Water revitalizes skin and improves skin texture with the equivalent of 5,000 liters of enriched water in each jar.* Contains Vitamins E and F to promote cell regeneration. Skin is instantly refreshed and hydrated, supple and silky soft, perfectly revitalized throughout the day.

*Reduced to a concentration of our mineral-rich thermal spring water

Actual Product Pic:

Texture & Scent:

This moisturizer feels more cream like than gel, but spreads easily on your face. It gives a cooling sensation upon application. The refreshing citrusy scent is rather strong! After a few months, i notice that this gel got a little "clumpy" as you can see above... prehaps the alcohol had evaporated?


This moisturizer comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid. I wished it came in a bottle or something for hygiene reasons though.

There's a plastic cap inside to minimize contamination.

Time Test:
This moisturizer sinks right in!! My face remains moisturized for one day! :)

Price & Availability:
At RM140 / US$32, i think it's alright for Biotherm standards. It's available for sale at all Biotherm counters, and

When i was working, i used 2x daily because i'd be freezing in the dry air conditioned office for minimum 8 hours daily! Nowadays, i apply this every other day!

My $0.02:
I bought a full sized jar after trying the sample given by a wonderful friend! It works very well to moisturize and plump up my face! However, after a few months, i suspect that it may be breaking me out. Given that alcohol is right up in the ingredient list (come to think of it, it does smells rather strongly of alcohol!!), i am not surprised that it gives me the zits sometimes! It still moisturizes beautifully, but i'm keeping a close watch on this. Will not repurchase once i run out.

In a Nutshell:

A really effective moisturizer that has ALOT of alcohol in it!

Likes: Effective moisturizer, easily available
Gripes: ALCOHOL, the jar packaging
Repurchase: No

Rating: ! 3.5 Stars! 1 star off for high alcohol content, half star off for suspected cause of zits!

Credits: Product photo from


  1. I really liked this one when I used it a couple of years ago, but I didn't know (until I read your post) that it had a high content of alcohol! Oh well, it's now off my list ;)

  2. yeah it worked really well for me at the beginning too!! what a bummer!! :(

  3. Same here. I have just finished my 3rd jar actually and decided to get a replacement instead cos it doesn't seem to work as well as last time anymore.

  4. icic... but it's always good to rotate your skin care around lest your skin gets "immuned" to it! :D

  5. hi jenn! this moisturiser worked for about 2-3 months for me before my skin gets irritated. i really like it before though, as well as the toner. but too bad it didn't work out for me.

    and yeah biotherm products have relatively high alcohol content in them.

  6. Hi Charlieee! Seems like many people have problems with this moisturizer after sometime!! :( I like this moisturizer too... but now i'm still thinking if i should continue using it!!

    thanks for dropping by my site! :D

  7. Great detail about this Biotherm Aquasource Non-Stop moisturizer fresh textured gel!! It contain Vitamins E and F... It gives fresh and silky soft skin!!


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