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I’ve been chosen among other people to receive and review Benton’s new moisturizer, Cacao Moist and Mild Cream. I had only one week to use and review this product, so all my thoughts here are about a short-term use.
Let’s start with the brand story as I find it interesting and funny.
“The name and definition of Benton took its motives from the movie ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (also known as ‘Benjamin Button goes backward in time’ in Korea) which had a warm touch on many people’s heart. In the movie, Benjamin is born as an old man and he becomes younger and younger as time goes by and ultimately dies as a new born baby. Benjamin happens to deeply fall in love with a woman named Daisy. However, as time goes by and as Benjamin becomes younger he has no choice but to leave Daisy. What if Daisy could have also turned back time on her physical appearance, wouldn’t she be happier?It may just be a fictional movie, but wouldn’t most people have the same desire to be young again? Benton’s desire is to turn back the time of your skin. Unlike the instant temporary effect created by harmful ingredients, we hoped to improve skin care by using the healthy ingredients in our products which will help regain your skin to its original healthy condition.“
Sounds nice, Benton. Weird but nice.
“We got the Cruelty-Free certification with “Beauty without Bunnies” mark that proves that we do not test on animals for all of Benton products by the world’s largest animal protection organization, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
There are increasing usages of natural preservatives due to the problems caused by the artificial preservatives. Some natural preservatives cause more stimulation to the skin than the artificial preservatives due to the lack of skills on creating a natural preservative. The natural preservatives that Benton uses are extracted by the ultrasonic extract method from C&B Cosmetic’s special technology. This natural preservative is not only effective in skin care but also does not cause any irritation or stimulation to the skin.”
Cacao Moist and Mild Cream
I found an informative image on Benton’s website and I decided to put it here because it might be useful.
This is a moisturizing cream that contains 63% of cocoa extract, and 10% of cocoa butter. It also contains sodium hyaluronate, cocoa seed extract, polyglutamic acid, madecassoside, beta-glucan, arginine, and some plant/fruit extracts.
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Water, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglutamic Acid, Madecassoside, Beta-Glucan, Carbomer, Arginine, Xanthan Gum.
Analysis of some ingredients
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Extract: Polyphenols have become a strong focus of research interest because of their observed health-beneficial effects, such as anticarcinogenic, antiatherogenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial… and the cocoa extract is rich in polyphenols in particular catechins and proanthocyanidins.
It is noteworthy that is has been shown that cocoa has great potential not only for the treatments of skin diseases but also for their prevention. In particular, antioxidants found in cocoa protect the skin from the inside by neutralizing oxidative stress, a major factor of dermal structure deterioration and premature skin aging.
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: The cocoa butter contains a high proportion of saturated fats and is one of the most stable fats known. It’s mainly composed of oleic acid (34.5%), stearic acid (34.5%), linoleic acid (3.2%), arachidic acid (1.0%), palmitoleic acid (0.3%), and other fatty acids (0.5%). It’s a very good butter to decrease transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and to lubricate skin’s surface, leaving it hydrated and smooth;
Butylene Glycol: Skin conditioning agent;
Glycerin: Also called glycerine or glycerol, glycerin is a skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient. It is naturally found in the skin. It’s one of the best humectants;
Sorbitan Olivate: An emulsifier from olive oil that reduces transepidermal water loss (TEWL);
1,2-Hexanediol: A highly effective and mild coupling agent and humectant. It contains many chemicals in its composition, including Alpha-Lipoic acids, an antioxidant; Chrysin, an anti-inflammatory bioflavonoid; Diosgenin, a maintainer of healthy blood cholesterol levels; Glucosamine Hydrochloride, which slows joint degeneration; and Indole-3-Carbinol, a nutrient that may prevent cancer (Source);
Pentylene Glycol: Humectant that is also used as a solvent and/or preservative. It can have moisture-binding and antimicrobial properties;
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract: Cocoa’s seeds contain albumin and globulin (52% and 43%, respectively, of total seed proteins). Albumin can increase the cellular regeneration and protein synthesis. It also can firm the skin and possibly minimize pores. It also might have anti-aging properties;
Zanthoxylum piperitum (Japanese Pepper) Fruit Extract: The antioxidant activity of the methanol extract from Japanese pepper fruit was found to be equal to that of α-tocopherol and stable under heat treatment. The main compounds that gave a significant antioxidant activity from the extract were identified to be hyperoside and quercitrin. These observations show the presence of strong antioxidants in Japanese pepper fruit. 
In a study made by Yamazaki and co-workers shows the isolation of two glycosylated flavonoids (hyperoside and quercitrin) of methanol extract from fruits of Z. piperitum, these substances scavenged DPPH* radical strongly. 
*A dark-colored crystalline powder composed of stable free-radical molecules.
Pulsatilla koreana (Korean Pasque Flower) Extract: This plant can have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains a component called Deoxypodophyllotoxin which has antiangiogenic activities;
Usnea barbata (Lichen) Extract: It contains a compound called usnic acid which is a potent antimicrobial agent;
Sodium Hyaluronate: The salt form of hyaluronic acid, a water-binding ingredient that has the ability to fill the spaces between collagen and elastin. Sodium hyaluronate has been used for moisturization and wound healing since its discovery, it can hold up to 1000 its own weight in water;
Polyglutamic Acid: It increases natural moisturizing factors such as amino acids by revitalizing cells inside the skin;
Madecassoside: Also called madecassic acid, it’s a compound derived from Centella asiatica. When applied externally it promotes wound healing and treats skin complaints. It’s a strong anti-inflammatory that regulates epidermis homeostasis (the hydration barrier function) and stimulates the fibroblasts that create collagen, strengthening skin structure. As an added benefit, madecassoside has also been shown to be both an effective antioxidant, helping to scavenge free radicals, and have anti-aging benefits by blocking the proteins which break down the skin tissue matrix. (Source);
Beta-Glucan: Anti-wrinkles. Scientific reports indicate that ß-glucan is a film-forming moisturizer, a biological response modifier, and a promoter of wound healing. A clinical study of 27 subjects was performed to evaluate the effects of beta-glucan on facial fine lines and wrinkles. After 8 weeks of treatment, digital image analysis of silicone replicas indicated a significant reduction of wrinkle depth and height and overall roughness.
Arginine: A semi-essential amino acid that is produced naturally by the body. It mainly functions as an antioxidant that helps build collagen production, when applied topically. Orally, it can speed up wound healing.
Acne triggers according to CosDNA
Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter strikes 4 out of 5 and Butylene Glycol strikes 1 out of 5.
CosDNA lists cocoa butter as highly comedogenic but the truth is that it is comedogenic when it’s used in high concentration and not dissolved. This formula uses only 10% of cocoa butter and my experience tells me that 10% isn’t comedogenic at all. At leats not to me.
Irritants according to CosDNA
Carbomer is the only one. It strikes 1 out of 5.
Safety according to CosDNA
All the ingredients are safe, according to CosDNA. All of them strike 1 out of 9 except Glycerin which strikes 2 out of 9 but it’s still green flagged.
CosDNA analysis: Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Cream.
It comes in a tube which makes it very hygienical. It’s a squishy-kind-of-tube regular plastic bottle.
I love when brands put their creams in a tube packaging instead of a jar. I don’t know what’s the deal with creams coming in jars. It’s very not practical, you got to keep always cleaning the spatula (if you’re lucky to get a spatula because some companies don’t even bother), and depending what ingredients there are in the cream it can easily become oxidized.
Texture and scent
The texture is very similar to a cream. It’s white, creamy, and melts easily once applied on the skin. I wouldn’t say it’s exactly like a cream because it’s soft and a bit watery as a gel but it’s thick and white. Am I making any sense?
I’m very disappointed by the scent! Or should I say the lack of it? I was expecting it to have a slightly chocolate/cocoa scent but it’s totally fragrance-free. I know Benton’s products are fragrance-free but this one could have been an exception, right? But it’s totally fine because some people are allergic to perfume and some simply want to avoid it, and not to mention that there are a lot of cosmetics out there that are fragranced.
How to use
Below, there’s an image explaining how to use it but it’s simple. You have to apply it as the last skin care step and before a Sleeping Pack if you ever use it at night.
There’s also some face massage tips that I myself find it very useful.
As you can see, this cream can also be used around the eye areas. It functions as both face cream and eye cream but I’d also suggest you not to skip the eye cream step because the eye areas need some proper treatment.
You can believe when Benton labels this cream as a lightweight moisturizer. When it comes out of the tube it looks like it’s a heavy silicone-based cream that will make your skin oily and possibly break you out. But it’s not! When I apply it on my face, it instantly melts and hydrates my skin. I feel like this cream provides a nice content of water to my skin and also the right quantity of oil.
It doesn’t leave my skin greasy but it doesn’t leave a very matte finish, though. I can see a slightly glow.
It doesn’t decrease the natural oil production. If the skin is producing oil because it naturally lacks the right amount water and/or oil, then this cream might help with that.
Hydration test using Susee Nano Spray Machine
Let’s check the before and after using the Susee machine, a device that can measure the levels of both oil and water.
My skin has 50.3% of moisture and 15.8% of oil before applying the cream. After applying the cream my skin has now 63.2% of moisture and 19.8% of oil.
Apart of the scent (lacking), I can say that my expectations have been fulfilled. This is a truly light cream that can be used in every season. It is highly concentrated in cocoa extract that is rich in polyphenols, actives that can support an antioxidant effect according to studies. It didn’t make my combination skin type oily nor broke me out. I don’t think this cream itself can solve a dehydrated skin but I believe that the combination of this cream with a hydrating toner and an emulsion can do the job.
I had only one week to try this product. I do believe that one week is enough to see if a product would break me out or not. Fortunately, this product so far hasn’t broken me out but if I happen to experience it due to this product I will update this review.
Without further ado, this cream works and its marketing isn’t fake. The fact of it coming in a tube packaging is a plus.
This product was sent by Benton for review purposes. ALL the opinions are of my own and the review is 100% honest, like all of my other reviews I’ve written here and on Instagram.