I was getting my wishlist together in anticipation of Cult Beauty’s Fall Goody Bag (no idea when/if it’s going to launch, but my research suggests next week) when I stumbled on what might be the most ridiculous skincare product I’ve encountered in some time: Anne Semonin’s Express Radiance Ice Cubes.
For £50 including EU VAT, you can be the owner of 8 ice cubes of 7ml each (freezing not included). According to the current exchange rate, that’s $64.70 or $8 per cube.
What’s so special about these skincare ice cubes?
Keep in mind that Phenoxyethanol, a preservative, is usually added at 1% concentration and ingredient lists are arranged in order of concentration. That means that the ingredients in concentrations over 1% are:
- Water (from the sea)
- Propylene Glycol
- Polysorbate 20
- Butylene Glycol
Come the fuck on, please don’t tell me that these are $8 ice cubes made of…water. I’m in the wrong field, clearly.
My outrage meter is broken and I’m just sad these days. I’m not actually against spending money on beauty products, that would be pretty hypocritical, right? I’m against bad products being sold for a lot of money and everyone pretending that that’s ok. In a world where some folks don’t have clean drinking water, others are selling and buying mostly water for $8 per 7 ml.
If you’d like to save a bit of money, the eye cubes are available for £45.
That said, you only get 6 and they’re 4ml each. Which is, shockingly enough, an even worse deal (almost $10 each per 4ml cube) than the Express Radiance Ice Cubes.
I jokingly considered buying the Express Radiance Ice Cubes for a comparison review (compared against setting $64.70 on fire and watching it burn on my porch). I’m obviously not going to do that because it would feel really wrong to me to enable this nonsense. I don’t want to get to the point where I’m so compromised, empty, and sold out that I have to pretend that this is ok.
Spending philosophy is a complex thing that I’m not up for unpacking at the moment. Personally, when I find that a product ignites my indignation, I listen and snap my wallet shut.
Rather than shelling out for these overpriced cubes for a review, I’m donating $64.70 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
I’m done with this bullshit, byeeeeeeeeee.
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