In Singapore, although we do not really have the traditional 4 seasons like spring, summer, autumn and winter, I’ve always thought otherwise. To me, Singapore do have 4 seasons: hot, hotter, hottest and haze season (LOL.. Thanks to our neighbour Indonesia..). As we approach the middle of the year, Singapore has actually gotten even hotter with average temperatures during the day hovering around 32°C to 34°C (that’s around 89°F to 93°F). During such times when the thought of putting anything heavy on my face feels suffocating, I would turn to one of my favourite gel moisturisers – Biotherm’s Aquasource Gel.
Before we begin the review proper, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?
Aqua, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Mannose, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Ceramide 3, Carbomer, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Hydroxide, Serine, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Cholesterol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Disodium Edta, Hydroxypalmitoylsphinganine, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Citrulline, Xanthan Gum, Menthoxypropanediol, Chlorphenesin, CI 19140, CI 42090, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Parfum.
You would notice that this product actually does contain some silicone. I’m usually not too fussed about silicone in my products as long as it doesn’t feel too siliconey. However, I do not feel that the texture of this product is too siliconey (unlike another other gel moisturiser which I’m also using). I also do not experience any “rolling”or “flaking” problems with this product, which are usually common with products with high levels of silicone in it.
How does the Biotherm Aquasource Gel fare?
Honestly speaking, I’ve used this product since I was 19 years old (I’m 32 years old now!) and have gone through so many tubs of this product as well as all the times that it had been reformulated. It remains one of my favourite products from Biotherm even though it’s just a normal hydrating moisturiser (nothing fancy!). I remembered that I first bought this product when I was just 19 years old. It retailed for S$52 then and now it costs S$69. Oh well, time flies and so does inflation I guess… Anyway, the reason why I liked this product so much to keep repurchasing throughout the years is that it really does keep my face nicely hydrated. It also absorbs easily without leaving a film on my face. Sometimes on really hot and humid days, I just use a toner and this moisturiser with sunscreen on top and my face still feels alright. I also love the way it smells although some people might find the smell a bit strong. It has a very fresh citrus ocean spa smell (oh god.. I’m so bad at describing smells but I think you’ll know what I mean when you actually take a good whiff of this product) that is also somewhat nostalgic for me. It doesn’t claim to do any fancy stuff except hydration and for me, I don’t really need my moisturisers to do fancy stuff. That’s what I use my serums for! However, I sincerely hope that Biotherm keeps this present formulation as it is because I find that their moisturisers have been getting more and more siliconey. I gave up trying their latest Everplump moisturiser when I read through the ingredients and felt its texture in stores cause it’s just way too many silicones for my taste.
Where can you find it?
Biotherm is quite a common brand in the departmental stores so I think you can definitely find it at all the major stores in Singapore. Sephora stores in Singapore also carry this brand as well.
It retails at S$69 (50ml sized).
Thank you for reading!