Tepezcohuite pomada arbol de vida

I learned about Tepezcohuite from Salma Hayek who has created her own cosmetic line (Nuance). She has raved about the rejuvenating properties of Tepezcohuite (mimosa tenuiflora,or  Mexican “skin tree”). Her products are not entirely about Tepezcohuite and hard to get in Europe, so I decided to search for some other Tepezcohuite products available here. I found a website http://tepezcohuite.co.uk/ and ordered some, the pomade being one of them.

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It all seemed wonderfully natural at first glance. The ingredients listed were:

Tepezcohuite Oil
Wheat Germ Oil

Mosqueta Rose Oil

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When I received my package and opened the pomade for the first time, I immediately got a suspicious feeling just by smelling it. It reminded me of something you might want to use for your car - yes, petroleum jelly. When I tried it on my hand, I was totally sure because of the stickiness, greasiness and non-absorption. Petroleum jelly is not listed as the main ingredient, but I guess the word pomade should make it clear to everyone. I am not a supporter of petroleum-based ingredients in cosmetics, so I was quite disappointed. I gave it a try many times though, but have not seen any miraculous results. Just like regular petroleum jelly, it forms a layer that prevents skin’s own moisture from escaping and in that way it can work for really dry skin. But it still feels like putting car grease on yourself. I have had some problems with eczema recently, but it has not improved with the pomade.
The website mentioned a wonderful fresh lime aroma, but I am sorry, for me it is nothing to write home about. It could definitely use some other perfume to cover the petroleum odour.
All in all, I wish I could tell you something more positive about this, but I really was not impressed.

I am aware that Tepezcohuite has been used for hundreds of years to treat skin conditions, to stop bleeding etc. I am not giving up on this ingredient, but mixing something so natural with petroleum jelly does not make much sense to me.

Update: I was giving this product another try when I had irritated skin, but it seemed to make it worse. I also found that there is tepezcohuite powder on the bottom, but even if i put this thicker version of the pomada on my hands, it did not ease the irritation. Instead, I really had to wash it off, which is not easy to do because petroleum jelly is very greasy.

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