Thursday, 27 May 2010

Bakel skincare - all thriller, no filler?

You may have heard of this Italian skincare line on other blogs. It's an interest-grabber, mainly because of the unique way it's formulated.

The concept behind all 7 products in the line is 100% active ingredients. Everything in the bottle does something for your skin. Literally everything. So no carriers, no preservatives, just active substances.

Two things came to mind on reading this. Firstly - how will the products last over time without preservatives, and aren't carriers a necessity with chemically volatile substances? Secondly - with no fillers, the proportion of each active ingredient must be pretty large. I usually take claims of "contains natural/active XYZ" with a pinch of salt because I assume the said ingredients will be present in miniscule amounts, far too small to have any real impact on the skin. With this line, not a concern, since there are only active ingredients involved.

Another fact that leapt out was that these products are stupendously expensive. Most are £85 for 30ml (one or two are £90 for 30ml). So not for the faint of wallet. But if you're a skincare fiend, this line is definitely one to have on your radar.

I haven't used these and I can't tell you how they perform, but I am intrigued!

Here's a quick run-down of the Bakel line. Quotes are from press materials.
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"A powerful antioxidant formula which hydrates, nourishes, and soothes from the first application."  

"A powerful antioxidant formula that fights the action of free radicals which are responsible for ageing of the skin. It helps to promote smooth wrinkle free skin, is suitable for all skin types and can be used daily on its own, or after the application of JALURONIC or MALIC."  

"A hydrating, replenishing and lifting treatment; which keeps skin luminous and fresh. It is suitable for all skin types before any other treatment and can be used daily before any other treatment."

"An anti-ageing formula which treats skin lacking in firmness and elasticity and promotes supple, firm skin. It can be used daily on its own or after the JALURONIC or MALIC."

Q10 - B5
"An anti-wrinkle formula containing co-enzyme Q10 which protects from free radicals and help maintain healthy skin and vitamin B5 to soothe and firm the skin. It can be used daily on its own or after the application of JALURONIC or MALIC."

"A moisturising anti-wrinkle treatment containing Vitamins E and A which nourish the skin and protect from free radicals maintaining healthy skin and prevent the formation of wrinkles. It can be used daily on its own – it is especially useful before or after exposure to the sun, or skin exposed to a very cold climate."

"A revitalizing and brightening treatment -ideal for lightening age spts and adding a glow to skin. It is ideal to use every second day before any treatment."

Bakel products are available from Space NK and Harvey Nichols. (SpaceNK link is an affiliate link - we will receive a small commission if you click on it and then buy something.)


  1. I was given one of the formulas to test and I've reviewed it, and other samples from the line. I like them a lot, but in my opinion they *do* contain carrying agents - from memory, the first ingredient in two of the formulas was water. The packaging is a completely sealed pump, which may be why they don't need preservatives, plus in some formulations the active ingredients act as a preservative - e.g. the vitamin E one, I think.

    It's an interesting line, but I'm not convinced that the differentiating factor is enough to make me pay £80.

  2. Hmmm, I wonder if they have a full ingredients list online...

  3. @Grace London Interesting - found your post here (for reader reference)

    @D.D. I do have the full ingredient run-down which was supplied in the press release. I didn't want to add it because it's very lengthy, but here is the website with the info


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