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Formula Changes

This thread is for use to keep each other updated on product formula changes.  All too often, a favorite product can get changed without our knowledge.  Then, we're left scrambling to figure out if we like it or not.  Many formula changes don't seem to be for the better, and then it's a challenge to find an "original" formulation for sale.  


Please post what product formula changes you've noticed recently.  It can help alert others and avoid some heartache.




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Stop the presses!  First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser has been re-formulated.  I can't believe it!  It's such a popular cleanser.


Here are the old ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Pca, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, EDTA.


Here are the new ingredients: 

Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Stearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium PCA, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Sodium Phytate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Maltodextrin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Tetrasodium EDTA.


The packaging is different, too.  It's similar, but I noticed the differences right away.


I've only tried it once since receiving the new one today.  The smells is much more "soapy."  To me, it's reminiscent of Ivory soap.  I also found that it lingered.  The texture seemed similar when I squeezed some out, but once I rubbed it between my palms I could discern a difference.  The lather seemed a little thinner.  Also, this isn't a foaming cleanser, but it does foam a little in that it gets some bubbles here and there during the lather.  I found the new one was foamier.  I guess the cleansing was OK.  I did have some oil on my face and it seemed to break through it well enough.  I can't say for sure how my skin has reacted to it with only one use.  I'm also curious how well this will remove makeup.  I thought that the old one was pretty good, as long as you had realistic expectations.  I'd hate to see the new one fail in that department.


I'm curious to hear other's reactions.  I never considered this would change.  I thought it was such a staple.  I don't know of anything else like it.

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Oh wow, thanks for the heads up on this one, @greeneyedgirl107. This is one cleanser (at least the old version) that I've used often and always liked. I guess I'll have to see how the new version compares at some point. Like you though, I'm really surprised they reformulated such a popular product!

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I was scrolling through the new products and fresh Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer 1.6 oz/ 50 mL  came up. I clicked on it and saw it has been reformulated. I have been using this product for years and love it so I am nervous about this formula change. Has anyone tried the new version? 

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I noticed that the bottle for Redken's All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment has changed.  The ingredient list looks the same on my old bottle as it does on Redken's website and Ulta's website.  However, I've had companies incorrectly list "old" formulations before.  I e-mailed Redken, and am waiting to hear.  Does anyone know for sure?  The suspense is killing me.  I'm tagging @GG84, who turned me onto this product to begin with 🙂  TIA

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I'd love to know what you hear back from Redken, @greeneyedgirl107. I noticed they changed out their packaging recently and was curious about any formula changes but hadn't looked too far into it yet!

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@quspork I've been catching up on my e-mails since vacation.  I saw an ad for Redken in an Ulta promotional e-mail that essentially said, "new look, same formula."  I've been having difficulty copying/pasting on BIC for some time, or else I would have posted it.  If I hear anything directly from Redken, I will let you know.  🙂

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I'm having the same issues with the email notifications not going through again, @greeneyedgirl107 but hopefully that gets all ironed out once they finish up with the big update. Thanks for the Redken update from the email!

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@quspork I officially heard back from Redken, and they said that for the Redkness All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment, "There was no change to the formula, the only thing that has changed is the packaging!"


I'm relieved!  🙂

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@quspork I will *try* to remember to tag you when I hear back.  I noticed in my Ulta catalog today that they changes all sorts of packaging, so I'm hoping it's just that - more of a "new look - same formula" sort of thing.  I'm thinking they might have just kept with the same formulas, b/c it would have been a lot of work to re-tool so many products.  But, I've been wrong before and I'll be wrong again.


P.S. - I'm not getting my e-mails when I'm tagged again (sigh!) so I will try to keep up as best as I can.  BIC is so much for fun when it's organized.

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Maybe all you YYTP fans can weigh in on this.  I started using their Youth To The People Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist with Peptides 4 oz/ 118 mL and had been wanting to try their Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil 1 oz/ 30 mL for ages.  I finally got a sample (long story) and took a quick look at the ingredients just now.  Turns out, they've changed.  Seems like irritants at the end, and "natural fragrance" is now one of the top ingredients.  IDK when this happened.  At least they changed the name slightly to reflect changes.


These are the ingredients from the "old" one called Maqui + Acai Prickly Pear Goji Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil:

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dicapryl Carbonate, Simmondsia Chineses (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Opuntia Tuna Extract (Prickly Pear), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract (Acai), Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Extract, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui) Fruit Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Squalane Olive, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flaxseed) Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Natural Fragrance


And these are the ingredients from the "new" one called Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil:

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane Olive, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Natural Fragrance, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit (Acai) Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear) Flower/Stem Extract, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flaxseed) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Amylcinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool

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@greeneyedgirl107 - Yes, "natural fragrance" can be anything (including irritants and allergens) and yes, those are (potential) irritants and allergens at the end of the list.  😝

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I'm on my third bottle of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Hydrating Serum .  To my surprise, my newest bottle showed a formula change. 


The new ingredients are:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Soluble Collagen, Methyl Gluceth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Colloidal Oatmeal, Maltodextrin, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium PCA, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Allantoin, Disodium Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Phosphate, Tetrasodium EDTA.


The old ingredients are:

Water, Glycerin, Soluble Collagen, Methyl Gluceth-20, Colloidal Oatmeal, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Panthenol, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Nitrate, Disodium Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Phosphate, EDTA, Glyoxal.


I haven't been able to cross-reference the ingredients yet, but a quick glance shows some significant changes.  


The bottle has also changed.  It's larger, at 1.7 ounces for $38 instead of 1 ounce for about $36.  I already dislike the larger bottle, as too much product comes out.  One of the things I liked about the other packaging is that I could get a little bit out at a time, so it lasted a very long time.  The texture of the serum feels similar, but it's a little hard to gauge given more is coming out so I have to adjust my application method.  The feel on my skin is still lightweight/barely there - which I love.  As for results, that remains to be seen!

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Super late to seeing this but I could tell the new formula is different. They took out the good stuff and moved the preservatives up to the top of the list. Sadly going to have to find something to replace this. So disappointed in Fab.

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@sarahshter Have you found a good replacement, yet?  I'm still using it, but incorporated The Ordinary Buffet Anti-Aging Serum to address the lack of peptides.

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@greeneyedgirl107 Late to the party but what a bummer! I just started phasing the old formula into my skincare routine this year. I get laser on my face and it’s been great for the week before and after. I hope I have your luck and this bottle lasts me awhile. 

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@lnum Sorry to hear that you got screwed as well!  Fingers crossed that you bottle will in fact last you a long time.  I'm going to e-mail the company and just let them know how I feel.  I know it won't change anything, but I at least like to register my dissatisfaction.  😛

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@greeneyedgirl107 It absolutely matters, though, that they realize people do notice and they can’t just change ingredients without a notification. Unbelievable. 😒

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FAB just confirmed that the peptides have been removed.  I didn't see them in the ingredient list, but their website was still advertising them.  When I asked them about it, they said, "We apologize for the confusion. The peptides have been removed from First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum and our E-commerce team is in the process of updating our website."


Considering that I think this change was months ago, I find this response unacceptable. 

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@greeneyedgirl107  At least FAB was honest in their reply, unlike another brand I couldn't get a straight or honest "when and why did you reformulate" answer from. But sheesh, brands need to get faster/better at updating their product pages to coincide with reformulations. I'm tired of skincare companies thinking customers won't notice or care about these changes. 


Also, this change is a big bummer. Sure, the new version still contains lots of good stuff. But I recently recommended this serum to someone looking for a good single-product version of The Ordinary Buffet (which the old version of FAB's hydrating serum didn't match, of course, but at least it did have a peptide) + licorice root serum + ferment essence, so she could simplify her routine. Boo hiss, FAB! 

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@WinglessOne You're right - I do appreciate that they owned up to it.   It is beyond me, though, how a company wouldn't update their website.  And you're also on the right track that brands need to give their customers more credit about noticing changes.  I've never personally experienced a product formula change that was for the better.  And I always dislike it when it's done in a sneaky way.  


This experience has cast a shadow over FAB for me.  I use their cleanser, their retinol eye cream and their .25% retinol.  Plus, I really liked that serum!  I wonder if they'll come up with a peptide serum now.  It's unfortunate to have to use more products just to get the same results, though.

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