Feel like dreaming of salt & vinegar chips every night that you apply this cult favorite!? You may not have screamed ‘Oh hell yes!’…. But according to cult members, salt & vinegar has come to be their FAVORITE smell! Hmph! Who would have thought!?
According to their website, there are almost 800 5-star reviews…. That’s saying something in a day like today! Lord, I sound like a real fart!
Recherche’s P50 is now about as recognizable a name as it gets in the world of beauty (according to many publications that I’ve read…I recognize the brand/packaging, but can’t say p50 rings a bell)! It has been called ‘Jesus in a bottle, (LOL, I like that) & ‘life-changing‘ – two things we can get behind! It smells like chips & vinegar as I was saying… but some folks even say it smells like sour milk! Delicious! Despite all of our noses going up in disgust as we think of what this sucker smells like, it’s their fans that will tell you it is the single best thing they have ever put on their face.
Don’t have to tell us twice! We’re interested! Despite the stank!
The story of P50 starts in the loveliest way: with a love story. Aw shucks! Before there was Biologique Recherche, there was Yvan and Josette Allouche — a biologist and physiotherapist. According to team members & family, Yvan would constantly come up with skincare products for his wife Josette & her patients at the clinics she ran in and around Paris – please pronounce it Pair-REE! PF50 wasn’t created to be beautiful or have gorgeous packaging. It was created to have an effect on your skin! Mr. Allouche knew that our skin needed a gentle exfoliation boost at the same time that it was being moisturized. After seeing major successes amongst their friends & clinics, they eventually introduced it to the French press to help them gain traction in the 1970’s (yes, it’s been around that long)! Thankfully for us, it eventually caught on and has gone through many re-formulations to keep up with the changing times & world.
Fast forward to today.
Today, it’s a smelly blend of proven ingredients like lactic acid, gluconolactone (a polyhydroxy acid (PHA), offers all the benefits of AHA’s but it’s gentle to the skin and is suitable for sensitive skin.), salicylic acid, and sulfur (natural exfoliator), with a few surprises, like horseradish, onion, and thyme (does this remind you of our Fire Cider?). It’s basically like an AHA & B3 (niacinamide)! It’s got the ability to sheath off dead skin cells, as well as thoroughly hydrate the skin & address common skin concerns, such as:
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- pH imbalance
What is the meaning of the name P50?
The P can be used for potion or peeling (the first name of the product was Lotion P1970, then P50, P50V, and P50W were developed).
What makes the skin tingle when using P50?
When the epidermis is unbalanced, folks feel the acidity of the solution, causing the skin-tingling sensation. Once you reach a balance, this sensation will disappear. SUPER COOL!
Curious to see which potion is right for you?
Choosing the right Lotion P50 can be confusing. There are seven different formulas to choose from. Make sure your selection is best suited for your skin type and condition.
Lotion P50 1970
The original strongest formula. Normal to oily skin types.
Available in normal to dry skin types.
Lotion P50 V 1970
For dry, dull skin types.
Lotion P50 W 1970
Sensitive & reactive skin types.
Lotion P50 PIGM 400
Dull, hyper-pigmented skin types.
Some potions are available with ‘No Phenol’. Phenol is a ‘skin whitener’ & anti-bacterial agent! No phenol means less burn and less stink.
The Lotion P50 Ritual
- Use daily in the morning after cleanser
- Apply a few drops to a cotton pad
- Gently pat over face, neck
- Do not rinse, allow to dry
- For extra oily or dry skin, repeat
- Follow up with your favorite serums & normal skincare routine
The site above requires you to set up a login before you can even view the pricing. I’ll save you the extra step – depending on the size and formula, P50 costs anywhere from $27 for a travel size to $100-ish for an 8.4 oz. version.
Like any luxury product, the brand has had some issues with counterfeiting – I noticed it immediately on Amazon… so don’t buy from Amazon. It has a very elaborate tracking process, and claims to be the only beauty brand that uses the same process as pharmaceutical companies to trace the origins of the product from start to finish. It also has a “proof tag” that you need to break when you unscrew the cap for the first time.
Don’t feel like reading what I wrote? That’s why there is a video 😉
Not sure if you want to commit to the full size? Do like I did and opt for the ‘travel size’. Let’s see how we like it!