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La Original Concha Nacar (Clarifying Natural Fade Cream)

November 5th, 2014 · No Comments · Personal Care, Reviews, Skin Care, Skin Products

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I hate skincare products loaded with chemicals. I always seek out products that are as close to natural as possible. One thing I’ve noticed is that many brands from Spanish countries (or those products marketed to the Hispanic population) contain fewer chemicals and ingredients overall. These formulations are also often based on beauty “secrets” that are often dismissed as “old wives’ tales” here in the USA. But, you know what? Grandmas (and Great-Grandmas) were often right on the money when it came to beauty. Often the simplest natural ingredients are overlooked nowadays for the newest chemical discovery, but how SAFE are these ingredients? Only time will tell and I’d rather not be the test subject.

In my quest to diminish facial blemishes and spots, I stumbled upon a product by Perlop Cosmetics called “La Original ConchaNacar de Perlop Crema Aclarante Natural con Genuina Concha Nacar.” For those who don’t read Spanish, that translates as “The Original Mother-of-Pearl by Perlop Natural Clarifying Cream with Genuine Mother-of-Pearl.” Perlop is a family-owned company that has apparently been around since 1927. Perlop’s US base is in Van Nuys, CA. The brand’s offerings can be found at drugstores like Rite Aid and CVS or larger stores like Walmart and Target. I purchased two jars of the ConchaNacar cream at Target for $5.29/ea. (Look for this product in any store that has a Latino section of beauty products.)

What is “Mother of Pearl”? Well, it’s actually oyster shell; also called “nacre.”

Nacre also known as mother of pearl, is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some moluscs as an inner shell layer; it is also what makes up the outer coating of pearls. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent. – Wikipedia

The iridescent part is the mother of pearl (nacre).

The iridescent part is the mother of pearl (nacre).

I have not been able to ascertain when and how Spanish people discovered that nacre is rejuvenating and clarifying, but they love this stuff. I have seen lotions, creams and soaps in stores all containing “Concha Nacar.” So, it must be working for someone, right? I figured it was worth a try.

I compared the ingredients of the Perlop brand of cream and one other brand and determined that the ingredients in the Perlop product were more natural. Here’s the ingredient list as it appears on the product box:

Ingredients: Glycerine, zinc oxide, ground barley, water, oyster shell, lemon juice, honey, witch hazel, bentonite, irish moss, salicylic acid, fragrance.

Great ingredients, wouldn’t you agree? (I already use zinc oxide, lemon juice, honey, witch hazel, bentonite (clay) and salicylic acid on my face in other store-bought and homemade products and I love them.) The product packaging claims the cream will “improve the appearance of spots and small scars and clear and brighten your skin.” It also is “ideal for cleansing pores, removing impurities…”

The cream is off-white and grainy with a pleasant light scent. To use, you wash your face first. After rinsing, you mix the cream and apply it to your wet face and neck (avoiding eye area). I like to sort of massage it into my skin as I apply. You leave on for 30-60 mins and remove with cold water. (The cream never fully dries on your face; it remains somewhat moist.) Suggested use is 2-3 times a week.


The last bit of my second jar of Concha Nacar cream

I have used both jars at this point. Unfortunately, due to forgetfulness, I did not use it consistently. I would go a week or two without using it, but when I did use it, I really liked it. I found my skin felt really soft to the touch after rinsing it off. I didn’t experience any rashes or other ill effects from using the product. Did my spots fade? I really can’t say that the cream cleared up any spots, but like I said, I did not use it consistently. However, I feel the ingredients are very beneficial to skin and considered it more of a rejuvenating treatment. I WILL be repurchasing and will try to consistently use it 3 times a week for 1 hour. I will update this review after I do.

TCS gives Concha Nacar de Perlop Crema Aclarante Natural 4.5/5 stars!

I recommend this product due to the ingredient list and its popularity among Latin women. Plus, even though I did not see blemish-lightening results, I truly feel that if used consistently the ingredients would work synergistically to improve complexion issues.

Note: This is the cream with the number “3” on the box. They have a day and night cream that are numbered “1” and “2”. I have not used those products.

If you don’t live near a store that sells this product, you can buy it here from Amazon:


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