[REVIEW] CLIO Dermatory Allantoin Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Emollient

Dermatory Allantoin Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Emollient was purchased by Cosmeperks.

Because my skin is dry and dehydrated, I’ve long known that I need some kind of emulsion or emollient in my routine. Honestly, every thing I’ve tried until now hasn’t really done that much for my skin. Which is why I haven’t tried any for a while especially since because I didn’t think I needed one during summer. However, now that it’s autumn I thought it’s a perfect time to start looking for one to use during winter.

At first glance I thought this Dermatory emollient didn’t look any different from any other emulsion I’ve used before and I wondered if it was very similar to the Dr. Jart one, if it was just Clio trying to create a dupe or something similar. However, once I looked at the Dermatory website and saw how it was free of 20 harmful ingredients and that it contained shea butter, allantoin and ceramides I became interested to see how it well it works. According to Dermatory it also should be soothing and help to repair the moisture barrier, well I’ve read that from many products before and few actually seem to live up to that claim. So, from the start I was skeptical and unsure if I could believe those claims yet hopeful, so read on to see if I was disappointed or happy in the end.


+ Skin soothing ingredients used by the ancient Roman soldiers.

+ Allantoin extracted from perennials such as comfrey, oak, and sprouted wheat

+ Ground up allantoin leaves were used by the ancient Roman soldiers when injured

+ Allantoin is excellent for soothing and moisturising skin

+ Full of mild nutrition and soothing emollient

+ Suitable for dry, tight, sensitive skin


Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Shea Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Stearic Acid, Algae Extract, False Daisy Leaf Extract, Honey Extract, Centella Extract, Fig Extract, Damask Rose Flower, Olive Oil, Hydrogentated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Allantoin, Sodium Stearoylglutamate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Panthenol, Fructooligosaccharide, Lecithin, Beta-glucan, Cellulose Gum, Hydrolised Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide Np, Hydroxyacetephenone, 1,2-hexanediol, Ethylexyglycerin

CLIO Dermatory Allantoin Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Emollient Review

CLIO Dermatory Allantoin Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Emollient Review

Volume: 200 ml

How to use:

After using toner (and other steps in your routine) apply the emollient

My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.

Dermatory Allantoin Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Emollient Review:

The Dermatory emollient comes in a sturdy cardboard box and the bottle itself comes sealed. You have to unscrew the lid and peel off the seal. It is pretty easy to peel it off, and the soft plastic bottle itself has a decent but easy to use lid. I am not sure how well it would be if you were carting the bottle around, it might leak.

CLIO Dermatory Allantoin Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Emollient Review

I personally think the design of the bottle and all of the graphics on the bottle (and box) are really nicely done, it looks very old fashioned in a way but I really like it. I also like the fact that on the back they have a space where you can write the day when the bottle was opened. As I took most of the photos when the bottle was new I haven’t written the date on there yet.

From the pictures before it arrived, I thought the cap of the Dermatory bottles was the same design as the one on the Dr. Jart ceramidin liquid, which is honestly a bit of a pain.

For those of you who have used Dr. Jart’s ceramidin liquid, you will know what I mean, how the liquid gets caught in the opening and has to be cleaned out every so often. But luckily, the Dermatory one isn’t like that at all, it has just a small opening and no emollient gets caught on the lid.

Also, unlike other emulsions (another reason I often dislike using emulsions) which you have to fight to get the emulsion out – slapping the bottle on your palms etc, this one comes in a squeezy bottle.

So, it’s a simple process of shaking the unopened bottle once or twice, opening the lid and squeezing it out onto my palm. For me it is a well-designed emulsion bottle, and one that is easy and painless to use.

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CLIO Dermatory Allantoin Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Emollient Review

The emollient itself is thick, whitish and firm yet it glides smoothly onto the skin, and the first few times I used it, I thought it felt quite “soft” as I spread it across my skin. It’s a weird way to describe it, but it is easy to spread.

From the ingredient list it sounds like it should be quite heavy and thick, but it actually feels quite light to me. So, it’s extremely pleasant to use because it doesn’t feel like a heavy oily layer, but a comforting moisturizing one.

I also tried several times to sniff it and see if there is a scent, there is a very mild light one, that I can’t exactly describe. It smells slightly herbal or medicinal but it’s so faint that I don’t notice it when I’m applying it to my face.

Dermatory boasts that their products are devoid of ingredients that irritate or are bad for skin so briefly I’ll look at the ingredients to see whether they contain anything bad or not.

The second ingredient is glycerin, which is a humectant and helps to form a protective layer on the skin and prevent the skin losing water. Caprylic/capric triglyceride is a coconut and glycerin derived emollient effective at replenishing skin.

Shea butter is another excellent moisturizing ingredient and also helps to reduce inflammation. It does also contain fatty alcohols but most of the ingredients are soothing emollient type ingredients.

It does however contain coconut derivatives, and olive oil so if you are allergic to these then you can’t use this emollient. It also contains ceramide NP which is good for dry skin as it helps to improve the appearance and feel of dry skin.

The star of this hypoallergenic emollient is allantoin. You might say, “yes that’s great but what the hell is allantoin?” I was the same too, wondering what the heck allantoin was, but once I asked my good friend, Mr. Google I was able to learn that it comes mostly from comfrey and oak.

It is well known as a skin healing and soothing ingredient. It also has the function of helping to remove excess skin (remove the outer layer of skin) and encourage normal skin (tissue) development. As well as helping to soften the skin and encourage it to absorb more moisture. It also great for healing burns, wounds, ulcers and any kind of skin abrasion.

Wow, I must say that does sound amazing but surely, we can’t believe completely that this emollient would be able to do that, can we?

I’ve been using this emollient for just over twenty days now, and well I had high expectations from the moment it arrived. The packaging was so lovely, and the texture felt so soft and good, but at that point it was too early to tell how effective it would be.

I think this emollient (emulsion?) is designed to be mostly soothing and moisturizing. So, from that point of view I couldn’t expect it to much other than soothe, heal and moisturize. I mean it’s not going to make anyone look twenty years younger but I had no idea if it would heal or soothe my skin.

When I first started using this my skin was in a pretty good condition, so I couldn’t really tell if it would heal or soothe skin blemishes. I had no idea about that side of this emollient. But after around two weeks, my neck (where I wasn’t using this) got very irritated.

I had a rash on my necks for several days, the skin was itchy, red and really irritated. It was bothering me quite a lot but I had no idea what was causing it or what to apply to it. Stupidly, I never thought to apply this Dermatory emollient until I had tried several other things which didn’t help.

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As soon as I applied the emollient, the skin felt less itchy and bothered and by the morning the rash was gone. I was shocked, I thought I’d be applying the emollient for several days before the rash and irritation cleared.

Because it’s more of a moisturizing product (and not hydrating) it hasn’t made a difference in how dehydrated my skin is. But if it can help fix my damaged moisture barrier then well it could make a difference.

But considering I’ve been trying to fix mine for over a year now, I’m not really expecting any product to make a difference in a short period of time. But I do find that my skin stays more hydrated for longer with this emollient than without it.

For several days I skipped using this emollient in the morning, to see whether it was doing much for my skin or not. Currently I’m using the Guerisson 9 complex cream – which is a heavy, oily almost buttery type cream and a few hydrating essences.

What I noticed was that without the emollient my skin felt oily and unpleasant, and it looked dehydrated faster than when I use the emollient. I tried this for a few days, and the Guerisson cream felt light, almost like it wasn’t enough to keep my skin moisturized without the emollient.

The Dermatory emollient is really soothing and healing for me, as it is common for me to get red patches, rashes on my cheeks and face quite often. But my skin has been looking less irritated and red while I use this, it almost even looks like a ‘normal’ person’s skin.

I say ‘normal’ because in the past if people saw me without make up I would get comments like “Are you okay? Maybe you should see a doctor, your skin… is so red and irritated looking”. My skin wasn’t in that bad state before I used the cream – but every so often my skin goes into that state for a few days (because of food allergies and sensitivities) but lately it’s been occurring less frequently and disappearing quite quickly too. Of course, other products have helped with this in the past too, but they weren’t as pleasant to use as this emollient.

I’ve also tried the Dr. Jart ceramidin liquid in the past, and while they aren’t the same type of product they both are meant to help heal moisture barriers. But personally, I prefer this emollient over Dr. Jart’s ceramidin liquid.

I couldn’t notice a difference with the ceramidin at all, and when I was almost finished it, my skin sometimes stung when I used it. This by contrast feels so soft and gentle and doesn’t seem to irritate or annoy my skin at all.

In conclusion, I really enjoy this emollient and find it soothing and healing. It’s a pleasure to use it, and at this point in time I want to try the rest of the Dermatory hypoallergenic line and repurchase this emollient too. I think I’ve finally found an emulsion type product that I enjoy using and one that makes my skin feel better.

I think this is best suited for people with dry and sensitive skin and compromised moisture barriers. It’s probably too heavy for oily or combination skin, although it might be okay in winter and it doesn’t feel heavy at all to me. Honestly, I’m surprised that I liked this emollient so much, since usually I find them quite annoying and they don’t do much for my skin at all.

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