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Ever since Saint Hudgens
told me my skin would rot if I didn't bathe it in lots of weird Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit products about five to six years ago, I've depended on said range to keep my skin from exploding into some strange topographical map but with acne.
Anyways, it works well enough (but of course like acne happens and no amount of watching TV commercials can stop that apparently) and it smells really great (though I remember hating it at first so maybe I'm just too good a corporationbot) but recently Neutrogena started pushing a whole line of products that weren't
based on Pink Grapefruits, and Saint Thorne
was involved! So I bothered Googling the Pear & Green Tea stuff and bought some to test out because what else would I do with my precious limited time before I die?
Turns out they were... exactly the same. I mean, reading through the ingredients lists only turned up miniscule changes in color dyes and preservatives. It turns out Neutrogena actually does this every few years (there was a Peach line which I think died out) but of course since the color of skin care is pink the grapefruits are yet to be dethroned.
So... I think this thread is about how skin care (and beauty product companies in general) pretend to have new products to either trick you into trying them (and therefore probably buying more than necessary when you decide to go back to your old stuff) or lure in new customers. And the entire concept of my face wash having a flavor of the month instead of actually faking medicinal properties like a decent company would makes me uncomfortable.
Also did you guys know Neutrogena is owned by Johnson & Johnson? This is an even more stealthy corporate operation than the entire "Valpre Spring Water is owned by Coca Cola thing". I mean, I bet my Neutrogena face wash is the same as their normal stuff but with color and fruit smells and 8x more expensive (not that I'd ever switch though because my face would rot off clearly).