This cream is quite a phenomenon; a backstage cult product. It’s been in most fashion magazines at least once, and a lot of beauty bloggers raved about this a few years ago. I first tried this when I attended my Pixiwoo makeup course back in 2011 (where did all those years go?), but I quickly found it far too rich for my oily acneic skin. Enter Accutane last year, and suddenly my skin needed heavy moisturizers. I decided to give this a go again, as I found it on a 2 for 1 sale.
As the picture indicates I used up almost an entire tube whilst my skin was at its driest. I really only needed the smallest amount with this. Too much and it would act like a mask, sitting on top my skin for hours. I kept having this feeling that there was something I didn’t like about it. It felt kinda oily, and my skin couldn’t’ breathe with this on.
The other day I was clearing out my makeup and skincare stash, and I found a brand new unopened tube of this. The smell reminds me of a French pharmacy, which I don’t mind at all, but the consistency and feel of this is just not for me at all. It’s super greasy and once again, I was left with sticky skin unable to breathe.
So I decided to Google the ingredients, and see what it’s made up of. The first ingredient is water, which is fine, but the next ingredient is Paraffinum Liquidum. What’s that? That’s mineral oil / petrolatum / vaseline. I think vaseline is one of the last things I want on my face. I do my best to steer clear of mineral oils in most of my skincare (the odd lip balm being the only exception), as it simply sits on top of your skin creating a barrier (which is fine if you have super dry skin). But this is a barrier through which your skin can’t breathe. So if you’ve got oily or acneic skin, you’re basically sealing it all in. Thanks, but no thanks. The ingredients in this cream are dirt cheap, and the packaging isn’t costly either.
Final thoughts? This is all about cult status, which it has had for years, and the French pharmacy vibe. Now believe me, I love a good French pharmacy, but I find a lot of the cult products are mineral oil based. And then it all boils down to branding, “good for sensitive skin” (trust me, there are better options out there), and of course once a product has been featured in Vogue or Elle people really want it. I know I did.
Considering the ingredients, my advice would be to save your pennies and get the regular Nivea cream instead. It’s practically the same, and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of money.
I hope this is helpful, even if it is a bit sour. We can’t love all the beauty products, right?
Lots of love,