Monday, 8 July 2013

STEAMCREAM Moisturiser (review)

STEAMCREAM Moisturiser

STEAMCREAM advertise their product as an all-in-one natural moisturiser for face, body and hands. Simple, quality skincare is their ethos, which all together means this is one product that holds a lot of appeal if you desire to cut down on the number of products you have. I know I have a shelf (OK, a few shelves) heaving with bottles, tins and tubes, so a genuine multi-tasker sounds brilliant!

To help make it stand out STEAMCREAM use limited edition packaging of varying designs and colours as well as the original metal tin you see here, which appeals to me with its simplicity. Contained within is 75g of cream which is a good size for popping into your bag or keeping in your desk so it should always be close at hand.

STEAMCREAM Moisturiser

Is this really natural?

Partly. STEAMCREAM state on their website that some parabens (there are two in the ingredients listings) can be sourced from fruit. While this is true for methylparaben, the vast majority are created in the laboratory because it's cheaper. STEAMCREAM don't state that they use the more expensive blueberry-source for their preservatives. More disappointingly, they add perfume to the product. While it does make the cream smell nice (if a bit strong for some!), perfume could be any number of artificial ingredients – none of which are specified here.

What are the ingredients highlights?

There's a bright side, however. STEAMCREAM is packed to bursting with lots of lovely natural extracts including soothing oat milk, calming lavender, hydrating orange flower, brightening chamomile, nourishing almond oil, balancing orange blossom, softening cocoa butter, caring rose absolute, protecting jojoba oil and anti-ageing neroli! Phew! It's an encouraging range of extracts, and reassuringly they're high up on the ingredients listings so you know there's a lot of them.

How effective is it?

As a body and hand moisturiser I think it works very well. It is, perhaps, too greasy to use all over your hands but I massaged it to the backs of my hands only to avoid oily palms. On elbows and knees etc., this doesn't matter so much, so you can focus on the benefits: softer and more nourished skin.

It's not something I could use on my face, though. The oily film it leaves is totally inappropriate for normal to oily skin like mine – not that it gave me spots, but the film never sinks in giving me an obvious sheen after application. If you have dry skin, however, I'm sure you'd have less of an issue and could probably use it all over without any qualms.

Is it good value?

If you compare to other body moisturisers then it is too pricey. At nearly £13 for 75 g you don't get a whole lot for your money, but it does last a while if you only use it for specific areas. However, if you compare it to other face creams then it starts looking like better value. STEAMCREAM are probably hoping the varying funky designs, silken moisturising properties and numerous natural extracts will help justify the cost to potential consumers. This is a comparable product to all-over moisturisers such as Nivea Soft, and while that's much cheaper, it's also chock full of petroleum based ingredients which I'd never recommend to anyone. Do I recommend you pay the extra for STEAMCREAM over its immediate rivals? Yes, definitely.

YES!
NO!
Good quality moisturiser, especially on dry skin
Could do without parabens and perfume
Nice smell that lasts on skin, but a bit strong
Not suitable for normal - oily face types
Lots of lovely natural extracts

Good selection of tin designs to express yourself!


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Brand: STEAMCREAM


Size: 75 g
Price: £12.95 (£17.27/100 g)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Oatmeal Infusion (Avena Sativa), Orange Flower Water (Citrus Aurantium Amara, Aqua), Almond Oil (Prunus Dulcis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Lavender Oil (Lavandula Augustifolia), Chamomile Blue Oil (Chamomilla Recutita), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), Rose Absolute (Rosa Damascena), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium Amara), Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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