I usually shy away from cheap products (because I'm a snob) but I have a crush on this blue tin pot.
My aunt used it 30 years ago and I would occasionally sneak into her room and furtively open the jar and get a sniff of it. I was content with the smell alone, not the cream itself: I never dared stick my finger in it and slather some on, because I was aware the fragrance would alert my auntie. I believe my current obsession with fragrances, both perfumes and as ingredients in other cosmetics (get off my closet, Clinique!!!!) started right there and then: both my mother and my father were your typical vegan freaks who would abhor anything chemical like the plague. This brings me to the conclusion that my obsessive compulsive behaviour towards fragrances derives from my rebellion to parental prohibition... but I digress.
Sure, I do have all my tried and tested products for everything from my lashes to my toe (as my husband jokes), but my tiny blue pot is always my go-to product: moisturizing, emollient, relieving, great smelling.
I'm not crazy about the pot. I prefer a pump bottle & don't like putting my fingers into containers, but the size works for work/travel. This is a thick, rich lotion that is very effective and not irritating at all. No fanciness at all, and it's every affordable. Good, solid product.
To give you some background on me, I have very very very dry skin and have been looking for a moisturizer that would make my foundation go on smoothly and evenly and this does exactly that! I use te nivea creme at night before I go to bed and in the morning underneath my makeup. This may sound bad or gross but it recreates having oily skin for me , and that's actually really good! I just apply powder over my foundation where I look too greasy but then it leaves me with a dewey, healthy, natural finish! I even got compliments on how healthy my skin looked. I haven't broke out from this but I have only used it for a few days and since it makes my skin so oily I'm waiting to get a breakout and I will edit if I do!
In short, I you have dry, dull, skin this stuff works wonders!!
So so moisturizing. If you are a huge lubriderm fan like me then you will love this moisturizer. It feels like a drink for your skin!
I'm going to try to break down this review. I'm going to give a 'meh' on both the German Nivea and Mexican Nivea as a general moisturizer. The thing I love about it is it's scent and consistency and it's small tin. The thing I don't like about it is how greasy it feels. Now, I'm not a lotion type gal, so tis essentially is pretty useless for me. Maybe in the future I'd be willing to use it.
The main reason I got nivea was to try out the whole 'La Mer' dupe theory. I remeber hearing about Jlo buying tons of La Mer for her skin. That connection stayed with me for years to come, and I found it so interesting that people found out that the German Nivea was just like La Mer.
The verdict? Well, considering how I haven't really broke out lately, and suddenly a sore pimple appeared the day after I left German Nivea on my face, I'd say it didn't work out too well. Smelling Nivea for longer than 10 minutes can be annoying too. Overall, I just felt like a ton of chemicals were infusing into my face.
I didn't notice any sort of glow or even tone skin. I didn't feel like my pores were refined. If anything, aside from the additional pimple, my skin looked a little dehydrated.
So now I am left with a large tub of German nivea sitting on my dresser.
I gave it a three because I think I should be fair. This isn't meant to be a face cream.
Good for: People who don't mind taking a risk on their face to test out the 'La Mer' dupe. People with thirsty skin.
Not for: People who don't want to take a risk on their face. People who can't tolerate fragrance in a lotion. People who steer away from oily lotions.
I just picked up some from my local big w (200ml) for $8-$9?and noticed its made in Germany (apparently its the best one) my grandmother and my mum used it and when she saw I got this she was ecstatic! I love this classic cream and will continue to use this until the stop making this stuff lol.even though I have oily skin I still use the stuff I just adjust the amount I use on different body parts eg: only alittle on the face,a lot on the legs etc.i like the plastic tub super easy to use and the smell is oh so Devine!
Nivea has been around for-eh-ver and it's OK. Not a HG and not awful. It is, indeed, thick and creamy - and on me a bit greasy feeling even though other people swear it's not. Good for elbows and knees. Best (for me) in winter.
I can't believe it took me this long to try this cream. I'm 29 and just "discovered" this wonder, even though I've grown up seeing a tin of it in just about every bathroom of every woman I've ever known.
I have very oily skin, prone to hormonal breakouts, sensitive to almost every commercial brand of mineral makeup, and I have tried probably 100 different facial creams in my time.
This creme is thick, but not greasy, and absorbs very quickly. I'm using it as a cold cream, and a moisturizer. As I massage it in, I can feel hard little blackheads/comedones just loosen out of my skin right away. As a moisturizer (after cleansing) I'm able to go right outside in the humid Florida air and my skin doesn't become greasy and shiny at all!
My skin is supple, due to its oiliness, but also very dry and flaky in patches. This creme evens out my whole complexion, and smooths out blemish areas that I've abused by squeezing and popping.
My boyfriend and I have two pet squirrels that have very sharp nails and leave our hands and arms covered in tiny scratches. After 3 days of repeated applications, my boyfriend's fresh scratches are nearly healed, and his older pink scars are already fading. Needless to say, I now have a jar of this creme in the bathroom, living room, and tiny travel tins in my purse at all times.
If you haven't purchased it recently, they've changed the packaging. It's still dark blue, but is now in a screw-top jar instead of the older metal tin. The screw-top is very secure, and easy to open and close with wet or creamy hands!
Excellent for dryness. Cheap. Multi-purpose. I've bought this for years. Comes in different sizes and ideal for carrying around in a purse.
This is a classic that we always have in our bathroom. It's a lovely thick and soothing cream with the traditional scent. It can be a little hard to rub in but is deeply moisturising. I find this too oily for my face but great for dry patches. It's particularly useful for sunburn and I've even used it as a nourishing face mask. Just put on a thick layer and leave it then wipe off with a warm flannel. A great basic.