Now I know this is a staple to so many people, my mom used to use this a lot in the past too, but I just can't see anything really special about this. It is way too thick and greasy; it just sits on my skin and almost refuses to ever sink in. I have no doubt it moisturises pretty well, but so do many other products with lighter consistency. The worst thing about this however is the smell; flowery yet not at all pleasing. Really, could this possibly smell any stronger? It does come in a nice, unusual and classy blue metal tin though. I'll use it up as a foot cream or something, but most probably won't buy again.
Nivea creme is great! I put it all over myself, literally. It absorbs well and smells good. I've had no problems on my face, since I use it as a makeup remover only. Haven't tried it as a night cream only because I just won't put any cream on my face, but I use it on my neck. The blue plastic tub (which is probably like 5 smalls tins worth) is 6.99, which is pricey for something so small. However, in my rite aid they have an ethnic section, where I buy a HUGE tub, probably 6 times as much product for 9.99. I'm not sure why it's cheaper in one aisle than in the one next to it, but it's the same stuff and I can't live without it. I use it on my eyes too, just not all over my face. It's a staple, the one thing that has never disappointed me. I value soft skin like nobody's business, and this is what I use every day! It also realllllly helps with the KP on my arms, but I need to be consitent with it. I put it on after I shave and it prevents razor burn, something I'm very prone to. <3 nivea!
EDIT***: broke down and used it on my face. WOW! I went to bed so nervous expecting white heads and what have you, but my skin was beautiful. It was sooooo dry from my AHA peel plus bp treatment, and this was the only thing that gave me relief. My eyes looked amazing too! I never noticed how many lines I had under my eyes until they were practically gone! It really made me look like a new person, to think all I needed was some hydration. I think you should try it, if it breaks you out, well its a one time thing. But if it works as well for you as it did for me, you'll have a life time of smooth skin from an inexpensive creme.
( P.S. I used the german made version on my face, it does not contain as many waxes. I use the mexican made on my body to hold in moisture.Whoever said they are not different did not read the ingredients!!)
German: water, paraffinum liquidum, cera microcristallina, glycerin, lanolin alcohol (eucerit) paraffin, panthenol, decyl oleate, octyldodecanol, aluminum stearates, citric acid, magnesium sulfate, magnesium stearate, parfum, limonene, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, linalool, citronellol, benzyl benzoate, cinnamyl alcohol
Mexican: water, mineral oil, petrolatum, glycerin, microcrystalline wax, lanolin alcohol, paraffin, panthenol, magnesium sulfate, decyl oleate, octyldodecanol, aluminium stearates, fragrance, citric acid, magnesium stearate, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone
So from that you should be able to better determine which one would be best for your skin. Also, I read that paraffin IS mineral oil in a different sense, so either way it has it in there. If you don't break out from mineral oils (I don't) than either one should be fine on your face.
To cure gross feet, scrape with the ped egg, then apply this stuff. An overnight cure!! LOVE it.
I have only really been adding reviews for products that I love and use again and again. This is a classic. Whilst way to heavy and greasy to use as a daily moisturiser under my makeup, it's a great moisturising mask. Layer it on at night before bed and wake up with super soft skin and greasy pillow. Comparing it to YSL's Temp Majeur Masque, which costs and arm and a leg, it really is a great product, especially for harsh winter months.
Believe or not, I have never tried this cream before. After reading a lot of A+ reviews I went to the nearest store and got one. OMG. Amazing. This cream is thick and rich. Leaves my skin smooth, soft, and moisturized. I tend to like heavier creams that don't dissapear immediately. (I believe they 'work' when I still feel them after some time). I use it on my face, neck, hands, and body. Love it! Fyi: 35 years old, some lines under my eyes, oilier T-zone.
Wow! I've been noticing some fine lines and dryness of my face. I picked up a tiny tin of this for .99 at Walgreen, used it on my face before bedtime and woke up the next morning noticing such a positive difference. It plumped up my lines and made them less noticeable, my skin was glowy and SO soft. I'm extremely impressed with this. I've used high end creams, serums, etc. with not as much results. I will definitely be buying this again. I have a feeling my teeny weeny tin is going to last awhile though, as this stuff is so rich you only need a few dots of it!
Oh my goodness, here I am with a sample jar of Creme de la Mer, and a glass jar (mexico version) of Nivea cream. Honestly, there is a slight difference (the Nivea is a little lighter and the fragrance is slightly different), but not enough to justify paying $250 for the CDLM. You can get the most ENORMOUS jar of Nivea for $7.00 USD at Wal-mart - incredible! Seriously if I drop this on my foot it will probably break it, LOL! I definitely would not use this for daytime; the texture is fine but I feel like I need antioxidant protection and sunscreen. But for night time or those winter days around the house, it's awesome. It's a little difficult to spread if you don't warm it in your hands first, and you need to use a TINY amount or it's too much, but if you do those things it sinks in in about 15 minutes and leaves your face touchable and soft. Also the fragrance goes away fast so it doesn't drive my guy to the other side of the bed. :-D (Actually, he used to live in Germany and was happy to see a familiar product from "home".) This has been a great relief to my dry, tight skin since I started using Finaca, and I know I will need it once I start Retin-A Micro. Good thing I got the jumbo jar, since I've been using it on my body, too. My skin is smooth as a baby's butt! :-D
I chose the original Nivea over the Nivea Soft since it has no parabens. The Nivea Soft had 4 different parabens. If they ever change that, I'll try it, too. I also saw an SPF 4 body cream, but I need more SPF than that in the Southern United States - might be good in the less sunny areas of the world.
Some people don't like the smell but I think it's classic. Heck, Marilyn Monroe used it, and that lady had class :)
Oh my - this 15.5 oz jar was less than $8 USD - a 16.5 oz. jar of La Mer is $1,400!!!
i love nivea creme. it's the only moisturizer that hasn't disappointed me. i have really dry legs, so nivea creme does the trick by moisturizing it very well. (:
i have it in the huge blue tub, and in 30ml for traveling as well.
it's great for moisturizing dry spots, hands, arms, face, legs WHEREVER! a little on dry lips works wonders too. it's perfect.
I didn't test this sufficiently enough on my face, but I can say that it works great on the body. I know there has been comparisons to the Mexican-made version versus the German-made one, but I think they both work the same. Yes, the ingredients are different, but I think that they both work fine. And I'm too cheap to keep going online to buy the German-made cream in the huge tin...plus the other one smells better, I'm a sucker for nice smelling products.
I'll admit that its a pain to apply, but the result is so worth it. I bought my tub from Target, and it travels well. I can just throw it into my purse and go. I use it as a hand cream as well...I found that this cream is perfect for all parts of the body. There's just no need for me to buy separate lotions for the body, hands and feet. Although, I was tempted to buy the one they have at Wal-Mart...it comes in glass jar.
I love this lotion, and I don't think I'll be buying anything else. But who knows, I have problems with commitment. I took one lippy off for the extra effort needed to apply it.
I was horrified to see that this cream was so thick and THICK. Not only was the tin awkward and the foil cover even more awkward to remove, I had to rub this stuff on my face??
I have been using it as a FOOT CREAM and it is a miracle skin-softener! After one use (at night, just before bed), my feet were noticeably softer. I've been using it for more than 2 weeks and my feet are so smooth!
I tried it on my legs. It is a chore to rub this lotion in! Once it has been rubbed in, it feels pretty nice, not sticky and humid like some other lotions (Vaseline, I'm looking at you). However, it was too much work for me to continue using it on my body regularly.
Oh, I should note that the Nivea Creme I've tried were from Italy and Spain, but it's the same as the kind in the US, right? I was shocked to read that it's 99 cents here. I bought a large tin for more than 2 euros! EEP!