To really put this to the test I packed and took this with me on a trip to northern Europe recently - in the midst of a cold spell, hoping it wouldn’t be too heavy for my face (I’d dabbed a pearl size amount on the back of my hand before and it seemed to absorb ok). Reason being: normally when I’m abroad in cooler climates my skin takes on a more ‘normal’ feel and appearance I can become a bit more daring in regards to what I use! Also if it's significantly cold (less than 30 F) I tend to get chapped skin around my nose and sometimes upper lip area too. Having read how well this works on dry and chapped skin I was super eager to put it to the test..
So the cream itself seemed quite light which was strange as it sat heavy on my face in general, not really absorbing or doing anything, and this is despite me using it very sparingly. Around my nose however where the chapping had predictably appeared by day 2 of my trip, it seemed to sink in better and it did help keep the skin there better hydrated and calmer/less flaky. Back to the rest of my face... I let it sink in overnight (which it eventually did) but I certainly wouldn’t want to use this during the day as it would create a barrier and not allow me to apply SPF which I’m quite religious about applying, even in colder climates or during winter season.
I do like the fragrance a lot, reminds me of a perfume which I can't quite put my finger on, and the fact that it doesn’t clog my pores at all – despite the silicones and the Glyceryl Stearate SE (I was fearing the worst!). A big dislike has to be the packaging. It's a metal tube and it's really tricky to squeeze out the product, also the white/yellow outer layer of the tube disintegrates over time and I find getting the bits of it off my hand a nightmare! Overall, other than my nose, or any other chapped area which drink this straight up, it's unfortunately far too heavy for my face in general, even as a night cream. Especially after a hot shower my face can feel dehydrated and tight, but instead of balancing it tips the scales from no moisture to too much of it, at least for my skin.
Using what's left of the tube on my elbows and as a hand cream – for which it works perfectly!
~ My HG list ~
(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)
1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment