Friday, 6 June 2014

Gaia creams argan and sea buckthorn review






My beauty cabinet is nothing if not cluttered. I have at least five types of facial oils, numerous body oils, foot balms, hand creams, and every single one of them is for different occasions. But if I am perfectly honest some times it is nice just to have one product that you could use all over, head to toe.


Argan and sea buckthorn cream by Gaia creams is one such product. In greek mythology Gaia was personification of Earth, mother of all. Gaia creams try to honour our ecosystem by making choices about not only the ingredients that they use, but also about packaging and energy sources.

The creams are blended below 30C and without any waxes or water. So what you get is a very concentrated, raw skin food. Argan and sea buckthorn cream in particular is a potent cocktail of antioxidants, full of vitamin E and Omegas, that help your skin look and feel healthy (and quiet possibly stay wrinkle free for a little longer).

It does not contain any essential oils, which can be a bonus for people with sensitive skin and makes it agreat choice for both daytime and night time application.

Ingredients: BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII, ARGANIA SPINOSA, CANNABIS SATIVA,O ENOTHERA BIENNIS, LINUM USITATISSIMUM, NIGELLA SATIVA, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES; (SHEA BUTTER, ARGAN OIL, HEMP OIL, PRIMROSE OIL, FLAX SEED OIL, BLACK SEED OIL, SEA BUCKTHORN)

The cream itself has a bit of an unusual texture, it is not liquid enough to be like a traditional water based cream (not surprising since it does not have any water), yet it is not as hard as a balm. If anything it feels most like a butter, but I am not talking body butter, I mean actual butter made with cows milk. Once on the skin it melts right into it, the feeling is truly addictive.



It has a cheerful yellow colour, most likely given by sea buckthorn, and a mild scent from the ingredients. Nothing that I would be able to put my finger on though. I have to be honest I did not read the description of the product too well before purchasing and completely missed the part about the sun kissed, healthy glow that the cream imparts. Someone at work commented that I was looking tanned after I used it, so it clearly works as intended.

You really need to apply it on damp skin (I use George's aloe spray), and then massage until absorbed. I find that a pea sized amount is all that is necessary for my face, and I massage it in for about a minute. When it is fully absorbed, my skin looks dewy but not shiny, and stays that way through out the day. We have not had super hot days yet, but so far no disco ball syndrome with this cream. It works fantastic under makeup, both cream and powder.

All Gaia creams products are made to order, so it will take about a week before it they are ready to send it out. My cream has an expiry date on the label, which is about 5-6 months after it was made. You really need to order for immediate use, it is not a product that could be sitting for ages before opening and still be fine. But it is very economical. I have been using this cream 3 times a week for the past 2 months, and it looks like I barely touched it. I originally purchased it for facial use, with a possibility of using it all over on holidays, as 30 ml does not seem like a lot. However, I will start using it as a body product too, to make sure all of the cream is used up before the expiry date.

Gaia creams also has a recycling programme, where you send back 5 empty containers and get a 30ml product for free. At the moment Argan and Sea buckthorn cream is on offer at 15% lower than the regular price.


 







10 comments:

  1. This looks great Tammy, I have been lusting after this range for a while, I love the ethos and will pick something up when I have cleared out some of my current stash :) Xx

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    1. I am already planning on getting a few more things :) xx

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  2. Ooh looks & sounds lovely! Its great that they make it fresh for you too :)

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    1. Yeah I really like that too, makes it a little more special :) x

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  3. Sounds great, I still haven't tried anything from them but I really want to purchase a few of their products soon :) x

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    1. This is a great no noscence range, well worth a purchase xx

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  4. this brand is interesting !! Thank you for the review :)

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    1. they are quiet unique and a personal fave xx

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