Monday, June 17, 2013

Steamcream: Japonisme Tin


In my attempt to switch to more natural products where possible, when I finished my tube of Nivea Soft I traded in the Nivea habit for a tin of Steamcream instead. The mineral oil, or paraffinum liquidum, in Nivea Soft put me off using it, especially after watching this video:




After that reality check, I decided to trade in my nasty skincare for more organic products. Steamcream is very open and honest about what ingredients they include and why. I ordered mine (this is the Japonisme tin that was an ASOS exclusive) from ASOS during the 20% UniDays sale but you can also get it from FeelUnique. It used to be available at Kit Cosmetics but I haven't seen it instore lately.


Mini ASOS haulage



The consistency is a cream, but it's so light that it breaks down and melds into the skin upon contact. It's not a whipped texture either, but it's not gel-like. It smells predominantly of lavender, and a bit herbal but not overwhelmingly so. I've been using it on my cheeks and dry patches everyday and I like it. It sinks right in the skin and leaves it feeling moisturised and plump immediately- much like Nivea Soft did. Nivea Soft worked well for me and if it weren't for the realisation of the amount of crap we're putting on our faces each day I'd still be using it but I find the natural way is just as good. I don't see the harm in having small amounts of those crap ingredients in makeup as those products aren't formulated to absorb into the skin. Washing them off thoroughly is part of my routine, but when it comes to items like serums and moisturisers I'd prefer for them to be natural, and since that term has become so generic I'll clarify: organic. 
So now I'm using an Antipodes cleanser and serum in conjunction with the Steamcream and they're working great for me- I haven't broken out from the abrupt switch and although it's only been a few weeks I can see slight changes in the brightness of my skin, which I attribute to the Antipodes products since they claim to be skin-brightening and I haven't been eating exceptionally healthily or getting much sleep. I'm still using some products that I think are worth the chemicals, like La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and Hada Labo's SHA Hydrating Lotion- post on each of those due soon- but the other products in my routine like the T.N Dickinson's Witch Hazel toner, Tea Tree Oil and Lush Grease Lightning are all-natural which is good.

The gimmick that Steamcream is using to brand themselves- apart from the 'infused with a shot of steam' thing- is the limited edition collectible tin- the quirky, artistic designs sell themselves. With Steamcream's aim to keep everything biodegradable and natural and freshly handmade, the tin is a great idea because you won't want to throw it away. I think it's a great step in the direction away from the artificial side of the cosmetics/pharmaceutical industry. I'll definitely use up this tin and if I do repurchase, I look forward to buying another pretty design.

6 comments:

  1. The packaging of Steamcream is so pretty! I've actually never heard of Steamcream but it looks like a good product overall. I actually never gave much thought about the ingredients in the products I use, which is quite bad and thanks for the reminder! I think I'm going to start looking into what I put on my face with skin care from now on. You have a good point in how they are made to be absorbed into the skin. Especially recently, I've decided to change up my shampoo and conditioner to using organic products so that my hair would be in better condition. A little off topic but the idea is the same haha.

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    1. I can totally relate on the shampoo/conditioner note- I switched to sulfate-free and it's made a huge difference! Less irritation than when I was using Pantene and Herbal Essences. I never used to care- in fact in the early stages I was just buying things because they were cheap (and they were nasty). But now, especially for skincare, I'm looking at the ingredients and trying to steer clear of chemicals like isopropyl palmitate and mineral oil.

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  2. Ooh the tin is so pretty~
    I've never heard of this product before!

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    1. I haven't seen a prettier tin from Steamcream yet, which is why I bought it! It's worth a go if you're in the market for an SPF-free moisturiser.

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  3. Love the tin - I have the ladybug one but it irritates my skin x

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    1. Aww- I feared it might do that to me but it didn't, thankfully. Sorry to hear that!

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