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The last year I decided to try out 3 body creams very hyped on every corner. My curiousity increased with every post I saw and read. Now I can count myself to those who made a review. You may ask: why on earth are you doing this? There’re more than enough reviews about! Do we really need one more review? Well, I may answer: why not? I’m simply happy I have the chance to try and share my own opinion. But calm down, I’ll try to keep it as short as I can.
Rituals…’ – The Rituals of Sakura Magic Touch body cream
First I was chasing the Rituals Sakura range. I wasn’t sure what to buy first and should I actually buy some of them and decided first to look out till a shop consultant enforced (no, it’s a too strong word, imposed is better) me to purchase. I didn’t want, but went out of the shop with this nicely designed Sakura body cream container. Be careful, especially if there’re no Sales in the shop or other discounts, if you don’t want to spend money on not necessary things! Ok, I was more happy than disappointed.
If it comes to the cream, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand I love it on the other don’t. Let’s have a look.
Very beautiful packaging, goes luxury, but heavy: 220 ml of cream and I wonder how much weighs the case? The good thing, they offer refills which cost a couple of euros cheaper than full size container.
First ipressions of cream: where’s cream? I have bought a body butter! I’m a big fan of body butters. When it comes to body care I’d prefer body butter to cream or lotion. First because butters are made more with natural ingredients, don’t contain all these silicones, synthetic stuffs and so on. And second I find them more nourishing and hydrating than other body care cosmetics.
I’ve already finished it. Unfortunately couldn’t make a better pic.
The cream itself is of white colour, very riche, buttery in texture and feels a bit heavy on skin. Applies nicely, absorbs quick and leaves a heavenly pleasant scent of cherries all around you.
AQUA/WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PROPYLHEPTYL CAPRYLATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, UNDECANE, TRIDECANE, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, PRUNUS AVIUM (SWEET CHERRY FRUIT) EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, UBIQUINONE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETEARETH-20, CETEARETH-12, CETYL PALMITATE, ISOHEXADECANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, TOCOPHEROL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM METABISULFITE, CARBOMER, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, CINNAMYL ALCOHOL, CITRAL, CITRONELLOL, COUMARIN, GERANIOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, ISOEUGENOL, LINALOOL, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, LIMONENE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE.
What should it do: a lot of extracts containing vitamin E and antioxidants like sunflower seed oil, rice extract, centella asiatica extrect, sweet cherry fruit extract nourish, calm and revitalize the skin and leave it silky soft. Contains allantoin which is known to soothe the skin and ubiquinone alias Q10 which is known as an anti-aging weapon in cosmetics.
Dispite of the goodies there’re some not very nice ingredients in it namely: palm oil and some emulsifiers, several kinds of fragrances ( PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, CINNAMYL ALCOHOL, CITRAL, CITRONELLOL, COUMARIN, GERANIOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, ISOEUGENOL, LINALOOL, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, LIMONENE ) which can be dangerous for allergy sufferers and environment.
Likes: As I wrote above, the cream is very buttery, feels very nice on skin by applying, absorbs very quick, doesn’t leave spots on clothes, doesn’t irritate, very well nourishing and hydrating, makes the skin velvety and silky, smells wonderful.
- The high price about 18 €.
- Though it absorbs quick, but according to my experience doesn’t absorb fully, but leaves a layer on skin like a barrier.
- Contains too much critical stuff
- The scent: I personally have no problem with it, I like it, but my relatives hate it. They found it disturbing and simply couldn’t stand it. In fact, the scent is a bit too heavy and haunting. By fresh opened jar it stays for hours on your skin, clothes, in the air all around you and I think even on the furniture. This is because I think some find it disturbing.
Conclusion: The cream itself is good and working, but there’re too many critical points. I don’t know, I think I should try something else from Rituals to compare.
Benefit Hoola Boddess cream – makes your skin feel divine?
I googled a lot to find out what Hoola Boddess actually means, but couldn’t find anything. Does someone of you know? Maybe its something hawaiian?
I was about to try something from Benefit, but everything was to expensive. Normally this cream costs 32.99 € by Douglas, but it was on SALE to 55%, so I got it for 14,99 €. I said to me: grab it quickly and did. Now it is sold out.
The box itself is solid and heavy too
Oh my gosh, it looks gorgeous! Luxury style! But like the Rituals container this tube is for 147 ml cream inside too big and heavy.
The cream peach-coloured and has not fatty texture like a paste. The consistency is thick. Has a very subtle scent which doesn’t last. I think it smells like bubblegum. Applies good and absorbs quick and fully.
AQUA (WATER), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERIN, ISOTRIDECYL ISONONANOATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ISOSTEARYL HYDROXYSTEARATE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, HYDROGENATED COCO-GLYCERIDES, STEARETH-21, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, ALUMINA, DIMETHICONE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CETYL PALMITATE, COCOGLYCERIDES, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/BEHENETH-25 METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, LIMONENE, XANTHAN GUM, CARAMEL, DISODIUM EDTA, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, BHT, ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL, T-BUTYL ALCOHOL, TIN OXIDE, CITRAL, CI 14700 (RED 4), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5), ROSA CENTIFOLIA FLOWER WATER, TOCOPHEROL, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, ASCORBYL DIPALMITATE
What should it do: So we have a quickly absorbing rich moisturizing cream for dry skin with 24 hours hydrating effect providing soft, smooth and glowing skin.
Likes: Absorbs quick and doesn’t leave a layer on skin or spots on clothes. Subtle and not disturbing scent. Doesn’t feel heavy on skin after applying, but a kind of freshness and moisture.. Really tightens skin and makes it more firm. Not irritating, not drying out. The skin feels soft, firm and smooth.
- Too expensive for amount of 147 ml, I mean the original price.
- Too much questionable stuff amoung the ingredients: silicones, emulsifiers, palm oil, aluminum, colorants, perfumes like limonene,citral, fragrance, etc.
- Unlike the other two creams which are filled with many natural goodies like extracts and oils, here are listed only rose water and oil
- I didn’t see any promised glow.
Conclusion: I liked this cream how it worked. Though it costs a lot and is full of critical stuff, it works very well. And though, I think to make the skin feel divine this one tube isn’t enough. BTW, I think it could be a perfect cream for summer days, because it absorbs very quick and fully, refreshes and doesn’t leave any fatty, greasy layers. After applying you don’t have the feeling you spread something on your body. So, if you don’t scare from the ingredients list and the high price, get it.
Sol de Janeiro – Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Oh yeah… I think this is the most hyped body cream ever. And everyone likes how it smells. And its even more expensive than Benefit’s: 16.99 € for 100 ml. Ahhhhhhhhhh…. For girls like me there’s only one way to get it: MINIS! I got a mini size set with the cream of 50 ml.
The container is very simple, not so heavy luxury like the other both creams.
Inside a paste od yellow till beige colour.
After opening the scent spreads all over: this is paradise! The cream has a very light texture and spreads well, absorbs quick and isn’t greasy.
Water (Aqua/Eau), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dodecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Fragrance (Parfum), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Mica, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Paullinia Cupana (Guaraná) Seed Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut/Noix de Coco) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí/Açaï) Fruit Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot/Carotte) Seed Oil, Ilex Guayusa Leaf Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene
What should it do: You want a beautiful and firm skin? Well, the sunkissed soil of Brazil is rich on natural treasure – the exotic fruits. The cream is filled with Guarana, Cupuaçu, Açaí, Guayusa, Yerba mate, Brazil nut, Coconut extracts, rich on antioxidants, caffein, useful vitamins for a healthier, softer and firmer skin.
Dispite of silicone and perfum which are listed high above, there’re another fragrances which can be causing allergic reaction by sensitive skin like Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional (alias Lilial), Coumarin, Limonene.
Likes: Feels very nice on skin. Absorbs quick without greasy residue. Very well hydrating and nourishing. Really makes the skin softer, smoother and firmer. The scent is powerful, pleasant and longlasting, but unlike the Rituals isn’t disturbing at all. Not irritating.
- The price is too high.
- There’re some questionable stuff in the ingrediens.
Conclusion: All in all a very good working cream. I simply love how it works and amoung the three this is definitely my favourite. I’d like to buy it again, but the price… If your skin isn’t sensitive and you’re willing to spend much money on this, then highly recommend.
PS: Don’t misunderstand, the tightening effect of Hoola and BumBum isn’t enough to cure cellulite for example. This needs special care.