Finally! Natural, Affordable Skin Care: Nivea ‘Pure & Natural’ Review

Over the years I’ve become increasingly wary of what I’m putting on my skin. ‘Organic’ has become a label that you see everywhere in the beauty world, but I’m not too concerned about organic ingredients. What I’m more concerned with is ‘Natural’ skin care. i.e. no scary chemicals that we as consumers (not chemists!) can’t pronounce the names of, let alone have a clue what they are and the potential effects they have on our skin.

Natural products are only just starting to appear on ‘drugstore’ and supermarket shelves. That is why I was excited to be asked by Nivea to try out their upcoming ‘Pure and Natural’ skin care line. Not only are these products 95% natural but they are free from parabens, silicones, colourants and mineral oils. And the best part of all? They start from just £1.99!

Too good to be true? Read on to find out!

I tried out 6 products from the new line:

Clockwise from left: Cleansing lotion (£3.36), Cleansing Toner (£3.36), Body Lotion for Normal-Dry Skin (£3.57), Hand Cream (£3.05), Moisturising Day Cream (£5.10), Milk & Honey Lip Balm (£1.99)

Firstly, the cleanser. I’ve never been a fan of milk/lotion cleansers so I wasn’t expecting to like this one. I was pleasantly surprised by the scent which is very light and fresh (and is the same for the whole line) It removed my make up effectively and I preffered it to the last milk cleanser I used (Jo Malone, no less!) Having said that, I’m not converted. If you like/use milk cleansers this would be a good thing to try, but for me personally, it isn’t my type of product.

The toner on the other hand was right up my street and has remained a skin care staple since I started using it a month ago. It’s gentle enough not to leave your skin feeling stripped, but effective enough to leave your skin feeling refreshed and even. I’m a big fan of this one, especially for the price!

The body lotion has a balm-like texture, and for that reason isn’t absorped into the skin as quickly as one might like, but when it has absorbed it leaves your skin feeling super soft and supple. The fresh fragrance (my favourite aspect of this line as a whole) lingers on the skin, which is nice.

The hand cream is fabulous! Light, non-greasy and easily absorbed into the skin. There really isn’t much else to say about this apart from the fact that the next time you run out of your hand cream, this should be your next purchase. And it’s a bargain for a little over £3.

The Moisturising Day Cream is definitely my star product from the line. It’s rich and very moisturising yet easily absorbed and doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all, even if it enters the eye area (which many creams do!) If you have sensitive skin and rely on products like aqueous cream (as my sister does, who I shall be buying a pot of this for ASAP!) then this is definitely worth a try, especially if you are worried about questionable ingredients like mineral oil.

Last but not least… (this is getting to be rather a long post!) the Milk & Honey Lip Balm. As expected, this is a lovely little balm, but then I wouldn’t have expected anything else from Nivea, as their lip balms are always a fall-back item for me. This one has a delicious scent though (as I’m sure you can tell by the name) and has been a hand bag staple for me over the last month.

All in all I was really impressed by this line as a whole, especially considering how inexpensive it is. To summarise, I’ve put each item into one of three categories:

Must Try‘ : Moisturising Day Cream, Hand Cream

Worth a Look‘ : Cleansing Toner, Body Lotion, Lip Balm

Skip-able‘ : Cleansing Lotion

The Nivea Pure & Natural line will be available nation wide from the 20th February. Will you be trying any of these products out?

*This post was sponsored by Nivea, as part of a month long trial of the new line*