“ Brand: Nivea / Type: Nappy Cream „
When I was in France in May this year I didn't take a lot of my daughter's toiletries with me and what I did take were only going to last a few days as apart from wanting to depart the UK travelling light I was more than happy to come back with a few new things! I knew we were going to visit a supermarket as soon as we had got off the ferry so knowing a few products were not going to last me the duration was fine by me.
One item I picked up from the supermarket was from the Nivea Baby range and is known as Soothing Bottom Ointment or in French 'Crème Protectrice pour le Change'. I use nappy cream on a daily basis after my daughter's bath so this was a must and being from a brand I knew well I thought I'd give it a go especially as it was on offer an cost under Euro2.00 I couldn't not by it!
The Soothing Bottom Ointment is part of the Nivea Baby range which we don't really get over here in the UK but it is found widely throughout other European countries. Packaging is rather similar throughout the range but the nappy cream comes in a small tube with a white plastic flip top lid. It is exactly the same as it is on Dooyoo. There colour theme is pale blue with a lovely little grey bear image and stars which I guess is meant to represent bedtime.
I use nappy cream on my daughter every evening after she has been dried off after her bath. When I opened the white flip top lid and squeezed the bottle I found that the ointment is pure white in colour which I guess is what I was expecting but as you can't see through the tube you never know what you get! The ointment itself has a very subtle aroma which you really have to smell to get any fragrance at all.
The consistency of the ointment is incredibly thick and almost gloopy. Most nappy creams I have used have had quite a mediumish consistency which was easy to apply and without feeling incredibly sticky. However, the Nivea Soothing Bottom Ointment is incredibly sticky and it seems far too thick for my personal liking but I guess what is more important is whether it actually works or not.
I have just finished my tube since May which I think has lasted for quite a long time which is the good thing. The downside is that applying it is quite tricky! Because it is very thick it isn't always easy to squeeze out of the tube especially when you have used over half of the contents. After applying the cream you seem to have quite a lot let on your hand/fingers and it isn't the easiest cream to wash off either as it seems quite waterproof!
Since using the cream my daughter hasn't had any redness whatsoever which to me means the ointment has worked. Her skin has been left smooth and soft and no irritation has occurred whatsoever which is great as I want her to be as comfortable as possible and this cream certainly has done its job. What I did notice though is if you have used a little too much then even after 12 hours (my daughter likes her sleep!) when I've come to change her first thing in the morning there is still a residue of the cream which does take a wipe or two to actually get off as it hasn't absorbed into the skin.
Overall, although I wouldn't buy it again if I had a choice I do think it is good on her skin and protecting it from any nappy rash or discomfort. My main problems with the ointment is that it is far too thick and sticky which when trying to get it off your hands or skin can be a hassle. The good points are that it does what it is supposed to. I wouldn't really recommend it as there are other products on the market which have a better consistency.
~ Useful Info ~
Price: Around £3-£4 mark
Availability: So far only online stores
Misc: Free from alcohol, parabens and colourants