I really like the variety of shower gel and shower cream products from the Nivea range, and have tried out many of them over the years. I did notice one shower product in the range that I had not tried before, so of course I had to purchase it there and then to try it out! The product in question is the "Nivea Free Time Shower Cream" with this review outlining my experiences of using the product.
As with all other shower gel and cream items in the Nivea range, the Free Time Shower Cream is provided in an attractive bottle with a slightly 'rounded' shape at the top. The bottle is made of white plastic that has a slight 'pearlescent' sheen to it, and the familiar, blue 'Nivea' branding appears on the front of the bottle above the product name which appears in an attractive green shade. At the bottom of the bottle's label is the image of a fresh star fruit among some green-coloured 'swirls' and bubbles. All in all, I think the product's image is quite clean and crisp, offering a rather contemporary appearance.
The bottle is a generous 250ml in size, and this cost me only £1 as part of a promotional offer in a local branch of Asda's supermarket. You can expect to pay anywhere from £1.25 - £2 for the Nivea Shower Cream products, although I can often acquire the bottles for around £1, which I feel is great value for such a high-quality brand. I stock up on the products when they are available at a promotional price, rather than shelling out the full cost. The range of Nivea shower products is available from good supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda, in addition to some drugstores such as Boots.
The Free Time Shower Cream has a very pleasant consistency, that is very similar to a thin lotion or cream, as is usually the case with products like this one. It is plain white in colour, and I find that it dispenses easily from the bottle, through the hole located underneath the 'flip up' lid on top. Whilst the Cream is thin enough to pour easily, it is not particularly 'runny' so it doesn't spill or drip easily during use.
Almost as soon as the product is dispensed, I am aware of its refreshing scent, which is described on the bottle's label in the following statement; "with Revitalising Star Fruit Scent and Caring Aloe Vera." Although I have tasted star fruit in the past, and found it's flavour to be rather nice, I don't recall ever using a body or shower product with the fruit's scent included in the product's ingredients. This led me to be rather curious as to the fragrance of the Free Time Shower Cream, particularly as I really like using body and skin care products that have strong, fruity flavours.
I have found that whilst the initial aroma is quite refreshing, it is without any real 'zing' to it that I would describe as being revitalising. That is not to say that the Free Time fragrance is disappointing, but I certainly wouldn't have described the product as being particularly awakening or revitalising, with other, rival products in my shower gel collection performing much better in these stakes than the Free Time Cream. This was a bit of a surprise as the word Revitalising is actually used on the front of the bottle, within the product's description as I mentioned earlier. Nevertheless, I find the product's aroma has a certain refreshing quality to it, so I don't feel the need to grumble about the product's claims feeling unjustified.
The fruity element of the Free Time fragrance feels like it is balanced with something 'lotion-like' that smells of body cream or face cream, in my opinion, with this element of the scent feeling just like a generic 'lotion' sort of smell. That is not to say that this part of the product's scent is unpleasant at all, and I find it offers a lovely balance to the rich, fruity scent that makes up the rest of the Free Time scent. This fruity fragrance is really very pleasant, and although it is sweet, I find it's underlying 'zing' allows it to feel sweetly refreshing, without being sickly or over-powering. I can't say that I would have been able to identify the scent as being that of fresh star fruit, but this scent is not one I am overly familiar with, as I already mentioned. What I can tell you is that the star fruit scent sits somewhere between apple and perhaps something more 'citrus' such as lime.
In addition, the product contains Aloe Vera, but I have to confess that I cannot detect this ingredient's scent within the overall fragrance at all. Admittedly, this scent is quite understated and subdued, so perhaps the fruity star fruit scent is too 'robust' and swamps the Aloe in the fragrance. Nevertheless, I find the product's overall scent is lovely and refreshing, without being too 'in your face' or over-bearing, and with the delicate fruity scent feeling slightly 'uplifting', I can't say there is anything negative to report about this aspect of the product at all.
Whilst the Free Time Shower Cream lathers on the skin, I find its creamy consistency foams slightly, with it feeling quite soft and delicate. I can't say that I notice the product producing a rich, bubbly lather, but this is an observation rather than a criticism on my part, and I can't say there is anything unpleasant about the feeling of the product on my skin. I find too that after rinsing, my skin is left refreshed and cleansed thoroughly, without any tackiness or unpleasant residue lurking behind.
I find too that the product's scent lingers around a little on the skin; I am able to detect its delicate, fruity aroma for a short time after use, although I find the scent to be rather subdued, and it will easily become 'swamped' by other products such as perfumes or body lotions. Other 'after effects' of using the Free Time Shower Cream are notable too; I find that my dry, sensitive skin is without any further dryness or irritation and has been left rather 'untouched' by the use of the product. This result is extremely agreeable as my skin will 'flare' aggressively if harsh products are used. I did wonder whether the inclusion of Aloe Vera in the product allowed it to be so gentle and kind to my sensitive skin, but to be honest I have found all of the Nivea Shower Cream products to perform in this positive way, so I cannot say for sure that this result has anything to do with the Aloe Vera.
Either way, after taking these results into account, I have no hesitation in recommending the Nivea Free Time Shower Cream for those consumers who suffer with dry or sensitive skin.
After considering every aspect of the product, I do recommend the Nivea Free Time Shower Cream and find that its scent is a little 'different' to other shower products that I buy on a regular basis. I would definitely repurchase it again, finding the product's subdued, fruity aroma to be quite unusual but extremely pleasant. On this occasion, I do find an award of full marks in the product rating score to be appropriate.
Free Time and Happy Time!
I almost always love the Nivea products that I have tried, and the Nivea Happy Time shower cream is one of my all time favourites! I spotted this during an online shop recently and decided to give it a try.
It currently costs £1.95 in Boots for a 250ml bottle - you will also get four Boots Advantage Card points if you buy from here. Although as always with beauty products look out for offers! According to the website, this product contains "revitalising star fruit scent and caring aloe vera" and promises to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and beautifully smooth.
This shower cream comes in a simple white bottle with an image of a starfruit on the front. Now, I am not familiar with star fruit at all if I am honest so I was not really sure what to expect with this one in terms of fragrance. And I would say this product has an unusual scent. It is quite a fresh and fruity smell - it reminds me of crisp green apples, but it also reminds me a little of the smell of cucumber. It is quite a strong scent and, if I am honest, it isn't a fragrance that I am personally mad on as I do find it a little sickly. This didn't stop me using the whole bottle of shower cream, but personally the fragrance isn't for me sadly.
However the shower product itself is definitely of good quality as you would expect from the Nivea brand. It is a thick shower cream and it works itself up into a nice rich lather. A little goes a long way, and I did find that after use my skin felt lovely and soft, and nicely moisturised.
In summary ...
Overall this is a perfectly nice shower product that moisturises the skin and is pleasant to use. However, I won't be buying this one again as I personally am not a fan of the fragrance.
I must admit, I am not normally someone who goes searching through a shop for ages until I find the perfect shower cream. I normally just get whatever's the cheapest and go. But when I was searching through ASDA, Nivea Free Time caught my eye. I gave it a good sniff and couldn't resist buying it! I got the 250ml bottle for £1, which for me is a very good price.
The shower cream comes in a white rounded bottle with a picture of a star fruit on the front. Originally I thought the picture on the bottle was actually a lime, but later found out that it was some fruit called a star fruit, I guess you learn something new everyday! On the back it tells you about the shower cream and the ingredients. To get the shower cream out there is a flip lid at the top of the bottle, when you turn the bottle upside down and squeeze, the cream comes out easily.
On the back of the shower cream it says, 'let the citrus scent of start fruit revitalise your senses. The silky shower cream, with caring Aloe Vera, leaves your skin feeling beautifully smooth.'
As I've already said, it was the scent of this shower cream that made me buy it in the first place. I've never had a star fruit before, but I looked it up and apparently they taste kind of like apples and lemons mixed together, giving off this citrus taste. When I smelt the shower cream it is a nice citrus scent. It's not overpowering, but it is quite a strong smell. The smell is very refreshing, I like it a lot!
To use the shower cream is just like how you would use any other shower cream. Squeeze out some cream onto your hand when your in the bath or the shower, and then rub it in to your skin. You could also use it with a sponge if you wanted. And then just wash it off with water.
When using this cream I found that you don't need to use a lot of it. The colour of the cream is a whitish colour. When rubbing it into my skin, the cream did feel nice and soft, and it lathered up really easily. The cream is quite runny, so when using it you have to be careful as sometimes before you've rubbed it in, it can just slip off and get wasted down the drain. When it came to washing off the cream, it rinsed off quickly. And while it was being rinsed off, my skin did feel nice and smooth! I find that this cream is good to use when I am shaving my legs as a replacement for shaving cream!
The scent from the shower cream sadly did not stay on my skin for too long. However, this didn't bother me too much as I don't think I've ever used a shower cream where the scent has stayed on my skin for a long time. I did find that my skin was nice and smooth, however again the smoothness of my skin didn't last long. My skin was practically the same after using the shower cream.
This shower cream has lasted roughly 3-4 weeks, but it really depends on how many people in your family are using it, and how many times you use it. The scent of the cream is delicious, it lathers up easily making your skin feel smooth and it was only £1! However the reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because my skin has not changed since using the cream, I know it never really promised anything like that, but it would have been nice if my skin had become smoother seeing as I used it almost everyday. Overall it is not too different from all the other £1 shower creams I have used before, except the smell of it is lovely!