I bought a set of Along Came Betty products from Tesco - the only place you CAN get them. I started with the hand cream which I thought was excellent and I had high hopes for the 'cream of all creams' body lotion but I was very disappointed by this product.
Along Came Betty is a 'brand' (OK, a retailer's 'own' brand so in my eyes, not a brand at all) that's trying too hard to pretend to be Soap and Glory. It has a retro 'girlie' look - all big skirts and coy smiles, with a clear nod towards the TV show Madmen.
The scent is light and fruity and although it doesn't linger terribly long, it's pleasant enough when it's going on and it soaks in quite well leaving a gentle cooling effect on the skin. It doesn't leave your skin feeling moisturised all day - despite the '24 hour moisture action' claim on the tube but it does soak in fast enough that you can dress again shortly afterwards.
The ingredient list shows there's quite a lot of shea butter in the recipe as well as sweet almond oil, cocoa butter and aloe vera so they haven't gone down the route of making this stuff as cheap as possible. The fragrance is a bit cheap and cheerful and there's nothing terribly sophisticated about the way the product smells or feels but for the tiny price, I can't moan too much.
I will attempt to get through the tube as it's not so dreadful as to deserve being thrown away but I see this as a functional body lotion rather than an indulgent one and I wouldn't buy it again.
Just before Christmas I was browsing the toiletries aisle in Tesco for potential gift ideas, and I came across a new range of products from a range called Along Came Betty which is only available in Tesco. It appealed to me as it was all very similar in appearance to the Soap and Glory range from Boots that I love. It was also a big plus point that all the products were at an introductory price of between £2 and £3 so I thought for the price, it was definitely worth a try of the range to see what I thought.
Créme of all creams is a body moisturiser. The 500ml bottle has a pump dispenser, and a RRP of £3.99. Currently this is £2.79 in Tesco. The whole range appears to be discounted now so I will leave you to make of that what you will.
The appearance of the bottle is nice. It follows the retro style of its succesful competitor, and also sticks to pink labels. The bottle is well made, and the pump dispenser did pop up very easily with just a little twist to it. Cream comes out of the bottle well with the pump.
The cream is a sort of cross between peach and pink. I can't quite make up my mind which. The cream has a bit of a scent to it. Its a strange one as I don't 'dislike it' but I find it kind of odd, and it is certainly not a patch on the soap and glory range in terms of scent. I find it just smells a bit cheap to me, and like a gift set I had many years ago that was meant to be peach fragranced. The scent is definitely fruity, but I cannot pinpoint what it is, and I wouldn't buy this just for scent.
My skin is really dry, so the big seller for me for any moisturiser is the effect that it has on my skin. The cream is thick enough to not drip everywhere while you are applying it. It rubs into the skin well, and absorbs quickly, thankfully not really leaving much trace of the scent behind. I found my skin really drinks this up, and I can really apply quite a bit in one go. A little here does not go a long way. The effect on my skin though is that my skin is nice and soft, with no dry patches, and it does stay like that until I next go in the bath or shower, and my skin does not get clogged or feel like it can't breathe with this on.
My overall impression of this is it is a bit of a 'cheap' product. It does work, its not entirely unpleasant to use, but it has a cheap scent and I think there are better value and more enjoyable products to use out there. It might be worth a try if you like the packaging and want something a bit more cheap and cheerful, but I'd rather spend a bit more and get something from the soap and glory range for a treat, or just use a non scented product like E45 if my skin was really dehydrated. I certainly wouldn't buy anything in this range as a gift for someone.
It has quite a long list of chemical ingredients as well which I know some people do like to avoid especially if you have sensitive skin. My skin is not overly sensitive so I have not reacted to it and I will manage to use this up, but I can't see me going for this one again as there are so many nicer things out there you can buy.
I bought my Along Came Betty body cream around 1 month ago, and I have to admit I am quite pleased. I was sceptical to begin with as I paid £2.99 for a 500ml pump bottle, and obviously this is a low price, so I wondered if the quality would also be low.
The bottle itself is actually what drew me to the cream. It is a large, cylindrical bottle in a retro style (definitely Tesco's own version of Soap and Glory!) and has a mainly pink polka dot label with a little printed ribbon 'tied' around the middle. On the labels front there is the Along Came Betty logo, and information about the cream, including the sentences 'super conditioning Aloe Vera' and 'Cheerio dry bits she softly sighed'. It is also claims to have '24 hour moisture action'. This product is clearly aimed at those who suffer with dry skin, and this includes me, so I thought I would give it a go! The bottle itself is clear so you can see the product inside. It looks very thick, and although there is no colour, it still looks very appealing. I will point out though that this is definitely a bottle to keep at home. It would need decanting if you wanted to take some away with you. There is no lid, and being pump action it would most surely leak all over your lovely clean luggage if left in this bottle. Not only this, but the pure size of it would add a decent amount to the weight of your bags - and as most people will probably agree, the lighter the case the better!
So, to the cream itself. As I said to begin with, I am quite pleased. It is a very thick consistency, and I have had no problems at all in pumping it out of the bottle. I find one pump is sufficient to do one arm, two pumps for my torso, two for my back, and two per leg. This may sound a lot to use, but it does not make a huge dent in the cream (now I see why it is a 500ml bottle though!) and it does state on the back of the bottle to 'apply liberally' so I did expect to use a fair amount. When I apply the cream to my skin I find it soaks in very fast. I do not have an oily residue on my body, and my skin is noticeably softer immediately. And the scent! Oh it is divine. I was most happy with this! It is quite a fruity scent, almost tangerine or peach. It actually reminds me of fruit yoghurt! It really does smell amazing when you smother yourself in it, and the scent stays on the skin. Not overpoweringly so, but just enough so you can get a whiff. Very, very, nice.
Ok, so it feels and smells nice. But what about the claim of 24 hour moisture? Of being 'super conditioning'?
I have to admit, I am not sure that I feel completely moisturised to the following day. Having said that, I do not get the dry skin that I sometimes suffer with towards an evening, so the cream must be doing something. There is a definite reduction in the soft feel of my skin though from when first applied, but not enough for me to say the cream is useless. I am a bit torn on this point to be honest. On one hand I would love to be able to say "yes, it works!" but I just do not feel hydrated enough by the evening, and definitely not by the next morning, to say it does 100%. I will just say that it is a lovely moisturiser, and it does last most of the day, even if I do not (personally) agree with the 24 hour claim. For me, it loses a star for this because I think it is making a claim it cannot live up to.
So all in all I say this is a lovely moisturiser that I would recommend you try. I will be buying it again. It smells wonderful, soaks in beautifully, and definitely makes my skin much softer. As for being the 'Cream Of All Creams'? Well, not quite. But take the '24 hour moisture action' claim with a pinch of salt and you will not be disappointed (but hey, who knows, you might find it does work on your skin!). The cost is excellent, and value for money outstanding - 1 month's worth for £2.99? Not too shabby Betty, not too shabby at all.
Find this, and the rest of the Along Came Betty range, in your local Tesco (I bought mine from a Tesco Extra, but I believe it is available in other smaller stores)