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I've tried body oils before and felt that they were not a daily use product, as it's very difficult to get dressed when you are as slippery as an eel. Putting tights on when your legs are greasy or sticky is almost impossible! I'm glad I decided to give this one a try.
After trying a small sample of this product on the back of my hand at a "Girls day out" exhibition, it seemed to sink in without too much greasiness so I picked up a 200ml bottle in Boots to give it a proper go at home. It isn't particularly expensive as far as skin care items go and at the time of purchase, there was a special offer at boots which reduced the price from its normal price of £6.98 to just under five pounds. I've recently reordered it from boots.com for £3.48 (half price) so it does seem to be on offer regularly. I would consider this a good value for money product; something that you would pick up with your shopping or regular toiletry purchases.
The oil comes in a typical Nivea box - mostly white with blue writing. It has a utilitarian look about it that suggests that this is an everyday skincare product rather than a luxury item, which it is of course. The packaging isn't particularity eye catching or appealing - it's not the kind of thing I would pick up as a gift, for example. It's fair to say that I wouldn't have grabbed this off the shelf if I hadn't tried a sample previously.
The product claims
The oil is described as a multi-purpose product which moisturises, firms and cares for the skin, "improving its natural beauty". Another advantage of the product, and one that I wasn't aware of until I looked at the packaging more throughly, is that it is supposed to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
I was surprised that the packaging advised to apply twice a day. Most women I know slap some body lotion on after the shower (if they remember) and twice daily moisturising seems excessive, unless you have a problem with dry skin. The oil can be applied on both wet and dry skin, and you can massage more into areas that need more moisture, like knees and elbows, or areas more prone to stretch marks, like bum and things (speaking from personal experience!).
I had hoped for a spray bottle, however upon opening the packaging it was immediately apparent that this wasn't the case. This oil comes in a plastic bottle, with a screw off lid. Fearing the worst, I opened the bottle expecting to have to pour it into my hand, luckily I discovered a small hole at the top of the bottle. It has been designed to stop lots of oil coming out of the bottle at one time and I found myself having to tip it into my palm frequently. I tried to dispense more each time but this was definitely a mistake. The oil is of quite a thin consistency so runs off your hands very easily. After dripping oil all over the bathroom floor, I decided that it was easier to apply directly to large areas (e.g. tummy, thighs) and rub in. The bottle itself gets a little slippery to hold and I was concerned that I would drop or spill it if I had wet hands so decided that dry skin application was definitely the way to go.
The oil itself is very lightly fragranced, which is common with Nivea body care products. The oil didn't feel heavy on the skin at all, which was a real surprise, and the very subtle fragrance wouldn't clash with any body sprays or perfumes. It absorbs into the skin very quickly- my skin didn't feel greasy at all. There isn't any stickiness and skin instantly feels softer and smoother. As there is only a light oiliness to the skin, it dries quickly, allowing you to get dressed soon after. The thin consistency means that you don't need to rub it in for ages, vital if you're popping some on in the morning before getting dressed for work.
It took around 5 minutes to apply - people skinner than me might find the process a little faster!
I used this product over the course of about 3 weeks. My skin felt soft, smooth and moisturised after use - however I saw no difference to stretch marks, or improvement in firmness. This didn't stop me buying the product again, as I found it easier to use (time and stickiness wise) than a body lotion. However I wouldn't rush out to buy it if you are expecting a stretch mark reduction miracle.
I enjoyed using this product. It feels pleasant on the skin, doesn't leave you slippery and sticky, and has a pleasant light fragrance. I would advise anyone who buys it not to use it in a carpeted area, as you will definitely get drips. I had to get on my hand and knees to remove the oil from the bathroom floor, as I was worried about someone slipping.
I didn't see any stretch mark improvement but perhaps this would be more evident over a longer usage period. I'll certainly update this review if that's the case.
About the product
I saw this new product from Nivea advertised recently in a magazine and decided to try it out as it sounded like something a little different. I purchased it as part of a 3 for 2 deal in Boots.
At full price, this costs £6.63 in Boots, and you will get 24 Advantage Card points with your purchase too.
It is designed to firm and moisturise the skin and is also designed to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. To maximise the effects of the oil, you are advised to apply it at least twice a day on to either wet or dry skin, concentrating on the areas that most need it.
Applying the oil
This oil comes in a round bottle with a screwtop lid, and it is dispensed through a small hole at the top of the bottle. The oil itself is actually quite thin in consistency - it isn't an overly greasy or heavy oil at all. Although this is a good thing I think, it does cause a slight problem for me when applying it. As it is so thin, I can only get a bit into my palm at a time before I have to apply it to my skin or else it would dribble on to the floor. This means I have to go back to the bottle several times to top up the product. The other option is to apply this directly to the skin but this is tricky too, and still requires many top ups to apply this to the whole body. So there is no real way to speed up the application process. I kind of feel as though this would work better if it came in some sort of spray format bottle.
This absorbs into the skin almost instantly and feels really light and pleasant - again there is no greasiness to this oil, and it doesn't feel at all sticky or unpleasant. It sinks into the skin nicely, leaving it with a very slight sheen to it, and skin also feels nice and soft even a while after use - you can still feel the slight oiliness on the skin which is not at all unpleasant.
The fragrance is very subtle, and not like other Nivea products I don't think. It is quite a musky fragrance that I do like, and that isn't at all overpowering. The smell lingers nicely after use but again it isn't at all strong.
A long process
Because this oil sinks into the skin so quickly, I do find that I need quite a lot of it if I want to apply this all over. And as I mentioned before, you can't get a lot of this into your hand in one go so I do find this can take a long time to apply. Although it is nice that it is so well absorbed, a little does not go a long way at all! And I was surprised at how quickly the amount in the bottle went down.
So if you are to follow the instructions and apply this twice a day, it wouldn't last very long at all I don;t think - and it would also be far too much of a hassle really! And the difficulty I have in applying this quickly and efficiently does put me off applying it as frequently as I should ...
... Which may be partly why this has had no effect on my skin whatsoever! Although I cannot claim that the product doesn't work, as I haven't used it twice a day, every day, it hasn't really done anything for me at all. Other firming products I have used have left skin feeling cool or tighter after application, but this doesn't have that feeling to me at all - in fact it makes my skin feel no different. So although it may be better if used much more frequently, I wouldn't expect any miracles from this product.
In summary ...
I would say this is an okay product. It feels nice on the skin and leaves it with a very slight sheen. I think this looks good on tanned skin as it adds that nice bit of shine and emphasises a healthy sunkissed look! But this is a very subtle sheen and if you want skin to have a more shimmery or oily look then this isn't for you!
However I do find it a bit of a pain to apply - it is quite an arduous task to have to keep going back to the bottle for more oil and I find I do need a lot of the product if I want to use it all over.
Also I have seen no difference at all in the appearance of my skin - but as mentioned in my review this may just be because I have not used it frequently enough.
So all in all, a nice enough product but definitely not one I would be purchasing again.
Firming body oil