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Product: Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream.
Price: £26 for 200ml.
Purchased: Ren Skincare website.
* Product *
Ren Skincare aim to produce skincare that follows their '5 principles' which basically mean that they want to create the best products using no parabens, sulphates and other nasties. Ren cover many types of skincare products such as the body cream, body oils, scrubs, balms and hand creams to name a few. The Rose Otto body cream won the Look fantastic hair and body awards 2011.
* Why Ren *
I originally received this in a beauty box having never heard of the Ren brand before I was happy to try it out. I love skincare more so than make-up (always trying to maintain my youth) so love it when I come across a product that does what it says on the tin.
When I tried the sample size I was impressed by the scent initially, I love a good rose scent but find many really smell too synthetic or result in products that dry the skin out or are over powering. The Ren rose otto fragrance smells exactly like fresh cut red roses in summer.
* The Product *
The body cream comes in a long pump bottle with a clear cap. Ren's skincare and this body cream included typically is white with a band of burgundy around the top of the bottle body. Ren describe the body cream as being a product that deeply hydrates, replenishes the skin's moisture barrier, skin feels supple, smoother and softer.
The cream is easy to get out of the bottle and is sightly thicker than a lotion but more fluid than a body butter or really emollient based cream, it's white and you instantly smell the fresh hit of cut roses which is really nice. It's one of the things that I love and what makes me choose the Ren over the hoard of other creams I own.
* Is it any good? *
I have combination skin, my arms, feet and cheeks and chest tend to be really dry, especially my feet. The rest seems to be normal or greasy on occasion(T-Zone). I mostly use the cream after coming out of the bath but have rushed to use some when my feet have become unbearably dry and uncomfortable.
As much as I love my Ren I don't find it helps too much on my dry areas. When my skin is so dry it burns typically my feet and I do find the Ren soothes the skin straight away but it sinks in too quickly and I find I have to reapply within the hour.
Because of this I have had to start mixing in some of my Ren oils to get some further moisturisation or I am forced to use another cream. On the normal and even greasy parts of the skin the Ren works wonders, it keeps everything soft and silky smooth and doesn't result in my skin turning in to a greasy pimpled mess.
* Overall *
I think that as much as the Ren is fantastic at sorting out my normal and greasy skin (and it does it oh so well) I feel that I will have to start using another cream with the Autumn and Winter season coming in thick and fast. £26 for 200ml is a lot to pay out especially when I'm having to then add in some of the Ren oils just to stop my dry patches and feet from becoming uncomfortable.
Ren body cream does absorb in really well and it does leave the skin feeling silky but I feel this is down to a product such as cyclomethicone or something similar. I think they have used too much to get that non-greasy dry and silky feel and it's this that lowers the overall score for me. If they reduced the ingredient I think it would work so much better for those with dry skins that need extra care.
I first came across Ren products, and the Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream in particular when a sample came in my Amarya beauty box in June 2012. The sample was a pretty good size and I was able to use it often enough to love it and buy some of my own.
First off, the Ren products are paraben free, sulphate free, mineral oil free as well as having no synthetic fragrances or colours. This is important to me partly because I have really sensitive skin and partly because I prefer to use more natural products.
I like to put on body lotion every time I shower as otherwise my skin can get dry, and I like a body lotion that doesn't feel to greasy but moisturises well, and in both respects this body cream meets my needs. It doesn't come out too thick or too watery, sinks in quickly and doesn't require you to rub and rub it in. It leaves my skin wonderfully soft until my next shower.
As for the scent....amazing! I love love love the scent of this. It doesn't overpower you and smells almost spicy. It's a great mood-booster and feels like a real slice of luxury, corny as that sounds!! Some body lotions either smell to strong or barely smell at all, this sits nicely in the middle and gives off a subtle, uplifting scent.
So far I've only been able to find this online, and it is quite expensive. Using it everyday does go through it quickly so in future it may be resigned for special occasions or weekends only!
A rich body cream to nourish and moisturise / A luxurious body cream designed to nourish, moisturise and soothe dryor stressed skin / Essential fatty acids from Rose Hip Seed Oil andJojoba Oil boost skin lipid content, restore moisture levels andincrease the skin's moisture retaining ability / Biosaccharides fromRamnose Sugar soothe the skin and combat the effects of UV, pollutionand other everyday environmental influences / In addition, Ramnose Sugarstimulates beta endorphin release which together with the balancing anduplifting fragrance from Damask Rose Petals encourages a sense ofwell-being and calmness / How to use:Apply to clean skin and massage until absorbed /