“ Brand: Soape / Texture: Cream / Type: Body Cream / Subcategory: Soap „
Casyopea is the brand of skin care products sold by online retailer Soape.com. For a while now I've been banging on about their lovely handmade soaps, while keeping this little treat quiet. I'm talking about the 'scent-sational' jasmine body cream.
At first I thought that Casyopea was a brand created by Soape for their skin care products but I spotted a website address on my jar of cream and by following it, I learned that Casyopea is actually a Bulgarian company which sells its good by means of franchises. They also have a store in Sofia so if you ever find yourself in south eastern Europe (if only I'd known this in 2010) drop in and stock up.
There are several scents available in this range of creams but the jasmine caught my eye because it has been a favourite fragrance of mine since a holiday in Tunisia almost ten years ago. I first bought a small sample tin but, unfortunately, Soape appear no longer to sell these. I took the sample tin away with me because the size meant it was ideal for sticking in a handbag, or even a pocket, and it was soon used up. When I got home, I ordered the full size version.
This is a 250gram glass jar with a screw lid. I like this packaging because I know that when it's almost finished I'll be able to get every last drop of this lovely product and won't be wasting any.
According to the label this is a 'Jasmine Body cream with Aloe Vera' for dry to normal skin. I'll be honest and admit that I wasn't really thinking of that when I bought this cream, partly because this wasn't specifically stated on the website, and partly because I was thinking only of the fact that it was a jasmine scented product. There's a photograph of the product on the website and looking closely I can just make out that the refrence to skin type is on the label but really it's not that obvious.
This is a heavily scented product so if you're not keen on creams with a strong perfume this is probably not for you. This one really does smell very strongly of jasmine - so naturally I approve - and it's a lovely fresh scent, really quite natural and not artificial in the slightest.
The cream is perfectly white: a pristine white heavy looking product that wobbles if you shake the jar a little and yields ever so slightly to the touch. It's a non greasy product that is easily absorbed into the skin, even into drier areas such as my knees and elbows. I refill my sample tin and carry it in my handbag so I can have it with me all day to use as a handcream.
According to the notes on Soape's website this body cream 'moisturises the skin, stimulates metabolic process of cells and promotes regeneration'. I can't claim that it's all true but I do know that continued use of this keeps my hands feeling soft, even when I was in Slovenia earlier in the winter (I do find that my hands get dry when we have our winter trip). Likewise my elbows are soft and supple, no mean feat for someone that tends to sit with her elbows on the desk or table most of the time. However, in spite of the claims that this is suitable for dry to normal skin, I don't think it would really be very good for people with very dry skin. Although this cream is initially very rich to the touch, it seems to me to be too perfumed and too easily absorbed for more serious conditions.
Using this cream has been a bit of a departure for me; usually I wouldn't use such a strogngly scented product but I love this stuff and I adore the scent. If you see me wandering around sniffing my arms, you'll know I;m enjoying my Casyopea cream.
Soape are currently selling this product and the other fragrances for £6.18 which seems to me more realistic than the full price £9.50. The label says that unopened it's good until 2014 though once opened the cream should be used within 12 months which seems to me to be too long to keep this kind of product. Not that it'll last that long on my dressing table.
Aqua (Water) , Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Ceteareth 20, Cetearyl alcohol, Parfum, Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Aloe Vera), Phenoxyethanol Caprylyl glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Thickner), Triethanolamine, Benzyl benzoate, Hexyl cinnamaldehyde (Essential Oil), linalool, 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, benzyl salicylate, citral, coumarin