“ Brand: Superdrug / Texture: Cream / Type: Body Cream „
Since returning from holiday and my daughter starting school, I am trying from every angle to save money as there now seems more expenditure and I'm working less hours to accommodate the school run (and also I'd quite like another Caribbean holiday for Summer 2014!). I was in Superdrug last week (solely to purchase some bubble bath) when I noticed there was an offer throughout the whole store for anything Superdrug brand buy one get one half price. In the past I was using Vaseline Cocoa butter lotion and Avon Rich Moisture cream (but my Avon rep has ceased trading *cries*) but when I spotted this 475ml tub of Vitamin E Skin Care cream for £2.99 it seemed really good value, and my sister said it looked good so into the basket it went!
The cream comes in a simple large beige tub, with a basic, but well designed label with the Superdrug star for the brand and has a screw top lid. The lid is easy to open and secure, which is good for me, but in the shop I decided to get a tub from the back of the shelf as I had no idea who had probably opened it before and had a dip in to see what it was like!
The cream is white with a very whipped texture and although it smells quite neutral it also has a soft perfumed smell, which reminds me of cocoa butter. The texture is slightly runny, so if you dropped the tub it would splatter everywhere, but has some thickness so it can be picked up with two fingers and rubbed all over. It isn't greasy, and doesn't leave my skin shiny or sticky so it has a nice balance. Once soaked in the scent does fade away, but my skin feels soft and with a spritz of perfume I feel good as new!
The cream is really quite soft and gentle and we use it for all the family, from my 4 year old all the way up to me! It leaves our skin well nourished and moisturised. The tub states it has 12 hour moisturisation and is suitable for normal to dry skin. My skin can be quite dry from time to time, and I have suffered with eczema in the past but have suffered no adverse reaction to this so it gets a big thumbs up from me on this point. A little really goes a long way, as we have had this tub a week or so and it doesn't seem like its going down to me!
Overall, I think this cream is brilliant and would recommend it in a heartbeat. It's cheap, does the necessary job of moisturising our skin and doesn't break the bank, and since I got it half price as I bought another item in Superdrug so for £1.49 it definitely gets 5 stars from me!
(N.B. I'm reviewing the 75ml tube variant of this product. It's exactly the same stuff, just in a different container)
When going on holiday recently I needed a small tube of moisturiser to get me through the 10 hour Transatlantic flight. I've been using various products in the Superdrug Vitamin E range for years, and whilst perusing the shelves I found a 75ml tube of their Vitamin E All Over Body Cream. I knew the 475ml tub (pictured above) would never make it through airport carry-on security, but the 75ml tube variant complied with the rules we all have to follow if we want to fly.
Since I've always been happy with other products in the Vitamin E range I thought I'd give this cream a go.
The Superdrug Vitamin E All Over Body Cream 75ml tube follows the beige/purple livery of all the other products in the range, so it's easy to spot on the shelves. The tube is made of a soft plastic with a matt finish that's easy to grip and squeeze. The base screwtop lid is made of a frosted clear plastic and is easy to open. The tube opening is unusually small, but it does give far more control over how much product you dispense at a time.
The blurb on the tube (and the tub) states that the cream offers 12 hours of moisturisation; and that's it's non greasy, easily absorbed and high in antioxidants.
The cream itself is white and of a very thin consistency and has no detectable scent.
The 475ml tub is just under £3, and the tube I bought was between £1-£2.
Once through security, I transferred the tube of cream from my liquids bag to my jacket pocket so it was with me on the flight. As soon as I'd settled in I thought I'd give it a try.
At first my heart sank: the cream was so thin, almost watery; this would never keep my skin hydrated in the harsh air-conditioned environment of a plane! However it was all I had with me so I gave it a go. I squeezed a small amount out onto my hands and rubbed it into my hands, arms, and then into my face. I was delighted when it absorbed really quickly: the thin consistency was actually a plus! Since there was no detectable scent I was happy using it on my face as well as my arms and hands.
Every couple of hours I re-applied the cream when I visited the airplane loo. As the atmosphere was so dry it was well worth keeping up a routine for the duration I was in the air. Every time it absorbed quickly and my skin felt appreciably softer.
When I finally arrived in the US I found that I'd only used around a quarter of my 75ml tube, and my skin was still moisturised, a welcome change from my previous experience on long flights.
I had plenty of cream left to use as a regular all-over body moisturiser for the first few days of my stay before it ran out. The cream was just as nice to use on my body as it had been on my face during the flight, and the thinness of the cream meant it was ideal for the hot climate.
This is an excellent, light summer body cream (and face cream in a pinch!). I don't think it would be my first choice over winter as I need something thicker and more protective, but as a summer moisturising cream this is ideal. I'll definitely pack a tube on my next long-haul flight.
I normally use Superdrug's Cocoa Butter Lotion as my body moisturiser of choice. It has frequently been out of stock in my nearest branches recently though, so I have been looking around for alternatives in case it comes to be permanently dicontinued. I remembered reading good reviews of the Vitamin E All Over Body Cream from Superdrug, so I decided to try it for myself.
I have "normal" body skin - it isn't oily or dry, except for my elbows which do need a good moisturiser. I moisturise daily, or almost daily, after the shower so I was starting from a base of skin that wasn't too parched. I didn't therefore need an intensive moisturiser, but I was looking for one that smelled pleasant. I also wanted something that was easy to absorb and non-greasy in feel. Supedrug say their lotion meets all my targets. It will, according to the packaging, leave your skin "feeling refreshed and looking radiant". That sounded perfect, along with the fact a 475ml tub cost me just £2.99. The naturally sourced vitamin E is said to help combat environmental damage, and prevent premature aging.
The tub is basic looking, being mostly white, but this isn't really the sort of product that I leave out to ornament my bathroom or bedroom! It has a screw on lid, which is probably more secure than any other kind for a product like this. When I opened it, a lot of the cream was clinging to the lid which made a mess on my hands. This isn't a problem once you have used a bit more of the product though. The cream itself is thick and white. It isn't as dense as a body butter but it still feels nice to apply. It feels light on the skin, and is very easy to massage in. Doing so doesn't take much effort either - it really is true to it's claim about fast absoption. I did expect there to be some greasy feeling because of the low price, but I was completely wrong. My skin just immediately feels very soft and smooth, and it doesn't look at all shiny. I am not sure it looks radiant, but it does look in good condition so I will settle for that. On my dry elbows, there was no immediate softening effect but after about a week of twice daily use, they looked smother and felt marginally softer. After a longer period, they are definitely improved in both appearance and feel, but I think my usual cocoa butter does a faster job of dealing with them. [I always lean on my elbows which doesn't help!] The cream is said to offer 12 hour moisturisation. As mentioned above, I used it twice a day on my elbows because they needed more work. I didn't feel that I needed to use it more than once a day elsewhere though. The skin that I treated in the morning still felt soft at the end of the day.
It certainly leaves my skin smelling nice. The cream is gently perfumed. It reminds me of mild sun lotion, but sweeter, with a slight coconutty undertone. I don't actually like coconut, and as far as I can tell from the ingredients it isn't actually present, but somehow I like this aroma. I can't smell it much after application, unless I deliberately try to. If I sniff my skin, I can still detect the scent at the end of the day.
I think this cream does a great job, and it is far nicer to use than I expected it to be given the price. It smells good, and feels pleasant both when applied and afterwards. There is no stickiness, or shine left behind. My skin feels softer immediately after use, although the driest areas took time to improve. If you have really dry skin , I am not sure how well this would work. If your skin is mostly of the "normal" type on your body though , I would definitely recommend giving this a go. I still prefer cocoa butter myself because I love that smell even more, and I think it does a better job of keeping my tougher elbow skin tamed. If I can't get it though, I would happily adopt this as a good value and effective substitute. As for the prevention of premature aging claims, I can't really put those to the test. I am happy with the results I can see though!
Not tested on animals and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Only available at Superdrug, naturally.
== The Superdrug Claim ==
"Give your skin an intensive hydrating treat every day with this all over body cream that's rich in naturally soured Vitamin E. Non-greasy and easily absorbed, it will moisturise, soften and smooth your skin to leave it feeling refreshed and looking radiant. Our naturally sourced vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which revitalises and protects the skin, helping to combat the damaging effects of the environment and prevent premature ageing."
== The Special Offer ==
I first bought Superdrug's Vitamin E All Over Body Cream when it was on extra special offer. It was on offer to all shoppers for half price, plus I had a voucher for 25% off Superdrug's Own Brands, which I could use at the same time. So instead of the reasonable full price of £2.99, I paid the even more reasonable price of £1.12 for a large 475 ml tub.
All can get this money off voucher by spending more than £10 on your previous visit, filling in an on-line survey about your experience, and making a note of the reference at the end. The instructions are on the back of their receipts. When you spend another £10 you can get 25% off own brand, or 10% off branded goods. It must be used within one month, so I generally spend £10-£15 a month in my local Superdrug, where I can find lots of essential everyday products, as well as more luxurious ones for gifts.
I didn't have especially high hopes for this cream, but thought it would nevertheless get used up during the harsh winter months. I turned out to be pleasantly surprised.
== Advantages ==
FRAGRANCE It has a light pleasant smell of coconut oil, which is one of the ingredients. I have experienced creams with a heavier, artificial, coconut smell in the past, but prefer this lighter fragrance, which I believe comes from the natural ingredient.
TEXTURE In the tub, the texture looked quite "gloopy" compared to other creams that I have used, but I was pleased that it isn't this consistency when on my skin, and it sinks in quickly, provided I use no more than I need. My skin then feels soft and smooth.
HANDS As my hands use the most amount of moisturiser, needing reapplication often whichever brand I use, due to the need to wash them regularly, this is where I used it first. Most of the time, I only use a modest amount on my hands, so that it soaks in very quickly. However, before settling down for the night, I use extra so that the nourishment can soak in deep, for the most benefit.
BODY As I was pleased with the benefits to my hands, I used in on all parts of my body that needed moisturising, using more on extra dry areas like my feet, and am equally pleased with the results.
FACE I usually use an anti-aging cream on my face, but do occasionally use this. For example, when I have eaten a messy meal, and have quickly rinsed my face downstairs, when my specialist face cream is upstairs, I find this works well until my regular twice daily cleansing/moisturising regime is due. It is on my face that the subtle "radiant" look is most noticeable.
CRUALTY FREE The tub says that Superdrug is against animal testing, and the cream has the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) Approved symbol on the tub. The symbol looks like a leaping rabbit. Superdrug have had BUAV approval on all their own brand cosmetics and toiletries since February 2010.
== The One Disadvantage ==
I can find only one possible disadvantage to this cream. The fact that there is no security seal to this product is a drawback as customers can't be sure others have not tried it and then put it back on the shelf. Therefore, before I buy, I look to make sure there are no obvious "foreign bodies" in the tub before I put it in my basket.
Sadly, this lack of security sealing is not uncommon in creams of this sort, whoever sells them. However, I would prefer to pay a few pence more to have some sort of foil or plastic seal.
== RECOMMENDATION ==
I don't pretend to fully understand the science behind Superdrug's claims for this cream, but I do know that is leaves my skin soft and smooth, both visibly and to the touch. The subtle smell of coconut, I believe, makes it suitable for the whole family.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this cream, as I think it is a great value for money own brand moisturiser, in terms of quality, versatility and price.
UPDATE 28 DEC 2012
Sadyly the extra 10% discount for filling in a survey is not currently available.
All the rest of the information is still relevant.
I suffer with dry skin and so I make it part of my daily routine to moisturise. I have endless amounts of tubs of body butters, skin creams and moisturises, with the Superdrug Vitamin E moisturising cream been the my latest addition to my collection.
I paid £1.99 for one tub, and saved £1 as it was reduced from £2.99. This offer is still current. The moisturiser is an all over body cream and comes in a 475ml round plastic tub. Mine is different to the picture (although it is definetly the same product). The tub is white with a screw-on/off lid which makes the tub easy to open. There is a sticker that takes up most of the space on the front of the tub which has the Superdrug logo, the product title and a statement saying that the product is high in Vitamin E which 'defends skin against environmental damaga'. This cream is fine for anyone with normal to dry skin. They claim that the cream gives 12 hours of moisturisation.
The back of the tub states that the product is dermatologically approved. It gives directions for use and reccomends for it to be used daily and apply to all areas of the body. There is also a list of ingredients, a brief product description and a sentence which reads 'Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Superdrug is against animal testing.' This makes the product that bit better - it's a 100% cruelty free product, so there are no worries of 'I wonder how many animals suffered in the production?"
As soon as I opened the tub I was a little put off by the heavily perfumed smell. My skin is sensetive so I try to avoid heavily perfumed creams, but I thought i'd give it a try anyway. It has a floral smell with a hint of coconut which at first was overwhelming but after a couple of minutes I began to get used to it and found it pleasent. The cream is white, and is thick in consistency. It 'wobbles' when the tub is moved around so it's more of a solid than a liquid if that makes sense - it's a bit like a thick, creamy yoghurt.
When I put my finger in it was warmer than I expected - most moisturising creams are really cold so refresh the skin but i'd say this was room temperature. The consistency once on my finger was very 'wet' feeling (more so than my other moisturisers), and had a bit of a greasy feel to it. I smoothed it onto one of my arms to ensure I was not allergic and it glided onto the skin nicely. It left a moist, shiney, greasy layer for around 5 minutes, which was awkward as I had to sit with my arm out to ensure i didn't get the moisturiser on my clothes, but after the 5 minute mark a majority of it had absorbed into my skin. I did have a sense of feeling refreshed, and my skin remained quite moist and soft, and generally felt better. Luckily I did not have an allergic reaction, so I have since started using it as a full body moisturiser as it is supposed to be used.
I always use this after a shower, but I have to stand around waiting for it to absorb for a while, which is a nightmare when i'm rushing so I sometimes just use it on my face if I don't have time to hang about waiting. The smell is really strong when I first put it on but by time I am dressed and out, it is not noticeable which is good as I only use body butters when I am after a nice smell to my skin. The tub has lasted well, but it does not have a film cover on the top so it is important to screw the lid on tightly to keep it fresh and hygeinic. After daily use I can't say my skin feels much softer, but when using the product it gives the feeling of soft and hydrated skin so I can't complain. At £1.99, or even its full price of £2.99, it's a good buy.
First off, there is a difference between the Vitamin E Body Butter, and the Vitamin E Body Cream. The body butter has a more matte texture and doesn't go as far as the body cream, yet is more pampering for your skin. After having used both I have to settle on the body butter, even though it comes in much smaller tubs for similar prices to the gigantic tub of body cream.
I love Superdrug's Vitamin E range, and you'll find many positive reviews for it around the net. I love it not because it's inexpensive and smells heavenly - I love it because it does what a body cream should do for your skin. And of course, the essential nature of vitamin E is to repair, renew, and protect skin, which is exactly what it does - well, for mine at least.
I'm usually one of those people who put a small fortune aside every month to go and splurge on expensive brand names, thinking "It's for my skin so it's worth it" and the fact I learnt the hard way is that price does not mean better quality. Superdrug's entire Vitamin E range is very good proof of that.
For Christmas 2009 I received quite an array of beauty gifts, one of them being Superdrug's vitamin E all over body cream. If I'm honest I stuck this one in my drawer thinking 'it's an own brand, doubt it will be any good', and believe me I was extremely wrong!
Give your skin an intensive hydrating treat every day with this all over body cream that's rich in naturally soured Vitamin E. Non-greasy and easily absorbed, it will moisturise, soften and smooth your skin to leave it feeling refreshed and looking radiant. Our naturally sourced vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which revitalises and protects the skin, helping to combat the damaging effects of the environment and prevent premature ageing.
A few weeks ago I ran out of my FCUK creams so I decided to give the vitamin E body cream a go. I've not tried any of the Superdrug's own brand before so I was a little weary as there seems to be only a few creams that suit my skin type (dry/sensitive) Firstly I gave myself a patch test on the night (just in case) in the morning no rash or irritation so I was fine to use the cream.
When opening the tub, you have a lovely sweet but not sickly scent that reminds me of holidays like creamy almonds. The cream is white in colour, not very thick in texture, feels very light and soft to touch. I found the cream absorbs easy on my skin without that horrid greasy feeling that you can get from some body creams. And I was left with a clean, sweet smelling scent on my skin, which lasted for a few hours.
I'm amazed of how well this cream has worked on my skin. It felt soft, soothed and nourished. I normally don't use body creams on my face as they tend to leave me shiny/oily looking, but as this was so light I gave it a go. My face looks healthier and even my friends have noticed and have asked what I'm using. I moisturised on the morning and my skin felt great all day, giving me a good 12 hours of moisturisation. I am a big fan of many brands of body creams (some with a very high price tag) but with that being said Superdrug's own brand is leaps and bounds better in all departments.
The packaging is very basic and in my option soft and feminine looking. You have the usual on the back - barcode, ingredients list, care advice etc
For the 475ml tub it will cost only £2.79! I have been using mine now for the past 3 weeks and still have just over half a tub left. Great value for money on a product that ticks all the boxes, and does what it claims to do!
I would not question recommending this, it's an excellent day/night or both cream. Great all round, with a brilliant price tag, you'll feel like you're stealing! Right now at Superdrug they're giving away free gift bags when purchasing this product.
A huge 5 out of 5 from me!