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I wouldn't classify myself as a skincare snob, although I love my brands such as Elemis, Decleor etc. I am more than open minded to try new products at lower price points, so I try to keep one eye on my favourite brands being sold at discounted or special rates and buy once in awhile, and cheaper affordable products that I can easily afford on a week by week basis. This product I picked up from Home Bargains for 99p for a 50ml sized tub.
Why did I buy this?
I was looking for a facial moisturiser that would be the perfect texture for me, rich and thick. Not only is this a personal preference, but I find my skin requires it as it flips towards the dry side more than any other skin concern. But the most important aspect was I needed the richness to translate into extra moisture added to the facial area. I also found I was on a bit of a budget. I just couldn't afford to splash out on a high end and more to the point an expensive pot of cream. I saw this as the price was cheap, the size was good and I've heard and seen this product before.
What is it?
A simple cream which is rich in texture that is designed to moisturise the skin and to lock the moisture in the skin. Cream can be placed over face and body so multi-functional.
How is it packaged?
In a small plastic blue pot with a screw top lid. The name ' Astral 'goes around the sides of the pot, and it mentions its an all over moisturiser and this is the original formulation.
On the bottom of the pot is a label that when peeled back reveals the ingredients list. It also mentions once opened this product has a 12 month shelf life.
When opened there is a layer of foil over the top which needs to be pulled back to reveal the cream.
Aqua,Paraffinum Liquidum ,Glycerin ,Paraffin ,Lanolin ,Ozokerite ,Lanolin Alcohol ,Petrolatum ,Isopropyl Myristate ,Magnesium Sulfate ,Parfum ,Propylparaben ,2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol ,Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone ,Amyl Cinnamal ,Benzyl Alcohol ,Citronellol ,Coumarin ,Geraniol ,Hydroxycitronellal ,Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde ,Linalool
How to use
No instructions on packaging, but use over the face ( avoiding eye area ) and all over body, as you would with a traditional face cream or body lotion.
What did I think?
The packaging I found very plain and alittle on the bland side. The only thing that drew me to it ( besides the price ) was the colour of the pot as it's quite unusual. Easy enough to open and dispense. On the plus side, one of the things I tend to like about creams being in pots like this is the fact you can scrape out every last drop, unlike a tube.
The cream is white in colour, which was what I expected. Texture appeared quite thick and slightly solid, which I loved automatically. It looked smooth and for me quite inviting as it looked very rich and moisturising.
The scent I found to be very fresh and completely unisex, as there was nothing to its fragrance that went towards specifics notes, such as flowery, fruity, masculine etc. What it did remind me of was Baby Lotion-clean, not overpowering, unisex and quite neutral. I don't mind this particular smell and actually I found it to be quite comforting.
Taking the cream out of the pot, the thickness was obvious as placing some into my hands, you could see it held its shape and had almost peaks in it from where my finger made its original contact. I did find I only needed a small amount, as the richness meant this was quite a concentrated cream, and alittle went along way. So using too much meant it took awhile to rub in, but once it went in, my face felt soft, smooth and full of moisture. While looking at my skin it did appear slightly shiny, but that wasn't a huge concern.
I used this cream on my face and neck only, after these areas had been cleansed. Despite having issues with dryness from time to time, my skin felt as if it had been given a quench of water, but my neck suffered unfortunately. I suffer from Psoriasis, and the area its decided to come up on when its ready is on my neck. After placing this on my neck, my neck nearly immediately felt irritated. Now, this area on my neck isn't broken in regards to its skin. But when I suffer from Psoriasis it tends to look and feel slight raised and a touch rough in texture. My neck didn't like this cream at all. When it comes to any facial products I used e.g balms, serums, moisturisers, I always bring the product down to my neck. So the fact the skin on my face liked this product and the skin on my neck didn't posed a huge problem. I tried this cream twice and the same thing happened. So I haven't touched it since, but willing to try again when my Psoriasis has completely gone.
Would I buy/use this again? Not sure. If it wasn't for the fact it made my skin feel more irritated than usual, then I would have said this was a great cream, especially for the price I paid. Putting this issue to one side, this is a great cream for skin suffering from dryness, especially in these wintery months or your skin just needs something thicker or you like thicker textures. Its unbelievably cheap, and I can only guess how good this is as a general body cream. This just isn't for me at my current skin funny stage so I would be weary if you suffer with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as mine.
While I was out shopping recently I spotted this cream which I used to buy many years ago and so decided I would buy it again to save me some money now it is getting closer to Christmas and I am trying to save a few pennies. It is very cheap to buy so it landed in my basket.
It comes in a tub which has the name very clearly on the front and so can be easily spotted on a shelf. It has a twist off top and a foil silver strip covering the cream which is a good idea so you know you are getting a new one and not one anyone has tampered with. I have bought creams before and not realised until I have got home and unscrewed the top that someone must have opened it to maybe test it or may they returned it but it has meant I have had to take it back to the shop to exchange it for another one. So I think the foil is a very good idea in my opinion.
The cream is white in colour and a nice smooth texture. It is quite soft but a nice consistency and quite rich considering it is cheap to buy. It has a really nice smell to it being a nice perfume scent. This fragrance is fresh and really pleasant and one I like quite a lot. It isn't overpowering and just the right amount of fragrance for a moisturiser.
It is easy to apply to the skin like any other moisturiser. It smears across the skin perfectly and it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly in just a couple of minutes. It does tend to feel a little greasy when it is first applied and before it has fully absorbs but it the greasy feeling soon disappears after a few minutes. It doesn't feel tacky though on the skin.
It leaves the skin feeling really soft and smooth and well moisturised. It nourishes really well too and I have very dry skin and this one has been fine for my kind of skin. It leaves it soft for a good few hours. I do find that this one I do tend to have to top up during the day but I don't mind topping up because I only expect to do this because it is a cheaper brand. But I don't have to top up too many times and just a couple of times during the day. This one I tend to use if I am staying indoors and not going out for the day so topping up isn't an issue for me.
The fragrance is pretty lasting on the skin too and I can smell it a good few hours after first applying it. So the scent does have staying power and much more than you may expect being a cheap one to buy.
I have applied this cream all over my body and also my face. It is a nice one to apply to the face and neck area. It works really well for a facial moisturiser and also a body moisturising cream. This one is a good one to use if you don't have a lot of money and want to buy one which would serve both the face and body from the same cream.
I have applied it to my elbows and knee and also the soles of my feet. It works a treat for softening all of these areas too.
I love this cream, it is extremely cheap to buy and for a 200ml tub it only cost £3.89 so a bargain price in my opinion. Simply cannot go wrong buying this cream to save a little money. It is super value for the price and the quality is really good too.
I highly do recommend this moisturising cream if you are wanting so drop a brand or struggling with money of simply just want to try a different brand. I don't think you would be disappointed with how this one works for softening the skin.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Over the last few decades I've bought and used various anti-wrinkle moisturisers, and decided that none of the work on me. I imagine if you go for really pricey premium ones you may have more success, but I consider £14 or thereabout really expensive for face cream, and I'd feel it was a bit of a gamble to go any higher.
So, my little £1 coin clutched in hand off I went to Poundland and bought a tub of faithful plain old Astral! I may not be able to stop wrinkles, but my face still needs moisturised.
Astral was the first moisturiser I remember buying. As a teenager my face care was a bottle of Ann French cleansing milk and a tub of Astral Original moisturiser.
The tub has changed just slightly - it's more rounded, but still the very distinctive shade of blue. The £1 tub contains 50ml - you can get it in larger tubs of 200ml and 500ml - but obviously not in a pound shop! There is a little foil protective covering over the top of the cream, and it was nice and easy to pull off all in one go (this is a challenge I always set myself - to peel off the foil in one piece).
The cream itself is white and really thick. It has a pleasant smell, and a little goes a long way. It's really rich and depending on the time, I put either just a little or a lot on. It doesn't absorb quickly, so on a workday morning I put a thin layer on, and then give it about 45 minutes before I put on my makeup. At night, or if it is a weekend and I'm at home, I put a lovely thick layer on and give it plenty of time to really soak in. I'm quite slap-dash, and often anything I put on my face ends up in my eyes, but Astral has never stung or irritated my eyes.
The tub states that this is an all over moisturiser, but I just use it for my face.
Astral is a plain, no-frills (and no mad promises) moisturiser. Lovely and thick, it feels a lot more luxurious than the £1 price I paid. For the price, and the quality I'll give it a 5 star score and wholly recommend it.
It's a great old "blast from the past" product that is as good as I remember it - and is probably cheaper now than it was back in the day. As my skin has got older I probably need it much more than I did back then - and for great value, intense moisturising it doesn't disappoint.
Thanks for reading.
I must admit I don't moisturise my face enough. I usually use a facial wash and that is it.
I'm now reaching my late thirties so decided it was high time to start putting some moisture back into my skin.
Comes in a blue tub with a screw top lid. On the top of the lid is a initial A.
Each pot contains 50 ml of cream. Looking at the product you would think that it is not very informative but it is. You simply un peel the sticky paper at the bottom to find further information.
There is a care line number that you can call: 0800 0853462.
Or by visiting their website at www.astral-cream.co.uk
Firstly I unscrew the lid and find a foil a coating with the Astral name on it. I peel off the foil. The cream is white in colour and has a thick consistency to it. The cream is rather a feminine scent with floral notes to it. This moisturiser can be used all over the body, I simply use it for my face.I cleanse my skin first tone then moisturise. My skin feels soft an not at all greasy
I purchased this today from Sainsbury's at half price for 54p.
Astral All over moisturiser is one of those products that seems to have been around forever. I remember many of my mum's friends swearing by it back in the 80's but I had never used it myself until recently. I wasn't even sure you could still buy it until I saw some in Superdrug! I was looking for a general purpose moisturiser to use on my feet mainly and I had been intending to get a different product. However, as I could get a little 50ml tub of Astral for just 59p, I thought I would give that a go instead. [That was a half price offer and you can of course get bigger tubs too.]
LITTLE BLUE TUB
The packaging if Astral doesn't look as though it has changed for years. It is quite simple, but a distinctive blue so I suppose that it stands out in it's own way. I bought the smallest size tub as I wasn't sure the product would suit me, but it would also be good for a weekend away as it is a nice compact size. The screw top lid is sturdy and secure too, and under that is a foil seal to get rid of the first time you use it.
On the tub it says that Astral is an intense moisturiser with a nourishing formula that has never changed because it works. Fair enough!
The all over moisturiser I use most often are Nivea Soft and various cocoa butters, plus Beauty Formulas foot cream in that area. Astral is a slightly thicker moisturiser than what I am used to but it has a lovely cool and creamy consistency. It felt as pleasant as a body butter to apply although I found it took more effort to work in than most of those. I wouldn't use this in a hurry, because the absorption really is slow. I wasn't put off by that as such because I have often found that the products that take time to work in offer better results for me in the long run than the ones that sink in straight away, probably at least partially because I take more time in applying them thoroughly. I don't want something that sits on the surface forever of course as that would be messy.. Astral isn't that bad but it does leave my skin with a sheen to it. Think of a less oily version of Baby Oil if you have used that. I think the sheen actually improves the appearance of my legs and makes them look smoother and sleeker somehow. As for my feet for some strange reason I found the cream sank in better there than anywhere else which isn't usually the case. It has done a good enough job of keeping my heel skin soft so I have bought a second larger tub to use solely on my feet. It has to share credit with softening that in the first place with a new foot file though. Elsewhere my skin was a little softer to the touch, and did not actually feel oily or sticky despite it's appearance.
I have relatively "normal" skin on my body, as opposed to the combination type on my face although my feet need more moisturising in general. I tried this cream only once on my face as a result and I really wouldn't recommend you do the same. My skin looked far too shiny, and powder frantically brushed over the top just vanished. I ended up using several shine control sheet and soap and water to restore order.
The Astral scent isn't as strong as I thought it would be which is probably just as well as it isn't a favourite of mine. It is intense if you sniff the tub but it is less concentrated on the skin. You can still detect it there hours later though -if you make an effort to sniff yourself! I would describe it as a powdery, heavy, floral aroma - a bit like an old fashioned soap. No doubt it will appeal to those that like classic scents more than I do, and it does at least smell like a good quality product.
WOULD I RECOMMEND ASTRAL?
It does the job of moisturising my skin and there is no doubt my legs feel softer and look smoother after using it. I also found it worked well as an after sun - it felt gentle and cooling. I wasn't blown away by the results though, as I have had similar ones from other all over moisturisers that leave less of an shiny look to the skin afterwards. In the summer, I don't mind a bit of a sheen to my skin and it helps it look healthier, but there are limits and I found this a bit time consuming to use frequently. I persevered with it on my feet and will continue to as it is keeping things soft there at least. Overall, I would say it is worth buying if you don't mind taking time for it to be absorbed as it is reasonably priced but the "all over" aspect of the product description probably shouldn't be considered as extending to the face for the reasons I have described above. To be fair this is true of most body moisturisers for me and if you have very dry facial skin perhaps you will have better results. The original 50ml tub lasted me longer than I ever expected it to as only a small amount is needed at once and it spreads out brilliantly on the skin so if it suits you it is a great buy.
Available in the usual places such as Superdrug and Boots - Superdrug still had some products on offer last week so it may be worth looking there first.
Original Astral All Over Moisturiser 50ml.
Blue screw top container available in 50ml, 200ml and 500ml
On offer at superdrug during March 2013 for the bargain price of 62p normally £1.25 (200ml £1.94 was £3.89).
"Astral is all the intense moisturising care your skin needs. The nourishing and protective formula is so effective, it's never had to change"
I was initially looking for a hand cream, not to expensive and something that would fit in my handbag when I noticed this product. The small blue tub was just the right size to slip neatly into a bag so I could use it throughout the day. I did however need something intense as my hands had become very dry over the winter, so it would be interesting to see how well this moisturiser would preform, although it states for all over use I wasn't sure if it would be strong enough for rough hands.
Using and Results:
I like the fact it's in a screw top container as this makes it easy to get at. The moisturiser has a smooth creamy consistency and was easy to work into the skin. It has a very distinct floral/soap scent which I found pleasant, however I could see how it may be overpowering for some. My hands definitely felt softer and looked less dry after just a couple of applications and there was no greasy or sticky residue. As far as convince and performance goes I would recommend this product as a suitable hand cream even for very dry hands. A little goes a long way, certainly worth the money.
There are certain products which I have stuck with for years, if I like a brand I do tend to stick with it and this is definitely one of those. This is a very thick, white all over moisturiser which really agrees with my skin and for this reason I haven't felt the need to try any new or fancy brands of moisturiser. It is recommended for mature and ageing skin but is great for all ages.
My daughter works in healthcare and spends a lot of time wearing gloves which really does dry out the hands. I always pick her up a tub of this when I'm buying it and she has followed in my footsteps and constantly carries one of the smaller pots in her handbag (the 50ml is a nice little size to carry around). I also always pack one for my holidays as its very moisturising all over the body when the sun has left my skin feeling a little dry.
I mainly use this as a hand cream these days but it does work well all over, it is also good on the legs if you experience any dry skin from shaving.
The pots haven't changed much over the years, for as long as I can remember they have been in the bright blue tub as pictured with a screw off lid, the range of sizes available are 50ml, 200ml and 500ml.
It is widely available in chemists and supermarkets, I find the larger the pot you buy the better the value, I keep a 500ml pot at home but also the smaller ones for when I'm on the go.
The 200ml is currently half price in Tesco at £1.85.
The moisturiser is very thick and rich, it rubs into the skin and absorbs well and the largest pot lasts a very long time. My daughter goes through the 50ml tub pretty quickly as she uses it so often but insists it is the best cream she has used on her hands.
There is a pleasant scent from the cream which isn't strong and soon fades.
I would highly recommend this product, it hasn't been around for years and remained unchanged for no reason. It is a reliable and trustworthy brand and a firm favourite of mine.
There is only one negative with this, which is when it is first applied it can leave your skin a small bit greasy but it does absorb and is fine in a couple of minutes.
There is also a light and creamy version in a pale blue pot which I haven't tried as the original works fine for me. *Not tested on animals.
Joanna Lumley once said she uses this product to remove make up as she is allergic to lots of products, if it's good enough for Joanna..........
Astral is another one of those timeless creams that remind me of childhood and never gets old! My mum used to religiously use it on us as kids and when I recently stayed overnight at my mums house and forgot to bring my usual body moisturiser, my brother gave me his tub of Astral cream to borrow and I forgot how lovely and simple it is!
Astral Original cream is a simple but very effective cream, with the same main ingredients:
Lanolin which is a rich natural moisturiser which binds water to itself, locking moisture in while still allowing the skin to breathe. It's naturally hypoallergenic and easily absorbed. It also contains Glycerine which attracts water into the epidermis, increasing its moisture content. Together, these renowned moisturisers give mature and very dry skin the nourishment it needs and help protect it by keeping essential moisture in. A positive about the thing about Astral is that it is dermatologically tested so proven to be good for skin. It is not tested on animals which I agree with and I am sure most others do too!
It comes in a deep blue tub with a screw top lid. He had bought it from a local cosmetic shop in the market and a 500ml tub set him back £5.99 which I personally think is a bit pricey (compared to the bargains I normally try to buy but of course he isn't as money careful as me) but it does last a long time and is a brilliant moisturiser. It is a white, lightly whipped moisturiser with amazing nourishing properties and absorbs into skin fast and quickly. It does smell slightly perfumed, not strong but it does have a small whiff of almost a diluted scent that normally comes across in a Johnson's baby cream.
I applied this to my entire body except my face as I have always been quite fussy about using creams on my face unless the packaging states/advertises it to be a face cream! (I know I have totally given in to the manufacturers clever propaganda of what I should be using...) Nonetheless I loved using the cream and would use it again in a heartbeat. It is lovely and keeps my skin hydrated and soft for hours and I would definitely recommend it to all, but right now for my pocket I may stick to cheaper creams that do just as an amazing job :)
Reason for Purchase:
I've been using Astral since I was knee high, it's been the product of choice for my mother and grandmother while I was growing up so I have a lot of nostalgia about it.
So after using it for 20 years you would hope I would have a decent opinion on it.
These days it comes in a bright blue hard plastic tub with smooth edges, it hasn't gone through many packaging tweaks over the years which makes it recognisable as a long standing product. The lid twists easily and doesnt get sticky from use and doesn't gather product into the spaces between the screw top mechanism. It comes with a foil seal on top which can be a little difficult to get off around the edges but not too much bother.
"Astral is all the intense moisturising care your skin needs. The nourishing and protecting formula is so effective it's never had to change."
The packaging used to say:
"So lightly whipped, it's easily absorbed into your skin. Made with pure ingredients, like Lanolin and glycerin and other gentle softeners. Keep your skin feeling smooth, soft, fresh. Use Astral day and night to care for your skin. Your face. Your hands. Everywhere you want to keep your skin beautiful"
Price and Availability:
It retails between £1.50 to around £3. There are variable sizes of tubs available (50mL, 200mL and 500 mL). It's is available in local and regional pharmacists and large supermarkets.
Well my choice is deeply influenced by my history of using this product and the fact that it agreed well with my sensitive skin as I've mentioned in my previous reviews.
The moisturiser itself is a whipped white dense cream before you even apply it looks like it is a quality moisturiser and has a very pleasant light smell which reminds me of mild soap and baby powder which lasts on the skin and is not in any way overpowering.
I mostly use this moisturiser on my face but have also used it for my body because it is such a good all over product.
On application the cream feels cool and smooth and looks slightly shiny. A small amount of this product goes a long way so be aware of this when applying it. It is fairly well absorbed into the skin and initally leaves a shine on your skin. After about 10-15 mins it is fully absorbed and the shine has faded to a healthy sheen that I like from good rich moisturisers. There is no residue or stickiness on my skin after application.
For my face I find it easy to apply my make-up after 10-15 mins and for my body like any of my other moisturisers there is no problem with putting on your clothes (I generally leave any moisturiser on to absorb for 10-15 mins after I get out of the shower before putting on clothes).
My skin has quite a few dry patches and during the winter I find them particularly troublesome, so rather than use an oil based moisturiser I have for a long time opted for this instead. I would not however recommend this for anyone with oily skin as it makes my oily areas slightly worse but I am happy with the overall effect.
For my face I tend to use this product during the wet periods and winter months when my facial skin is in need of a little TLC from the elements during the day and night. In the summer however I find that due to the increased temperature during the day if I applied this my skin would tend to be shiny and I would need to reapply a matte foundation to rectify the problem and resultantly in the summer I would use this only at night before bed.
For my body I use this product all year round and concentrate on putting a little more on my elbows and knees as these are my driest areas.
A 200mL tub of Astral lasts me 2-3 months mainly because a small amount goes so far and the fact that I use it everyday on my face but I use other moisturisers on my body because I like to mix and match.
I have always found as a result of using this moisturiser (my mother and grandmother swear by it) that my skin is certainly softer, smoother and well moisturised with particular note that this product is excellent at removing that tight feeling you get when your skin is dry.
I have never developed any rash or irritation from using this product.
I used to use this cream religiously years ago but you know how girls are - we stray from trusted products. Reason I stopped using it was because someone (male) commented saying my skin is so shiny. I thought "OH NO - grease overload" (silly me - i know). Anyway I now know he meant GLOSSY!!!!. So along with Palmers Cocoa Butter, this is one of my all time favourite cream. It's super moisturising, has a fresh powdery scent, great for aftersun care, you NEVER have to reapply during the day and lastly over a period of time you're skin will become naturally glossy (i get it now) so you won't need as much cream. And for the price (£1 for 50ml, £3 for 200ml and £6 for a 500ml tub) who's complaining. Not too sure about using on the face though, cos I'm sure it has perfume in it. Came across it in Boots the other day, so I had to buy some for memory sake!!! Not letting this baby go. Sad thing is, that i don't think it's available outside the UK.
Astral was the first moisturiser I ever used when my mum bought it for me aged about 15 and said that if I got into a good skincare routine from an early age I would thank her later in life. I have to admit she was right, and at the age of 32 I am not doing too badly for wrinkles compared to some of my friends who don't bother with moisturiser.
I still use Astral but I only tend to use it when my skin is really dry, so usually in winter. It's quite thick in texture, more like cream than liquid, and feels a bit too greasy to use on your face as it makes it very shiny and doesn't sink in very well. If you use it on your legs after shaving though, or on very dry patches in winter, it works a treat and when it finally absorbs it does give moisture to your skin.
When I used to use Astral on my face I always felt like it was clogging up the pores and might end up giving me spots, but I never really noticed any physical differences apart from it made my face shinier. If you put foundation on after wearing moisturiser, you'll probably find you'll be waiting quite a while for this to absorb into the skin before you can put your make-up on, which is another reason to just use this for your legs and other parts of the body.
The tub it comes in hasn't changed much in recent years, it's still blue with white writing, and can be found in many pound shops and discount stores for around £1. I still associate this brand with older people, and imagine that elderly women use it a lot. It doesn't have the most pleasant smell as it's quite strong and smells like old lady's perfume (!), but it's still a very handy product to keep in your collection.
I was in my local Lloyds Pharmacy a while ago and there was an offer on by one get one free so I brought a puzzle and save "Astral" I was in need of a new moisturiser and labelled up a £1 I thought it was a bargain.
It's in a 200ml round blue tub with white writing. Rather a boring looking tub but...£1.00.
Astral is an all over body moisturiser and claims - Astral is all the intense moisturising care your body needs.
The nourishing and protective formula is so effective it's never had to change.
"Uncover the truth...Astral works"
I think it does live up to its claim. I use it all over my body and works really well as a moisturiser.
*Legs - Great after shaving to avoid dry areas and static legs
*Face - Gentle and useful on cotton wool pads to remove make-up
*Hands - Helps bring life back into dry and cracked hands
You only need a small amount so my 200ml tub has lasted 3 months already and I'm not even a quarter of the way down the tub. It will last me a good year I should say but the expiry recommends you should use within 12 months (I personally don't follow expires!!)
This product is not greasy on the skin like other competitors and also has a mild talc smell to it.
I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone especially if you can get it cheap (attached below is the Astral site where you can sign up and receive samples and offers)
Currently this product is on sale at Amazon for £7.99 500ml. But be aware the expiry is 12months and it does last a long time so I would only buy this big a tub if you're whole family will be using it.
Hope this has been of some use.