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I had great results with the grapefruit face scrub and wanted to use Neutrogena cream for a change, after using Nivea for so long.
The tub is quite large compared to other products, it was little more pricier than Nivea, I bought mine along with 3 for 2 items in Boots, it was £6. The brand is easily recognisable in their simple white tub with blue top, and blue strip in the middle.
Once you unscrew the top, there is a silver foil to peel back to access the cream. The cream is very thinny, not runny, just thin, like how margarine is compared to butter. You need a little dab into the cream and dot them about your face, then massage it all over. Applying the cream is easy and smooth, it is absorbed very well without leaving a greasy residue. I use it all over my body and love the smell of it, it's very hard to describe the smell, it's not an unpleasant smell nor dominating, it's lovely after a shower.
After a few days of applying it on my back shoulders, the skin looked glowing and heathy, my back tends to get a bit dry and neglected, and after a few days it's obvious you have had attention focused on it. My legs lost that dull dry look, it's very soft and looks brilliant.
The current tub - the first I bought - is now 7 months old, there is around a quarter of cream left, I don't use a little to make it go long way, you just need a little as it goes onto the skin easily and it covers a lot of area with just one dab of cream.
I highly recommend this product, it's superior than Nivea's thick hard to apply cream, and more effective than Nivea's thinner cream.
I recently ran out of my previous moisturiser, Simple Derma, and decided to go back to Boots and look for something else. I do not like to use the same cream over and over again as my skin gets used to it and the cream looses its effect. After standing at the moisturiser stand for about 15 minutes, I decided on the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Comfort Balm as I had heard nothing but good things about this brand's hand cream. On this basis, I though the rest of the range would be equally as good.
The packaging is quite simple and basic, it is definitely no Soap & Glory, but it is not unappealing. The colours used on the tub are white, red and blue ... sticking to primary and neutral colours makes is appealing to both genders in my opinion. The reason I chose this product compared to others on the shelf that were in tubes or had pump dispensers is that you can get to every last drop as it is simply a screw top tub.
EASE OF USE
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to apply cream, but us ladies and you metrosexual gents will know that sometimes it is not as easy as you may think. The lid comes of easily as sit is screw top and it is equally as easy to put back on, even with creamy hands. Once the lid is off, you just wipe your finger on the top layer of cream and apply to the desired area. The cream spreads quite easily, so a little bit does go a long way (yes this is the catch phrase of all moisturisers).
This is crunch time, does the product work? Yes, after a fashion. This is one of those creams that are great if you are dedicated to moisturisers, but will not give the desired results to those that moisturise once a week.
As the sun is just starting to come out, my legs have been a little neglected over the winter months and have become visibly dry. I applied a thin layer of cream, it absorbed quickly (less than 2 minutes) but then 15 minutes, my legs looked visibly dry again. A week later, after using the cream twice a day (morning and night) my legs are lovely and soft.
As this is a face and body cream, I also use it on my face, which is always regularly moisturised. My face feels lovely and smooth and soft. I have not had problems with any break outs, rashes or dry patches since I started using this product.
The one thing I noticed when I opened the tub was that it was a cream, the label says "balm" so I was expecting a more solid clear solution. To me a balm, is a lip balm, something that has a petroleum jelly texture to it. This is most definitely a cream, it is quite thick but light at the same time ... I like the texture but it is a little misleading to call it a "balm".
I got the 300ml size of the product from Boots for £6.12, my first thought was 12p ... such an odd amount. I think that £6.12 is a fair price to pay for a cream, not exactly a budget buy though. At the time that I bought the product, it was on 3for2 with all other skincare products .... I thought this was a good promotion as usually you are just limited to one particular range and end up buying something you don't really need or use for the third item.
I think this cream is a good cream for maintaining soft and supple skin day after day, but you are better off looking elsewhere if you want to a cream to magically moisturiser your winter legs or forgotten feet for a night out.
A recent visit to my friend's house saw me coming away with a boxful of toiletries. The reason being, despite it being almost Autumn, she was having a big Spring clean and asked me if I wanted anything. My friend is a compulsive buyer of cosmetics and toiletry products and the box she gave me contained loads of products (mostly unopened) that I probably wouldn't have bought myself.
One of the first things I tried out was this moisturiser - or 'Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Comfort Balm' -to give it it's Sunday name.
Price and packaging~
The comfort balm, as it shall be known from now on, comes in a generic plastic tub. The shape is a softly rounded, slightly tubby cylindrical design and is in the rather uninspiring colours of white and navy blue.
The tub has a screw top lid which is easy to open and close and keeps the balm fresh and from drying out.
As I didn't actually buy this I cannot comment on wide availability and cost as it's not something I have noticed in other shops before. I did see my local Superdrug stocks it however and for a 200ml tub the cost is £2.99.
What can I use it for?~
This comfort balm claims it is both suitable for the body and for the face. I am always skeptical about products that are designed for allover and I don't believe they work effectively all areas as they would on others. As I use a separate cream for my face and neck, I opted to use this just as a body cream..
My experience of using this~
I applied this balm directly after a shower when my skin was still damp as I always feel my skin benefits from this regime. The first thing I noticed on unscrewing the lid was the scent. It was only delicate but there was a very clean, almost minty aroma emitting from the tub which though pleasant, is not what I would have chosen for a body cream (nor indeed for my face) as it reminded me far too much of products directly designed for feet.
Not to be deterred though as this was for free, I applied a blob to my hands and proceeded to apply to my legs first.
The balm felt cold on contact with my skin, which after a warm shower was a bit of a shock, but I can imagine it being very soothing if applied to cool the skin after sun exposure making it suitable for holidays.
The texture of the balm is almost whipped, whilst the consistency is very light airy making it feel a pleasure to use on the skin.
I found a small amount sufficed for both my legs and equally the rest of my body. The balm was easy to rub in and absorbed almost instantly on contact which is always a plus in my eyes.
The balm did not leave a sticky or greasy residue like some other moisturisers can and I felt it soak into my skin, as opposed to leaving a layer on top.
This promises 24 hour moisture and I have to say I have been impressed so far with this as my skin has felt soft and supple every time I have used it.
I am so glad my friend was having a clear out as I don't think I would have tried this to be honest. I'm really not sure why but Neutrogena products have never appealed to me much before, however having tried this and being impressed with it I will be investigating other products in the range.
This is dermatologist tested.
I have sensitive skin and this caused no rashes or allergic reactions etc.
Very impressive stuff for the body..can't comment on it's effectiveness as a face cream though.
What Is It?
As Neutrogena say "this is a balm which has the richness of a cream and is instantly absorbing, especially developed for dry and sensitive skin. The moisturising power of Norwegian Formula immediately comforts your skin, providing 24 hour moisturisation and protection with no sticky after feel. Its unique, fast absorbing texture leaves your skin perfectly soothed, soft and fresh after just one application".
It comes in a 200ml tub, which is white with a blue screw lid with the Norwegian flag on the label.
The consistency of the balm is a thick white cream. You don't need to use a lot as it does spread out well.
What does it cost?
Varies but around £4.50
Where can I buy one?
Most supermarkets, boots, semi chem. etc
My skin hates most moisturisers and comes out in a rash but this works wonders. After one application on dry skin I find that I don't need to use it again. Great on sunburn too but does sometimes sting if your skin is really dry. It has very light scent but nothing overpowering. Use it on your face, arms, legs, body and it leaves your skin soft. I've even used it on my feet!
I've been using this for a couple of years now and would'nt change to anything else.
Soft moisturising cream suitable for body and face /