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I regulary use Origins products in my skin care routine and a moisturiser with a SPF is essential for me as I have very fair skin being a red head!
It comes in a white tub containing 50ml and is described as super charged moisture cream.
The moisturiser itself I feel does not have a strong smell unlike other SPF facial products I have tried. The only downside is I would quite like it to be higher rating than 15, but thats because I am so fair. Twinned with a foundation that has an SPF and I feel I do my best to protect my skin when in this country. When on holiday abroad I use a specific facial SPF product with a much higher rating. I use probably more than you should but it sinks in so easily and never leaves my skin feeling greasy so it doesn't matter if you are heavy handed with applying products.
Directions are apply on clean dry skin each morning. Because it sinks into my skin very quickly I feel when using foundation it helps that dry feeling I can get if I were not to moisturiser before applying foundation and helps with an even application.
I believe the picture is out of date though as the last pot I brought has a squared of lid so when looking for this don't be fooled by different packaging!
If you did want a lighter less creamy moisturiser but still with an SPF try the lotion version of this moisturiser, same price and size but the packaging is a small white bottle rather than a pot.
Also Boots has started selling Orgins on their website which means you can get Boots Advantage points on this range but I haven't seen them in any stores to buy. £29 pounds so 116 points!
Orgins Have A Nice Day SPF 15 facial cream.
Ok, I can't believe I spent this amount of money on a facial cream but this was £33 when I purchased it from Boots a few months ago (March 2009). It was however, spent with points. Being so expensive I don't think I could have ever allowed myself to buy the product outright with cash!
It arrives in a little green and white box which inside, sits a little white circular tub. It holds 50mls or 1.7oz and is a white freshly citrus fragranced cream.
Easy to apply but do not get in your eyes! Most SPF creams I have found, have this wierd ability to sting your eyes, not just until its rinsed out, but for several hours afterwards- and this is no difference, but it may mean you need to purchase a separate eye cream to avoid this.
I like Origins as they claim to use organic and more natural ingredients in their products, if not exclusively and this cream also is organic and with a host of natural ingredients.
But I am not so keen on this cream. I do really want to like it- one of my favourite brands, natural, organic, no niggling "should I be putting that on my face..." thoughts, no worries it would eventually dry out my skin with harsh silicones. But in reality, it's not like my other favourite Origins products (A Perfect World). The cream feels really heavy when it's on my skin. It does say on the pot, "Super charged moisture cream" but that's exactly what my skin needs. My skin is dry, if I don't apply anything, it gets itchy within minutes. If I was my face in anything other then a cream based product, it gets white and flaky. So this cream should have worked. Yet it left my skin throwing a wobbly.
You see, my skin has a mind of its own. It is dry as bone, but has its preferences. If a product is too dense or has too many oils in it, or is not well suited, it starts to show bumps under the skin. Not spots, but sebum patches where the sebum cannot escape through the pores which are blocked by the product on my face. (I get this a lot, Boots No.7 are normally the culprit but not in this case..) Now this doesn't happen with some creams, it does not happen with most make up and it is generally kept at bay with exfoliation and changing the product which causes the problem. So I can attribute this latest case to the Origins cream. Perhaps I just have hyper sensitive skin, or perhaps I am not alone- you will have to be the decider on that one.
Well I was a bit upset that this cream did not work out. Having spent a small fortune, I had not kept the receipt! It's worth noting that Origins will take back any product that does not work out for you, but in all cases, they do need a receipt. At the moment, this is doing a grand job of covering my back and shoulders when I go out in the sun, but I do feel like I have wasted a good £30 odd on a cream I have no real use for. Moral of the story? Try before you buy!
Origins Have a Nice Day. I would never have tried this had the Sanctuary not changed the formulation of their SPF 15 moisturiser and made it too rich for my skin!
Anyway, most SPF 15 moisturisers reacted strangely when I applied foundation/concealer over the moisturiser. I was beginning to give up hope when I saw the Origins counter and thought, hey, I'll try that. Anyway it works for me, no strange skin reaction after I put foundation on and it moisturises my skin well. I use the cream formula although this product does come in a lotion too.
Everywhere, in most dept stores, in most cities, some cities/towns even have their own Origins store like Brighton does!
Rustic - cream/dark green with a plant logo, lots of items in baskets and shelves featuring various products.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Often try to sell you what you don't need/want but are pleasant enough.
For my moisturiser I can't recall - i think about 20.00 GBP or 25.00 GBP.
My moisturiser normally lasts about between 4-5 weeks applied every morning.
Scent is a citrus scent, some have described as lemon, i think more mandarin/orange, it is a nice scent and quite addictive. Texture is smooth and soft, a nice cream formula.
Comes in i think a china jar, a small round pot, white with the Origins logo on. The china jar comes inside a cardboard box with similar logo.
As far as I am aware 30 days refund/exchange if it irritates your skin otherwise if you just don't like it I'd guess returned unused.
I never really worried about protecting my face during the day until my mum pointed out to me that I should be using a day cream. It is probably not so important in your teens to worry about the state of your skin, but at the age of 20 I would rather prevent any possible damage to my skin than wait until it happens and then not be able to do anything about.
Naturally I turned to my favourite cosmetics brand Origins to help me with my predicament. I flicked through their little catalogue to my section combination skin. As hoped, I was greeted by two products that would be suitable protection for my skin during the day. Rather bewildered by the prices I searched high and low on eBay and found a 30ml bottle for sale for £7.50 (£6 lower than the RRP for that amount). Thrilled to have found such a bargain I purchased the bottle, as it was totally unused.
Soon after a small bottle arrived in the post, a perfect size for my little daily skin care bag.
A small white/cream plastic bottle with a matte cap; like the top of a mushroom. It is a very cute bottle, typical of Origins. It is plain in design and has minimal information on the front and some instructions of use on the back. The bottle is very supple plastic, which I am sure will come in handy when the bottle is nearing the end as you will be able to squeeze it.
The lotion is a creamy colour, and although it is runny, it is a thick rich consistency. Put it this way, it looks expensive.
It smells fabulous it is said to contain Ginkgo Extract, Liquorice, Birch Extract and Soybean. Heaven knows what they all are but combined, they smell clean, fresh and ever so slightly citrusy a gorgeous smell to greet your face with each morning.
METHOD OF USE
The morning I received the bottle I excitedly cleansed and toned my face and applied a small blob (about the size of a 10p piece) which covered the whole of my face. There are no detailed instructions on the bottle of how to apply it, just to apply it over clean skin every morning.
After application I found that it absorbed fairly quickly as it didnt feel oily, and I was careful not to over apply it. After it was absorbed I found it easy to apply foundation over it, and it didnt flake off or gather in certain places.
I used this for the day I bought it, and the day after. It felt absolutely fantastic after I had applied it. My whole face felt perfectly smooth and it claims to have an SPF of 15, so that assured me that I had adequate protection for my face when outside braving the elements.
The results were not so stunning on day two. As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, I have combination skin. For those who dont know, this generally means normal skin which has a tendency to be slightly oily around the T zone (forehead nose and chin) and perhaps dry in other places. Combination skin is often prone to random breakouts of blemishes or spots as well.
Having combination skin for me means that my forehead sometimes acts oily, and occasionally I will get a breakout of small spots on my forehead, either that or slight patches of redness.
On day two I realised at the end of the day that I had experienced a small breakout on my forehead. It was shiny and had gone slightly red in places, with little spots starting to form. I realised immediately that this was probably caused by Have A Nice Day and prompted stopped using it.
Despite this, I dont think it is a bad product, I just think that it is not suitable for my combination skin, and possibly other peoples. I would certainly recommend this to people with normal or dry skin, as I think it would be better suited to them. I have to be very careful with moisturising my forehead, and at the moment I generally dont, I just apply something else (but thats a whole different review!)
Having consulted Origins catalogue again I think I should have opted for Balanced Diet as it moisturises some areas and blots excess oil in others.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
£22.50 for 50ml. Yes, its expensive but judging from the amount I used on my face I think it would last a long time.
Origins is not sold in very many places. At present I can only get it from John Lewis in Bristol and the Origins shop in Bath. The store locator is here: http://www.origins.com/locate/index.html
See www.origins.com for further information on the full range of products (although unfortunately you can't purchase online unless you live in Canada or the US).
My skin had become very confused - dry but oily in parts, quite reactive and prone to breakouts, plus it looked dehydrated. Previously I had been using Aveda products and was always recommended the richest cream by the assistant (Tourmaline Charged ... not great) who was convinced my skin was dry even though I had an oily T-zone. Fed up with my complexion looking dull , I popped along to the Origins counter and was told that my skin was not dry but combination. The very helpful sales girl gave me a sample (which last 2 weeks) of this cream and within a matter of days my skin was looking fresher and all my breakouts had stopped, PLUS the scars on my cheeks began to fade for the first time in a year. This cream is absolutely amazing, a miracle in a jar, and it also smells divine.
I bought this product when I was just getting over the flu and needed something to cheer me up. My husband handed me cash ( a rare and happy occasion:) and off I went to find something to spend it on, and after being lured to the Origins counter by my Ginger obsessed pal I found the Have a Nice Day cream. Strangely and differing from the other opinion on this product I have combination skin and this product is indeed recommended by Origins (in a wee pamphlet)as being perfect for that skin type. Although I've been using the Olay complete care moisture lotion I find it a bit greasy and smell isn't so nice. I've been looking for a new SPF skin cream and nearly bought the Clarins version only for some reason the Clarins counter assistant was in a very bad mood. So lured into Origins we sniffed and looked and I was struck by the wonderful smell of the Have a Nice day cream. Lemony with a touch of mint I think, incredible and really wakes you up. Oooo said I, and showed it to my friend who also Oooooed. Once purchased I then offered it to my husband who sniffed and was well pleased by it and that seems to be the general reception it gets. I nearly brought it into work just so my friends there could smell and partake of its wonderfulness. It has gingko in it to help the circulation and sinks into your skin like nothing on earth making it really smooth and soft. It hasn't made my face shine like a beacon and has helped to soothe the dry bits on the end of my nose caused by all the sneezing and nose blowing. It is a bit heavier then I would normally use, but seems to cope quite well with my skin type. Overall I have to say I'm very pleased and best of all it has cheered me up no end. With these horrible mornings (there is snow and wild wind outside) it's nice to know that before you head outside you can slap on such lovely cream and really believe there is a chance of having a nice day out there somewhere!!
This is a truly fantastic moisture cream from Origins. It is also incredibly expensive and if I hadn't of won a jar in a competition I would never have discovered it. I have read all those magazine articles about how the sun will turn me into something resembling a pickled walnut and I am not exactly welcoming this! I have been going without sun protection though as my sensitive skin always reacts badly to it. Thanks to 'Have A Nice Day' I may be able to halt the ageing process a wee bit. It has a SPF 15 sunscreen and is designed for dry skin. I have had no problems with this cream at all, it goes on well and keeps my skin in excellent condition. The smell is pretty vile though, it reminds me of lemon washing-up liquid. If you have dry, sensitive skin I would definitely recommend this cream. I think it would be too thick and heavy for greasy skin though. I don't think it is an exceptional cream, if you don't have any problems with cheaper creams than it is not worth bankrupting yourself buying this cream. I am very impressed though and will be checking out the rest of the Origins range.
A blend of UV protectors, including Titanium Dioxide / Also contains Vitamin E