Product Type: Simple body care
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A Simple Product, But Very Effective
Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser
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Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser
Advantages: Lasts all day, very effective on dry/sensitive skin
Disadvantages: A little more expensive than some other moisturisers
I used to use the Simple Hydrating Light moisturiser, but around six months ago when my skin became a little dry and patchy, I reverted to the Replenishing Rich alternative. I am glad I did, as while the Hydrating Light moisturiser is effective, Replenishing Rich is even better.
A bottle of Replenishing Rich moisturiser comes in a rectangular cardboard box measuring 14cm in height, 5.5cm in width and 4cm in depth. The box has a white background and is embellished with identical product information to that on the bottle inside. The box opens with a single flap that you merely slip your finger under to release. The inside of the box is coloured pale green. The bottle in which the moisturiser is contained is fashioned from durable white plastic, and is shaped like a slightly flattened cylinder. On the front is the Simple logo in forest green, with the green and silver curve, resembling a smile, sitting beneath it. The rest of the design outlines the product's 'Vitamin Goodness', and professes that it contains '1 Vital Vitamin,' '3 Skin Loving Nutrients' and '0 Perfume/Colour'. Running across the white background is a variety of green stripes, like grass stalks, in olive, forest and spearmint green. The back of the bottle outlines the product ingredients and instructions on use. It also outlines recycling information. The bottle is comprised of HDPE, and the lid is PP. Both are recyclable where facilities are available. The cap is mounted on a dark green base, around which runs the words Not Coloured, Not Perfumed. The lid is a slightly paler shade, and twists off in a fluid motion to reveal the small opening through which the product is dispensed. The overall appearance of the bottle reflects the company's simple, natural outlook, with its unpretentious layout and restricted colour scheme. To me this allows the product to stand out amongst the many other skin care products that are designed to catch your attention with their gaudy, over-adorned packaging.
Not having perfume added to it, the moisturiser does not have the sickly, chemically smell that is a feature of many similar products. It has a mild, natural fragrance that reminds me somewhat of plain yoghurt, but not in an unpleasant way. As soon as it dries into your skin however, this smell is no longer noticeable. The moisturiser is fairly viscous, so you can upend the bottle without the product leaking out. It also helps that the opening is very small - 2mm in diameter - so no excess is wasted. There is a small dip around the hole too, so that should any moisturiser leak out, it collects around the opening and may work itself back into the bottle. To dispense the moisturiser I upend the bottle, then gentle squeeze it to decant a broad-bean sized blob onto my palm. The moisturiser is cool to the touch, and white in colour. I usually begin by applying the product to my cheeks in small, light circular motions. I then move onto my eye area, then the chin, nose and forehead, before finishing with the neck. I apply more of the moisturiser to areas I know are prone to dryness, and less to areas that are prone to becoming oily, such as around my nostrils. I blend the product in so that no white residue is left on the surface of my skin, and find that it absorbs fairly quickly to leave my skin smooth and supple. When I have applied a layer of the product I find that it takes around five minutes for my skin to dry. When it has dried I can instantly feel a difference when my face moves, as my skin feels noticeably less taut. This sensation continues for around twelve continuous hours. I usually apply the product in the morning before applying make up. In this respect I begin by washing my face, drying it, applying the moisturiser, then waiting 10 - 15 minutes before applying foundation. I also use the moisturiser at night - washing and exfoliating my face, then applying the liquid before bed. Since beginning using the Replenishing Rich moisturiser my dry skin has disappeared completely. When I first purchased it I applied a thick layer to the afflicted area several times a day, and it took around two days for the dryness to entirely subside.
Simple Replenishing Rich moisturiser is available in 125ml bottles from most chemists, pharmacists and supermarkets. I usually purchase mine from Bodycare, where it is currently being sold at £2.19 per bottle. Alternatively, it is available online from the following sources:
£2.99 from boots.com
£3.29 from chemistdirect.co.uk
£4.89 from pharmacy2u.co.uk
Simple Replenishing Rich moisturiser is ideal for sensitive skin, with its UV filters and vitamin B, which 'actively restores, softens and smoothes' skin. The product also contains glycerine for hydration and nourishment, while bisabolol and allantoin soothe and protect. I personally have sensitive skin, particularly around the face. I have found that many other products, especially those that contain perfume and/or colour, have a tendency to make my skin sting, but that has never been a problem with Simple Replenishing Rich moisturiser. I find the product to be effective all day, and I frequently use it around my elbow and wrist areas prior to applying fake tanning spray, to ensure that the spray is evenly distributed over these areas that are prone to becoming darker than others when the solution develops. Using the product twice a day on my face and neck, and once or twice a week on my elbows and wrists, a bottle will last about three months. This product is slightly more expensive than some other moisturisers, but I trust the brand and their policies and have always had a good experience with this product. I highly recommend this product, and even at the expensive online price of £4.89, I still consider this to be a bargain.
Summary: A fantastic, natural moisturiser that is worth the extra money