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I was recently sent a tin of Steam Cream to review and I was more than a little bit excited to get it because I had read so many amazing review across the bloggersphere about it. When it arrived in a beautiful bright orange box, inside I was chuffed to find a very patriotic looking tin called 'Freedom and Discipline' which you can find on their webpage.
The idea behind Steam Cream is quite simple and it goes like this:
"STEAMCREAM represents the latest concept in skincare. Freshly handmade using high-quality, natural ingredients that are fused together by a shot of steam. This unique method makes the cream very lightweight, providing long-lasting hydration for the face. The texture also makes it a perfect nourishing treat for your body and hands too".
Steamcream is a multi-purpose/ all in one, mostly natural, moisturiser. You can use it on your face, body and hands, and as you apply it to your skin it literally absorbs itself with minimal effort needed to massage it into your skin. The cream itself is so light and completely non-greasy and leaves behind no evidence it is or has been on your skin, the only thing it leaves you is a wonderful aroma.
As soon as I removed the lid from the tin which involved a very simple process of simply twisting it slightly and off it comes, inside is a bright white cream and as soon as you see the cream you can most definitely smell the Lavender scent, a fragrance which I really love. So I decided to use this as my night time moisturising cream because as you know, Lavender is known for its relaxation properties as well as hoping to promote a sense of calm as well as helping to relieve stress and tension.
This moisturiser is also made by hand using fresh, high quality ingredients which include:
---> Oatmeal Infusion to soothe,
---> Orange Flower to improve elasticity,
---> Chamomile Blue Essential Oil which increases elasticity so reduces sagging, softens dry skin and ---> reduces puffiness
---> Rose Absolute which helps to keep mature skin soft and supple and it helps to ease dryness
---> Almond Oil to plump up with the skin with natural Vitamin E,
---> Lavender Oil to help and reduce any imflamation,
---> Organic Jojoba Oil and
---> Cocoa Butter to soften the skin and keep it happy.
There are many more ingredients within this cream which are listed on the bottom on the tin or they can be found on the Steam Cream Website. Then, as the name suggests, these ingredients are fused together with a shot of steam and the reason for this is as follows:
"It's STEAMCREAM's unique STEAM process that makes our cream much more effective on the skin. The force of the STEAM fuses the ingredients instantly - holding them together in a very gentle and loose emulsion. When it touches your skin, the naturally moisturising ingredients and pure, calming essential oils are released from the light emulsion so they can sink past the surface reaching the areas they are needed fast. Your skin will feel intensively moisturised and softer for longer."
So it is this unique method that gives Steamcream its texture which as described is lightweight and non-greasy. So once on the skin and having absorbed itself, I can honestly say that it is incredibly wonderful and relaxing and my skin becomes soft and smooth to the touch and for me it is the perfect tonic for giving my skin some TLC overnight.
I am a huge fan of this cream and it retails for £12.95 on the Steamcream website. If the design of my tin is not for you, then all you need to do is look at the product gallery to see that there are over 50 different tin designs to look at, each and everyone as eye-catching as the next and there are also some limited editions.
I recently acquired STEAMCREAM from a beauty advent Calendar. I think I'd vaguely heard about the brand before but not given them any attention.
First impressions - the packaging is very unique. Each cream comes in a palm-sized metallic tin with a design of choice, and there are plenty to choose from on their website. The smell of the cream doesn't appeal to me so much. The consistency looks quite nice. STEAMCREAM is made from natural products in the U.K or Japan and are mostly vegan friendly (amazing!). The cream is made using the steam technique to make it more of a whipped consistency. You can also use this cream on any of your body including face.
Packaging - obviously I didn't get to choose mine, but I got a Fiore Limited Editon, which has pink flowers with different patterns on the petals. You can see the metallic tin behind the flowers. It has STEAMCREAM embossed on the tin lid. You unscrew the lid by twisting. This means if you leave your tin upside down in a bag, when you open it, the cream might go everywhere. I try to keep it upright at all times.
It is pretty to look at, although I would of chosen a different one if I had the choice. There are some really lovely ones on their site. I will definitely be using the tin for storing small things after I have used it all. I encourage everyone who has this to do so!
I wish they just sold the tins with no cream! Haha.
Scent - the first thing I think of when I smell this is LAVENDER. I really dislike the smell of Lavender as it can be quite a mature scent. I would never choose this scent personally but I can deal with it as its not as strong as other lavender products. Slight scent of oatmeal (first ingredient) ...but very slight.
Product - creamy, but not overly thick or rich. Can be used for face, body or hands. I find it has a greasy feel after applying, especially on your face where you really don't want it to be greasy or oily. Therefore I only use this as a night cream, which leaves my skin feeling soft in the morning. Also on hands it is way to slippery and greasy, but good if you can't be bothered to find your hand cream or body cream. I also use this on my nail cuticles.
Overall - NOT a day cream. Most people who buy this buy it for the packaging so don't be fooled if you want a nice, greaseless, mattifying moisturiser. STEAMCREAM claims to sink in instantly which is just...not true. They need to work more on the cream and less on the packaging.
Also this cream is around £12.95 I think, which for me is unimpressive as the cream it really not that good.
The limited edition Fiore tin of SteamCream looked to be one of the best items in my beauty advent calendar this year, it was certainly the largest item in it and I had heard good reviews of this product from beauty box bloggers. The sticker citing it as a winner in 2010 of the beauty insiders' choice category in the cosmetic executive women UK awards had me salavating as I opened the tin...
As I mentioned, it is a ltd edt tin by Fiore so different to the one pictured, with pretty pink flowers on and an embossed steam cream round the rim. I think I will repurpose the tin once the product is finished. You screw off the lid to get to the product. I have seen many different tin designs and they are all eye catching and nice looking.
STEAMCREAM have pioneered the use of a steam technique to create this unique, gentle and loosely-bound emulsion. This looseness allows each ingredient - including a moisturising and soothing oatmeal infusion, orange flower water and healing lavender oil - to breakdown and penetrate areas of the skin that other creams find hard to reach.
Is the build up above a bit much? Because it goes a bit downhill from here. I like the concept of a multi tasking cream, and this one does face, body and hands and is suitable for all skin types. Upon first trying it I noticed it had a really strong floral smell to it and so I didn't really want to use it on my face. I went for the safe zone of arms and legs and to be fair the fragrance disappeared pretty quickly and it left my skin soft and moisturised. As a hand cream it worked nicely and sunk in quickly.
I wouldn't turn to this first as a moisturiser as I prefer other ones I have in. However, I love the pretty packaging and the 75g tin is ideal as a handbag size so as a hand and emergency moisturiser it appeals to me for on the go usage. It is worth noting that the back of the tin advises usage within six months of opening althogh my tin is OK sealed until 07/2014. This is due to the fresh ingredients used in the product I believe, although six months doesn't seem a long time.
Feelunique are selling a huge number of different designs of tin (same contents) for £9.71.
I think this has a really odd name 'steam cream' and that is down to the manufacturing process which uses a "revolutionary steam-infused manufacturing process, to provide a long-lasting, intensive and effective form of skincare that can be used on face, body and hands". Whilst I love the packaging, I am not madly keen on the fragrance of this cream. It does win a few points for its performance though hence a mixed review and 3/5 from me. I was going to say that there is no repurchase on the cards from me but I have noticed a darling tin on feel unique 'Lucy in the sky' that I really feel compelled to buy - more for the tin than the product (I must be mad!). 3/5 stars from me.
I received my first tin of SteamCream in a beauty box a few months ago. It's a product I've heard talked about a lot, and always in a positive light, but it never really appealed to me because it just seemed like the kind of thing my nan would use, old-fashioned like. It's also quite expensive at £12.95 for something I was expecting to be like Nivea creme.
It comes in a metal tin with a simple twist off lid. I have to say I love the design of the one I received. There are many different designs available so you're able to choose one that suits you, and you could reuse them when they're empty as little trinket tins or something like that. Mine is a limited edition design called 'Ambigue' by Mako Kikkawa. It's striped in black and white with 2 poodles on the lid and a little pink detailing, and I think it looks really cute. I'll definitely be keeping and reusing it when it's empty.
The cream itself is very different to what I'd expected. I 'd thought it would be one of those horribly thick creams, like the Nivea one in the blue pot, that just never absorb into the skin and leave me feeling disgusting, but it's nothing like that. It's actually a lovely light feeling cream with a rather 'wet' consistency that allows it to spread really easily over the skin and absorb quickly without leaving a greasy residue. The only thing I really don't like about it is the scent, which is that typical creamy, soapy and slightly floral scent that just reminds me of old ladies.
I've found it to be a really good moisturiser which I tend to use when my skin's feeling a bit dry and it provides instant relief. I wouldn't normally use this type of product on my face because they tend to turn my combination skin into a clogged oil slick, but because it feels really light I decided to give it a go and whilst it does feel a little heavier than I prefer on first applying it, it soon settles to leave my skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. I definitely wouldn't use it every day on my face but it's great for when I get dry areas that need extra moisturizing.
Overall I really like this cream, which surprised me, but I don't think I'd buy it again just because I think there are better things out there for the price.
I was given this SteamCream by a relative who purchased it duty free on a flight going abroad. They have since told me it was £10 which was a small saving on the high street price of £12.95. SteamCream products can also be found for sale on their website (link below) and are also stocked by stores including Fenwicks, John Lewis and House of Fraser.
This moisturiser is sold in 75g metal tins which feature different designs. I absolutely adore the tin and intend to keep it after the moisturiser is finished and use it to contain something else. My tin is designed with a bold Union Jack - a perfect design for 2012 when we as a nation celebrate the Queens Jubilee and the Olympics. The Union Jack design (labelled as the 'Freedom and Discipline' design on their website) is part of the brands current 'Iconic London' design range. You can also find a whole range of other designs though which are suitable for a range of personality types. You have, for instance, tins featuring nature, comedy characters, culture, femininity, music, animals and nationalities. The tins are a good size too (7cm in diameter and 3cm deep) so could be used for all sorts afterwards. The brand are even award winners in the packaging area winning a gong for 'best design and packaging'.
There is a label on the bottom of the tin which explains that the product is approved by the Vegan Society and that it is a moisturiser for all over the body including the face. It is also suitable for all skin types. To find out a little more valuable information about the product you should visit their website where they explain the concept of the cream. This moisturiser is handmade and the ingredients fused together by using steam. It's something I've never heard of before and is an interesting concept to me. The product is produced in the UK and in Japan.
The brand use natural ingredients such as oatmeal, orange flower water, almond oil, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, lavender oil, chamomile blue oil, neroli oil and other special ingredients. Many of these ingredients are essential oils which are specifically moiturising and softening for the skin, not just on the surface of the skin but deep into the dermis.
The appearance of the cream is that it has a off white colour and reminds me of a bowl of porridge. This is probably because oatmeal infusion constitutes the greatest quantity in the ingredients. The cream is smooth and thick but becomes thinner and more oily when rubbing it into the skin. It sinks into the skin with ease and quickly and does not leave the skin sticky but leaves it feeling rehydrated and soft. Due to the oil ingredients there is a slight oily feeling left on the skin but it's not overly greasy and you can apply it to your body and get dressed immediately or to your hands and not find that holding somthing is too slippery.
The cream has an unusual fragrance which is quite medicinal and which I find a little masculine and sharp. It's an aroma you get used to though and it seems to improve as your body warms up. This isn't really a fragrance I enjoy all that much though and for that reason I tend to use the cream from the neck downwards so that I can't smell it as much! If I had to change anything about this cream I'd pick the fragrance.
The cream is fine for using all over the body and I'd certainly use it on my face if it smelled a little nicer. As it is though I like to apply it to my arms, legs feet and hands specifically as the instant softening qualities are very pleasing.
I'm very happy with the performance of this cream overall. It is wonderful on particularly hard or dry areas such as my knuckles or my feet. I've also applied it to some dry patches of skin I have on my shoulders and it has soothed these areas very well.
I think this cream is certainly worth it's price-tag and that I'd buy this for myself in the future or as a gift for a cosmetic loving gal. I love that the cream is a little bit different from other moisturisers on the market. I am also a big fan of the brand as they have a wonderful ethos and do their best to make sure that the environment, animals and traders get the best out of the production of this product.
We are sailing ...
This was an impulse purchase made on a boring ferry journey to France. The product appealed to me because of the packaging but I had never heard of SteamCream before so I did a little research...
The product is made in the UK and Japan using natural ingredients as well as a shot of steam - hence the name! According to the company's website, the cream "gives your face instant refreshment the moment you use it. It's super-moisturising, sinks deep down and revives your skin straight away". You can also use the cream from head to toe - it's natural enough for hands, face and all over the body! The cream has also won various awards.
The cream comes in a wide range of eco-friendly, re-usable tins. All the designs are limited editions and I have to say the packaging is really what appealed to me. When I was shopping, there were various designs available and I chose a pretty pink tin with different coloured roses on - quite girlie with a slightly vintage feel to it.
Browsing the SteamCream website, some of the designs are really lovely and this gives a unique twist to the product as the tins are all so different. Currently on the Boots website there are 13 different designs available, and I recently spotted a display of the tins in-store. There are currently some festive designs available online too, so these would make lovely Christmas gifts! But ... at £10.50 for a 75g tin, these are not the cheapest products out there!
Light as a feather
The cream itself is pure white and very light - it feels more like a lotion that a rich body butter or thick cream. It has an almost whipped texture and is very smooth and silky to the touch. The fragrance is also light - the scent I can detect most strongly is lavender - which is a smell I'm not usually a fan of but in this case it is light enough to be inoffensive and quite pleasant. The lavender oil calms and helps reduce redness or inflammation. SteamCream also contains a range of other ingredients including oatmeal to soothe and condition, orange flower water to hydrate and improve elasticity, vitamin e, almond oil, jojoba oil and cocoa butter to soften and moisturise and six special essential oils.
And the steam? This helps to fuse all the ingredients and has been used for centuries in skincare products.
Head to toe
The cream claims to be suitable for all of the body and I tend to use it on both hands and body. I personally wouldn't use it on my face as I prefer to use a face cream that's been formulated for that area. It absorbs into the skin very easily, as you would expect from such a light lotion, and this makes it very quick and easy to rub in. It leaves no greasy residue but instead leaves skin feeling very soft and smooth - it's a bit like rubbing liquid silk into the skin. This feeling of silky softness lasts for a long time, although the smell, I find, fades quite quickly as it is a very subtle fragrance.
Pleasant but pricey!
Overall I have no real complaints about this cream - it's very pleasant to use, and has a lovely light texture and it moisturises very well and absorbs easily. So why three stars? Well, for me it is overpriced and although it is a perfectly good cream, I have used lotions that are just as nice as this, and as good quality, for a much lower price. Also, for me, although the smell is nice enough it isn't amazing, and there are fragrances I far prefer to this, which doesn't really do that much for me if I am honest.
I think the thing that makes this cream unique and stand out is the packaging, which is definitely different and quite special, and I think for this reason Steam Cream would definitely make a nice, unusual gift for any people in your life that like their unique beauty products. I would definitely recommend checking out SteamCream if you are looking for a present for someone who loves beauty products and would appreciate something a bit distinctive and quirky. So a great idea for Christmas!
But it definitely isn't one I will be buying again just for me - I could buy three or four lotions for the same price that I know will be just as effective.
As a young twenty-something with combination, spot-prone skin, I find myself buying a lot of moisturisers, looking for products which will hydrate the drier patches on my skin without creating any excess shine or causing me to break out in spots. I bought this as a night cream, as I only use mattifying moisturisers during the day, and after reading plenty of positive reviews I looked forward to using it.
I must admit that one of the main reasons I was initially attracted to this product was the packaging. The cream comes in circular metal tins in a variety of designs; I have the 'Soleil' design which features a line drawing of a woman's head and multicoloured flowers. I can imagine that people would enjoy collecting these attractive little tins.
The first thing I noticed upon opening my tin of SteamCream was the fragrance. It has a floral, natural scent, no doubt enhanced by ingredients such as orange flower water and almond, neroli, chamomile and lavender oils.
The cream is described on the product's website as a 'unique, gentle and loosely-bound emulsion. This looseness allows each ingredient...to breakdown and penetrate areas of the skin that other creams find hard to reach'. While I'm sure this is true, I am unsure about the consistency of this moisturiser. I find it far too greasy to wear under make-up, yet when I use it as a night moisturiser I find it feels sticky, rather than rich, on my skin. Although my skin feels hydrated when I wake up in the morning, I prefer using thicker, more traditional night creams.
Steamcream is not just marketed as a face cream; it can also be used on the hands and the body. While I find it too sticky to use on my hands, I've used it to moisturise my legs after shaving on a couple of occasions and found it worked effectively.
With an RRP of £10.50 for 75g, Steamcream isn't the cheapest moisturiser ever and I don't think I'd buy it again unless it was on sale. Yes the pot is attractive and it smells lovely, but for me the slightly odd texture places limitations on its usage.
I have to confess I was mostly attracted to this product by the gorgeous tins. While Steamcream is available in a plain silver-coloured container, mostly it's sold in tins with funky designer patterns. These change all the time, so with regular use you could build up a nice collection of re-usable tins which would make great little trinket boxes.
However, I'm also very impressed with the product inside. I am terrible for collecting beauty products... by which I mean buying them and not using them. Moisturisers in particular I struggle with - I'm always optimistic that some new product is going to be wonderful, then it brings me out in spots and ends up cluttering up my bathroom cabinet until I chuck it away. Steamcream has *not* fallen into that category! On no-makeup days this is now my regular moisturiser. I find it too rich for a makeup day, but that's mainly because my morning routine is a bit rushed so I can't wait for anything to sink in. On the weekends where I put this on in the morning, I can use mineral makeup later in the day and it sits very nicely.
I've had fewer breakouts using this cream than anything else I've found in the last few years - I expect because of the natural ingredients. (Lots of people who get little white spots near the surface of the skin are sensitive to dimethicone or trimethicone without realising - this product is free from both those ingredients which I try to avoid.)
The texture of the product is creamy but light - it's neither runny nor waxy, and very pleasant to apply. To me it smells strongest of neroli and lavender but overall it's a fresh, herby scent, certainly not sweet or sickly. Since the ingredients are natural I expect the scent might change a little from batch to batch.
I think Steamcream is great value for money - I've spent much more on beauty products which I haven't even used more than a couple of times. This is definitely something I'll repurchase.
These make great gifts - the containers are so lovely, they have a real wow-factor, then the lasting pleasure comes with using the cream inside.
I'd always heard Steam Cream being mentioned when I used to go on to the Lush Forums, but thought no more about it until I read about it in one of the magazines I get and then realised why it had been talked about on the forums so much, it was made by the same people who make Lush....well, being such a big fan of Lush products, I just had to buy it after reading that!
It wasn't just that fact that attracted me to it, it was also the fact that it comes in funky little collectable tins, I'm a sucker for anything different! It is a Steam Infused Moisturiser that also contains a long list of ingredients that sounded so gentle and nourishing on your skin, such as Oatmeal Infusion, Almond Oil, Orange Flower Water, Cocoa Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil plus many more, it sounded so packed full of goodness that I could almost smell it there and then! When it did arrive, it did smell exactly how I thought it would, the most prominent smell is the Oatmeal which is a very comforting smell and makes you feel that this can only do your skin good....and it does!
As I mentioned before, the Steam Cream comes packaged in the most gorgeous little aluminium tins which are limited edition and are designed in Japan. They bring new ones out all the time, so each time you can get a different design of your choosing, and after use you can wash them out and they make great little storage tins. I bought the Papillon one which has a gorgeous rainbow coloured Butterfly on the top and a rainbow coloured bottom, and my Mam the Flower Garden one which is orange with a lovely white flower design on top, they make a lovely gift! There's even a Swarovski Crystal one for sale at the moment, but at £99.95, I think I'll be giving that one a miss, but it does look gorgeous!
Onto the product itself. The way it is made is unlike any other cream, and the best way to describe it to you it to include this information of the website itself, they explain it better than I ever could, so this next paragraph is from www.steamcream.co.uk
The power and energy produced by bubbling steam melts and fuses the ingredients together at a speed that defies most traditional cream-making methods.
The force and intensity allow the ingredients to emulsify instantly, producing this beautifully textured light and glossy cream.
The emulsion is held together very loosely and gently, allowing the cream to break down immediately on contact with the skin for maximum benefit.
In most creams, the emulsifying process is what holds the ingredients tightly together. It can also stop creams breaking down.
Because of this, each ingredient struggles to enter the skin individually. It stays as a blend, moisturising the skin's surface yet preventing its real benefits from reaching deep into the skin's molecular structure.
Steamcream creates a cream that forms a gentle and loose emulsion. This looseness allows each ingredient to break back down to its purest form, penetrating the skin where needed.
Whilst I certainly don't understand the "science part", you don't really need to, but it does go someway to explaining why this cream really works and is so good for your skin.
It is as you can imagine, a very rich cream, but even on my oily skin it isn't too much, probably due to the light whipped texture of it. Oily skin can be dehydrated too, and believe me, due to working in an air conditioned environment and with central heating on at home, my skin was starting to cry out for moisture, this cream has sorted it out no problem, I put it on before bed and wake up with plump, healthy looking skin that looks fresh and glowing and also like I've had my full 8 hours sleep when really due to my insomnia phase I've probably only had about 4!
I find it too greasy to use under make-up, it takes ages to sink in, so I find it's best to use when you aren't wearing any or just at night like I do. I found when I did use it under make-up it made my skin that greasy that I came out in a few spots on my chin, but when I use it just at night it's fine. If I was going to be out all day in the cold, I might possibly wear it then, to help protect my skin, although it doesn't contain a SPF, and I like my day time moisturisers to contain at least an SPF of 15.
I find it to be very versatile, as well as using it on my face, I use it on my hands, a couple of dry patches I had on my legs, infact anywhere that needs a moisture surge. It isn't big enough to use daily as an all over body moisturiser due to the tin only being 75g in size, it would work out pretty expensive if you did that, with each tin costing £9.95 a go. This might seem pretty expensive for a moisturising cream, but if using only at night on your face, then it will last for months, as you really do need to just apply the smallest amount.
Upon application, straight away your skin feels calmed and nourished, the Oatmeal smell is warm and comforting and you just keep on thinking how good it is for your skin. Like I said earlier, it doesn't sink in straight away, but that could just be down to my skin type, and people with drier skin might find that it sinks in a lot easier.
It is freshly made by hand, and is ethical too, containing natural and vegan ingredients and best of all they do not test on animals.
So all in all, Steamcream is a fabulous multipurpose cream that really does do what it claims to do, and it also looks great on your shelf or in your bag too, a great all rounder!
I have deducted one star because even though it says it is ok for all skin types (and it is), I do find it too greasy to use under make-up.