Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
Member Name: cyberem78
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
Date: 21/09/12, updated on 21/09/12 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Makes skin look healthy and evens tone.
I recently acquired some of this Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream from the brand's online shop. I actually got the cream free because I spent over five pounds. There are often many deals available (using codes at the checkout stage) from the online shop if you sign up to their mailing list or check their website regularly which I thoroughly recommend doing. I have been using the cream regularly since it arrived in the mail.
When I was choosing my online free gift I was pleased to be able to get a product that was normally £4 a tub. This is for the 15ml sized tub. You can also get a larger 50ml tub for £9 or you can buy a giftset of the seaweed range for £10. I did not really understand how small the 15ml tub would be until it actually arrived at my doorstep. The tub is quite tiny and really the size I'd expect an eye cream product to be rather than a facial moisturiser. Nevertheless I seem to be using it up quite slowly and it seems a little goes a long way.
The packaging is a small plastic pot with a secure screw off lid. Labels on the side and on the lid reveal product information. Peel back the top label to show full ingredients. The best place to find out more about the product though is probably the online shop since the printed information on the label does not expand on the qualities of the moisturiser. The Body Shop call this an "oil-free gel like moisture cream" which is apparantly absorbed into skin very easily and is especially good for those with combination skins. The cream is said to moisturise as it "balances excess sebum" whilst giving a "matte, shine free complexion".
The Body Shop's description of the cream is very accurate. It is a rather strange gelatinous texture and looks like the colour of a jelly fish. It looks like it has a watery, weak consistency. The fragrance of the cream is unique and intitially takes some getting used to. It's not that it's a horrible fragrance but it's unlike any other cream I've used before. I would say the cream smells like salt toffee, tobacco leaves, apple cider and rose petals. That may sound like a disgusting combination but I actually like the combined notes. The overall fragrance does have something of the sea about it.
The cream sticks to my fingers with ease as I'm applying it and it then transfers to my facial skin very easily. No rubbing or pulling is required. It sinks into the skin very quickly and dries. The mattifying effect (makes skin non shiny) is very obvious straight away. All shine or greasiness on the skin is sort of airbrushed away by the cream. It's a really great cream if you want to go make-up free without wanting to look oily on your face. The cream also provides enough moisturisation for you to be able to apply make up items like concealer with ease, although skin is perhaps a little drier when applying make-up than with other moisturisers I've used. I really like the way my face looks after applying the cream. I would describe my skin as being normal although I do tend to suffer from a T-zone of oiliness around the brow, nose and chin. This cream is great for evening out the whole of my face so that I look healthy and fresh.
I'm enojying the cream so much that I'd really like to try the other products in this range - they include a night treatment, cleanser, toner and more. I would recommend this to anyone except those with exceptionally dry skins who might need something ultra moisturising - this cream does not provide an intense moisturising experience. I would also suggest trying to buy this when there is a deal available either in their highstreet stores or online as I think £4 is quite a lot to pay for so small an amount of cream. I am regularly using this cream though and will probably buy it again and/or try some other products in the same range.
The Bodyshop uses fairtrade ingredients and does not test on animals.
Summary: Good quality product.