I purchased this cream by accident really as it came as part of an Avent set for new mothers. I wasn't looking for a cream but for some of the other products included in the pack. However, once I had it I thought I should give it a try.
The cream comes in a white tube with blue flip top lid on which it stands. The packaging is very uninspiring and could really do with updating(I notice from the picture that it is different to my tube so perhaps it has now been updated). I do like the fact that it stands upside down. This always seems a very sensible design and enables you to dispense the product more quickly and access the last bit of cream left in the tube.
On the front of the tube it claims to combat stretch marks, moisturise and firm and on the back it gives further information about the benefits of using the cream. These include de-stressing your whole body and improving your skins elasticity. Directions indicate that it is best applied after bathing.
The fragrance is light which I found to be important during pregnancy as my sense of smell was a little off kilter. The cream is thinner than expected and doesn't live up to the expectations of an "indulgent" body cream. It is almost watery in consistency which isn't what I was hoping for but it does mean that a little goes a long way. The cream is absorbed easily and feels refreshing on the skin, particularly on tired, stretched and itchy areas. I have to admit however that I have tried a number of other similar products which have all left my skin feeling more hydrated and soothed than this one does. As a result, I switched to a different brand early on in my pregnancy and never really got to test the theory that it combats stretch marks. I am always slightly dubious about creams which claim to have such dramatic results anyway!
As an everyday body moisturiser, this cream is good enough but if you want a deeply hydrating and soothing product this probably isn't the right one for you.
The cream costs £7 on Amazon which, given the size of the tube and therefore the length of time the product lasts, is not too bad in comparison to other brands. It can also be kept for 24 months from opening so will last through your pregnancy and into the year afterwards.
I am awarding this cream 3 dooyoo stars based on my comparisons with other similar products.
I am not a mother, and do not plan to become a mother for quite a while. so you are probably puzzled to why I purchased this body cream. I didn't. It was actually something bought by my mother for me, as I unfortunately am covered in stretch marks due to weight gain/loss and have very dry skin.
Once I had gotten over the fact that the cream was infact designed for pregnant women or those who had recently become mothers, I decided to give it a try, I had nothing to lose.
The bottle itself is 200ml and is a very simple white with a marine coloured lid. The bottle stands lid down, and is squeezy, which ensures effective dispensing. The 'Indulgent Body Cream' claims to combat Stretch marks and dry skin, which if it delivered what it says it would, would kill two birds with one stone for me.
On the back of the bottle is a description of what the cream promises to do, and although it would be a waste of time for me to copy the whole thing, the most important points that stood out to me is that the cream is designed to improve the skins elasticity to combat stretch marks, and a mixture of marine extracts and Shea Butter (A personal favorite of mine) work together to improve elasticity and soften the skin. The product is also not tested on animals, which is another important factor for me when purchasing products.
The cream itself is quite thin and watery when it comes out onto your hand. This, as I found out, means that you do not need to squeeze the bottle hard, or you end up with literally, a handful of slippy cream which easily drips everywhere other than your body. The cream has a very delicate and non-perfumed smell, which is very nice and fresh, and when applied to your body, goes a long way for a small amount of cream. The cream does take a bit of rubbing in before it begins to soak into your skin, so you do need quite a bit of time if you are wanting to do your whole body, which I usually do.
I have been using the cream now each time I have had a shower for about 3 weeks, and I would say I have another 2 weeks left in the bottle. I have had creams which have lasted longer than this, but this may be due to the fact that the first couple of times I misjudged the amount needed to cover your body adequately and ended up walking around the house for 20 minutes a sticky white mess, until the cream had soaked in. Although I do know Boots stock the cream for around £5, my mum actually picked this up for £1.99, which is a fantastic price. I have noticed that my skin has been much less dry and feels more supple, however no sign of the stretch marks disappearing as of yet.
I would recommend the cream to those who have excess skin, stretch marks, or even just dry skin. It is worth the money and I will be purchasing again.
The Avent Future Mother Indulgent Body Cream I have used, was something that I had as a small travel sized product. It was part of a larger set of 4 items that came in a simple travel bag. I found the cream to be light and easy to apply with a gentle relaxing aroma.
My Avent Future Mother Indulgent Body Cream was packed into a simple squeezy tube with a flip top lid that could also double as a handy stand. The tube has the Avent logo clearly displayed on it, as the product is part of the Avent range that is promoted for use by yummy mummies to be.
The product I had came as a 50ml tube which was enough to use sparingly as a daily body cream for a short period. As I bought the full set of 4 items including the cream to take away, I feel it lasted well and was worth the money spent on it. You may need to get a larger tube for general everyday use over longer periods.
The set I had costs just over £8 for 4 items. By simply breaking down the cost on a per item basis, I worked out the Avent Future Mother Indulgent Body Cream cost just over £2 for the 50ml tube. When you consider that the full sized tube of cream is sold for between £4.49/ £6.99 for a larger 200ml tube, this does seem poorer value. However if I factor in the handy 4 items and the mesh bag that came with my set, I feel its not too bad at all.
I found that the Avent Future Mother Indulgent Body Cream was a nice cream to use. It was light enough to massage on without using too much effort and I found it was easily absorbed after a shower or bath. The texture of the cream was nice and I was able to target the areas I felt needed moisturising as I could just squeeze out the amount I wanted from the tube.
The cream was hypoallergenic and also dermatologically tested, which gave me confidence in the product. The idea of the product is that by using it as a daily massage cream it can help to minimize stretch marks and also help to keep your ever expanding yummy mummies shape nice and toned.
I felt that as I only used the cream for a short time I cannot fully comment on how true the makers claims are. I can say that I liked the cream, that it went on easily and had a nice light texture and aroma. I did find it nice and soothing and it did ease tummy tightness and itching.
I did feel at the time it was doing some good and I was able to alternate it with the body oil that came with my set as and when I wanted. I feel this was good as it meant that the life of the 50ml tube I had was extended, as I didn't need to use it in large quantities.
The ingredients within the cream are all good quality things and include shea butter which can help to deal with the dry itchy feelings that you get around your expanding baby bump. There is also yummy papaya oil which gives the cream a wonderful light aroma and marine extracts which soothe and calm.
To sum up the Avent Future Mother Indulgent Body Cream, I feel that its a nice product that when bought as part of a set, such as the one I had, can really compliment the other products well. The flip top tube is handy and easy to use, as it allows you to squeeze out as much or as little of the cream as you need. The shea butter really does leave your skin softly hydrated and leaves no greasy residue.
To give the Avent Future Mother Indulgent Body Cream a rating, I feel it ought to get 4 stars, as it was pleasant to use and easy to apply. Best value is from buying the full sized 200ml tube, which is priced from £6.99 to as low as £4.49 depending on where you buy it.
If you want the smaller travel sized 50ml tube, its best to look out for the mini travel kit, which contains this and a further 3 items in a handy travel bag. I wouldn't rate this as being a premium product as its more the kind of thing you can use every day and not have to count the pennies.
Awarded the ‘Mother & Baby Award For Excellence 2000/2001', I think that really says it all but I thought I would give you my personal opinion on this product - so what do I think? BRILLIANT. I know, I know, you read my last report on Future Mother Relaxing Bath & Shower Essence and you know how much I love Avent Products but this one is my absolute favourite. I suppose that is why I tried this product because I am such a big fan of Avent Products and once you have found a brand you love I say, stick to it. So What Attracted Me To This Product? As I said above, I am already an avid Avent product user and when the thought of getting stretch marks scared me half to death I thought I would try this one, although I admit to trying cheaper ones first. Although trying other cheaper creams is a bonus for you other consumers because you can read what I thought the advantages were of purchasing a slightly more expensive bottle. Avent is a well established company and through purchasing goods from them in the past and receiving excellent customer service I can say that they are the kind of people I am happy to buy products from. When the people are nice I always find I am more eager to use their products and so I say that Avent customer service should win an award also for their caring attitudes towards customers. I tried contacting them over a query and not only did I have a swift response but it seemed that no question was to small or large to answer. Anyway, besides this background information I had which pushed me on to buy Avent goods, I had seen this indulgent cream in the shop a few times but I must admit that because I am only 19 and in a financially tough situation I was determined I was going to stick to a budget and use cheaper products. Not a good idea, as they are no where near as effective. I will go into detail about this later. So the packaging was attractive and clear - a blue and white bottle with a flip lid and clear inform
ation. The ingredients looked natural and beneficial so I thought I would give it a go as I was looking for an improvement on the other creams I had used as it seemed I had to drag my skin when I was rubbing them in as there was not enough moisture for my liking. So handing over my £6 for the 500ml bottle I looked forward to getting the bottle home to hopefully start feeling the benefits. So What Exactly Were The Benefits? As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell the gorgeous smell, it was a really refreshing smell which I think was the marine extracts in this product (sea lettuce and algae extract) which reminded me of a cucumber face mask smell - really fresh and natural. The smell lasted for a good few hours and left me moisturised nearly all day. I applied this cream first thing in the morning and last thing at night for maximum benefits. I have been using this cream for a good few months now and I am 6 and a half months pregnant and I haven't had one stretchmark appear yet, so in my opinion this is working very well. The advantage of using the Avent range is that they are especially designed for expectant mothers and the ‘Indulgent Body Cream' is formulated with marine extracts harvested off the Breton Coast and is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids that improve the skins ‘stretchability' and helps combat stretch marks. So after using this I felt totally moisturised, firmed and toned. It was absolutely wonderful! What I liked about this cream was that unlike other stretchmark creams I had used, my fingers glided giving me an overall feeling of being massaged rather than being rubbed like I had felt with the other stretchmark creams. Because this product allowed me to massage rather than rub I felt that this provided me with a perfect opportunity to bond with my baby. The consistency was a creamy, oily white cream and the massage qualities was probably due to the Shea butter and sweet a
lmond oil. I have read that it is completely natural and right for a mother to stroke and massage her baby, particularly as it will not only help to enhance the bond between mother and baby, but also soothe and reassure. While in the womb, a baby is being continuously massaged by movement and amniotic fluid, so the feeling will be pleasurable, comforting and welcoming. I applied the cream in small circular motions, lightly all over my skin. I couldn't believe the results, it beat any expectations I had and is far superior to any other stretchmark cream. Further benefits are that it is hypo-allergenic so is suitable for even the most sensitive skins. And if you want any further persuasion, I have just found out that even the stars such as Zoe Ball use this product. If I have now tempted you to buy this product, this product is available from Sainsbury's, Tescos or any other major outlets or direct through Avent at www.aventbaby.com. So Does This Product Do As It Says? This product aims to help improve skin's elasticity, firms and tones. I certainly give this product out of 10 out of 10 as it does everything it says on the label. OVERALL OPINION: £6 is a small price to pay for such indulgence. This product has so many benefits I wouldn't be without it now and once you try it for yourself I AM SURE you will agree!
Specially formulated to help your skin withstand the effects of pregnancy and beyond. Used regularly, this light massage cream will improve your skin's function, minimise stretch marks and de-stress your whole body