I know its been a while since my last post, I have a terrible habit of falling of the face of the earth and social media for lengths at a time, but I’m back with a quick review of one of my ultimate faves!
Nature Republic’s line of Shea Butter Steam Creams! ❤ Now, I remember when I first went into the store to buy this in Korea, and spent a good ten minutes having a jumbled back and forth conversation in Korean and English with the girl who worked there. I was a little confused by the name of the product and thought perhaps the word ‘steam’ was referring the the method of application – did I have run my shower and sit in a makeshift steam room (aka my bathroom) and apply this product for maximum results?
That was nearly two years ago, and I look back now and wonder if it was really dumb of me to think that; the poor girl certainly looked pretty bewildered, but that could have just been my bad Korean at the time! I hope so anyways!
But on the off chance that some of you were wondering the same as me, then I can answer you with a definitive ‘No’. The ‘steam’ in the name of the product only references how it’s made! Thank goodness, because – with how often I use this – if I had to steam up my bathroom for every application I’d probably be better off packing up shop and moving to Finland!
This range uses Shea butter from West Africa steamed to 100°C. This method of steaming is supposed to give longer lasting hydration and a deeper penetration of the skin. I’m all about maintaining that moisture barrier, and as a loyal purchaser of this range for the last two years, I can honestly attest to its effectiveness!
So first I’ll start with the dark blue tub – FRESH –
This one is primarily targeted at those with oily skin. It has the lightest texture of the three, and is definitely the longest lasting – a little bit goes a long way, I’ve had this one for nearly a year and still have half left!
My skin is combination and goes through phases just about as often as the moon, but much less predictable. I’ve found this cream to be a really nice, light moisturiser for when I have breakouts or my oil production decides to go into overdrive. It absorbs well and gives me a moisture boost without making me feel like I have a lot of heavy product on my face, clogging up my pores!
Next is the light blue tub – MOIST –
This is the middle of the road, average skin type-targeted product of the range; and thus the one I tend to use the most of and go through the quickest! The texture is slightly thicker than FRESH, and more bouncy and jelly-like in consistency.
This is one of my go-to’s particularly in the summer – it feels a bit more robust than the FRESH, but still has a somewhat lightweight feel and finish which I prefer during hot weather. Especially those humid summers in Busan!
These two cream are also both great to put in the refrigerator! The consistencies lend themselves really well to being stored cold, and give you that nice soothing coolness – if that’s your thing; which it absolutely is mine!
I’d keep all my products in the fridge if I had the space, but the fight for my affections between food and skincare is an ongoing battle, and right now food is winning!
Lastly, we have the purple and red tub – ULTRA –
As you might have expected, this one is aimed at dry skin! The texture of this is completely different from the other two, and can definitely be described as a cream. It feels really rich on the face, but still absorbs well and doesn’t leave too much of a shine.
I use this a lot in the winter when my skin dries out more – particularly my cheeks and forehead.
Below is a picture of all three creams, so you can get a better idea of their texture and consistency!
And one more – because I took two pictures and feel as though I may as well upload both! This one is a little closer and the lighting a little better.
I hope this review was helpful to any of you who are thinking of buying from this range and weren’t sure about which product to go for! Or maybe you were just curious about the ‘steam’ name like me!
If there’s anything I didn’t address and you want to know then feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll answer as best I can 🙂
If you want to buy from the range, you can find each cream below on JOLSE for $23
Or here on Amazon for $16-$20
I hope everyone’s having a lovely week! ❤