Welcome to Beauty Finds! This edition features Rezepte der Oma Gertrude Crema Corporal Reparadora/Nourish Body Cream.
I think a lot of people apply so many products to their face they forget about the body. It’s skin too! I can be fussy with body creams and lotions. While my face is oily, the rest of my skin get feel dry quickly. Even with body lotion it can feel dry. I love cocoa butter and for a while Palmers Cocoa Butter was my go too. That was until I realised its main ingredient is petroleum when I was first started to avoid certain ingredients. Ever since for years I’ve been trying to find a good replacement. For a while I used Alba Botanica Hawaiian Cocoa Butter until there was some issue with iHerb not shipping to Spain (It’s since been resolved. When I could buy it again it wasn’t the same). It can be tricky in Spain to find a good sized body lotion or cream that’s clean ingredients and doesn’t cost the Earth. I use body lotion daily so whatever I choose has to been economical. I don’t mind spending more on my facial products as my face is a smaller than my body (no sh*t Sherlock) with a 50ml lotion lasting a few months. A 50ml body lotion would last me maybe less than a week.
Read on for my beauty requirements or skip a paragraph for the review.
I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil, I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….
In South Germany lived a charming grandma that dedicated her life studying plant medicine and making unique natural cosmetics. Inspired by her extensive work, we created a line of cosmetics based totally on herbs and plants. This body cream contains sea buckthorn and apricot oil that nourish the skin leaving it visibly softer and healthy looking. How to Use: Massage onto clean dry skin.
This body cream consists of natural ingredients, which deeply nourish the skin, making it more smooth and gentle. Organic apricot oil contains A, E vitamins, which saturate the skin with moisture and nutrients, increase its elasticity. Organic sea-buckthornoil is an inexhaustible source of vitamins, essential amino acids and fatty acids omega 3,6,9 and rare omega 7, it has a powerful regenerative and vitaminizing effect, gives your skin health and beauty.
What drew me initially to Oma Gertrude Nourish Body Cream was the price vs size to the ingredients. 300ml for about €5 from a local ecological chain Veritas. It was priced right to try it out without too much of waste of money risk. As mentioned earlier it’s hard finding a clean ingredients body cream that work that isn’t too expensive. The ingredients are clean and I was intrigued by sea buckthorn and apricot oils. Sea buckthorn is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E and a host of B vitamins while apricot oil is high fatty acids to hydrate is too high in antioxidants. Would they be enough for my dry skin?
Thankfully yes! It’s best applied after a shower and massaged in slightly even when in a rush. Don’t just slap it on! Take a spilt second to apply it! It doesn’t always absorb in hot humid weather or if haven’t towel dried enough. The recommend application is on dry skin, however I find it applies better on slightly damp skin as most body lotions do.
For a while I had to apply another body lotion on top to feel like my skin wasn’t dry however I think this was due to diet. I have ,TMI digestive issues and started following a low histamine diet earlier this year. Foods high in histamines can make skin feel dry. Since I’ve been eating lower histamine foods I only have to apply just this lotion and good to go. Smooth hydrated skin. My own go to after sun body butter or if I shower in the evening, body butter transfers oil onto clothes however its leaves my skin feeling super hydrated and smooth. I can’t use it in the day for the staining of oils on clothes. Oma Gertrude Nourish Body Cream works good in mornings. It works well under sunscreen also.
Its rich light orange colour comes from sea buckthorn (with a little help from colourants) which is know to stain clothes in its pure form. Thankfully it doesn’t. It’s scent is natural so it can take some getting used to. It is runny in constancy that can go everywhere or leave splats in the bathroom if applied in a rush. I think for this reason it’s in a pot rather than a bottle. I actually prefer body lotion and creams in pots. It’s easier to control how much you use and you can use up all of the product unlike with pump bottle. No lotion or money wasted. I’ts great value for money being an organic brand (Cosmos Natural approved). 300ml for approx €5 lasts me about 4 weeks.
The only other cons are if any gets in the ends of my hair, it can leave them looking a little greasy. This is because I have fine hair and how it works. I have to make sure I have top on before sorting out my hair if I’ve washed it. The other con is that the pot is plastic as is the pot/lid seal. This isn’t the security tab. More to stop it running out the pot in transport. It has leaked a little travelling so secure it well travelling! That said you just get the pot as it is. No cardboard carton.
Would I recommend? Yes! I’ve been using it for over a year! If my skin feels 90% hydrated and its stubborn skin, it’ll work for most skin types.
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If you know a good dry oil body oil that doesn’t transfer onto clothes and hair please leave a comment below! I’m curious to try dry body oils as I think they’ll be better suited to my skin.