Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin & Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil Review

Friday, 21 February 2020

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin & Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil Review

Drugstore brands need to step up their product name. Changes in the beauty market are fast and unsuspected. There are some brands that even if they exist for over 100 years, they can still keep up their game. Nivea is one of such brands, in last couple months they released rice scrubs, micellar shampoos and cleansing oils. As you might know, I'm not a fan of drugstore cleansing oils, but Nivea won my heart with affordable, emulsifying oil. Today I want to introduce you to Nivea Cleansing Oil series and Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil.

About Nivea

Is there anyone who doesn't know Nivea? But still, let's go back straight to 1882 when Paul Carl Beiersdorf on March 28 patents the medical coated plaster, but eight years later Oskar Troplowitz takes over the company. With help from Dr Isaac Lifsch├╝tz - a chemist, and Prof. Paul Gerson Unna - a dermatologist, Dr Oskar Troplowitz invents Eucerit - an emulsifier typical for Nivea products. Eucerin brand name came from the name of this emulsifier. In 1911 Nivea releases the most popular moisturizer you can ever hear of - Nivea Cream. My grandma to this day keeps all meaningful things to her in a huge Nivea metal box. The blue-white aesthetic is not a new thing, but it's not the first design of Nivea, this design got to use in 1925. During the IIWW the brand got through many challenges, but in 1950 Nivea and Beiersdorf started to regain the popularity and work hard on new products like Nivea Ultra-Oil to protect the skin from the sun, Nivea Milk - a body lotion. Since then brand created lines such as Nivea Baby, Nivea Men and many innovative products. The brand had a great marketing strategy to focus on regular people in older days, but in 2019 the brand got through some controversies related to marketing. It's nothing unusual, I feel like controversies around marketing are a normal thing because we live in times when an advertisement has to be a focus on different elements and different groups of society. Let's change the topic for a while, do you know what does Nivea mean? Word 'Nix' means snow, but 'Niveus' means white like snow and it's not a racist slogan, but the texture of the cream is white like snow.

Why do I use cleansing oil?

When I started to use cleansing oils it was hard to find any product like that in Europe. Regular oils? Yes, but cleansing? No way! I guess the first European cleansing oil was Vichy, then Sephora and then The Body Shop. Nowadays, brands are coming out with cleansing oils, but European brands? They usually release cleansing oil for the OCM method, not double-cleansing. I'm not a fan of OCM because clothes are not as delicate as double-cleansing. Nivea released two cleansing oils - for dry skin and sensitive skin types. It's one of the cheapest emulsifying cleansing oils you can find in Europe. Why I prefer emulsifying oils? They don't leave the oily residue on your skin and it removes makeup and sunscreen well. Emulsifying oil turns from oil into water, but still, we use gentle cleansing foams or gels to remove the rest of the oil. Some people think this method is sketchy because using oil on oily skin sounds like something is wrong. You don't have to worry, cleansing oil won't make your skin more oily (at least not emulsifying one), it's even better - it can help manage your skin.

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin

In this review, I'll focus on Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin, but I'll introduce you to two other versions which you can find in different markets. For example, Nivea Hydrating Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Coconut Oil for Normal Skin is not available in Poland. According to the brand, this cleansing oil is soothing, delicate, has no artificial scent and it leaves your skin clean and soft. It works with waterproof makeup and it's an oil-to-milk formula.

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin - Packaging

The packaging is quite simple - there's no special box. My main problem is the applicator, it's hard to turn it on or off. Every single day I play the game called "is it already open or not?". At least, it protects the formula from water.

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin - Scent & Texture

The scent is different. I can't say it's fully unscented, it just has a natural Grape Seed Oil scent. The texture is rich and it does turn into the milk when you add a bit of water.

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin - Ingredients

Paraffinum Liquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol

Let's start with Paraffinum Liquidum. Lots of people are scared of this ingredient. You might hear brands promoting their products as "free from Mineral Oil" because it's a by-product of crude oil. It doesn't mean that Paraffinum Liquidum is bad. The cosmetic industry has strict rules, for example in Europe we use a very long EC Regulation 1223/2009. This regulation sets the list of prohibited substances and limits for substances used in beauty products. There is also information on labelling and if you're interested in skincare I recommend you to read this regulation. You have a full right to choose what products and ingredients you want to use, but saying that some ingredient is bad just because an app says or someone says so it's not okay - so instead of listening to media, please do research. I said someone says so and now I might sound a bit like pure hypocrisy, but Labmuffin made a great true and false post on Mineral Oil. For many skin conditions, Mineral Oil is safer than natural ingredients - especially for sensitive skin Mineral Oil can be a better option than other ingredients. For oily skin, this oil might be a bit too heavy, but still, it's a good emollient for sensitive skin and dry skin. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Stearate and PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate are also emollients. The main star in this formula is Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil. It's emollient and antioxidant. It's a good oil for oily skin because it's linoleic to oleic acid ratio is ideal. It has some small amount of Vitamin E, but Nivea decided to add Tocopherol on its own. Tocopherol is an antioxidant that works well with Vitamin C and has a positive effect on our skin. It protects the skin from free radicals and it can help with moisture of the skin.

The list of ingredients is short and there's no artificial scent to this cleansing oil. It feels like a miracle! We barely ever get formulas like this from Nivea.

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin & Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil Review

My experience with Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin

I'm surprised by this oil. Usually, when I post Nivea reviews I do that on Instagram, but this time I had to make a longer post about new products from Nivea. I don't like drugstore oils, some products available on the market has a very similar formulation to Nivea, but if there's an emulsifying oil it usually contains scent ingredients or colourants that don't go well with my eyes. Majority of oils available at the drugstore are non-emulsifying and leaves an oily residue. Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin is an oil-to-milk formula. I use 1-2 pumps per use and I only use this oil to remove makeup, during the morning routine I prefer to go for Nivea's Micellar Waters. This oil is great for gentle massage. You can remove your makeup with it. I always try to massage my eyelashes and eyelids with the oil and then soak my hands in pure water and massage my skin once again before I'm ready to remove the formula. I always follow cleansing oils with foam cleansers. My skin is a combo & acne-prone, but somehow this oil works for me. It didn't sensitize my skin or eyes, it doesn't leave any feeling of a fog in my eyes too. That's why I wanted to share this review with you - it's an affordable option which in many countries you can find this Nivea series in local drugstores. I feel like I have to mention that even Nivea stated on their website - even if your skin is oily, you can use the oils, but you might want to follow with another cleanser to remove the oily residue left after the oil.

Nivea Hydrating Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Coconut Oil for Normal Skin

But that's not all. Nivea has other versions too. Sadly, I couldn't find Nivea Hydrating Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Coconut Oil for Normal Skin in Poland on other websites than Notino (not sponsored), but if you're living in Malaysia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and couple other countries I'm sure, you can find it.

Paraffinum Liquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Tocopherol, Linalool, Parfum

The ingredients in Nivea Hydrating Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Coconut Oil for Normal Skin looks very similar. Instead of Grape Seed Oil, Nivea decided to use Coconut Oil. It's a choice that makes me a bit mixed because Coconut Oil can be bit comedogenic and yes, it's good for normal skin, but normal skin is nothing normal - it's bit unusual to see the person above twelve years old with normal skin. I was taught during cosmetology classes that normal skin is rare condition above the age of twelve and in my case, I've never had a client with normal skin. If your skin is dry - Coconut Oil is a wonderful option for you. But for acne-prone skin? I would be careful with this oil. Linalool and Parfum are scent ingredients if you're sensitive be careful with them - patch test the product before you use it.

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin & Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil Review

Nivea Nourishing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Macadamia Oil for Dry Skin

Last, but not least version is Nivea Nourishing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Macadamia Oil for Dry Skin. This version is recommended for dry skin. It removes the dirt and waterproof makeup well, but at the same time, it can strength your skin barrier and help with moisture. It's the same oil-to-milk formula as in the previous two options.

Paraffinum Liquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Tocopherol, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Parfum

The biggest change is in Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil. It’s a powerful emollient ideal for dry skin due to oleic to linoleic acid ration. Nivea decided to add another similar oil to the formula - Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil. Sweet Almond Oil is a source of Vitamin E. Benzyl Alcohol is a preservative and perfuming ingredient, while Benzyl Salicylate has only perfuming properties. Both scent ingredients are not the best choice for sensitive skin.

Where to buy Nivea Cleansing Oils?
Each bottle of Nivea's cleansing oil has 150 ml and in Poland, you can grab this oil in prices around 24 PLN (Notino) and 30 PLN (Hebe) or around £5 in the UK (Notino), in the Czech Republic the price is around 120,00 - 140,00 CZK (check DM). In Hungary, the price is around 1700 -2299 Ft. In France - 4,90 € in Carrefour. I hope this line is going to be developed and we will see more cleansing oils - for combo and oily skin types. I like that Nivea decided to stay in fashion and release products similar to what we can find in K-beauty. There's one more product I want to introduce you to.

Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil Review

Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil

Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil is a body oil cleanser made in 55% out of natural oils. It turns into delicate foam when you mix it with water and it works very similar to Cleansing Oils from the first part of this post. It's ideal for dry skin. My skin is quite dry, I need to moisturize it well, but I usually forgot about body care at night so that's an ideal option for me.

Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil - Packaging

A tiny tube that fits my bath area well. I'm not a fan of huge bottles so this option is ideal for me. Still, we get 200 ml of oil cleanser that should last for a long time.

Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil - Texture & Scent

It's a pleasing scent but it reminds me a bit of perfume for men. The texture is rich, thick and oily, but once you add a bit of water it starts to get more creamy.

Nivea Soothing Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes with Natural Grape Seed Oil for Sensitive Skin & Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil Review

Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil - Ingredients

Laureth-4, MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Parfum, Propylene Glycol, Aqua, Citric Acid, BHT, Propyl Gallate, Citronellol, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

The two ingredients Laureth-4 and MIPA-Laureth Sulfate are surfactants which we need in cleansing products. According to Nivea, this product is made out of Ricinus Communis Seed Oil in 55%. Castor Oil is an oil which you might know from natural eyebrow and eyelash conditioners. It's a great emollient. Propylene Glycol is a moisturizer and solvent. BHT is a preservative, and rest of the ingredients such as Propyl Gallate, Citronellol, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool and Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone are perfuming ingredients.

My experience with Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil

This oil is very thick and sometimes you can forget it's a shower oil because of the texture. The scent reminds me of perfumes for men, but still, it's a nice and pleasing scent. If you have a conflict with body moisturizers just like I do (I'm usually too tired to apply it) then it's a great option for you. You take a small amount and add some water - the texture will turn into creamy milk. It's super useful if you use razors to remove hair from your body - I tried it and it was a nice experience. The bottle looks so small, but I feel like I use smaller amounts of Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil than any other body wash.

Where to buy Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil?

Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil is available in many countries. In Poland, you can find Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil for about 18PLN (Official Nivea Store on Allegro, Superpharm). In the UK, you can get this shower oil for around £3.50 (Notino). The same product costs around 84.90 CZK (at DM) in the Czech Republic and around 1400 Ft in Hungary (Rossman). In France, Nivea Rich Caring Shower Oil costs 3,23€ (Carrefour). The price is not high, it's quite affordable.

Which Nivea product is the most interesting to you? What do you think about brands developing their collections to fit current trends?

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*** This post was made in collaboration with Nivea even though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product*

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