Our review of the UK hit, STEAMCREAM…
When I first received this adorable little tin for review, I must admit that the name alone intrigued me. Just what exactly is STEAMCREAM? Originating in Japan, with a growing cult following in England that’s spreading throughout Europe, STEAMCREAM is an eco-friendly brand of cream for face, body and hands. Warning: packaged in ever updated, limited edition, colorful tins; buying this product can become habit forming.
But how did it get its intriguing name? Per the STEAMCREAM website: “High quality, natural, traceable and ethically-sourced raw ingredients are bound by a steam-infused manufacturing process to create a hydrating, easily absorbed and luxurious vegan cream for face, body and hands”
While most lotions and creams use chemicals and waxes for emulsification, STEAMCREAM uses nothing but good ol’ steam, which instantly emulsifies their cream and gives it its light, glossy texture. I found STEAMCREAM to be a joy to use and I love how it lightly coats and protects my skin with its natural ingredients. I’ve been using it on my arms and legs for a few weeks now and boy, does it leave my skin smooth!
As if the steam technique and lovely texture weren’t enough, I love the fact that you’re not bombarded by scent choices when you visit the STEAMCREAM website. There is just one unique herbally scented formula.
The one thing that does change are the graphics on the eco-friendly aluminum tins (no landfill-polluting plastic here). As a bonus, I see no reason why the tin can not be washed and re-purposed to store paper clips, vitamins or a teeny treasure. Depending on your taste, you can choose the Original tin (basic silver) or one of a variety of other limited edition designs ($18 per tin), each cuter than the next.
Each limited edition tin is like a miniature piece of art, designed by Tokyo-based artists Takayuki Totsuka and Hiroyuki Takahashi. Our wht review team received a variety of these darling tins, including:
Now let’s get to the ingredients, shall we? Taking a look at the ingredients page on the website, you will quickly discover that this little tin of cream packs a powerful punch. Loaded with skin-loving ingredients such as oatmeal, cocoa butter and organic jojoba oil. I also love that STEAMCREAM ’s formula is cruelty-free, AND they only use third-party suppliers who are cruelty-free as well. So, literally, nothing in their unique formula has been tested on animals.
Let’s not forget what might be the most crucial element to any good lotion or cream: the fragrance. I’m hit with a lovely burst of lavender oil when I first open the tin. This instantly calms me, and I like that as I work this cream into my skin, the other notes start to make an appearance. Eventually orange blossom makes it way to the surface, and I can also detect a hint of chamomile, which makes the entire experience very soothing and natural.
The wht team will be by in the comments leaving their reviews. In the meantime, are you as captivated by STEAMCREAM as we are?[ratings]
Gianna is our expert on drugstore and budget beauty. She is the writer/editor of Nouveau Cheap, a blog that’s devoted to finding quality products that don’t break the bank.
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