People have often asked me if I’m turning to a more organic skincare routine, because I have been enjoying quite a few brands that tout themselves as being natural and/or organic. The fact is, I’m not. But I don’t discriminate when it comes to skincare.
If it works, it works. Nevermind if it’s chemical or organic based.
And for an organic brand that I wasn’t too taken by (except for their floral waters which I love!) I found myself rather enjoying this product. It’s probably why I’m even moved to write about it. I really don’t have a lot of room or time for mediocre products anymore. They either do the job they’re meant to, or they go into the bin, never to be spoken of again.
Launched late last year (2015), the Melvita Nectar Supreme range is a slightly more upmarket range, for this affordable brand, targeted at those with more mature skin (moi!) and for tired and aged skin (moi!). The key ingredients that go into their products are the nectar from the Kniphofia flower, organic honeys, royal jelly and beeswax. The nectar from the Kniphonia flower is known to have both moisturising and antioxidant properties, and the flower produces an abundance of nectar.
But what really intrigued me most about this Nectar Supreme La Creme, is that it claims to contain an organic answer to the mostly chemical based retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A and which enhances cell renewal, collagen and skin elasticity. Hmm… Intriguing! 😀
All the marketing speak aside, what this product really is, is a moisturiser. It is a little heavy, so I’d target this at those who have more matured skin, or who are experiencing dry and dehydrated skin. If you’re in your 20’s or even early 30’s, or don’t have dry or dehydrated skin, you probably don’t need this, and might even find it too heavy, unless you are exposed to an air-conditioned environment often.
Personally, I only use this as part of my evening skincare routine, because I do find it a little heavy for the day. But that’s also because I use other stuff in the day. You don’t have to of course, but I do. Sometimes, I add in a few drops of facial oil, just to boost things a little, when my skin is feeling more parched than usual.
The glass tub comes sealed, when it’s new (I left the seal on, but you can rip it off if you like) which is nice. In terms of packaging, it’s fairly simple. A cream housed in a standard tub. Some like it, germophobes won’t, but I’m not fussed either way. I’m good with tubs because I don’t buy a lot of the scare stories out there about it being less effective. Some products just aren’t meant to be put into tubes or pumps or whathaveyous, and besides, it’s easy to clean out a tub when you’re done, and get at every last bit! 😀
I dug this tub out when I’d finally run out of my night cream, and when my skin was going through a bit of a rough patch. No matter how well we care for our skins, our lifestyles, climate and various factors can cause our skin to go a little nuts occasionally. Much much to my surprise, I found that the Nectar Supreme La Creme actually not only calmed down my skin, it actually made it feel smoother and more hydrated as the days passed.
I do pay attention to these things (I’m a skincare blogger after all 😀 ) so I noticed how my skin accepted and took to the product. But I also spoke to 2 friends who were using this, and both of them attested to how gentle this cream feels on the skin, and how nicely it boosts hydration so the skin feels and looks better.
While I can’t attest to any firmer skin or reduction in fine lines, as people claim it does, I will say that I’m not surprised at those results. When you come across a moisturiser that you’re happy to use, you will be more diligent about it, and usually, it’s all the added moisture, that gives the appearance of softer lines, and better skin. Not much rocket science to that 😀
So, what I’d say is that for sensitive, mature skin, or just skin that feels dry and dehydrated, your skin might enjoy this cream. It’s light (but heavy – yes, oxymoron) and sinks right into the skin without leaving any residue at all. It’s pretty impressive.
However, there’s one fly in the ointment (figuratively speaking) and that’s the scent. To me, it smells quite strongly like jasmine and I’m not a big fan of jasmine. I sucked it up because I like how it feels, but it’s definitely something to note.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Melvita Nectar Supreme La Creme is a fairly light textured moisturiser that feel a little heavy on skin, so I’d suggest this more for those who have dry/dehydrated skin or more mature skin. Young skin won’t benefit a lot from using this product at all. It sinks quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling smooth. It also seems to calm sensitive skin and feels gentle. Over time, I have found that my skin feels more moisturised, and feels smooth to the touch. However, I use it only in the evening, as my night cream. I feel it might be a bit heavy for the day. A good product – just watch out for the scent, and the pricetag.
PROS: Keeps skin feeling moisturised and smooth to the touch, Feels gentle on skin, Sinks quickly into the skin without any greasy residue, Effective at keeping dry skin hydrated and comfortable
CONS: I didn’t quite like the scent, but it’s a personal preference, Pricey
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone with sensitive and dry, matured skin types
AVAILABILITY: Melvita stores or online
For anyone interested, this is the ingredient list for the Nectar Supreme La Creme.
Have you tried this La Creme? Is there anything else from Melvita that you like?
I’ve tried a few products here and there over time from the brand, but there hasn’t been a lot that has really wow-ed me. This one did, however, and I’m kind of glad. It’s not so expensive (by the time you need this, you’re probably earning enough to afford it) and yet, it works just as well or perhaps even better than some other more expensive products. It’s also organic and natural, which of course, is another plus point for whoever is into that movement! What say you? 😀