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Aug. 21.

Tested Thursday: Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

shiseido-thSometimes things land in my review basket, and other things land on top and I end up forgetting about what’s below for a while, until a rummage tosses up something interesting. That happens to be the case with this product which has been unnoticed until recently. However, it did emerge from the basket, and for Tested Thursday today, I am trying out the Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating  Body Cream (yes, that whole sentence is its name).

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The one I have here is a 60ml sample size, but the full size one is a respectable 200ml, and while it doesn’t make the tea for you, my notes tell me that the Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream is:

A lavishly silky textured body cream that improves skin quality, helping skin to become better with time. Regenerates moisture, resiliance and evens skin texture and tone. Skingenecell 1P is formulated in the product to help skin on the body resist future ageing signs, combined with Houttuynia Cordata Extract to prevent puffiness and water retention, along with Angelica Root Extract, to improve microcirculation to help prevent uneven skin tone.

All that, yet it can’t make tea. Probably a good thing, because while the Japanese have the science of skincare pretty much set, they haven’t perfected making a good mug of Lyon’s yet.

My notes also tell me that it is formulated with “an exclusive SP emulsification, that melts deep into the skin delivering premium anti ageing benefits”, is suitable for all skin types, and is recommended for day and night use.

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But anyway, as Shiseido did the science in the product, we don’t have to. The most important things I need to show you are how it looks, how it smells, how it feels, and did it do anything. So, let’s find out…

Look: When you get something from Shiseido, you are paying for quality, and quality is expected from the packaging onwards. The packaging of it is solid. It feels the way a quality product should, which is always good news. So often products are let down by the packaging not living up to expectations. It is not a shapeless white tub that you shut away, and barely even look at when you do go to use it. I’d have no problem with the elegantly curved tub sitting on my dresser.

Smell: I’m trying to come up with a single word to describe the scent of this, but I’m not able to. In the tub I am getting floral, a bit of sweetness, and I’m not entirely sure, but possibly a very slightly synthetic smell too. On the skin though, the major scent is a floral one, and is really very pleasant. I wouldn’t want to be smothering this on myself every day if the scent was something that I didn’t like. As it is though, I would be more than happy to smell of this all day.

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Feel: The texture of the cream is really light, slightly gel like, but very very movable. A little bit really does go a long way here, and while it does penetrate the skin really well, it doesn’t do so immediately. You do have a little working time, but when it does soak in, you don’t feel it on top of your skin, and there is no problem with having to wait a year and a day to get dressed.

Finally, does it work: I’ve been using this constantly for the past week, and yes, there is a difference in my skin. It doesn’t feel as parched, and does feel smoother and more refined, particularly in areas where I would have suffered from patches of dry skin. I can’t really vouch for the anti-ageing benefits of the cream, but in terms of noticing everyday differences, it actually does do the job it says.

And herein lies my problem. I think I could be tempted to go and buy the full size version, which for the 200ml is €130! I don’t know how exactly to justify spending that much, no matter how amazing the product is, knowing that my €5.99 Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip does a decent job. I know I am kinda comparing apples and elephants here, so maybe I can convince myself that once, just once, as a treat that this should be mine!

Robyn

* Product was provided for review

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Jul. 31.

Tested Thursday: Mitchell and Peach English Growers Body Cream

mp-thI have a thing for hand cream, I admit that. I do also have a collection of body creams and lotions growing though (and I should learn to use them more often). One of them, that I received in my big U Magazine price, comes from Mitchell and Peach, and is their English Growers Body Cream, which I am trying out for today’s Tested Thursday.

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The packaging, as always, is the first thing you see (unless the tube is split) and this one is refreshingly simple. It is nothing but a basic black and white. It doesn’t look cheap and tacky though. It carries the brand name, the fact that it is a  body cream and that it is the English Growers fragrance. I do find the Italicised cursive for the English Growers text to be a bit difficult to read, but I think that it is just a little small for that style of text. No big deal.

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The back of the tube is where things start to get interesting. The first thing we are told as we read along the back of the tube is that the cream is “fragranced with essential oils from the Mitchell’s fifth generation farm in Kent, England” and that it contains “honey, organic cocoa  & shea butter” and that it is “free from parabens, SLS and synthetic colouring” The ingredient list includes almond oil, lavender oil, rose, vanilla & sweet violet extracts, coconut oil and ylang ylang oil, among other ingredients.

The fragrance I find is a mixture of floral, slightly herby and sweetness, and I certainly get the scent of the roses and violets. It is not an overly fragranced product though, so you are not going to have major issues if you can’t deal with over the top scents. It mellows very well too.

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The cream, as you see here, is very light and quite wet. It is not a thick cream that you have to really work in to the skin. This one moves about and sinks in extremely easily. Unfortunately though that leads me to my issue with this. It sinks in so well that I find myself using so much more of it. That is quite a problem for me, but not insurmountable.

Okay, so it was not happiness all round with this. It is a pleasantly elegant product, it smells delightful, but at the end of the day the 40ml tube is just too small. It is such a pain to find out you like a product just after finishing the whole thing. It also being made with specially grown products, makes it a bit expensive to use regularly, but it would be handy for travelling for a couple of days.

It also, according to my research, was included a few months ago in a Glossybox. If you received it then, please do let me know what you thought of it!

Robyn

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