Monday, 4 August 2014

SlowClap for SteamCream: I'm sold

SteamCream is not new to me, but I held off purchasing it and I'll explain why now-now*. But I'm kicking myself that I didn't jump on this bandwagon ages ago when I was struggling to find a cream for my Daughter's eczema. I'm also kicking myself for being a lazy-arsed-cow and not doing a bit of research into SteamCream when My husband and I were at our wits-end trying to find a cream to soothe a crying-hot-flakey-skinned-not-sleeping-because-I'm-sooooooOOOOOoo-itchy 4year old. SteamCream would have made an absolute fortune out of me, but I wouldn't have cared because she would have slept which means that I would have slept and that would be perfect.

My SteamCream Tin. Hannah can have the next one

The reason why I didn't even go as far as google-ing SteamCream is because I had read somewhere that it was basically glorified aqueous cream (which at this stage we had realised contained the biggest ingredient that irritated her skin: mineral oil/liquid paraffin/soft white paraffin) and some lavender essential oil in a very fancy looking tin. And even though I know you shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet, I wrote SteamCream off and looked for other alternatives. Ugh... I was SUCH an eejit.

SteamCream is made in the UK and in Japan. It's Vegan Certified, with minimal preservatives (check out their website for more on this). Actually their website is pretty amazing too. Simple and easy to use, exactly like the cream. Go see. But basically its Oats. And Oatmeal Infusion to be exact, and a whole lot of other natural oils for extra moisturising. Now Aveeno (also oat based) is one of the only creams we can use on Hannah, but we need to use it every night on her to get results.

SteamCream Ingredients

The tin designs are awesome. I had to wrestle this one out of Hannah's grip even after I promised her that I would get her a tin of her own. I had to pinky promise and go looking to see which designs were available (they are changing all the time) so she could choose one that she liked. 

This cream is just beautiful. When you open the tin, you get lavender immediately, but it isn't overpowering or in any way headache inducing. It is incredibly mind clearing and relaxing. SteamCream is light and a little goes a long way, but it is so moisturising, it is like nothing I've ever used. The combination of ingredients and the way that they have been combined (with a steam process) means that skin feels comfortable and moisturised immediately and the effect lasts all day. 


Isn't the tin Kah-Yoot?!?!? Oui! It is small and mighty. And it fits into my handbag for on the go moisturising quite comfortably. But the tin looks fab on my dresser, nest to my bed or next to my computer, which is where I like it best... just because I like to look at it.

Now what I didn't realise is that this was originally meant as a face cream for ALL skin types, including sensitive skin. And my daughter, Hannah, has pretty sensitive skin. Not just on her face, her whole body. And SteamCream is safe to use on her: all over. She did say that it did sting a little on broken skin, which I understand. But the stinging didn't last long, a few seconds and that was it, and it wasn't so bad that she was complaining.


She also said she felt a little bit cooler after application and she felt like she was sleeping a little better although that could just be the fact that she is running around like a hooligan because its summer holidays. It could also be due to the light lavender scent of which we are big fans. Lavender also has anti-bacterial properties, making this perfect to keep infections at bay. I still cant believe I didn't get on this stuff sooner.

Now she hasn't had a bad eczema episode for a little while, but any change in washing powder or her creams causes the hot, red, scaly flakey skin to come roaring back. This hasn't affected her skin adversely at all, her skin looks fantastic actually. It looks like skin and it feels like skin should, which is and odd thing to say about a child's skin. But normally her skin feels quite rough and dry, even after we have creamed and lotioned and buttered and greased her up, from her toes right into her hair line. 


I am now about half way through the 75ml tub, I've had it about 2 months now. As I said a little goes a long way and the amount in the pic above does her whole arm. But I don't use this on her every night, more like every 3rd night, alternating with a body butter, but I can see the difference in her skin. I have also been using it on my arms when I sit in front of the tv.

Honestly, I am genuinely surprised at how lovely SteamCream is and I'm willing for fork out the €16.50 every 3 months to keep my daughter happy and comfortable in her own skin. 

Or I might just order off their website, which offers free delivery for orders over €20. And right now you can order 2 tins for €25 (12.50 per tin) or get 3 tins for €35 (11.66 per tin) which works out to pretty good value and means you can gift them to friends, or keep them to yourself and keep them around the house.

I will never be without a tin of SteamCream again, and I will happily gift it to my friends and family... and I saw a sneaky peak at the packaging for their xmas tins... I can't wait!

Happy Bank Holiday Monday Folks!

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*now-now: a not so very precise denotation of time in South Africa, could mean 5 minutes or "when I feel like it".
**PR Sample Gratefully received, Opinions my own

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I will try this out since I have that skin issue too. Hope it works on me like the way it worked on your daughter.

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