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California Baby – Calendula Cream | Product Review

So, my feet developed an adverse reaction towards the plasters. I tried many creams, prescribed and over-the-shelf, the recovery was slow.

After I posted the hideous photos of my infected feet on facebook, a friend recommended California Baby Calendula cream. She said that it works great on her baby girl who has sensitive skin like I do.

When you feet look and feel like mine, you will try whatever you can find to heal them. I remembered seeing the cream on Qoo10, so I hopped over and ordered the small jar!

[About the Product]

Scent: Special Calming™ aromatherapy blend that includes French Lavender.

Product description:
Calendula Cream – is excellent for use on general diaper area and may be used on face and body for extra-dry or sensitive skin. Botanically based, our light and fluffy Calendula Cream contains the ingredient of Calendula, which has been used to soothe the skin for centuries. California Baby® Calendula Cream offers deep hydration, absorbs completely, and leaves skin feeling satiny smooth. Use daily for everyday protection and especially when the air is dry and baby’s skin needs relief. The entire family can benefit from this soothing, multipurpose cream. For added benefits of Calendula, we suggest that you try our complete California Baby® Calendula collection which includes handwash, shampoo & bodywash, hair conditioner, bubble bath, and everyday lotion. Also add California Baby® Calming™ Soothing Spray, and any of our non-chemical sunscreens to your skin care regime.

Benefits & Features:
Contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients
Calendula officinalis is the common pot marigold and is well-known for its soothing properties
May be used around the diaper area
Hypo-allergenic
Light and fluffy consistency

[My Experience & Review]

:: Scent ::

As the scent goes, I have to say I don’t like the special calming aromatherapy blend. It has a hint of eucalyptus and melted plastic smell, a little like cheap lavender essential oil. That said, it could actually be calming for babies.

The scent bothers me (and remember that I have heightened sensory, so it probably won’t bother you much), but not enough for me to stop using it.

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*Philosophy hope in a jar cream has this similar scent, but times stronger. It bothers some people a great deal. I hated the ‘melted plastic’ which is also similar to cheap lavender essential oil scent. The husband didn’t like that much too. (Will review on that product next month, I needed to isolate other products first)

:: The Cream ::

The cream is very rich and creamy. If you suffer from cracked heels or chapped skin, you will feel the instant relief on application. That said, it does leave a thin layer of silky creamy feel on touch, and it takes a long while to be fully absorbed, if at all. That goes to prove that your skin is constantly protect and hydrated, I guess. Because of that, I only use it on my feet. I imagine that it works great on drier areas such as knee and elbow though.

I wouldn’t say it’s ‘light & fluffy’, not in our tropical humid climate. I think it’s fair to say it feels light, but not fluffy. This however, will be perfect in drier climate, or if you are in the air-conditioned room for a long period of time.

Dry skin: Despite the dryness of my skin, I resisted creams because I am extremely uncomfortable with stickiness or oiliness on skin. However, with dry skin, you can literally feel the tension when you stretch you skin. On application of this cream, there is an instant relief and when I clench my toes just to stretch the skin, it is almost like the elasticity has been enhanced.

[Likeliness to Repurchase]

Yes, I will repurchase. This is by far the most moisturizing cream I have used for extremely dry skin. I have ordered the smaller jar to try, and I will keep the jar after I finish – to travel. The next purchase will be for the big bar.

[Bought From…]

I paid S$18.05 (after offsetting with coupons) for the 2oz jar.

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