SebaMed is a brand I was introduced to when I spent a semester of college in Germany. I didn’t recognize most of the brands sold in German stores, so I asked my friend what body lotion she’d recommend and she pointed SebaMed out to me. These days, SebaMed products are distributed in the US and locally I’ve seen their body lotion at Bed Bath & Beyond.
When I walked into Bed Bath & Beyond a couple days ago, I spotted two SebaMed products placed front and center on their clearance table nearby their bath and body aisles: the Cleansing Shower Oil and Hand & Nail Balm, both originally $10.99 and discounted to $7.28. It’s not the deepest discount in the world, but I knew I couldn’t walk away from it. The body lotion has sentimental value to me and also had a really fresh and pleasant (but light) scent, and I got the sense that it’s a brand that Germans held in relatively high regard. It may be my fault for not exploring the aisles of Bed Bath and Beyond more, but this is the first I’ve seen of other SebaMed products and I was excited to give them a try.
A quick note: based on what I see online, I don’t think these products are being discontinued altogether. The hand & nail balm in particular is listed on the SebaMed website as available in Harmon and select Bed Bath & Beyond stores, but the shower oil doesn’t have the same info listed so it’s possible that it’s leaving stores. Both products are still listed on the website, though, so I’m thinking that they’ll continue to be produced and at the very least can be purchased online.
Cleansing Shower Oil
I’ve mentioned more than once that I’m always looking out for gentle and moisturizing body washes, as showers and baths dry my skin out pretty badly. A body cleansing oil isn’t the most common thing in the world and this seemed really promising. The best thing I might be able to compare this to would probably be the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil which I tried out about a year ago, though a comparably sized bottle of that would be over twice as expensive. Another difference is that the SebaMed oil doesn’t lather as much as the L’Occitane oil does, but that’s not much of a disappointment for me, personally. SebaMed describes the oil as an “ultra-mild soap-free conditioning gel cleanses without causing dryness or irritation as regular soap can”.
The first ingredient is avocado oil, which is rich in vitamins and beneficial fatty acids. It can also reduce inflammation and help skin become more resilient. Further down the list is mineral oil. I don’t tend to buy a ton of products heavy in mineral oil, but in a case like this I don’t mind at all … it’s further down the ingredients list and is used in a product made for the body and intended to be rinsed off. Mineral oil isn’t dangerous, it’s just sort of cheap and when it comes to facial moisturizers and that kind of thing I generally like to see more beneficial ingredients used. Anyways, that’s a conversation for another day.
I find this pleasant to use and gentle on my skin. Exactly what it’s supposed to be! You don’t have to worry about an oily residue, it rinses away easily and leaves my skin feeling clean. There’s a little bit of fragrance (second to last ingredient), but I don’t notice an obviously perfumed scent. It has a very natural smell.
Hand & Nail Balm
I totally don’t need another hand cream in my life right now, but I just didn’t want to pass this up. I thought that maybe this would have the same scent as the body lotion, and initially I was disappointed when it didn’t quite match up. However, after letting it sink in for a couple of minutes, some of the initial scent backs down and all I’m left with is the body lotion scent I know and love. I’ve been trying to sneakily sniff my hands now and then … I just like it! It sticks around for a bit, too. Again, it’s very light, but recognizable.
Another similarity to the body lotion is how lightweight the formula feels. It’s not heavy, thick, or greasy, which surprised me a little since it has the word “balm” in the title. It absorbs really quickly and is perfect for someone on the go who can’t live his or her life avoiding doorknobs. It’s formulated with allantoin, vitamin B5, keratin, and even coconut oil, which is something I don’t think I’ve spotted in a hand cream before.
It’s advertised to also help prevent nail breakage, and although I might be able to get a better sense for this over time, it would definitely be very nice if that’s a real benefit. My nails can use all the help they can get, as I’ve been fighting peeling tips for weeks now (I’ve also started to take oral supplements for hair and nail strength, so in all honesty I’m not sure if I’ll be able to properly evaluate the lotion’s claim).
SebaMed advertises product formulations that focus on maintaining a pH of 5.5, which is supposed to keep skin healthy and balanced. They offer skincare and body care products for sensitive, aging, dry, and acne-prone skin types as well as child-appropriate formulations. They advertise nearly 100% biodegradable packaging, their products are made in Germany without the use of animal testing, and are all paraben-free. The prices listed on my purchased products differ a bit from what’s listed online, so it may vary location to location. Browsing the US website, it looks like certain items are available at Harmon, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS Pharmacy, Meijer, and Rite Aid.
Have you tried any products from SebaMed?