Skincare

Nature Republic Shea Butter Steam Cream and Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule

April 29, 2016
Nature Republic Steam Cream, Argan
Nature Republic Shea Butter Steam Cream and Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule

I wanted to dive into some more skincare because I’ve been really flying through these products and have really enjoyed them. Back in the winter I needed some heavier moisturizing products, and it turned out that a Nature Republic had just opened up in Union Square. If you’re in New York City but don’t want to trek all the way out to Flushing to shop for Asian skincare, this is a great location to have here. It’s nice and large, unlike the Manhattan Chinatown location which is a closet. 

The other nice thing about this new location is that they’ve been running some promotions (and for whatever reason, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Manhattan Chinatown location running a sale). So, I jumped on this little set of winter-proof moisturizers, which included a cream, an argan oil ampoule, and a little coin bank that looks like pot of cream, for right around $30.

Left to right: Nature Republic Shea Butter Steam Cream, coin bank, and Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule
Left to right: Nature Republic Shea Butter Steam Cream, coin bank, and Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule

Let’s talk about the cream first because it’s the one I’m most excited about. The thing you might miss from a photo like this where it’s sitting next to the larger coin bank is that this is a pretty hefty pot of moisturizer. It’s 100 ml, or 3.38 oz., while most moisturizers come with somewhere around 1 to 1.7 oz. of cream. They sell 3 different versions, I believe, with different strength levels of hydration for different skin types. I purchased Moist, which is the middle-of-the-road offering, and used it as my night cream.

The other thing to note is that the texture of it is a little unusual, and the sales associate told me that it’s the kind of thing that some people just don’t like the feel of. It’s really slick, like it has a lot of water content or something, and kind of stays noticeably perceptible on the skin. I played around with the in-store testers and was immediately intrigued. On my face I’d find that it would sink in overnight, but you have to be ok with feeling that there’s moisturizer on your face in order to enjoy this. I do like to flood my skin with hydration, particularly at night, so I actually thought it felt really refreshing and comforting. I used it pretty liberally, as well.

It does have a noticeable fragrance (a lot of Nature Republic products do) and I’d say it smells like … rain? A fresh river lined with wildflowers? The scent is fresh and pleasant. But yeah, you have to be able to tolerate fragrance in skincare. I just finished the pot up recently and I really loved the feeling of it and the effect that it had on my skin. It’s replenishing and protective but not greasy. I would absolutely buy this again, no hesitation. If I remember correctly, I think this may have been around $25 on its own, so not terrible, especially considering the quantity.

Nature Republic Steam Cream
Nature Republic Steam Cream

The cream and coin bank also have lovely artwork on the lids, with different imagery and colors depending on which version of the cream you buy.

Nature Republic Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule
Nature Republic Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule

The Nature Republic Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule is essentially a lightweight oil. I’ve tried one other ampoule from Nature Republic, which was much more of a thick gel, so this oil texture is different for me. This is formulated with fermented argan and is generally supposed to promote a youthful appearance in skin.

This, to me, was a nice product to have around, especially when my skin was quite dry, but it wasn’t a necessity. I enjoyed that this was light enough to use during the daytime under makeup, when typically I find that oils wear quite poorly under my makeup. It comes with a little dropper that’s easy to control, and I just pat a few drops into my face.

It doesn’t have the same kind of noticeable perfume to it that the cream does, and I’d just say that this smells “botanical” (not nutty like pure argan oil). It’s pleasant, indeed. It’s kind of a chunky bottle for the amount that you get, which is  25 ml or 0.85 oz. It’s a fine amount of oil, considering how little I use in an application, but I do notice I go through it a bit faster than anticipated. I’m past halfway through. It’s packaged in glass but it feels sturdy enough that it hasn’t made me nervous to travel with it.

 

I’m really curious to hear if you have any favorite products from Nature Republic, or if there are other Korean moisturizers you recommend. I’d love to hear!

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