Many of my favourite skincare brands like Avene, La Roche-Posay, Bioderma and Nuxe are typical of the well-priced and formulated, qualitative skincare that is found in French pharmacies. I’m the first one to point out that expensive does not necessarily equal better, and I love how the French Pharmacy brands offer beautiful skincare in low-key packaging at a relatively affordable price. Whenever I visit Paris, my first stop is my nearest pharmacy.
At the start of the 1990’s, Aliza Jabes a French graduate and inspired entrepreneur discovered Nuxe – a small laboratory in Paris – and decided to make it a springboard for building a beauty brand that would merge nature & luxury. The name Nuxe comes from the words “Nature” & “luxe.” Since acquiring the brand, Nuxe has become one of the biggest skincare names in France. It’s USP includes combining rare plant, essential oils and patented ingredients into a diverse range of face & body products. Also, all the products smell impossibly good with key fragrances including honey, chocolate and liquorice. Eighty percent of all ingredients used are of natural origin and there are no mineral oils used in the range.
Today, I’m reviewing the utterly delightful and indulgent Rêve de miel range that’s best suited to dry and sensitive skin types. The range is ultra-comforting and uses key ingredients like honey and sunflower to soothe, repair and replenish lipids in the skin.
Honey is a wonderful ingredient for dry or sensitive skin as it is mainly composed of sugars (nearly 80%), but it also contains amino acids, proteins, flavonoids (anti-oxidant), vitamins, mineral salts and trace elements.
There are 4 major types of lipids which contribute to the skin’s barrier function, namely: Ceramides, Cholesterol, Precursor sphingolipids and Essential fatty acids not synthesized by the body (omega-6 = linoleic acid; omega-3 = α-linolenic acid)
Skin lacking in lipids becomes dry and sensitive. It can feel tight and uncomfortable and may look dull and lacklustre. In order to address these issues, it’s important to replenish lipids, soothe the feeling of tightness and discomfort and repair the skins barrier.
Nuxe Rêve de miel Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel (R345) BUY
Being such a Nuxe fan, I actually couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried this product previously! I can tell you this much, that I would happily fork out R345 monthly for this treat! Aside from the fact that it can be used on both face & body, this lipid-enriched cleansing gel is soap free and not at all aggressive on the skin. While cleaning, it soothes and softens. But more than anything else, it’s the “died-and-gone-to-heaven” aroma that I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF! It’s hard to explain just how magnificent it smells, but I’d descried it as part honey, part Neroli – in fact, it smells like those PEZ sweets (remember them), just better. I don’t think I’ve EVER come across a product with such an appealing scent – EVER!
Just a word of advice regarding facial cleansers – they are meant to cleanse the skin of oil and dirt – NOT makeup! A make-up remover or micellar water should be used for this. Too many women try facial washes and are then disappointed when they don’t remove makeup. While a few formulas claim to remove makeup, this is not what they are primarily meant to be used for.
Nuxe Rêve de miel Ultra Comforting Face Cream (R475) BUY
Now, I don’t have extremely dry or sensitive skin. However, I really enjoy using deeply nourishing products – maybe that’s because more mature skin (like mine) tends to be on the drier side. I also like the idea of treating my skin with a gentler formula, and those for sensitive skin types are just that: gentle. This day cream is packed with skin-comforting ingredients like macadamia oil, barley extract, shea butter, Argan Oil, Vitamin E and honey. The texture is luxurious and silky, but not at all cloying. The formula also absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave it looking greasy. I don’t suffer with rosacea, but this formula claims to calm and blur it. Because the product doesn’t contain a sunscreen, you need to apply one, or ensure your foundation contains one.
Nuxe Rêve de miel Ultra Comforting Night Face Cream (R475) BUY
Overnight, this nourishing night cream with Honey and Precious oils helps to replenish the skin’s lipids, to soothe, to repair and regenerate by reinforcing the skin’s barrier. I found the texture of this cream to be slightly more nourishing than the day version and would best describe it as more balm-like. But again, much to my delight, it absorbed quickly and didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or leave marks on my cotton linen.
Nuxe Rêve de miel Hand & Nail Cream (R175) BUY
I demand two key actions from my hand creams, namely (1) the formula needs to deeply hydrate, and (2), it should absorb quickly and not leave any greasy residue on my hands. This one is super silky, non-greasy, and protects hands from premature ageing.
With Honey, Sunflower, Precious oils and Vitamin E to nourish and repair dry hands, regular use will soften hands and strengthen nails, day after day.
This hand cream is tested in extremely cold conditions (Europe winter) so you can rest assured it is deeply nourishing and keeps hands soothed.
Nuxe Rêve de miel Lip Balm (R205) BUY
Ooh, this lip balm is SUCH a favourite and I have blogged about it HERE previously.
This best-selling lip balm contains Honey and oils that help to nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and damaged lips. I love that it comes in a glass pot and find the subtle citrus scent very refreshing. I also sometimes use it to soften & soothe super dry cuticles.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil (R470) BUY
To recap, this award winning dry oil (launched back in 1992 before the oil craze) has a wonderfully light texture and is superb at counteracting dryness and giving the skin a soft sheen. It’s multi-purpose too, so can be used on face, body, hair – just about anywhere.
It too has an incredible scent with notes of orange blossom, plum, rose, magnolia, coconut and vanilla. In fact, the scent was so popular, the brand launched an actual fragrance a few years back (I reviewed it HERE). The 97.8% natural formula is enriched with Vitamin E, Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia & St. John’s Wort oils and nourishes, repairs and soften skin and hair is a single sweep.
The Nuxe line of skincare products are available at selected Woolworths, Truworths & Edgars Stores.
I am VERY excited to announce that I have one Nuxe Rêve de miel hamper up for grabs, valued at R2145. The hamper contains the following products:
Nuxe Rêve de miel Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel
Nuxe Rêve de miel Ultra Comforting Night Face Cream
Nuxe Rêve de miel Ultra Comforting Face Cream
Nuxe Rêve de miel Hand & Nail Cream
Nuxe Rêve de miel Lip Balm
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil
To stand a chance of winning this hamper, leave a comment below this blog post telling me why you’d like to win this hamper.
Please be sure to include your email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be the winner.
I will announce the winner next week Wednesday the 3rd of October on In My bag’s Facebook page (FOLLOW HERE)
This competition is open to residents of South Africa only.