I’m back with another popular brand in the Brand Focus Series. It’s all about Nivea. Nivea is an age old German Cosmetics Brand whose products made an impact across various other countries. Nivea was officially launched in India 2006 and it has been popular here since then. Most of you would have tried atleast one Nivea Product, probably the Blue Tin. Nivea Products are easily available both online and offline and are often available in huge discounts. Myself I have tried a lot of Nivea Products. In this post, I have featured only those that I could collect from the last two to three years of usage. So before going into the product reviews, let me answer the most asked question.
Is Nivea Cruelty Free?
No. Beiersdorf, the parent company of Nivea Does Not Test On Animals. However, Nivea is sold in China where it is required by law to test on animals. Therby, Nivea pays third parties to test their products on animals sold in China, making them Not A Cruelty Free Brand.
List of Nivea Products featured in this post
- Nivea Total Face Clean Up
- Nivea Whitening Smooth Skin Roll On Deodorant
- Nivea Crème Blue Tin
- Nivea Soft Light Moisturizer
- Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm – Cherry
- Nivea Aloe Hydration Body Lotion
- Nivea Men After Shave Balm
1. Nivea Total Face Clean Up
This is actually a good product. It is a 5 in 1 face wash, scrub, mask, oil remover and spot remover!? Although this says to be for everyday use, I use it twice a week as it has scrubbing particles. The particles are soft, but still I prefer not to overly exfoliate my skin. The product is thick, cream based and has the signature nivea scent which is pleasant to me. The product spreads fairly well on damp skin. You are supposed to gently scrub and then leave it as a mask for 2-3 minutes and then wash off. I use it vice versa. I apply it as a mask, wait for 2-3 minutes and then gently scrub it off while rinsing. The product has Kaolin Clay, which the most gentlest of all clays hence it is suitable for all skin types as it does not dry out the skin after rinsing. In fact, it leaves my skin super soft, plumped and nourished. It gives a nice glow to the skin, although there is no major brightening effect. The product doesn’t remove stubborn blackheads. In all, I liked using it for its after effect of giving me baby soft skin and mild exfoliation.
2. Nivea Whitening Smooth Skin Roll On Deodorant
I have used two variants of Nivea Roll On Deos so far. I didn’t see much difference in terms of their formula and performance. Both were similar to me. In this post, I’m featuring the Whitening Smooth Skin variant. I didn’t like the Nivea Deos as much as liked my Sure Deo, mainly because the Nivea Deo does not dry down immediately after application. One has to wait for atleast 5-10 minutes for the dampness to subside. This is an anti-perspirant hence controls sweating and body odor very well, almost one whole day. The fragrance is nice and pleasing with a note of the trademark Nivea scent. It hasn’t given me any bad reactions or irritations at any point of time. This variant has a whitening claim, which is not true. It did not whiten my underarms nor did it darken them. The deo serves its purpose of concealing bad body odor but due to its slow drying formula I prefer the Sure Deo more. The formula could be improved!!
3. Nivea Crème Blue Tin
There wouldn’t be anyone who isn’t aware of the beauty. Everyone knows, Nivea means this Blue Tin. This is one the cult favourites everyone raves about and yes I love it as well. It is a rich, super nourishing cream that tackle every dry skin problem. It can be used on both face & body and also as a hand & foot cream. It also works amazingly well for elbows and knees which are most dry at all times. The cream is very thick and requires only a little of it to moisturize a large area of skin. It instantly makes skin supple and healthy looking. Needless to say, it has a the Nivea Scent which smells nice. This product is a keeper for dry skin and the colder weather. But it is not an ideal choice for those oily skin types as it would make your skin greasy and may even break you out due to its heavy formula. A great body cream one must try!
4. Nivea Soft Light Moisturizer
This again is not an oily skin product. This is a lighter version of the Blue Tin with more easier spreadability & blendability and less greasiness. The Nivea Cream is water in oil emulsion whereas the Soft Cream is an oil in water emulsion. You can dig in more on this on the brand’s official website. The scent has floral notes with a mix of the signature nivea scent. The Nivea Soft cream has a Gel Crème texture but feels rich on the skin. It gets absorbed much quickly than the Blue Tin Nivea Creme. The soft cream is enriched with Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E and serves its purpose of being a good moisturizer leaving skin hydrated and supple. This will suit normal and dry facial skin types. I mostly use it as a body lotion. In all, I equally like both the creams, just choose anyone of them based on your skin requirements. I used both of them strictly on body skin – The Blue Tin Crème for the winters and the Soft Crème for the summers.
5. Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm – Cherry
I don’t have the ingredient list pictured as I no longer have the outer box and the bullet itself doesn’t hold much details of the product. But I’m sure this has a long list of chemicals.
Coming to the product, I simply love how this makes my lips looks so beautiful. This is a lightweight lip balm which is not as waxy as the Original Lip Balm. It has a sweet fruity candy scent which I liked. The fruit shine lip balm is tinted with fine shining particles that are not very gunky or glittery. It gives a nice sheen to my lips without being overboard. The shade Cherry is a summer time purple pink which looks very nice and natural on the lips. The texture is such that it glides smoothly with no tugs at all. It instantly leaves a layer of moisture, but re-application is necessary after 3 hours for me. This lip balm wasn’t able to heal my chapped and dry lips. However I liked using this lip balm during day time for quick outings. It is also suitable for college and office goers.
6. Nivea Aloe Hydration Body Lotion
My first body lotion from Nivea was the one in dark blue bottle (Nivea Nourishing Body Milk) meant for very dry skin types. I had used it years ago and I remember that it wasn’t super moisturizing for my super dry skin. This Aloe Hydration Body Lotion is a recently launched edition in India, tried by one of our writers. Nivea surely knows that we love aloe vera. This is a lightweight body lotion apt for all skin types, except very dry. It is perfect for the summer season as it’s light and non-greasy. It sinks into the skin within seconds of application and makes skin soft and smooth. The fragrance is also very refreshing with a mix of floral and fruity notes. It keeps skin moisturized for long hours, especially when applied immediately after shower when skin is still damp enough, but surely not for 48 hours as claimed. This is still a great body lotion to try due to its non-oily, hydrating formula.
7. Nivea Men After Shave Balm
This product gained popularity overnight after a youtuber raved about using it as a primer. So when my husband was looking for an after shave, I swiftly suggested this, so that I could also try it as a primer. The after shave balm has a light white lotion like liquidy consistency. It applies easily and has a mild cooling sensation on the skin. The balm has a slight sticky feel immediately after application. I have to always wait for a few minutes for the stickiness to dry down and then proceed to apply my makeup. Makeup goes on smoothly with ease after that. The after shave balm truly helps to keep my makeup intact for long hours. I could clearly notice that it extended the wear time when I had worn this. My husband also likes this as an after shave. It serves its purpose of calming the skin. Being a Men’s product, it has a musky masculine scent to it, but fades away in a couple of minutes. One more thing, the product comes in a heavy glass bottle, so one has to be careful if taken for travel. Overall, the Nivea After Shave Balm could easily pass off as the most affordable primer in the market. It is alcohol free and is suitable for sensitive skin types.
Apart from the above mentioned products, I have also tried the Nivea Crème Care Shower Cream. Nivea has about three variants of Shower Cream – Crème Care (Dark Blue), Crème Soft (White) and Crème Smooth (light blue). The shower creams are much different than the shower gels. The shower creams are moisturizing body washes meant for dry skin types. Myself having dry skin, I thought this would be great. But I literally hated this shower cream that I used the remaining to clean our toilet. It’s super slippery that it doesn’t gets washed off from the skin nor gives a feel that I had a shower. A dud product for me. May be you can try this using this after shower as an in-shower product!!
My overall thoughts on Nivea Products
I have had some favourites from Nivea in the past, but I don’t see myself getting another Nivea Product now. You must be knowing that all Nivea Products are loaded with all sorts of chemicals. Their bath products has sulphates, their deos have aluminum and majority of their creams/lotions have petroleum derivatives as the top ingredient, say liquid Paraffin/mineral oil/petroleum jelly!
One more thing that resists me in using them is the quality. There is definitely a difference in the quality of the products that we get here in India and elsewhere. For example I have tried the Nivea Total Effect and Soft Crème from India as well as the ones from Europe (I’m gifted Nivea Products from Paris almost every two years, thanks to my aunts). I feel the quality is a little better in products manufactured in Europe.
That is all I have to say about the Nivea Products. Do share your thoughts and experiences with Nivea Products in the comments section below.
Looking for other Brand Reviews?
- The Face Shop
- Kama Ayurveda
- Forest Essentials
- Aroma Magic
- Himalaya Herbals
- Just Herbs
- Khadi Natural