Back to Basics – Original NIVEA Creme (Made in Germany)



With more than 100 years under the blue belt, there is nothing more iconic in the beauty industry than the NIVEA Creme signature tin. Loved or hated for its simplicity and basic ingredients, this snow white, thick and smooth cream with its powdery milky scent is known and sought after worldwide. Sadly, the formulas vary in quite a few countries,based on prevailing local regulations. #BigMistake

How I’m familiar…

Having grown up in Northwest Poland, only a 10 minute drive from the German border, NIVEA Creme has been a staple in our house ever since I can remember. Originating in Hamburg, Germany, it was the first water-in-oil blend created by the Polish born pharmacist Oscar Troplowitz back in 1900. Being ‘old school’ and all, I always hunt down the original “Made in Germany” tub (or two) when I travel home. #CultClassic

Wait, not all the same???

There is definitely a noticeable difference in formulations of the American made NIVEA Creme and that manufactured in other countries. Having used them all, I refuse to use anything but the original. Fluffier in texture and with a lighter scent, the German made NIVEA liquifies and absorbs more quickly leaving a soft sheen that soaks in beautifully. The US version spreads poorly and stays greasy on my skin. #Unfortch

NIVEA means 'snow-white' #obvi

NIVEA means ‘snow-white’ #obvi

What’s in it?

NIVEA’s water and mineral oil base also contains water binding glycerin, panthenol (healing vit B5) and ultra moisturizing lanolin (no sheep were harm in the making of this creme). Ignore any “Made in Mexico,” “Made in Thailand,” or the USA versions. Try Amazon or local stores that carry international products – the preservative-free German one is the way to go. In a pinch, I’ve even used it on my face. #iSwear

Always. All ways.

Whether you’re experiencing chapped hands or chapped lips–or whether your skin needs some after-sun soothing, a tin of NIVEA Creme is an absolute must-have. It’s both travel friendly and extremely portable, so I have one on our night table as well. I’m a huge fan in spite of NIVEA’s 2010 strangely racist campaign and their dropping of Rihanna two years later. Afterall, she did find love in a Nivealess place. #TalkThatTalk

Check out the various size options of this German original on (many qualify for Prime shipping!).


  1. Qwerty
    July 30, 2016 / 1:15 am

    The nivea creme i bought says that “Manufactured in hamburg, germany” but when i searched the formula of german version, there are some ingredients that are not included in my nivea creme. Neither the formula of american version that i searched is not presented on my nivea creme.

  2. Ebere
    January 9, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    Original is it made from which place

    • Garima makhija
      October 25, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Hamburg, Germany

  3. Jana
    April 21, 2018 / 1:01 am

    Mine says Made In Poland, lol. I’m obsessed with this creme.

    • omgbart
      April 21, 2018 / 5:18 am

      Made in Poland – just like me! I do think there may be a slight difference when it comes to ingredients but hey, if you love it… It’s all good!

  4. Vivian
    August 17, 2019 / 4:50 pm

    Mine says made in Poland too and beneath it’s also says Beiersdorf AG. Kindly helo me identify if it’s fake or not

    • omgbart
      August 18, 2019 / 10:07 am

      It’s not fake. I just believe that the ingredients are *slightly* different than the Made in Germany original.

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