Oh, hey! This was originally posted in July of 2014. But… since we are currently snowed in and I just picked up a brand new tub of NIVEA, I decided to update the photos and bump it up from the archives. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
What’s in it?
NIVEA’s water and mineral oil base also contains water binding glycerin, panthenol (aka healing Vitamin 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 (google German food stores or delis close by) 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.
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. Some places carry the baby size blue tins which are super portable and travel-friendly. The jumbo ones make a great addition to our night table (especially during winter months).
Check out the various size options of this German original on Amazon.com (many qualify for Prime shipping!).