Today I'm reviewing a product that I've been testing for the past month and a half. It is Nordic Beauty's Anti-Aging Collagen Peptide Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream.
First, the packaging. I love the look of this jar, it's just so neat and the white base with the grey lid looks beautiful on my vanity. The packaging is solid and sturdy, you don't have to worry about dropping and breaking it. The only, only complaint that I have is that if you ever run out, it seems like it might be difficult to get to all of the CC cream, as it could get into the corners. I think my spatula will be able to do it though, so this is really only a problem if you only take the cream out with your fingers (which I don't recommend, by the way, because your hands have a lot of germs on them that you're transferring to the cream. It's best to use a makeup spatula.
Then the company. The front of the CC cream has a small pink Breast cancer awareness ribbon that proudly states "we give 10%." The website says:
"Nordic Beauty donate 10% of our annual net revenues to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Susan G. Komen Organization. We want to support our family and friends that we love and care for."
I love to support brands that donate a portion of the proceeds to charity, so this is pretty neat.
The side of the cream, that lists the inactive ingredients. From the website, in case you can't read the bottle clearly: "ZINC OXIDE, WATER, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE*, CAPRIC CAPRYLIC TRIGLYCERIDES, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, CASTOR OIL, POLYGLYCEROL-10 LAURATE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, GLYCERIN, IRIS STEM CELL*, LINGONBERRY SEED OIL EXRACT*, MARINE PEPTIDE, SUNFLOWER OIL*, JOJOBA OIL*, TOCOPHEROLS, OLIVE OIL*, IRON OXIDES, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYL HEXYL GLYCERIN, MYRRH ESSENTIAL OIL*, FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL*"
All of the ingredients that are marked with an asterisk are certified organic. Note the part on the bottle that says: "Pure Essential Oils | NON GMO | Gluten Free | Not Tested on Animals" and the list of yucky stuff that is NOT found in this CC cream, such as "Parabens, Silicones, Synthetic Fragrance, Synthetic Sunscreens, etc." As the website notes, "your skin absorbs 64% of what you put on it. This is why we never use synthetic or harmful chemicals and pesticides that can easily be absorbed into your body. "
Speaking strictly from a first impressions point of view, before I tested the CC cream, I was already impressed. There's a lot of publicity about being careful of what you put into your body (healthy foods as opposed to processed junk and fast food), but this is an amazing reminder to be careful of what you put onto your body.
The directions for the CC cream. It is described as being "non-greasy, anti-aging" with "natural coverage [and] matte Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream protecting from UVA & UVB rays utilizing the safest and natural form of zinc oxide available without using synthetic sunscreen. This CC cream consists of our anti-aging proprietary formulation." The directions are to "apply to face and neck every morning."
It also lists some sun protection measures, such as regularly using sunscreen, limiting the time in the sun, and wearing clothing to cover the body from the sun. I hope that most people already know these measures, but this is a really good reminder to look at every morning when you're applying it, and I love that it's printed right on the bottle.
Finally, the drug facts with all of the standard warnings that are labeled on most beauty products.
The cream itself. When the CC cream is described as non-greasy, it was not kidding. I have not found a cream with sunscreen in it that doesn't apply greasy, until now. It applies very smoothly; a little goes a long way with this cream. The smell is not strong at all, and is actually quite pleasant (coming from someone who gets headaches from the scent of 80% of the lotions and creams on the market).
The coverage on this cream is very light, which is perfect for the summer, as is the SPF 30. It is anti-aging, but is suitable for any age. I always say that it is never too early to start using anti-aging products, and this makes it so easy and pleasant.
A 4 oz. jar costs $110 on the website. A couple of things: at first glance, it might seem like a lot, but it's your skin. What is worth a better investment? Also, one jar lasts for quite a while... I'd been using it for one month already in that picture, and you can barely tell that any is missing. Some reviews of the product say that it has lasted for four months for them, and I can definitely see that happening.
Overall, it's a good company, an amazing product, and wonderful benefits. This is exactly the cream that people should be splurging on; your skin will definitely thank you. In a couple of months, when (if) I run out, I am going to be re-purchasing, which I don't do for a lot of products. After seeing all of the good that it did for my skin, how could I not?
(This product was sent to me for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer for more information. All links in the post are not affiliate links.)