Jo Malone Vitamin E Day Creme
Ohhhh readers, I have been under the weather recently. If you follow me on Twitter (and you haven’t just unfollowed due to my relentless moaning) then you’ll know that I’m recovering from a particularly vile bout of the flu. Full on aches, pains, dehydration, listlessness, the works. During this time, two things developed.
1) I became somewhat addicted to Miss Glamorazzi & Fleur De Force‘s VlogAngeles videos. When I was in bed with flu, watching the antics of Fleur, Ingrid and their friends was extremely entertaining and cheered me up no end.
2) My skin went to pot. There’s nothing like a combination of dehydration, flu and central heating to really mess up your face. Ugh. Plus the totally attractive tell-tale peeling nostrils. Nice.
So, at this point, I was rather grateful to receive a sample of Jo Malone’s new release from the brand’s core Vitamin E range. Usually I don’t put anything on my face until I’ve done a range of patch tests (sensitive, psoriasis -ridden skin) but I figured I was ill enough that a burning face wouldn’t make much difference to my woes, and slapped some of this on.
The creme (aka moisturiser) is super rich. Despite having dry skin, this was a bit slippy for me. I think it is seriously heavy-duty and anyone with greasy or oily skin might struggle here. For example, even though it absorbs well, my skin was left feeling freshly moisturised for about an hour afterwards. Not a problem per se, until you remember that I use powdered mineral foundation, and it doesn’t really apply well on damp skin.
So, for £50 of your hard-earned pennies, you get a 50ml tub of product. Yes, that’s £1.00 per ml. Probably the most expensive thing that’s ever been on my face <insert smutty joke here>. However, this is so rich that I think it will last a seriously long time. It took me three days alone just to use the product that attached itself to the little internal lid that lifts off. And yes, the jar will look lovely on a dressing table or bathroom shelf. The product smells relatively strong, of something quite pleasant, that I can’t quite identify. Almonds, I think. It’s not too obtrusive though.
But is it worth it? Well, here’s the conundrum. As a day creme, for me personally, no. Despite the fact that it has SPF15, I just can’t use it during the day. It’s too heavy for my face and takes too long to regualte to the point that I can apply my make-up. However, when I apply this before bed (the lightest layer possible), I wake up to super-soft, bouncy and velvety skin. It’s definitely doing something right. Even now, 20 hours since my last application, my skin feels magically smooth and soft. My foundation is going on easier in the morning, and isn’t looking crusty by the end of the day. And those awkward dry red nostrils? Gone, with two applications. Plus, so far, my skin hasn’t protested or reacted.
Now, I don’t know a lot about skincare or moisturiser so I don’t really have much basis for comparison here. I don’t know how this would stand up against a budget brand, or even against a more expensive one. But what I can tell you is that I like this a lot, and will continue to use this on a regular basis. I suspect the pot will last me for several months, and may well make its way on to my birthday list for later in the year.
What do you think? What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a skincare item? Are you tempted to try this out?
To find out more, and to place an order, please visit the Jo Malone website