Happy Monday! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but I’m finally back with a stable schedule. Today I want to review a product I wrote a first impression on back in 2016, where I discussed my experiences with the travel size bottle. At some point since then, which must have been at least a year or so ago because I don’t have a firm memory of it, I picked up the full size bottle, which I’ve been using for the past few months as my day time moisturiser.
As I’ve discussed in previous posts discussing Simple, I’m not confident on Simple’s cruelty-free status, as there are contradicting voices online that leave me uncertain. I’ve stopped purchasing their products since going cruelty-free just in case, so this is a product I bought before that time. I want to review it in case you happen to not be pursuing exclusively cruelty-free cosmetics, but if you do, then bear this in mind.
This products retails in both Boots and Superdrug in the UK for £4.29 at full price. Although I see this brand doing offers and sales frequently, so bear this in mind as well. I looked up the product on Superdrug’s site, but at the time of writing, there seem to be errors with the page and they don’t display the product if you search the brand’s full range of products, so it’s possible they’re in the process of editing their site. In terms of price, it’s extremely affordable, which is probably what drew me in at the time.
The product itself is designed to be a lightweight moisturiser as the name implies, and claims to:
“Our Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a perfect blend of multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients to keep your skin moisturised and pampered, and carries on working for 12 hours. Perfect even for sensitive skin.”
The claims that it works for 12 hours is quite bold in my opinion, but I think this depends on whether this would be a challenge for your skin type or not. For example if you have dry skin, I assume this would be quite a big claim since long-lasting moisturisation can be difficult to achieve. As someone with oily but dehydrated skin, I picked this out around the beginning of winter as a moisturiser for my cheek and jaw area, as my skin in those areas is less oily than the rest of my face. My skin is oily year-round but during the winter I find my cheek and jaw area is significantly less oily than my t-zone while not being ‘combination’ skin, so I have to treat these areas of my face differently. So I’ve been using this moisturiser to keep my cheeks/jaw moisturised and was particularly curious to see how it would interact with the oiliness of my skin.
The major reason I don’t use this all over my face is because the formula has enough slick to it that for my t-zone where my skin is especially oily, my previous experience with the travel size version means I knew it was too much. However, while I described the formula as having ‘slick’ to it, it’s not oily but it’s lightweight enough that glides over the skin really easily. But knowing how easily my pores on my nose and my chin especially, get oily and clogged up, I prefer to use moisturisers tailored for oily skin on my t-zone year-round since it’s the most stubborn area of my face. I’m still using the Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Jelly Moisturiser which I reviewed towards the end of last year, as my moisturiser for my t-zone even during the winter. It hasn’t been to drying or lacking enough moisturiser so far.
Back to the product at hand though, it doesn’t have a particularly strong scent, although there is a fresh smell if you actively go out of your way to sniff the product. It hasn’t irritated my skin or my nose at all, which is a significantly positive factor for me. I’m quite sensitive scents as they can be nauseating for me, so if I tolerate the scent of a product, that’s extremely important factor to me.
In terms of the packaging, this is where I find myself with gripes: it’s a very sturdy plastic bottle (and recyclable thankfully) but the dispenser is a bit confusing. I had a similar complaint with the travel size version I wrote a first impression about, but in the case of the full size bottle, you need to turn the bottle upside down and squeeze it out. It’s not always easy to do and can be straining. It’s also a nuisance as you don’t have a lot of control over how much product you squeeze out either. I’ve accommodated around this the best I can, but if there was one thing I could change about the product, it would be to use a more convenient method of dispensing the product.
Overall, I really like this product, which sucks for me, as I’m not sure if Simple’s cruelty-free or not to consider repurchasing this product again in the future. The formula has worked great on my cheeks/jaw throughout the winter, and I intend to use it up unless it proves to not work well with my skin in the spring/summer climate. If you’re not concerned about cruelty-free cosmetics, and you think this might work with your skin type, I suggest checking it out, as it’s in the more affordable end of the spectrum.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, I really appreciate receiving your support. I intend to pick up my routine again this week now that a major obstacle has been sorted out. In the meantime, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.