What is this product? (What it claims)
An ultra-hydrating moisturizer that uses natural and organic ingredients.
Apivita Aqua Vita 24H Moisturizing Cream for Very Dry Skin soothes even the driest skin with chaste tree, which also tightens and firms. This moisturizer helps skin retain hydration for a full day and offers powerful antioxidant, anti-septic and skin protection properties.
96% natural ingredients
Provides and helps to retain 24-hour moisture with oat and lecithin Provides a healthy glow and helps to nourish and rejuvenate the skin with honey and shea butter
Enriched with organic geranium essential oil, offers holistic care as it revitalizes both the skin and mood
Exclusive innovation: APIVITA replaces water in the aqua vita line with green tea infusion to enhance the antioxidant action.
Excludes synthetic ingredients that may pose harmful effects to your health and the environment.
Free of: Parabens, Silicones, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil and Ethanolomine.
Directions of Use
Apply cream with a gentle circular motion until absorbed into a clean face and neck during the day and at night.
Avoid eye contact. For external use only.
Aqua**, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Isostearyl Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Glycol Palmitate, Aqua, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil*, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Olea Europaea Leaf* Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Boswellia Serrata Gum, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Lecithin, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Mel* Extract, Alcohol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Bisabolol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Olus Oil, Cyclodextrin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol.
**Camelia Sinensis* Leaf Aqueous Infusion = Green Tea Water
* From Certified Organic Cultivations
$39.00 for 50ml on BeautyKat.com. You can purchase the product here.
I checked with the Apivita.com and the price is the same, BeautyKat didn't price it for more than it is.
Lately, I've been trying a lot of brands I'm not familiar with. Another example is this one - Apivita. I remember seeing it a few times as I passed by high end department stores in Hong Kong but never bothered to look into it thinking that it might be super expensive.
Founded in 1979, APIVITA is Greece's leading company in natural products. They are known for their natural products which are inspired by Classical Greek philosophy. Apivita offers effective natural solutions to a number of skin problems.
Although I have seen it in Hong Kong before, I went to check their store locations to see if we can purchase their products here in Toronto. I don't recall seeing any here. Not surprised, they don't have any stores in Canada. They do have retailers in USA though. So if you're intersted in getting your hands on these products, your best bet is online retailers.. like beautykat.com!
Alright, let's get on the reviewing part!
The paper packaging of the cream reminds me strongly of Korres (which is also a Greek brand, I think it's because of all the Greek writing all over) It does have English translation (thank goodness we know a universal language). The actual cream is contained in a glass jar which I really like because it's more environmentally friendly to recycle.
Once the seal is lifted, I can smell a light tint of sweetness but not candy. It's not overpowering at all in my opinion.
The cream is thick, from the swatch photo you can have an idea of the consistency. It doesn't get absorbed into my skin instantly and it requires a bit of massaging. I think it's because this cream is made for my skin type (very dry), it's very rich. It might not be the same richness in consistency for the normal or oily types.
I usually don't need a large amount for my face, it was easy to spread and I do feel moisturized throughout the day. It does feel a bit greasy, but the feeling of oiliness goes away after about 15 minutes or so.
Winters in Toronto is dry and cold, and for my already dry skin, the cream is perfect. no more dry patches for me! I wake up every morning with a moisturized face, it's a nice feeling. The cream also does not grease up during the day. I usually only grease up when my face is dry. (skin usually automatically produce oil to replenish your dry skin. With a good moisturizer, your skin will not produce this additional oil)
I really like this cream, I believe that it has met its claims. Although the price is a bit steep, it is actually comparable to creams by Clarins, Estee Lauder and Lancome. However, what really stood out with this cream compared to other brands is that, it is made with 96% natural ingredients. We already absorb many chemicals everyday on top of the pollution. Going natural truely makes a big difference. I would recommend this product to anyone with the same skin type as me. :)
Review on BeautyKat.com:
This is a continuation of the reviews I'm doing for BeautyKat.com. Thank you, Kat and the people at Apivita for sending me this product to try out.
Unlike most online beauty retailers, BeautyKat.com doesn't only carry Japanese and Asian drugstore cosmetics like Dolly Wink, they also carry a huge variety of high end skin care lines such as this one - Apivita and SKII.
However, I do know that many of my readers do enjoy Asian drugstore cosmetic brands so I will name a few that they carry for you: Dariya, B&C Laboratory, Ju Ju Cosmetics, Hada Labo, Kiss Me, Sana and soooooo many more!!
I have to say, its quite exciting whenever I browse their website because it's almost like SaSa but I don't need to buy up to $200 to get free shipping! Spending just $49 will get you free shipping automatically :) and domestic shipping to US is just $2.88 and shipping to Canada is flat rate $17.88. I'm not surprised that shipping is higher to Canada, but spending $49 is quite easy... meaning free shipping!! ☺
Product: 5/5 ♥ Meets its claims, may be a bit rich for some, but you can try the normal/combination skin type option. Natural ingredients.
Packaging: 5/5 ♥ Love all the greek writing, paper and glass jar. Environmentally Friendly.
Price: 4/5 ♥ A bit steep but it is comparable to other high-end brands. But I believe this is at par and if not, less expensive compared to Lancôme and Clarins.