9.4.14

Ingredient Review - Steamcream



After reading twenty glowing reviews of Steamcream, my head exploded. Okay so not really but you know me I am passionate about ingredients and you guys are giving me palpitations. Beauty bloggers are like magpies to shiny objects, who can resist those cute decorative tins.


Oh, how I laugh at the marketing spin, "All in One Natural Moisturiser", pull the other one. For me natural cream should not contain methylparaben, propylparaben and triethanolamine (linked to skin irritation). There is a lengthy explanation on the FAQ page about why you will find these ingredients in Steamcream and my response to that is other brands produce decent natural creams without them, I have a blog full of reviews to prove it. I stick my fingers up to Streamcream and their pathetic excuses, completely childish I know but if other companies can eliminate these ingredients then I do find Streamcream's explanation of their presence rather redundant. I thought the whole point of wanting natural, cleaner and greener products was the desire to eliminate this crap from our skincare? 

I know it's a personal choice, the evidence and research on ingredients can be sketchy, some will argue their face hasn't fallen off from using Steamcream so what's the fuss but I'd like to throw a different perspective into the bloggersphere. Do your research people, dig a little deeper and make an informed purchase. I think I made my feelings for Steamcream pretty clear, all that glitters is not gold, in other words it appears to be all about the tin design rather than the contents within. 


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Picture from www.steamcream.co.uk

23 comments:

  1. Well said Sarah! I'm glad I avoided this one as I avoid all products with parabens in now. I know that there are brilliant creams out there without them so I don't see the need to use them!

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    1. Thank you Amber and I agree with you, plenty of other creams available without the parabens

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  2. thank you. i so agree. i am self-taught to a basic level and didn't know about . but parabens, your having a laugh. it's disgusting, as some of my friends who are trying to make changes to more natural may not read the whole ingredient list in the isle or google it if it's an online product without an ingredient list *shoots herself* as i do for EVERYTHING i buy :-)

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    1. Great to hear that you take an interest in reading labels, it's the only way around these sorts of problems, never judge a book by its cover as they say :-)

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  3. i didnt know about triethanolamine - i mean

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  4. Nicely said Sarah. Funnily enough I just wrote about Steamcream myself after having a tin kicking around for AGES. On balance I decided I loved the tins a lot more than what was inside. Fx

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    1. Thanks, I shall have to browse as most people rave about this cream so interesting that you didn't rate it highly, even I will confess I do like the shiny tins :-)

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  5. Yep, I wouldn't be using that...

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    1. glad to know I'm not the only one :-)

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  6. I was composing a similar post so great minds think alike, Sarah! You've said pretty much what I was going to but more succinctly - I'm with you 100%, there are plenty of safer preservatives with good track records so why not use them? x

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    1. It does seem a shame, the rest of the ingredients are natural so I see no reason why this can't have better preservatives and loose the triethanolamine

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  7. I'm probably going to be the only one here who disagrees ;) Whilst I haven't used this product, I've thought about giving it a go because I love the look of all the other ingredients sans parabens and the triethanolamine. Most 'natural' creams still have to use some form of synthetic preservative e.g Potassium Sorbate. Whilst I haven't done enough research to argue the safety of parabens, I know that despite avoiding them in my skincare I'm probably still exposed to them in many other ways thanks to what the modern day lifestyle offers us. Sooooo, I don't think Steamcream are really the devil incarnate, although I'd probably still avoid it for the triethanolamine just incase.

    Mayah x

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    1. Didn't say they were the devil incarnate just don't agree with the marketing tag line. Of course some products require preservatives and opinion is divided, I use products with Phenoxyethanol and have come under criticism for this decision. The only way to avoid them is to favour balms & oils. Everyone is welcome to their opinions and thank you for sharing yours :-)

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    2. Hah, sorry my little literally embellishment there! I do like your rants though, it's good to see people passionate about the industry whatever they believe :) x

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  8. Really enjoyed reading this post. I think everything in moderation, but I turned down steamcream anyway. Would love one of those tins though :) xo

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    1. Thank you, I can't deny the tins are cute, of course it purely is up to the individual if they want to use this but its not for me :-)

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  9. I've never heard of this product before but the ingredients in it (and sadly, many other skincare products) sound horrid. It's like vaseline. I cringe when I see people smearing that on their lips.

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    1. I'm not a fan of vaseline, as for Steamcream, I dislike the ingredients but more importantly the way it is marketed, I believe a truly natural products should not contain parabens

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  10. I too like the tins, but not the contents - and when I realised that different tin didn't mean different content, my pea brain moved on anyway! x

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    1. haha, I can understand why you would think that way, we can be pea brains together x

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  11. I also hate it when I see companies stating their products as all natural when clearly they aren't. And when I made a lifestyle change to go for products with no harsh chemicals or which there is uncertainty as to their safety, or more importantly I have no idea what the gibberish on the label is then I just avoid it. So since I couldn't find any 100% natural products that I can buy at a physical store, I just scoured the internet to look for DIY ones.

    So far I have been able to make my own, but for things like cleansers DIYing everytime I cleanse my face has been really tiring, so I keep searching for a cleanser that isn't an oil cleanser. I think I've found 1 or 2, such as Homemade Naturals, the ingredients look all natural, but I get so nervous now about ingredients that I keep looking at them and feel there's a catch somewhere. I always get dissappointed when I see products saying 'natural' and then I see, for eg, Phenoxyethanol, which I know some products need it, but I personally don't want to have it in there.

    Is there companies that do 100% true natural products in all their products? Is Homemade Naturals 100% natural with no questionable ingredients? And apologies for the long post, the whole natural thing has made me a bit obsessive for a while.

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    1. Truly natural skincare is a little harder to track down, lots of reading labels but it is out there. The problem is products with water need a preservative for safety reasons. Phenoxyethanol is such a grey area for many, me included, you will find products on my blog containing it. 100% natural products generally will be balms and oils. I'm happy to glance over ingredients lists if you are unsure or want a 2nd opinion, just email me and I'll try and assist.

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