STEAMCREAM, a relatively new company that just made its way over to the U.S. this fall, launched first in Japan back in 2007. It’s been building up steam ever since, zipping from Japan over to the U.K., and now over to us here.
Their entire catalog consists of one product — an $18 face, body and hand moisturizer made with what they call their “steam-infused manufacturing process.”
We use STEAM during the manufacturing process to bind ingredients together in a process called emulsification… STEAMCREAM’s emulsion is held together very loosely allowing each ingredient to break down to its purest form on contact with the skin for maximum moisturization.
The product, which is vegan as well as cruelty-free, comes in a cute 2.6-oz. collectible tin, so it’s also TSA approved. Being collectible, the tin comes in different designs, and the one I have is called Kaleidoscope.
The very first item on the ingredient list is oatmeal, known for its soothing and hydrating properties, but there are also parabens listed among the natural and plant-derived compounds, which I find a little odd. I guess they couldn’t figure out a way to leave ‘em out. For what it’s worth, they appear way down at the bottom of the list, which should imply they’re here in low quantities.
I’ve kept the tin on my desk all week and have been regularly using the lightweight, almost whipped cream on my hands a lot. Not only does it absorb quickly and thoroughly, but I love the light lavender scent.
I still have yet to try it on my face because I’m nervous about it causing breakouts, but not because there’s anything specific about it that worries me. I’m just always a little apprehensive about trying new lotions on my face.
I have, however, used it all over my body and hands, and so far so good. No breakouts. STEAMCREAM feels surprisingly hydrating for such a light lotion. It works like Aveeno but feels like whip cream.
If you’re into indie lines and (mostly) natural body products, you might want to give STEAMCREAM a shot.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,