I don’t know about you, but I love moisturiser and I have boxes of the stuff at home. It’s something I very rarely buy for myself as it tends to be a popular item in beauty or fragrance gift sets – but every now and again I find one that smells so good that I buy bottles of the stuff. The last time that happened was in December 2016’s Birchbox when I tried the Anatomicals ‘Smoother Butts Love Coconuts’ moisturiser, and I’m addicted to its tropical scent. Birchbox have a great past record for me with moisturisers, so I’m hoping this one from April’s Birchbox is also a hit. My Birchbox card says:
“When your skin needs a little TLC, this super-nourishing lotion will save the day. A blend of shea and capuaçu butters, coconut oil, jojoba was offer immediate relief to dry patches for baby soft skin.”
This is a 30ml sample of Crème Moana in the scent “Fleur de Tiarè”. The full size tube is 75ml, and the cheapest place I found it online was €13.90 from baijashop.com. Based on today’s currency conversion the moisturiser is £11.79 full price in Sterling. I like to cost my samples, assuming the price is similar per ml the moisturiser costs 15p per ml or £4.72 for the sample. To compare this to the Anatomicals lotion I mentioned earlier, I pay £3.99 for 200ml of my current moisturiser, so this sample is much dearer.
The front of the tube has a beautiful background pattern of tropical leaves and flowers. A white rectangle with black border and text announces the brand and product name, and the scent. The back of the packaging states that this is paraben free and phenoxyethanol free. It also states the company contact information and place of manufacture (France). The body cream describes itself in English and French, it says:
“Offer your skin a soothing and beautifying care treatment. Composed of noble shea, nourishing coconut oil, protective beeswax, anti-oxidant jojoba wax, soothing capuaçu butter, this creamprocures an instant and lasting sensation of comfort and softness.”
Ingredients: aqua (water), caprylic/caprice triglyceride, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl glucoside, parfum (fragrance), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, benzoyl alcohol, butyrosperium parkii (shea) butter, cera alba (beeswax), chondrus crispus powder (carrageenan) extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, potassium sorbate, tocopherol acetate, thébroma grandiflorum seed butter, glucose, citric acid, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, CI 15985 (yellow 6), CI 10316 (ext. yellow 7), tocopherol, helianthus annus (sunflower) seed oil, recycle cinnamal, amyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, linalool, benzyl salicylate, alpha-isomethyl iononé, benzoyl alcohol, geraniol, citronellol, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, benzyl benzoate.
Directions: Massage into clean, dry skin. A little goes a long way!
I squeeze out a small amount of peach coloured cream to see what it smells like. It’s sweet and floral, and reminds me a little of jasmine flowers – although much more subtle and nowhere near as strong as jasmine. I decide to try this moisturiser in place of aftersun lotion, which is asking a lot of it as my skin is quite dry after being in the Sun. I apply the cream starting on my legs and working up to cover my whole body, except my face. I’m pleasantly surprised at how quickly the cream is absorbed, and I’m also really happy with how long lasting the fragrance is. I almost finished the tube in one application, but afterwards my skin felt soft and hydrated.
Overall I’ve enjoyed trying the Baïja Paris moisturiser, it smells lovely and leaves skin feeling soft. It hasn’t done enough to tempt me to switch from my current moisturiser – my current is a lot cheaper and I prefer the smell of the Anatomicals (but that’s just my preference). This has been a treat to try and I’ll use the small amount I have left tonight on my legs.