Nivea Mother’s Day Giveaway: A Little Skincare Memory With Mum

by Janine on 6 May 2014 · 29 comments

Mr and Mrs Falcon_August 1966Before I get to the Nivea Mother’s Day Giveaway thing, let me tell you something about my mum. Yes, that’s her there with my lovely Dad, in 1966. Aren’t they a gorgeous pair? Anyway, Mum isn’t obsessed with skincare or haircare or makeup or nail polish or fragrance. Not even close. And she never reads beauty magazines. But Mum has an intuitive sense about certain things.

nivea mother’s day memory with mum

A fair number of skincare-related stories I write, whether freelance or for Beautygeeks, include some kind of moisturizing tip. Often it’s that we should apply lotions or creams on damp skin post-shower or post-cleansing. It’s advice some people still need because their skin’s comfort isn’t something they really think about. Instead, they suffer dryness and itchiness in a sort of that’s-how-it-is way, and get on with their day.

I grew up with body moisturizer as a grooming step. Nivea Creme, actually. And I grew up knowing that my youngest brother, who has eczema, needed a rich moisturizer for his skin. I’d also been introduced to Nivea Milk in the 1970s nearly two decades before I got into magazine beauty world in 2001 (when I was 32). I knew about these things from Mum.

The Falcons_Mum Janine Karen Simon_and a Vista CruiserNot too long ago, I actually asked Mum how she knew to make my brothers and sister and me use Nivea cream right after we’d showered. After all, she’d grown up in Trinidad, where body lotion isn’t so crucial.

“It’s drier here; it seemed like a good idea,” she said.

Well then. No deep thoughts about it, no scientific data, no explanations about the skin’s barrier function and locking moisture in. Just intiutive good sense.

That’s my Mum.

nivea trivia (which i nearly spelled nivea trivea)

Nivea 1911Yes, yes, we’re getting to the Nivea Mother’s Day Giveaway soon. But first a few little trivia bits.

Nivea Creme debuted in 1911 (in that sweet yellow tin) as the first stable oil-in-water emulsion. See that? Two things dry skin needs desperately: oil and water. Fun fact: the component that made a stable emulsion possible was something called Eucerit.

The name Nivea was inspired by the colour of the cream – snow white. In Latin, “snow” is nix and “of snow” is nevis.

Nivea Mother's Day Giveaway_BeautygeeksBeautygeeks is giving away $120-worth of Nivea goodies, including Nivea Soft Cream, Nivea Milk, Nivea Eye Makeup Remover and Nivea Men Sensitive Skin After-Shave Balm and Hydro Gel. But note: this isn’t the Nivea Mother’s Day Giveaway, it’s the Beautygeeks Nivea Giveaway.

To be eligible to win the Beautygeeks Nivea Giveaway, you must live in Canada and be a Beautygeeks subscriber (click here if you aren’t yet). The deadline is Tuesday May 13th at midnight; enter below!

1967 Deutschland, NIVEA Aufsteller

the nivea mother’s day giveaway

Finally, right? Well the skincare brand is hosting a Nivea Mother’s Day giveaway on the Nivea Facebook page, and giving away 30,000 samples of a limited-edition Nivea Creme. Tell them your favourite Nivea story — if it’s connected to a treasured memory of time with a loved one, even better — and you’ll be eligible to win two samples, one for you and one to share.

Go, enter the Nivea Mother’s Day giveaway now! Contest closes May 11th.

And oh, hey Mum? Thank you. I love you. xoxo

This is a sponsored post. Mum will like that.

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Tracy@BeautyReflections 6 May 2014 at 8:21 pm

So awesome. I love this. Your mom-is EVERYTHING. I miss mine SO SO much. Every day I think of her! I loved how nonchalant their attitude about beauty was, ya’ know? Now it just seems so…complicated. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mama! Hugs all around from me! xo


Janine 8 May 2014 at 11:32 pm

Thanks, lovely. xoxo And you have a point about beauty today. It certainly has become more complicated. That’s why we do what we do!


Mascara mom 6 May 2014 at 11:38 pm

I did not enter the giveaway. Instead I read through your commonwealth family story and started missing my family and parents. Badly.
But YAY to Moms and their intuitions, eh?


Janine 8 May 2014 at 11:33 pm

Sorry to distract you, MM :-) That makes me wonder, though — what do you use on your kids?


Karen Mani-Geek 7 May 2014 at 7:51 am

Mum is best. Two smells come to mind from childhood moisturizing – Nivea and Noxema. Later on, there was Keri lotion.

I still use Nivea product on account of Mum’s choices for us when we were little. It’s a little Mum-Reminder and it makes me smile.

Hi mum!!! (*waving) Hi!!!


Janine 8 May 2014 at 11:35 pm

Yup, Nivea, Noxzema and Keri Lotion. Instant rewind to childhood. I could cut your hair again if you want to relive that part. *grin*


Karen Mani-Geek 9 May 2014 at 11:24 pm

go away, you!


Meghan Bradley 7 May 2014 at 10:27 am

Your Mom is the best! Love these photos.


Janine 8 May 2014 at 11:36 pm

Hi Meggie! Thanks, lovely! See you soon, right?? Say hi to your dynamic Mum for me, ‘k? xoxo


Celebrate Woman 7 May 2014 at 12:06 pm

It’s an awesome post to Celebrate our MOMS today and any day of the year!
Thank you for sharing personal stories that truly evoke the best in us.
Happy Mother’s Day!


Shivani 7 May 2014 at 12:23 pm

Love this so much! Your mom is gorgeous!

I feel like all moms knows about Nivea. Mine handed me a tub of Nivea crème when I was 11 and told me this is all I would need. Let me tell you, I’ve used every which brand there is, and I still use Nivea as my night cream. I smells good and my face looks clear when I wake up and it reminds me of my mom.


Janine 8 May 2014 at 11:39 pm

I bet a certain generation of moms really do — Nivea was a game-changer in 1911 and for a long time was one of only a few dominating brands. It’s only in the last couple of decades that drugstore shelves exploded with new brands, new formulas, new textures and new scents. Crazy, right??


Liz 7 May 2014 at 1:41 pm

I still love the original Nivea Crème, although it doesn’t relate to my mom at all. I keep it by my bedside as a hand/foot cream. This was such a lovely read, Janine. You look a lot like your beautiful mom. :)


Janine 8 May 2014 at 11:40 pm

There’s something very comforting about Nivea Creme, isn’t there Liz? Thanks for your kind words :-) xoxo


Amy 7 May 2014 at 7:21 pm

My mom used Nivea ever since I can remember. I still associate the scent of Nivea Creme with her, and I can certainly remember her putting it on me when I was a kid. It’s a classic!


Janine 8 May 2014 at 11:42 pm

Nivea has very strong heartstrings, right Amy? I wonder how many newer brands will have that kind of legacy in 10 years, or 20. Guess we’ll find out… *grin*


Dad 7 May 2014 at 7:34 pm

It must have been the Nivea Creme!


Janine 8 May 2014 at 12:27 pm

Awww, Dad. :-) xoxoxoxo


Ada 8 May 2014 at 2:45 pm

We love Nivea. It keeps our skin soft.


Janine 8 May 2014 at 11:45 pm

It does! Delivers exactly what it promises. Now I want to go find my tub and put some on. Thanks for the prompt, Ada!


Mascara Mom 9 May 2014 at 9:39 am

Aww no. I have terrible luck, so I don’t participate in giveaways anymore. But I have similar Nivea memories, that iconic blue tub and a gloopy white creme smeared on us all. I grew up in the UAE, though, so thise were’t such dry climes. But when we had to be smothered in moisture, Ma and Pa got this and only this.
For my kids, I use oils. Massage them in EVOO, and on their faces I put on rosehip or organic coconut oil. Love them!


Janine 9 May 2014 at 10:24 am

I just interviewed a derm who says there is evidence suggesting olive oil is in fact not as good for skin as we think. Pure sunflower oil is better. Am still investigating, but thought you should know that! xo


Mascara mom 9 May 2014 at 3:39 pm

Ouch! Ow! Really! I use it to oil cleanse every night as well. Should I shift to coconut instead. But eating it is OK, still, right?
Thank you for the heads up!


Janine 10 May 2014 at 8:29 am

Yes, eating olive oil is okay :-)

Honestly I don’t know much about using straight-up olive oil or coconut oil to cleanse. I feel a safer with the lab-created blends from L’Oreal, Garnier, Clarins, Shu Uemura, Josie Maran and Dermalogica. Try switching to coconut instead, though. It should work the same way, right? Keep me posted!


Mascara mom 10 May 2014 at 11:51 am

I guess it depends on your skin type. My skin’s been really happy since I started oil-cleansing. *touchwood*
And I cleansed with EV, organic coconut oil last night. :) Which was actually better than EVOO, actually, since coconut oil is a good moisturizer as well. I just have to make sure I don’t overdose on a night cream afterwards.
I will be waiting for the most recent findings here and go looking for pure sunflower oil that is ok to put on face. and that is why I love following you, I am always on top of facts, figures and research when i am reading BeautyGeeks. :)


Cindy (@cindylee137) Procter 9 May 2014 at 11:03 am

I totally remember my mom using Nivea every day. I too now use it..
My mother passed away over 10 yrs ago, but every Mothers Day I take her favorite wild flowers to her grave. I still miss her soo much
I live in BC


Janine 10 May 2014 at 8:16 am

Mother’s Day *hugs* Cindy. xoxo


Cindy (@cindylee137) Procter 10 May 2014 at 11:05 am

Thank You, Janine. Happy Mothers Day to all.


Miki 10 May 2014 at 1:50 pm

I love Nivea! Please don’t discount me because I’m not subscribed, I am! I entered, but I use Bloglovin to follow you. Love your blog! :) <3


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