I'm only days into a bottle of Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil and already I know it's the start of a beautiful relationship. We had a great first date – frankly because I had low expectations. There. I said it.
Oh come on. Nivea may be a nostalgic favourite for many of us who grew up with it, and sure, they're a good brand. If you're ever in Hamburg, Germany, you have to plan a visit to NiveaHaus, a multi-storey space that houses (see what I did there?) all the Nivea items sold around the world as well as a beautiful spa that offers Nivea-centric face and body treatments and overlooks the Alster lake in the middle of the city.
But a body oil? From this big ol' drugstore brand? I expected a thick consistency with a super-slick finish and a cloying fragrance.
I was wrong.
Lovelies, Nivea Q10 Body Oil ($13.99 CAD at amazon.ca and $11.99 USD at amazon.com) is an unexpected gem in drugstore clothing. The Beiersdorf cosmetic chemists have crafted a formula that hits a nice balance between what-you'd-expect oil and dry oil. It's light, so when you smooth it on damp skin it sinks in quickly without leaving you feeling greased up. Yet it has enough heft that it feels comfortably emollient on dry skin, too (some dry oils feel really horrible on dry skin, like a layer of Crisco).
The blend isn't an all-botanical brew, but it does contain coconut-oil derivatives as well as avocado, cotton seed and macadamia seed oil, plus Nivea's signature coenzyme Q10. The ingredient list is below; note the absence of mineral oil.
It's perfumed, but the scent is subtle, airy and pretty – not icing-sugary or sickly-sweet caramelized argan (looking at you MoroccanOil) – and it doesn't outstay its welcome.
And the drugstore clothing is actually pretty good. A quick little squeeze of the Nivea Firming Oil bottle dispenses just enough to fit into the palm of your hand without dripping over the sides or slipping through your fingers, and without messing up the bottle itself.
Alas, I can't speak to the firming claims just yet, but I really don't care. I just really like how this Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil feels on my skin, and how it feels to my wallet.
Now Nivea's had a Firming Body Oil for a number of years that may or may not have been available in Canada. This isn't that oil – this is definitely an update. And a great post-shower date, too.
Have you tried this Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil yet? You thinking about it?
NIVEA Q10 FIRMING BODY OIL INGREDIENTS: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ubiquinone, Persea Gratissima (avocado) Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (cotton) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Linalool, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance/Parfum.