Nivea Pure & Natural Rich Body Moisturiser

Have you noticed the slew of new products under the Nivea Pure and Nature range at Watsons? I don’t think you can miss them given that the store is capitalizing on the news of Kate Middleton being spotted buying a tub of the Nivea Pure and Natural Day Cream in London. Even though the duchess doesn’t seem to mind one bit that the third ingredient in the product is alcohol denat, I do. And so I only bought the Nivea Pure & Natural Rich Body Moisturiser. This is the second product I’ve bought under the new line; the first being the Jasmine scented Nivea Pure & Natural Action Roll-On Deodorant.

Free of parabens, silicones, colorants & mineral oils
The Nivea Pure & Natural range comprise both face and body care products, which are said to be made with 95% ingredients of natural origin and has no parabens, no silicones, no colourants and no mineral oils. This body moisturizer that I’m reviewing is also said to contain natural ingredients like Jojoba Oil and Argan Oil which are organically grown.

Ingredient list

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Isopropyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Glyceryl Glucoside, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Parfum.

I am not so fussy about ingredients for the body and this one looks quite agreeable to me as a whole. However, some people might raise their eyebrows with the preservatives used – Methylisothiazolinone and Benzyl Alcohol – given that this product is positioned to be natural. But I have to say that after using this body moisturizer for a week now, my skin doesn’t seem to like it totally because I have had mild rashes and itchiness using this. I noticed that the rashes and itchiness did not happen when I switched to my usual body lotion. The issue isn’t that bad as the rashes come and go away fairly quickly but the product is definitely not fully compatible with my slightly sensitive skin even though it is said to be dermatologically approved.

Texture, application and scent
In terms of texture, application and smell, I’ll concede that I like this product. Although it is described as a rich body moisturizer formulated for very dry skin, it does not feel very thick nor greasy. In fact, the texture is just slightly thicker than lotion and when applied, smooths on perfectly and gets absorbed fairly quickly. I also don’t feel that it’s greasy nor sticky and hence, it works for me when used in the day or at night. The product is lightly parfumed; unless you’re really allergic to that but otherwise I’m not concern because it’s less than 1%.

Overall summary
I would like to give the Nivea Pure & Natural Rich Body Moisturiser a higher rating really but I can’t because it did give me mild skin issues and I’m unlikely to repurchase the product. But that aside, I sort of like it as a simple body moisturizer as it’s inexpensive, costing only S$7.90 at 250ml. If you have been using Nivea’s products without problems, then you might want to give this new range a trial. I think Nivea’s effort of formulating a range that is more natural is quite commendable; I just wish they’ll take away alcohol denat in the ingredient list of their facial products.


  1. Carrie says:

    Hmm… I have tried Nivea few years back but never grew into them. Despite they now try to be natrual friendly, I am still unlikely to try the new range out given the alcohol content and the texture in your description as well as the photo. I think I will stick with my Sukin body lotion, which has been working well for me.

  2. Mary says:

    The ingredients definitely look better than non-natural lines, but I don’t think I would try this because of the “parfum” in the ingredients. They don’t seem to specify that the fragrance is natural, so I wouldn’t trust it.
    Mary last post is: Pass on this: CoverGirl Natureluxe collection

  3. Raelynn says:

    despite knowing that there is a fairly high alcohol content in the face moisturizer, and i do have sensitive skin, i could not resist getting a tub.. #k8SjZc9Dxk#k8SjZc9Dxk” must put in more effort to resist advertising! i’m curious though, can we “evaporate” alcohol denat when we warm the product between our palms??

  4. sesame says:

    Haha…I’m not surprised cos I was tempted too but just that I don’t really use a day moisturizer without SPF. I don’t think you can “evaporate” alcohol with warmth of the hands…I understand the heat has to be much higher.

  5. sesame says:

    The parfum is less than 1% so generally not an issue except for those who prefer fragrance free.

  6. sesame says:

    Sukin smells better too.

  7. Lila_pixavue says:

    i absolutely love this cream!! its the one im using right now, and im pretty happy with it :). i mean theres probably more effective moisturizers on the market ,but at least this one is cheap product that delivers.

  8. Chris says:

    I am a bit skeptical about mainstream companies going natural. It makes me feel like they are jumping on the green bandwagon so they don’t lose customers, or possibly gain customers who are interested in using more natural products.
    However, if they have reformulated their lotions to make it more natural, that’s pretty good. I would rather have partially-natural Nivea than nothing- natural Nivea.
    Chris last post is: Makeup Breakdowns: Lafayette and Anaya

  9. Chelsea says:

    I noticed that one of the ingredients being advertised here is jojoba oil (and it’s definitely not as far up on the ingredient list as I would prefer). I myself am a huge fan of pure jojoba oil. It’s effective as a moisturizer before OR after shower, as a face cleanser/moisturizer, massage oil, or as a hair treatment. The best part is, a whole month’s supply of pure jojoba oil (from Trader Joe’s) is slightly less expensive than the watered-down Nivea version! I think I would just be disappointed if I were to purchase this.

  10. sesame says:

    Yes, definitely not a base ingredient becos this is a cream based product. I personally find pure jojoba oil too oily for my skin but I like it mixed with other ingredients.

  11. sesame says:

    I understand your sentiments; most of them are doing it only to grab market share. But it’s good in the sense that we have more options and that’ll also drive prices downwards.

  12. sesame says:

    Very cheap indeed.

  13. espenine says:

    To be honest, I don’t find Kate Middleton’s skin that amazing so I won’t be bothered with what she uses.

  14. sesame says:

    Haha…I really can’t tell from the pictures.

  15. octavia says:

    is the pure and natural moisturising day cream available in singapore? waiting eagerly to buy it…. ?

  16. Sesame says:

    I think it is…check out Watsons.

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