As I mentioned in my DoYou candle how-to, Memebox sent me a Primary Raw facial cream and candle set to test. I generally don’t accept press samples for review. My philosophy is that since readers sometimes say that they prefer that I buy the things I review rather than receive them for free from companies–and readers support that by putting up with all of this advertising on the blog and the affiliate links, I’m going to steer clear of sponsorship and sample items. I like it this way, too–it keeps my time free for researching and writing rather than communicating with companies, and there’s nothing quite like seeing things from the angle of paying customer, in my opinion. The big, glaring exception to my no freebies policy right now is Memebox. I want to be able to review forthcoming Memebox products and hopefully offer special perks (like the second $5 off code for this month–check the discount list in the sidebar!) for you. I’m also frankly amazed that they’re still talking to me after some of my more, ahem, blunt reviews. Over time, I’ve come to realize that the company really does want forthright, honest, and detailed reviews of the products. In cases where I accept a press sample, by the way, I’ll lead with a paragraph like this so you know the circumstances behind the deal. Seeing press samples on blogs written by other people doesn’t bother me, but I get that plenty of readers do want to be informed about whether I’m reviewing a product that I bought or was given, so I’ll just keep writing these intro essays whenever I receive something. OK, discourse over, let’s talk about the goods.
I first received this cream in the Green Foods Memebox, which I unboxed here. When I received it, I was struck by the incredibly pleasing design of the packaging.
The whole thing is just so pretty to look at, unwrap, and hold.
I liked the design so much that when Memebox sent the same cream to me for review I wanted to share the love and let someone else try this, too. My mom is a longtime follower of this blog–she has even, yes, watched my YouTube videos and she liked them ahahah. She is a good cream test counterpart to me because she’s 20 years older (I’m 31 and she turned 52 while testing the cream) and now her skin is quite dry while mine is naturally very oily. I wondered if this would work for one of us, both of us, or neither.
The smell is interesting. I asked my husband his opinion and he thought it smells like “general lotion” smell–in a good way. Pleasantly neutral-ish. I think it smells kind of like a milky soapy scent. It’s not super common in creams, from my experience, but it’s nice. It is quite noticeable at first and then it fades as one wears it.
The consistency of the cream is light. It’s not a gel and it’s not a heavy cream, but it’s in the light cream sweet spot that my skin loves. The consistency and texture remind me of the 90ml version of SN’s Yeoshin cream (but not the gel-like 50ml version that’s called SN Plant Stem Cell Cream).
Just a bit of rubbing this into my skin leaves little trace of the cream. That’s perfect for me–I need things that absorb in the time it takes me to eat my morning bagel or else it throws off my morning makeup application schedule. ahaha I can always dust on some powder over my cream and under my bb cream, but still–my ideal cream would absorb well enough not to require that.
If you’re in need of oil control, this probably isn’t the cream for you. I don’t mind looking dewy, but without some powder to lock everything in, my makeup travels a bit by the end of the day and the dew has turned to straight up oil.
For me, this cream ranks higher than the Chosungah22 Tangle and Jam gel-type creams (which have turned out to be incredibly dense and sticky on my skin), but lower than the SN Plant Stem Cell Cream, which delivers less moisture and cool active ingredients, but more oil control. While this cream isn’t going to do much for people with oily skin during the day, it’s perfectly suitable for night wear. I wore it both day and night for about 10 days and I didn’t experience any sorts of weird breakouts. The point where the DoYou beats all other creams is in the packaging and presentation–this cream looks so fun and it even looks nice in the jar on one’s makeup table. If I were to buy another jar, I’d probably give it as a gift to someone who appreciates nice design (and skincare!).
So that’s my oily skin person (osp) take on the DoYou cream, what about my mom with dry skin?
Here’s my mom’s review:
My first thought about this product was, “Oh no! Soy!” I have thing about soy. Not an allergy, but an aversion. Once I heard about soy containing estrogen I stepped away. The more I read, the farther away I stepped. I pulled my family away as well. To the point of finding a new breakfast alternative for my husband, who was hooked on his high protein soy-based cereal. (50-year-old men don’t need their testosterone ratio messed with by eating estrogen-rich foods!) [interjection from me: My dad made sure to mention in response to this that he’s been deemed as healthy as a 35-year-old, although now that I’m 31 I can’t say that that’s necessarily anything to be happy about.] So while I was delighted to be asked by my daughter to do a review, I was not excited to be near soy. But like many mothers, I’ve been waiting forever to be in this position of having wisdom in my daughter’s eyes. So I grabbed that bottle of soy cream and said, ” Yes, I’ll do a review.”
My current face cleaning routine is due to my daughter gifting me her leftover beauty box items. I start with oil cleaning, face wash, toner, serum, serum, serum, then a cream. I’ve tried a lot of products. So many in fact that I worry my skin is a science lab and any day I’ll wake to a reaction from ill-matched products. (Really, and I worry about soy. Hmmmm.)
I was pleasantly surprised by this cream . First off the bottle shape is much like a milk bottle. The paper topping tied with string and the cloth bag give it a healthy organic look. It smells nice with a light fragrance. The cream resembles Elmer’s glue- thick and stretchy. I goes on smooth and seems to absorb into my skin, not sit on top. It doesn’t sting or irritate my sensitive skin. My skin feels soft to the touch. Really soft. Like angora fur soft. It makes my skin glow. Makeup goes on perfectly well over this cream. I even tried it on my cracked and dry hands. It helped. I think if I exfoliated my hands and wore the cream to bed with gloves I’d wake to much improved skin.
So like so many things in my life, the one thing I think I’m so absolutely sure of (no soy) comes up and smacks me in the face. Quite gently. I may not be searching out soy face creams in the future, but I will continue to use this one until it’s gone. And I remind myself that at least I KNOW what this cream contains. Many of the products in my home slip in with unknown ingredients.
Back to me:
I feel like the overall two-generational, two-skin-type verdict on this is that the cream is good and we’re happy to have it, but it’s not a must-stockpile product for us. The main draw is really the cool packaging and the performance was really good, but for whatever reason the cream didn’t inspire a mad rush to the computer to determine how we could buy back-up jars.
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