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Gaia Cream Review

A very different kind of cream, from a very different kind of company.

A hand-made, totally organic, toxin-free and cruelty free eczema cream

When the lovely lady behind Gaia Creams got in touch with me via Twitter to ask if I would like to review some eczema cream that she would make just for me I wasn't sure quite what to expect! But what arrived in the post, beautifully packaged in dried flowers, was a small pot of yellow cream.

The cream has quite a thick consistency, almost set like a balm, that melts to a more oil-like consistency as it warms in your hands. It had a lovely soft smell to it - not pungent the way that natural creams with essentials oils in can be.

As you can see from the ingredients, it is filled with all-natural skin loving oils, and absolutely no nasties:

RAW, UNREFINED, ORGANIC SHEA BUTTER
VIRGIN,COLD PRESSED, ORGANIC COCONUT OIL
ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED SWEET ALMOND OIL
ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED, UNREFINED HEMP OIL
ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED, UNREFINED AVOCADO OIL
ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED, UNREFINED BORAGE OIL
ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED, UNREFINED ROSE HIP OIL
ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED (INFUSED) CALENDULA OIL
ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED JOJOBA OIL

I have previously tried coconut oil, almond oil and rosehip oil on my skin, and have been meaning to try shea butter and jojoba oil, so I was intrigued as to what this blend of them all would be like.

What was the cream like?
This cream is extremely thick, intensive and nourishing. Because of this it's not the kind of cream for slathering all over your body as a dry skin moisturiser, but it's perfect for small but persistent patches of dry or rough skin.

From experience I have found that applying oils directly to eczema patches can make that area of skin get itchy - and as this product is basically oil set into a soft solid I wasn't surprised to experience the same effect with the Gaia cream - though it was only mildly compared to many things I have tried. If you have the self-restraint not to scratch (which I don't always have!) then this won't be a problem for you.

The oily finish means that if you are using it on your face you may prefer to use it at night rather than day time - it makes a wonderful night cream.

The verdict
Gaia creams are truly beautiful products that have a very luxurious feel despite their all-natural ingredients, and are perfect for those who prefer chemical-free skincare. If you can get past the initial prickle, it makes a very healing eczema cream indeed. As I can't always trust myself not to scratch when my skin gets itchy, I prefer to use this cream as a nourishing hand cream or lip balm. It leaves your skin so soft! If your hands are rough from say, gardening, or you just have a very small patch of eczema that is difficult to shift, this cream will really restore the quality of your skin. The size makes it perfect for carrying around with you so you can also use it to give your skin a spot of hydration on the go.

Gaia creams also do a range of baby products, which could well be worth checking out if you have little ones and want to keep them away from the chemicals and other nasties in some skincare products!

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