Ingredients: AQUA (SPRING WATER), BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*^, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, GLYCERIN* (VEGETABLE DERIVED), SQUALANE (FROM OLIVE OIL), CETYL ALCOHOL (EMULSIFYING PLANT WAX), CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), CETEARYL ALCOHOL (EMULSIFYING PLANT WAX), ELAEIS GUINEENSIS (PALM) OIL*^, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, GLYCERYL STEARATE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE POWDER*, PERILLA FRUTESCENS (PERILLA) SEED OIL*, OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) SEED OIL*, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL*, BAICALIN (BAICAL SCULLCAP EXTRACT), ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT*, CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT*, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS (MARSHMALLOW) ROOT EXTRACT*, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, PROPANEDIOL (FROM CORN STARCH), AROMA [PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS (ROSE GERANIUM) OIL*^, SANTALUM AUSTROCALEDONICUM (SANDALWOOD) WOOD OIL*], HYDROLYSED JOJOBA ESTERS (FROM JOJOBA OIL), FUCUS VESICULOSUS (SEAWEED) EXTRACT, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE (PLANT DERIVED EMULSIFIER), CITRIC ACID, BENZYL ALCOHOL, SALICYLIC ACID, SORBIC ACID, LIMONENE*, LINALOOL*, CITRAL*, CITRONELLOL*, GERANIOL*. *89.9% ORGANIC, ^FAIRLY TRADED
Green People Vita Min Fix Cream is, as the name suggests, packed with vitamins and minerals, providing a 24 hour hydration to the skin. When I saw that shea butter is the second ingredient after water, I assumed this cream might be greasy and may cause a breakout or two; none of which happened. Green People Vita Min Fix Cream texture is an interesting mix: a light medium thick, but also a bit like a barely- felt and silky fluid. The cream spreads easily, though if you apply it more generously – and I do – a bit more massaging into the skin is needed. In about 3 minutes, the cream is absorbed. The feeling it leaves the skin with is nice: gentle, silky and smooth, with a bit of a dewy look; not greasy at all! It also slightly minimizes the pores and evens out the tone of the skin. Created to be a 24 hour moisturizer, it can be equally used during the day (but does not have an SPF) or during the night. In the morning, the skin does feel soft and moisturized; even though I prefer using something “heavier” during the night (facial oils and serums).
While facial cream, believe it or not, I’ve been using it a bit as a hand cream as well. After applying it on the face, the feeling it left on my hands was so silky, moisturizing. Given it quickly absorbs – why not use it as a hand cream as well, I thought to myself.
Where Green People Vita Min Fix Cream really excels is when used under foundation, tinted moisturizer, mineral foundation, as well as under pressed powder; it easily doubles as makeup primer. The application of foundation is super easy when used after the cream, the combination of the two does not feel heavy on the skin nor does it make the skin look greasy; in fact, it gives a slight matte look.
The Green People Vita Min Fix Cream comes in two sizes, a 50ml bottle with a pump and a travel size 25ml plastic tube. I’ve been testing the the travel size for over a month now, and it’s nearly empty. But I have to say I’ve been applying it generously. The smell is also nice; it has a slight scent of roses, due to containing rose geranium. If I had to compare the scent, it reminds me a bit of Lavera Wild Rose 24 Moisturizing Cream.
What about the ingredients? Well, this cream is packed with extracts, vitamins and minerals.
Jojoba oil is skin identical ingredient and moisturizer which smooths and softens the skin. Likewise, squalane is skin-identical ingredient and a potent antioxidant which has skin-repairing properties and it promotes skin regeneration. Olive oil is an antioxidant and moisturizer with high content of essential fatty acids; it has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Shea butter is moisturizer, rich in fatty acids; it’s very nourishing, promotes skin’s elasticity, stimulates skin cell growth and has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Sunflower oil, an antioxidant, has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids, is rich with Vitamin A, D and E and minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, zinc). Rosemary extract is antioxidant, it promotes and improves circulation. Sandalwood oil is an astringent and moisturizer, promotes radiant skin and new skin cell formation. Seaweed extract is an antioxidant, rich in minerals; it promotes tighter skin, improves skin’s elasticity, skin’s texture and circulation. Marshmallow root extract has rich content of flavonoids (anti-oxidants), has anti-inflammatory, softening and soothing properties. Avocado oil is an antioxidant, rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, D, E. Geranium essential oil is an astringent and antiseptic, which balances and regulates oil and sebum and promotes skin circulation. Green tea leaf extract is a potent antioxidant. Evening primrose oil is a moisturizer, rich with essential fatty acids.
Two of the more exotic ingredients are perilla seed oil, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and is great for acne-prone skin. The other is baical skullcap, potent antioxidant, rich in flavonoids, has anti-aging properties and promotes skin’s elasticity.
Salicylic acid has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, is a potent exfoliant; promotes collagen production.
Potentially problematic ingredients?
- Sorbic acid, a preservative, which can be a naturally occurring or synthetically produced compound when used in cosmetics. It can be a potential human skin toxicant or allergen.
- Propanediol, solvent, is a potential skin irritant.
- Glyceryl stearate, an emulsifier, on its own is not problematic. It would be very problematic had glyceryl stearate been paired with PEG-100 stearate.
- Benzyl alcohol (EWG score 5) can be naturally occurring in essential oils or synthetic. Benzyl alcohol is not listed as naturally derived, it’s safe to assume benzyl alcohol is a synthetic ingredient. Benzyl alcohol is is used as a solvent and preservative. EU regulation allows a maximum of 1% in cosmetic products. Benzyl alcohol can be a skin allergen. While I haven’t experienced any irritation, those who know that are allergic to benzyl alcohol should not use this cream.
Edited to add:
I’ve received additional explanation from Green People regarding potentially problematic ingredients I’ve pointed out in my review. My opinion still stands: an ingredient, which can be a potential irritant or allergen can be in as low concentration as possible – it still can be a potential irritant and allergen. Many ingredients, which used to be deemed safe in the past, and the argument for their use was similar – their concentration is too low to have any side effects – are now widely accepted as irritants, allergens, toxicants and carcinogens and used less and less in beauty products. The side effects of such ingredients can be immediate or can have long term negative effects due to accumulation.
Green People’s response:
“In certain contexts all your points are correct. They don’t apply to our product due to either the very low levels of inclusion, the high grade of ingredient used (i.e. free from contaminants found in cheaper, lower grades), or the fact that they are not mixed with other potential catalysts or contributors to potential reactions.”
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My final word on Green People Vita Min Fix Cream? Aside from several potentially not so good ingredients, this is a good cream. Not completely natural, even though it’s nearly 90% organic. Given the many good ingredients and their properties, this cream is suitable for both dry and oily skin; even for the skin that is acne-prone. Works well as a day moisturizer as well as a night one, and works great as a makeup primer.
Price? Approximately 20€ for 50 ml and approximately 9€ for 25ml, which, I think, is pretty affordable. I like the fact that it comes in a smaller, travel size, so you can try it before you commit to buying a full size, as well as, if you’re like me, do not like hoarding beauty products and not using them up fully. This way the products can stay fresh and you don’t throw away the money and the precious natural ingredients which the products contain.
You can also get the Green People Vita Min Fix Cream, the travel size, in an affordable travel sized skin care pack, along with scrub and makeup remover (approximately 15,6€). Another, even more affordable option is a Starter pack, which, along with the cream and makeup remover, also contains hand cream, shower gel and shampoo (approximately 22€; worth 37€).
Would I buy Green People Vita Min Fix Cream again? Yes, but this time around, I’d go for the Starter pack, containing 5 products for only 22€. At any rate, I prefer the travel size.
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Have you tried Green People Vita Min Fix Cream? How did you like it? Do you use it as a moisturizer only, or does it suit you as a makeup primer as well?
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Green People Vita Min Fix Cream was provided to Nature of Europe as a PR sample by Green People for the purpose of an honest review.