(Please note the brand has changed its name from Somatique to Somaluxe)
The first thing I noticed about this cream was the smell -- delicious! It's a really wonderful, chocolate-y smell, and I think I detect a slight undertone of orange. It really reminds me of chocolate pudding mix and I love it. There's no added fragrance to this by the way; I think the chocolate scent comes from the cocoa butter in the formula, and the orange undertone from the orange hydrosol (the first ingredient). It's not overly-strong either, so unless you really dislike chocolate scents, it shouldn't be much of an issue if you're scent-sensitive (scentsitive?)
The texture is on the thinner side but not watery. I use this at night because I find it takes a while to completely soak into the skin, and can be a little bit sticky. It doesn't pill up though, and works well with my current serum. In the morning after leaving it on overnight, my skin is so soft! I have combination/oily skin, but this winter has been rough (to say the least), and this moisturizer has kept it protected from the ravages of the polar vortex.
I haven't noticed any significant changes with regards to reversing free radical damage or fighting wrinkles, but those haven't really shown up on my skin (yet!) I do see more even texture in my skin, along with the aforementioned softness.
Now... this is the caveat. The ingredients in this moisturizer are quite awesome, but I'm worried they won't deliver their full potential due to the jar packaging. Unfortunately, antioxidants break down when exposed to air or light. An opaque container with a pump would be the ideal packaging for this type of moisturizer, and I can't 100% recommend Somatique Intense Hydration Moisturizer because of this. You could possibly transfer it to your own pump container to minimize the damage, but at $44 USD, it's not really worth it.
I would definitely recommend this moisturizer if its packaging limited contact with air and light to ensure its ingredients are stable. The scent, texture, and moisture benefits are all great, but the stars should be the antioxidants and vitamins, and unfortunately, skin probably won't benefit much from them. I really hope Somatique considers changing the packaging to reflect this flaw, as this is definitely a promising moisturizer with great ingredients.
What do you think? What kind of packaging do you prefer moisturizers have?
Ingredients: Orange Hydrosol, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Sunflower, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Coconut, Cocoa Butter, Matrixyl 3000, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, MSM, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Organic Beeswax, Vanilla and Rose Absolutes, Organic Jojoba, Tamanu Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Organic Flax Seed, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Oregon Grape, Organic Rose Hip, Vitamin B5, Organic Arnica, Organic Lavender, Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Grapeseed Oil, Macadamia Nut, Noni, Raspberry, Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.
Product provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.