At the beginning of the summer I noticed that my sample sized products were staring to pile up so I decided this summer I would make a concentrated effort to clear out some of them. Personally I really like sample sixes as I can get a good feel for the product and when I travel, I don’t like taking full sized products with me if I can help it. With skin care generally a month of continuous use is necessary before results can be seen, however after about a week or two I can tell how the product works with my skin and if I want to invest in a full sized version of the product to give it a full thirty day trial.
So essentially I decided that I was going to go through a pile of my samples and make a list. Technically it’s three lists: pick up a full size for a more in depth trial, add to the maybe list and of course the thanks but no thanks list.
Plus I don’t think I’ll be doing a lot of traveling in the near future, so clearing out some of my travel sizes wasn’t a bad idea.
In my collection of moisturizer samples I found two products by Peter Thomas Roth. One was the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer and the other was the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer.
To be honest, I have heard rave reviews about the Cloud Cream before I started trying these two moisturizers and almost nothing about the Mineral Rich one. I started with the Cloud Cream and then moved to the Mineral Rich moisturizer. There was a larger size of the Cloud Cream in my collection but it wasn’t filled to the top and I managed to get a little over a week and a half’s worth of product out of it. The Mineral rich was a completely filled little tube and I managed seven days out of it (minus the night of the seventh day).
According to the product page the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Moisturizer…
Drench your skin with a liquid cloud of fluffy-light moisture that feels soft and weightless like clouds in the atmosphere. Concentrated 30% Hyaluronic Acid Complex cream has three molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid, a potent hydrator that draws in water. Helps plump the look of skin with moisture. Pentavitin® helps provide up to 72 hours of hydration—even after cleansing.* ProHyal+® helps improve hydration for healthier, smoother-looking skin. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly reduced, leaving a silky, hydrated and more youthful-looking complexion. Dries light as a cloud and feels weightless on the skin. Oil-free, fragrance-free.
The Cloud Cream is also one of their best selling moisturizers. As the product info claims, there is no scent to this cream at all. I appreciate the truth in advertising, but I found it a little odd. It smells of absolutely nothing, not even cream. I don’t know why that threw me, but it sort of did. However if you have issues with scent, you might want to check this one out. It seriously has zero scent to it. It is also fluffy and light weight. The formula is midway between a water and a gel cream in consistency
To hydrate the skin you really only need a very little amount of this product. The amount shown in my hand was pushing it for me. I actually needed slightly less in the morning and about this amount at night. (I always use more product at night).
It goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t feel greasy in any way. However, don’t be tempted to over do it. I noticed that if I tried to apply more than just a small amount, my skin became slightly sticky. It wasn’t over the top sticky, but it was noticeable. After about five minutes the stickiness faded. To be fair it has been very humid where I live.
I think I might not have had such an issue if it weren’t August in Tennessee. And I only had this problem if I applied too much product, and then for only about five minutes, by which time the slight stickiness faded. It also didn’t return. If I waited for it to absorb, even if I applied too much, then I had no problems when I left the house. I was worried the stickiness would return once I stepped out of the air conditioned house. It did not. I kind of like the fact that the product sort of lets you know that you have over done it. I also think I am just on the line with the type of skin this formula is designed for. I think if you had dryer skin than I do, this would be more in your wheel house. I think the reason that I needed so little was because it wanted to give me more hydration than I really needed. while good after a day in the sun if I spent the day indoors it was a little too much for me unless I used very little.
I had no break out problems or clogged pores with it, it was just obvious when I used too much. The right amount absorbs instantly and too much, well it gets sticky for five minutes as my skin worked to absorb it. Even though it is designed for all skin types, I think it wants to lean towards dryer skin. Its good for everyone but better for dry.
Over all, it was a very nice cream to try out. I didn’t use the trial sized sample long enough to actually see any long term results obviously, but it did leave my skin feeling soft and well moisturized. I was going to put this in the maybe pile, as my skin really did like it, however as I was sorting out my little tubes, I noticed that I had a second smaller sample tube of the Cloud Cream in my collection. Because I am dryer in the winter, I think what I am going to do is wait until the weather cools down and the central heating starts the annual winter dry season and then try this cream out again. So in the end the Cloud Cream is a conditional maybe. It might end up being a seasonal Moisturizer for me.
However, it wasn’t the only Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer that I tried. There was also the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer.
According to this products description…
This fountain of youth moisturizer harnesses the power of Hungarian thermal water, botanicals and modern technologies. For years, people came from afar to soak in the mineral-rich, fountain of youth thermal waters of the Hungarian spas owned by Peter’s grandparents. Today, Peter uses the most mineral-rich thermal water on earth from a secret spring deep below Hungary’s Carpathian Valley, where the earth’s crust is the thinnest—allowing water to absorb the most minerals as it bubbles to the surface. Infused with natural Hungarian botanicals of Sunflower, Evening Primrose, Peach, Apricot, Sea Buckthorn Berry and Flaxseed extracts, bioengineered botanicals Gatuline® RC (from Beech Tree Buds), Merospheres-V (from Rosemary) and DETOSKIN™ (from Peonies) and a Bioidentical Triple Lipid Complex. Helps reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone and texture for firmer, smoother, healthier and younger-looking skin.
You’ll see firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin in 7 days.
This moisturizer did have a scent. It smells mineral-y in a kind of high priced spa way. Which quite frankly makes sense given the description. There is an under tone of the sea to the scent. There is no sweetness from peach apricot or primrose. It basically smells like the earth and the sea combined. I think I might not know what the individual elements smell like on their own enough to distinguish them. I will say though, I really liked the scent.
While I’m not a big fan of added fragrances in skin care products, I like my products to smell like something. I think that might have been one of my issues with the cloud cream. I kept sniffing it and trying to identify something but never could. With the Mineral Rich Moisturizer, I still might not be able to identify the scents but it had one and it was one I found pleasant.
I also have to say I liked the consistency of the formula a little bit more. It is not a thick cream but it is thicker than the Cloud Cream. It’s formula is more of a cross between a traditional moisturizer and a gel cream. For me this is kind of the ideal. I like the thicker creams at night, but they are often too thick to wear during the day, especially in the summer. The water creams often tend to provide more moisture than I really need and make me feel slightly greasy. This was kind of my personal ideal for a day cream. (although i used it at night as well).
Like the Cloud Cream, only a little bit of the product was needed. I didn’t have any issues if I tried to add too much, there was no stickiness the moisturizer just took a little longer to absorb into the skin. It still absorbed and gave me great moisture with no issues on my skin. While it says that there is firmer younger looking skin in seven days, I really only used this sample for exactly seven days. It just didn’t have any more product in it than that. And trust me I tried to get more out of the bottle. This tube has been squeezed dry.
When I caught myself rolling the little tube so that I could squeeze out just one more little drop, I realized that I was definitely going to want to do a full month long trial with this moisturizer. There was no mental debate.
With the Cloud Cream, I finished the cream and thought, ‘That was nice’ and then moved on to the next sample. With the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer, I thought. ‘That can’t be all of it.’
And I was sad it was empty.
And immediately went to look up the price rather than reaching for another sample.
So, the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer will be doing a full thirty day trial in the world of Mimsy. I forgot to actually order it this weekend during the Look Fantastic Peter Thomas Roth sale, but on the Peter Thomas Roth Site their Labor Day Sales Start September 1st. And this is definitely on my list.
The full sized Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer:
The Cloud Cream was nice and I may end up circling back to try it out for longer, but for me it didn’t have that instant ‘Wow I need more of this’ that I got from the Mineral Rich Moisturizer. I’ll be trying a second sample once the weather cools, but at the moment that’s where I stand; Definite yes on the Hungarian and conditional maybe on the Cloud.
This is why I love sample sizes. I love reading reviews and looking to see what other people say about products, but in all honesty everyone’s skin is different. I mean look at these two products. Everyone loves the Cloud Cream but doesn’t mention the Hungarian, but it is that Mineral Rich formula that I would choose over the Water Drench. Of course,even my skin reacts differently to products based on where I am in the world and the season. The only way to truly know how something works is to try it out on my own skin.
like I mentioned above, Peter Thomas Roth is getting ready to start their Labor Day Sale. It starts September first. I remember it being a really fantastic sale last year and being disappointed that I didn’t make a list of what I wanted to order. My eyes kept flitting between products that sounded good but I wasn’t quite certain about. Now I have one definite product to order. Later this afternoon I will be trying out a foil packet of a mask from Peter Thomas Roth, because I want to know if I like it enough to order as well so even though it is Monday and not Friday, there will ba a mask post later today.
They also sell kits featuring deluxe sample sized products so that you can try out multiple products to decide what products work for you. I will probably be picking up one of the masking kits if the mask goes well. So this afternoon I’ll let you know and then sometime in the near future I will give the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer a much more thorough trial.