For a little over a month I have been using Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar in my skincare line up. (currently it is on sale on the Skinstore Website, if you are interested in it, they have a massive 4th of July sale going on right now as well for other Skincare related items – I’ll link it below.)
As you can see the jar is simply lovely to look at. It is heavy glass and feels very luxe in the hand and looks great on the skincare shelf. I received this product in a Boxy Charm box a while back and when I did I just received the jar. In looking at the site page for the product, it shows that the company does include a spoon/utensil with the product.
While I didn’t receive one with mine, I appropriated a small spoon from the kitchen because this product needs one in order to use. The consistency of the product is not the sort where you can really dip it out with your fingers.
In general I don’t like dipping fingers into skincare products because of possible contamination. I like using s clean spoon or spatula to get the product out and then after use I wash the spoon or spatula. I just find it better than contaminating the whole jar with other serums or cleansers or anything else that may be on my hands at the time.
With this product, the spoon is less optional and more of a necessity. The consistency is more like marmalade than a cream or a gel and because of the jar shape, were I to use my fingers by the time I used the nectar down to the half way point in the jar I would have a hard time reaching it. The mouth of the jar is narrow so a spoon is the way to go.
That is not a complaint. I actually like that the jar is shaped in such a way as to protect the product and that its shape and consistency force you to use the spoon rather than forget and use our fingers.
But the jar is hardly the point, as lovely as it is. So let’s look at the product. According to the website…
A healing ointment-to-serum, quench-it-all hydrator that soothes, nourishes and helps repair the skin’s barrier. Powered by our Proprietary Dutch Tulip Complex and a bouquet of earth-sourced botanicals, apply it anywhere your skin needs extra love. Try it as a moisturizing sleep mask—you’ll wake up with skin fit for a queen. NO Parabens, NO Sulfates, NO Phthalates, NO Fragrance, NO Synthetic Dyes
Skin type: dry, combination, sensitive
Skin concerns: dryness, dullness
INGREDIENTS: Glycerin, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water/Aqua, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylyl Glycol, Phospholipids, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower, Marrubium Vulgare Meristem Cell Culture, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Panthenol, Tulipa Hybrid Meristem Cell Extract, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Lactate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Butylene Glycol, Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Dextran, Nonapeptide-1Bloomeffects
Okay the first thing you need to realize is that no fragrance does not mean that this product does not have a scent. It does. A rather strong one actually. It is just a natural scent. It smells a bit like tulips, but to be honest, the scent I get from the nectar is vaguely cinnamon-y. I really like the scent. It smells vaguely desert like without being sweet. There is no accompanying sweet scent that makes the word sticky spring to mind.
As you can see from the ingredients list, there is no cinnamon listed. There is a lot of good stuff listed as well, like sunflower Seed oil, Silk Amino acids, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C. All very good. There is also a proprietary tulip complex in there that is supposed to help moisturize. Moisturizing and brightening are this product’s main goals.
And it does them very well.
I had an interesting journey with this Nectar though. The first week I used this Nectar every night and it worked well. The second week, I found that every night was too much and that I need to drop it to every other night. By the third week I found that once a week and additionally on nights when I spent too much time out in the sun, was when I needed to use this product. In the fourth week the trend held steady.
I think that this is one of those products that is too much moisture for my skin to take on a day to day basis. I think that when I first started using this product, my skin was just coming out of a dry season and getting used to being in the sun again and so the extra moisture was a fabulous addition. As my skin recovered I needed less and less of it. I like this nectar on my skin and found that I had no adverse reactions to any of the ingredients, however I think for me, it is a post sun or once a week mask in the summer time. I think in the winter I would use it more often, maybe a couple of times a week.
My skin falls into the middle range generally referred to as Normal. Occasionally I can fall into a Combination category. What that means for me is that my skincare tends to be seasonal. I am dry in the winter and oily in the summer and Spring and Autumn can vary by the day. This is very much a dry skin product.
However, I have found that after too much sun it does work well in my personal recovery pairing. Lately I have been reaching for the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha to put on my face after too much sun. I’ve found the Artemisia or Mugwort really helps sooth the skin. After soothing, a little bit of this Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar on top of the absorbed essence really helps with post sun recovery.
If you have dry skin, I think you would really like the moisturizing effect of this product. If you have oily skin, you might want to avoid it. It is defiantly a moisture bomb. When I use I at night it is the last step of my skin care routine and I have to apply it at least twenty minutes before laying down. The twenty minutes gives it enough time to at least partially absorb so that it isn’t smearing off all over your pillow. Some probably will go on the pillow, but if you apply it early it will be more absorbed into your skin than your pillow case.
All in all I did enjoy using the Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar, however I think I am going to adjust my usage to a once a week or post sun treatment rather than attempting to use it as part of my daily skin care regimen. My skin simply doesn’t need that level of moisture.