Product review – AVEENO®

Like most women, I am a sucker for lotions and potions, so when a lovely lady from AVEENO® offered me some samples of their skincare range to try out I leapt at the chance. Free potions delivered to your door in an exciting parcel – what’s not to love?

I am cynical enough not to fall for most of the anti-aging propoganda that typifies the beauty market. I don’t believe for a minute that the latest pore-defining-pro-retinal-q10-derma-peptide face cream will transform my face into that of a 19-year-old swedish model, but I do love the idea that one little bottle or jar of cream has the potential to have some kind of life changing, age defying effect. I love the sense of promise and hope that you are effectively buying.

AVEENO® though aren’t claiming to turn back time, they are simply offering a range of natural and effective moisturisers, designed especially for women with dry skin. Now I do love a good moisturiser, especially at this time of the year when cold winds and central heating have combined to give me skin the texture of sandpaper.

I consider it a personal quest to find the moisturiser that will make my skin silky smooth and leave me smelling like I’ve been bathing in exotic perfumes in the middle of an orchard, overhung with boughs of ripe fruits, honeysuckle and jasmine. Not too much to ask I’m sure you’ll agree.

So with unrealistically high expectations I begin to smother myself daily with AVEENO®’s Moisturising Creamy Oil. It does sound promising doesn’t it? And actually it’s pretty good. It isn’t sticky, and it does leave my skin feeling soft. I particularly like the smell – it smells like I’m smearing myself in melted chocolate orange, which has to be a good thing.

I wish I could say the same about the hand cream scent wise, because it really is a great hand cream. I have a bit of trouble with hand cream normally, as I seem to have developed a habit of putting it on just before I am about to do something with my hands, like make a sandwich. AVEENO®’s hand cream does just what it promises though and absorbs quickly, leaving my hands able to butter bread and manhandle the cheese without getting it too sticky.

The down side is that the ‘unscented’ hand cream smells a bit like an old people’s home – that sort of sterile, overcooked veg, soiled trousers smell. It’s only very faint, and I do have a ridiculously perceptive sense of smell, but it is a bit of a shame. That said, I liked it despite the vague aroma of octogenarians, and would probably buy it again.

You may also want to check out the AVEENO® Discoverer programme, where you can sign up to a special website to become an AVEENO® Discoverer, recommend products to friends and relatives, as well as receive news and samples.



  1. 2 April, 2010 / 9:49 am

    Hello – I’m working on PR for a lady who has some wonderful treatments and has clients like Dannii Minogue and Posh, am hoping to get samples to some bloggers, so watch this space…

    I’ve just tagged you with an award over at mine, by the way if you fancy a shufti (is that it, shufti?)

  2. 2 April, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Thanks for the tag, that will give me something to think about over the weekend!

    As of next week my blog is being syndicated (how cool is that? I’m very excited), so should be reaching a nice big audience if you want to use me for PR.

  3. Suzie Grogan
    2 April, 2010 / 11:59 am

    Goodness! I have been prescribed Aveeno cream for my dodgy legs for like YEARS!!! It was always really expensive to buy and had a limited range. They have gone all glamorous. The funny smell is the oatmeal I think, I never liked it (although I am little disturbed that may be walking around smelling like soiled trousers and cabbage…) However – Aveeno is the most brilliant moisturizer and much better than all that E45 bilge and aqueous nothing.

    Great blog – where can I get freebies like this?!!

    • 2 April, 2010 / 1:08 pm

      I’ve never noticed you smelling funny if that’s reassuring :-)

      You just need to write a witty and entertaining blog like mine and offers just pour in. Not really. But it is fun when it does happen!

  4. Sunday Love
    7 January, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    I used to use Aveeno, but i found something WAY better. They make both lotions and shampoos that are all natural and organic – and its better priced. Its called Made from Earth, and my mother (who is 65 but doesnt look a day over 39 cause she uses their firming serum). I started using the Firming Serum as well, and wow – major difference. I also tried their shampoo which leaves your hair feeling fresh, clean and manageable. Not only is the smell amazing, the smell lasts for several hours as well, but it leaves hair soft and easy to style.

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