| Review | Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream

Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

| Review | Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream

When you have dry and easily reactive skin, the changing of the seasons can be really rough on your skin. I've found as I age, my skin has become increasingly sensitive and my allergies take a toll on my skin. I find myself breaking out in eczema rashes from time to time, which means during these times, I need to find something much more gentle and simple for my skin. However, if it is so simple, I'm not treating my issues like pigmentation and wrinkles. I want something that does it all and doesn't make my skin freak out. The Augustinus Bader creams have always been kind to my skin and worked well and I couldn't be more excited to try this soothing cream! Since the brand has yet to disappoint me, I have very high expectations for this new formula. 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

The Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream retails for $280.00 USD and is available at Augustinus Bader, Sephora, Nordstrom, and other retailers. The cream is housed in a luxurious Augustinus Bader blue glass jar with an iconic branded copper-colored cap. The advantage of jar storage is that you can scrape every last drop of the cream from the jar. The downside is that a jar is not as sanitary as pump bottles like The Cream or The Rich Cream (full review here). 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

The jar is refillable with a removable interior tub that is recyclable, as is, the glass jar. Many brands are moving in this direction, as it is an environmentally conscious and more sustainable route for packaging production. In this particular case, I can agree with that sentiment and I appreciate the refillable packaging. You can get just The Ultimate Soothing Cream Refill for $265.00, saving you a bit of dough with each purchase. 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

FORMULA 

This cream has a thick and rich cream texture. It is very reminiscent of the famous La Mer Soft Cream in texture. It has an almost-whipped subtly-balmy cream consistency. The "balm" portion of the description of this cream doesn't exactly come through for me. To me, this cream is just a soft and rich cream. It is on the more solid side of the cream type of moisturizer and it is best scooped out from the jar, which is why I'm surprised it doesn't come with some sort of spatula, like many high-end creams do. 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

This cream melts into the skin very luxuriously and feels instantly soothing. It is a very nourishing and hydrating cream. It truly lives up to its soothing name and soothes very dry and irritated skin. Winters are often a rough time for me because my skin is naturally on the drier side and my allergies tend to act up, causing more irritation and triggering my eczema. This is one of the few creams that really helps repair and soothe my dry, cracked, and sensitive skin. I still need medicated cream for my eczema breakouts but for the rest of my skin, this product works like a dream. 

I would say the results of this cream are very similar to the famous, The Cream and The Rich Cream (full review here) but perhaps not as striking as the two famous creams. What I mean by this is that I'm not as wowed by my complexion when I use this cream but it comes pretty close, which is saying something. 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

First of all, this formula instantly soothes and hydrates the skin. So, if your skin is feeling really dry, irritated, or inflamed, you'll immediately notice the difference in how your skin feels. While it is a thicker cream, it doesn't feel greasy or heavy on the skin. It blends into the skin quickly and doesn't require you to really rub the cream into the skin. It leaves your skin with a cushiony veil of moisture and leaves the skin feeling quite hydrated, like a very light oil on the skin. This hydrating veil does absorb into the skin over time and within two hours or so, you will notice it is almost fully absorbed. It creates a very smooth texture all over the skin, which is great for makeup application, especially if you have dry skin. 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

One thing that I always like to point out about exceptional skincare formulas is the product's ability to fully saturate the skin. That is, when I apply this cream in the evenings, it doesn't just absorb and disappear but it treats and nourishes my skin all night long to the point in which my skin can no longer absorb any more product. You will notice that your skin still has a thin veil of product on the skin the next morning, not because it didn't absorb but because the formula is so rich and potent it is still delivering its treatment long after eight hours! You can see it in how plump and radiant your skin looks in the morning, hours after product application!  

This cream doesn't give my skin as much of a noticeable glow as The Cream or The Rich Cream despite, the formula being a lot richer. Like the previous creams, this formula noticeably plumps, smooths and hydrates the skin. It feels very nourishing and helps treat lines and wrinkles. It makes my skin feel incredibly smooth and soft after one use! As you continue to use this cream, it dramatically improves the texture and condition of your skin. I notice a huge difference in my lines and wrinkles when I use this formula. While this formula doesn't give me that glass-skin glow I love from The Cream and The Rich Cream, it still delivers the same amazing treatment with the addition of soothing ingredients for when my skin is feeling irritated. 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

INGREDIENTS 

What I have always appreciated about the Augustinus Bader brand is its commitment to using the highest quality ingredients and the lack of filler or junk ingredients in its formulas. I will say that they create products that really work and it is not all hype and marketing like many luxury brands do. These products are worth it and I don't say that lightly. 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

This is the full ingredients list from the Augustinus Bader website: 

Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, C10-18 Triglycerides, Dicaprylyl Ether, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Stearate, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile Végétale, Octyldodecanol, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Panthenol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Niacinamide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Zinc Pca, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Sodium Benzoate, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Totarol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Alanyl Glutamine, Arginine, Oligopeptide-177, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Chloride, Phenylalanine, Sisymbrium Irio Seed Oil.

 

Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

Some key ingredients to highlight in this formula are: 

TFC8 - This is the ingredient that you're really paying all the money for in Augustinus Bader formulations. This exclusive complex of amino acids and vitamins is the brand's claim to fame and is what is said to regenerate the skin in miraculous ways. I have no proof of otherwise and in fact, I must agree that this ingredient is absolutely incredible! I have seen my skin transform and improve over time as I use Augustinus Bader skincare in ways I have never seen it do before. This formula actually feels like it repairs and treats the skin! You can learn more about it here

Totarol - Derived from New Zealand heartwood, this ingredient is renowned for its antibacterial properties and its ability to help reduce acne. It is also known to neutralize free radicals. It is known for being a very soothing, nourishing, and anti-inflammatory ingredient. 

Black Cumin Oil - This oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This ingredient reduces fine lines, fights acne, unclogs pores, fades dark spots. This is one of the most nourishing oils that you can find and is packed with vitamins. This ingredient is regenerative for all signs of aging. 

Evening Primrose Oil - This plant-based oil is known for its ability to soothe, retain moisture, enhance radiance, and strengthen the condition of the skin. This oil acts as a skin conditioner, softening and deeply moisturizing. 

Provitamin B5 - This essential vitamin protects the skin's barrier and helps the skin to retain its moisture levels. Your skin barrier's health is so important for protecting the skin from bad bacteria and irritants that can damage the skin. This ingredient increases hydration while improving its softness and elasticity.

Niacinamide - This ingredient is incredible for refining the texture of the skin by reducing pore size, improving uneven skin tone, softening fine lines and wrinkles, diminishing dullness, and strengthening the skin. It is the ingredient that makes the skin look incredibly healthy and youthful because it minimizes a variety of skin imperfections. You will notice this ingredient really takes effect as you continue to use the cream and your skin's texture improves. 

Shea Butter - This is likely the reason for the whipped cushiony cream texture that feels so soft and instantly soothing on the skin. Shea Butter really softens the texture of the skin, delivering that baby-soft texture we all desire. It is a highly conditioning and nourishing ingredient that really treats the skin gently. It makes my skin smoother and more supple. 


Augustinus Bader The Ultimate Soothing Cream Review and Swatches

FINAL THOUGHTS 

This formula is unique from the other creams in the Augustinus Bader brand in texture and formula. While I prefer the more glowing finish and the formula of The Cream, I still really love this formula. This balm-cream formula serves an important role in my skincare routine, as a soothing and gentle moisturizer for when my allergies and skin starts acting up. As I have gotten older, I've realized there are many times I need a more simple or gentle skincare routine but I still want the anti-aging treatment, this is the perfect moisturizer for that! Most anti-aging formulas are very potent and harsh on sensitive or reactive skin but this formula delivers the same potent treatment but with a gentle and soothing formula. Though this formula is designed to be soothing and rich, it doesn't;t feel greasy or heavy and can be used by all skin types. The finish isn't too dewy, like The Cream or The Rich Cream, it looks natural and just gives a healthy glow to the complexion. For day or night, I am happy to use this cream any day of the week because it DELIVERS RESULTS! I love seeing the way my skin looks and feels the next morning! It feels so plump, fresh, and renewed! My lines are reduced and my complexion is just so healthy and glowing. While the price is a steep one, I have no regrets and 100% RECOMMEND this cream! 


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