Aromatica Calendula Juicy Cream Review

While laying in bed the other night, unable to sleep, it occurred to me that the rise of Korean beauty might not have been possible without Kim Kardashian. Just hear me out! To the casual observer, a 10-step beauty routine may seem excessive, but it hardly compares to Kim. Kim Kardashian is the ultimate 10-step everything. After all, the woman waist-trains and wears double spanx, has a 50-step day time makeup routine, and for when she feels up to it, a 50-step contouring technique.

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She’s the antithesis of the effortless, je ne sais quoi, #wokeuplikethis girl. As far as I can gather, Kim Kardashian helped normalize multi-step rituals dedicated to self-beautification. She made it OK to admit to working hard to look nice, which is a nice change from the cool French girl obsession that really just celebrates beautiful people for doing nothing to maintain their beauty.

If French beauty is about simplicity, Korean beauty, like Kim Kardashian, is all about maximalism. It’s about recognizing and individually addressing each and every need, and constantly adjusting as needed. It’s the opposite of the one-step-fits-all approach and as such, through the K-beauty obsession, I’ve been able to find a crazy variety of products, including many dupes of Western products that suit my skin better than the originals.

This cream from Aromatica is one such product. The reason for that long-winded introduction is to try to explain why I’m so fond of this cream that is otherwise really boring. In a nutshell, this is a mineral-oil-free dupe for those French multi-tasking moisturizer creams (ie Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, Avene Cicalfate, Ducray Ictyane) at a more affordable price point. Mineral oil isn’t a bad ingredient, broadly speaking, but it gives me cystic breakouts and every single French cream seems to have it. -_-

Onwards to the review!

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Product Name
Aromatica Calendula Juicy Cream

The Claim
Hypo-allergenic and Unscented Intensive Moisturizer

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a moisturizing cream. Use this after all of your essences, ampoules, serums, and emulsions.

Size and Price
The tube contains 150g of product, which is huge! I’ve been using it regularly for months and it’s still halfway full. I purchased this from Testerkorea for ~$28.77. It is also available on Peach & Lily for $37. By oz, that works out to $5.40 – $7 per ounce, less than half of what Embryolisse costs in the States.
You can get $10 off your first P&L purchase with this link.

Packaging
Comes in a plastic, squeeze tube. It’s not very fun or attractive, but it’s very functional.

Fragrance
Faint, generic cream smell? Not very noticeable.

Color and texture
This is a generic looking white cream. For a medium-heavy cream, it’s texture is actually airy and, well, juicy.

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Shelf Life
12 months after opening.

What’s in it?

Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1) and coconut oil (4) as acne triggers and coconut oil (1) as a potential irritant.

Full Ingredients 
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Octyldodecanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Verbena Officinalis Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Propandiol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Palmitamide Mea, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Ceramide 3, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide

Performance

This is the blue jeans of moisturizing creams. It isn’t super exciting, but it’s versatile, pairs easily with other skincare items, and is reliable.

When my skin is feeling dry, I can use this on its own or mix it with various face oils. It’s substantial enough to seal in moisture but does so without feeling greasy or too heavy. When my skin is irritated (which has been a  lot, recently), this is one of the few products I can apply without sensitizing it further. It’s fragrance free, alcohol-free, vegan, cruelty-free – basically the most harmless moisturizer in the world. Also, this cream has a silky finish and works beautifully under makeup. I like this cream so much that even though it doubles as a body lotion, I reserve usage for my face only. It seems wasteful to use this on my arms or legs!

I suppose you can complain about the lack of antioxidants or anti-aging ingredients, but personally those aren’t things I look for in a moisturizer. The only criticism I have of this cream is that its ceramide content could be better. Ceramides work best when paired with cholesterol and linoleic and palmitic acid, so ideally they could’ve thrown some of those ingredients in!

The Takeaway

This is a really good, basic moisturizer that moisturizes without irritating skin and layers well over other products and under makeup. It’s not the most exciting product in the K-beauty world, but it’s a great functional staple to have.

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Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me. This post contains one refer-a-friend link and no other affiliate links.

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8 thoughts on “Aromatica Calendula Juicy Cream Review

    • avarwen says:

      Love this lotion I use it as a hand cream and boy does it work I can’t use scented hand creams ( no matter how much I love the smell) because they make my hands itch like crazy so this was a welcome change. I was using lubriderm before this because my hands had become cracked and dry due to work sadly it didn’t do jack. Got this as a sample in with a Peach&Lily order and ordered it as soon as I could this saved my hands and lightened them up as well this is my HG lotion.

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  1. Nadya says:

    I love Aromatica aloe vera gel a lot. And I am so excited to try something else from this brand.
    In this moisturizer everything looks so good, except the butylene glycol… I’m still not sure in its safety (for the health).

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