Martina Gebhardt products and I are a good match. Starting with their Melissa Cream many years ago and using several products of the feet and hand care range, I knew that I had to try their Summer Time line which was launched earlier this year.
Before digging into my review, here is some info on the brand and the new(ish) product line:
Martina Gebhardt natural cosmetics are Demeter-certified products that support the skin’s natural protective barrier. They only use 100% natural ingredients and their creams and lotions come without preservatives and alcohol. The product formula is designed to be bacteriostatic (meaning that the products inhibit the growth or reproduction of bacteria, while not necessarily killing them) and corresponding to the natural lipid-moisture ratio of our skin. This ensures that the products support a healthy, balanced and smooth skin.
While the brand does no animal testing, some of the products use bees wax and wool wax as a nourishing base which is why not all products are vegan.
The Summer Time Products
The Summer Time range consists of a face cream, a tinted face and body lotion, face and body aftersun, body oil and caps that contain a highly concentrated and antioxidants-rich face oil.
All products are meant to prevent and to calm skin irritations that are caused by the sun. The products do not have SPF but make use of Topinambour (also known as Jerusalem artichoke). This sunflower-related plant is high in Polyphenol antioxidants and lends the products its regenerating, soothing and moisturising effect.
Now, I am always looking for soothing products and I love summer! Here is my review of the Martina Gebhardt Summer Time Cream, Aftersun and Body Oil.
Summer Time Cream
The Facial Cream was the first product that I bought of the line when I experienced some dry skin and needed something more moisturizing. The cream comes in a white glass jar with a screw cap. When opened, the first thing that I noticed was the deep creamy-yellow colour and the nice smell (think cream smell with lemon and flowers).
As with all Martina Gebhardt face creams and lotions, it’s best to first use a toner on your face and then apply the cream. The cream is quite rich and thick in texture, it will not run off your finger, and a little goes a long way. And with this I mean: only touch the cream’s surface, any more will already be too much. I then rub my fingers against each other before tapping in the cream. If I need some more cream, I can still add a little bit more but it is usually not necessary.
What is left is a healthy looking and nourished skin. I usually let the cream set for 5 minutes before I apply my make-up although less make-up is needed as my skin is more evened out with this cream.
While I liked the cream in spring, it was a bit too much in summer and I set it aside, planning to use it again in autumn.
Well, apparently my facial skin had other plans as I developed some annoying eye lid eczema over summer and found that the only thing that helped was this cream in combination with immortelle toner (I use this one by Primavera). I applied a thicker layer of cream on my eye lids before going to bed and could already see that the eczema had become less visible and less itchy the next morning.
Conclusion: The Summer Time Cream is a great moisturiser in spring (and probably autumn) but makes an even better healing cream for skin inflammation!
Here is the full list of ingredients:
Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Lanolin, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Helianthus Tuberosus Flower and Root Extract, Juglans Regia Leaf and Seed Extract, Sambucus Nigra Root and Fruit Extract, Magnolie Officinalis Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Clay, spag. Essenz aus Helianthus Tuberosus Flower and Root Extract, Gold, Silver, Sulfur, Aroma, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral
Summer Time Face and Body Aftersun
The aftersun is like a much lighter version of the cream. It has the same smell but comes in a handy pump container as it is more liquid. I would describe the texture as a cream gel mixture.
As with the cream, I first dampen my face with a toner before I use one pump of the aftersun lotion. This will deliver enough product for the whole face. I have used it in my morning routine as well as after sunbathing and I found that it has a nice cooling texture that feels smooth and lightweight on my skin. I believe that the aftersun lotion has reduced blemishes and the size of my pores, however, I have used it in combination with other products that may also have a share in this.
When it comes to aftersun products for the body, I must confess that I have never really found them satisfying as I have dry skin and usually prefer body oils – even in summer. I thus can’t really comment on how suitable and pleasant this aftersun lotion is for the body. I imagine that it is nice to use it on a very hot and sunny day after a shower in the evening since it is light enough and non-sticky.
Conclusion: A very nice counterpart to the Summer Time Cream, best used during summer when the cream is too much.
Also, I have not tried the Summer Time Face and Body Lotion but based on the ingredients list, I think the lotion is pretty much the same product as the aftersun, but coming as a tinted version. Below are the ingredients of the Summer Time Face and Body Aftersun:
Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Helianthus Tuberosus Flower and Root Extract, Juglans Regia Leaf and Seed Extract, Sambucus Nigra Root and Fruit Extract, Magnolie Officinalis Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract,Tocopherol, Lecithin, spag. Essenz aus Helianthus Tuberosus Flower and Root Extract, Gold, Silver, Sulfur, Aroma, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral
Summer Time Body Oil
As I mentioned above, I love to use body oils. Body lotions always tend to leave streaks on my skin and I just find the whole application procedure annoying. I know, some girls love them their time in the morning when they treat themselves with body butters or lotions. But I am kind of an impatient person and the less time I spend in the bathroom, the better (I prefer to stay longer in bed). Still, just like everyone else I like to have smooth and moisturised skin, so I didn’t hesitate to try the Summer Time Body Oil.
The oil comes with a smell that reminds me of lemon cake, it is similar to the scent of the cream and the aftersun but more intense. However, it is not interfering with my perfume and that is a big plus in my book. The colour is surprisingly yellow-orange but it does not leave a tint on my skin and it doesn’t stain my clothes.
The way I apply it is that I almost skip using a towel after having a shower (well, almost, I quickly touch my skin with it). Then I pump some oil into my hand and apply it on my damp skin. I don’t need the towel afterwards either but will wait for 5 minutes before I get dressed (I apply deo, my facial care etc. during that time). And that’s it, beautiful skin in no time 🙂
Conclusion: I love it!
The procedure is the same for any body oil that I use, however I really like the smell and the ingredients of this one:
Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Hippohae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Tocoherol, Azulene, Aroma, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral
Altogether, I think that the Summer Time products are a really nice addition to the Martina Gebhardt range. Their texture and high quality ingredients cover most skin care needs, temperatures and preferences.
Martina Gebhardt products are widely available in Europe via online shops such as Ecco Verde, Najoba or Violey. I could only find one online retailer in the US (Eco-Beauty) but I am not overly familiar with the American organic beauty infrastructure (please do let me know in the comments if you know of other sources).
The products come in different sizes, I bought the smaller sizes which are 15ml for 7,90 EUR (Cream), 30ml for 9,50 EUR (Aftersun) and 30ml for 10,90 EUR (Body Oil).