You may remember that I did an unboxing post for Alpha-H's The Essentials Collection a while ago (see here) and I'm back today to review another item from the set, being this Essential Hydration Cream.

If you're interested, I reviewed the Essential Cleansing Balm recently (see here) and I will eventually do a round-up post on the set as a whole - once I've reviewed the oil - so stay tuned for that if you're interested.

Anyhoo. This cream. I like it. A lot. And it's been on my list of things to try for an eternity, so I'm glad I've finally had the chance to try it!

Alpha-H claims/product details:

  • An aromatic soothing cream formulated with rose geranium, evening primrose oil and essential fatty acids
  • Brings immediate relief and comfort to parched and irritated skins
  • A non-glycolic formula that's ideal for diffused redness and sensitivities
  • Nourishes, protects and repairs sensitive, dry and delicate skins
  • Contains ingredients designed to reduce redness and rebuild broken capillaries
  • High in essential fatty acids and essential oils to soothe and heal the skin
  • Protects elastin and collagen fibres while promoting healthy collagen production
  • Antioxidants neutralise free radicals and promote a healthy complexion
  • For all skin types
  • RRP $51.95 AUD for 50ml, but do shop around (you should be able to find it for around $40 AUD)


I really enjoy this cream and I recommend it: it's perfect for those who need good moisture but don't want anything with bells and whistles.

It's a white cream with a fresh floral scent. What I like about it is that it's almost a hybrid gel/cream in texture, so it's lightweight and it sits beautifully under makeup. While many Alpha-H products seem better geared for mature or dry skin, I agree that this should suit most skin types because it's not too heavy and it doesn't clog pores.

What I love about this is that it feels beautifully soothing, refreshing and cooling when applied. While I personally don't suffer from redness, I can definitely see how something like this would help those that do. It's also a great product to put on irritated skin (eg after you've just used a chemical peel or exfoliant) because it's so soothing and calming on the skin.

I've been using mine morning and evening for the last six weeks and I've really enjoyed it. Although it hasn't done anything specific for me (eg, reduced the look of wrinkles), it has kept my dry skin feeling moisturised and comfortable - which is all I really need it to do.

Yes I do normally use active ingredients in my skincare, but they're not usually contained in my moisturisers (eg you'll often find them in my serums), so a plain moisturiser like this suits me perfectly because it seals everything in and keeps my skin feeling happy.

On the claims: yes this is soothing; yes it brings immediate relief and comfort to parched and irritated skin; yes I can see how it would be good for redness and sensitive skin (although I personally don't normally suffer from such things); yes it nourishes, protects and repairs dry skin; and yes it promotes a healthy-looking complexion.

Overall I think this is an excellent product and I recommend it. It's reasonably priced and it does exactly what it says it will do.


Funnily enough my last essential purchase update for my skincare no buy was exactly one month ago, when my dermatologist told me to buy a particular cream to see if it would help with my white patches. That update is here if you're interested.

Unfortunately that cream hasn't helped so there may well be other plans he has for my skin when I see him again in two weeks, but for now I'm just sticking my head down and continuing with my usual routine.

Since my last essential purchase, I've been good and haven't bought anything at all. But when I saw that Sukin was available for half-price at Priceline and knew I'd shortly be running out of a few things, of course I took full advantage of that while I could.

I mean, Sukin's a reasonably priced brand anyway - so if you can get it for half price, you're doing well!

What did I buy?

Three things:

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Sukin Cream Cleanser

The first is Sukin's Cream Cleanser. While I do have a few cleansers open, they all either contain active ingredients or they're hybrid cleansers/exfoliants (so they have little grains in them), meaning I'm fresh out of standard, gentle cleansers that I can use every day.

I haven't heard much about this one but I'm hoping it's up to Sukin's usual standard of being pretty good for the price. As you may know, I finished my cleansing balm yesterday so this will immediately take its place in the morning spot (when I whack on a hydrating cleanser to use as a kind of mask while I'm getting the kids organised): I'll just need to photograph it today so I can open it tomorrow. I wasn't able to use it this morning, which threw a spanner in the works!

Happily it only cost $5.49 AUD on sale.
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Sukin Super Greens Cleansing Oil

Again, because I've finished the cleansing balm I was using both in the morning and the evening, I needed a cleansing balm or oil that I could use for makeup removal because I didn't have anything similar I could use in its place.

This one only cost $6.99 AUD at its discounted price, so I wasn't about to let that opportunity pass me by! Plus I like that all three of these Sukin products are smaller in size, so if any of them don't work well for me, I don't have bucket-loads of product to get through - meaning that when my no buy lifts for a month in June (being my birthday month), I can sneak in a few purchases to replace these products.

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Sukin Oil Balancing Facial Tonic

Last up, a toner. The one I'm using is on its last legs (I've got less than a week's worth of applications to go), so it made sense for me to buy a replacement while the sale was on.

Although I don't have oily skin, unfortunately this was the only stand-alone toner that Sukin offered (aside from a facial mist that I've tried before and didn't love), so I thought I may as well buy it and see how I went. Again, there's only 125ml of product in this and it only cost me $6.99 AUD - so it's no big loss if my skin doesn't like it.

Also again, I'll need to photograph all three of these products today so I can start using them immediately: I have gaps in my collection now that need to be filled, and these will fill them nicely.

In sum

That's all from me.

I was fully expecting to have to replenish my stores during my skincare no buy, and I've done that now so hopefully I won't need to buy anything else before June (I don't think I'll need to after this, unless of course my dermatologist prescribes something else for me to use).

In any event, I managed to buy what I needed for less than $20 AUD - so I haven't broken the bank and the products aren't too big so it's no huge loss if they're not my favourites because they won't take ages to finish.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

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