I have been looking for a good skincare brand as my skin always gets very dry during winter. I truly believe I haven’t acclimatized since moving from Sri Lanka (25 years ago *cough) but generally have very sensitive skin anyway.
So I was very excited to hear that an established French brand of skincare called Crème Simon had just launched in Australia.
The brand was established in 1860 by Joseph Simon, an apothecary in Paris. After noticing the dry, chapped hands of the French wives and washer women doing their laundry chores along the River Rhone, he sought a natural remedy to help them. Simon’s first miracle cream was made with the natural moisturising agent glycerine (a first at the time), and seven carefully selected flowers called the ‘Activ Fleur Complex’(Neroli, Damask Rose, Jasmine, Tonka Bean, Vanilla Bourbon, Patchouli and Iris).
French women fell in love with the cream and started using it for their face as well as their hands. Over the next 50 years, it became global and was launched in Europe, Russia, America, Japan and China.
What differentiates the brand for me, though, is Simon’s belief that your skin is affected by where you live. Each skincare range is specially designed for a region and the products are labelled with symbols depicting the climate that it’s best suited for (for example, hot, humid or cold).
Products are also free of harsh ingredients such as parabens, alcohol, silicones, sulfates, mineral oil and colourings which have a harsh effect on my sensitive skin. I also love that the Activ Fleur Compex concoted in 1860 also is still used today. We can have the same floral fragrance as the French women almost 150 years ago did – even if we don’t have the same class, style and grace!
I tried a couple of products from the Australian skin care range myself and really enjoyed them! They are a thick substance with a subtle smell, that suddenly intensified I rubbed the cream into my skin. It smelled delicious and was very soothing for my dry hands.
Try it for yourself at Sephora or purchase directly online here :
Let me know what you think?
Thanks Umm Communications for the samples.