It’s finally starting to cool down in Southern California, and I’m starting to look into richer moisturizers for the winter months. Although it doesn’t get that cold here, it is quite dry, and my skin definitely leans more towards the dry side of normal during the winter.
I’ve got a few creams lined up on my wishlist to purchase in the next month, but in the meantime, I’m so glad that I have my jar of PurpleTale’s Ode to Hydration Cream, which I received (and reviewed on Instagram) as a free sample from 08liter.com a couple months ago. I used it sparingly during the summer as I didn’t need as much moisture, but I’ve been pulling it out every night for a few weeks now and thought I would give it a more extensive review. The Ode to Hydration cream has been the perfect transition between lighter, more watery summer creams and rich, thicker winter creams.
Spoiler: I really like this cream, and you’ll see why. I’ve already recommended this cream to several friends, in part because I think it’s just a really good product, but also because I think it works for many different skin types. Without further ado…
purpletale Ode to Hydration Cream
Ingredients (via purpletale.com)
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Betaine, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol Denat., Pueraria Mirifica Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Ginsenosides, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
There are some nice ingredients in there including niacinamide, macadamia oil, sodium hyaluronate, adenosine, and some peptides. I also really love the soft and silky texture of the product, which I think is probably due to the formulation containing hydrogenated polydecene and caprylic/capric triglyceride, instead of silicones (just speculating here).
My initial impression of the Ode to Hydration Cream is that it’s a creamy cream. As in, it’s a white cream that looks like the archetypal, traditional, concept of a cream. It comes in a heavy, but sleek purple glass jar that feels very well made and much more expensive than the very reasonable $29.99 price tag. The scent is light and pleasant, though I can’t really place it (I’ve said before that it just smells kind of…purple).
On stirring and scooping up the product with a spatula or with fingers, I found that the Ode to Hydration Cream is quite light and silky, definitely NOT buttery or thick. It had a very pleasant consistency and spread out very easily in a thin layer on the skin. It absorbed quickly on my normal/dehydrated skin but did leave a very light film on the skin, which I personally like, as it feels protective and helps to keep the water in. Oily skin types might find it a bit too moisturizing, and might want to save it for dry winter months. But for my skin, it is the perfect consistency, silky and light-feeling, but still moisturizing and protective.
If I were to compare the texture of the Ode to Hydration Cream to other similar creams, I’d say that it’s very similar to 1) Laneige Water Bank Cream (review), 2) Belif Moisture Bomb (literally, almost identical texture), and 3) Beauty of Joseon Cream (but less stringy and a bit more moisturizing).
I don’t usually expect my creams to do that much in terms of brightening or improving my skin — I reserve my more concentrated serums for that, and choose creams purely based on how well they moisturize my dehydrated skin. In this respect, the Ode to Hydration Cream did a stellar job. It was light enough to use day or night, yet moisturizing enough in this fall weather that I didn’t feel like my skin was thirsty for more. On the flip side, my skin didn’t feel oily or greasy even when I slathered on this cream.
At night, if I needed extra moisture, I would just use a sheet mask before the cream, or add a sleeping pack afterwards. But even when I didn’t have time to do either of those steps, this cream did an admirable job of keeping my skin hydrated and happy. I also had no problems with irritation or breakouts while using this cream (yay!).
This is a highly moisturizing, but comparatively light-feeling, non-greasy cream that would be excellent to normal-to-dry skin types and for anyone with dehydrated skin. Oily skin types might want to save it for winter or use it as a night cream if it feels a little too moisturizing. It has an excellent ingredients list, a pleasant texture and scent, and a very reasonable price! Highly recommend.
Buy it at
Purpletale for $29.99 (affiliate link)
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