REVIEW | S.W. Basics USDA Organic Lavender Cream

$22 | 2 oz.

Meet your skin’s new BFF. The mother of all S.W. Basics products is now available in an easy-to-use, eco-friendly recyclable metal tube. The Cream starts with organic, Fair Trade shea butter rich in nourishing fatty acids, then they add some organic extra-virgin coconut oil + organic extra-virgin olive oil high in lauric acid + monounsaturated fats. So this killer combination is extremely rich, sinking deep into the skin + staying there. Available in: Classic, Lavender, or woodsy, earthy Juniper if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Essential Oils (in Lavender + Juniper Scents). 

Light Lavender. Not overbearing.

Smooth + creamy. It’s not a cream- cream though, more like a smooth, creamy balm in a tube.

Recycled aluminum tube with a screw-on cap, in a box. Love their visual vibe!

  • USDA Organic
  • Only 4 ingredients
  • Gets the job done!
  • It’s SO moisturizing
  • A little goes a long way!
  • Doesn’t contain Beeswax like most other natural / organic “creams”
  • Haven’t had any oil separation issues, so far.

  • The price is a bit steep.
  • Not a fan of the aluminum tube.

My Experience

I’ve always been a BIG fan of the simplicity + the style of  S.W.’s products – they never contain more than 5 ingredients, + they’re one of the very few natural + organic brands where I’d recommend the entire line, across the board –  in terms of both product performance + ingredients. That’s an endorsement you won’t see often, here on The GG.

Many times in the past, I’ve used + loved their Classic Cream (the unscented one, in the jar), + this is the same exact thing… except, in a tube that you can take with you on-the-go!

For best results, I apply this on damp skin – it’s not as greasy that way, + it really soaks into my skin! I’ve used it as a body moisturizer, facial moisturizer, hand cream, + on my cuticles before a mani / pedi. And, I’ve also used it to tame frizzy fly-aways in a pinch too… for this, I used the tiniest amount though. A little really goes a long way.

If you go waaaay back to some of my older blog posts, you’ll see that when I first made the switch I used Organic Olive Oil as a body oil because I didn’t know what else to use. And, in my Italian family, we use it kinda like how they use Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. We put that sh*t on everything! So, that’s always been one of my go-to’s for when I need some major moisturizing, + I’m happy that they’ve included it in this formula, along with the other staple ingredients… because it really gets’ the job done!

I also really like that this doesn’t contain Beeswax, because a lot of other natural “creams” do. While I do enjoy it in certain products (depending on what I’m using it for), I find that it doesn’t always allow my skin to breathe as much as I’d like it to, especially when it’s in products that I use on a daily basis. So, this is a nice option if you’re looking for something without it, that’s also cruelty-free.

The first time I used this I was really surprised that it wasn’t overly greasy (considering the ingredients), or that I didn’t have to massage the tube incase the oils were separated – a well-known issue with natural products like this. I should note that it’s currently a cool April day here in NJ, so it may be a little softer in the summer, or more firm in the winter months.

If you follow me regularly, you may also remember me saying that I don’t really like Lavender, except in calming baths, or on my pillow. Lol. So you’re probably thinking… why the hell is she using / writing about something with Lavender in it then, right? Well… this product was part of my InstaGLAM Giveaway with S.W. Basics a few months ago – so, I wanted to try it. And, to my surprise, I actually didn’t mind the light scent… a lot of times, Lavender in products can be way too strong for my taste. I might even buy the same scent again… so, I thought that that was worth mentioning, incase you’re like me.

While I appreciate that it’s recycled, I’m not such a fan of the aluminum tube packaging. It looks nice, which I can appreciate, + I know that they’ve recently upgraded their packaging, but even with the new tubes, they get crinkled as soon as you use them, + I haven’t had much luck with other brands that have used them in the past. Usually at one point or another they all get punctured somewhere when rolling down the top of the tubes. It just doesn’t look pretty to me anymore after the first use. SO, if I could change that… I would. Not sure to what though.

As far as the price. Ouch! I hear you. However, I know Adina (the Beauty behind the brand at S-Dubs) + how much love she + her team have poured into making these products. And, I know how much money can go into all the pretty packaging, the quality of the ingredients, the organic certifications, + getting a product on a store shelf like, Target! Over the past several years, I’ve watched them grow from an itty bitty, indie brand, + couldn’t be more happy that they’ve finally “made it”! So, I don’t mind spending a little more on a brand like this. Can you make these products yourself, at home? Maybe. But, if you’re looking for simplicity, + you’d rather buy than DIY… then, these are definitely the way to go!

Overall, I really LOVE both… this version, + the one in the jar. So, I’d highly recommend trying them… especially if your skin is really, REALLY dry like mine! They’re not lying when they say it’s the mother of all moisturizers.

S.W. Basics

Have you ever tried this? Let us know in the comments below!
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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Jen Bright
    May 9, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Much obliged in sharing your tips, it’s extremely useful. And now in the wake of perusing your post it made me understand and think what’s ideal to my skin.

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