Housed in a dainty white jar, engraved with the CD logo, lies Dior’s Crème Abricot. An apricot coloured balm that is meant to improve nail growth & resistance. Loved and worshipped by many, this classic cuticle butter may be one of Dior’s most iconic products…
Christian Dior released its crème abricot back in 1963. It turned out to be a major success and the little jars have remained succesful ever since. By wishing to honour this product, Dior decided to never change its packaging since its release. A good choice, because the small white sturdy jar looks incredibly luxurious & chic to the eye. Inspired by Louis XIV, the jar features a set of pearls on the edge of the rim. Regardless of its size, the jar feels weighty and sits beautifully on my dressing table.
Crème abricot shares the same colour as apricots, but turns clear as soon as you use it. Some people say this balm smells strongly of roses, but I have to disagree on this. Even though Christian Dior was always inspired by his mother’s rose garden, the balm smells mostly like apricots. With the inclusion of a hint of roses, it smells very chique and typically Dior to me.
One thing to note is that crème abricot is a cuticle balm unlike any I have tried so far. The consistency is very gooey, similar to a rich butter. It leaves a film on your nails that takes time to absorb. Due to this, it’s best to use it at night. I like to rub it in when watching a film, for example.
Ingredients: Lanolin, aqua (water), paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), glycerin, cera alba (beeswax), sorbitan sesquioleate, phenoxyethanol, lecithin, sorbic acid, parfum (fragrance), aluminium hydroxide, CL 73360 (red 30 lake), geraniol, CL 19140 (yellow 5 lake), BHT, benzyl salicylate, linalool, citronellol, limonene, alpha-isomethyl ionone, amyl cinnamal.
When we take a look at the ingredients, we can (unfortunately) conclude that crème abricot doesn’t contain any apricot. Therefore it’s clear to say that the infused fragrance and colour additives make this look and smell like apricot instead. However, it does contain glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil and beeswax, which are all fatty acids and prized for their moisturizing properties.
After putting crème abricot to the test for a few months, I can say that I do love this balm. Directly after each application, my nails turn shinier and thus look better. After a few months of usage, my nails are no longer flaky, look less dry and have become more smooth. As promised, the condition of my nails has improved. A pea sized amount goes a long way and is enough for all of my nails. In fact, crème abricot lasts a long time; after using it for a few months, the jar still seems to be brand new! In addition to my nails, I like to use it on any dry body spots, such as elbows. I’m quite confident to say that this jar may last me a whole year, which makes it even better.
Dior’s Crème Abricot retails for 25,95 euro/12 gr online at Sephora.
Would you give crème abricot a try?