Kindhearted Woman is a company that makes natural body, hair and baby products. It is a company that I have purchased from for several years and have been very happy with both their products and service. All of their products are cruelty-free and many are organic. They are based in Connecticut and most of their products are hand made by the owner or her employees, or purchased from Fair Trade suppliers.
Comfort Cream is a rich, soft, white cream that reminds me in look and feel of the old cold cream your grandmother might have used. It has a light, fresh scent that is not overpowering. When applied to the skin, it feels silky and starts penetrating the skin immediately. It goes a long way, as I find I usually put on more than I need and have to moisturize another area with the excess. Because it is thicker than a lotion, it sits of the skin longer and it feels cool for longer.
I put it to the ultimate test last Friday after a bad sunburn on my back caused me a lot of pain. I asked my husband to apply the Comfort Cream to the affected area and I immediately felt a some relief. I was also pleasantly surprised that it didn’t sting at all. In the past, applying other lotions or creams to a sunburn has caused me discomfort. I have applied it once or twice per day to my sunburn and four days later my sunburn is healing with less pain and as of yet no peeling.
One of the drawbacks of this product is that it is expensive in my opinion. I am all for paying more for a quality product in theory, but when put to the test it is difficult for me to actually do it. At the time of this post, the Comfort Cream is $13.00 for 12 oz, plus shipping. I do feel that the product is worth the price, but like everything, I would be much happier if it was less expensive. Keeping that in mind, I do still plan to buy this on occasion, or better yet, get it as a gift!
Another drawback that I found was its viscosity. The product is just slippery enough that you end up using more than you need. If it were thicker, I believe I would apply less, while still using what was needed. If it was thinner and in a pump bottle, I think I would be able to use a smaller amount. As it is, when I slide my fingers into the tub there always seems to be a lot more on my fingers than I planned to take.
While I trust Kindhearted Women’s products, the ingredients list on their website is very vague. I believe this is due to the proprietary formula, and worries about others making similar products. The ingredients listed on their website for Comfort Cream are vegetable butters, vitamins, essential oils, vegetable glycerin and other skin loving, moisturizing and soothing ingredients.
Although this product has not been hazard rated by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database, the site does provide a user-entered data method of evaluating a product. When the ingredients are entered into their database, the product is rated a 1/10, with a 10 representing the greatest concern.
One of the things that most impresses me about the company is their ethical practices. Here are some quotes directly from their site:
- The oils we use on a regular basis are expeller pressed (no chemicals used in the extraction process)
- We do not use bees wax, honey, animal oil, wool, silk, milk, or any animal or insect derived product ever.
- Biodegradable ice packs – These ice packs meet our standards in that they are biodegradable, 100% safe and non-toxic to humans, animals, and the environment…
- African Black Soap – Our soap is made in Ghana following both fair trade and organic guidelines.
- Please see Kindhearted Women’s About Our Products and Policies pages for more information
I really love Kindhearted Women’s Comfort Cream. It feels and smells good when applied, isn’t full of “nasties” and it is a company whose practices I am happy to support. It also did not cause any irritation on my skin, unlike many convenience-store purchases.
- Feels cool when applied
- Smells wonderful
- Healing formula
- Ethical practices of company
- Used up too fast, too slippery
- Unclear of some specific ingredients
- Pricy compared to convenience store brands