You may have grown up seeing Nivea’s iconic, blue tin on the vanity or in the handbag of a loved one. Whether it was part of an elaborate nightly beauty ritual or they carried it around as an all-purpose skin salve, you’re probably familiar with its impact.
What you may not know, is that the brand has an incredibly rich history. Founded in 1890, in Hamburg, Germany, Nivea is the brainchild of pharmacist Dr. Troplowitz and scientific consultant and dermatologist Professor Unna. They worked together to create the world’s first oil-in-water emulsion, one of the many elements responsible for Nivea Creme’s reputation as a skin-softening powerhouse. The product came to be in 1911 and has since been exalted as a skin care miracle for generations.
The German version can be incredibly hard to find stateside and users of the American alternative have experienced results that were lacking in comparison to the European original. Thankfully, Smallflower carries more than 150 different authentic German Nivea products to meet your needs. You don’t have to take our word for it though. Hear from six real customers who swear by authentic German Nivea.
Nivea Creme | $11.50
Authentic German Nivea Creme is often compared to its exorbitantly priced counterpart, La Mer. This budget-friendly, all-purpose option is known to soften dry skin and is great for all skin types. A five-star review from Smallflower customer Donna U. calls it her decades-long secret to youthful skin.
“I’m 73 years old. My whole adult life people have thought I was younger. When I was 5 years old, my grandmother’s German housekeeper brought back Nivea from Germany and continued to do that every other year until I was married. People always ask my secret and I tell them, ”German Nivea from Smallflower.” I have also raised my daughters the same way. Thank you.”
Nivea’s Protect + Care 2-in-1 After Shave is really special. Its two-phase formula contains aloe and provitamin B5 which work together to calm the skin and provide additional moisture post-shave. A fan who goes by TL M. shares their thoughts on the product.
“Unique aftershave. Smells like Nivea balm but has an oily feel when applied. Absorbs into the skin in short order — 2-3 minutes. Leaves the face feeling moisturized and fresh. Must be agitated in order to mix the ingredients which separate quickly. This has been available in Europe for some time, glad Smallflower imported this product. Very pleased with the performance.”
Nivea Hair Milk Conditioner | $7.95
Nivea isn’t just known for being a veritable fountain of youth in the world of skin care. Their range of hair care essentials nourishes and hydrates dry hair while adding volume. Rebecca H. considers Nivea’s Hair Milk Conditioner a necessity for breathing new life into her locks.
“I’m hooked on Nivea Shampoo and this matching conditioner. It actually works for my hair. I’ve wasted a lot of money on conditioners that just didn’t do anything. Expensive salon brands, to drugstore brands, they just left my hair either limp or frizzy. Not this conditioner! I love it.”
There’s nothing worse than a deodorant that doesn’t hold up for as long as you need. Nivea’s Sensitive Protect For Men Deo Roll On features an alcohol-free formula that protects sensitive skin without skimping on odor protection. A Smallflower customer who goes by Baydere says it’s the only deodorant they need.
"It does work for 48 hours, as Nivea claims. It doesn't irritate my skin. It doesn't have a fragrance that gets in the way of the one I want to wear. I couldn't be happier with it and have introduced several friends to it."
Powerful skin care products, don’t have to be expensive. Nivea’s Cellular Anti-Age Intensive Care Hyaluronic Serum rivals what you’d find at a department store for a fraction of the price and promises a radiant complexion. A five-star review from Laura A. calls it “GOLD in a 5ml tube.”
“This serum is the most amazing product I have EVER put on my face. I love, love, love this and only wish I had ordered more. Although...just the tiniest drop goes a very long way. You will not regret this purchase or buying anything with the Nivea name.”
Nivea Men Styling Cream Natural Look | $12.95
If hair product build-up is the bane of your existence, a vitamin-rich styling cream might be in order. Nivea Men Styling Cream Natural Look is rich in polymers that offer a flexible hold. It also washes out clean, so you won’t have to wage war against hardened product while washing your hair. David H. sings its praises, calling it a “Holy Grail Styling Cream.”
“Nivea Men Styling Cream Natural Look is the best styling cream I’ve found in years of searching. It’s not heavy or greasy, goes on easily and adds a nice shine. This is a very high-quality product at a fair price. And the fragrance is amazing!”