Pistachio, the green nut, has decorated our corner tables and snack trays for centuries but to be included in skin care has never been its forte. Sima Mostafavi, a fourth generation pistachio grower, who for a long time knew the benefits of pistachio oil on hair and skin decided to harness the power of this unique ingredient and founded her brand Pistachè skincare. The best thing about her product is that there are no exaggerated claims and no unnerving and overwhelming lists of exotic ingredients. But it delivers on what it is supposed to do and without any undue irritation because of its simple ingredients list. I was so impressed that I set out to know her better, and you can read the excerpts of my chat with lovely Sima, here.
Pistachè Hydrating Cream
INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Glycerin, Pistacia Vera (Pistachio) Seed Oil, C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride( excellent skin repairing /conditioning agent ), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer(Binder), Lecithin (Phospholipids), Polymethylsilsequioxane( lubrication and safe), Acrylates Copolymer(stabilizer), Allantoin, Polysorbate 60(emulsifier), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Caprylhydroxamic Acid(amino acid derived from coconut and broad spectrum anti-fungal agent), Caprylyl Glycol( skin conditioning agent and anti microbial), Aminomethyl Propanol(pH adjuster/ Buffer), Ethylhexylglycerin( Preservative), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate( chelating agent to increase the shelf life ).
- Made with natural and organic ingredients
The first thing I like in this composition is that the preservatives used are all natural and safe. Instead of using natural creams and serums with no preservatives which can cause more harm than good, I prefer to use the one with some natural preservatives.
Packaging: In a frosted glass jar packaging which is very pleasing aesthetically but not ideal. I just don’t prefer dipping my fingers in pots. But I have seen a glimpse of their new packaging, and it looks like they are coming with pump bottles with their new products.
Fragrance: none, which I love
Consistency: A light whipped creamy consistency
My skin type: Oily/combination , dehydrated and prone to congestion and hormonal acne with sunspots.
My Experience: When Sima sent me this cream to try, I didn’t know what to expect. There is no face changing exaggerated claims here. But what piqued my interest was the use of Pistachio oil which my mom used in her salad for years. I knew it’s a great source of omega’s and other antioxidants and has several health benefits, but I wanted to see the changes it can bring to my skin. What little doubts I had, Sima very patiently removed it by explaining to me that how her hair and skin has benefitted over the years from the usage of pistachio oil. When I received it, I was still little hesitant because I thought it will be little heavy for my oily combination skin. But it feels very lightweight and absorbs easily. It keeps my face hydrated throughout the day without making it greasy. If your skin is oily, you don’t need anything with it, simply cleanse, tone, treat and moisturize with it. For dry skin, it might be your dream cream for summers and for combination skin like me who has oily T-zone, I concentrate it mainly on my cheeks and neck. I don’t feel heavy at all. Now when it comes to effect, it hydrates my face, and my skin looks very even toned like a well-nourished skin, but it doesn’t fade my dark spots or decreases my hormonal outbreaks. So why do I like it so much?
That’s because it doesn’t interfere with my active serums. I don’t like to layer too many active treatments on my face. It’s usually Vitamin C serum or brightening serum during the day and acids in the night, and it goes along so well with them providing the antioxidant benefits of lutein present in Pistachio oil. It neither interferes with them, nor it contains any essential oil to irritate my skin further. It’s the best cream when your skin is acting crazy, and you don’t know what to use. You will get a balanced, hydrated and calm skin and once it has settled down, you can always add your treatments. I love adding my Odacite treatment drops on days when I feel that I need something extra. Overall, there is nothing magical in here, but it’s so easy to get carried away in the sea of magical promises that we forget that sometimes all you need is simplicity.
Price: 38$ for 1.7 ounces (50 ml)
Available at: www.pistacheskincare.com
Will I Repurchase? : Yes, if I ever finish this jar, though. It may look less but don’t be fooled, you just need a little, and it will last for months.
Do I recommend it? It’s a wonderful hydrating cream which doesn’t have any unnecessary irritants. It’s soothing and calming and suitable for all skin types. If you are already using active serums/ treatments, then all you need is this cream to give you a good antioxidant coverage. Do read about what beautiful Sima (the founder) has to say about her daily routine and her future products and to enter in an exciting offer for all of you here.