Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Go Green Tuesdays - Body Lotion

Now, I know that a good many of you probably have your favorites in this category, and I would love to hear them! I have heard so much feedback about the products listed in last week's post, and suggestions for other things that I should try (and I am going to try to find them!)

I have very specific requirements for body lotions:

  • I have very, very dry skin, so any body lotion must be extremely nourishing and moisturizing. Luckily, when working with organic or natural lotions, they very rarely feel the need to add a whole bunch of alcohols to the formula like they do with standard lotions.
  • I cannot abide by a strong scent. I like to wear perfume and I hate the smell of baby powder.
  • No peppermint, or evergreen ingredients. I am allergic to these and though I love and adore the smell of both things I cannot wear them at all. I break out in a very itchy red rash.
I decided to approach this post a little differently than the last, because I have tested so many lotions to find just the right one that it is nearly impossible to recall them all. So instead, I will offer you up two of my favorites.

Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Lotion

I know many of you might be surprised to see another Burt's Bees product here, especially after the less-than-stellar review I gave their shampoo last week. But in truth, it is a great product line and I use a ton of their stuff, especially their lotion. It is very affordable ($10 on the Burt's Bees website), and is incredibly soothing to my dry skin. The only problem is that the bottle isn't as large as I'd want, and I go through a lot of it quickly. My mom didn't like the scent at all, either, and refuses to use it.

This product is the only body lotion by BB that I have tried - I hear the carrot one is nice but I don't like the way it smells. The body butters also have royal jelly in them, which I avoid whenever possible because it is the only source of food for some bees in the colony.

VERDICT: Scent not for everyone, 98.2% Natural, Only 8 oz.

Origins Organics Precipitation

The bottle this comes in is huge. You can get it in smaller quantities, but I don't bother because I know I'll go through all of it long before it goes bad. In the large bottle, you're paying $55 for 33.8 oz of amazing lotion. This stuff keeps me from getting itchy for the entirety of the day and has a very light, herbal scent that actually fades about three or four minutes after applying, so it won't interfere with your perfume. If you don't wear perfume, a similar lotion and body butter comes in ginger, grapefruit, lavender/vanilla, and mint/rosemary. I don't use body butter because it is expensive and I need a LOT of lotion, but I have tried it and it's amazing stuff, really.

I ended up trying this product not because I'd heard great things about it, but because when I got home my parents were using it, and I hopped out of the shower and just tried it one day. I have been so impressed by the quality of this Origins Organics product that I have been really tempted to try the rest of their line of shampoos (which come in pretty bottles, and I am a sucker for great packaging), and face washes.

VERDICT: Good value for price, All-Around-Best Lotion, 100% natural

1 comment:

  1. Hi Hannah! I love the new directions you're taking with your blog!

    I wanted to pass on a brand that I came in contact with when I got some for Christmas. Have you tried Nubian Heritage? It's not too pricey, $12 for 13.5oz. The lotion and body wash I received are in the Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver flavor. I love their soft scent! It's ambiguous and gentle and doesn't last long. I haven't tried it yet but the Olive Butter one sounds like a dream.

    Anywhoo, I love these posts:) Also, have fun with the cooking! I have been learning to love it in the past year, and now cooking meals is a top priority for me!


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