Holiday Gift Sets: Sol de Janeiro

This year Sol de Janeiro has several gift sets that I think are well worth looking into. I will admit i am partial yo the original Brazilian Bum Bum cream over the others. They all work well, it is just a scent thing. The original Bum bum cream smells a bit like buttered popcorn and I personally think it is just fantastic.

The scent does fade but it is prominent. I will say that while my babydoll likes the scent well enough, he is partial to the scent of Beija Flor scent when i use that one. He always tells me he likes my perfume when I have just finished applying the Beija Flor Body lotion. It is a delicate scent that is lovely, but fades pretty quickly when you are using the body lotion. I have not tried the body spray so I can’t speak to that, but if it smells like the cream, I wouldn’t mind having the scent around longer. I find both to be fabulous scents.

In this year’s gift sets, both of these scents feature prominently. The Bum Bum Beats Gift set (Pictured above) is , as the name suggests, focused on the Bum Bum Cream scented products. The Bum Bum Cream is a really good hydrating formula and I have to say even though it is meant to make sure your Bum looks smooth and tight, I have found it works really well to help do a little tightening of the skin on my belly. As I am starting to lose weight there are some stretchmarks. Those I will happily except as the weight goes down. However there is some loose skin that i really don’t care for. When I use this cream on a routine basis, that skin tightens up and there is less loose skin, which I really like. It isn’t magic of course, it is skin care and it does require routine applications (but it doesn’t require a lot so one large size of this cream lasts a really long time.

I know, it is designed for lovely ladies looking fab in bikinis. It also works well for middle aged ladies trying to whittle down their body mass. I know, it makes for a less exciting advertising campaign, but it is a fantastic cream. In addition to the Bum Bum Cream, this set also comes with the body scrub. I tried a small travel size of the body scrub and really enjoyed it. It was an excellent exfoliator and had the same buttered popcorn scent in the shower. The scent faded, but the smooth skin remained. I haven’t tried the other items in the set, but those two are very worth picking up.

If you don’t want the full set there is the Boldly Rio Duo Set to try. It has the super Fab Bum Bum cream and is paired with the perfume Sol Cheirosa ’62 from the brand. I am actually tempted by this set. I haven’t tried the scent but the description sounds like it is right up my alley…

Mouthwatering notes of salted caramel, vanilla bean, and rich almond make for an absolutely unforgettable first impression, while deeper golden sandalwood and pistachio notes round out and intensify the scent for a long-lasting fragrance experience. 

Sol De Jeneiro

Seriously, even if I don’t go for this set, I am pretty sure that scent is going to be in my test out list for the new year. Its the caramel and almond that gets me. And I will never say no to anything with pistachio.

But that is beside the point. The sets look nice.

If the Beija Flor is more in your scent zone, there is a Beija Flor Duo Set for that as well this year. It has the Elasti-cream which uses a vegan collagen and feels fantastic on the skin. It also comes with a matching body spray.

The final gift set Sol de Janeiro has featured this year is the Radiant Rhythm Gift Set. This set features the warm floral Cheirosa 40 fragrance in the products. I have not tried this scent yet. While a part of me wants to pick it us so that I could try it, I will probably gravitate back to the original Bum Bum cream and the Sol perfume to try this year. I just really like that scent and the feel(and use) of the original cream. I do like that the brand has branched out of the original scent though. It means there is more for everyone to try and as much as I do love the original, I will be looking to try out some of the scents i haven’t gotten to use in the upcoming year. It is just a good brand, with a great line of products. I just need to remind myself that they sell more than just the Bum Bum Cream.

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It’s Cactus and Pink Pepper from AHAVA

I’ll be honest, AHAVA isn’t one of my favorite brands. However I never have any problems receiving it in any subscription box. I like their hand creams but my mother adores any skin care product they produce. I think it is a difference in skin needs to be honest. She has always had very dry skin where as I tent to lean into the oily end of the spectrum for most of the year. She finds the moisture level in most of their skin care product to be absolutely perfect for her while i can generally use it in the winter but for most of the year it is simply too much moisturize for my skin.

So typically AHAVA products that come my way are sent unopened to her and she always does a happy dance. I ended up using this AHANA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream in the Scent Cactus and Pink Pepper instead of passing it on. The first reason was that she has a ton of hand and body lotions she is working through and didn’t want any more regardless of brand and the second reason is that I found the Cactus and Pink pepper an interesting combo and I was curious.

the cream on dry skin

I have to say, it did not disappoint. While facial moisturizer from AHAVA are too much for my skin the body lotions are really good. The cream is thick, and at first it does leave a little bit of white streaks on the skin. As soon as it absorbs though, the white is gone and the skin is left hydrated and not greasy.

Because it does have that thickness of cream, I found I could also use this on my feet, which is not all that usual for me. Most creams that aren’t targeted for feet don’t do much for mine other than take down a little of the temporary dry roughness. This actually penetrated the calluses and helped soften them up. I was quite impressed. I applied it to my feet just before I started my before bed reading (I read for at least half an hour before bed). Then I put on some socks and let them sit while I read. When it was time to turn off the light I took the socks off and the moisturizer had helped soften my feet. (the socks were to keep the moisturizer from getting on the sheets.)

not so dry skin after massaging in

The scent is floral in nature. And actually smells like cactus flowers. If the pepper does anything it is to make the floral nature less cloying. Other than that, it is dormant. I really liked the scent of this as it is a nice light floral. It does tend to linger. You can generally smell it on your skin up to an hour after you use it. For me this wasn’t an issue as I happen to like the scent. It is however something to consider if you are scent sensitive.

Over all I was very impressed with this AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream in the scent Cactus and Pink pepper. Not only am I pleased I didn’t pass it along, but I am definitely willing to purchase it again.


A little ray of sunshine with Mio Future Proof Body Butter

There is something about the scent of orange that just says it is going to be a bright sunshine-y day. Maybe it is all of the Florida based orange juice commercials. I don’t know. But in the scent department Mio Future Proof Body Butter delivers an intense orange scent.

which isn’t really much of a surprise.

I tried the Mio Body wash a while back and it too was orange-tastic. It was also a really good body wash that I have repurchased. Actually my brother loved it so I tended to get it for him. It was actually the perfect body wash for him. He didn’t like a lot of the heavy ‘many’ scents like forest and mountain that a lot of people put with men’s bath products and he didn’t like buying the kid’s body wash with the dinosaur head on the top either. He did love citrus so this was a nice alternative for him. I tended to add it into my cart every time I picked something up from the Look Fantastic site.

thick cream and this amount covered both hands and forearms.

But this is about the Body Butter. It does have the same intense scent to it, and while the scent does remain on the skin after use, the scent of the body butter doesn’t really travel. It may stay in the air for a little bit in the room where you apply it, but it fades pretty fast. However after a few hours you can still lift your hand to your nose and smell the orange scent. The thing I like about this is that it isn’t an overly sweet orange scent.

It does remind me of orange juice when I sniff it, but there is some sort of spice in there that keeps it from feeling sweet and sticky (at least mentally sticky – sometimes when things are overly sweet my brain thinks of them as sticky by association.) I can’t really say what spice if any is mixed in because it does just smell of orange to me, but it isn’t overly sweet.

quickly absorbed with no greasy skin left behind.

As for hydration,. it does that pretty well too. The cream is a little thick and when you first massage it into the skin there are a few white streaks, but they are quickly absorbed and what is left behind is freshly hydrated skin that doesn’t feel greasy. What I like is that I can slip this tube into my purse and know that not only is the scent not going to irritate anyone (because it doesn’t travel far enough to irritate anyone) and that after sanitizing my hands I can massage a dollop into my hands to keep them from becoming overly dry and cracked and then just go. The absorption rate is quick enough that I can apply while running errands and then not have to worry about my hands being too slick on the steering wheel.

I was very impressed with this body lotion. I did try it on my post skin shower as it is a body butter and not just a hand lotion. It worked well right after the shower. It took a little longer to absorb in on freshly washed skin (but I am using a hydrating body wash at the moment) but the absorption was still relatively quick. I will personally be using the last of this tube as a hand cream to carry in my purse, but i would definitely consider a full size of the Mio Future Proof Body Butter for my post shower moisturization in the future.

Diving into Geraniums with Stone Street Soaphouse

I’ll admit, when this body cream came in Boxycharm, I was not terribly enthused. part of my lack of excitement was that in Boxy Choice it was the only option I was sort of okay with. The other reason is that I am about body creamed out.

I know that I have been using up a lot of body cream and hand lotion. And to be honest a lot of my body creams have been rolled into the hand cream arena as it keeps my hands from drying out completely due to hand sanitizer use. But even though I managed to clear out my previous stockpile, a new one is rising in it’s place.

Also I can’t say that I’ve ever really thought of geranium as a scent i was really keen on wearing. And in the jar, this Stone Street Soaphouse Geranimo Wholesome Body Cream was intensely geranium scented. I will admit, I was prepared not to like it. But try it i would.

The Stone Street Soaphouse had this to say about it.

OK, we know the limelight often shines on this body cream’s famous little sister (that’ll be the Hay Ho! version), but Geranimo’s quiet, complex charms are beyond dispute.

With a heart of geranium flower oil, her light scent is a little floral, a little herbal and so VERY moreish, once you get to know it.

Natural oils including jojoba, argan and almond, nourish the skin, without making it greasy. 

Free from artificial silicone and colours, parabens, SLS and microbeads. Cruelty free. Made with 100% responsibly sourced natural oils. Made in England. 250ml 8.46 fl oz

Stone Street Soaphouse

I have been using this since it’s arrival and I have found it far more interesting than I initially thought i would. While it is knock you over the head geranium scented in the jar, it isn’t always so intensely floral.

it is a thinner and more quickly absorbing cream than I thought

Unsure if i wanted to coat my entire body with this cream, I tried it out as a hand lotion first. I also figured that if it was going to cause a reaction it was better to find out on my hands than anywhere else. So my first use was dry and on the hands. The scent when applied was as intensely geranium as expected. After a while it did fade, but when applied to dry (as opposed to wet) skin it does take a while to fade.

The cream, however thick it looks in the jar has a thinner consistency than I first thought it did. This cream applied quickly and lightly and absorbed into dry skin beautifully. It wasn’t at all greasy and the speed with which it absorbed was quite surprising. I could apply it to my hands and then go immediately about by business without waiting for absorption.

Having no issues with the dry skin application, I took it into the bathroom to try as a full body lotion after my shower. On wet skin the body Cream formula of the Stone Street Soaphouse absorbs just as well as it did on dry skin. It sunk in and moisturized excellently. In addition, the scent faded back to a lighter note, leaving behind more herbal notes than the floral bombardment i had when I applied it to dry skin.

I don’t know if it is the presence of water, the post shower steam of the bathroom or my warm from my hot shower temp of the skin, but using this after my shower still had the cream absorbing well, but it knocked back the floral scent. As I did find the floral scent a bit hard to take and was pleased that it eventually faded after i applied it to dry skin, I was thrilled by the even more rapid floral descent when used right after the shower.

On dry skin, all I noted was relief that the geraniums were fading. On damp skin the geraniums faded swiftly, but the herbal notes remained noticeably longer and sort of stayed with my skin as I dressed and went about my day. While this is a cream that can be used as a hand lotion in a pinch, he moisturizing and nourishment working well, where it shines is on damp skin fresh out of the shower, used as the body cream it was designed. I am very pleased that I gave this cream a chance instead of just sniffing and passing it along because of the florals. It will be staying in my bathroom until the jar is empty. And yes, I believe I will be ordering this again when my body cream supply once again dips low enough that I can consider placing an order and possibly looking at other products while i am there

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It’s Not Pot Hemp Body Cream

This Not Pot Banana OG Hemp Body Creme was an interesting body cream to try out. First despite the name (Banana OG) the version of the cream I received is fragrance free. There is a version that does smell like bananas, but I alas did not get it.

I think I might have enjoyed the cream more if it did smell like bananas. But for those of you looking for fragrance free body lotions, this has absolutely no scent to it. According to the website…

We weren’t monkeying around with this formula. Say “yellow” to Banana OG Hemp Body Crème, a daily banana smoooth-ie for your body. Packed with banana extract, niacinamide, magnesium, and cannabis sativa oil—it’s ultra-nourishing, brightening, soothing, and calming—aka your recipe for healthy-looking skin.

Some noses don’t like the scent of banana, and some skin types don’t like the feeling of fragrance. So we made a version for you, too! Despite the name, this formula is 100% THC-free, so even the littlest monkeys can play!

Not Pot

The formula is simple a thick white cream with no scent. What I found interesting was putting it to use. On dry skin (as in not wet) it is a very hydrating formula. It absorbs well and feels good. It isn’t spectacular and if the hemp and banana do anything for the skin, I didn’t really see it. I know I didn’t give it a super long test. And the reason why is because of wet skin.

When applied to damp skin, this cream does feel a little slimy and it takes a while to absorb in. I know you are thinking why not just apply it to dry skin? which I will do for the duration of the bottle. But here is the thing. There are two main times I use body lotion. One is right after my shower and the second is after I have washed and sanitized my hands.

which means the most use I have for body lotions and hand creams comes when my skin is damp. I do apply it on dry skin just before bed and that is what I will be using the remainder of this bottle for. It is an okay, but not really notable body lotion on dry skin and slimy on wet skin. I think if it was banana scented I might be more interested in using it because I don’t have any banana scented body creams. I do however have several unscented lotions, many of which I like better than this. I like the concept and who knows, perhaps long term use will show more results and I will end up posting a letter of apology to Not Pot. But for now, I have to shift the cream out of the bathing products line up and into the night stand because I just can’t take it as a post shower body lotion. I will use it, but i don’t think this Not Pot Banana OG Hemp Body Creme is a product I will be repurchasing.

Trying out the Bodylab Collagen Complex Body Lotion

This body lotion was sent to me for the purpose of review by Bzz Agent, however as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.

Did you know there were years of my life where I didn’t really think of body lotion. If I noticed my skin was dry I would add some but that was it. These days hand and body lotion are in constant demand. Not only is the sun drying my skin as I work in the garden or go on a walk, but my hands have coopted any body lotion in the house to try and mitigate the effects of too much hand sanitizer.

I’ve just gotten into the habit of using the hand sanitizer anytime I go out, sometimes even multiple times and my skin can’t handle it with out a back up. It has thrown hand and body lotion from a category I barely think about, to a much needed necessity.

This Bodylab Collagen Complex + Body lotion is available at Target ($7.99) For me that is an added bonus. Target is right next to my grocery store and tends to be one of the few places I shop in person so if I run out it is easy to repurchase on the fly. Providing I like it of course. According to the product page, this body lotion…

Promotes Skin Suppleness, is Nourishing & Rejuvenating, has an Innovative Moisture Rich Formula, is Cruelty free, Clean beauty and Dermatologically tested.

It also has Vitamin e which my skin adores. The body lotion looks like most body lotions. It is your standard white cream. It does absorb really fast though which I like as I am often putting body lotion on and then moving into something else. Sometimes that is getting dressed after a shower or simply moving on post hand sanitizer. I really like that it is so fast absorbing. And the moisture it provides is nice as well. I found it really hydrated my skin.

The scent I was sent s called Floral Honey. I love the scent of honey. Florals I can be on the fence about. This scent doesn’t smell like honey. It has a sweet note and the florals have a slightly cirtusy note. It is a rather nice scent, I’m just not sure it is appropriately named. To be honest, it smells exactly like the foaming hand wash that my favorite movie theater when I was a teenager used. So for me it is a bit nostalgic.

The scent is a bit strong. It fades after a few minutes but if you are sensitive to scent, this might not be the product for you. I love the way it hydrates and feels on my skin and I kind of enjoy the scent. I also love that it is both paraben and dye free and good for all skin types. It means that I can use it and set it out where everyone else can to. The pump top makes it easy to use and for hands and arms I generally find that one pump is all that is needed.

Is it my favorite body lotion? No. But it is a good one, offered at a reasonable price that I could easily pick up when out shopping and know that it would work and that it can easily be used by anyone coming into my home. I would probably look for a more neutral or at least less floral scent, mostly so that a wider range of people could enjoy this, but I would pick up this Bodylab Collagen Complex Body Lotion again.

Trying out the Velvet Rosebud Soothing Hand Cream from Beautanic Beauty

Have you ever avoided a product because you suspected there was something about it that you weren’t going to like? This Beautaniq Beauty Soothing hand cream came in a subscription box a while back. I saw the rose bud in the name and my immediate thought was, oh no not another rose scented hand cream.

So I shuffled it to the back of the drawer and left it sealed, hoping no rose scent was going to leak through. And then I slowly worked my way through the sample sized hand creams in my collection. To fight the effects of hand sanitizer even the ones I don’t particularly care for have been in high demand. While I have several full sized creams I want to try out I set all of them to the side until I could work my way through the sample sized ones. I have been pulling them out one at a time to try and somehow I managed to work my way to the back of the drawer where this little beauty was stashed. So I prepared for the rose, broke open the safety seal and began trying out the Velvet Rosebud Soothing Hand Cream.

To my surprise, there is no scent of rose with the hand cream. As rose (and florals in general) easily go overboard for me in the scented hand cream department, this was a very pleasant surprise. So I looked for more product information. Are you ready for the full description?

“The botanical rose scented hand cream is enriched with Shea Butter. The quick drying, non greasy formula protects, soothes, and moisturizes hands. Resulting in noticeably softer hands.”

Beauaniq Beauty

That’s right according to the description it is rose scented. I applied a thin layer on my hands and sniffed. There might be something…I clamped my hand over my nose and mouth and drew in a deep breath…maybe floral -ish?

The scent, what there is of it is very light. To be honest I felt like I was smelling freshly washed hands and possible soap residue from a lightly scented bar. The scent is almost a non-entity. However I will go with the quick drying and non greasy formula. That is spot on. The Hand cream when you apply it feels like shea butter. It just has that smoothing feel to it that heavily infused shea butter gets.

The cream is thick and white but it sinks in so fast there are no white streaks. While I loved it on the upper parts of my hands and arms I didn’t care for it on my palms. It dries fast so they weren’t slick in the greasy sense but they felt a bit slick. Or perhaps the best term is overly smoothed?

Whatever the term for it, I did feel the need to wipe off the palms of my hands on a damp towel after applying the hand cream. I loved it on the rest of my skin. It was quite moisturizing and really quite quick drying without being greasy, I just didn’t like it on my palms. It felt as though my palms had somehow been extra exfoliated. The rest of my skin felt quite nourished.

A quick rub on a damp towel did take away the feeling so I could apply the hand cream and take off the feeling I didn’t like even as the rest of my skin enjoyed the hand cream. Perhaps it is some element of the quick dry formula. whatever it is, I did enjoy this Velvet Rosebud Smoothing hand cream and I would buy the fill size at $9 in order to use again. I would just wipe off my hands after applying it.

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Using the Merci Handy Hand Cream

It is rare for me to be annoyed by a hand cream. I have tried out a lot of them. Especially in the last two years. Some have been very good. Some have been very bad. Some have given me lasting hydration and some just made my hands feel slimy and greasy for a little while. But very few have truly annoyed me the way this Merci Handy Hand Cream has done.

It isa fairly normal hand cream. It is the size tube that works fantastically well in the purse or a back pack, or even in the car. And I have gotten into the habit of keeping small tubes of hand cream within easy reach at all times. I went through a bad series of hand sanitizer induced cracking and I am not likely to let myself be so afflicted again. Typing when the skin of your hands hurts to move is not a fun experience.

dry skin

So I have hand cream everywhere. when this came in a recent Glossy Box I thought, “Excellent, right size, nice scent, perfect for the bag.’ While I have a large container of Olay with a pump that I am loving right now, I needed something for my purse. So that’s where it went.

Here is the thing with this hand cream. It has shea butter and almond oil in it. I love the scent of almond oil and I love the softness of shea butter. So this should have been a home run for me. It absorbs well and my hands feel fantastically soft and nourished. And then there is that lovely sweet almond scent.

Fabulous right?


Yeah, I had a couple of meetings back to back in different buildings which required a few different applications of hand sanitizer. No problem, right? I have hand cream in my purse. Oh you don’t have hand cream, well let me share. Oh yes isn’t that a nice scent. Wait…what is…oh no.

Yeah it turns out that this hand cream not only leaves soft sweet smelling skin it it’s wake so that you don’t forget that it was there, it leaves a holographic sheen on your skin as well. If you look at your skin, at first you might not see it, which is why I had it in my bag and shared it out with a work related group of people. Then the light caught the hand cream and we all had soft and sparkly hands.

I apologized and everyone was amused (partially because they are used to me testing things out) but it wasn’t really how I wanted the day to go. Afterwards I read the back of the label…

We roamed the sky looking for the softest clouds, added a drop of magical sweet almond oil and a dash of enchanted shea butter, bottled it all up in a tube and ended up with this whipped butter lighter than a uncumulonimbus.

Back of the Merci Handy Hand Cream Bottle

While there are the words magical and enchanted in the description, at no point does it say, will leave a holographic sheen on your skin that will cause you and a group of your coworkers to enter a meeting looking like you took turns slapping Tinkerbell.


And that is the annoying part, first no warning, but mostly it is a really good hand cream. It makes my skin really nicely hydrated and the scent, while nice is not overpowering and disperses in a few minutes so you aren’t sending out a cloud of almond scent. That not only keeps you from annoying your coworkers, but lets you use it multiple times throughout the day without causing a scented overload. If it weren’t for the holographic shimmer, this would be a hand cream that I would purchase repeatedly even if it was just to keep a tube in my bag.

glitter hand

With the shimmer, I had to take it out of my bag and only use it when I know i am not going anywhere. I will use this. I will revel in it’s softness and scent. But when it is done I will not repurchase it simply because I don’t want to accidentally end up in a meeting while my hands are covered in glitter. I would be both less annoyed if there was a warning and if it wasn’t such a good hand cream. The fact that this Merci Handy Hand Cream is a good hand cream that I will never purchase again really just annoys me.

Falling in love with Olay

Like many of you I have been in great need of hand and body lotion in the past…oh we’ll say two years. while before it was a nice thing to have around, especially in the winter, the massive amounts of hand sanitizer have made it much more of a necessity. I have also become a great deal pickier. Before, lotion was just lotion, some was better than others, and most were interchangable.

Boy, has that changed.

Some lotions with a strong scent didn’t bother me because I was only using them occasionally, not multiple times a day. Others might be a little greasy but those I’d just use up and just not bother with later. While I try out the various lotions that come in my subscription boxes, I’ve found that there are expensive creams I like and inexpensive ones I like. There are also expensive ones I don’t like and inexpensive ones I can’t stand. I’m finding that each lotion has to be evaluated more or less independently.

Part of that is of course the scent. If the lotion is used once a week or even once a day, it is less of an issue than the multiple times a day I am using it. while I still like my highly scented lotions, I do tend to keep them for once a day. I have been drawn more and more to the lower scented products for repeated use during the day. However I have also found that I don’t really like the no scented products. There is something about them I find slightly off putting.

I know, I can be so picky sometimes.

I picked up this Olay Nourishing Body Lotion when I happened to pass it in the aisle at the grocery store. Mt thoughts were, ‘Oh I’m out of lotion. Oh there’s Olay, I like Olay, ooh it has hyaluronic acid in it, let’s try this one.’

Yes, I know, a complicated thought process.

The truth is I did need a body lotion. I have used up pretty much all of my sample sized hoard and my skin needed some moisture. I also love Olay. While I try out different body washes I always come back to the Olay Body wash (my current favorite is the Fresh Outlast in Orchid and Black Currant). I have also used and liked most of the skin care products from the regenerate line and have a list of samples I’ve tried from the brand that I want to try out in a full sized version. Over all Olay is a reliable brand for me.

So why shouldn’t their body lotion be good?

plus you know I am a sucker for Hyaluronic acid. It is amazing at helping to minimize some of the fine lines on my face, why shouldn’t it be helpful to the rest of my body?

According to the Olay website…

Replenish your skin with the deep moisture of Olay Nourishing & Hydrating Body Lotion. This moisturizing lotion has a nutrient-rich formula crafted with hyaluronic acid and our Vitamin B3 Complex and was created specifically to deeply nourish your skin from head to toe for long-lasting, smooth skin. Why add Vitamin B3 Complex into your routine? It’s the ultimate skin-improvement ingredient. Vitamin B3 allows your skin to hold on to water so it can become its own moisturizer. It also leaves you with skin that acts younger, feels softer, and looks smoother. You’ll love your skin’s visible transformation without the greasy residue of other types of body cream or hand cream. This body lotion also absorbs quickly, penetrating skin up to 10 layers deep, leaving your skin with long-lasting smoothness and increased skin cell turnover. Make sure you take a minute to appreciate its lovely packaging—it’s definitely countertop worthy. Use daily all over your body during your morning or evening routine. Use with Olay Skin Care-Inspired Body Wash to boost effects of Vitamin B3 Complex and moisturizing ingredients.


And I have to say, I am a fan.

First let’s talk packaging. while I have gone through tubes of lotion by the score in my life, these days the pump top is king. I’ll still use tubes when I get out of the shower or just before bed, but for post washing or hand sanitizing, a quick pump is really fantastic. Because it is just a quick tap to dispense I don’t forget to add lotion to my hands as often as I do when there is just a tube of body lotion or hand cream next to the sink.

And yes I know it sounds silly, after all picking up a tube of lotion, unscrewing the cap, squeezing out the product, and putting the cap back on are not onerous things. But with a pump it is one tap and go so I forget less often. And really a product only works if you use it. The pump means that I don’t forget to use it.

Some days, it’s the little things.

The scent of the Olay Body lotion is interesting. It honestly smells like an Olay product. Which I know sounds strange. I think it is the B3 complex. It is in my body wash as well and I think it was in a couple of the skin care products I’ve tried. I think that is just what make it smell like Olay. I don’t mind that it pairs well with my body wash, in fact it helps that the scent pairs well with my body wash. While it is an Olay scent, it is light and also smells like skincare. The scent is not overpowering and I can use it multiple times a day without feeling over powered. The scent is strongest when it is first applied but then when it settles in it is barely noticeable and I just associated it with clean, moisturized skin (I think partially because of the body wash).

right after application

The formula has the consistency of a water cream face cream. It is not a thick cream. It pumps out white, but almost instantly the white disappears as you massage it into the skin. The skin looks shiny for a moment and then it absorbs in. No greasy residue, just nice clean skin.

While I like this as body lotion, I du use it throughout the day to hydrate my hands. I have never had a problem with greasiness and because it is so easy to reach for, I do. So there has been less cracking of the skin and less pain around the joints. When my skin dries the skin around the knuckles tend to be the first to go and when overly dry they crack and it really hurts. So keeping my hands hydrated is a priority.

Over all I am very impressed with the Olay Nourishing Body Lotion with Hyaluronic acid. I am halfway through the bottle and i will be repurchasing a replacement as soon as the product level dips low enough to warrant a replacement. It is a lotion I will be keeping on hand for some time to come.

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Rich and Creamy Hydration with Shea Yeleen Body Cream

I have to be honest, once I saw this body cream from Shea Yeleen in my Macy’s Beauty Box, I had my fingers crossed in hopefulness. And that is due to the full name of the product. It is the Shea Yeleen Coconut Melon Rich Shea Body Cream.

While I love shea butter, the word that got me was melon. There are a lot of coconut products out there and as I am okay with coconut but don’t love coconut, the sight of the word doesn’t thrill me. I do however love melon scented body lotions. I always find the scent crisp and clean and just delightful in a boxy cream. The issue is manufacturers don’t seem to agree with me. Finding a good melon scented body lotion is really difficult. And generally when you find it, the scent is watermelon. While that is nice it will always be a summery scent to me while Melon doesn’t have that singular seasonal association for me (even if I only eat melons in the summer).

thick cream

So when this arrived I crossed my fingers and hoped that this would not only be a lovely melon scent but that the cream would be delightful as well. So I opened and tried it and now the tube is completely empty. Which as it is a sample sized tube of body cream, is not surprising. As I applied it all over after a shower, the tube had two solid post bath uses.

the scent is definitely melon. There is a back note that is less coconut and more ‘something vaguely tropical’. I was thrilled by this. I would have been fine without any coconut, but as it was mostly melon I let it go.

The description of the body cream is pretty much what you would espect.

Packed with natural, unrefined shea butter, our ultra-hydrating formula is rich in vitamins and will instantly smooth your skin, leaving it glowing. This smaller size is great for the purse or bag during travel and commutes.

Shea Yeleen

My sample sized container is 30mL and the full sized is 100 mL with a cost of $20. While the individual ingredients list is not on the product page, Shea Yeleen’s website has a page breaking down all of their ingredients and why they include them on THIS PAGE. I think except for the differing scents they simply use the same formula in each of their body creams. Which makes sense. But how is their formula?

It takes a minute to absorb in as it needs to warm up

It was an interesting formula actually. The cream itself is white and thick. when you first start to massage it into your skin it leaves white streaks and you’ll be tempted to think you applied too much. Give it a minute. With most shea butter products I find they just need a minute to warm up on the skin before they absorb. This means it may take a minute for the white streaks to absorb into the skin. For me, most of the time I use it right after my shower. The warm shower not only warmed my skin but it warmed the cream slightly so it absorbed faster when I first stepped out of the shower and used it than when I applied it to my arm for the picture. It still required a little bit of massaging into the skin for fully absorb, but the warmth helps.

Conversely if it is a really cold day, it may take a little longer to get the cream to absorb. It is definitely worth the wait though. It may take a moment or two in order to absorb, but once it does you get all day moisture. It doesn’t fade and you don’t find your self suddenly needing to apply more lotion a second time that day.

Except for the hands, but that is more the fault of the hand sanitizer than the cream. With the hand sanitizer no cream is going to be a one and done. But if you are worried about winter dry arms, elbows and knees, this cream has you covered. I may have been thrilled by the scent, but I was impressed by the longevity of the moisture this cream provided to my winter dry skin. It may be a bit much for me in the summer, but this Shea Yeleen Rich Shea Body Cream is definitely a body cream I will repurchase for winter use.

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