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.

Cruelty-Free Beauty Box

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?

cream

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.

applied

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.

Olay

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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Hands up for Bloom and Blossom

I know my darlings, this sample sized tube of Bloom and Blossom Hands Up Age Defying Hand cream just arrived in this month’s Look Fantastic box. The box arrived late Friday afternoon. The look Fantastic Box review went live on Monday. And over the weekend I used up all of this tube of cream.

And I wanted to post the review before I forgot any details. The only product I have tried before from Bloom and Blossom was a lip product. I was not a fan. But I know several people who rave about their products so when this hand cream arrived in the Look Fantastic Box I was happy to give it a try. According to the Bloom and Blossom site…

Soft, youthful hands anyone? Fast-absorbing and ultra-nourishing, this hand cream packs a punch. Hydrating, repairing, brightening and restoring. Put it right there for some tender loving hand care.

Niacinamide packed with Vitamin B3 to help improve signs of skin damage;  Liquorice root extract crammed with antioxidants to brighten skin, reduce inflammation and even skin tone; Shea Butter rich in Vitamins A and E to hydrate, nourish and lock in moisture.

On the nose: A bergamot, ylang ylang and cedarwood blend takes you where you want to go (no passport needed).

Bloom and Blossom

Now hand cream doesn’t need much in the way of explaining, you dispense it from it’s container and rub it into your skin. So lets get into the claims. Fast absorbing? Yes. It absorbed into my skin quickly and easily without a trace of grease left behind. After applying it I walked to the kitchen and opened a jar of olives with no issues. It absorbs and does not leave the skin greasy.

Ultra Nourishing? Definitely. The dry spots on my hands felt better after using it and it was a feeling that lasted. I applied the first trial of the cream on Friday night and my hands were still noticeably more hydrated Saturday morning. It is a nourishing, hydrating and restoring product. I didn’t notice any brightening, but in a sample this size that is not surprising.

Plus I was distracted by it’s scent.

The claim is a bergamot, ylang ylang and cedarwood blend. If ylang ylang and cedarwood are blended in then bergamot took them hostage and beat them into submission. This is a bergamot bomb. And it isn’t bergamot being sneaky either. It is bergamot in attack position. It is strong. It is intense and it is lasting. This bergamot scent will be with you for a while. it took about an hour before it faded. I could still smell it on my hands if i lifted my hands to my nose, but it was no longer in full on assault mode.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m not a big bergamot fan. I can deal with it in some perfumes if it is a back note. But it is the reason I have banned Earl Gray from the house. This was like Earl Gray called in an attack squad to exact his revenge. It was far too much bergamot for me. Which is a shame. The Bloom and Blossom Hands Up Age Defying Hand cream works fantastically well. It is an excellent hand cream and I eagerly used the entire tube of this sample size this weekend.

Will I purchase a full size? Absolutely not. Because the scent would kill me. To be honest, if this cream came in any other scent, I would scoop it up. If it smelled like lemon scented floor cleaner I would still pick it up. It is just that good a cream. I just can’t get past the intensity of the bergamot. So sadly, this fantastic Bloom and Blossom Hand Cream, will not be returning.

Trying The Ritual of Mehr

Hand and body cream are items that I have always had around, but never really gave much thought to. Often times they came in Subscription boxes and I just used them and let them go. Rarely did I have to purchase them. I generally gave more thought to body lotions as they covered a much larger expanse of skin and therefore I would be stuck with a scent and all over feel I might not like.

Hand cream was something I just sort of grabbed when I pulled too many weeds in the garden and my hands were starting to get a bit rough or something I reached for when my skin felt a bit dry in the winter.

And then came the year of hand sanitizer and extreme hand washing.

Body lotions took on a whole new importance as my hands began to resemble what I like to think of as the desiccated iguana look. For a time it looked as though nothing was going to help. Slowly began the rescue from the dry and scaly look and in the process I found that there were some higher priced lotions I liked and some that I didn’t. I found several drugstore lotions and creams that were worthless and several that were ultimate rock stars of hydration.

In all honesty, scent had always been one of my driving factors when picking up hand or body cream. I figured they would all do a decent enough job of hydration o it was the scent I would be stuck with.

And if you’ve ever used a Ritual’s product, you know that sachet is a big issue with the brand. Every product I have tried from them has been highly fragranced. Most of the products I have tried have been bath related. This is actually my first body lotion from the brand. As with all lotions though, I now start them with my hands and arms. If I like the scent and feel enough then they graduate to being used as full on body lotions.

Plus I find it a good way to test any allergic reactions and I figure that if the lotion can keep my hands hydrated, than it should work well on the rest of me.

According to the Ritual’s Website

If you want healthy, radiant and nourished skin, along with a delightfully energetic and joyous fragrance, then The Ritual of Mehr body cream is just for you. This bright fragrance opens up with a sparkling citrus top note, blended with a heart of florals and grounded with a drydown of cedar wood. Contains uplifting sweet orange and stimulating cedar wood, to help hydrate your skin while also treating your soul with energising properties.

It is also available in our eco-chic refill option, allowing you to reuse the luxury jar.

I like that it comes with a refillable option as I am always looking for ways to reduce waste in my routines. I am also not surprised to find that the Ritual’s Hand cream description sounds a bit more like a perfume description than a lotion.

As far as scent goes, it is pretty strong. And it smells of cedar and orange. I’m sure there is some sort of floral note in there somewhere, but it really buried under the cedar and orange. I don’t mind it actually. OI really enjoy the scent. I think in the summer time it would be a bit too much of a scent bomb for me. However as the days get cooler, this is a warm and rich scent that I don’t mind having around me. If it were a candle I would buy it in a heart beat.

The scent is strong though and it does linger. I put a little dab of lotion onto my hands and massaged them. After two hours the scent was still with me. If you are sensitive to scent, this may be a product you want to shy away from. If you like scent, just make sure that it doesn’t clash with your perfume and you will be fine.

But scent isn’t everything.

Using this moisturizer I found it absorbed well and fairly quickly into the skin. It didn’t leave any greasy spots and it didn’t make my hands feel slick. I think part of that is because they seem to lean more into sunflower seed oil rather than something like shea or coco butters on their ingredients list. The oil seems to absorb more quickly and easily into the skin.

While it did moisturize well, I found that it wasn’t enough for my hands. It is not a cream I could use in the morning and just not think about it all day. I found myself applying it a couple of times a day. Even on days when I didn’t leave the house and therefore didn’t need the hand sanitizer. The scent lasts much longer than the hydration.

I know, this Ritual of Mehr is a body cream. If used as a body cream it worked well. For skin that doesn’t need as much hydration as my hands it was enough. In truth this product is more about scent than it is about intense hydration. I think that this is the sort of cream I would use after a long bath or shower as part of my get ready to go out ritual. The scent is luxurious and delightful. The cream feels good on the skin, but it isn’t enough to be used as an everyday sort of product. I don’t mind having special occasion products, and I think this falls into that category. If you are looking for an orange and cedar scented luxury for those special nights, then I would go for this. For an everyday post shower moisturizer, I feel it is a little lacking. So for me, I will set this lotion to the side to use the next time I want to give myself a luxurious home spa day and look for a different daily body cream.


Molton Brown (US)

It’s not just Lemony Fresh…

Over the past year hand and body cream has become an important part of my world. with all the extra hand washing and sanitizing hand cream especially has come into high demand. The interesting thing has been seeing which creams stood up to the challenge.

Some of the hand creams, both expensive and inexpensive, proved to be inadequate to the challenge of fighting the chapped skin that comes with overwashed hands. Others, both expensive and inexpensive, have proven themselves excellent hydrators.

I’ll be honest, before this year, I had a couple of creams that I purchased because they worked really well and a couple that I picked up and kept around because they smelled nice. Now, those tat just smell nice but don’t work no longer get repurchased.

And I pay a little more attention to the lotions that do show up in the house. They no longer just get added to the drawer to be used whenever. I now pay attention.

The one I am currently paying attention to is the Dr. Botanicals Rescue Butter Lemon Scented All-in-One.

Like the Bloom and Blossom All in one I reviewed last week, this Rescue butter makes a case for multi-use application. According to the website…

Lemon Superfood all-in-one Rescue Butter is a multi-use, high-performance butter which can be used as a moisturiser and treatment. The 96% natural formulation is packed full of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins which work together to rejuvenate, renew and invigorate dull and dry skin.

Vegan certified Dr. Botanicals products, are made only of natural ingredients. Never tested on animals, this range embodies our belief in the potent power of botanicals.

Dr. Botanicals

So I tried it.

The first thing that hits you is the scent. It is lemon.

white at first but as it warms up it absorbs in.

Actually that isn’t bold enough of a descriptor. It is LEMON!!!!!! (please add your own jazz hands to truly get the burst on the scene can not be ignored scent that is this Dr. Botanicals Rescue Butter).

It is truly drenching the senses in Lemon scented lemon-osity. The problem is that when lemon is that intense, it almost always smells like furniture polish.

And this does smell like furniture polish.

However, after you apply it, the scent does fade pretty rapidly. The cream is thick. When I first applied it and started to rub it in memories of zinc oxide sunscreen from my childhood crept in and I thought I was just going to be coated with white. This was not the case. It was white when applied but as it warmed to my skin the white faded and I rubbed it into the skin. The cream was quickly absorbed and left no sticky, greasy film or white cast behind.

It was absolutely fantastic on dry skin. My arms and legs loved it. This Rescue butter was especially nice on my legs after I shaved them. It wasn’t intense enough to work well with my feet.

(for my feet, I still turn to my all time fave Soap and Glory Heel Genius – If you have calluses I highly recommend you check them out, a thick layer and let it sit over night and you will be amazed. After a week, fabulosity. I’m not an affiliate or anything but it is the best foot cream I have found for tough calluses.)

But besides the feet it worked well on the rest of my body. In the description i know it says moisturizer and I did try it on part of my face but it is way too heavy for the skin of my face and requires too much rubbing for me to use as a moisturizer. This is a hand and body lotion.

Dr. Botanicals Rescue Butter is a really good hand and body lotion and even with the intense in your face lemon scent, I think I would purchase this in the full size. I will be using the rest of the tube up and adding it to my list of lotions I will repurchase. Dramatically scented or not, It works really well.

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Trying out the Bloom and Blossom Wonder Worker Multi-tasking balm

I have a love hate relationship with multi-tasking products.  When they work well I tend to fall in love with them. Take the Mane Club’s One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 Spray.  Reading the label for the first time I laughed and I though, no way.  But it does all ten of the things it lists and does it well.  Which is why I will always have a spray bottle of it on my dressing table regardless of whatever product I am testing out.

Bloom and Blossom’s Wonder Worker Multi-tasking Balm doesn’t quite have the same lengthy claims as The man Club, however it is supposed to be used on pretty much every inch of skin.  It it works I could, in theory eliminate a lot of extra products.   According to the website…

on hand

Apply with clean fingers to skin that needs extra attention.

Short on time?

This is your ultimate dry skin on-the-go companion.
A little goes a long way so you can rub a small amount into any area of dry skin and continue with your day, letting Wonder Worker do the hard grafting.

Speaking of hard grafting, this little tube is the queen of quick fixes. Cuticle cream, overnight balm, foot balm, burns, cuts, scrapes and grazes, lip balm, hand cream, the list goes on.

One thing we love to use this for is a moment of self-care. For a mindful evening in just one minute, simply rub a small amount into your temples to ease your mind and breathe in the aromatherapeutic lavender.

Time to spare…

not sinking in

Our absolute favourite self-care ritual with Wonder Worker is using it as a hand mask. It’s so easy. Just apply liberally all over your hands and slip on some cotton gloves (or glove-free if you don’t have any). Wait 15 minutes or so, practising some breathing exercises (remember our lavender fragrance) while you wait, or do it in front of the latest TV drama – your choice. You’ll be left with silky-soft hands either way. 

First, let’s talk scent.  It is very lavender scented.  In fact it is so pungently lavender that is smells rather medicinal rather than floral.  I know not everyone thinks that super intense lavender comes across as medicinal, but for me it has always fallen into the same category as rosemary.  A little is nice, a lot is medicinal.

This has a lot.

But I am okay with a highly scented hand cream.  Plus, this is a cream that can be used all over the body.  If I tried it on my hands and couldn’t take the scent I could always relegate it to use on my feet thus keeping it as far from my nose as possible.

So I tried it. 

The formula is rather greasy feeling.  I am guessing this is from the lanolin used in the formula as Lanolin can have that feel to it.  I enjoy Dr. Lipp’s balm and that too has lanolin in it.  However, this was a thinner consistency and didn’t absorb well.  I applied it to my skin and then left greasy prints on anything I touched. 

I decided that perhaps my hands weren’t dry enough for the cream to really absorb so I tried it on a few drier spots of skin.  Again it didn’t really absorb well.  It stayed on the skin and made me feel greasy.  Worse, when I finally wiped it off, my skin was still kind of dry. On the website it seems to get a lot of rave reviews, but personally, this isn’t for me. The Bloom and Blossom Wonder Worker Multi-Tasker  was a complete fail for me.  And it will not be repurchased in any size.


Using the Grown Alchemist Mandarin and Rosemary leaf Body Cream

I have to admit, I was quite surprised by this body lotion from Grown Alchemist.  A while back I received a night cream from the brand in a subscription box.  As I am always on the lookout for a good night cream I tried. It.  While it worked very well, it was so highly floral that I made it halfway through the tube and then set it aside to use something else.  I will return to the night cream some point soon so that it doesn’t spoil and can be used in a timely fashion but I needed a break from the scent.  I think it may be a product I roll in and out of my skin care line up just to use up because that floral was just so intense I couldn’t take it on a nightly basis.

I expected the body cream to actually be more intense.

Oddly enough it isn’t. 

The Grown Alchemist Body Cream is in the scent mandarin and rosemary leaf.  I saw the rosemary on the list and thought it would dominate and the cream would smell medicinal.  It doesn’t.  The mandarin and rosemary balance really well.  The rosemary keeps the mandarin from being too sweet and the mandarin keeps the rosemary from being too medicinal.  In addition, while it does have a noticeable scent when first applied, it fades back fairly quickly.  If you lift a hand to your nose, you can still smell it, but otherwise it fades away to nothing. 

The softness remains.  The cream absorbs quickly and not a lot of cream is needed to hydrate the skin.  It isn’t greasy and keeps the skin hydrated for quite a while. 

I actually really like that it is a body cream that isn’t too sweet.  Many of my body lotions smell like candy as they have vanilla in the mix.  While I don’t mind this, it is nice to have a bit of a change.  The rosemary gives it a slightly earthy note and combines with the orange to feel and smell really fresh. While I wasn’t terribly enthused by this cream to begin with, I have to say it has won me over.  I am far more impressed with this than I was with the overly floral night cream. I am very glad I tried it and I would definitely consider adding this to the list of body lotions I would repurchase once it runs out.