Monday, January 25, 2010

Best of... Budget Friendly Lotions

Winter got you cracking up? ME TOO! That's why I am devoting this entire post to some heavy duty, budget-friendly winter creams for your skin. Anything under $15.00 constitutes budget-friendly for purposes of this post.

Let me first say that what I noticed, to my disappointment, is that with many of the lotions, ALCOHOL was one of the first 5 ingredients. WHY? Alcohol DRIES OUT THE SKIN, not hydrates it. So, yes, my choices are based on ingredient as well as performance and while some do have alcohol in the ingredient list, others do not (I will note if they do).


1. Jergens Naturals - (alcohol is the 7th ingredient) - 95% natural ingredients with jojoba oil and agave to hydrate ultra dry skin. Has a pleasant perfumey smell but if you're not into fragrances, this isn't for you.
application: PUMP
consistency: light to medium
moisture: 8 out of 10
price: $4.98

2. Burt's Bees Body Butter - (no alcohol) - With Cocoa Butter and Macadamia Nut oil to moisturize and heal and sesame, sunflower and rosehip oils to restore fatty acids, you're skin will feel moisturized while you smell vaguely like honey.
application: JAR
consistency: heavy
moisture: 9 out of 10
price: $12.97

3. Eucerin Plus Intensive Therapy Enriched Lotion - (no alcohol but contains mineral oil) - This is for severely dry skin as it is a bit greasy but if your skin is deydrated I'm quite certain it will soak it right up and keep it moisturized all day. Love that it is great for sensitive skin as it is 100% fragrance-free.
application: PUMP
consistency: medium
moisture: 10 out of 10
price: $10.99

4. Yes To Carrots Body Butter - (no alcohol) - Paraben Free, this cream works best for very dry skin and soaks in quite effortlessly. Blended with carrot seed oil, carrot juice, pumpkin, sweet potato and dead sea mud to offer a most delicious naturally pleasant smell.
application: JAR
consistency: medium
moisture: 9 out of 10
price: $12.99

5. Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion - (alcohol is 12th ingredient) - I like this lotion because it's light-weight, smells fresh and unobtrusive but still moisturizes. Great for a man too!
application: PUMP
consistency: light
moisture: 8 out of 10
price: $7.99

6. California Baby Calming Botanical Moisture Cream - (no alcohol) - No parabens, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol or phenoxyethanol this miracle cream can be used for everything (even eczema), everywhere (even face) and everyone (even babies). Scent is very subtle - like eucalyptus - and all natural.
application: JAR
consistency: medium to heavy
moisture - 9.5 out of 10
price: $14.99

7. Nivea Creme - (alcohol is 6th ingredient) - the original heavy duty cream that reminds me of parisianne women. It's extremely absorbent and moisturizing and great for spot treatment on elbows, knees, feet and hands. Smells a bit like baby powder meets an orange slice?
application: JAR
consistency: heavy
moisture: 9 out of 10
price: $6.48

2 comments:

Doreen said...

LOL @ "baby powder meets an orange slice." I've never really thought that Nivea smelled like that, honestly--I sniffed my jar for a few seconds, and I suppose there is that spicy tang in it. Anyway, there are some great recs up here, and I'm eager to try out the California Baby lotion! Thanks for the review.

Reem said...

I'm a stickler for a great but budget-friendly body lotion. Right now I'm in LOVE with Nivea Smooth Sensation. It has a great medium to thick consistency that soaks in almost immediately with little greasiness. I recommend it to just about everyone!

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