Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Best Of... High End Body Creams

Last week we brought you our picks for best of budget-friendly body lotions (for a recap, click here), this week it's all about the high end creme.

The biggest difference between high end and low end lotions is NOT the way the work, but rather the ingredients (and price). Many of my picks for high end creams come with alcohol much lower down on the list and a lot more natural ingredients loaded in the lotions.

Alas, here are my picks for best of high end body creams:

1. Jurlique Lavender Body Care Lotion - Lavender, calendula and marshmallow hydrate while this light-weight lotion absorbs quickly and effectively. The calming scent of lavender lingers all day.
application: PUMP
consistency: light
moisture: 8 out of 10
price: $38.00

2. Lancome Absolue Body Premium Bx - It has a fresh citrusy scent and is thick enough to work on really dry skin while still feeling refreshing. Pro-Xylane™, a patented scientific breakthrough: an exceptional and precise molecule, restores essential moisture deep in the structure of skin’s surface while ├čio-Network™ – wild yam, soy, sea algae and barley – helps enhance performance for visible rejuvenation.
application: JAR
consistency: medium to heavy
moisture: 9 out of 10
price: $125.00

3. Mario Badescu Walnut Body Lotion - Walnut oil hydrates, softens and soothes dry, itchy skin. Ideal after sun or bath. Super rich but absorbs quickly.
application: PUMP
consistency: medium
moisture: 8.5 out of 10
price: $22.00

4. Kiehl's Imperial Body Balm - A favorite, this super thick cream is inspired by Old World Russian herbal remedies. Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil replenishes dry,tired skin. Has a faint scent if vanilla meets bourbon? This cream is not for the oily skin types as it is incredibly hydrating and tends to be slightly greasy.
application: JAR
consistency: thick
moisture: 10 out of 10
price: $42.00

5. Korres Body Butter in Guava - Most certainly, the best thing to come out of Greece, this shea butter body balm has a tropical scent, the thickness of an actual body butter but the ease of a pump. Shea Butter and quince extract moisturize while sunflower, almond and avocado oils nourish and smooth. All-natural.
application: PUMP
consistency: medium to thick
moisture: 9.5 out of 10
price: $29.00

6. Amore Pacific Time Response Skin Renewal Body Creme - A fresh smelling, delicate moisturizer for even the most sensitive of skin. "A treatment blended with nature’s most potent anti-oxidant, EGCG, a green tea polyphenol and healing Asian botanicals to provide a healthy anti-aging solution for comprehensive and special body skin needs." Contains Bamboo Sap to enhance skin vitality, theanine to hydrate, sunflower seed, olive and coconut oils to soften and sooth and Matsutake Mushroom Extract to calm.
application: JAR
consistency: thick
moisture: 10 out of 10
price: $220.00


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