I am so glad for the time I’ve had off, it definitely gave me the opportunity to relax, get organised and spend quality time with my husband while we celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. It’s back to work tomorrow and I’m going to have to drag myself kicking and screaming at six in the morning. Today I have a body care review for you. As you might remember I lost a lot of my content when my laptop died and this is one of the posts that I’ve lost all the photos for, however, I thought I would post it for you anyway.
I think that I spend so much time trying to sort out the issues with my facial skin that sometimes the rest of my body gets neglected. So I decided that, especially during these colder months, this needed to be remedied.
The first product I picked up was the Vitamin E shower moisturiser from Superdrug. The idea of cutting time out of my beauty routine is always an exciting prospect so being able to apply moisturiser in the shower made me jump up and down with joy, but how did it work? I found it had the same strong smell of this range that reminds me of sun cream and summer. The texture was very light, almost like an aerated cream rather than a lotion, I found it quite pleasant and soft. I applied it under running water the first time and felt like an awful lot of product was slipping down the drain without being properly rubbed it so on subsequent uses I stepped out of the direct water to give it a chance to sink in. I feel like it did a good job of providing me with soft skin and protecting after shaving, which is my favourite time to use the product. I also liked that the scent lingered on the skin, something which I wasn’t expecting. However, I don’t think it’s quite as moisturising on problem areas such as feet and elbows, I much prefer the Vitamin E intensive body moisturiser for this. Overall I think it’s a useful product but I do like to mix in a non-shower moisturiser now and again. The 250ml bottle was £2.99 in Superdrug.
A new type of lotion I tried was the Sleepy lotion from Lush from their Home for Christmas gift set which I received for Christmas last year. Body lotion is usually the last thing I remember to use so it’s taken me a while to get round to this one. As the name suggests the scent of this product means that it’s probably best to apply it at night for a better sleep. It’s a pretty lilac colour and has a strong lavender scent when it’s in the pot, I find it’s not as strong when it’s applied to the skin. I also feel like some of the other scents such as ylang-ylang come through once it’s applied so it’s not a pure lavender scent, but still, a lovely floral one that I enjoy. I will say that I am not entirely happy with how it sits on the skin, it takes a lot longer to rub in than my other lotions and it leaves my skin feeling a little oily and slightly sticky. I don’t know if this is because the formulation contains a lot of oils, or just how it reacts to my skin type but I would prefer it to sink in quite fast and leave my skin smooth. I don’t think it’s something I would buy for myself, but there’s plenty of products from Lush that I really want to try, better get a loan from the bank!
Another body product I recently tried was the Native Unearthed crystal deodorant with raw curcumin which I received in a subscription box AGES ago (I apologise). This type of deodorant is completely new to me and I’ve only ever used spray or roll-ons in the past, I’ve never used a stick, never mind a crystal based stick. The first thing I noticed is that I found it really awkward to apply when I started using it. The stick feels a bit like weird plastic and wetting it before applying felt like an inconvenience. I did get used to it after a while, I keep it next to the sink and use it immediately after brushing my teeth, you could also apply it right after a shower if you shower in the morning. I’ve really put this product to the test, working hard, exercising, running errands and travelling on packed and warm public transport. The only time it’s failed me is when I’ve eaten particularly pungent foods like curry or a lot of garlic. On top of that my underarms are nowhere near as wet as they used to be. I didn’t notice a real scent to it, although it does claim to be lightly scented. I think I would have preferred some sort of scent to the product. The deodorant is £6.49 for 100g, and before you fall off your chair this stick will last for ages, honestly, it’s fantastic and I have hardly used any of it after months of use.
What’s your favourite cruelty-free and vegan body care brand? Let me know in the comments below.