Remarkable! Each lady I called had a different favorite body lotion. That’s a first for Eve’s surveys. Not one repeat.
The search was for a body lotion that moisturized but wasn’t greasy. My daughter suffers from dry skin, and the doctor recommended Eucerin twice a day and that she only wash with Dove soap. The Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Original Moisturizing Creme ($12.39 for 16 ounces at Target) proved to be too greasy. Before I shelled out another ten spot on a lotion that my daughter wouldn’t tolerate, I wanted some suggestions. I ended up with more than I needed.
“We have so many lotions at home, it’s terrible,” laughed Mary. She proceeded to give me a few of her favorites. “Alba Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion from their ‘Hawaiian’ line is hypoallergenic, so I use it on my face when I’m really dry [$9.29 for 7 ounces at Henry’s]. Malibu Hemp Moisturizer, if I had to pick one that moisturizes really well and smells good, it would be this one. And it’s very inexpensive [$5.77 for 25.4 ounces at Wal-Mart]. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E [$3.84 for 8.5 ounces at Target] is great for legs since it’s a bit greasy.”
Mary added one wild-card option: John Abate Babie Tanning Lotion ($27.99 for 8 ounces at affordabletanninglotion.com). “This is a tingle-free tanning accelerator — not sunless — but it is great just as a lotion. It smells like baby powder — in a really good way — and it firms your skin, so it’s great for cellulite. I order it online and it’s a little pricey compared to the other lotions, but it’s probably my favorite body lotion overall.”
Friend Kate, a connoisseur of beauty products, loves the Arbonne lotions. “The Arbonne Intelligence Body Lotion [$19.50 for 8 ounces; arbonne.com] is particularly good,” she explained. “It’s botanically based, not greasy, and hydrates the skin. It has aloe, liposomes, and antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E in it.”
Sis Cathy lives in the desert of New Mexico. “My skin and hair are terrible here,” she explained. “I use Advanced Healing by Equate [$.94 for 10 ounces at Wal-Mart]. It works just as well as Vaseline Intensive Care, but it smells better. And you know me, I don’t spend money on the expensive stuff, so that’s my inexpensive recommendation.” It was definitely the lowest-priced lotion of the day.
Friend Sarah has no dishwasher and her hands suffer the consequences. “Some lotions are great for moisturizing but are too greasy and some are not greasy at all but don’t moisturize.” Precisely the Kelly quandary. “For an economical brand, I use the Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion [$2.99 for 10 ounces at Target]. It has no smell at all, and I find it to be the best in terms of being moisturizing enough but not greasy. I also like the Aveeno lotions. Their products have a fresh, clean scent to them. The Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion [$6.74 for 12 ounces at Target] and the Daily Moisturizing Lotion [$6.74 for 12 ounces at Target] are my favorites. And I recently discovered Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream [$4.79 for 2.7 ounces], which is excellent, not greasy, and it leaves your hands feeling wonderful.”
Pal Erica has been using Jergens for years. “I’ve been using Jergens Original Scent [$5.74 for 21 ounces at Target] for about 15 years,” she admitted, “though I want to switch over to something more natural. But my husband keeps bringing home the Jergens,” she laughed.
She uses a different lotion for the face. “For my face, I love, love, love Avalon Organics COQ10 Ultimate Firming Body Lotion [$16.99 for 8 ounces at Henry’s]. It’s a body lotion, but it is a bit expensive, so to justify the purchase, I only use it on my face. Its only downfall is it doesn’t have any sunscreen.”
Go-to girl Margaret suffers from dry skin. “Without a question, the Body Shop Body Butters [$10 for 1.7 ounces at the Body Shop] are my absolute favorite,” she explained. “They sell them with different real extracts such as olive or coconut, and your skin feels like it’s being moisturized all day.”
Sis Nancy swears by Burt’s Bees products. “I use their Soothingly Sensitive Body Lotion [$8.99 for 8 ounces at Target], and it works wonders on my reptilian skin.”
The sales lady at Henry’s pointed me to a bottle of Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Children’s Lotion [$11.99 for 8 ounces]. “A lot of the lotions have fragrance in them, but this one doesn’t,” she said.
Betsy Effron, Clarins counter manager at Macy’s Grossmont, explained the issue of fragrance. “A lot of people don’t like fragrances because they are allergic,” she explained. “But some people do want fragrance because if they are wearing the fragrance and they put the lotion on as well, it’s what is called layering — you have a double layer of fragrance, so it lasts longer.”
Clarins carries two lotions, “Moisture rich [$37.50 for 7 ounces] and Energizing Hydra-Wear Body Lotion [$36.50 for 6.8 ounces]. Most of the older customers like the Moisture Rich because they want their lotion more emollient. It is fragrance-free and made from plant extracts. The Energizing Body lotion goes on and soaks in like water so it is great for summertime because it is not greasy.”
The sales lady at the Clinique counter at Macy’s recommended either their Deep Comfort Body Butter ($23.50 for a 6.7 ounce jar) or their Deep Comfort Body Moisture ($18.50 for a 6.7 ounce tub). “The body butter has lots of shea butter [which helps with moisture and discoloration of skin], and it’s a little bit thicker, so it’s for people whose skin is really dehydrated; the moisture lasts a little bit longer. The body creme is thinner, but it still gives you sufficient moisture.”
She went on to say, “Clinique is all fragrance-free, allergy-tested, dermatologist-developed, so it lessens the chance of someone getting a breakout if they are allergic to something.”