Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A Few of My Favorite Things
"A Few of My Favorite Things" will (hopefully) be a bi-monthly review of products I love. It will range from beauty products to food to art supplies to whatever else I think is worthy of telling you about in over-enthusiastic detail.
Let me preface this by saying I used to hate lotion. Scratch that, I still pretty much hate lotion. When I was young I couldn't even stand watching other people put it on. All of this meaning I am INCREDIBLY picky about what lotion I even consider purchasing, let alone trying. So without further ado...
The Body Shop's Brazil Nut Body Butter (for dry skin)
Why I started using it:
My mom has been using it since before I can really remember. Back then it was just called "Nut Butter". I tried it because she told me that it wasn't greasy. Plus, I'd been looking for something more moisturizing since North Texas is incredibly dry in comparison to Houston (where I'm originally from). Before that I had only been using Aveeno's basic scentless body lotion because it wasn't oil based or greasy and it dried relatively quickly (also inexpensive for a large bottle). So I halfheartedly gave the body butter a chance and after a week I was completely hooked.
Why I love it:
I have super sensitive skin and I get razor burn like nobody's business. Part of this is probably because I shave my legs every day (if I don't, the razor burn is 20 times worse). After switching from the Aveeno to the Body Butter I realized very quickly that my razor burn was due largely in part to my lotion being inadequate. After a few weeks my razor burn was gone and I haven't had any problems since as long as I'm using the body butter.
Besides having razor-burn healing properties I also just really love the way it smells and feels on my skin. It's not greasy at all and it blends into your skin really easily. It has a light nutty smell with a very very very faint hint of caramel. The scent doesn't last all day normally but the moisturizing effects last at least 24 hours.
The only drawback of this lotion is that it's $18 a pop. Normally I wait until The Body Shop has one of their semi-annual sales where they'll do 50% off or buy 3 get 2 free and I just stock up (yes, I have bought upwards of 10 at a time). The Brazil Nut scent is a little less likely to go on sale regularly but I've tried the Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry, and Aloe body butter and they're all nice. Most aren't as moisturizing as the Brazil Nut but that's because it's for dry skin and some of the others are for normal skin types.
If you'd like to try it but you don't want to spend $18 on something you're curious about, go to your local Body Shop and test samples in the store. If you don't have one near you, their website normally carries mini sizes of all of the Body Butters for $6.
If anyone tries it, definitely let me know what you think. Love it, hate it, whatever!