I’ve been neglecting my poor little blog recently – well, for months if I’m honest. I really don’t know how other bloggers do it: working full time jobs and coming home each evening to write in depth reviews, take photos, etc. I love it, but I find it tiring and after a day in front of the computer at work I don’t feel like sitting in front of a screen again. But, I have missed it, and I have a stack of products waiting to be written about, so I need to get this blog up and running again. Pronto.
So to kick off this fresh start, here’s a run down of some of my favourite ‘natural’ body lotions. I put ‘natural’ in inverted commas as the definition is so vague and misused I almost don’t like to use it. For the purpose of this post, what I mean by ‘natural’ is products that I’ve chosen based on the ‘naturalness’ of their ingredients. I’ve selected those with as few chemicals as possible (for example parabens) and instead chosen those which contain high quality natural or organic ingredients. Ideally the products will be suitable for sensitive skin and very importantly, they also have to work! I use body lotion after I shower (which is usually once a day, unless I go to the gym). I never miss this part of my skincare routine unless I forget to bring lotion with me, which I hate as my skin feels dry without it.
Let’s start with an old favourite … Aveeno Skin Relief Body Lotion
One of the reasons I came to try this body lotion is simply because it’s available in Boots. It’s hard to find accessible natural alternatives to the chemical ridden classics that take up the majority of drugstore and supermarket shelves, and sometimes I just can’t be bothered to traipse the internet looking for a miracle product; I need it now.
Aveeno Skincare soon became a staple as it’s simple, unfragranced and unfussy, but very rich and nourishing – perfect for my obsession with moisturising. I picked it up as soon as the weather turned bitterly cold as it is definitely a winter skin saver, however it may be too rich for your taste during summer. Although I can’t testify to it being good for sensitive skin (as, again, ‘sensitive’ has a myriad of meanings), I find it extremely mild and according to the Cosmetics Database it scores a 3 which is on the very low end of the ‘moderate hazard’ scale (a reasonable score). This will always be a product I go back to.
Next on the list is a fairly recent discovery which I’ve blogged about already, but I wanted to include it here too: Metique Tea Tree Oil Hand and Body Lotion. Metique isn’t a brand I’d heard of before but I’m very glad to have been introduced to it. This is a lovely lightweight lotion which sinks into the skin really easily, yet is very moisturising, so is great if you’re in a rush. I use it after showering at the gym. It also contains tea tree oil which is a natural antiseptic, so I’d suggest giving it a go if you get oily skin or breakouts on your chest (or anywhere else). You can read more about this body lotion in my other post.
If you’re after something a bit more luxurious with a lovely scent (Aveeno is pretty much odourless and Metique has a slightly medicinal smell) then you will love Liz Earle’s Energising Body Lotion. It has the Liz signature smell (not that I’ve smelled her personally – that would be weird) – a beautiful botanical scent – the same as the Energising Shower Gel if you’ve tried that. In fact it has no less than 19 botanical extracts in it. I love the smell and feel ultra pampered when applying it. However at £16.50 for a 150ml tube it’s a bit on the pricey side for me personally. As I moisturise at least once a day, all over, I am quickly going through this tube already. While it’s moisturising, I still want to apply it quite liberally so it’s not going to last me for much longer. It is certainly a very lovely product though if you are willing to indulge a little in your moisturising routine.
So, these are my favourite body lotions. What are yours? I’m always up for trying new pampering (preferably natural) products so let me know if you have any recommendations. x