Superdrug’s Vitamin E All Over Body Cream with Hibiscus Extract

Currently in the UK, it’s not warm it’s ROASTING! This is not the time for me to forget about looking after the skin on my body. One trip to put something in the bin outside my house makes me feel like a dried out piece of oven baked chicken. So besides the use of sun cream/lotion, I’m upping my body’s moisture, not only from the inside but the outside too in the form of body creams. On my current body care rotation I am using Superdrug’s Vitamin E All Over Body Cream with Hibiscus Extract. This costs £4.99, but I bought it when it was a buy one get one half price deal within the Vitamin E range.

Superdrug’s Vitamin E Body Cream with Hibiscus Extract

Why did I buy this?

I’m a body lotion/cream/butter addict! I love applying it, even if I’m in a rush. I hate dry skin on the body and it’s a part of my routine I rarely deviate from. And with so many textures and fragrances out there, it’s fun to try as many as I can out. This particular one I ordered because of the multibuy offer, and there were various products from the range I wanted to try and could afford to. This seemed a good size, interesting fragrance and a good price so why not?

What is this & who is it for?

Designed for normal to dry skin, this body cream is supposed to moisturise the skin while leaving it fragrant and smooth. With the added addition of Vitamin E, this helps to protect the skin from environmental damage and premature ageing.

Packaging.

465ml of body cream is housed in a screw top tub. Quite simple in look and design, with it’s splashes of cream and peachy pink colouring. Quite Summer and flowery like in look, with mentions of it supporting the charity Marie Curie. 15% of the price of the body cream goes to them.

Fragrance.

This fragrance is noticeable and not subtle. It’s a sweet floral scent which is quite specific, good strength to it but not something my 12 year old son would probably want to smell like. Not old fashioned at all, quite pretty and feminine. I quite like this. But be warned, if your sense of smell is easily aggravated or sensitive e.g hay fever, this might be too much.

Texture.

The fact that it lives in a tub means this isn’t a sloppy and lose body lotion. It definitely IS a cream! Thicker than a lotion but not as thick as a body butter. It holds it’s shape while in the tub but when you take it out the texture isn’t as thick as it appears.

On the skin.

I hate being stingy with body lotions. I would rather use more than less. But this body cream is quite rich and you don’t need to use too much. Despite how thick this looks when you scoop some out and apply it, it’s consistency is more body lotion like in use. Very easy to rub into the skin if you don’t use too much. There is a slight waxiness to it, but it’s not too much and doesn’t leave the skin sticky. It doesn’t leave my skin looking shiny but a very delicate appearance of being hydrated with a sheen.

I find when this is first applied the fragrance is very much there. But it doesn’t seem to linger as time and hours go on. The fragrance is stronger than most of my current collection of body lotions/creams, but because it doesn’t continue with the same strength it’s good as it dies down naturally and fades.

After use.

This moisturises fine for me. I don’t feel like my skin is thirsty and needs reapplication once its used in the morning or evening. My skin I would say is normal. I moisturise twice a day so I don’t allow my skin to dry out for nothing or no one! So it’s in a decent condition and this works for me. Also, the occasional patch of psoriasis doesn’t seem to be set off or made worse by this product which is good.

Is this really for normal to dry skin?

Normal definitely! It will do the job well. Dry? Just about I think, but without suffering from dry skin I wouldn’t want to give a definite no or yes.

Recommended?

Yes I would, for the following reasons. You get a whopping amount for the price. And despite the relatively low everyday price, this product and range regularly are on offer so you can get it even cheaper! The cream is lovely to use, does the moisturising job and fragranced well. Just be mindful if fragrance isn’t your thing in body care or/and you aren’t a fan of floral scents this won’t be for you.

Good news is at time of writing, this body cream and others from the Vitamin E range are on a buy one get one half price. So grab your multi buy deal here now to help combat your dried out skin thanks to the UK sun!

Superdrug’s Vitamin E Sugar And Oil Body Scrub

Body scrubs. I love them! I don’t use them all the time but I really do love them. It’s one of those products I have to make time to slip into my routine, but when I do I am thankful for it. My skin is in a decent condition at the moment with no massive problems of dryness or dullness, but it definitely deserves a treat! So I’ve started to use Superdrug’s Vitamin E Sugar and Oil Body Scrub. £4.99 for 300ml, but I bought this when this was on special offer price wise a few months ago.

Superdrug’s Vitamin E Sugar and Oil Body Scrub

Why did I buy this?

The Vitamin E range at the time I ordered this was one I hadn’t tried before. There were a few items I wanted to see if they were any good, such as the eye cream, so decided to pop this in my virtual basket as well. The price was good, I needed another body scrub anyway, and as mentioned a new range I hadn’t tried before so curiosity got my credit card!

What is this supposed to do?

Exfoliate the skin thanks to it containing a mix of walnut shell, sugar and sea salt. While leaving the skin feeling soft and nourished thanks to the ingredients of Sweet Almond and Grapeseed oil. Designed for normal to dry skin.

Packaging.

Nothing fancy here but it doesn’t need to be. The scrub sits happily in a plastic, lidded tub. All very natural in colouring e.g beige and creams, with the tub itself clear so you can see what’s inside it. All relevant detail included on the label e.g ingredients, hot to use etc.

How it looks.

Removing the lid I thought a pot of instant porridge was looking at me! Creamy coloured with little brown speckles in it, and you can understand why I thought this could be breakfast! Appearance wise it’s not smooth but not lumpy either. Although it’s not solid, it does look really thick. I know this description doesn’t make it sound appealing, but this isn’t to eat remember.

Fragrance.

Love love love! Fresh, clean, just come out of the sea type of scent with a hint of sweetness to it. Beautifully scented, and will be liked by most people. Just the fragrance alone makes me want to use other body products in this range because it’s so nice, and definitely has a Summer vibe to it.

How to use.

Apply to wet skin using circular movements. Rinse and pat dry.

On the skin.

I ran a bath before using this scrub, and added nothing to it so it didn’t influence the use of this. This was applied onto my skin after I popped into the shower. I think my skin should have been more damp than wet, as I felt I used more of this than what I should have. But what I found despite this was the texture of this scrub is something I have never experienced before. It’s not quite oil based and not quite cream based, a bit like a hybrid. In my hands, it was a little gloppy if honest, but on the skin it rubbed over it easily.

I could feel the exfoliating grains in this which were the perfect size and shape e.g not sharp. As it rubbed into the skin it became more oil like but not greasy, quite light weight so I would even say closer to a dry oil in feel. Very easy and quick in application and I quite enjoyed the process.

Rather than wash this off I sank myself into the bath. The scrub on my skin turned the water into a milky cloudy colour, so I felt as if I was getting a bath soak as well as a scrub. Having the fragrance wafting around the bathroom really did give this stage an added relaxation element and finished off the process perfectly.

Skin afterwards.

Once out of the bath I lightly patted myself dry. My skin looked quite normal but not that typical dull, matt, just towel dried looked. It wasn’t shiny but it didn’t look or feel dry in anyway. Smooth, hydrated, softy fragranced with zero need for a body lotion.

Recommended?

Lets put it this way, it’s going on my repurchase list! massive thumbs up from me.You get a good amount of scrub for the price, which is affordable. A massive help is it’s regularly on some form of special offer as well. This is really important because once it’s finished you don’t have to worry about cost because its not expensive. The scrub itself is very unusual in texture, but very effective in it’s exfoliating action. Highly moisturising and a joy to soak in. Ideal if you want the moisturising benefits of an oil based scrub but don’t want something too oily in feel. So why would I NOT recommend this?

If you want to grab this scrub, it’s currently on a special offer at Superdrug. Buy one get one half price if you purchase anything from a Superdrug face and body range plus 10% off anything from the Vitamin E range (at time of writing this post). Happy shopping!

Treacle Moon’s Marshmallow Hearts Hand Cream

If there has been one body product I have used since March 2020 more than I ever have in my whole life, it has got to be a hand cream! Dry hands, like dry lips, normally isn’t a massive concern of mine. But as we all know constant hand washing and using hand sanitisers is NOT kind to this area of the body. And with my skin colouring being brown, looking down at hands that pretty much have turned white, isn’t the look I am after! So I think I’m justified in buying a hand cream or three if and when needed. My latest hand cream of choice has been Treacle Moon’s Marshmallow Hearts Hand Cream. Bought in my local Tesco store, for £1.75.

Treacle Moon’s Marshmallow Hearts Hand Cream

Why did I buy this one?

I’ve actually wanted this hand cream for ages! I’ve tried shower and bath gels, bath salts and body scrubs from this range and really enjoyed them. The one product I haven’t tried is the hand creams but I could never find them in store …until now! And having a hand cream is a must for me at the moment as my hands can go from normal to White Walker looking dry in a heart beat! So this was on my to purchase list for sure.

What is this supposed to do?

Moisturise the hands when suffering from dryness, thanks to it containing ingredients such as Apricot Oil, Vitamin E and Shea butter.

Packaging.

This packaging is quite adorable! It doesn’t come in your standard tube that many hand creams come in. I can’t quite describe the shape of this as it’s not a traditional shape as such e.g circle, square etc. 75ml of hand cream lives in a plastic flip top lid bottle which can sit up right. It’s quite flat with slightly rounded edges. Pale pink in colouring with writing and lid in black, which contrasts nicely. Matches perfectly with the shower and bath gel in the same fragrance. It’s quite a fun way this hand cream is presented and I think geared more towards younger people.

Fragrance.

If I remember correctly the smells similar if not identical to the shower and bath gel. Sweet, candyfloss, marshmallow like. This isn’t for the faint hearted. Not everyone likes sugary scents. But you will know if you do and I do! But what I would say is it’s not massively strong. It’s there but doesn’t give your nose diabetes.

Consistency.

Squirting this out of it’s packaging, the texture of this reminds me of many body lotions out there and white in colour.

On the hands.

I didn’t need too much. A good squirt the size of a 5p piece was enough. Easy to rub in, and as I did so, I could feel the hand cream had a little slip to it. But what it didn’t feel or look like was greasy. My hands looked more hydrated and healthier but not oily or shiny. In fact, quite matt in appearance. They felt smoother too. I could go a head with any tasks I needed to do e.g driving or being at work, without worrying about my hands feeling sticky or slippy.

Did my hands stay moisturised?

I found Marshmallow Hearts hand cream is something I apply a few times during the day. You can’t expect one application of a hand cream to keep you going for hours and hours, in between hand washing and everything else! This gives me an immediate hit of moisture but does need to be reapplied.

Recommended?

I would! And I would repurchase this for myself too. It’s a good amount of hand cream (75ml), great packaging which is super easy to carry around all day. And of course I like the smell! But what I like is the fact I have so many different textured hand care products, but this one is a more practical one as I can apply it and straight away use my hands. I have richer ones that will moisturise my hands more and for longer if I’m honest, which is great when my hands are beyond dry! But this is for everyday use. And the price? £1.75 is affordable! And because of how this looks and the fact it’s a good hand cream, I would (and have) gifted these to friends for birthdays and/or Christmas.

If you want to get your maybe not so moisturised hands on this hand cream, it’s available online direct from Treacle Moon, and instore and online at Tesco. Don’t forget they have other products for the body too. Check out my posts on their Coconut Island Body Scrub, Gentle Powder Love Shower & Bath Gel and Marshmallow Hearts Shower & Bath Gel. A budget friendly brand for bath, body and gifting.

Maui Shea Butter Body Lotion

So, I actually have a problem! It’s hard for me not to find new skin and body care products irresistible. When I say new, I mean new to my skin and face, never been tried and experienced by me before. It’s an addiction which I will get help for soon, promise! So it shouldn’t be a surprise I recently picked up Maui Shea Butter Body lotion from Home Bargains for 99p!

Why did I buy this? It was 99p! I know of this range from seeing their hair care products in stores, such as Boots and Superdrug. So when I saw the body products available, and at a stupidly low price, it was a no brainer! Body lotion, shea butter, hydrating, all words I love to hear and see. And at a bargain price!

Maui Shea Butter Body Lotion

What is this meant to do? Maui Shea Butter Body Lotion is formulated for very dry skin. With a mix of aloe vera juice, coconut water, shea butter ( and other ingredients ), this is supposed to make your skin moisturised and look and feel healthier.

Packaging. 384ml of lotion lives happily in a purple tinted, plastic bottle with a gold flip top lid. The labelling has an almost exotic, island vibe to it (think Hawaii or somewhere equally as tropical and glorious!). It’s a great looking, well packaged product that looks more in keeping price wise with its rrp (£8.99).

Scent. This is what confirmed I NEEDED to buy this! Sweet, but not sickly. Hints of coconut, a creaminess to it which is on the verge of vanilla ( but I suspect it’s the shea butter element to it ) and a little floral. An unusual scent that I haven’t smelt before in a body product. It smells beautiful and I could happily have this in various forms from bath products, perfumes to wax melts!

Texture & Consistency. White in colour and pretty much like most body lotions in regards to texture. Smooth, fluid but I found this not runny.

On the skin. Easy to apply and sank in quickly and well. BUT only when I used a small amount. My skin felt it had something applied to it but still looked and felt quite normal. I did feel though it didn’t quite give me the hydration I wanted, so using more made up for this shortfall. Only problem with that is I had to work it into my skin. It reminded me of applying sun protection where you have to really rub it in to get the white coloured cream to disappear. That’s what I found when I used the amount my skin needed. Applying more left a visible delicate shine. This made my skin look better, moisturised and it felt it too. THIS was what I wanted.

My skin was lightly fragranced with the scent of this lotion, which was lovely. Not strong, but enough for it to be there and to enjoy

Is this really for dry skin? I wouldn’t say my skin is exceptionally dry, but when it is it’s obvious because I have Afro Caribbean skin. Dry normally means lack lustre, dull, even chalky white in appearance. So I know dry. I would say this is a good body lotion for someone who has normal skin heading towards slightly dry, but not very dry. The formulation would need to be a touch thicker and waxier in my opinion. So if you have no real skin concerns in this area this will be absolutely fine. If you suffer from very dry skin, this wouldn’t be my first choice.

Important Note. There are lots of ingredients that has been left out of this product and I suspect from their entire range (although do check I’m not 100% sure). These ingredients are things such as mineral oils, silicones, parabens and SLS’s just to name a few. This is important to some consumers as many people want their products to be as natural as possible, and contain as few things in it that can cause irritations to the skin.

Recommended? I would if as mentioned above you don’t suffer from very dry skin. Although it’s a shame as this is what it’s marketed for, I didn’t feel it quite lived up to that promise. But It is a lovely product to use which smells great. Packaging makes this an ideal gift or part of a bigger gift to someone because it looks the part. And if you can get this for 99p personally I would get a few as it’s such good value.

But would I recommend this at full price, or buy it myself at £8.99? If I’m honest, no. A body lotion is something I can go through like a thirsty person drinking water. And what I wouldn’t want to do is buy something that should be for everyday use, but fear when it runs out. When it does run out it would need to be replaced. And at £9.00 it would be an expensive one off purchase, but more importantly an expensive repeat purchase. There are many body lotions out there that are much cheaper and just as good if not better if you wanted to keep your body moisturised regularly.

Want to get your hands on this sweet smelling lotion? You can pick one up from many places such as Boots and lots of online retailers too. But please check Home Bargains first. For the price of one on the high street you could pick up NINE with a few pennies left over if bought from there! So if you do buy it, buy it cheaply please.

NSPA Coconut & Vanilla Rich Body Butter

Is there one part of your body care routine you can’t skip? Mine is applying a body lotion or moisturiser of some description. And this is for a few reasons. I have afro Caribbean skin. Having ashy skin is NOT good! It basically means skin that looks dry and grey if you didn’t know. And THAT is a no no, so lotion is a must! On top of that I’m a psoriasis sufferer. Like eczema, it’s important to keep the skin moisturised and protected or it can become cracked and sore. So it should be no surprise I have plenty of body moisturisers in my beauty/body stash to keep me going. One on current rotation is the NSPA’s Coconut & Vanilla Rich Body Butter. I bought this from my local Asda store for £1.50 while on sale ( rrp is £3.00 ).

NSPA Coconut & Vanilla Body Butter

Why did I buy this one? I bought several of these butters in different fragrances thinking of my pre-teen son. I’ve been encouraging him to get into good body care habits e.g moisturising, using deodorants etc, now he is getting older. Body butters are great for improving the appearance of skin. I thought one would provide him with fragrance too so ideal. I asked him to choose some which he did. He didn’t want this one so I kept it for myself!

Packaging. Quite a sizeable screw top clear plastic tub housing 200ml of body butter. Its quite basic in regards to the labelling ( picture of coconuts, product fragrance, brand name etc ), but it does the job!

Scent. This doesn’t have a strong coconut scent for me. It’s there. Just a touch, with a hint of vanilla in it giving it creaminess. It’s quite balanced between the two and not overpowering. The scents themselves together are exactly what I thought it would smell like, so quite typical and very pleasant. It’s one of those fragrances most people would like as it’s not offensive.

Consistency. White in colour. Body butter like definitely, but less greasy and solid and more of a thick lotion consistency.

On the skin. I found this was very easy to apply to the body because as mentioned its not crazy thick or greasy. So this didn’t need to be worked in like a richer body butter. It does have a slip to it, and when rubbed into the skin I could feel it leaving a protective layer. What it didn’t do was leave my skin shiny or oily. It was matt and not tacky. I love textures, oils and balms. But what I liked about this was it felt more like a supercharged body lotion which could be applied and clothes could be thrown on straight away.

I felt this left my skin moisturised without being or feeling heavy in use and on the skin. Easy and quick to use in the morning and evening, and skin felt supple and nourished straight after. Through out the day I didn’t notice my skin drying out or needing a top up. I could smell my skin had been lightly fragranced by this body butter which was lovely. It wasn’t strong or lingering for hours on end, but was a nice touch.

Recommended? Totally! This is a budget friendly body butter which won’t break the bank, and will moisturise the skin beautifully. Because its not as rich as other body butters, this would be a good one for those who don’t want that that type of texture but feel they need more than just a body lotion. Coconut & Vanilla is a great one for those who want something that smells nice and warming but not strong.

This is regularly on sale I’ve noticed in my local ASDA store, along with other fragrances available. But can be purchased direct from Spa At Home here if needed, with a fuller range of butters and other products from the company. There is zero excuse for ashy skin!

Treacle Moon’s Coconut Island Body Scrub

Hands up who forgets about their body during winter? It’s cold and wet. Most of us are walking around wearing 5 layers of clothes. And let’s not mention the over indulgence during Christmas and New Year! So no surprise if the condition of the skin on our body isn’t top of our to do list, right? But our skin is our biggest organ, and keeping it in good shape doesn’t have to be a massive or expensive chore. Realising I haven’t been taking my own advice on board in regards to body care, I’ve dragged out my Treacle Moon’s Coconut Island Body Scrub to get my skin feeling silky smooth. I bought this in Tesco some time ago when it was half price for £1.50.

Treacle Moon’s Coconut Island Body Scrub

Why did I use this one? I do have a few body scrubs floating around. But I chose this one because I wanted a product that would be quick and easy to use in the mornings before work. No fuss, use, in and out and gone!

Packaging. 225ml of body scrub is housed in a plastic flip top bottom tube. A descriptive paragraph on the front conjuring images connected with the fragrance of this scrub is a lovely touch. And the usual info including such as ingredients can be found on the back.

Texture. Similar to a body lotion. It held its shape as it came out of the tube but wasn’t totally solid. White in colour, but small, brown pieces/grains were clearly visible. These are tiny pieces of coconut shell that act as the exfoliator. Despite these pieces, the scrub itself looked shiny, opaque and smooth.

Scent. I’ve tried various coconut scented products over the last few months, so I already had an idea in my mind what this would smell like but I was wrong. There was a slight tropical scent to this, but what really put a smile on my face was the sweetness. Imagine a small element of coconut, mixed in with sugar and a vanilla pod scraped into it. Slowly mixed together over heat. Leaving a gooey, sugary, comforting smell wafting in the air. THIS is what it smells like and its DEVINE! Bakery like in scent family, but not sickly or over the top.

How to use. On the packaging it doesn’t mention how many times a week you should apply this. Traditionally, body or face scrubs products advise twice to three times a week in regards to application. But it does state it should be massaged onto damp skin using circular movements. Rinsed off and body towel dried.

In the shower. I applied this to damp skin. I wasn’t frugal with the amount I used. A decent sized blob on each part of my body e.g arms, legs, torso etc, which was rubbed in. I could feel the grains in the scrub. Perfect size as they didn’t hurt as I moved the scrub around on my skin but I could feel them, which is what you want. Easy to wash off in the shower.

Skin afterwards. I didn’t realise this until I was just about to apply body lotion to my skin, but it felt very soft and smooth! Didn’t feel or look dry and I could easily have skipped moisturising if I wanted or needed to, but didn’t.

Recommended? Definitely! I’ve used a few products from Treacle Moon and so happy to say like the others, this has been a joy to use and not disappointed me. The scent was beautiful, it was easy and fun to use and did exactly what I needed it to. I genuinely couldn’t ask or expect anything more. It’s not an expensive product at full price. £3.00 for 225ml and to use this twice a week? This should last ( dependant on the amount you use of course ), a good month if not 2, so great value. Although I got bargain when bought at half it’s rrp.

I don’t think the scrub is available in Tesco anymore ( not in my nearest one anyway ), but you can order this direct from Treacle Moon here. Which is great because they have free delivery with a £15.00 or over spend AND their full range of shower/bath gels and hand creams are there too! Happy shopping!

Lacura Hemp Hand Cream

I really wish I could go into a shop and just buy what I went in for. But no…it never happens! I needed bread and milk while visiting Aldi recently and came out with Christmas projectors, bath bombs and a hand cream! So my current hand cream I’m now using is from their Lacura range and it’s called Hemp Intense Hand Preserver Hand Cream.

Why did I buy this? Besides the fact I think I have a shopping problem it was something new! Never saw this product before, it intrigued me and I thought I actually needed another hand cream. Not a light textured hand cream but one packed with moisture as my hands have been quite dry recently. Hemp is an ingredient I’ve heard good things and the price was only £1.49 so why not?

What does this supposed to do? This is designed to moisturise the driest of hands while keeping them maintained and protected.

Packaging. 65ml of hand cream is housed in a typical screw top lid tube which you see many hand creams packaged in. Colouring is quite Autumnal ( greens, reds, oranges, ) with leave patterns all over. Quite eye catching and appealing to look at.

Lacura Hemp Intense Hand Preserver Hand Cream

Scent. This smells of plants. Or at least that’s the closest thing I can match it to. Not flowers but plants. Its not mixed with anything else, so to me the fragrance is a little on the bland side but not offensive but not interesting either. I don’t love it and don’t hate it as its not bad, but its not great either. I’m just grateful it’s not strong. But overall I’m not keen on how this smells.

Texture. When I squeezed this out for the first time I knew it wasn’t going to be a light textured hand product. It literally held it’s shape while coming out like a worm! Quite thick but not too solid, and is the fainest of shade of green.

On the hands. I didn’t need to use much of this because of it’s consistency. Enough to cover half of a fingertip I would say is what I’ve been using per application. I found that despite it’s thickness this rubbed in very easily. Immediately I could feel an almost waxy like feel to this. Not sticky, greasy but a little waxy. Looking down on my hands it gave them a slight shine but in quite a natural way. Not only did they look a little more vibrant they felt more moisturised too but not in a heavy way, and more protected.

The inside of my hands didn’t feel tacky, and on the whole I could continue using my hands as normal. But personally I’ve avoided driving straight after using this just in case my grip on the wheel isn’t quite the same as usual.

Over time. If you have to wash or santise your hands regularly, lets be honest that’s more occasions for your hands to dry out. So I never expected to use this once during the day and that’s it! I use this a few times a day when I felt I need it if my hands look dry or/and feel tight. I’ve used this for a week now and I would say my hands have gotten drier less frequently, they look better and are in better condition. And to add, the fragrance isn’t distracting on the hands. I can smell it but it’s not very noticeable.

Recommended? Absolutely! Why? Because it does what it says on the packaging. It’s ideal for dry hands. It stopped mine from getting worse by giving it a massive dose of hydration and protected them too. It comes in a decent size of 65ml, nice looking packaging and it’s only £1.49! What is there NOT to like about this? Well… the scent of it but I can live with that! I love the fact I can do my food shopping, and throw something like this in the basket and it doesn’t break the bank!

How long this will be around for I have no idea. Personally, next time I’m in I’m buying a few of these to put away to use when my hands really need it. If your hands are suffering whether its due to weather, central heating or the hand washing and using gel to clean your hands regularly, this will be your best friend! Available in store and online.

Aveeno Moisturising Lotion

I have various body care products in my stash. Body butters, body creams, oils, you name it I’ve got it or had it! All serve different purposes but mainly to moisturise my skin. But occasionally I need something more or should I say my skin needs something more. One product that is religiously to hand to use is my Aveeno Moisturising Lotion.

The backstory. I’m a psoriasis sufferer and my daughter when younger had severe eczema. My skin issues have pretty much been mild and manageable whereas my daughter’s journey with her skin has been much more difficult. So skin conditions and treating them is something through trial and error I’ve learnt about. My skin issues have always been on designated areas on the body, but years ago I found my face was extremely dry and no matter what I put on it that’s how it always felt! ( although didn’t look it ). A chat with my doctor made her suggest using this and I’ve been using it ever since.

Aveeno Moisturising Lotion

What is this designed to do? This lotion is designed for sensitive and dry skin. Suitable for babies from 3 months old right up to adults. Created to provide long lasting moisture to the skin. And helping to stop moisture from going out of the skin by giving it a protective barrier.

Packaging. This lotion comes in different sizes, mine is 500ml. Housed in a slightly curved cream coloured plastic bottle with green flip top lid. I mention the colouring because it fits in well with the idea of it being nourishing, wholesome, even natural to a degree. All the information you would expect is on the front and back.

How to use. Apply straight after a bath or shower.

Consistency & Scent. Off white in colour and typical lotion texture. Smooth, not runny but loose enough to use. There’s no real scent to this so another plus point for those with sensitive or problematic skin.

On the skin. I literally use this all over. Sometimes from my face right down to my feet. You don’t need to use too much of this. If you do it may take awhile to sink into the skin and you have to rub it in more than usual. But I use a generous blob for my whole body, and it takes very little time to work its way into over my body.

It leaves the skin looking matt but you can feel there is something on it. If I touch my arm as an example, it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy but there’s definitely a light layer on there. This makes my skin feel soft, smooth and moisturised. And because of this, I can throw on my clothes straight after application. Overall my body rarely feels dry and I put it down to using this constantly. The only areas where I can feel or see it is, is if I have psoriasis patches. But that’s expected and these areas are extremely small and localised anyway.

On the face. Every so often I will use this as a face cream not just as a body lotion. Recently my face has felt very dry regardless of the good quality face products I’ve applied to it. So I’ve gone back to basics and use this as a facial moisturiser. No shine on my face so completely matt, but doesn’t look dull and lifeless which is perfect for a face cream. Does my skin feel less dry and tight? Totally! I’ve used this day and night on my face for the last couple of days and I really can feel my skin feeling much more normal and hydrated.

Does this improve my skin condition? The best way I can describe this is it doesn’t improve my skin condition as such but it definitely hydrates my skin and importantly provides quite a long lasting barrier to keep moisture locked in. This is why I use this on my daughter as well as her body lotion morning and night. It doesn’t irritate my skin ( or hers ), it keeps it supple and smooth and this feeling is long lasting. My problem areas tend to need a steroid cream to keep it at bay but this lotion plays a massive part in keeping my skin healthy.

Recommended? I can’t recommend this product enough! What’s important to say is if someone is wanting to use this because they have a skin condition, it may or may not help control it. We’ve all been down the road of trying various lotions and potions and what works for one may not work for another. I don’t use this to get rid of my psoriasis, I use this to make sure my skin doesn’t dry out or be irritated and that works. For someone who suffers from dry skin they will love this, especially if they don’t like heavy and greasy textures.

It’s not the cheapest body lotion on the market, but it’s worth every penny! It’s available from many places such as supermarkets, chemists, discount stores etc. On average for the 300ml bottle, this costs just under £8.00. To get the best value I would suggest checking out a discount store that stocks this as it does tend to be a few pounds cheaper!

Nivea’s Beeswax Hand Cream

Everyone’s hands have been through a lot over the last 5 months. To fight this awful virus that’s been thrown upon us, washing hands thoroughly has been highlighted as being important, and if not possible to sanitize them. And goodness wash and sanitize I have! So much so at one stage I thought my hands would break off. And that’s when a decent hand cream is needed. Nivea’s Beeswax hand cream was given to me as a gift, which I’ve been using for the past few weeks

What is this supposed to do? Like all hand cream’s this is designed to stop your hands from drying out. By not only protecting them but adding moisture. This formulation is supposed to provide this result all day, in fact 24hrs, as the packaging states.

Nivea Beeswax Hand cream

Packaging. 75ml of hand cream is stored within a white plastic tube. Screw top lid, with the well known navy coloured Nivea logo visible on it, an illustration of beeswax indicating the scent/version it is and relevant information on back e.g ingredients. Simple, clear and very much is part of the packaging appearance and style of the brand overall.

Scent. I would describe this as being quite sweet in fragrance, with a honey aspect to it but not identical. It has a delicate powdery background to it, making it more clean than syrupy scented. Very pleasant.

Consistency/appearance. White in colour, with a texture which is very similar to a body lotion and is smooth in consistency.

Nivea Beeswax Hand cream consistency

Applying. My hands have improved greatly over the last few months, so the dryness has settled down. I apply this when my hands feel tight, and more so at home as its more convenient to grab it than to use at work, which isn’t practical most of the time. I use about half of the size of a 5p per application.

After application. There definitely was a look and feel of my hands being moisturised once it had been applied. My hands didn’t look greasy. In fact they almost looked matt. But the colour of my hands looked less dull and ashy. Not only did they not look greasy but they didn’t feel it either. There was definitely some form of protective barrier on them as I could feel it, but it didn’t stop me using my hands freely e.g driving.

As time went on. After initially applying the hand cream and getting on with my day, my hands were no worse over time but did feel as if they needed more of it to be applied to give my hands the luster they received when I first used it. One thing that I think stayed the same was the light scent left on my hands.

Reccommended? If the condition of your hands is normal, or you just want a hand cream to use if and when needed and you have no real issues, this would do the job. This is a decent and standard size for a hand cream so will last a while. Can be bought cheaply and the scent is nice. For me I would prefer a richer texture which really cocooned my hands for longer. So not my favourite hand cream but is a decent one.

Can be purchased from a variety of places online and instore, such as Wilko, Home Bargains and Amazon. Prices range from £1.00 to £2.50.

Jenny Makes For You Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub

I know many of us have been dying to get into a physical shop to buy non essential items in the UK but not me! Well…not most of the time. I work in retail and have done so non stop during this pandemic so I see the good, the bad and the ugly of physical retail therapy. So if I can order online and save my time and sanity perfect. If I can get a good deal price wise, even better. And if I can purchase hand made products from a small business AND its local to me I’m willing to do a happy dance. So when one of the bath and body product businesses I stalk, sorry I mean follow on Instagram, did a sale recently and I also found they were based in Manchester like myself it was a sign! Buy buy buy! One out of the two products I ordered from locally based Jenny Makes For You was their Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub which cost £5.10 ( instead of £8.50 ).

Why this? I’ve had my eye on this vendor’s products for ages ( yet again the evils of Instagram strike! ) but I haven’t NEEDED anything. What I found I did need was a a body scrub and I timed it perfectly as this was on sale at a special price. The actual scent and name is completely me as I love foodie inspired products and especially those that appeal to my sweet tooth and love of sweet smelling scents.

What’s this supposed to do? This is a rich sugar based scrub with cocoa butter and coconut oil. So with these ingredients this will provide a hardworking and effective body scrub, while hydrating the skin during and after use.

Jenny Makes For You Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub

Packaging. You get 240g of scrub in a lidded plastic tub. The labeling tells you and shows you through pictures and words exactly what you are getting, and overall gives this product a fun and simple feel before you even remove the lid.

Appearance. Oh my! Dribble dribble… this is one of those products you need to double check you apply it to the skin on your body and not shovel in your mouth! Why? It LOOKS just like a cheesecake! If you look at the side of the packaging ( its clear ) you can see two distinctive layers. You have the base which colour and texture wise looks just like the biscuit base of a cheesecake, and the top layer same texture but pink in colour. So when I took off the lid, of course this is a scrub, so the pink section isn’t whipped or cream like but a jam packed scrub which was identical to the bottom.

Texture. Lots and lots of very fine grains. Think of caster sugar consistency. Its not a totally dry sugar scrub as I could feel a light coating of some sort, but it doesn’t sit in a pot full of oil and grease.

Scent. Strawberry, fruity, sweet but not too syrupy is the first thing I got when I smelt this scrub. What I was quite pleased with is it didn’t hit me very strongly when I took off the lid. Sometimes less is more, and I wanted to smell this more in use rather than in its packaging. Also, doesn’t help with my hayfever that smells ( more so strong ones ) create a game of Russian Roulette to what will sit well with me or not, which this wasn’t a problem at all. I did mention that this scrub is dual layered. The bottom layer had a different scent to it compared to the top, and I could only get this once I scooped some of the product out to use. It reminded me a little of the smell of a Jaffa cake but nice ( I hate Jaffa cakes they are the devil’s work ). A light citrus element from orange, a little vanilla which gives it a distinctive bakery scent especially combined with the strawberry. All elements delicate but obvious, and really enjoyable to smell.

In the shower. I used this scrub on wet skin while in the shower, and took out a decent amount that covered three fingertips and applied it to the top half of my body, and then delved in for a little more for the rest of me. It spread over damp skin easily, and I could feel the grains of sugar working against it providing an exfoliating action. The scent was there which I loved, which made this a pleasure not a chore.

On the skin. After I applied this being the lazy person I am, I already had a tub full of water ready for me to slip into so I could gently rinse this off. Once it was off I was surprised how soft and silky my skin felt, as if I had just put on a dry oil…but in the bath. Out of the bath and after my body was dried it still felt silky soft, highly moisturised but not greasy. I could even detect the scent on my skin too which was very light but still delicious.

Overall? This is a beautiful scrub. The scent and the look of it is fun but it’s still a hard working product. It does everything you want a scrub to do to the skin and is enjoyable to use and these combined elements mean I would buy this again in a heartbeat! This is one of those products I already have various friends in mind to buy for as a gift for a birthday or Christmas. This maybe my first purchase from Jenny Makes For You but its not my last! Find them on Etsy selling lots of different bath and products here now.