Monday, October 27th, 2008

Jergens Naturals has a line of daily moisturizers utilizing a natural approach. These moisturizers contain over 90% natural ingredients while still being effective. The moisturizers use vegetable-derived ingredients leaving them paraben-free. (As a side note, Jergens does not test on animals.) The new line comes in Hydrate, Renew, Soothe, and Refresh. All but Hydrate have 93% natural ingredients (while Hydrate has 92%).

I need me some ultra hydrating moisturizer come winter (especially for my dragon legs), so I opted for Hydrate ($8.49). It contains jojoba oil, agave and cactus extracts. What I like about it is how moisturizing it is without leaving me greasy OR taking ten minutes to sink in fully. I can apply it after my shower, blow-dry my hair (which takes about five minutes or so), and it’s already dry. It’s lightly scented with a scent I can’t quite put my finger on–it’s sort of a fresh, salad-y scent in a way. It’s not that yucky scent often accompanied by organic/natural products (you know, like a compost pile!), though, that’s for sure!

When it comes to keeping my skin soft all over, I often opt for drugstore brands like Jergens (they make one of my summer staples–their shimmer body lotion!). With the holidays coming up and the economy in a crunch, Jergens Naturals Moisturizers are an awesome budget-friendly option!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Soap & Glory is one of my favorite brands for everything body and deliciously scented. They recently launched their Spa Collection, which is a pretty hefty launch of products (13 in all!). For my scaly legs, I looked into Peachy Cream Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99; on sale for $13.49 right now). Talk about peachykeen! It’s richly scented with the aroma of peaches and cream (pretty much a given), which I did find a bit overwhelming at first. After I worked it into my legs and it dried, the scent lingered enough to notice, but it wasn’t overpowering like it was in the beginning. I find Soap & Glory’s body butters incredibly moisturizing, and the effects can still be felt the next day! You get a huge tub that should last you several months–but at the very least, get you through winter. I also tried two other products from the new launch (Easy Glistening Dry Oil Body Gloss and Endless Glove 2-in-1 Hand Cream), which I’ll review soon enough! But nothing has been disappointing in the least bit. I’m tempted to head down to Target (always a dangerous adventure) to look into their Blueberry Thrill Body Butter–I love blueberries–as well as their Heel Genius Foot Mask for the feets.

The Soap & Glory Spa Collection includes:

  • Wash Almighty Detox Spa Body Cleansing Gel ($9.99)
  • Blueberry Thrill Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99)
  • Peachy Cream Big Butter Body Butter ($14.99)
  • Butter Up Deluxe Smoothing Cream ($9.99)
  • Sugar Crush Body Scrub ($16.99)
  • Heel Genius Foot Mask ($9.99)
  • Endless Glove 2-in-1 Dry Hand Cream ($9.99)
  • Peaches & Clean Spa Strength Scrubby Shower Gel ($9.99)
  • Return to Slender Body Contouring Gel ($12.99)
  • Fill Monty Instant Wrinkle Filler ($12.99)
  • Wash Your Hands of It Dry Skin Liquid Hand Wash ($9.99)
  • Trick and Treatment Double-action Under-eye Concealer ($12.99)
  • Easy Glistening Dry Oil Body Gloss ($12.99)

You can find Soap & Glory at your local Target as well as Target Online.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Soap & Glory is my new favorite budget bath & body line. In my shower product post, I told you how I adore their Flake Away Body Polish. It’s an awesome salt-based scrub that works wonders on your skin, gently exfoliating and sloughing off all of the dead skin cells. I also tried their Righteous Body Butter Lotion, which has the same scent as their Flake Away scrub. I often will apply this rich body lotion after my shower, because it’s quite moisturizing, and it reinforces the scent and smell of the scrub. I actually got my boyfriend to use this on his rough spots (elbows, mostly), who would have thought? I like the products I’ve tried from the brand, and I hope to try out more in the future. I know many of you expressed an interest in more drugstore reviews/coverage, so consider this in that direction :)

Soap & Glory is available exclusively at Target. In-store may offer more product selection than online, FYI!

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Aveeno is one of my favorite drugstore brands, because it is soothing, gentle, and works when it comes to healing and dealing with incredibly dry skin. My sister and I both suffered from ridiculously dry skin as babies, and this is what our dermatologist recommended (in addition to a prescription medicine–yes, it was that bad!). My sister suffers from dry skin even now, while I’ve lucked out with mostly normal skin (though my legs can get scaly). Aveeno is a brand I trust to help me cope with making sure my legs are dragonscale-free so I can show ‘em off all summer long without scaring away the children!

This summer, I am really loving their Eczema Care Body Wash & Moisturizing Cream ($9.99 each) (not pictured), because these two products are meant to soothe and help with the most intense skin issues. I use these and my legs feel SO soft and hydrated, even as the day wears on. I actually feel pretty good just using the body wash, surprisingly! If I’m running late, I imagine I could probably skip lotioning up if I had to and be okay. Their Stress Relief Foaming Bath ($5.99) is a soothing bath additive to help you come down from the excitement of the day, and the soft notes of lavender and chamomile, along with ylang-ylang, definitely turn a terrible day into one you can cope with. And you know me, I’m a total lip balm junkie, and we often forget to put SPF on our lips, so here’s Essential Moisture ($3.49) to save the day with SPF 15 in a product that keeps my lips moisturized for hours.

Find more Aveeno products at www.aveeno.com.

Have you used Aveeno products?  Do you like them?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Olay Body Quench Mousse (Active Hydration) ($7.99) is an amazingly powerful moisturizer. I say this because it doesn’t feel moisturizing to the touch, and you just don’t feel like something as light as a mousse consistency can be would give you all-day moisturization. But alas, it actually does.

It dries nearly instantaneously, which is a huge plus, because I often hate having to wait for a heavy body butter to dry–especially in the morning when it’s “go, go, go!”

It absorbs quickly, and yet it lasts quite awhile – I find my legs are still silky smooth at the end of the day, which is quite a feat considering how inconsistent I am with lotioning my legs up (aka they’re scarily scaley sometimes). I am definitely pleased to have this around for beach-going days, underneath my body sunscreen. It’s also great for when I need something quick and easy so I don’t scare people away with my dragonscales!

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($14.99)

Ultra thick and creamy, this Moisturizing Cream is designed to help with the driest, cracked and chapped skin. It includes ceramides, glycerin, water, etc. to help fatty acid esters get deep into the skin. The product claims that you can moisturize once, and you will find yourself moisturized all day. Believe it! This is a great heavy cream for dry spots, cracked elbows, and the like, especially in the winter months. It is a little thick for everyday use for my personal skin, but I know others suffer dry skin year-round (like my sister!), so this is a fab product find for her. You get a 16 ounce tub of this moisturizer for a good price.

You can find CeraVe products at your local drugstore!

Have you tried this cream? Thoughts?

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