BODYCARE REVIEW | North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion

North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion review

Oh my goodness, the North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion is one moisturizing body lotion. I’ve been using this during the winter, and this is easily one of the heaviest body moisturizers I’ve ever used (even heavier than Body Shop’s Body Butter, yes, it is that heavy). It comes in a tall rectangular bottle with a pump, and two pumps is enough to spread over each of my legs. It is scented of warm coconuts, like the rest of the North American Hemp Co. line, and I absolutely love it after a long day out in the cold.

It is extremely moisturizing (like I repeated many times before), and takes a while for it to absorb – I would have to walk around my room for a few minutes before putting my pajamas on, otherwise it would transfer to my pajamas and I’d lose all of the moisturizing goodness. That is sometimes a bit annoying because it’s cold and I want to get wrapped up in my PJs but I can’t because my body lotion absorbs too slowly (#firstworldproblems).

The North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion features hemp seed oil as the SECOND ingredient on the ingredients list, right after water. In addition, it also ha sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, lime oil, grape seed extract, green tea extract, and so much more awesome ingredients (see the complete list below).

If you are in the market for a body moisturizer, or if you have extremely dry skin and need something that’s more than just silicones, I highly recommend you check out the North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion. It is affordable but extremely effective. You can purchase North American Hemp Co. products at London Drugs and other drugstores.

Ingredients:

North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion review

Product provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

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The Body Shop reviews: Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap, Shower Gel and Body Lotion

The body shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap, Shower Gel and Body Lotion reviews

For fall 2014, The Body Shop released a line of new body care products using community fair trade wild argan oil from Morocco. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil collection contains 9 products for both the body and hair; I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the Massage Soap, Shower Gel, and Body Lotion.

A common denominator in the Wild Argan Oil collection is of course the wild argan oil ingredient, as well as the warm, cocoa-like scent that’s dominant in all of the products. I have to say I am a big fan of both the moisturizing wild argan oil as well as the scent that helps me relax after a long day of work.

Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap ($6) is a creamy soap bar with protruding bits that are used for massaging the skin. I love using this at night while taking a long, hot shower because while it foams it, the foam is very creamy and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth after. I normally avoid bar soaps but this one is super moisturizing. The massaging bits is also nice to use, mostly around my thigh, tummy, and back area. The only thing is that because I’m so focused on only using the uneven side to wash my body, the massaging bits got used up pretty quickly.

Buy? Yes, but keep in mind the massaging bits gets used up quite quickly so you’ll just be left with a moisturizing bar soap after.

Ingredients: Sodium Palmate (Surfactant), Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Sorbitol (Humectant), Coconut Acid (Surfactant), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Triethanolamine (pH Adjuster), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Etidronic Acid (Chelating Agent), Tetrasodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 77492/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour).

Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel ($9) has a thick, almost honey-like consistency. It foams up relatively well with a loofah, but the foam dissipates quickly. It cleanses pretty well and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and smooth. Again, I love the argan oil scent and I feel like I’m in a cloud of this scent when I use the Shower Gel. The only downside is that because of the thicker consistency and how the foam dissipates so quickly, I find myself using more of this each time, and thus using it up really quickly.

Buy? Yes, if you want a moisturizing shower gel and don’t mind that it will get used up quickly.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Glycerin (Humectant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Mel/Honey/Miel (Natural Additive), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant), CI 17200/Red 33 (Colorant), CI 42090/Blue 1 (Colorant).

Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion

My favourite of the bunch, the Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion ($12) is an ultra moisturizing body lotion. It is a lot thicker in consistency compared to many of the body lotions I’ve tried, almost like a thinner, more refined version of the Body Shop Body Butters. It feels incredible when applied on the skin, sinking in quickly and leaving my skin feeling very hydrated. With high quality and highly moisturizing ingredients such as sweet almond oil, shea butter, and of course the wild argan oil, this product is great for anyone who needs a boost of moisture to their body. It also spreads really easily, and one pump is enough for each leg, and one pump for both arms. I’ve been using this for several weeks and I’ve only made a small dent in it, meanwhile my skin feels amazingly soft. This quality, at the $12 price tag, is definitely worth a try.

Buy? Definitely!

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Glycerin (Humectant), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent – Occlusive), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Stearic Acid (Emulsifier), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Palmitic Acid (Surfactant), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (Emollient), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsesquioxane (Absorbent/Anticaking Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Pentaerythrityl Distearate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer (Emulsion Stabilizer), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Sodium Polyacrylate (Film Former/Viscosity Increasing Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Caramel (Colorant), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant).

Have you tried any of the new Wild Argan Oil products?

Feature: L’Occitane en Provence Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette, Beautifying Body Milk, Hand & Nail Cream, and Gentle Bath Salts

L'Occitane roses et reines review

L’Occitane en Provence‘s Rose de 4 Reines fragrance was my first venture into rose-scented perfumes, as well as one of my first L’Occitane en Provence purchases. Now more than a decade old, Rose de 4 Reines was reformulated and reintroduced as Roses et Reines. Still containing the scents of four varieties of roses (from Bulgaria, Turkey Grasse and Morocco), it also contains the fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry, as well as base notes of white cedar, heliotrope and musk.

L'Occitane roses et reines review

Roses et Reines is a beautiful light rose scent; it is refreshing and modern. Unlike other rose perfumes, Roses et Reines smells young and cool, in contrast to the warmer notes presented in Jo Malone Red Roses or Diptyque Eau Rose. Compared to the previous formulation, Rose de 4 Reines, Roses et Reines is a little more refreshing and lighter, which makes it great for office wear. The change between the old and the new formulation is subtle, and according to L’Occitane en Provence, distinguished only between a new unique rose extract which enhances the fragrance in Roses et Reines.

With the new release comes a plethora of new products that contains this scent, including a shower gel, body milk, shampoo, conditioner, face and body mist, scrub, bath salts, pearlescent body gel, soaps, hand and nail cream, and various media of perfumes.

L'Occitane roses et reines review

The Gentle Bath Salts ($24) dissolve quickly in a bath and leaves my bathwater with a light pink tint. It is beautifully scented with the Roses et Reines fragrance, and if the container is left open, will scent up the entire room.

The Beautifying Body Milk ($32) is a light, highly moisturizing milky lotion for the body. It smells strongly of the Roses et Reines scent, which dissipates after a few minutes. Absorbing quickly, it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth to the touch. I’ve been using this in the summer, which is perfect, but I anticipate the level of moisture should be enough to sustain me through the fall. This is great for those who dislike the sticky feeling of body moisturizer, and who doesn’t mind scented products.

The Hand & Nail Cream ($12 and $23) is the lighter sister of the cult classic Shea Butter Hand Cream. Also containing shea butter as a core ingredient, it also includes vitamin E which helps to nourish, soften and protect the hands. It is not as moisturizing as the Shea Butter Hand Cream, but is enough for daytime use (unless you wash your hands a lot). I keep this in my bag for daily touchups, and the scent is just strong enough to enjoy for a few minutes before disappearing.

L'Occitane roses et reines review

The star product, the Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette ($50) is housed in a beautiful glass bottle inside a box that’s great for gift-giving. Each spritz is strong, and 1-2 is enough to last me for a few hours. As with most L’Occitane en Provence perfumes, the fragrance doesn’t last long and needs a touchup after 4-5 hours. In addition, I have noticed it is a little top heavy and would layer nicely with a darker, warmer scent in order to anchor the rose extracts in this perfume.

Overall, as a lover of all things rose, this collection was a win. If you love roses like I do, please do check this out at your local L’Occitane en Provence boutique or online.

L'Occitane roses et reines review
L'Occitane roses et reines review
L'Occitane roses et reines review(A comparison of the new Roses et Reines with the previous Roses de 4 Reines bottles)

 

The best body lotion ever – Bio Beaute by Nuxe High Nutrition Lotion for Sensitive Skin

review of bio beaute nuxe high nutrition lotion for body

The High Nutrition Lotion for Sensitive Skin with Natural Cold Cream for Body by Bio Beaute by Nuxe ($20 for 150mL) has a very long name, and is seriously is one of the best body lotions I’ve ever used. It absorbs immediately in the skin, and leaves my legs feeling silky smooth after every application. It is lightly scented with a bit of a powdery scent but it disappears pretty quickly. I have dry skin that can get scaly and itchy and this is perfect as it both moisturizes and soothes.

Up high on the ingredients list are items such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, rose water and glycerin. The texture of the lotion is very light and fluid, and the ingredients feel extremely well refined. The only thing is the 150mL small tube lasts a month max with daily use, which can get expensive fast. There is also a 400mL bottle that is more economical and comes with a pump.

The Bio Beaute by Nuxe High Nutrition Lotion for Sensitive Skin is perfect for any skin type. Because it is so light, you can use it even if you have normal or oilier skin, but if you have dry skin, it will help to hydrate and soothe.

Distribution is relatively limited, as its only available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, but trust me if you can get to a Shoppers Drug Mart, this is worth every cent! It is also available in a Body Balm formula for those with very dry skin, as well as a Hand Cream and Face Cream.

Ingredients:

bio beaute nuxe high nutrition lotion for body ingredients

Loving lately: Reviews of L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil, JINsoon nail polish, Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara

I’ve recently discovered a few new favourites!

1. L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil review

Newly reformulated earlier this year, the L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil is a long-time beauty lovers’ favourite. Formulated with more than 50% almond oil, this body oil is super hydrating and makes my skin very soft and supple. It works great in all seasons because it is moisturizing without being greasy (no residue at all!) and is never heavy because it absorbs completely. The only downside is that it does take a while to absorb, but once it does, it’s just perfect.

P.S. The bottle comes filled to the top, I just got greedy and couldn’t wait to start using mine when I first received it, which is why it looks more sad and empty than usual.

Ingredients:
L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil ingredients

2. JINsoon nail polish

I am absolutely loving JINsoon’s nail polish formula. It is ultra glossy, fast-drying, super long wearing, and very easy to apply. The brush applicator is the perfect width and length for a smooth application with no streaks. The shade I have is Cherry Berry, part of their spring 2014 collection, a jelly-creme berry-pink shade. I definitely see myself adding more shades to my collection!

JINsoon nail polish cherry berry swatch

3. Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara

Asian lashes rejoice! This new mascara by Clarins is amazingly great for lengthening, curling, and most importantly, maintaining a full curl through a full 12-hour day. I didn’t notice much volumizing, but it does layer pretty well without clumping. I haven’t tested out whether its really waterproof or not, but the curling properties of this mascara is enough to keep me as a repeat customer. Its also super effortlessly removable via cleansing oil. Available now at Clarins counters in black (permanent) and blue (limited edition for the summer).

clarins truly waterproof mascara review

Review: L’Occitane en Provence Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil

L'Occitane en Provence Shea Nail and Cuticle Nourishing Oil review

Along with the Shea Ultra Soft Cream for spring, L’Occitane en Provence is offering two new shea oil products – the Shea Fabulous Oil and the Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil. The Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil contains 30% shea oil for one of the most moisturizing and luxurious nail and cuticle treatments I’ve ever experienced.

L'Occitane en Provence Shea Nail and Cuticle Nourishing Oil review

Prior to trying the Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil, I was a dedicated user of the OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil, which is avocado oil-based. The Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil is shea oil-based and is a lot more hydrating and less silicone-y compared to OPI Avoplex. Also, I found that the Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil absorbs better into my nails and cuticles, and the moisturizing effect is long-lasting.

L'Occitane en Provence Shea Nail and Cuticle Nourishing Oil review

The brush applicator on the Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil is very easy to use, both at home and on-the-go. The downside is the price – at $22 for just 7.5 mL, it is very expensive compared to other nail and cuticle treatments on the market. However, as someone who changes their nail polish often and has relatively dry nails and cuticles, I believe a treatment like this is well worth your money.

The L’Occitane en Provence Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil is available now online and in store.

Ingredients:

L'Occitane en Provence Shea Nail and Cuticle Nourishing Oil review

Review: L’Occitane en Provence Ultra Soft Cream

L'Occitane en Provence Ultra Soft Cream in Rose Heart review

For spring, L’Occitane en Provence has introduced a new lighter version of its Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream – the Ultra Soft Cream. Available in three springtime scents, Vanilla Bouquet, Lime Zesty, and Rose Heart, the Ultra Soft Cream contains 10% shea butter (compared to 25% in their Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream).

L'Occitane en Provence Ultra Soft Cream in Rose Heart review

The texture of the Ultra Soft Cream is like a really densely whipped mousse that’s dense but fluffy at the same time. Once rubbed into the palms, it melts into a a light cream that can be massaged easily into the skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any residue. Rose Heart leaves a very light, not-too-floral, and never overpowering soft rose scent.

L'Occitane en Provence Ultra Soft Cream in Rose Heart review

One highlight of this body cream is the adorable packaging; it reminds me of giant macarons! Just the packaging alone makes me want to collect them all. I imagine that I’ll be using this to store jewelry or other trinkets after I’m done using the cream.

The downside to this spring body cream is that I found it not moisturizing enough for the cold winter months. I will probably leave it to use as the weather gets warmer because it really is a lovely body cream.

Priced at $28 for 100 mL, the L’Occitane en Provence Ultra Soft Cream is available in stores and online now. For a limited time, you can also get all 3 scents in one set for just $60, with a savings of $24.

Ingredients:

L'Occitane en Provence Ultra Soft Cream in Rose Heart review