I’m sorry all my posts have been about beauty products lately. I’ve been storing some little samples up with the intent to do more regular posts on new things I’m trying, and I don’t want Eric to get annoyed that I hoard little samples for what seems like ever in our bathroom. Especially since I’ve finally found some energy to do things around the house, and my “things” mostly involve decluttering and getting rid of things we don’t use. So the samples have to get used or tossed. I have a list of other things to post about once I’m done with my product reviews…I just have to take pictures of the projects before I put them up.
In this post, I’m going to review three lotions: a Jordan Essentials lotion bar, Nivea extended moisture lotion, and Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Lotion, SPF 15. As you know, I usually use Aveda tourmaline moisturizer on my face. I also routinely use Aveda hand cream, and Palmer’s cocoa butter on my skin–all of which I’m happy with. So my reviews will be pitting each one of these creams against my go-to.
I won a Jordan Essentials lotion bar from another blog’s giveaway a few months ago. It’s basically a solid lotion that you rub on your skin. It was terrible! Smelled great (like peppermint), but didn’t apply smoothly or evenly, and was very sticky on my skin once I applied it. If given the choice to use any lotion on the market, or this one, I wouldn’t pick this one. I actually threw out the lotion bar after I used it a few times.
I received the Nivea Extended Moisture Lotion in one of the Target beauty bags, and tried it both as a hand cream and as a whole-body moisturizer. I thought it was nice-smelling (fairly neutral) and light. It glided on easily, and wasn’t noticeable after it dried. I don’t love it as a hand cream, but it worked well as a whole-body moisturizer. After I applied it in the morning (after my shower), I didn’t notice feeling dry until close to bedtime–when I usually moisturize my legs again. If you’re in the market for a basic lotion, this would do the trick.
Finally, I had the chance to try Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Lotion, SPF 15. It too came from a Target beauty bag. Burt’s Bees is a local company to us–in fact, when I used to run, I ran past their headquarters since they’re located not too far from our house. I generally love their products, and I especially love that they’re a local, eco-friendly, environmentally-conscious, company. The day lotion is a moisturizer, and I thought it did a good job. It took a little longer to dry than I’m used to with my Aveda cream, but it held up for the entire day, and my skin felt moist and smooth all day. I love that it has SPF in it–that’s one area Aveda could take a lesson from–and I would definitely consider using this in the future.