Hi beauties! I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much as I usually am. Funnily enough, my schedule freed up some time for me last week and I think I needed a little bit of time to just do nothing lol. I was still working, but I didn’t need to also work from home last week (like I did in the previous weeks). Now that it’s a new week, it’s time to get right back into it!
Today I have two body lotions to share with you and review. Both are from French pharamacy brands, which are now becoming widely available in Australia (thankfully!). I love body creams and body care products. I think we tend to forget about our bodies a little bit because we take so much time taking care of our faces instead. Body care products and specifically body lotions, are still important because they reinforce your body’s lipid barrier and helps protect your skin from not only drying out, but also from infections and irritations. Your skins lipid barrier is it’s defense system! So let’s first start with Nuxe’s offering!
Nuxe pride themselves on using naturally derived ingredients, and this honey based body lotion is no different – 95% of the ingredients are of natural origin. I love the Nuxe Reve de Miel hand cream, so I thought I’d give their Reve de Miel Ultra Comfortable body lotion a go (honey based products always have to be good, right?). Here is what Nuxe have to say about their offering:
“This rich, delicious Body Cream replenishes lipids, soothes irritation and tightness and repairs the skin barrier. A truly pampering treat to wave goodbye to crocodile skin. This body cream replenishes lipids (Sunflower and Sesame Oil and Rice Bran), soothes (Barley Extract, Argan Oil and Shea Butter combined with Allantoin), repairs (Acacia Honey) and protects the skin’s barrier function (Vitamin E, Sunflower Extract).”
I was surprised at how light this body lotion felt but yet how hydrating and nourishing it really is! It doesn’t sink in, only to disappear without a trace – it really is wonderfully hydrating. It won’t leave your skin sticky, so if that is a pet peeve for you, you should be happy with the texture of this body lotion! It sinks in quickly and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. This particular body cream would be a great option for summer when you need something to relieve dry, sun parched skin, without any oiliness. There is one down side to this body cream however. Unlike the Reve de Miel hand cream which smells quite floral with a hint of honey, this body lotion smells a little funky. It’s a very peculiar scent. It has that same hint of honey like the hand cream, but it isn’t floral in any way. It’s almost herbal like and it is a little strong. You can get used to it, especially since in it’s function, the body lotion ticks all the boxes.
I’ll also point out that the body lotion also contains some other interesting extracts, like tomato and carrot extract (for their licopene properties I imagine) and coconut oil. The other slight negative of this body lotion is that it only comes in a 200ml size and I tend to go through it quite quickly. It comes in a hand pump bottle, however remember that once there’s little product left, the pump may not get all remaining product stuck to the sides of the bottle, so it’s worth unwinding the pump and shaking out what might be left.
Nuxe products are now available at all Priceline stores (a drugstore here in Aus) and online at Adore Beauty (who offer free postage on all orders). Their Reve de Miel body lotion retails for $29.95. If you don’t mind waiting for your Nuxe order to arrive, check out Look Fantastic. They are an online retailer from the UK and their Nuxe offerings are much cheaper compared to Australian retail prices. They offer free worldwide postage on all orders, but you may have to wait for about 2-4 weeks for your order to arrive via standard postage (if you live in Aus). They don’t currently have the Reve de Miel body lotion in stock, but I’m sure they will eventually.
- Light texture, sinks in easily, leaving no sticky residue.
- Very hydrating and nourishing.
- Comes in a handy pump bottle.
- Contains lots of soothing plant extracts and moisturising oils.
- Widely available in store and online.
- Strange scent – it will bother those with sensitive noses.
- Comes in only one size (200ml bottle) which is quite small.
- Expensive for the amount of product you receive (especially in Aus retail prices).
Next up, with have another French body cream to take a look at! La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Balm AP is another very rich and hydrating body cream.
I wanted to try this body cream, not because I suffer from any skin rashes or severe irritations, but because I wanted to see how different it would be to a regular drug store body moisturiser (being more of a ‘medicated’ body cream). Here is what La Roche-Posay say about this particular body cream:
“La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP is an ultra absorbing cream designed to rapidly replenish lipids in severely dry and irritated prone skin for 24 hours. Adapted for use on babies and children. Packed with Shea Butter and Niacinimide, the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP breaks the vicious cycle of itchy skin for 24 hours and keeps skin nourished. This cream can be used all over the body and is fragrance-free and paraben-free.“
Sometimes, as the hair on my legs grows back after shaving, my shins can get super itchy. I figured that this body cream would be perfect to relieve that itchiness, plus give me the hydration I can’t get enough of! This body cream did surprise me. It is super thick. It’s not a body body butter, so it’s not ‘packed in’ into the packaging if that makes sense – it still comes in a pump bottle so it is a little more air rated. It’s not sticky, but it’s very emollient and balm like, so it will leave a moisturising barrier on top of your skin. The richness of the body cream comes from the ingredients (shea butter, glycerin, paraffin, rapeseed oil and a type of wax called microcrystalline). It doesn’t haven’t a scent per se, it’s more ‘clinical’ smelling if that makes sense.
Because it is so rich and emollient, it will be to rich to use in summer, except for maybe on my shins after shaving etc. I love rich emollient body creams, but this is soooo rich, that even I would feel a little suffocated by this cream if I applied it all over when it is hot. This would be the perfect moisturiser for those with skin conditions, those who experience irritations a lot and have severely dehydrated skin. This body cream also comes in a pump bottle, but because the cream is so thick, it does take some effort to pump it out. I will most definitely need to cut open this bottle once the pump stops working, in order the get out the cream that has stuck to the sides of the bottle etc.
While this body cream is a touch more expensive than the Nuxe body lotion, you get twice the amount (400ml) for $39.95 and so I think it works out to be more economical. La Roche Posay’s products are also now widely available in Australia, both from Priceline stores and online from Adore Beauty.
- Extremely rich and emollient. Perfect for those suffering from skin irritations and severely dehydrated skin.
- Large quantity (400ml) and more economical than the Nuxe’s Reve de Miel.
- Widely available in store and online.
- Paraben and fragrance free.
- In this instance I think the pump bottle works as a negative because the body lotion is just so thick. A lot of product is still left in the bottle once the pump stops working.
- The thickness of this cream won’t be to everyone’s liking. In saying this, this is more of a body cream targeted to those with problem skin.
- The ‘clinical scent’ of this body cream. It isn’t very strong, so it shouldn’t bother those with sensitive noses.
There you have it beauties – two French body lotions put to the test! They are very different to each other but they do their assigned tasks very well! I know that for some, applying body lotions and creams after a shower/bath is bothersome, but once you get into the habit of doing it, you won’t believe that you used to skip that step – that’s how much of a difference it makes! There’s nothing like moisturised and comfortable skin :)
Have you discovered any fab products from Nuxe or La Roche-Posay lately? Let me know if you have any recommendations! Hope you are having a good start to the week beauties!
Catch ya next time,