I have a theory about women and beauty products/rituals: everyone has their “thing” that they are obsessed with. An old roommate of mine was obsessed with her nails. They had to be perfect, and she spent much of her time filing and applying cuticle oil. Another roommate couldn’t go on a date without a brand new outfit; she thought it was just awful for a guy to see her in the same outfit twice. Some women apply lip gloss like it’s butter on toast; others use eyeliner like they’re Cher and it’s 1969. My mother: obsessed with eye cream.
Me? I have a skin fetish. More like a lotion-on-the-skin fetish. My dream is to have perfectly clear skin on my face and body – smooth, hydrated, baby-soft skin. (By the way, my baby DOES have the most perfect baby-soft skin. It’s disgustingly perfect).
In my pursuit of soft, hydrated skin, I have tried almost every face and body cream out there. The thicker, the better in my book. However, did I mention that I have ridiculously sensitive skin that turns red easily? Oh, and that my skin is still acne-prone at times? I have the worst combination: sensitive acne-prone skin. Everything’s that for sensitive skin is for dry, mature skin; and everything for acne is for teenagers willing to put battery-acid on their faces. Let’s just say that’s it’s not easy to find products that work for me.
Also on my wish list are products that don’t contain fragrance (for my sensitive skin), lots of chemicals, parabens (a preservative in makeup and beauty products that have been linked to breast cancer) and are not tested on animals. Oh, and it has to be affordable. So that leaves about 3 items, right?
As you can see from my lotion stash in our bathroom, I try a lot of different body lotions for my post-shower slather.
Burt’s Bees is ok, but a little too thick for my taste. Although it’s only $8, you only get 6 ounces per bottle. That’s….hang on, let me get my math hat on…$1.34 an ounce. I think I could do better for an ok lotion.
In the way back, which you can’t see, is the Whole Foods generic brand of fragrance-free lotion. Not my favorite by any means, but it’s only $3 for a BIG bottle. But the lotion goes on worse than spreading Noxema on your legs. No thank you.
In the front, you see the remains of Frankie’s California Baby lotion. Not too bad, but expensive for big bodies. That 6.5 oz bottle costs $11.50! Not that I mind spending money on uber-natural lotions for Frankie’s sensitive skin, but 6.5 oz lasts a lot longer on his body than on mine.
Then I found Alba’s gigantor body of lotion, for $21 at Target. For that much lotion, this is by far the cheapest I’ve seen. And it’s good! Smooth, not greasy, and absorbent. And, better yet, I found the same size bottle at Whole Foods for only $16! Who would think that Whole Paycheck would be cheaper?
So there you have my lotion adventure for past few months. Exciting, no?