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Aromatherapy is well known as an alternative medicine and many essential oil products are available, touted as a healthy, natural alternative to chemical based versions. This body lotion is part of a range by Crabtree and Evelyn and is actually something my Grandma (a long term C&E devotee) suggested when I was struggling sleeping and subsequent to the tossing and turning waking up with sore rubbed skin!
A chunky, curvy, wide based clear plastic bottle, with a simple but pretty old fashion style label. Again chunky the pump mechanism is silver with a clear purple lid.
Basic mini bottle for 4.50, large 250ml size is usually 15 pounds, currently reduced to 9!
A delightfully simple combination added to the base moisturizer: lavender oil, rosewood oil, olive oil, argan oil
Aside from the mineral oil the ingredients do seem quite a short list! Synthetic fragrance (chamomile vanilla and violet leaf I guess as these are mentioned in the description), colorants, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl, sulfates.
The blurb also mentions shea butter - well known for its smoothing and soothing properties.
Using the cream
The first noticeable thing is the smell. The lavender and vanilla were the most obvious scents to me, although you can smell tints of something else. The smell was only really pungent though as it squidged out. It does leave a scent on the skin, but a very light dewy effect (like a soap smell residue). It wouldn't clash with perfume, or be particularly noticeable - however as I was using it at night, without other products, I could smell it.
The cream itself is thick and gloopy white colour. As you pump it out it stays in shape on your hand (quivering slightly maybe, but not running). The consistency seemed to me between a body butter and milk moisturizer. I found I needed 4 pumps to feel well covered!
What surprised my even more was how quickly it sank in to the skin. A quick swipe up and down my arms, legs and body and I was done. It did leave a slight slick residue on the skin for a few moments, but this went very quickly (few seconds), just by moving around normally.
My skin did feel soothed and clean, but not necessarily smoother, which quite surprised me. This feeling lasted. As soon as I started using the moisturizer, I stopped getting the irritation at night. This could also have been affected by getting a better nights sleep. Several other things changed around the same time, which could have also had an effect, but I do wonder if the soothing properties (whether physically on the skin's surface, or the smell), had some calming effect.