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Spring has sprung - technically - and it's the time of year when my thoughts turn to my pasty legs potentially being visible, only if there's a wind though, as I always wear longer length skirts even in summer. Trousers and jeans sadly are a no no, because my backside looks like a badger baiting contest in a sack when wearing them. All this means that my legs get a little bit of attention in the run up to summer. Otherwise they are not only white enough to be able to signal for rescue from a desert island, but kind of blotting papery too... ugh!
I'm not particularly fussy about which brand of body lotion I use, as long as it does it's job and either smells nice or smells not at all I'm happy. I don't like things that smell like food, (chocolate, strawberry etc.,) they just make me hungry. I have received some very nice scented lotions as gifts over the years including Elemis' Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt, which smells divine, and could I afford it I would buy regularly. However I don't have a birthday coming up and I'm working to a strict budget. So when I came across the Garnier Skin Naturals body repair range at half price - mine cost £2.98 instead of £5.97 for 400mls (only until the 16th of March 2010) - whilst surfing Tesco groceries online, I lobbed one into my virtual basket straight away.
The one I went for is the Anti-Dryness Restoring Moisturiser, with maple sap, anti-tightness and anti-roughness, for extra dry skin... That's the whole text on the front of the bottle covered! It also adds that it is dermatologically tested and will make your skin comfortable. The bottle is a glorious true red, any text and block colour is white. There is a disc of green (a lush plump leaf) highlighting the letters GA of GARNIER (it's written in capitals on the bottle I'm not shouting). The bottle has a nice ergonomically shaped lid which flips right back and out of the way of the product 'exit', unlike some others. This may seem like something small but the ones that flop around in the way when you are squeezing really annoy me, and I end up with more product in the lid than on my skin. The actual bottle is quite an attractive shape and is a little different than the one shown in the dooyoo picture, less of an oval, with more distinct shoulders, tapering down to a narrow base. This is a bit of a problem ... ok maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, bullying is a problem, this is more of an irritation. The reason it's an irritation is that the bottle is top heavy, the base is too narrow to allow the bottle to remain standing should you or someone else breath too heavily in the room. Any vibration and it will keel over; just in the way a weeble doesn't... (I wonder if anyone remembers weebles. - weebles wobble but they don't fall down!).
The back of the bottle tells you why this product is effective. It is couched in nebulous terms and doesn't give any facts just re-iterates how to apply, and how soft it will leave your skin. It does claim here that maple sap is a good non greasy moisturiser, and that the product has 'proven efficacy' after "clinical tests on 41 women after 3 weeks". This doesn't seem like a big sample to me and is probably the minimum required by law to make this claim. There is a long list of ingredients which is way too long to reproduce here, but it does include good moisturising agents such as shea butter, allantoin, urea and the maple sap amongst other things. The blurb does state that you shouldn't use this on your face, it doesn't say why and I'm curious about that. I would have liked to have seen a sun screen in it, but it's reasonably priced for the quantity, so I suppose something has to be compromised on, and not everyone is as obsessive about not letting the sun touch their skin (apart from the occasional flash for vitamin D purposes) as I am.
The product itself is white and has a nice consistency, it's more of a cream than a lotion, whilst having a light cooling texture, and it spreads easily almost like a gel. I can't say the cream disappeared instantly, and it seemed to leave a very slightly moist film for a few minutes. However this wasn't sticky, and developed into an unobtrusive barrier (at least I think that's the best way to describe it) which left a healthy very subtle 'glow' to the skin. By glow I don't mean fluorescent tangerine, which is what seem to have become synonymous with this word. This product has no 'self' tanners. I mean glow as in a healthy dewy look. The scent is light and pleasant and doesn't smell perfumey. I wasn't aware of any aroma that lingered, though you could smell the fresh tones for a while afterwards, but only if you chose to press your nose to your skin and sniff.
The first time I used this I just rubbed it in and forgot it, but several hours later I gave my calf a little scratch and was quite surprised by how soft the skin remained. Not even a little bit 'alligatory', so I decided to inspect more closely, and by damn if there wasn't a nice moisturised sheen to my skin even after a few hours. The product claims to soften and moisturise for up to twenty four hours, but I didn't expect it to actually live up to this! I have noticed that the skin on my hands which had become a little dehydrated, and a little rough in places (I am between tubes of hand cream) has improved in condition and hydration since using this. All in all this is a pleasant cream to use, and it does what it says on the tin, but it doesn't really stand out against the plethora of other products in this price rang. I would buy it again if I remember anything about it by the next time I'm shopping for lotion, but will probably end up trying whatever is on offer at the time.
I have found that my hands often become dry - perhaps it's a combination of washing my hands during the day, working in an air-conditioned office and the recent cold weather - so hand creams are a lifesaver for me.
Garnier are a well-established beauty line from L'Oreal, producing a wide variety of hair products, moisturisers and body care items. Of these, I tried the Garnier Skin Naturals Body Repair Restoring Moisturiser.
~*~* T he Product, Price and Packaging *~*~
The moisturiser is sold in ravishing, bright red plastic bottles with an opaque, white flip-top cap. The bottles are adorned with the Garnier green logo and white and red text, so stand out brilliantly on the store shelves. The moisturiser can be bought in a number of sizes, depending on your needs from a 100ml hand-cream tube (around £3.99), 250ml bottle (£4.18) and 400ml bottle (£5.98). I bought the hand-cream tube to keep in my handbag for on-the-go moisturisation, as well as larger bottle for post-shower moisturiser.
The moisturisers are a little more expensive than shop own-brand or other branded creams, being a 'premium' product, so if you are on a tight budget this may be one to miss.
The moisturisers can be bought from any Boots or Superdrug, as well as other high-street chemists and supermarkets.
~*~* So what's it like? *~*~
The moisturiser is a creamy, thick white substance which has a glossy, shiny texture. The moisturiser is also not at all runny, which is really good for controlling the amount of cream you wish to dispense without any overspill or waste (especially given the price!).
The cream is easily absorbed into the skin with no sticky or greasy residue, leaving the skin feeling immediately soothed and rehydrated. The moisturiser has a lovely fresh, botanical scent - due in essence to the maple sap extract which the cream contains. The smell is quite sweet and has been described by my male friends as being quite a 'girly' smell, so this is probably better suited to women!
The cream only has to be used sparingly to cover your hands, but I have found more is needed when moisturising my body post-shower, so it is less economical for this. The product claims to give 24-hour intensive moisturisation and I have noticed that my skin does seem hydrated for ages after I have applied the moisturiser.
~*~* The Verdict *~*~
This moisturiser is lovely and the variety of sizes (from handbag-toting smaller tubes to large bottles for all-over-body moisturisation) makes it very convenient. Although it is a little expensive, I have found it to be generally quite economical (particularly the hand-cream) and is very effective - being thick and easily absorbed into the skin to relive dryness and tightness really well.
The bottle is a bright red plastic with a white plastic flip top lid. On the front of the bottle a circle with part of a leaf inside it and below that is the name of the product, it also tells us what the product can do and it's for extra dry skin and is dermatology tested. On the back of the bottle is information about the product, ingredients, size of the bottle which is 400mlo and the recycle symbol.
I'm always trying new body moisturisers and lotions trying to find that perfect one for my dry skin, I saw this in the shops one day and thought I would give it a go. I open the flip top lid which was easy to open and didn't look like it would break easily. I then had a quick smell and it smelt fresh and slightly perfumed, I then proceeded to squirt some product into my hand. The body moisturiser was white and glossy and looked quite light in texture, I then started to rub it into my skin. It rubbed in easily and soaked into the skin quickly and didn't leave a sticky feeling afterwards. It gave my skin a light gloss when dried in and left the slight perfume smell as well. I proceeded to use this product every day and it did seem to help my dry skin but didn't quite work on my knees and elbows and top of my arms which is where my worst dry patches were. I had a feeling this might happen as to me it didn't seem thick enough to work on those patches. This is a good moisturiser if your skin is slightly dry but if it's really dry I would try and find something better.
Price and Availability
This product is available in beauty shops, chemists, and supermarkets and online. Prices start from £5.85 but it is on offer in Sainsbury's at the moment with 50% off making it £2.92 which is 72p per 100ml. You can also buy a smaller bottle which is 250ml.
I have previosly written this review on ciao under the same username.
I bought this product as the packaging appealed to me and it smells great! It was also on offer in boots at the time and I can't resist a bargain! it generally retails around £3.75 for 400ml.
I am a complete palmers cocoa butter formula girl, but on occasions try other things. I haven't been completely disappointed by this product, but equally I am afraid it doesn't do the job palmers does. I expected great things as it is marketed for extra dry skin. Also, the packagin looks almost medical as it is bright red! You feel like it's going to make you better! ....well, I did anyway, intentional or not.
The product smells lovely, slightly sweet, creamy and very natural. It absorbs into the skin well, although does tend to feel a little greasy afterwards. It is a white lotion, not too thick in consistency. it gives the skin a nice sheen after application. Because of this I actually used it on my wedding day.
Garnier claim that the product keeps skin moisturised for 24 hours, I can't say I would agree with this, although my skin is pretty dry. I think 12 hours would be more accurate. It contains maple sap which has soothing properties and also helps to protect the skin.
Overall, a nice product, but I wouldn't use it if you have very dry skin.
My skin is ridiculously dry, really, it's ridiculous. In winter especially, probably partially because of the cold and partially because I do tend to shamelessly ignore my skin during the cold months. Every patch of skin is covered up all the time anyway and it's just too cold to sit there smothering myself in cream - although Zoe's suggestion (in another review of this product) of warming the cream up in the microwave does sound delightful!
So, with the warmer weather coming on and th thought of having to bare my legs and arms looming, I really needed to find something that would fix my skin fast. Particularly my legs were in bad shape - looking scaly and tight, not attractive! Now I have tried covering them in other cheap creams, they alwys seemed like they should do the job - thick, white, creamy moisturising creams, which left my legs feels sort of oily - how could that not be moisturising? But somehow my legs never really seemed to get much better. I needed something better.
I settled on the Garnier Skin Naturals Body Repair because it was marked as being for very dry skin - sounds about right! THe cream is not cheap, retailing for around 4 pounds from most shops, although I paid a bit less for mine on a special. For that price I got a large bottle, containing 400 ml of lotion, although there are also smaller sizes available, like 250 ml. The bottle itself is distinctively bright red, stands easily on it's base and has a handy flip top lid with a good-size nozzle for squeezing the cream out of.
When you squeeze the cream out of the bottle it is a thick consistency, white in colour, and has a sweet scent (presumably from the canadian maple syrup that it contains). Rubbing it into your skin is easy and it is quickly absorbed so that you can't see the cream anymore. Your skin still feels moist for a few seconds or a minute but this soon either soaks in or evaporates and the skin feels dry again to the touch. Directly after applying the cream my skin feels smooth and only a tiny bit oily, moisturised. The sweetish smell does linger a little but is definitely not overpowering or sickly.
Does it make a difference to my skin? Well, I've been using this cream for a couple of weeks now, applying it whenever I remember, probably once a day every other day. I definitely notice a difference in the quality of my skin. The white flakiness is already gone from my legs and although in the light I can still see a little bit of scaliness, I think this will also continue to fade with regular use of the cream.
Overall I am happy with this cream. I don't know that I would say it's a miracle product, I suspect that if I tried some other intensive mosturisers I'd be able to find one that works as well and maybe even a bit cheaper. But I'm happy with the purchase that I've made and will definitely continue to use the bottle that I have. After that's finished, being a bit fickle when it comes to brands, I'll probably try something else and see how that turns out, but I wouldn't rule out buying this again.
I like to try new products whenever I can, preferring to shun brand loyalty for the possibility that a fabulous, brand-new product is around the corner waiting to be tried. However I will not buy new stuff until I run out, so at least I don't have lots of half-empty bottle lounging around my bathroom. This means I don't buy in advance, and basically get whatever is on offer the day I need something. At the moment, the product I go through faster than any other is body lotion. It's what comes of living in a hot place, where tights don't feature (they're so seldom worn here, the selection in all but the priciest shops is abysmal). I have to dress smart for work, and here that seems to mean skirts. Thus, my legs are out all day, and need a good dollop of moisturiser after every shower to keep them passable.
My latest find is Garnier Body Repair. It currently costs £4.10 for a 250ml bottle at boots.com I've been gone a while, I don't really know what counts as reasonable any more, but that seems a little pricy to me. However here in WalMart it's nearer £1.50, and for that price for an international brand, I had to try it.
The lotion is designed for extra dry skin, which I don't have, but unlike with hair or faces where you really do have to choose the correct greasy / dry / coloured product appropriate for you, I don't think that matters too much with body parts. The claims on the bottle are that is will moisturise for 24 hours, and that it is immediately absorbed. The lotion contains maple extract which gives it a definite sweet, sappy smell, but fortunately does not make it too sticky to apply. Since I don't wear perfume, I like scented products, and this definitely gets the thumbs up on this count. The smell gradually fades through the day, and is not over-powering, it's just a subtle scent, and has no flavour (says The Boy...I'm not in the habit of licking my arms and legs like a cat).
I like the lotion because it is nice and thick - I've found cheap ones can be runny, and therefore will run out more quickly. This one requires a small but noticeable squidge of the bottle to come out, and emerges in neat, small blobs so you can control how much you use. I find the promise of being easily absorbed is one that this product does live up to. Though the lotion is white, it goes on clear and disappears almost instantly, with no vigorous rubbing needed. My skin immediately looks and feels smoother, but again, not sticky. The promise that it will moisturise for 24 hours is a little harder to agree with. Although my skin feels moisturised all day, I don't always think my legs look it after 12 hours or so, and I tend to reapply if I'm at home and spot the bottle. I suppose it depends whether you're going for function or fashion, because if I didn't look down at my legs, from just the feel I would think it was doing its job.
Although Mexico is a warm country, even in winter, is can seem colder than the UK first thing in the morning due to a lack of central heating. After a shower in the morning I am literally jumping on the spot to keep warm, so I was grateful for this tip from American Marie-Claire. If you squeeze a small amount of any lotion into a dish and microwave it for literally just 8-10 seconds, you get a beautifully warm treat like a luxurious spa treatment. I do this religiously now, and it really does make a difference. This lotion is absorbed the same, but my skin feels all warm and lovely as I smooth it on. It's a great way to start the day.
Overall I like this moisturiser...at its Mexican price. I do not think it is worth the additional money if you have normal skin, and want this as an everyday moisturiser, because it is nothing special. However, if you have Eczema or another skin condition for which this is actually designed, it might be worth a try. If you're looking for it among the sea of lotions on the shelves, this is the one in the bright red bottle.
Soothe dry, chapped skin with the Canadian formula containing Maple sap, it is instantly absorbed into the skin to act intensively for 24 hours /