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Whilst I have my favourite moisturisers on regular rotation, once in a while I like to try something new. On a recent trip to town I visited good old Poundland, and spotted this Johnson's Radiance Body Lotion on the shelf. I know that Johnson's is a well-established brand, and since the bottle stated it contained shea and cocoa butter (two of my favourite moisturising ingredients) I thought I'd give it a try.
Johnson's Radiance Body Lotion comes in a beige, frosted plastic bottle. The plastic is quite rubbery to the touch and is very easy to squeeze. The snaptop lid is in a matching beige tone, and has a little indentation at the front meaning it's easy to open one-handed. The product is dispensed through a little hole in the top of the bottle.
The bottle I purchased for £1 contains 250ml of product, which I think is a very good price. The bottle states the inclusion of the aforementioned shea and cocoa butter, and also claims the product is "for naturally radiant skin and all day softness". The full title of the product is "24hour (sic) Moisture Radiance Body Lotion."
On the back of the bottle the blurb asserts the properties of cocoa and shea butter (hydrating and smoothing), plus that the product "has a fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula and a pampering fragrance."
The cream itself is more of a milk - very runny and white. The first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle was that I couldn't smell either shea or cocoa butter; I could smell a chemically echo of ....vanilla?
In a word...YUCK! I like the smell of vanilla, so that wasn't the problem - it was the overwhelming, super-sickly chemically synthesised vanilla smell that hit me as soon as I opened the product. Urgh.
In fairness, the product did do what it said on the bottle. The milky cream was absorbed easily into my skin and did make it feel softer. I used it all over my body after showers, plus a top up application on my arms after being out in the sun (I did wear sunscreen, but my skin still got dry). It certainly made my skin feel smoother, and there was no greasy residue. I even detected a slight sheen to my skin after application, backing up the 'radiance' claim of the product.
But the smell!
I tried, I promise. A Johnson's product, with cocoa and shea butter I knew would be good for my skin but the chemically travesty of a vanilla scent swamped all my fuzzy feelings towards this product. The final straw was when my Hubby had a coughing fit after coming close to me while I was applying the cream. It was no good...after a good while of enduring the product for the good moisturising properties, I decided to pitch it into the bin.
Great moisturiser; awful smell!
I love my local Sainsburys and often pop in up to 3 times a week, usually for a big shop and then a top up shop for few bits and bobs as it is literally about a 10 minute drive away. Since I got the Johnson's bodywash for a mere 25p some time ago I always make a conscious effort now to peruse their toiletries aisle in case another bargain appears. I spotted this 24 Hour Radiance Body lotion reduced to only 70p as it too is discontinued and after opening the bottle and smelling it, I popped two into my trolley!
- Packaging -
The lotion comes in a beige, plastic bottle which matches the scent of the lotion as it contains shea & cocoa butters and so it is written in brown font what it is and that it is for naturally radiant skin and all day softness. The tube is really soft and flexible and easily squeezable even when full. You are not able to see all the product inside which is a bit annoying but I can gather from the weight how much is left in it! It has a flip top lid which is at the top of the bottle which can be a bit of a pain as when it is nearing the end I tend to find I have to unscrew the lid completely and dab it upside down so I can ensure it is 100% finished! It is a 250ml bottle which is rather a generous amount so it is a decent size.
- The lotion -
The lotion is a rather thick consistency but runny enough to be easily squeezed out through the hole in the bottle. I am using shea oil (as well as predominantly coconut oil - see other review!) at the moment for my hair so I know it has really nourishing properties and this smells absolutely lovely. It reminds me of the smell of the vaseline cocoa butter gel which is one of my favourites! The lotion is really easy to apply and it absorbs into my skin easily. It is not too sticky or greasy although somewhat more sloppy than the usual creams I use but it does a brilliant job none the less.
- My Opinion -
I am very impressed with this lotion from Johnson's and think it is a big shame this range is being discontinued! It leaves my skin smelling absolutely AMAZING as it really lingers and is very rich but not overberaringly sweet with the lovely shea butter smell which goes well especially if used with the bodywash. My only teeny flaw with this is that it says it gives "24 hour moisture" but I don't think this is really true! I can have quite dry skin anyway, and whilst this does moisturise my skin ideally, it is not enough that I would say I wouldn't need to moisturise again for 24 hours!
- Overall -
I am think this body lotion is fab and I would definitely recommend it. It smells nice, moisturises well and I can't particularly fault it really! 5 stars from me :)
I don't have a particularly dry skin but I do notice a difference in its moisture content during the winter months. All that time sitting indoors wit the central heating on full blast really does make a difference as to how my skin behaves. The skin on the shin area of my legs is the most prone to dryness and flakiness but I do like to use a good quality all over body moisturiser every single night of the week, whether I have had a bath or a shower.
A cheap and cheerful sort I like to use every now and again is Johnsons 24 Hour Radiance Body Lotion which is only £2.99 for a bottle. The cream is pretty intensive and thick in consistency and I don't need to use a lot of this in order to achieve pretty impressive results. The lotion comes in the familiar Johnson's packaging and the cream dispenses easily from the soft and flexible plastic packaging. It is, however, as I say, a thick cream and for this reason I like to keep the top on whilst I tip the bottle upside down and make sure that the contents have fallen to the bottom of the bottle. The reason I do this is because last time I left the top flipped off and tried to shake the contents to the bottom, I ended up with cream all over my bathroom floor!
The lotion sinks into my skin pretty rapidly and to be honest it's quite impressive in that it has the remarkable ability to dry off really quickly. I hate that tacky feeling you are sometimes left with on your skin after applying lotions, but this one doesn't leave any tackiness at all as it's just instantly absorbed right into the skin.
The smell is quite sweet and fresh and reminds me a little bit of vanilla and those creamy sweets called Werther's Originals. It's a comforting and relaxing sort of smell and for this reason, I like to apply this cream straight after a bath and just before weekend.
It has, without a doubt, made a difference to the skin on my legs in particular. There are less scaly patches there and previous to using this lotion I was suffering from terrible itchy legs during the night as they seemed to be aggravated by the lack of moisture. This lovely lotion has replaced all of that lost moisture and now my legs look and feel silky smooth and soft again.
It's not overpriced and to be honest, why pay a heap of money when this one does a perfectly good job for just a few pounds. I love this lotion and I can't recommend it enough.
My skin isn't overly dry for most of the year and as I seem to have a knack of choosing body lotions that take forever to sink in properly, I can't say that I'm a huge fan in general. However, during the cold weather (which let's face it, is most of the year in the UK!), I often find that the skin on my arms starts to flake quite a bit after a bath or shower.
This particular body lotion has been in my toiletries stash for a while and I've only just got around to giving it a whirl lately. I'm not a patient person at all so I can't be doing with waiting around for body lotion to sink in. I was pleased to see that this wasn't a problem here. The texture is not particularly thick but even so, I've found that this doesn't always dictate how well you can expect it to sink in so it was a relief to find that I could get dressed again within 5 minutes. It has a lovely smell, which lingers for a little bit and is worth bearing in mind if you plan to use perfume or body spray afterwards as it does clash for a while.
Since I've been using this body lotion, I've noticed that the skin on my arms is less prone to flaking after a bath so I'm assuming that this means it's doing something good for balancing my skin's moisture levels and it lends some weight to the 24 hour claims. I probably shouldn't be too surprised as the packaging flags up that it contains shea butter and cocoa butter, both of which are recommended for moisture-boosting properties. I'm not using the body lotion on skin that is particularly rough so I can't comment on the claims that it softens and smoothes this but it's certainly done wonders for the dry areas on my upper arms in particular.
Price-wise, Boots sell this for just over £3 at the moment, which I feel is a fair price. It goes on easily, which means that I don't need to use a huge amount so it lasts a good amount of time.
When it comes to body moisturisers I have to admit to buying them with all good intentions of using them and then I tend to use them once or twice and can't be bothered using them again which means they either end up on my bathroom shelf as dust collectors or given to my mate or chucked in the bin if really awful.
This one I bought for a couple of reasons. First off this is a Johnson's product and it was on sale in my local Poundland store so I thought that was a great price to pay for a branded product and secondly because its called Radiance Body Lotion and at the time I bought it I had a little bit of a natural tan and later a fake tan and thought this may help to illuminate it a bit!
This body lotion itself comes in a very light peachy coloured plastic bottle that has a flip-top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole and then on the front of the bottle we are told that it is Johnson's Body care 24 Hour Moisture Radiance Body Lotion 'With Shea & Cocoa Butters and that its 'For Naturally Radiant Skin And All Day Softness', the size is stated which is 250ml and we are told on the bottom that it is indeed a Johnson & Johnson product. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are given, we are told that once the bottle is opened to use the body lotion up within 12 months and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough, high quality looking bottle this is and easy to use and so on.
The Body Lotion Itself:
Well this is a rather thick consistency white cream. Don't get me wrong its easy to squeeze out of the bottle and is smooth but quite thick. All you do is apply this wherever you want it, its fast to absorb with little effort required this one and you can dress immediately after using it safe in the knowledge that this doesn't leave unsightly residue anywhere.
This has a very, very heavy sweet aroma to it which is that of shea butter blended very heavily with a creamy cocoa like smell. For me this fragrance is very heavy and I have to admit a lot too sweet for me really but if you like it you will be pleased to know that this fragrance really does linger on the skin for hours though luckily for me and my nostrils it did die down a bit!
When first applied you can really see a subtle shimmer on the skin and I had to look closely cos I was sure I could spot particles of glitter at first but now I'm pretty sure that I couldn't and it is just what I first thought it was and that's a shimmer. This when dried though does die down as does the fragrance but skin does look healthy to me and it really doesn't look fake though I am disappointed that it really doesn't give all that much extra radiance to my skin in the long really.
However on a positive note this does make me feel nicely and comfortably moisturised in a none greasy way all day long and I have noticed that used regularly my skin not only feels softer when this body lotion is on it but even when it isn't my skin has improved in texture and it feels a lot softer in general.
All in all I'm pleased enough with this product. It gives a little healthiness to my skin, doesn't agitate it and is great applied over fake tan as it still absorbs into my skin without lifting any existing colour. It makes my skin feel good but my nostrils don't like it at all and I find it really sickly so although I like the benefits I receive from it sadly I won't be buying it again but if you do like its scent this could end up a good product for you!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc priced at about £3.00 a bottle.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.