“ Brand: Pure / Type: Body Lotion „
I love trying and testing out new toiletries and a range that I discovered a short while ago is Pure Essentials, which is a value brand belonging to Lloyds Pharmacy. There were a number of different products from which to choose and as they were all so very reasonably priced I ended up purchasing one of each with this review discussing my experience with using their Moisturising Body Lotion.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
If you are familiar with this range you will be aware of the simplistic packaging and whilst it can be described as fairly basic its' appearance is clean and fresh. The entire range is coloured white with a minimal amount of text in a light shade of blue. We are presented with 200 ml of body lotion contained within a sturdy plastic tube that sits on an opaque flip top lid. We are advised that the lotion does not contain artificial colours or fragrance and the claim is that it will smoothen and soften our skin and that it is suitable for all skin types.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE BODY LOTION
In all honestly I really was not expecting noticeable results from this product due to its' low price and the fact that it is part of a value range. However, as I enjoy trying something new and am always on the look out for a bargain I more than welcomed the challenge. I would point out at this stage that I religiously moisturise my skin on a twice daily basis after bathing and showering and if I omit just one day areas such as my elbows, knees and feet become rather dry. To enable me to fully test this lotion I pushed my normal moisturising products to the side for a period of one week to enable me to solely use Pure Essentials. The lid easily flipped open to reveal a tiny opening and a gentle squeeze of the tube dispensed the white coloured lotion. Its' consistency was slightly thicker than other lotions I've used and can be described as being in between a cream and a lotion.
Whilst Lloyds Pharmacy claim there is no fragrance I was able to detect a very faint aroma, which was very similar to the strange odour given off by beauty products that had exceeded their use by date although my husband reported that he could smell absolutely nothing. As directed I liberally applied the lotion to my entire body with the exception of my face, but unfortunately, it took approximately 15 minutes to fully absorb during which time it left a sticky residue on the surface of my skin, which is something I cannot bear. Fortunately, at the point of the lotion fully absorbing the stickiness disappeared.
When using other moisturising products I can instantly feel the softness delivered by the cream or lotion, but sadly this was not the case with Pure Essentials. However, I continued to use the lotion for a period of one week during which time my skin started to become dry, particularly on my elbows, knees and feet. During the time that I used this lotion my shower gels and soaps were identical to those that I had used previously, so I knew the drying effects on my skin were solely due to this inferior lotion, which offered absolutely no moisturising properties. I took a quick glance at the extremely lengthy list of ingredients detailed on the reverse of the tube and discovered that the lotion contains shea butter, which is normally extremely moisturising, so I am of the opinion that a very small amount has been used to create this lotion. For the reasons discussed above I cannot recommend this product and as a result it receives only 1 star from me.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
As previously stated, there is an extremely length list of ingredients, which for obvious reasons I do not intend copying into my review. However, in addition to the shea butter the other ingredient that I believe to be key is almond oil, but unfortunately, I did not witness any of its' benefits. The lotion should be used within 12 months of opening and the tube can be recycled once empty. However, once I have completed this review the remaining contents of my tube will be squirted down the plug hole.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
If you are interested in buying this product, which I cannot recommend, I would advise you that Lloyds Pharmacy have reduced it from its' normal price of £2 to £1.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.