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Having finished off my previous moisturiser I went back to my somewhat chaotic storage area in the garage to seek out one of my toiletries boxes to find another product to stave off the post holiday dryness.
The first product I came across was this E45 Dermatological Lotion. I remember my mother always had in on hand when my sister and I were children but haven't used it myself since, so having some knowledge of its pedigree I had high hopes for this product.
I'm pretty sure that I recieved this product as part of a BZZ Campaign last year along with a new product in the E45 range.
The bottle I have is the 200ml pack, which is a plain white bottle with a simple white label with the logo and some basic information on the front. E45 is sold as a Dermatological product meaning it is fragrance free and hypoallergenic meaning it should be suitable for all skin types and not cause any skin irritation.
Opening the flip lid and pouring out a little of the lotion I was surprised at how thin and viscous the product was - I could have sworn it was thicker in my childhood memories - meaning that to begin with I found that I simply had too much product on my skin and it would not rub in at all, after several minutes of attempting to get the lotion to sink in to my skin I got fed up and wiped it all off with a towel.
My subsequent attempts left me with a smaller more managable amount of the lotion on my skin, but I still found that even in the drier areas of my skin, the product didn't sink in quickly and my skin was left feeling somewhat greasy. Luckily I tend to moisturise before bed so I don't need to worry too much about the lotion transferring on to my clothes rather than doing its job and moisturising my skin.
In the mornings my skin doesnt feel as dry as it had been doing but is still not as soft as it was when I was using the body butter product previously.
As a fragrance fee product there is no scent added to the lotion and while you can smell the product while you are applying it there is no residual scent afterwards so it won't clash with other scented products you might be using alongside it.
The product claims to have a non greasy formula which I would say is quite inaccurate though it may be formulated to be minimally greasy I find it does feel greasy on my skin but once it has sunk in it doesnt leave any residual grease.
Overall I would say that for day to day moisturising purposes E45 probably isn't for me, but I have skin which doesnt suffer from any sensitivities at all. For anyone with sensitive skin or small children then I would imagine this is a standard part of the bathroom cabinet.
I expect that once I've used up this bottle I won't be buying any more of the original E45 Lotion, especially as the 200ml bottle is currently retailing for around £4.85 which seems rather expensive for such a simple product.
I wanted to solve the problem of my incredibly dry skin and decided to look at the Boots online catalogue for the market leaders in gentle lotions for dry skin. I wanted something that was unscented and widely used by other people who suffered from the same thing as I did. The reviews on the Boots website were mostly glowing for this lotion and I found that they'd expanded their range considerably from when I first heard of them many years ago. I picked what I felt to be the most basic of their products - a simple lotion for the whole body. This is rather dull and strange, but I waited with excitement for my order to arrive - at last a miracle!
No...just another disappointment. A £4.85 disappointment in the form of a 200ml bottle with a flip-open cap. I used the semi-runny white lotion diligently for over a week - not sure why... the stuff stank! It reminds me somehow of the smell of a laboratory! My skin did not really feel soothed. It looked noticeably hydrated but in the more tender areas the lotion made my skin tingle and sting just a tiny bit. It really wasn't among the most gentle products that I've used and I wish that in my haste to find a effective solution, I'd waited for my E45 sample to arrive. These come in the form of handy sachets you can use a few times through the post for free. You can order on: http://www.e45.co.uk/our-offers/lotion-campaign/
Needless to say that I won't be buying this product again but think it is still worthwhile for anyone to give the samples a go - it may be just the thing, but not for me unfortunately!
I was introduced to E45 Cream on a Bzz Campaign - as well as Nourish and Restore by E45 I was also sent a bottle of the E45 Moisturising Lotion.
This bottle is the 200ml version, which the review is based on. The bottle states it's Dermatological, so I felt happy applying this to by son who has Eczema, I use this on his face when he gets dry patches, it works really well and blasts the dry patches overnight.
I wouldn't use this head to toe for his Eczema however, he needs a heavier cream like Doublebase for that purpose. It's perfect for more delicate areas like the face.
The bottle itself is white with a flip top cap. It's easily opened and you can simply tip the bottle upside down and a little squeeze will dispense the cream. This bottle contains 200ml of the product.
The label on the front of the bottle states 'Soothes, softens and relieves dry and sensitive skin'. I totally agree with this, I've used it on my face where dry patches have appeared and husband on his hands, it's very effective and gives instant relief. As with my son, dry patches are eliminated overnight. It doesn't cause any spot breakouts either, even when used on the face. It's doesn't leave a greasy feel on the skin, just a nice amount of moisture.
The cream itself is white, it doesn't look very thick and is absorbed into the skin reasonably easily. It's perfume free, so if you're looking for something nice smelling this probably isn't for you, it does however do the job of moisturising extremely well. It's not a cream that you put on and need to apply again 12 - 24 hours later either for smaller dry patches.
I've since purchased more of the cream, it's perfect to have in the cupboard to rid any dry skin patches. Great for all the family.
(From Chemist Direct)
Aqua, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinium Liquidum, Glyceryl Stearate, Hypoallergenic Anhydrous Lanolin, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylparaben.
**Availability and Pricing**
E45 Moisturising lotion is widely available in Supermarkets such as Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda. Also in Boots. It's available on-line on Chemist Direct, Amazon and Ebay.
RRP £3.84 for 200ml and £7.20 for 500ml but can vary from place to place.
Almost 15 years ago my mum introduced me to E45 cream and I still thank her to this day.
I have terrible skin, it's so sensitive, very dry and often gets very itchy. This started when I was very small but at the age of about 9 my mum gave me a bottle of E45 and said when I'm itchy I need to put this on and I've never looked back.
For the past 15 years I've been using E45 and have never had any problems. Any itchiness or dryness I get, I plaster a load of E45 on and within 10 minutes it's calmed down.
The cream itself if white in colour and I would say it's quite watery for a moisturiser but this works for me. It's not at all sticky when applied and my skin always absorbs it lovely. I find it doesn't really have a smell to it but maybe a slight baby lotion sent.
Another added bonus for me is that it can be used on my boys sensitive skin and it always helps calm their eczema down as they both suffer quite badly and they also have never had an problems with this cream.
It's not too expensive at about £5.50 for 500ml but I always make sure I stock up when it's on offer (usually boots or superdrug do the best offers). I find a 500ml bottle will last me and my 2 boys a good few months and we are very heavy users so it's really great value. The expiration date is very long too (not that ours ever reach them) but they last a good few years before going off (a bottle I bought 3 months ago has an expiration date till 02/2015)
Is so great on my sensitive skin but might not be on others. It's also perfume free but here is a list of ingredients in case there's any hidden nasty's.
Aqua, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteth-20, Hypoallergenic Anhydrous Lanolin (MedilanR), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT
I have used many different moisturiser in the past and have always gone back to using E45, it's so simple and really does what it says on the tin, 5 stars from me.
My skin has recently needed a little bit of TLC, it has become quite dry and feels a bit itchy. I find that usually it acts up in colder weather, but I am also prone to dry skin when I have used a very strongly perfumed shower gel or something that my sensitive skin does not like.
I decided to pick this moisturiser because E45 is a really well known name and it is good to use on sensitive skin because it is dermatological, perfume free and hypoallergenic. I decided that I would use this moisturiser to give my skin a little bit of a break from the harsher, smellier things I usually use on my skin.
This moisturiser is quite runny, it absorbs really quickly into my skin and it doesn't really take a lot of it in each application. I find sometimes I use a little too much and my skin can look shiny, but eventually it sinks into my skin and I find it doesn't take too long before it is completely absorbed. There isn't really a greasy feeling that comes from this, which is great as I dont have to wait ages to get changed again after applying it. For my whole body it takes a good sized dollop on my fingertips, however a 200ml bottle seems to last me about 6 weeks, using it almost every day.
What I Thought
After using this moisturiser for a few months, I have found that my skin is much less prone to dryness, it looks much softer and feels way more smooth than usual. I have no problems whatsoever with the performance of this moisturiser, my skin is in great shape since I started using it.
However, it is a little bit blah and I have grown quite bored of it, there isn't really any scent or touch of luxury about this moisturiser and it would be nice to have a strawberry scented or coconut scented one. I know this takes away the point of this product, as it is perfume free so then it can be used by the whole family, but I do miss my smellier products like the Boots Natural Collection Body Cream.
Price and Availability
I bought my 200ml bottle of E45 moisturiser for around £1 in Home Bargains. I think that this was quite a good deal and I would definitely recommend it.
I think that this is one of them necessary items to keep in your beauty box if you have dry skin. It may be boring, but it definitely does the job and is good value for money. Overall I would give this 4 out of 5 stars.
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My little girl has been suffering from quite dry skin recently, nothing too bad, thankfully she does not have eczema like my son but we've noticed that her legs and arms are really dry and a bit scaly and so she mentioned that she wanted some of mummy's lotion to make it better (she's 3 going on 23!!) Anyway, I didn't want to give her a fancy, smelly one or one that may be harsh to her skin so I bought her her own special bottle of E45 cream. She loves it and so does her skin as almost immediately we could tell a marked difference in the appearance and feel of her skin which is now nice and silky baby soft again.
E45 is really a wonder lotion and According to the packaging, "E45 Cream has been clinically proven to treat and soothe dry, itching, flaking, chapped, rough and calloused skin, sunburn and detergent hands. Its non-greasy emollient formulation is quickly absorbed by your skin, leaving it soft, comfortable and relieved. It is also recommended for more serious dry skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, ichthyosis and certain dry cases of psoriasis." Thankfully like I've said above she has nothing that serious but what I really like about this cream is that how natural and clean it is.
The cream is pure white and has no smell or no colour to it so its very pure and natural as I like this as I really don't like to treat my kids bodies with anything harsh or containing lots of chemicals. The cream is fairly thick when you squeeze it out but then it soaks into her skin surprising quickly and well and is a lot thinner when you apply it. I think it's the perfect lotion for kids as she has suffered no side effects from using the cream at all.
The nice thing is that as I've been rubbing it on her skin for her at times I have also noticed that my skin on my hands has improved too so I think I will start to use it regularly. I have a little patch of rough skin on my little finger where it meets my knuckle and no matter how hard I try I cannot get rid of it but slowly it is getting softer and better after rubbing this E45 on my hands.
E45 crem comes in a variety of different tubs and forms. I just bought my girl a bottle of it with a flip cap lid as she finds this the easiest to get into and squeeze onto her hands herself. The bottle was approximately £4.50 and she is so tiny that this bottle will last her so long as she really only needs to use a dollop size amount to cover most of her body.
She loves it and so do I.
As a member of Bzz Agent, a word of mouth company, I was offered the chance to join an E45 campaign, so I could communicate my findings to as my people as possible. E45 is a brand I have been using for years. My eldest daughter suffered terribly with eczema from birth, so it's a product I know and trust. I was sent two products to try, and this review discusses my thoughts about the Perfume Free Moisturising Lotion.
Along with the perfume free variety of my review, I was also sent the Nourish and Restore (perfumed) version for Mature skin. I tried that one first of all thinking it would suit me better; with me being the age range it was predominantly aimed at, and never having any issues with perfumed products before. I quickly came to realise that that one wasn't for me as it actually caused dry patches and the intense itchiness that goes with it, on my skin. Even though I have a long association with the E45 brand it was with hesitation that I went on to try this product.
The bottle is very plain and nondescript, and although it carries the familiar E45 logo and brand name, it wouldn't jump out at you on the supermarket or chemist shelf. The 200ml bottle is available to purchase from Boots at the moment for £4.85. This is a fair price in my opinion; however if you did want to go for it, it would be wiser paying that little bit more and getting the half a litre bottle. You don't need to worry about it going off as it has a shelf life of 12 months once opened, and makes the extra investment well worthwhile.
The bottle has a quite tight fitting flip top lid, from which to dispense the product. It fastens with a really firm click so I'd be happy to take this around with me to the gym or swimming baths if I needed to reapply after showering.
The lotion inside it quite light and easily rubbed into my skin. I know the product is perfume free, but that's not so say there wouldn't be a scent to the actual ingredients. I think it smells clean and fresh, and reminds me of the original thick cream I used to use on my daughter. The texture of this is completely different though; the cream used to be thick, and wouldn't absorb and used to leave you with a greasy film on your skin.
I've never suffered with eczema, but I have suffered with dry skin particularly during the colder months and after a long cold winter such as our last one, my skin was still suffering. It had been dry and tight until I started using the Nourish and Restore, but gradually over a couple of days it caused red welts on my skin, and terribly itchy patches on my skin. In fact it got so bad that I was scratching myself in my sleep and making my skin bleed. I've never had a reaction such as that in my life. As I said before, I still trust the E45 brand so I went ahead and applied this.
I think that this is a very effective lotion. After the first application my skin felt calmer and less raw, and I could almost see the improvement in my skin before my very eyes. It took about five days before the red welts had healed, and consequent use has even brought about an improvement in skin. My skin feels smooth and supple and while I'd always normally choose a perfumed product over a non-scented one, I feel this has done its job admirably.
All in all I'm glad that I took part in this Bzz campaign for two reasons; One, I know now that despite my decreasing budget, there's always a bit of room there for the more opulent body products on the market. The price of this was good, the moisturisation was good; it just wasn't as luxurious as I'm used to or have come to expect. I don't drink and I don't smoke, so I've got to have a treat sometime. And Two, despite my experiences with the Renew and Restore product (there must be a fragrance in there I'm allergic to), my faith in E45 has been withheld. I think I can safely award this four dooyoo stars as it's good but not brilliant.
As an addendum, a part of the Bzz campaign asks you to send in photos of your skin after using the products. I sent in a photo of mine after using the Nourish and Restore, and it was rejected as it wasn't a positive experience. They want you to spread the word, but only the good points. Bad move Bzz.
I have been a bzz agent for about a year now but am only starting to get regular products to try, my current campaign is for 2 different bottles of E45 moisturising lotion and this is one of them that I received free of charge. You can buy this product in chemists and supermarkets and it costs £4.50 for a 200ml bottle or £7 for a 500ml bottle, I received a 200ml bottle for this campaign.
The lotion comes packaged in a white plastic bottle, the only colour on it is the Dark blue and salmon colour of the E45 logo and these colours are also what the writing is in on the bottle. The bottle has a flip top lid on it which makes it easy to close the bottle back up whilst having cream in your hands. On the bottle it states that the cream "soothes, softens and relieves dry and sensitive skin" it also tells you it is perfume free and hypoallergenic.
On the back of the bottle you are told that this can be used all over your body and it is suitable for all of the family including babies, you get a list of ingredients and the usual warnings such as avoid contact with eyes and keep away from children. The product is made by Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare and you have contact details for the company if you should need them.
To use the product you simply need to flip open the lid of the bottle and give the bottle a gentle squeeze to make the cream come out of the bottle, the cream is white and has a slight soapy smell in my opinion even thought it is meant to be unperfumed although it is only slight. The cream is quite runny and it rubs into the skin easily but it does leave the skin feeling damp for a minute or so whilst it is soaking in properly.
After use my skin is left feeling soft and rehydrated which is great for me as I have a problem with the skin on my hands and the dryness is extreme so this cream helps to provide relief whilst also being suitable for my whole body. My eldest daughter has a few eczema patches on her legs and we have been using this cream on them for her and she says it is helping and she does seem to be itching less than when using the cream that the doctors gave us. The cream goes a long way and you don't need much at all to nourish your skin.
I personally would give this lotion 4 stars from 5 as for myself as a consumer I prefer a lotion which does have some smell to it.
E45 is a brand I have been familiar with for years as we use it sometimes for eczema prone skin. A few weeks back, I was offered the chance to try E45's new lotion, nourish and restore through a word of mouth advertising company called Bzz Agent. (They team up with companies to send you products for free, which you can then try and share with friends, and tell others your experience.) Alongside my full size bottle of Nourish and Restore, I was also given a 200ml bottle of the original scent free version of E45 lotion.
E45 is quite a light lotion, easily rubbed into dry skin, and it is very cooling and soothing to dry itchy patches due to my eczema. The cream is hypoallergenic, has no added scent, though always smells a little soapy to me, and I find that it is ok to use on any members of the family in need of moisturisation. I don't regularly apply this to my children, but my youngest son does get very dry itchy skin when he gets hot, and this then gets scratched, and he is prone to developing infected hair folicles which look like spots, and can take a while to heal and spread very easily if not treated. I usually apply sudocrem to deal with infection, and E45 when I spot dry patches to prevent the scratching.
The lotion absorbs very quickly into my skin, and I find a little goes a long way. The bottle is a good way of presenting this lotion as it is easy to dispense the product out, and I find that this is good to travel with as the bottle does not leak. I find that this leaves my skin with a bit of a sheen which doesn't bother me so much on a daily basis, but if I were dressing up nicely for something I would be less keen to see it. The skin can be tacky for a little while after applying the lotion, but I mostly wear casual clothes and I have no problem getting dressed straight away afterwards.
For general dryness, this is a very effective lotion. I have been trying to apply it to a very dry patch on my ankle bone which has got sore from sitting on the floor and the carpet rubbing against it. This lotion has been pretty ineffective on this dry patch, so I have had to swap to a cream designed for treating dry skin on feet. I think this is because the thicker skin here has prevented the lotion doing its job.
A 200ml bottle of this costs about £4.50. If you are going to use a lot of it, it is better value to buy the 500ml bottle which is £7 so about half the price per 100ml of product.
E45 remains a decent lotion for soothing dry skin. I think it is a good solution for dealing with all of the families needs, but as it is mostly me in my house who slathers on this sort of product, I think I personally prefer something with a bit more scent and luxury appeal than this very basic looking functional product. It bores me using this when there are so many lovely body butters and moisturisers on the market which are more pleasant to use.
Ok, but not got enough about it to make it more than an average product for me.
I am a member of the great Bzzagent website which sends me some amazing products to review and try. The most recent campaign I was involved in was testing the new E45 body lotion.
E45 is a well know name for making body creams. In my household it has always been known as the simple, back to basics body cream. No thrills just a simple all-rounder. To be honest, being someone that tends to fall for marketing, it has never been on my shopping list I usually go for fruity fragrances, or some form of wondrous potion offering to make my silhouette 10 times smaller and firmer. (Dream on!)
I was more than happy to give this cream a go. I felt save in the familiar name and never say no to a freebie.
** E45 Lotion - the new formula **
The first thing I notices about this product is that it is a lotion and not a cream. E45 is usually a thick, slap on formula that takes ages to sink in and reminds me more of a chicken pox medication then a general body cream. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this new formula was in a fact a smooth, light and creamy lotion.
It was so light that a small squeeze is all I need and it literally glides on to my skin like milk. It feels cool, light and milky. With 60 years of experience it is about time E45 came into the 21st century and they have done just that with this lotion.
This lotion is formulated to be a light daily moisturiser that can be used everywhere every day. It is suitable for sensitive skin and is supposed to be easily absorbed.
** My Experience **
This lotion was far better than I expected. It ticked the anticipated boxes of being fragrance free (so I could put it on anytime) and I expected it to be delicate for my skin which it was. I don't have particularly sensitive skin but over the past few months my elbows have become increasingly sore and dry. I have tried other creams on this area but while they have moisturised the skin the stinging that came with it was not worth the hassle. I was pleasantly surprised that this left my elbows in no discomfort and actually eased the dryness and soreness that came with it. It literally did this instantly.
One of my biggest frustrations is creams and lotions which takes an age to sink in to my skin. I am very impatient and the last thing I need to do is to flap around trying to wave myself dry. I was really impressed that considering how light and 'wet' this lotion seemed to be, after 30 seconds I was free to get dressed or move as I please. The instant moisture didn't wipe off and my skin was grease free.
This cream is aimed at dry or sensitive skin. I have combination skin and it works like a dream. It was not greasy on my already oily bits and on my sensitive dry sections it felt like Roman milk.
It is an all-rounder for the whole family. A little goes a long way and should really be a staple in your bathroom, car, office, handbag etc.... it really is a great lotion that moisturised and improved the feel and appearance of my skin.
I have been using this lotion for the past 3 weeks and can say that it really has been a retro gem.
By the way, at the time of writing, E45 are currently giving away free samples of this lotion if you want to try it yourself. I am assuming it is for a limited time but I would suggest you give it a go. http://www.e45.co.uk/our-offers/lotion-campaign/.
Available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.
So im one of those bzz agents who manages to get some rather nice freebies that I can test out on myself rather like a human guinea pig and then share my findings with all who can be bothered to read them. On this occassion I was offered the chance to try the new range of e45 body lotions plus the old original perfume free lotion so I jumped at the chance as I moisturise daily so know what is good foe my skin.
The e45 bottle is plain white which to me gives the impression of something plain and natural, asthe bottle states it is perfume free and hypoallergenic.
The bottle is 200ml which seems little in liquid form but for a lotion is a good size.
The lotion says it is to soften and soothe dry sensitive skin and can be used by the whole family on the hands body and face, this is even suitable for babies making this seem like the ultimate lotion to have around the house.
The lid is a flip up which is secure from leakages but is easy to open. The lotion is white and liquid but not too runny and does even stay on my forehead when poured straight on. There is a slight fragrance of talc, it is gentle and smells like a natural product.
I have greasy and spotty skin so to use this on mt face is a great thing as I have to be so careful what I put on it, it worked wonders for my winter skin after only three uses. So far I cannot see any disadvantages to this product and would highly recommend it.
I've used E45 for years so was really excited to receive a campaign from Bzz to trial two body lotions from their new range; I've now used both and although I adored the fragranced E45 Nourish & Repair lotion, I thought this 'plain' E45 Moisturising Lotion has been the best for my family on the whole - as of today we've all used it, after Alice applied it to her face following a 'dry spell' on her forehead.
It's an incredibly gentle lotion; dermalogically tested to be safe for all skin types and perfectly fine even for the youngest family member, in fact it's come in most useful for two year old David who is suffering from dry skin following a pretty nasty illness which has left him run down. The lotion itself has a nice consistency; it's super smooth and reminds me of Johnson's baby lotion as far as the feel of it goes, it applies nicely and absorbs surprisingly quickly considering it feels fairly rich while I'm rubbing it in.
The best thing about E45 Moisturising Lotion is the fact that it is completely non-greasy and once it has been absorbed my skin is left with no hint of dampness or the clamminess I sometimes experience after using these 'gentle' body moisturisers. When I use it myself, which admittedly isn't all that often, I like to apply it after my morning shower as it seems to set my skin up hydration-wise for the day and leaves me feeling comfortable until my nighttime bath when I apply a heavier body butter or cream. I'm in a rush in the mornings, with six of us all getting ready to leave the house I can't linger in the main bathroom for ages waiting for my body lotion to dry - with this one I don't have to and can get dressed straightaway, thankfully as I'm usually running ten minutes late in the morning anyway!
After application my skin feels great, soft and smooth with a very apparent enhanced level of moisturisation. It's completely inoffensive in every way, as a body lotion it works beautifully to both prevent dry skin and also to deal with any dry patches which have already developed - for me this is 'winter skin', but a couple of my kids are also suffering with dry skin issues and it's worked wonders for all of us. David's skin is much improved, his illness had left his skin so dry it had an almost dusty feel to it - by the time the antibiotics worked on his symptoms it was apparent to me that I'd need to do something else to combat this strange dryness. I started off applying a small amount of E45 to his legs as although I trust the kindness of the E45 brand I wasn't sure about using it across his whole dry and feverish little body. I needn't have worried, within two days I could see how much healthier his skin looked and felt so proceeded to slather the rest of his body in the lotion - just three days later he was back to normal and I was able to cease using it altogether. I was pretty astounded to tell you the truth as his dry skin had been so severe that I was planning a GP visit, but as I applied the lotion I could see and feel his skin drinking the moisture in so I guessed it was going to have the desired effect.
My partner gets heat lumps at the beginning of every summer, and this year is no different. He's at the stage now where the lumps are starting to dry out so each evening I've been rubbing a little Moisturising Lotion into them to hopefully prevent the unsightly scabs which sometimes form over them - it's worked a treat and although he still has the lumps, at least they're comfortable lumps! He's the kind of bloke who snubs any kind of skincare for fear of becoming less manly, it's quite pathetic sometimes to watch him suffering with some skin issue or another that he martyr-like refuses to treat with anything other than soap and water. He doesn't mind this E45 lotion though as it's so incredibly unfeminine (neither is it blokey!) - the bottle is plain with not a hint of flowers (he hates flowers in skincare), the lotion even smells sexless with its general creamy fragrance so suits a man like Mark down to the ground.
Charlotte and Alice, my teenage daughters, have used it to combat small areas of dry skin which are a result of spending so much time in the house over winter. Alice's problem area was on her forehead and I think has been made worse by her fringe not allowing much air to get to this patch of skin, I'm happy to report that E45 Moisturising Lotion was fine for use on her facial skin (for some reason I always consider this a body only product) and within just two applications her skin was back to normal with no hint of the dryness which had been irritating her. She had to be very careful not to get the lotion near her hairline as the one time she did allow this to happen it left the front of her hair looking quite greasy - obviously this isn't the lotion's fault, but it's something to be aware of if you're planning to use it as a facial moisturiser. Charlotte has a touch of eczema on her hand which she has to keep on top of now she's working in a sandwich shop and dealing with the public and their food, our (rather overenthusiastic) GP gave her a steroid cream but I didn't collect the prescription as frankly the problem wasn't severe enough to be using such a strong preparation - turns out I was right as regular application of E45 has sorted it out and moisturised her skin well enough that the eczema has completely disappeared, she's using it as a hand cream so I'm thinking I'll purchase her a bottle of the actual E45 hand cream at some point as it seems to be suiting her so well.
All in all I'm bizarrely happy with this body lotion, far more than I thought I would be considering the fact that I usually opt for more 'interesting' body products which at least smell delicious even if they only work to a mediocre level. I've learned a lesson here - a nice smell doesn't necessarily make for a good product; what E45 lacks in the scent department it more than makes up for in pure usefulness as a skin care item, with the added bonus of being kind enough to be used by the whole family. Full marks, E45.
The E45 lotion is my preferred body moisturiser. I have naturally very dry skin and find that after showering my skin got particularly flaky. To combat this, I tried many different brands of body moisturiser and E45's labelling mentioned it is effective for this type of dermatological complaint and even suitable for more serious skin conditions like eczema, so it seemed to be tick the right boxes for me.
I am not a fan of creams that leave a sticky residue, I like for them to absorb into the skin after application and then disappear without a trace. This is exactly what the E45 lotion does. This product is much more liquid than the cream version and as a result I find that it will rub into the skin easily and in a minute or two left the skin soft and with no sign that anything was applied. Which is a bonus as you will not need to wipe your hands before touching other things you don't want to get cream on.
The liquidity of the lotion also allows a faster application to the body, good if you are either in a rush or don't want to waste precious time moisturising (I am of the latter category).
I have used this every day now for months and my skin no longer flakes like the nightmare before. I never have dry, cracked skin anywhere on my body and am very thankful for E45 in creating this product.
E45 Lotion is best bought when they are on the 3 for the price of 2 offers, these run quite frequently, so stock up on them as appropriate and then use them daily as I think is very important to maintain the smooth, moisturised skin and means should you miss a couple of days you have a grace period where your skin is still supple.
WHAT IS IT?
E45 Moisturising Lotion is a body lotion that has got no fragrance and so it is suitable for people with problem skin and also for people who have got very dry skin.
The lotion comes in a plain white bottle that I do not like because it looks very plain and like something that would be used for a sickness instead. It is a bottle that is easy to squeeze the lotion out and I like that the hole at the top does not get filled up even after I have been using the body lotion for many days and do not always take care to close the bottle properly.
The lotion is quite thick but not thick like the E45 cream is. It sinks into my skin quick and I do not have to spend a lot of time rubbing it in. It is creamy and not greasy so is pleasing for me to use all over my body. It does not smell of anything exept for being creamy and it feels very gentle.
WHAT I THINK
I was sent this to try because I am a Bzz agent and I was happy to receive it because I use the cream when my children hurt themselves but have not used it for moisturising very much because of how thick it is.
I like the body lotion but think that it is a bit boring to use and so I quite often use something else because my skin is not dry so I do not have to be restricting with my skin care products. It is very moisturising and I think that if my skin was very dry this would be a very effective lotion, I do not have any dry skin to test it on but my daughter is 10 months old and she has got very dry skin on her shoulders so I have used this E45 lotion on her and it has improved the condition. I stopped using it yesterday because I have got some more products to test but I will use it for longer on my daughters skin.
It is very gentle and does not be irritating to our skin. I am glad for that because I do not like to rely on baby products for my daughter but a lot of adult products are too hard for her skin.
I like that you do not have to use very much every time you moisturise your body so the big bottle will last for a long time. I like also that my skin does not feel greasy or sticky after I have used it and it dries very quick so I can dress.
A 200ml bottle of E45 Moisturising Lotion costs about £5 and there are more available if you have got different skin problems or if you like to use something with fragrance.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I am a BzzAgent, so get the opportunity to try out some products for free, in return for giving my feedback on them. I have recently taken part in a Bzz Campaign for a new body lotion launched by the "E45" brand, namely the Nourish & Restore Body Lotion. I was intrigued to note that a different product was included alongside the newly-launched bottle of lotion, in my pack from the Bzz company, namely the "E45 Moisturising Lotion", with this review outlining my experience of using the product.
The product is readily available, usually in two sizes, from a variety of retailers, including good drugstore such as Boots and Superdrug, and some supermarkets, such as Tesco. You can expect to pay in the region of £4.80 for the 200ml bottle from Boots, and around £4.50 from Tesco.
The packaging for the product is rather simplistic, I must confess, although such matters would never deter me from purchasing. Comprising of a plain-looking white bottle made of robust plastic, the familiar E45 branding appears on the front, in a bold blue and white design. There is a sturdy 'flip up' lid on top of the bottle that is very easy to use, and I have experienced no difficulty in opening or closing this during use. Similarly, I find the bottle's materials are not so hard or robust that they pose an issue with me dispensing the product, even though I suffer with limited strength in my hands as a result of reduced mobility. This is a significant problem that I encounter frequently with a whole variety of products, but I can't say that I have noticed any such issue during the time I have been using the products from the E45 range.
The lotion is dispensed easily from the bottle, through a small hole in the top of the bottle, located under the 'flip up' cap on top. The lotion's texture is very thin, and is definitely what I would describe as a lotion, as it is considerably thinner and runnier than body creams or similar products. It's colour is white, and it looks quite 'average' in its appearance, being free of any high gloss or shine, or other noticeable detail.
The E45 Moisturising Lotion is described on the front of the bottle; "Soothes, softens and relieves dry and sensitive skin." It is also described as being "Perfume Free - Hypoallergenic." I admit that I found these statements and claims as being something of a reassurance, mainly because my skin is very sensitive and will 'flare' aggressively if overly harsh products are used. In addition, my skin is dry, with my upper arms being a particularly difficult area to deal with as the skin here seems particularly stubborn in terms of obtaining full moisturisation without irritating the skin and making the problem worse.
The Lotion can be used all over the body, face and hands. I have been concentrating on using it on my upper arms and neck, in addition to applying it to my hands instead of a separate hand cream product. I like this 'flexible' nature of the product, as it makes it feel much more convenient than having a separate product for each task. In addition, I will often seek out products with a sort of '2 in 1' feel to them when going on holiday, finding that such products allow me to carry less toiletries with me when travelling... Often as issue for me, due to hefty weight restrictions on my luggage.
When applying the Lotion to my upper arms, I find that a 'blob' around the size of a 50p coin is enough to deal with this area on one arm. The lotion's texture is thin and has a 'light' feel to it that makes it feel quite pleasant as it is smoothened over the skin's surface. I am not particularly fond of creams and lotions that feel 'heavy' on the skin, finding they don't always agree with my skin type, or its sensitive nature. This is not an issue with the E45 Moisturising Lotion, however, as it feels light during use, with its consistency feeling like it is allowing my skin to 'breathe' underneath, rather than being smothered. The lotion spreads easily too, which is another plus point as far as I am concerned; I don't have a lot of stamina or energy to spend on such tasks, so the fact I am able to undertake my body moisturising routine in a short space of time is absolutely ideal for my own needs.
I don't find that the E45 Lotion feels particularly greasy during use, which was a concern I had, particularly as I used it on my neck. I didn't find that it felt 'tacky' or sticky during use either, but I did find that I had to wait a short while before dressing, following application. This was really just to allow the Lotion to be fully absorbed into my skin, to avoid my clothing sticking. I was able to dress a short time afterwards, with this result being on a par with most other Body Lotion and Cream products that I use regularly. I don't have any cause for complaint when considering this aspect of the product, and I did find that it slotted quite neatly into my everyday 'skincare' routine, causing nothing in the way of fuss or extra effort. I feel therefore that the product is versatile and easy to use, with a straight-forward approach and simplistic nature.
I will admit, however, that I was VERY aware of the product's lack of scent during use. I am a huge fan of fruit or citrus-scented body care products so I feel that the E45 product's omission of any fragrance or aroma is really going to be extra-noticeable to me, as I am so used to smothering myself in a whole host of products with robust fragrances. Other consumers may find this to be less of an issue, but for me, I couldn't help but notice this aspect of the product caused disappointment.
On the plus side, I felt that the Lotion's lack of perfume or scent made it extra gentle and with a soothing, caring nature that my dry skin welcomed and embraced. This allowed me to witness something of an improvement to the troublesome skin that is most affected by dryness, which is at my upper arms. Where the skin here is usually dry and with a 'tightness' present in the skin's surface after bathing or showering, the E45 Lotion offered a little 'calm' to the area, quieting the discomfort and tightness and offering an overall 'soothing' feeling to be experienced instead. This was a pleasant surprise to witness, as I had rather thought that the Lotion wouldn't be up to scratch in terms of coping with the extreme dryness that is often present. I find too that if the Moisturising Lotion is applied at night time before bed, the 'softened' feeling is still present the following morning. This result exceeds those expected from me prior to using the product, and certainly beats those experienced from other products used from rival brands in recent times.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the E45 Moisturising Lotion works so well in combating my notoriously dry skin that I will repurchase it again in the future. It works so well that I am able to obtain top results if it is used only twice a week, which is ideal as the product is just not 'nice' enough for me to use more regularly than this. If I HAD to use it more often, I would, as its results are impossible to overlook. I really prefer to experience a soft scent or fragrant fruity aroma during my skincare routine, however, so will be sticking to my fruit-scented skincare products from other brands to get this 'fix' as it were. This matter is probably down to personal taste, so I won't be deducting any marks from the product rating score on Dooyoo for this aspect of the Lotion, and I do appreciate that its unperformed formula is no doubt a contributing factor to it's suitability for sensitive skin.
In summary, I do really recommend the E45 Moisturising Lotion, particularly for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin. It's formula is so mild and gentle that it is the ideal product to use to obtain a 'calmness' to irritated or easily-aggravated skin, and I do really recommend it for this purpose. For a little luxury, however, you may need to look elsewhere.
A light lotion which can be used all over the body, face and hands to care for dry skin / E45 Lotion is perfume free, allergy screened and / /