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I only really became aware of the Jergens brand of body care products a few months ago when I was sent a full sized tube of "firming" moisturiser to test for a magazine. Unfortunately I was away when they sent it to me so I couldn't give my feedback and that is probably the last time they will be sending me any freebies, but oh well! I found that I really liked that moisturiser, so when I saw this cocoa butter body lotion from Jergens reduced to half price in Tesco I thought I would give it a try, seeing as I get through so many body lotions and can always make use of them.
This body lotion is from the "naturals" range, which as you would expect, refers to the fact they use natural ingredients. 96% of the ingredients here are natural, so it is not fully natural but that doesn't really bother me.
It comes in a fairly standard 200 ml tube with a flip top cap and the opening is just the right size to squeeze out a good amount. I think the design and branding looks quite nice.
The body lotion itself is quite thick and rich. It has a creamy colour and quite a luxorious creamy texture. Besides the texture, the first thing I noticed when I squeezed some of this out is that it smells gorgeous! It has a really rich and full cocoa butter smell to it, quite chocolatey and just lovely. After using it all over my body I definitely notice that the scent lingers for a good couple of hours. Because of this I prefer to use it in the evening or later in the day after I come back from swimming rather than first thing in the morning when I want to put perfume on.
Smelling good would be no use if it didn't work, but luckily it is also really effective and feels great. As it is on the richer side, it feels very nourishing and highly moisturising on the skin. As well as the cocoa butter, which is a well known natural moisturiser, it also has vitamin E. I don't have particularly dry skin but I do still like to keep it well moisturised and this does an impressive job of it, leaving my skin really smooth and soft. It sinks in quite quickly but not as fast as some of the very light gel creme moisturisers, so I do have to wait a minute or two to let it absorb.
I would definitely recommend this especially considering that you can get it half price at the moment, £2.57 instead of £5.15, at Tesco. That's quite a good bargain I think! Apparently this offer will be on until August 28th according to the Tesco site.
I've been using Jergens Naturals Cocoa Butter for around 6 months and have been very pleased with this body moisturiser.
** The product **
Jergens body moisturisers have been around since 1982, and this range of organic body moisturisers have recently been introduced. As anyone who has read my other reviews will know, I am quite a Green People devotee when it comes to body care products. However, the Green People body moisturisers are a little out of my price range for daily use, so I was delighted to find this range of moisturisers.
Jergens Naturals have 5 different varieties of this body moisturiser:
* Age Defying
* Ultra Hydrating
* Skin Firming
* Total Nourishment
* Cocoa Butter
After trying all of them I have settled on the Cocoa Butter variety as my personal choice. It comes in a 200ml squeezy tube, and retails for £4.99. Boots and Tesco often have a 'Buy Three for Two' offer on their skincare range, so I tend to stock up on this product when that those offers are available. I get through a lot of tubes of this stuff so saving a third on the price, makes a big difference in the long run.
This body moisturiser is 96% organic, so it's kind to skin and you can be confident you won't be absorbing any nasty chemicals. It contains cocoa butter and sunflower seed oil to deeply moisturise you skin, and vitamin E which is full of age-resisting anti-oxidants. It also has lots of other lovely natural and wholesome sounding ingredients in it, such as oatmeal, avocado, calendula and jojoba. It has the ingredients list like that of a far more premium organic body moisturiser, so for this price I think it's quite a bargain.
** My experience **
First up the packaging... It comes in the typical squeezy tube. I have a little gripe with this because it's always impossible to get the last bit out of these tubes, no matter how I contort it. It's better than the plunge type bottles for this issue but a better designed pump would be more favourable.
Jergens Naturals Cocoa Butter smells delicious! It's the classic rich, yummy cocoa butter smell that is synonymous with luxurious moisturisers. It can be very overpowering once I've covered myself in it, but the smell does wear off after about an hour. Whilst the smell is awesome it does make wearing perfume a bit tricky, so I tend to wait a little while after applying this before putting any perfume on, otherwise it all becomes a bit sickly. I would advise trying one of the lighter scented or fruitier variations of this range to match your perfume.
It's a fairly light moisturiser, almost mousse like in its feel. It glides on really easily and sinks in straight away. Because of this I do find I use about double the amount that I would with a slightly creamier, heavier moisturiser. In fact one 200ml tube of this lasts me two, maybe three weeks max, if I use it daily, which is not very long at all. It leaves my skin feeling very moisturised but without any shininess or greasiness, which is great. It also doesn't leave that sticky feeling that is often associated with moisturisers either.
The natural ingredients seem very gentle on my skin. I occasionally get rashes and dermatitis on my neck so I have to be careful that my moisturiser doesn't exacerbate this. I find Jergens Naturals moisturisers have never inflamed my skin, and in fact thinking about it, since I've use this I don't think I've had any skin complaints at all.
This moisturiser is very long lasting, it keeps my skin moisturised all day. I think this moisturiser works deep within my skin to keep it moisturised, rather than just adding a temporary layer or barrier on the top. I say this because sometimes I don't bother with it after showering, but I find that my skin doesn't suffer or feel too dry. It definitely gets top marks for being effective as well as a joy to use.
** Recommendations **
I would recommend this for anyone who likes to use body moisturiser on a regular basis, and needs something affordable. I would especially recommend this product for anyone who has very dry skin or suffers from occasional dermatitis and skin rashes, such as myself. It's not quite a 5 star product because you do have to use a very generous amount to get the desired result. Having said that, it is a good moisturiser and deserves the decent 4 stars I've given it.
This review also appears on Ciao under my username sbeach000.
There is just so much more to the new Jergens Naturals Cocoa Butter Body Moisturiser than the elegant cream-coloured tube with the dark brown cocoa leaf.
First of all, when you flip the cap back, the aroma of sweet coconuts envelopes your senses, and as you close your eyes, you can almost picture a vast isolated beach with turquoise-coloured water lapping at the shores while a lovely warm breeze tickles the fronds on the palm trees. A large towel beckons you, and in your musings, you're reaching for one of those delicious tropical drinks served in coconut shells... and wondering why it's just you, the beach, the turquoise water, the palm trees, the towel and the drink. Where's the hunky lifeguard?
Fantasies aside... moving it along...
A gentle squeeze is all it takes. I tell you this because my first squeeze was not so gentle, and my 7-year-old Scottish Border Terrier got hit by a creamy projectile and darted out of the room making a very strange screeching noise. Catching up with him in the kitchen [obviously I wasn't going to leave the dollop of cream on his head], I cleaned him off and leaned forward to sniff him [which he seemed to find most peculiar]... ahhhh... coconuts. He'd never smelled so yummy.
Second try, I squeezed out only a tiny amount, and gently rubbed the small dollop of moisturiser on the top of my hand. The colour, a pale cream that is just a shade lighter than the colour of the tube, is very appealing, but not more so than the texture of the cream itself which is incredibly smooth and silky, and doesn't just sit on the skin like most other moisturisers... this one, I noticed, was quickly absorbed and I could see and feel the difference immediately. My skin was incredibly soft, and actually looked soft, too.
Reading the information found on the rear of the tube, I followed the directions and smoothed the moisturiser evenly all over my body. Although I don't have particularly dry skin, the moisturiser was quickly absorbed and I noticed that my skin felt plumper and looked so much healthier and softer. Truly an indulgence... for the senses... but also for the touch because my skin had never felt so silky soft.
24hrs later, my skin still feels silky smooth, and although the scent didn't last as long, it remained long enough last night to coax me into a fitful slumber with tropical dreams... still minus the lifeguard, though.
Containing 96% natural ingredients such as Cacao Seed Butter, Palm Kernel Glycerides, Cacao Extracts and Jojoba Esters, it also has the added benefit of vitamin E which is particularly good in reducing the appearance of scars and blemishes. I should add, however, that according to the 'Nutritional Supplements Guide', research showed that up to 1/3 of patients that applied a cream with Vitamin E developed allergic reactions. Therefore, before giving yourself an entire body overhaul, try a bit of the moisturiser on your hands first.
Looking this product up on the Boots website, I noticed that the price for a 200ml bottle was only £4.99. That's a fantastic price considering it doesn't take much for a truly indulgent full-body coverage.
My only gripe with this product, and the reason why I have deducted points off the rating, is, oddly enough, because of the scent. Yes, I stated above that the scent is incredibly nice, delicious and dreamy, but it's such a strong scent that it turns your expensive Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Escada perfumes into something resembling incense sticks. Therefore, although I love the smell, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
I would like to thank TalkPerfection for giving me the opportunity to test this product... I absolutely love it, and have decided to make it a permanent part of my moisturising routine on those days when perfume isn't on the agenda.