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After my holiday last year my skin was tanned but feeling very dry and peeling. My husband was also suffering from dry skin that had had two weeks in the sun, pool and sea and was feeling in need of some care.
At the time there were offers on in Sainsbury’s for Vaseline body lotions and I bought three different varieties from the range to try. I didn’t think my husband would be too keen on the cocoa lotion but I thought I would be quiet and let him try it before saying he wouldn't like it.
Vaseline Essential Moisture Cocoa Radiant Lotion is, in my opinion, an excellent product. After using the lotion after showering for just a couple of times I could feel a difference in my skin. It certainly helped with the flakiness of my skin due to too much Mediterranean sunshine, if there can be such a thing.
My skin tends to itch at times and especially after holidays but this lotion helped to put some moisture back into my skin and to sooth it. What’s more is it does make one’s skin feel pampered after using it. I would say that it doesn't absorb as quickly as some other lotions from Vaseline but if that isn't a problem then it’s worth waiting the few extra minutes to allow it to seep into your skin and then wait for it to do its job.
This lotion has a lovely scent of cocoa butter but it isn't too strong for me.
As for hubby, well he did try this lotion. He is very fussy with creams and can’t stand anything that doesn't absorb very quickly into his skin so he preferred other lotions. But he does often remark that I smell nice when I have applied this lotion onto my skin.
Vaseline Essential Moisture Cocoa radiant Lotion can be purchased from most supermarkets and chemists:
Boots £2.99 (200 ml)
Sainsbury’s £2.75 (200 ml)
After tying out a variety of different body lotions,creams and butter to help improve my dry skin in the winter, I decided to try out Vaseline coca radiant lotion. I already use the Vaseline lip balms and they work great for when I have dry lips so I hade high hopes for this lotion. I didn't have to purchase the body lotion since my mum was already using it so I decided to use her one and see it my skin improves. After I used the lotion for a month I did notice that my skin did improve compared to what it was like before, my skin was soft ,moist and looked rich. However the body lotion was not an amazing product for me yes it did improve my skin but now I hardly use it unless I remember too, This is not my top moisturiser although I will still recommend this as a product that improves skin and does what it claims.
I tried Vaseline Essential Moisture Cocoa Radiant Lotion as I have dry skin and rely on products like Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula to relieve the dry, tight feeling in my skin. As this product was reduced I thought I'd give it a go.
Smell and texture:
Cocoa Radiant lotion has a very strong smell. It's a sweet honey/chocolate smell that does feel nice once applied on the skin. For me, it's a little too sickly sweet, especially in comparison to the more subtle smell that the Palmer's equivalent has. The texture was too thin for me which made the product messy to get out of the bottle. It also meant the lotion didn't seep into the skin very easily. The lotion has an orange/yellow colour to it which will stain if it gets on clothing or carpets so be careful where you use it.
Does it moisturise?
I have dry and sensitive skin and rely on cocoa butter lotion to relieve it. I usually apply all over my body both morning and evening as well as after a bath or shower. Vaseline Essential Moisture Cocoa Radiant Lotion did relieve this sensation initially but after 2 uses, left my skin feeling itchy, red and irritated. I wouldn't say this is suitable for sensitive skin at all. I had to stop using it so that my skin could recover.
Price and value for money:
At about £3 for 200ml, this is cheaper than other cocoa butter lotions on the market. However, for me, the product smelled a little cheap, was too thin, and was not suitable for sensitive skin. As a result, I would suggest paying more for a brand like Palmer's, or buying the Cocoa Butter Lotion from a chain of pound shops that works equally well as Palmer's.
My body can tell that Winter is approaching as my skin has been getting pretty dry so I decided to use cocoa butter as its the one thing that never fails to give great moisturisation. My usual go-to product is Palmer's Cocoa Butter but I saw Vaseline's Cocoa Butter when I was out shopping and I thought I'd give this one a go.The bottle is made of a fairly soft, squeezable plastic and has a sturdy flip-top lid which makes it very easy to use. The lotion has a fairly thin consistency which flows easily from the bottle with little effort.The texture of the lotion is smooth and creamy and it glides easily over the skin meaning a little goes a long way. It has a lovely sweet cocoa scent to it which is not overly strong like many cocoa butter products, but I do think the sweetness of it makes it a love it or hate it kind of thing.It massages really easily into my skin and absorbs almost instantly, leaving no greasy residue. My skin feels immediately softer and smoother and looks brighter and healthier with a slight dewy sheen to it. I suffer from dry, patchy skin on my arms and legs and I found after just a couple of applications of this lotion these areas were feeling much smoother and more hydrated, and within a week all signs of dryness had completely disappeared. It's as effective as much richer products such as body butters, but without the heavy feel.
Overall a fantastic body moisturiser which, at the very reasonable price of £3.55 for a 200ml bottle.
I recently bought the Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion on offer and loved it, so when I spotted the other 2 new Vaseline Essential Moisture lotions on offer in Morrisons I picked up one of each; the Essential Moisture Clean Feeling Lotion, and the Cocoa Radiant Rich Feeling Lotion, and this Cocoa Radiant one was the first I tried. I'm not sure how much I paid for it at the time but the usual price for a 200ml bottle is about £3.50.
It comes in a nice looking brown plastic bottle with a flip top lid which makes it easy and convenient to use. The bottle isn't too rigid which means you can squeeze it easily to get the lotion out even when you get down to the last bits.
The lotion has a medium consistency, not too runny or thin and not thick or heavy like a body butter or cream. It has a smooth, creamy texture and a sweet cocoa butter scent. I'm often not keen on cocoa butter products as I find the scent too sweet and overpowering, but this one is actually quite subtle and nice.
The smooth texture means it massages easily over the skin, and a little does go a long way. It absorbs pretty quickly leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth with a dewy finish. It doesn't feel greasy or sticky, or make my skin feel coated, and I can get dressed after about a minute after applying.
This leaves my skin feeling really soft and easily deals with dry skin patches that I get from time to time. I've also been using this on my feet and it has left them feeling brilliantly soft and smooth, and smelling sweet too! I really like how this manages to leave my skin super-soft and smooth without leaving it feeling greasy or clammy like richer products do.
Overall I'd definitely recommend this for anyone with areas of dry skin who doesn't like the feeling of heavy creams or butters.