Body Lotions I Love (And One I Don't)

I have far too many body care products - soaps, shower gels, shampoos, hand creams ... the list goes on and on. To give you some idea of what I mean, here's a summary of just what's in my body lotion rotation currently:

The Body Shop - Strawberry Body Butter
I often find that lotions and butters with fruit scents land to the side of cloying, too sweet, more like candy than anything natural. This strawberry body butter is an exception - it reminds me of a flat of fresh-picked strawberries straight from the field, the kind you'd find at the annual Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, California - or the Strawberry Social from 'To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar'.

Sabon - Delicate Jasmine Body Lotion
Sabon is a European body care chain with stores in New York City. I'm going to NYC next month, so I'll do a more complete review then. In the meantime, this is my favorite of their lines. It's much more aquatic than floral - in fact, it reminds me a lot of Philosophy's seasonal line Snow Angel, lots of fresh water with just a hint of jasmine at the end.

L'Occitane - Almond Milk Veil
What I like best about this lotion is that it's light and absorbs quickly. The scent is mild - it's a neutral sort of milky fragrance, making it a versatile base if you're layering moisturizer with perfumes.

Diptyque - Lait Frais Body Lotion
Diptyque Lait Frais translates to "Fresh Milk" but it's actually a light, refreshing citrus infused with orange blossom water. It's also very moisturizing without being greasy, with one of the best textures I've experienced in a body lotion - Diptyque never does anything by halves. I love layering this with their Eau Des Sens with its orange notes. The combination is so fresh and uplifting and lasts for hours.

Elizabeth Arden - Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream
This cream has a really lemony citrus scent, with just a little bit of honey and some underlying musk to temper it. It's also really thick and rich. It feels so luxurious! My only complaint is that the fragrance doesn't last long, although that's not such a big concern since it's become my go-to for moisturizing right before bed.

Blue Haven Bee Company - Georgia Peach Nourishing Lotion
I found this local brand at a gift shop while I was on a trip last week (I went to a wedding in Savannah, Georgia). The peach scent is SO GOOD. Sadly, the fragrance doesn't last long, but the lotion is very good texture-wise (absorbs quickly and is non-greasy).

Sol Janeiro - Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
I got a sample of this one with a Sephora order a few weeks ago, and I have to say, I do not get what the big deal is. Did the formula change at some point? I've seen people raving about how good this cream smells. The lotion texture is fine, but it smelled really cheap to me. I'm glad I was able to sample it before I ordered a larger size.

What's On My Face Today

I've been in Chicago at a conference for the past week - I just got home yesterday, in fact - and while I was there I popped into a local MAC store to pick up a few of the new Tendertalk Lip Balms. These are actually a re-release (they first appeared in 2016), but I missed them the first time around. I love these so much! I picked up Candy Wrapped (the sheer pale pink) and Play With Me (the sheer red). These lip balms glide on easily and work with your skin's pH to create a flush with just a little bit of tint. I could swear there's also some plumping action going on, although I don't feel any irritation - it may just be the appearance of plumpness that a slight gloss can give. Once I have a chance to take some photos, I'll do a more full review with swatches.

The cream cheek/lip color from Milk is not a new product, but it's one I turned to a lot this past winter. I find that cream blushes are a lot easier to blend, and of course they don't make me look as dry as a powder blush would, but you do need to set them with just a little bit of powder to keep them from migrating during the day. This shade, Swish, is a really bright pink. I think neon-y pinks like this can be a little intimidating, but I find that the brighter colors actually blend out into a more natural flush on the skin. I especially love this pink because it doesn't oxidize on my skin during the day - a lot of blushes start out looking natural, then turn orange on me be the end of the day. This particular product is very buildable, too, so you can go as pale or extreme as you want.

Just one more note: Hubert de Givenchy was better known for his fashion designs and a lifetime of dressing famous women then he was for the company's beauty products, but regardless of how you remember him he will be sorely missed in the beauty and fashion communities. Hubert de Givenchy passed away yesterday at the age of 91.

Givenchy's Top 5 Iconic Looks, From Audrey Hepburn To Kanye West [Newsweek]

What's On My Face Today