I have tried all sorts of lotions and creams to combat the harsh Canadian climate, and these are a few of my favourite products to ensure silky smooth skin all winter long:
All of the above products are made by LUSH cosmetics. LUSH is a green company who is against animal testing. The majority of their products are vegan, although some are only vegetarian. They "believe in making effective products from fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics" and their price point reflects the quality of the ingredients they use.
Dream cream ($5.00/45 g) is a classic cream made by LUSH. It is suggested for troubled skin that is chaffed, chapped or extremely dry. It has chamomile, oat milk, rose essential oil and lavender essential oil to calm irritation and diminish redness. Personally, I find the mild scent of this cream to be a bonus. It smells primarily of chamomile to me. It is fairly thick in consistency and a little goes a long way, making it worth the price tag. I have been using this on my dry hands with much success although it hasn't done enough for my dry ear area.
Lemony flutter ($14.95/45 g) is a thick lemon cream that is advertised for softening cuticles. I personally use it to soften my hands, elbows and dry ears. Lemony flutter is packed with lemon juice, shea butter and beeswax. It also contains cold-pressed avocado oil, which moisturizes and softens skin. I find the scent of this butter to be very pleasing. It smells like lemon icing- good enough to eat! I have found this to be the best treatment for my stubbornly dry ears. I would highly suggest this product as a deep moisturizer for dry patches. This product combined with dream cream have left me with extremely soft and supple hands!
Ultrabalm ($12.95/40 g) is LUSH cosmetics vegan answer to vaseline. Simple and effective, it has but three ingredients: organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. This multi-purpose balm can be used as an intensive lip balm, an effective healing balm for tattoo aftercare or cuts and scrapes, as a brow and fly-away smoother, or for cracked and dry heels. I personally find it to have a very dull smell- it is not scented. I use it for my dry ears, and the soles of my feet. I have also used it as a hair serum when my hair is too volumous and it smoothed it out quite nicely. I like that its completely natural with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. I have read online that many new mothers like to use it as a natural cure for diaper rash. I think this is a must-have for every person on earth!
Cake beauty is a Canadian beauty brand that likes to create products that smell delicious and make us feel luxurious ! Their products are made up of 90 - 95% natural ingredients, and all products are 100% paraben free.
Cake's satin sugar all purpose treatment balm ($24.00/60 g) is primarily made of shea butter. It smells like cake, and has a very thick texture. In fact, I would compare it to the texture of cold butter. It is very difficult to get out of the round container. I use this product on my feet, and in order to get it out with ease I will put the container on the heater for 5 minutes before attempting to extract any of the balm. At room temperature this balm is very difficult to work with. The smell is divine, and the results of the balm are worth the extra effort. With this product, I've had soft footsies all winter long!
So there you have it, four of my very favourite products for dry skin on the body. I will be posting shortly about my favourite dry shampoo's and LUSH soaps- stay tuned!