Monday, November 7, 2011

Review: Skin An Apothecary Soy Body Whip and Sugar Glow

The other day I got a call from  a friend of mine. He's never called me before so it was a bit of a surprise and I was a little out of it because I had been taking a nap.  But I heard him say: "Hey, I have some Skin stuff for you." Ok... Not the most encouraging introduction to a product but David Esrati added that my good friend Teresa "couldn't get enough of the stuff". I trust Teresa's recommendations (though they aren't always for me), so yes... for my friend, I would review these products.

About Skin An Apothecary
It turns out this "Skin Stuff" is a pretty big deal. And "Skin" is actually part of the brand name: Skin An Apothecary. The products are made by Iris Goldflies, who took over the business from her ailing Aunt Candice after  her death in 1999. What was once an Aspen, Colorado brand has become a Dayton, Ohio brand. Reading the selected press on their site, there is a celebrity following and reviews seem to be good. Consequently, a tub of Skin An Apothecary Soy Body Whip is now sitting on my night stand.

Image from Skin An Apothecary's Website
Skin An Apothecary Soy Body Whip 16 Oz - $27

I don't usually like tubs for my lotion. They tend to get messy and there's something about dipping my fingers into the same pot day after day that I don't like. But I am willing to overlook that in this case. Here's why:

I have NEVER had a body lotion that when I put it on kept my skin feeling hydrated for HOURS!

I literally went to bed after putting this lotion on, went to sleep, slept for 10 hours, and woke up with perfectly hydrated skin. I did not feel the need to reapply, and I wasn't scratching at dry skin all night. For a girl who lives only because she access to antihistamines, that's a big deal! Seriously, my skin is super dry and I usually go through several applications of lotion each night just to be comfortable. Not so with this white tub of goop! It gets the hydration job done!

At first I thought the price tag for this product was a little high. But then when I compared it to what I normally purchase, which comes in a smaller container, I realized it's right on par with what I pay for lotion. And although it does not make any promises beyond moisturizing, it does that much better than my current lotion of choice.

Ingredients: Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Emulsifying Wax, Hydrogenated Soy Glyceride, Glycine, Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Stearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Phenpxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamine E), Triethanolamine, Citric Acid (Vitamin C), Disodium EDTA, DMDM, Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, and Fragrance.

Wow I hope I spelled all those correctly. That list really makes me love websites that put ingredients up in a nice copyable list!

Image from Skin An Apothecary's Website
Skin An Apothecary Sugar Glow 16 oz - $26

This product is your typical Sugar Scrub. You use it after you've washed your skin, then you scrub a handful onto your body.

Warning:  Beware use in the shower!

This product is loaded with oils and if you're not careful you'll be slipping and sliding all over the place in your shower! The label recommends using a handful in your bath as an alternate product use - I might have to try that because I turned my shower into a hazardous zone. But I loved how fine grain these sugar granules felt. I've tried other sugar scrubs that had much more lumpy and coarse grains. These don't feel like your scrubbing boulders over your skin. Your skin will feel pampered. Bonus: it'll make your tired muscles look like the most awesome things in the world. My little vanity moment - I had to stare in the bathroom mirror at my shoulder muscles for a good 30 seconds just sort of grinning to myself. Granted, that probably has more to do with my workout routine than this scrub, but hey... I'm not complaining!

In comparison to other Sugar Scrubs I have used this price is totally reasonable. But I do think it is more oily and could cause my clumsy self to end up paying more in hospital bills if I'm not careful.

Ingredients: Sugar, Grapeseed Oil Blend, Wheatgerm Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Cocoa, and Fragrance.

Both of these products come in a variety of complimentary fragrances. You can see the list on their website. I received Red Orchid, one of Skin's most popular scents. The moment the lotion touched my skin I knew this scent was not for me. It is overly floral with a hint of berries. I was reminded a little bit of my grandmother's boudoir. Looking on Skin's site I think I would be much better suited  with a different scent. In fact, I think I'll probably purchase a few of the 2oz lotions to give them a try.

I could still smell Red Orchid on my skin in the morning after sleeping in the moisturizer. I'm impressed!

Bottom Line
I have the feeling I will end up making at least the lotion, possibly the scrub, part of my winter routine. If you have dry skin issues then these are worth looking into.

You can purchase these products from Skin An Apothecary.

Full Disclosure
These polishes were furnished to me by PR for the purpose of use and review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I am unaffiliated with Skin An Apothecary.