The lotion is semi-opaque and about average thickness for a lotion, perhaps on the light side. What is interesting is that as you apply it, it seems to become more white – almost like a sunscreen. But as you rub it in your skin, the white completely goes away and sinks in. I can’t quite figure out why it turns white like that, but it goes away as you apply.
This lotion is a perfect summer-time lotion. It’s applies thin, and within a few minutes, the lotion completely sinks in and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. There is no greasiness or stickiness. When it is 106 degrees outside (which it was today and yesterday!), the last thing I want is a greasy lotion all over my skin.
While it is a perfect summer-time lotion, I don’t think it would be enough moisture for those winter months where my skin is super dry. I would want to mix this with a moisturizing oil (perhaps precious woods body oil? Oh just the thought makes me happy). Or, if your skin is super dry year round, this may not be enough. If your skin is super dry year round though, even in the middle of summer, I would take a look at your soap and make sure that isn’t drying your skin out!
I usually don’t talk about packaging, but I really love the bottle design of the lotion. It is the same as the body oil, wide diameter, but thin in thickness with a swooping neck.
And not just the bottle is unique, but the box opens like a flower!
Each side has information about the product or company. Leave it to the French to be so clever and beautiful with the design of a box!
Now for the best part! The smell! Oh it’s lovely. The first smell of the lotion is a little grassy and slightly bitter. Almost a little pungent. But then the grassiness quickly goes away and is replaced with orange. It’s not a super citrusy sweet orange, it’s kind of a subdued, bitter orange with some spice to it. As the lotion settles, the orange becomes a little sweeter, but still soft. The scent doesn’t last as long as the Precious Woods Body Oil, I’d say perhaps an hour or two.
This is my first Neroli scented anything (that I’m aware of), and so I googled Neroli (of course-I google everything!) to see what Neroli is and should smell like. Imagine my surprise when I see it is the oil from the blossom of the bitter orange tree! The first thing I thought of (after the first pungent note) was that it was like a bitter orange, and come to find out it’s from the bitter orange tree! So while I don’t have another Neroli-scented anything to compare this to, I would image this is a very accurate Neroli smell. I personally love it. It’s subdued, but fresh.
I then looked at the ingredients and the third ingredient (below) is Bitter Orange Flower water! The bitter orange strikes again. I have to say, I’m very proud of my nose for detecting such a scent :o)
Now for the ingredients:
Aqua (water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (bitter Orange) Flower Water*, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat.*, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea Butter)*, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sesamum Indicum (sesame) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil*, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sucrose Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Parfum (fragrance), Xanthan Gum, P-anisic Acid, Cellulose Gum, Linalool, Limonene, Tocopherol, Geraniol, Sodium Phytate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavandula Hybrida Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Isoeugenol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citral, Alcohol. *Ingredients Coming From Biological Farming
If you look at the top 3 ingredients, it’s water and sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is a lighter oil. Not as dry as sesame oil (in my opinion, which is also an ingredient), but it’s on the lighter side of the oil spectrum. I think the reason this lotion is so light is from the high water content along with sunflower oil. It does have some shea butter, which is very nice and moisturizing. It also contains jojoba oil, which is actually not an oil but a wax that very closely mirrors our own skin. These provide some excellent moisture, without being heavy.
As for preservatives, it looks like Alcohol Denat. (short for denatured alcohol, aka SD Alcohol 40) is the main one. While denatured alcohol isn’t quite the same as rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol), they are close. It can be drying in large amounts. Other companies, like Weleda and Dr. Hauschka, also use alcohol for a preservative. Sometimes when alcohol is used as a main preservative, I can feel it. The lotions just feel drier (Weleda Skin Food is a good example, it always leaves my skin dry yet greasy), but I haven’t felt that with Patyka’s. The alcohol could be what gives it the non-greasy finish. So if you are super sensitive to alcohol, this could be a problem. But I haven’t experienced any dryness from this lotion, quite the opposite in fact! It’s moisturizing while being very light.
So overall, this was an excellent find of a lotion. I love the smell, the finish, everything. It will be (and is!) this summer’s staple!
Disclosure: This was provided to me by Patyka to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.