One can never have enough lotions – I mean, really. I love lotion. Perhaps not quite as much as my love for soap – but pretty darn close. So I was super excited when Terri from Integrity Botanicals sent me Weleda’s new Sea Buckthorn lotion.
A quick note and shout out to Integrity Botanicals. I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite online shops for organic/natural beauty and IB is the latest discovery! For one, I love the clean layout of the website (I’m a website dork). But more importantly, they have a pretty awesome list of brands they carry. Some of my favorites they carry include Acure Organics, 100% Pure, Burnout Sunscreen, Soapwalla and Zum Soap. What I love is these are all affordable. Natural and organic stuff can get pricey but she has a great selection of reasonably priced products.
Anyhooooo, back to the lotion! So the only other Weleda product I have tried is the ever-popular Skin Food. I’ll be honest, I’m not a super big fan of Skin Food. This is my blog, I’m allowed to say that. I just found it a little too greasy for me while also somehow feeling dry. I dunno, I’m weird. So I was a little hesitant to try this lotion but I have to say I LOVE it!
The lotion is thinner in texture and slightly yellow (due to the Sea Buckthorn). It spreads really easily and sinks in quickly, no need to rub it in. You can feel it on your skin for a few minutes but then it sinks in and leaves your skin super soft.
This really is surprisingly moisturizing for being such a light lotion. It does say it is for dry skin and I think that’s an appropriate statement. Now, if your skin is SUPER dry, you may need more of a thick cream, but I think this should be enough moisture for most dry skin. I’ve even been wearing it during the hot days of Arizona summer (it is still summer here) and what’s nice is that while it is moisturizing, it’s not too greasy or heavy for hot days. Double bonus!
The scent is a sweet orange, but I swear there is a hint of licorice/anise in there. The licorice does fade though and the orange scent lingers for quite awhile. It’s not bitter like a neroli, but it’s not super sweet like a vanilla-orange, it’s just a nice fresh, sweet orange smell. The scent of orange is pretty strong too. If I put this on my legs and arms in my bathroom and then leave and come back a few minutes later, my bathroom actually smells like orange! My boyfriend has even walked over and said I ‘smell yummy.’ I’m going to take that as a compliment ;o)
The bottle is pretty standard but I will say the dispenser is a little interesting. The little nozzle part is facing up, I would say at around a 45 degree angle (let’s get technical here), which means you kind of have to tip the bottle over a bit to get it in your hands without making a mess. It’s not hard to dispense, but it is an interesting concept that I haven’t seen before so I thought I would mention.
Now for the best part, the ingredients!
Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tapioca Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.
* from natural essential oils
So sesame seed oil is the top oil, which is actually a dry oil but shea butter is super moisturizing and rich. Since it’s high up on the list, I think they are what makes the nice blend of moisturizing without being greasy.
Alcohol is the third ingredient, which is standard for Weleda to be high up on the list. They use alcohol as a preservative, similar to Dr. Hauschka, Amala, among others. Alcohol can be drying in large amounts but I haven’t found this to be drying at all.
Sea Buckthorn is a little farther down the list but it is worth mentioning – not only because it is in the title of the product, but because it is a really awesome oil. The benefits can differ if the oil comes from the pulp or the seed. Well, I can’t tell which one it comes from from the ingredients or website so I’ll just talk about it generally. Sea Buckthorn oil is high in palmitoleic acid, which is a rarer fatty acid to be in oils. This particular fatty acid is great for burns and wound healing and is naturally anti-microbial! It is also known for being anti-inflammatory and has a high level of Vitamin E. What gives it the characteristic orange color is its high level of caroteinoids (think what’s in carrots). Besides giving it the orange color, caroteinoids are antioxidants. So overall, sea buckthorn oil is pretty awesome. It is also expensive! I’ve seen two ounces of this stuff go for $70. So that is probably why it is a little farther down the list, but it is also relatively higher up which is pretty awesome. Sometimes you see lotions that claim an ingredient in the title and then it’s the very last ingredient, meaning it is probably in a concentration of about 0.05% – bleh. Not this though!
Overall, I’m very impressed with this lotion. It feels nice, smells nice and the ingredients are really superb. When it says “replenishing” – it means it!
Disclosure: A sample was provided to me by Integrity Botanicals to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.