Yes To Blueberries Body Lotion
Available at Ulta, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and at www.yestocarrots.com; 5.5 ounces for $10
“Formulated to help firm and improve skin elasticity.”
Rating: B+Michelle says: There’s a magic word in my vocabulary, and it’s “blueberries.” I could eat anything, even dreaded lima beans, if blueberries were mixed in. And, even better, this fruit is one of those fabulous superfoods that taste good and do wondrous things for your health. But I must admit, I never considered slathering them on my body. And this lotion doesn’t smell or look like it’s been infused with blueberries. What it does do, however, is absorb almost immediately into the skin, leaving it hydrated and silky-feeling (some of the credit goes to the grapeseed and tamanu seed oils). The “Yes To” skin-care line is made of carrots, cucumbers, grapefruit and tomatoes -- and is free of damaging parabens and petroleum. I have serious doubts this lotion actually “firms and tightens” my skin as promised, but it definitely rejuvenates it at a very affordable price.
Michelle Bearden, 57, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and WFLA-TV.
Jason Pure Natural Hand & Body Lotion
Available at Walgreens, Publix and Sweetbay, and online at jason-personalcare.com; $6.97 to $9.99 for an 8-ounce tube
“Hydrates with concentrated natural Aloe Vera. ... Calming moisture relief for sensitive, irritated skin” Rating: A-Jana says: This Jason product is 84 percent aloe vera, all natural and is not tested on animals. I found that it was quickly absorbed by my thirsty skin, non-greasy, and long-lasting. For maximum benefit, apply to damp skin after bathing or washing hands, concentrating on problem areas such as elbows and heels. Although it did relieve and soften dry, itchy skin, I found a side effect that prevents me from using it unless I am staying home: The scent is that of the inside of a plastic storage container and it does not fade! Thinking I had an old tube, I went to Walgreens to check the scent of other tubes. No difference! “Plastic” is not my favorite fragrance to wear, so I will refrain from using this otherwise great product when I go out in public.
Jana Reicherter, 62, is retired after 41 years as a teacher at Ballast Point Elementary School in Tampa.
Gud from Burt’s Bees Vanilla Flame Natural Body Lotion
Available at Walgreens, Target and Publix; $7 for 8 ounces
“Like a love letter to your skin (without the naughty parts). Let the exotic scent of vanilla and rice milk leave your skin smelling so wonderful. It inspires love letters. And poems. And sonnets. And the occasional misspelled text message.” Rating B –Bobbi says: This body lotion is in a new line of personal care products from Burt’s Bees that say they smell stupendous. I do love the aroma of vanilla and it is my preferred scent -- but I don’t feel this is very vanilla. If you prefer a very mild scent, this would work for you. It is a very nice lotion but not outstanding. This company uses no parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals. They use only naturally harvested ingredients and they do not test on animals. Notwithstanding, I would not go out of my way to purchase this product.
Bobbi Lionetti, 72, is a retired military wife and volunteer.
Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuacu Butters Body Lotion
Available at Walgreens, CVS, Publix, Target and Wal-Mart; $8 for 6 ounces
“Butter meets Beauty when our dermatologist-tested blend of rich Cocoa and Cupuacu Butters mingle with botanical moisturizers like Sunflower and Olive Oils.”Rating: CKim says: I love the smell of cocoa butter, and I thought this blend of ingredients might be just the thing to help me prepare my skin for spring. But I was disappointed from the start. The scent is not nearly as yummy as my go-to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. I’m lazy about using lotion, and some days that lovely aroma is what gets me to take the time to apply it. My biggest beef with Burt’s Bees product, though, is that my skin just doesn’t absorb it the way it should. Even if I use a small amount, it sits there, thick and white. That’s not what you want when you’re stepping out in shorts and short sleeves! I’m sticking with Palmer’s.
Kim Franke-Folstad, 54, is the editor of 4you.