Breaking out bottles and jars of creams and lotions for winter. In the cold, my skin can’t get enough of moisturizers. Growing up in Hawai’i I never used cream – there was always enough moisture in the air. Seriously paradise. Here in NYC I slather it on when the temperature dips below 60F. Legs, neck, arms, and all in the middle. Otherwise, dry skin in a day. No wonder they say people age faster on the east coast.
Kiehl’s Crème de Corps is a lifesaver and a staple. One big jar, we store it on the nightstand. Smother on at night and in the morning. It’s a decadent feeling, whipped body cream made with soy milk and honey. Sinks right into your skin, no oily feel.
Now you realize. It’s never just about the cream/lotion. It’s also about the packaging and design. Cannot emphasize how important the packaging is. Bonus point and sways for containers and clever vessels that come easy on the eyes.
Hello Tocca. This Italian brand is best known for their amazing candles, but the creams and lotions deserve just as much attention. I’m working my way though this glass jar of Florence Crema Da Sogno, the Orris Rose scent at the moment, but will move on to a different scent (maybe the Bianca – Green Tea and Lemon) after we finish this jar. They just opened a shop in the West Village and you can test out all the creams there before settling on a scent. Too hard to pick only one favorite!
Tocca also does hand creams in cute little two-ounce squeeze bottles. The scents are too strong/girly for Pierres’ liking, but it’s perfect for myself. I buy them in a three-pack set, the “Crema Mani Viaggio.” The set includes a tube each of Cleopatra (grapefruit cucumber), Stella (blood orange), and Florence (Orris Rose). They also sell the three hand creams individually if you don’t like all the scents in the set.
And for the days it’s extremely cold outside, I use a cream that really just coats you completely and thoroughly. But one that also leaves you feeling non-greasy and still light. Enter the Royal Jelly Body Butter from Savannah Bee Company. I’m a fan of their honey and many people don’t know they also have a line of beauty products (it’s not only food!) Lightly scented soap, body and lip balms.
The body butter uses pecan butter and “royal jelly” from the beehives. According to the box, this jelly is “a ‘Cinderella’ substance that turns a worker bee into a Queen…. and allows her to live 40 times longer than the average bee.” I can’t promise you this, but I can assure you that the cream is amazingly voluptuous, really thick and doesn’t slide off anytime you wash your hands. Besides, the glass jar is a nice bonus, no?
…don’t even get me started on face creams, heheh. We’ll touch that subject next time!