In the wee hours of the morning last night my dry feet were getting frantically itchy. I groaned to myself as I tried to get to sleep. Suddenly I remembered that the samples of hard lotion bars that Renee had sent me were by my bed. I quickly rubbed it onto my heels and feet and instantly felt much relieved. I was then able to drift into a long hoped for sleep.
As I mentioned yesterday in my post, What Does your Skin Eat? , personal care products can be full of unregulated chemicals that are not only harmful to us, but probably not even helpful for our skin! One example from Skin Deep is Aveeno Moisture Lotion with Natural Soy, Lightly Fragranced. It got a 7 out of 10 rating- ten being the worse-with ingredients having concerns for everything from reproductive toxicity to neurotoxicity. Not what I want to be using on my skin! And even some more “natural” brands like Burt’s Bees Babies Bee Lotion contained many ingredients considered toxic giving it a high rating of 6 out of 10. Not what I will be using on my baby!
I personally like to use a lot of “food”, such as oatmeal and coconut oil, to clean and moisturize my skin. Coconut oil is great because not only is it full of health benefits, it absorbs easily into your skin. However, that can have a disadvantage too. Lately my hands have been getting quite dry between all of the hand washing after changing diapers, doing dishes and the winter air. My usual coconut oil treatment wasn’t being as effective as it generally is.
However, when I tried MadeOn Lotion Bars I found that the pure combination of coconut oil, shea or cocoa butter and beeswax was so much more soothing and helpful. The synergy of the three ingredients helped much more quickly than just the coconut oil itself. A hard lotion bar is basically lotion without the water and other liquid ingredients. This makes it firm, though still soft enough to rub onto your skin. (Renee sends it in little metal containers perfect for keeping it). The Au Chocolat lotion bar uses cocoa butter instead of the shea butter in the Beessilk hard lotion bar. The Beessilk bar has a subtle honey like scent from the beeswax, while the au chocolat lotion bar has a subtle chocolate scent that is equally as delicious.
I have found them both very helpful for the especially dry skin areas. I still use just coconut oil on my face, but on my hands, elbows, knees, heels and any little dry patches of skin, this hard lotion is extremely helpful as well as perfectly pure. I think that it is much more effective them most lotions that contain water. For some reason the liquid in most lotions, while making it easy to smooth on, make the lotion not as effective. So if you experience dry skin, I would recommend using products without aqua in them. In contrast, the shea butter and the coconut oil deeply moisturize while the beeswax creates a barrier between your tender skin and the elements.
I found that barrier effect to be even more helpful this week as my four year old developed a very tender and sore area under her nose caused by a runny nose. I put my lotion bar under a hair dryer for a few seconds and then rubbed a bit of lotion onto my fingers and very gently applied it to the sore spot. It helped so much! And because of the beeswax, it helped prevent more chafing.
The lip balms we tried were equally effective as well as pure. My four year old loves using it. Renee also carries a Bug Block hard lotion bar and baby cream (review to come).
I was thrilled when Renee inquired about advertising on this site as her products are actually quite similar to products I’ve made for my family in the past. Since I am not in a season of life right now that is conducive to making lotion bars and lip sticks, I found the samples she sent a real blessing. I also found that her bars weren’t as hard as my homemade ones were, so they were much easier to use. It’s nice to have a company to purchase from that uses ingredients just like what I would use.
So I was glad to not only accept her advertising, but also plan a giveaway for you! Renee is giving away a $50 dollar gift certificate to one lucky person. To enter this giveaway, please follow this link and enter on Renee’s page. This will be open until next Friday night, and the winner will be announced on Saturday.The winner will be selected using random.org.
Thank you Renee!