I don't know about you, but winter has been brutal on my skin! Coupled with the fact that I don't drink nearly enough water, so much so that I border on dehydration most of the time, my skin is dry. And itchy. I have not found a single commercial lotion that keeps my skin hydrated and itch-free, and I generally do not like body butters as I can't handle feeling greasy. Finally, one day, at the end of my rope, I asked a group of fabulous beauty bloggers for suggestions of good lotions to help my dry skin because I was tired of wasting money on stuff that just didn't work! That's when the lovely Mercedes, the blogger behind Beyond Beauty Lounge offered to whip me up a sample of her body butter from her Body By Mersado line.
Here is what I received. (Note: I'm not showing the packaging, because it is a sample container, not what you would be getting when you buy from her). Let me tell you, I am loving this body butter! I have been using it for a few weeks now, and it really does last all day! In fact, when I hop into the shower, the NEXT morning, once the water hits my body, there is a burst of fragrance from the moisturizer, so I know it's still on my skin.
Okay, details! First, this body butter has only six ingredients. Six! No need for all the chemicals and such that is put into commercial moisturizers. I love that I can recognize every ingredient in there, so I know it's healthy for my skin. This body butter contains shea butter, olive oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, beeswax, and fragrance. That's it!
Second, miraculously, this body butter does not leave my skin feeling the slightest bit greasy. In fact, I just rubbed some into my hands about 10 minutes ago, and there is no trace of oiliness on my keyboard right now. When I touch my skin, all I feel is soft silky skin.
This body butter is a butter, not a whipped creamy lotion, it's fairly solid-ish, and, as you can see in the pictures, it's a little...not gritty, but it does have a texture to it, and I know from my soap-making days, that this is perfectly normal when using solid oils such as shea butter. It's from the oils heating and cooling, not just in the cooking process, but also if it gets warm in your mailbox, or in your steamy bathroom. Here's how I apply it:
First, I dig out a small amount of body butter. A little goes a long way with this, so start small. I use about this much.
Then, I rub my hands together vigorously until it's all melted (doesn't take long). My hands then look like this:
Then rub my hands wherever I want to put the moisturizer. I do this four times. Once for each leg (I'm 6 feet tall, it's a lot of leg), once for mid-section, once for my arms.
I do need to mention that my particular sample is very heavily scented, I can smell myself all day, though A says I smell really good, and my mom assures me she can barely smell me. Anyway, I have spoken with Mercedes about this, and she has assured me that future batches would be less heavily fragranced, she happened to be trying out a new fragrance oils from a new supplier.
If you would like to purchase some Body by Mersado for yourself, visit her shop here. She also carries cuticle butters, whipped hand cream, and a nail growth serum, so check it out. I highly recommend the body butter, I will be purchasing more in the future for sure!
Til next time!
Product was sent to me for review, all opinions are my own