I usually use Bliss body butter or Bath and Body Works body butter. They are moisturizing but absorbs well and comes in a variety of scent. However, my skin is a bit more picky in the winter. When it starts to get ridiculously dry, itchy or flaky, I switch my soap to shower oil or milk and start looking for products with shea butter. Shea butter is naturally rich in vitamin A and E. It is anti-inflammatory, attracts moisture to the skin and nourishing to the skin. The two body butters that I’ve been using this winter are Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter and L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream. The key ingredient in both are shea butter.
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream contains 25% shea butter. While I don’t know the percentage for Clinique, shea butter is the second ingredient and it’s rich but absorbs well so it works for me.
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream
The L’Occitane body cream is a very thick body butter with a fresh, floral scent same as the rest of the shea line. It is a bit thick and greasy due to the high shea butter content, but it doesn’t feel stuffy like some cheaper body butter with high silicone content and does absorb after a few minutes. It’s a great body butter for extremely dry or sensitive/irritated skin. I like it on elbow/feet to soften the skin, but it’s a bit too thick for the rest of my body most of the time.
Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Linum Usitatissimum(Linseed) Seed Extract, Peg-100 Stearate, Sodium Pca, Sorbitol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot)Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ceteareth-33, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mel/Honey Extract, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Chlorphenesin, Polyacrylamide, Propylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alcohol, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Tocopherol, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Coumarin, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol.
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter
Clinique Deep Comfort is a light yellow butter with no scent. It is a bit more lightweight than L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream in that it feels creamy rather than buttery. While it is thick, it spreads easily and absorbs well without feeling greasy. While L’Occitane moisturizes with a variety of plant extract and oils in addition to the shea butter, Clinique is more basic with hyaluronic acid as well as shea butter in a slightly shorter ingredients list.
If you have extremely dry skin, especially if it is easily irritated, I would strongly recommend giving these a try. They provide more hydration than lotion and cream but don’t feel as stuffy or greasy as balms. L’Occitane is more moisturizing with more natural ingredients so it’s better for very dry skin. However, it’s also a bit greasy while Clinique is more basic and absorbs faster, so Clinique is better for sensitive or dry skin. While they are both pretty expensive for body butters, Clinique has 7-8 piece gift with purchase at least 2-3 times a year, and L’occitane often has $10 off $35 or gift with purchase if you subscribe to their email. Both are also carried in Sephora, which always do a 20% off event in the fall, so the products are worth the price. Now then, what body products do you use to keep your skin moisturized this winter?