On the Quest for the Best Lotion

Michigan winter brings a lot of things including cold weather, snow, and dry skin. I have used many hand lotions however one of my favorite brands is St.Ives. The smell of the lotion isn’t too strong and it doesn’t leave me hands feeling greasy. I was a little leery doing this posting because I was worried what I was going to find.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alchol, Urea, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydeolyzed Elastin, Butyrospermum Parkii, Dimethicone, Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethanolomine, Ethullhexylglycern, Disodium EDTA,  Phenoxyethanol

Wow am I happy I didn’t have a spelling test with words like that. The letters almost look awkward together.

1) Glycerin: Colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste
Why is it useful? Its a good solvent

Good or bad: Glycerin won’t harm you but high amounts of it will not moisturize your skin. Glycerin creates almost an illusion of moisture.

“High levels of glycerin has no proven increased benefit for skin. In fact, pure glycerin (100% concentration) on skin is not helpful and can actually be drying, causing blisters if left on too long as they can increase water loss by attracting water from the lower layers of skin (dermis) into the surface layers of skin (epidermis) where the water can easily be lost into the environment. “

Exert taken from Vivawomen

 2. Caprylic/Capric triglyceride– As written on Ingredients to Die for it is  a specific fraction of coconut / palm oil fatty acids resulting in only the more stable, and skin loving, caprylic & capric fatty acids which creates a dry, silky oil form of esters.

Why is it useful?

In skin care applications Caprylic Capric Triglycerides offer several key benefits:  they offer a noticeable silkiness in products, they exhibit excellent anti-oxidant properties to extend the natural shelf life, they offer skin nurturing benefits due to the skin loving nature of the specific fatty acid esters, not seen with common Fractionated Coconut Oil ( Ingredients to Die For)

3. Cetearyl Alcohol

According to Cosmeticsinfo.org ” The safety of Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that these fatty alcohols were safe for use as cosmetic ingredients.”



St. Ives Body cream

St. Ives Renewing Collagen Lotion

After reading through the rest of the ingredients I have concluded St.Ives is not “bad” for you but it won’t keep moisture in as well as lotions with a lower amount of Glycerin ( the ingredients towards the top of the label have higher concentrations) For areas like Michigan where winters are tough I would  encourage finding a lotion without Glycerin or a lotion with less Glycerin. This will keep your hands moisturized for longer :)


Here is an awesome post by Chic and Green about St.Ives “Apricot Scrub

Has anyone found a lotion they love and really keeps their hands/ body moisturized. Leave some feedback. My skin is aching for some good lotion.

For you health,



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