Being a big believer that scents can affect our mood, I often (sometimes even subconsciously) choose scents that are calm and not overpowering. Lavender has been my favorite scent for a long time (still is!), but even though Lucky Cloud Skincare has an extremely tempting Lavender and Rose Geranium range, after I saw the delicious-looking Sweet Orange & Vanilla body balm, I knew it was time to challenge my scent buds and go for something different than I would usually do.
If you haven’t heard about Lucky Cloud Skincare, I’m so happy to introduce it to you! It’s a 100% vegan Scottish brand that creates handmade natural body care products in small batches to ensure they are always fresh. All of the products are made using plant ingredients and the packaging is recyclable.
SWEET ORANGE + VANILLA HYDRATING BODY BALM* 60ml / £15 – approx $22
The delicious-looking body balm with a divine scent that smells a lot like citrus cake. The ingredient list is pretty simple, containing well-known natural goodies such as apricot kernel oil, soybean oil, cocoa seed butter as well as calendula flower extract. Where this balm stands out to me the most is its creamy, custard-like consistency. Most natural body balms I’ve tried take a while to sink in, which isn’t a bad thing, but can be a tad annoying if you’re in a rush or don’t fancy standing in your bathroom for long periods of time waiting for your body moisturizer to absorb so you could get dressed. This is not the case with this one. It sinks in amazingly fast for a body balm and leaves my always-thirsty dry skin happy.
Also, it saved my skin (and my mind) during my short trip to Kos, Greece where I went last week with my husband. Known for its lovely beaches and delicious Mediterranean food (those guys know how to make food, that’s for sure), Kos also met us with harsh sun. We’ve rented a scooter for the day to explore the island, and I’m usually very religious about applying and re-applying sun protection, but, apparently, I missed my shoulders by thinking my clothing will protect them. Well, it didn’t (don’t trust lace sleeves, they’re evil!). It didn’t look that bad after I came back to the hotel later that day, so I went to sleep. All the fun started next day when I woke with my shoulders looking so burnt I had no idea my skin could obtain a color like that. Also, the itching.. oh, the itching was almost unbearable! Even though I travel often, situations like these don’t happen to me. I avoid tanning altogether, so I had no after-sun lotion with me. What I did have was this body balm, which I started applying a few times a day. And you know what? It worked wonders! It was soothing, hydrating, and instantly relieving to my skin.
Ingredients: Apricot kernel oil (Prunus Armeniaca), hydrogenated soybean oil, sunflower seed oil (helianthus annuus), shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), cocoa seed butter (theobroma cacao), calendula flower extract (calendula officinalis), vitamin E oil (tocopherol), jojoba seed oil (simmondsia chinensis), orange peel essential oil (citrus sinensis), alcohol, benzoin essential oil (styrax benzoin resin extract), rosemary leaf extract (rosmarinus officinalis), d-limonene*, linalol*. * occurs naturally in essential oils.
SWEET ORANGE + VANILLA HYDRATING BODY MILK* 100ml / £10 – approx $15
This body milk comes in a travel-friendly bottle with a pump (a larger amount bottle is also available). Its scent actually reminds me of John Masters Organics Blood Vanilla Body Milk, but is less sweet and more citrus-y.
Although, it’s a nice body milk, I didn’t find it as exciting as the body balm I’ve just reviewed above. The main reason is that even though the body milk has a lighter consistency, it needs far more rubbing until it’s fully absorbed, especially when applying on damp skin. Once it does absorb, however, it leaves the skin hydrated and completely matte. Definitely worth checking out, if you like light, non-greasy moisturizers.
Ingredients: Aqua, Apricot kernel oil (Prunus Armeniaca), cocoa seed butter (theobroma cacao), sodium stearoyl lactylate, glycerin, sunflower seed oil (helianthus annuus), glyceryl stearate, thistle seed oil (carthamus tinctorius), vitamin E oil (tocopherol), benzyl alcohol, orange peel essential oil (citrus sinensis), cetearyl alcohol, alcohol, calendula flower extract (calendula officinalis), salicylic acid, benzoin essential oil (styrax benzoin resin extract), sorbic acid, rosemary leaf extract (rosmarinus officinalis), d-limonene*, linalol*. * occurs naturally in essential oils.
To sum it all up, the Hydrating Body Milk would be a favorite for those with normal skin and want a light, fast-drying but still hydrating moisturizer. The Hydrating Body Balm, on the other hand, is far more hydrating and would benefit dry skin.
All these lovely products as well as other natural body care products are available at Lucky Cloud Skincare (UK and international).
Have you heard about Lucky Cloud Skincare? Which product from its range looks the most tempting to you?