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 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 and Vanilla Hydrating Body Balm* (60ml, travel size)
The delicious-looking body balm with a heavenly 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 extended 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 completely saved my skin (and my mind) during my short trip to Greece where I went last week with my husband. Known for its lovely beaches and delicious Mediterranean food (those guys know how to cook food, that’s for sure), Greece 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 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 achieve 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 few times a day. And you know what? It worked wonderfully! It was soothing, hydrating, and instantly relieving. What a luck!
The Hydrating Body Balm is available for $20/£15 for 60ml.
Sweet Orange and Vanilla Hydrating Body Milk* (100ml, travel size)
This body milk comes in a travel-friendly bottle with a pump (a larger bottle is also available). Its scent actually reminds me of John Masters Organics Blood Vanilla Body Milk but is less sweet and more citrusy.
Although it’s a lovely 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 if applied to 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 body moisturizers.
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.
Hydrating Body Milk goes for $15/£10 for 100ml.
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