Saturday, 12 April 2014

Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream (review)

While I'm the first to admit that I find body moisturising a bit of a chore, there are two different types of products that can encourage me to take better care of my limbs. The first: ease of use. This includes sprays, quick-drying lotions and whatnot. The second – and this is where Liz Earle's Body Cream is categorised – is luxury: gorgeous scents, creamy formulas and lots of natural ingredients.

Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream

I switched to this moisturiser because I felt I should use a product more nourishing and caring than the Vaseline Essential Moisture Spray & Go Oats Body Moisturiser I was using before. I prefer a richer product in the colder months, too, although I appreciate that it's April and warmed up considerably here in dear old Blighty! Liz Earle's take also appeals because I'm such a huge fan of their Hand Repair cream that I had high hopes for their body cream, too.

Like Hand Repair, Nourishing Botanical Body Cream contains echinacea, vitamin E and sunflower extract amongst other things. The only ingredient that could be suspicious is 'parfum' - what makes up the fragrance isn't identified. It's free from parabens (Liz Earle used to use them more widely but seems to have cut down) and there's no mineral oil, either.

Liz Earle qualifies for the leaping bunny logo so you can buy this product safe in the knowledge that it has not been tested on animals. I feel it should be noted that parent company Avon DO allow these tests, which upset a lot of fans of the brand as evidenced in the Liz Earle blog.

The pure white cream (which is definitely thicker than a lotion, but far easier to rub in than a butter) smells great! It's not too fresh, it's more subtly flowery and quite luxurious. Just like the Hand Repair it sinks into skin really well and smooths and softens all over effortlessly.

It works well on all areas of the body – even elbows and knees – but you can apply extra to dry patches and rest assured that you won't end up feeling sticky or slimy. My skin veers towards oily rather than dry but I didn't find this overly moisturising at all. Yet reviews from dry-skinned people praise it to the heavens, so it really is a one-for-all kind of product.

It's a lot more expensive than an equivalent Boots Botanics body lotion, so you might be wondering if Liz Earle can justify the extra. I say yes. It smells nicer for a start! But it's also higher quality and leaves skin moisturised but never tacky. It's a great combination. If you aren't sure if it's for you, why not try one of the trial sizes before you commit to a full size tube?

By way of explanation...

Dear old Blighty – British English sentimental slang term for Great Britain, most commonly used during WWI.

Luxurious, creamy formula
A trifle expensive
Nice smell, leaves you smelling fragrant!

Skin feels softer, smoother and nourished

Packed full of natural extracts; free of nasties


Brand: Liz Earle

Size: 30 ml
Price: £5.25 (£17.50/100 ml)

Size: 50 ml
Price: £6.75 (£13.50/100 ml)

Size: 200 ml
Price: £17.25 (£8.63/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitellaria Paradoxa (Shea Butter), Talc, PEG-20 Stearate, Echinacea Purpurea (Echinacea) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Carbomer, Geraniol, Benzoic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Linalool, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactic Acid , Ethylhexylglycerin, Citronellol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Citral, Coumarin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate

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