MARKET RESEARCH RESULTSit's surprisingly difficult to find body lotions that don't have any clogging ingredients. i spent 45 minutes in the body lotion aisle at whole foods one day, and found only 2 or 3 lotions that seemed ok - but they still had fragrances in them that needed to be researched and tested. (if i can find those pics, ill update this post and upload them). all lotions i looked at at places like walgreen's or target were heavy on these ingredients too. the problematic ingredients i kept running into included:
- coconut oil
- cocoa butter
- high concentrations of olive oil, grapeseed oil or argan oil
- cetearyl alcohol AND ceteareth-20
- ethylhexyl palmitate
- glyceryl stearate SE
WHAT WE FOUNDshea butter seems to be the most abundantly and easily found moisturizer to date. it's not the best at moisturizing, takes a long time for the skin to absorb (so you're left greasy for a little while until then) and some may not like the inherent shea butter scent. but, we found that this combined with safflower and/or sunflower oil, if extra moisture is needed, is the best bet.
this feels a little watery at first, but then it absorbs and it does ok. and we mean, just ok - it didn't do much for dryness in the desert.alaffia's 'shea moisturizing body lotion' in the 8oz, clear plastic bottle pump bottle is the one that we've been using in clinic. you can find it on amazon prime for $12.50! the ingredients for this one should be: camelia sinensis (green tea) aqueous extract, rubus idaeus (raspberry) aqueous extract, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, emulsifying wax, glycerin stearic acid, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid, d-limonene. lavender, vanilla and unscented on amazon for $14.50. the ingredients for this one are: lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus) extract (aqueous), shea leaf (butyrospermum parkii) extract (aqueous), handcrafted shea butter (butyrospermum parkii) certified fair trade, vegetable emulsifying wax, palm stearic acid, red palm oil (elaeis guineensis), essential oils (scented versions only), phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, limonene, ascorbic acid. it's a much larger 32oz bottle and its also much cheaper - if you do end up trying it out, please let us know how it works and if you stay clear with it! TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK!
sS body lotion update
new sS body lotion in the works!so we've finally gotten a formula we like, and doesn't seem to clog (we are still testing this). we are now testing it's healing abilities, as we've added some ingredients to help with itching and redness, as we are intending it for use post-body peel. we know it absorbs well, smells neutral.. we just need to see how it does with itching and healing. once we approve the formula, it will undergo 3 months of stability testing (to make sure it's shelf stable and bacteria, etc don't grow). we hope to have it ready to launch in spring 2016!