For those of us on the East Coast, it has been a cold winter, no doubt about it. I'm entirely ready for spring, but meantime my skin is showing every sign of a mid-winter crisis — it feels taut, itchy and generally uncomfortable. So for the past few weeks, I've been grumbling and rummaging around for various solutions that would fit into my new 'returning student' budget!
I decided to take a chance on an Alba Botanica body cream since I've been pleased with their body washes (see my review of Honey Mango Bath & Shower Gel, and Bois de Jasmin has a review of their Midnight Tuberose Shower Gel). Their Kukui Nut Body Cream seemed like a good bet — chock full of rich nut oils plus shea and cocoa butter, hypo-allergenic, 100% vegetarian and it comes in a jar which always makes me feel that tad more luxurious.
It's not a bad little cream. Like the other Alba Botanica products it seems to be good quality for the price. It's fairly rich — not as rich as the really fabulous jar creams, but thicker than your average pump lotion. It smoothes on nicely and doesn't leave a greasy feel, which is a big plus. It does a good job maintaining moisture, even if it doesn't quite soak in deep to heal the really dry areas.
The real drawback for me was the scent. I was anticipating a sort of nutty burnt sugar scent, and I wasn't far off, but I didn't anticipate how much it would linger on clothes or stick to sheets/towels etc. If you don't totally love the fragrance to start with, you might end up hating it. Imagine a rich creamy caramel sauce mixed with coconut oil, and you'll more or less have the general idea. It's not bad the first few times — it's warm and kind of comforting — but after a while it got to me. Even when the sweetness of the scent wore off, a slightly soapy undertone lingered on the skin and interfered with the dry-down of more delicate perfumes. I tried using it at night a couple of times instead, but I hated the way my sheets smelled afterwards. On that score, I won't be re-purchasing this one, but if you love this type of scent, it might be your perfect winter cream.
Alba Botanica Kukui Nut Body Cream is $12.49 for 6.5oz.