Because it needed to get to the free shipping threshold, and also because it loves this scent. And now it will stop referring to itself in the genderless third-person singular. ANYWAY. I was looking for something [that I’d actually need/want] [that isn’t junk food] to get my shopping basket to the $35 free-shipping cutoff, and I was browsing the Mrs Meyer’s stuff because I hadn’t checked out their stuff in a while and they occasionally do new scents I end up finding VERY compelling (I just ordered some Radish dish soap, will report back) and you know, I had totally forgotten that they make lotion! Let’s try that shit!
WHAT THAT IS
Okay it’s labeled and marketed as “hand lotion,” which is something my brain usually translates as “this is thinner and lighter than the heavy-duty moisturizers you usually buy, and thus will make your hands feel smooth and hydrated but NOT sticky or waxy or greasy.” Which, these are also traits I look for in allover body moisturizers, especially in summer — I want to be non-dry-and-itchy, but I also don’t want my legs to go *squip* and slide off of each other if I cross them in hot humid weather (ugh, is there anything more unpleasant?). Anyway, I already knew I liked this scent, since I’ve been intermittently using it for 10+ years in its dish soap / laundry detergent / asst household cleaner spray formats. And I’ve been pretty pleased with all their shiz in general, excepting the candles, which were (are?) WAY under-scented for my tastes. Anywaaaay, the hand lotion is usually around $5/120z (this scent was $4.99 on Target; they’re also on Amazon too of course) and also comes in the Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Geranium, and Honeysuckle scents. (Note : I’m not super into Overt Florals, but their geranium is pretty damn nice!)
WHAT’S IN THERE
Okay first note their labeling, which in typical Mrs Meyer’s fashion makes a big noise about being “natural” and “plant-derived.” Which, I don’t really care about that, because we already know that both of those traits don’t necessarily mean “good for you.” They also note the absence of parabens, pthalates, formaldehyde, and artificial colors. I guess that’s nice if you have a particular sensitivity or allergy to those substances, but I do not, so I’m not particularly concerned with them, and I’m also wondering when the hell formaldehyde was a common lotion ingredient? Whatever, they’re also leaping-bunny-certified cruelty-free, which IS nice!
INGREDIENTS : Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Isopropyl Palmitate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Seed Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethoxylated Sorbitan Ester, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol
These are all pretty basic/common ingredients, but if you need a breakdown of the role each one plays, Mrs Meyer’s has you covered on their website. The formulation is pretty much what you’d expect for something of this sort — stearic acid is comedogenic AF for me, but this isn’t going on my face so it’s fine, and also the shea butter and sweet almond oil are legit great ingredients.
WHAT’S IT LIKE THO
The scent is pretty much exactly the same as it is in the dish soap / hand soap / et cetera — though to me, it seems a tiny bit more creamy/sweet here? This could either be A) a figment of my overactive imagination, or B) an actually true thing, and a result of the formula including sweet almond oil and shea butter, and not including the usual crisper-smelling cleaning solvents? WHO KNOWS. It is also, as expected, of a very light consistency, and almost looks/feels like a … “creamy gel”?
This is of course not on par with the OG Bliss Body Butter or similar emollient-heavy ultra-rich moisturizers — it feels like “a drink” for your skin, rather than something that’s going to make hard dry elbows and heels feel buttery-soft. But honestly, in summer, I reserve the hardcore stuff for “apply to feet and top with thick socks before bed” and usually prefer something lighter for allover daily “I’m leaving the house and doing things” usage. Because, again, having your body butter reactivated by super-humid 90-degree weather and turn into Grease Sludge on your skin is just … unfun. So this is fine for me! I’ve been using it post-shower — primarily on arms/legs/feet — for a week or two now, and I’m down with it. It’s light, it’s not sticky, and while I will feel a little bit ~slick~ if my legs get sweaty while I’m wearing it … well, that’s pretty much Standard Lotion Behavior, in my experience.
THE VERDICT : It’s good! I like this just fine. Nice scent (non-shouty, definitely not strong enough to compete with perfume), nicely hydrating, not too heavy on the emollients and/or waxy sealers (which make the heavy moisturizers more effective, but which I don’t enjoy in summer), and I mean it’s five bucks. Will I repurchase? Probably at some point, sure! And if I ever see the lotion in their Parsley or Iowa Pine scents? OMFG SO VERY YES. YESSSSSS. Do you need it? You’re probably already familiar with this fragrance, so if you like it, and you like lightweight lotions, and you think five bucks is a reasonable price, sure! And hey, if you end up not being crazy about it, you can always just plop the bottle down next to your kitchen or bathroom sink so that guests think you’re A Civilized Person, instead of someone whose countertop is cluttered with conch shell horns and mini disco balls, like mine. <3
TRIED IT? Got a fave summer option in the moisturizer category? Share!