What's In It Wednesday: Another Fabulous Drugstore Lotion!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009




I have always loved the lemony scent from  JR Watkins. With the company's apothecary style presentation, one would have thought that they were a natural products company with clean ingredients. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Recently, though, Watkins reformulated their products and the ingredients are phenomenal. 

The only retail, low-cost lotion I have found to be safe AND feel luxurious is the newly new naturals line from Queen Helene. Until now. Watkins has done a marvelous job at reformulating their body care products and I can recommend them to you without hesitation.

Being reviewed is the 95+% natural Lemon Cream Hand and Body Lotion. It is 11 ounces and retails for $11.95 on the Watkins site. I ordered 2 lotions from Enviroproducts World for $5.74 (they were on sale for less than they are now) April 24th which have yet to arrive, so I actually picked up a lemon lotion at Walmart. My other lotions from online have now been shipped, so I'll be happy to talk about the Aloe & Green Tea and Vanilla soon!

Let's look into this more!

So, what's in it? As you can see, there are no ingredients in bold or green, so there is NOTHING I am worried about in it!

Water--Water

Prunus Armeniaca--Apricot Kernel Oil

Glyceryl Stearate--Emulsifier, safe

Butyrospermum Parkii- -Shea Butter

Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter--Cocoa Butter

Cetearyl Alcohol--Fatty alcohols, non drying, emollient

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate--Safe emulsifier

Cocos Nucifera Oil--Coconut Oil

Persea  Gratissima Oil--Avocado Oil

Glycerin--Humectant

Fragrance--Synthetic fragrance (since it doesn't say otherwise, this is likely)

Phenoxyethanol--Can be used as a preservative (paraben free) or in fragrance; some may be sensitive to this

Allantoin--Skin soothing agent

Orbignya Olerfera Seed Oil--Babassu Oil

Simmondsia Chinesis Seed Oil--Jojoba Oil

Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil--Lemon Peel Oil

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract--Calendula (soothing!)

Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract--Chamomile (extra soothing)

Tilia Cordata Flower Extract--Linden Flower (soothes and refreshes)

Cebtaurea Cyanus Flower Extract--Cornflower (great for the skin)

Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract--Chamomile Flower

Hypericum Perforatum Extract--St. John's Wort, a great skin tonic!

Panthenol--Vitamin B5, conditioning agent

Tocopheryl Acetate--Vitamin E

C18-22 Hydroxyalkyl Hydroxypropyl Guar--a safe skin and hair conditioning agent

Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice--Aloe Vera Juice

Citric Acid--pH adjuster, some may be sensitive to this

Sodium Hydroxide--Lye, as in soapmaking. However, it can also be used as a pH adjuster. Since this is the very last ingredient on the list, it is OK.


For reference, here is the ingredients listing for the previous formulation:

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Triethanolamine,  Fragrance, Allantoin, Propylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA



There was no shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado, babassu, or jojoba in this. While there were some natural extracts thrown in, this was mostly harmful stuff--from the parabens to the Diazolidinyl Urea (which not only is a formaldehyde releaser, but comes from urine and other fluids from the body of animals), to the Triethanolamine (a carcinogen) and Propylene Glycol. I wouldn't have touched this formula with a ten foot pole because of the amount of PG and triethanolamine alone.


Bottom Line--I am happy to recommend this! It is extra nourishing with the butters and oils and will really be great this summer if you shave daily and if you just want your skin to glow in general!




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