My Winter Essentials

February 5, 2013
As much as I like using tiny scented lotions from Victoria's Secret or from Bath and Body Works on my hands, in the winter they just aren't cutting it for my dry skin.  I would apply lotions like these, and within 15 minutes I would have to reapply to moisturize the dry patches on my skin.  I knew I had to make a change and put those mini lotions away until the spring because they just weren't working.

I decided to try out some hand creams by L'Occitane En Provence to see if they would do the trick.  Since I had never tried this brand before and didn't know which scent I would like, I opted for three mini tubes in order to test out more scents rather than just be stuck with one that I might not like.  The box came with the scents: Rose Petals, mango flower, and date bouquet.

I have to say that these work SO WELL.  I hardly ever have to re-apply and a small amount of these lotions is very long-lasting!  Sometimes I don't even need to put more on even after washing my hands, and the 30 mL tubes (.1 oz) are very convenient sizes for toting around in my purse.  

Below are some more of my favorite products that really help me get through the winter:

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream- This is called a cream, but I think it should be called a foot treatment because it doesn't really absorb right away.  You couldn't just apply it and expect to walk around barefoot--you'd be leaving a sticky trail of footprints wherever you went.  Instead, I recommend applying it and putting on socks, which some may prefer to do overnight.  I really noticed a difference and my skin felt a lot softer after using this product. 

Estee Lauder Day Wear- I got a free sample of this and became hooked.  I don't want to use anything else to moisturize my face with...ever!  It's not too greasy, but when applied my skin doesn't have the dry/"tight" feel to it.  It works nicely on my combination skin.

Shea Body Butter from The Body Shop- This really works to hydrate my skin and the smell is mild, so it's versatile in the sense that I can either choose to wear/not wear perfume with this body butter.  Some body butters are so heavily scented that to add in a perfume can be too overpowering or the combination of the two different flavors might not complement each other.

Sugar Lip Polish and Sugar Berry Lip Treatment from Fresh- My lips felt so smooth after using the lip polish, and the lip treatment does not contain harsh chemicals, but does have an SPF of 15.  I love the tube of the Lip Treatment--it's made out of metal, so it won't easily crack like plastic lipstick tubes can.  You also have to screw/unscrew the lipstick to the cap, which ensures that the cap won't fall off.  Lastly, I love that it's tinted so that your lips can get the benefits of a treatment with a pop of color.  Just a warning, this product is pricey at $22.50 for only the lip treatment.  I got a deal on this and did not pay the full retail price--while I am in love with these products, I don't think I could bring myself to pay that much for them.  I would definitely re-purchase them, but only with some sort of deal or discount!  

Here are a couple more winter essentials that my sister and friend swear by: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing LotionAveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream, and Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme.

What are your favorite winter products?  
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4 comments on "My Winter Essentials"
  1. I'm really excited to try out the L'Occitane products, I'll have to pick them up soon! Just visiting your blog from MakeupTalk, hope you get the chance to visit mine!


  2. I hope you like them--I really want to try the Shea butter one! I'll check out your blog for sure. :)

  3. Don't forget, your February box is shipping to Mom's house. Hope it's a good one!

  4. I'm a fan of Burt Bee's products (both for me + my kids) but haven't tried the Coconut Foot Cream - sounds like it's really good... I love the Sugar lip balms!