Feeling Tropical: Sukin Moisture Rich Body Crème Review
For most days, I like to use good old coconut oil to moisturise in the morning after a bath. There are times when coconut oil is a royal pain in the arse. For example when your brain turns to potato and you forget that coconut oil is an oil. And that getting dressed with oil on your hands will saturate your clothes with oil. Which will then take 7 washes to come out. Or the time you put too much on your under arms and you had oil patches on your new Topshop tee in said area for a fortnight. Basically the intelligent girl has a few (or 50) body lotions to choose in addition to the mandatory coconut oil. These are perfect for when you are in a rush in the morning or you just fancy something quick drying. Today I’m reviewing the Sukin Moisture Rich Body Crème.
Sukin Moisture Rich Body Crème
I’ve been testing the Sukin Moisture Rich Body Crème* for the last month and my skin has been rather happy (at one point I thought I may be allergic to aloe vera though it seems to only be an issue on my face rather than my body). I don’t suffer from eczema but I do get prone to a little dryness on my shins, hips and chest. This whipped crème is lightweight and quick to absorb into the skin yet it’s incredibly moisturising. It also doesn’t feel as though it’s clogging my pores.
Awesome pros for this crème:
- No sodium laury sulphate (SLS)
- No sodium laureth sulphate (SLES)
- No mineral oils
- No parabens
- No synthetic fragrances
- No animal derivatives
- No harsh detergents
- No triethanolamine
- No artificial colours
- No propylene glycol
- No EDTA
Looking at the Sukin Moisture Rich Body Crème in its humble pot, it doesn’t look anything different. It’s white, it’s a body butter. When I put it onto my skin for the first time, I thought I had just thrown my face into a jar of lemon curd. (Which is a compliment because I bloody love lemon curd). It literally makes you smell like a dewy Brazilian tropical rainforest that also grows citrus fruits. It smells like I’ve just spent all day picking oranges, lemons and limes in a Spanish grove wearing a white dress, floppy hat and a golden Mediterranean tan with my little wicker basket thing. It… it… it makes me feel like Penelope Cruz. ?
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Coco-Caprylate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Borage), Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail), Arctium Lappa Root Extract (Burdock), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Oil (Lemon Myrtle), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene*, Linalool*. /*Natural component of essential oils.
The Confusing Words
- Ceteareth-20 is a fatty alcohol used as a preservative. It’s safety for use in cosmetics is debated and according to Truth In Aging (read their useful post on the topic), it “may contain 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both possible human carcinogens.” Oh dear…
- Coco-caprylate is a skin-conditioning agent. It’s safe to use as listed by EWG.
- Aloe has been found to be natural effective ingredient for improving skin hydration (University of São Paulo, 2006). I must point out it’s not uncommon to be allergic to aloe vera, even mild enough to break out into a rash. Make sure to do a patch test if you’re unsure or you haven’t tried a higher concentration of aloe on skin before.
- Cocoa butter is very moisturising and is even used to treat burn victims to facilitate the healing of damaged skin (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2009).
- Shea butter has been used to treat skin conditions in West Africa for hundreds of years. It has known anti-inflammatory and pain-relief (analgesic) qualities as observed in an article from the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 2012.
- Rose hip oil is naturally high in antioxidants.
- Wheat germ oil is high in vitamin E and an excellent skin-softener.
- Borage oil has been found to be significantly effective in treating atopic dermatitis (Wakayama Medical University, 2007).
- Horsetail has a high content of silica which makes skin feel softer.
- Burdock is rich in antioxidants.
- Nettle also antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.
So whilst I had no noticeable issues with using Sukin Moisture Rich Body Crème for the past month on my skin, it worries me about the inclusion of Ceteareth-20 in the formula. Especially if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, I would personally recommend not to use this product. For those with no skin problems, I’d still advise against using anything containing Ceteareth-20, even more so if it’s quite high up in the ingredients list. This is just my opinion, and whilst some people might not be too concerned about the potential contamination issues associated with Ceteareth-20, it does bother me. It’s a real shame as I clearly love the scent and texture of the Sukin Moisture Rich Body Crème, but if there is a fair possibility it may have a detrimental effect to my skin and health then it’s not worth using!