How many different kinds of lotion do you have?
There are 5 kinds of lotion, all are for everyday use and can be used all over the body, but, if you use it on your face, please choose "Unscented" for your fragrance choice (my favorite is the goat milk cream).
What is the difference between the lotions?
I have 1 light lotion (whipped body souffle), 3 medium lotions (goat milk cream, shea butter cream and tropical butter cream) and a solid lotion.
What is the difference between the 3 medium lotions?
All are heavy, thick creams, with a whipped vanilla frosting consistency and appearance. All the creams are thick enough that when held upside down, they will not fall out of the container. Other than the moisturizing ingredients, they are the same as far as texture, moisturizing power and shelf life. Whichever one you choose should be based on your own personal preference and what works well with your skin.
What is so great about the solid lotion?
It is made up of rich butters that are 100% natural. Capable of moisturizing the driest of skin, it will feel greasy at first, but give it a minute to sink in and moisturize. It's also a great solid perfume and an excellent base to layer under your perfume sprays and roll-ons.
So, which lotion should I get?
For all over, everyday moisturizing, a great base to layer under your perfume and parts of your body that take you really want to soften and shine (arms, legs, hands), get the light lotion and the medium creams. For your dry, problem areas (cracked and dry feet, hands and elbows), I highly recommend the solid lotion.
Lotions, Creams & Butters 101
How many different lotions are there in the world and what's the difference?
After much research, I've concluded that there are basically 3 types of skin moisturizing products: Lotion, Cream/Souffle and Butter. The difference is the oil to water ratio.
Lotion: This product typically has the most water and is thinner, it can be easily poured onto the skin. It is great for daily, all-over use and since it has the most amount of water, will be quickly absorbed by the skin. The downside is, since it has the most amount of water, it will sink in and dissipate faster, which means you have to apply it more often.
Cream/Souffle: Creams (in the lotion world, souffle is just a fancy name for a whipped cream) normally have a lower water to oil ratio, so they are thicker, with a vanilla frosting or whipped cream consistency and appearance. Because there is less water, it takes a bit longer for a cream to sink into your skin. Creams are great for really dry areas, hands, elbows, heels, knees, etc. A must for nurses, doctors, hair stylists, manicurists, cooks, daycare providers, anyone who washes their hands numerous times a day.
Butter: Butters are solid oils with no water or a very small percentage of water and have a solid, stick of butter-like appearance, hence the name. Body butter will melt on contact with skin, may seem a bit heavy at first, almost a greasy feeling (because it contains hardly any water), but give it time to sink in. After it does, your skin will thank you. Butters are also good for night treatments, such as applying liberally on your feet at bedtime and covering with socks while you sleep for soft, smooth heels.
You'll notice that every lotion I carry, except the whipped body souffle, is paraben free. The jury is still out on parabens, but I'm cautious of anything that raises concerns. Here's a couple quick reads that may help you out:
As with anything you put on your skin or in your body, I encourage you to do your own research and make your own decisions.