I have a love/hate relationship with cocoa butter. I love what it does for my skin but I loathe the smell (a minority opinion, I know). Because of the smell, I tend not to use it but after catching a glimpse of my battered legs a few weeks back, I knew I had to get back to basics and picked up a bottle. I chose Queen Helene because it's super cheap ($1.69 at Wal-Mart) and you get a huge amount (32 oz.).
I use this on my body only because I'm fairly certain my face would leap off my skull and head for the hills if I tried to use this as a facial mositurizer. The moisturzing properties are great. I'd say it's comparable to all the fancy, high priced lotions including Kiehl's Creme de Corps but for a fraction of the price. I use cocoa butter for one reason - it heals and clears up discolorations like no other lotion around. When I was a kid, my legs looked awful because I was (still am) clumsy and fell down frequently. As such, I always had scabby knees and bruises. I also had bug bites and scratches which always left brown marks after they healed because my skin is olive/tan. A neighbor finally recommended that my mom use cocoa butter on my legs and they cleared up immediately. When I got older, I stopped using it once my mom stopped forcing me to apply it and luckily, my skin stayed fine for a while. Recently however, ever little knick, bump or scratch I've gotten has decided to take up permanent residence on my skin so I began using this again. It's only been about two weeks and my legs look much, much better.
I recommend buying the Queene Helene brand because it works but also because of the price. There are other cocoa butters on the market (Vaseline, Jergens, etc.) that are not as rich as Queen Helene and really don't do much in the way of healing (at least for me anyway) and are almost four times the price. I'm not sure why essentially the same product is priced so much higher but save your pennies and buy the cheaper version. Yes, the bottle is a bit cumbersome, rather generic looking and there's no pump but you can easily transfer a product that works well into the bottle of your choosing. I dare say that this is an HG product for me. I still don't like the smell much but I can certainly deal with it if it means not having to hide my legs and ashy elbows away from the world again.
I gave this only 2 lippies for packaging because i agree with such a large bottle, a pump is needed. it's difficult to hold the bottle and dispense the lotion after getting some on your hands do to the other leg, or arm, or whatever. other than that, the product smells great, and goes on super smooth and non-greasy. i use it all over my body post-shower and my skin feels good. i agree with another user that it's perhaps not great for repairing dry hands. for my hands i use another product at night before bed. also, to "boost" this lotions' effectiveness, i added some essential oil to the bottle then shook it up. for the price it's an amazing light moisturizer for all over your body.
I really like this stuff. I have sensitive and dry skin and this works. It's thin, smells like coconut and is uber cheap. I find it at Walmart for $2 a bottle. It's non-greasy and rubs in my skin fast. It makes my dry skin feel hydrated and normal. It doesn't feel coated or dirty like some lotions can make my skin feel. It doesn't seem to work on my hands though. I think it's too light. I think it has helped my stretch marks and not getting more during my pregnancy too. It is a bit hard to pour it and I wish it had a pump. I added one to the bottle, the large size of Jergens lotionfhas a pump that fits perfectly. I will keep buying this stuff as long as I can find it.
Wow, best dollar general buy ever! Being a poor teen, this is very appealing to me at only $3 for a bottle big enough to moisturizer a hippo! I have never had really dry skin, but this makes my feet, legs and arms so soft. I have not tried it in my face or back (I am very acne prone with large pores, and I just got my zits under control so I don't wanna risk it) but so far it's awesome! I have been using this for going on six months, and I just love it. I love the coconutty, gentle smell (my best friend hates it, though) and the fact that it leaves me soft but not heavy or greasy. It is a bit on the runny side, but I prefer that in a lotion, as it is easier to get it all out of the bottle. Another pro is that it absorbs super fast! I have very long, curly 3b hair with natural blonde highlights, but it is prone to turning into a wannabe Afro. In a moment of horror when I ran out of leave in conditioner I slathered this on and BAM! Soft hair! It even seemed to make the blonde in my hair stand out more! This is one of my HG products, for sure!
I bought a travel size version of this because I liked the smell and the texture. I've been using it mainly on my hands so I could have them smelling nice throughout the day and found myself reapplying it quite often as I got addicted to the smell which sadly, lasted for about half an hour. This is really an average product.There's nothing good or bad about it but thanks to this lotion I am now looking for a longer-lasting coconut-smelling hand lotion.
I gave it 3 lippies for packaging because it needs a pump. But you can use a Jergen's Shea Butter pump and it fits perfectly. So I guess that brings it back up to 5! Otherwise, I agree with everybody--great product for the cheapest. Wonderful to mix 2-to-1 with sunless solution for a tan extender--thin but non-sticky and non-stinky.
For several years, I would use Suave lotions. Loved all the scents they have, but when I purchased a new bottle of Suave last month, I started to break out in hives if I was to sweat a little. It was bad. I thought they must of changed the formula or something isn't agreeing with me anymore, so I bought a bottle of this. I admit, it's not the creamiest lotion and in the dead of winter, I must add a little grapeseed oil for my legs. Otherwise, this is very good for the rest of my body. It isn't greasy and sinks in very well. Slight cocoa butter smell, doesn't bother me at all.
I have to admit, the bottle is a hassle, trying to hold the huge bottle and apply at the same time. I had an empty bottle of the 32 oz. Purity Face wash with the pump on it, and I put the pump from the Purity bottle on the lotion bottle and it fits great. Now I can pump the lotion out.
You get alot of product for your money here.The lotion is light, non greasy, and absorbs quickly into the skin. It smells slightly of "cocoa", but the scent, much like the lotion, is not rich at all. I don't get all that hydrated from using this product, so I wouldn't recommend this for treating dry skin. I still have SO much of this product left as I don't reach for it often. It's nice, but not great and I don't love it.
I absolutely love this lotion. I bought it for the first time about a week ago after having seen it on the shelves my entire life and never tried it. It's inexpensive, smells AMAZING and absorbs quickly. The only thing I wish was different was I wish it had a pump on the big bottle. Not a big deal though! The smell is very summer-y, smells like I've been on a tropical beach tanning all day. And it absorbs fast, not greasy, not thick. I was my hands A LOT during the day, and am constantly doing dishes, so my hands are usually red, dry, and flaky; but as soon as I put on some of this lotion my hands look and feel nice and soft. I recommend this to everyone. It's affordable and has been around forever, and i'm sure will continue to be, so no more having to switch lotions that get discontinued or get too pricey.
I have such dry skin, and most lotions I've used make my skin feel great for a few hours, then it's back to the dryness. This is the only lotion I've ever used that keeps my skin smooth and soft for the whole day! I love the smell too! I just wish it came in a pump, application would be a bit easier. But I will definitely keep buying this! It was relatively cheap too.