Mountain Ocean Skin Trip is hands down my favourite body lotion. At any given time, I have numerous bottles open around the house. Right now, there's one sitting by me in my living room, another in my bedroom, and another 2 or 3 in the bathroom cabinet. Yes, I dabble in other body moisturisers (Embryolisse Lait-Fluide is my go-to when I have eczema flare ups or seriously parched skin, and Aesop's body balms are heavenly although so expensive I feel compelled to ration my use of them). But Mountain Ocean Skin Trip is where my heart really lies - if I'm travelling, you can bet there's a bottle in my suitcase. I never run low because I am so obsessed with this stuff that I buy it in multi-packs and basically stockpile it like some crazy doomsday preparer.
The best thing about Skin Trip is its texture. It has a silky, light consistency, somewhere in between a gel and a lotion, that feels dreamy to rub into your skin. This is especially great for summer because it has a cooling feel to it and is very soothing on sunburned skin (to which I plead guilty). For winter, you may want something a bit richer and more occlusive if your skin has a tendency to dryness.. However, I've used this in desert climates and found it more than hydrating for my easily dehydrated, sometimes flaky skin. For a lotion that's so lightweight and that absorbs so quickly, Skin Trip really delivers in terms of moisture. It sinks into your skin almost immediately and seems to really 'lock' the moisture in if that makes sense. There's so stickiness or tacky film left behind either. It completely absorbs within minutes. If you find most body moisturisers greasy and unpleasant to use, this is the one for you.
The one thing I'd recommend keeping in mind is that this is very heavy on the coconut scent. I personally love it and I've lost track of the number of friends who've caught a whiff of it and were like "what IS that amazing smell??" and went out and bought it too. BUT if you don't like coconut, stay away because this doesn't play around and the scent does linger.
- light, non-greasy texture that instantly absorbs
- very hydrating and soothing
- great for after sun or post shaving
- very affordable
- the trippy design on the bottle (love)
- practical, lightweight bottle which is good for travel
- if you hate coconut, stay far away
- may not be moisturising enough during winter time
- highly addictive
Last thing to note: ingredients. So in general, I think labelling products as 'natural'/'organic' and therefore 'good' is an iffy thing to do. I have no interest in 'green beauty' for the sake of it. If the product performs, great, I'll use it but I don't restrict myself to green brands. The ingredients in Mountain Ocean Skin Trip probably don't meet the (very nebulous) definition of organic/green. I've listed the ingredients below and as you can see, there are some silicones and also lanolin alcohol. I don't have issues with lanolin at all - it's hypoallergenic and soothing - but I understand why some people do.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Dimethicone, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Lanolin Alcohol, Fragrance