Warm season means higher potential of smelling bad. I am fortunate enough to not really get BO (except for the feet *sweatdrop*) but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to smell fresh and energized. When I think of refreshing scents, citrus fruits such as lime and lemons are the first to pop up in my brain. To maintain the max amount of time to smell like freshly picked fruit, this Weleda trio of Citrus Cream Body Wash, Citrus Refreshing Body Oil, and Citrus Hydrating Lotion is the perfect shield against stinks on the commute. (Seriously, the skytrain gets SO stuffy, I end up smelling my arm through half the train ride.)
The Citrus Cream Body Wash ($10 USD/$15 CAD) is a coconut and sugar based cleanser that is creamy and gentle to the skin. The key ingredients in the cleanser are:
- Lemon peel oil: The peel of the lemon contains the essential oils (which is why in baking sometimes we use lemon zest!) The oil has skin-tightening and toning properties. It also acts as a disinfectant which is great for oily and stressed skin!
- Sesame oil: Did a bit of research for this – sesame oil contains fatty acids which helps nourish the skin.
- Coco-Glucoside: This is derived from the dried pulp of the coconut fruit and sugar.
Since body wash lasts a maximum of ten seconds on me, I’m not sure how much of my skin has absorbed the benefits, but when I rinse it off, my skin has a wet-silky feel rather than the squeaky feeling of my skin’s oils being stripped off. I tend to over squeeze it out; since this is a cream I didn’t need to use as much as I thought! Plus, it smells super zesty! Usually a hot shower makes me go into a post shower coma so I like how this resets my brain!
After showering, I used the Citrus Refreshing Body Oil ($21.50 USD/ $28 CAD) and Citrus Hydrating Lotion ($16.50 USD/ $18 CAD). Both of them have the same wonderful zesty, citrus scent. I usually shower before bed and I would wake up with hydrated skin still and some of that freshness still lingers on my arms. The body oil contains lemon oil as well as sweet almond fruit extract (contains fatty acids,protects the skin from drying) and linalool (a fragrance from essential oils.) The body lotion contains shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe leaf juice.
The lotion is light weight and it has a thin consistency. If you are used to hydration from body butters, the Citrus Hydrating Lotion is not the best option for very dry skin. I have been layering the oil and lotion together for double the moisture.My legs need a bit more kick but my arms, which aren’t as dry, feels soft for a longer time after using these products. I like to apply another layer in the morning anyway so I can head out my day feeling strong!
My biggest problem, however, is the packaging of both the lotion and oil. The lotion is very light and it kind of oozes out of the bottle and is hard to ‘catch’ it all in my hand. The oil is also hard; the opening of the bottle is a bit big so the oil spills out a lot more than I need, rather than a few drops (and since it’s not a super inexpensive product, I’d like to savour the oils slowly!)
Overall; the Citrus collection from Weleda is great for normal to dry skin and if you don’t mind the lemon lime. The ingredients are great, but not strong enough for severe dry skin.
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