I’ve run into a second product in the past year that my skin reacted badly to—Oil of Olay’s Silk Whimsy body cream in Rose fragrance.  I used the product once and noticed that the fragrance was very strong but didn’t smell much like roses-almost a fake chemical smell.

I wanted to try it out anyway-my truly fragranced products like Philosophy’s Falling in Love body lotion or Laura Mercier’s Pistachio body creme don’t have this effect, but these less expensive products have something in them that makes my skin VERY upset.

Within a day of using the product I got a few little spots–I thought it was heat rash because I went “trotting” which is slow jogging.  I shrugged it off.

Used the product again and noticed that the spots became more numerous. Immediately stopped the product and applied a little cortaid cream which pretty much took care of the rash.

To mention another product, I tried St Ives body lotion, don’t remember the   fragrance but also had a severe reaction to that as well. That reaction was so bad, my friend who is a personal injury lawyer thought I might have actionable issues.

I guess people with sensitive skin to start out with know to avoid these fragranced products but as I age, I think I am joining the ranks.

I read about Cerave’ products recently and a reader also suggested their lotions for their moisturizing properties.  I bought the body cream version-I always go for the most heavy formula because I like extremes, and this morning my skin is pretty silky soft.

Cetaphil products have always been a hit with me and I really love a new product Aveeno Baby lotion with 24-hour moisture with oatmeal to calm the skin.  Tried it at my mom’s house in Maui and really kicked Vaseline Intensive Care’s Aloe body lotion (which if I continued to use that would probably cause a reaction). Besides Intensive Care is so 80-s – I guess they have a lot of old faithful followers.

Johnson&Johnson baby body washes in the apple and honey or shea formulas are great too!  Their baby body lotions don’t quite do it for me, but their baby body cream is pretty good.


It probably makes sense in the long run to make the switch to products made for sensitive skin-hopefully they have less chemicals?


Old Faithful

Being loyal to a product is like being loyal to a man – as long as they faithfully deliver the promise, things are great.

If they change their program, well….

But is it possible that new and improved is better?

I think when you’re middle age like me, you’re skeptical about just checking stuff out just to check it out. Takes too much time away from the good stuff that’s already delivered.

It took me a really long time to just be happy and content, and not fickle, looking for something else, a two in the bush type in my younger years.

So I think I know better.

But can other shiny happy product advertising with promises lead me to plunk down the credit card and buy what their selling?

Doubtful. At 50,  I think I can like something, ask a bunch of questions and then figure out that I don’t need to buy it.

But what happens when products just up and quit production altogether?

Like my favorite drugstore brand Johnson & Johnson 24-Hour body lotion.  I LOVE the smell of baby products, and though this wasn’t a baby product, it did smell faintly of baby powder and delivered soft skin.

Then, one day I happened into Longs and noticed the product was marked down heralding a close out -so I bought the last 4 bottles.

This happened to me with L’Occitane.  Their honey body lotion smelled wonderful, delivered excellent moisturizing results and the store clerk told me you could ingest it? (That got a quizzical look from me and apparently some people use it for other purposes).


Sometimes, although you’re not planning on looking for a new option, you are forced to, but only it they quit on you first.

Otherwise, those advertising guys wouldn’t have a job!


Overnight-The Away Kit

There comes a moment in a new relationship when one needs to think about what they would need for an overnight – or at least be prepared.  Men have it easy, they just fall out of bed and they pretty much look the same.

My routine is floss, brush, moisturizer super boosted with Philosophy Vitamin C powder, sunscreen, primer, foundation.  Eyebrows, shadow,liner, mascara.  Blush, lip and Makeup Forever HD Powder.

That’s a lot of stuff to carry around.  How to simplify?  Sometimes when I visit my folks in Maui, I get there and realize I forgot something fairly critical like cleanser.

Got the answer for that.  These nifty face wipes I got at the Face Shop.  Gentle, herbal and they take off makeup with no rubbing!  I don’t like those baby oil wipes-makes my face greasy and that’s one more step to tone.  These herbal wipes are one step, no oil, very freshening and only $2 for 20 wipes!

On any given day, I have so much stuff that I carry around that I got a locker at the gym because my shoulder was hurting from carrying my dance bag, my clothes and my makeup, hair stuff and whatever else. I think my makeup kit all by itself is 4-5 pounds.  I offloaded the hair stuff which would be the Kitoko Oil and Neuma cocktail ingredients, plus three types of lotion, one being Kiehl’s spf30 Body Lotion (smells like coconuts), Johnson&Johnson 24 Hour Moisture, and Bliss Lemon and Sage.

My back feels a lot better.

What can I get away with for an impromtpu overnight? I like to visualize processes and do a walk through so I can figure out what I need.  Will it fit in my purse?

Face wipes-makeup remover, moisturizer w spf, floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, elastic for my hair. Maybe BB cream, mascara, eyebrow stuff, liner, rose balm.

Believe it or not, most of this stuff would fit in the bag I carry around.

There’s also a thought process into what I wear the night before that doesn’t make me walk the walk of shame!  Remember Carrie from Sex in the City walking home in her evening clothes at 7a in the morning when she runs into Miranda?

That’s another post.


Glibby, Glop,Gloopy-Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 15 vs Kiehl’s SPF 30

In my search to extend sun protection from my face to my neck, arms and legs, I tried Kiehl’s SPF 30, Creme de Corps, Lightweight Body Lotion.  Pleasantly scented like coconut milk, I really love the fact I can protect my skin from the Hawaiian sun.  It’s a little pricey at $28 for a small 8.4 fl.oz bottle, so I looked in the drugstore for some options. Settled on Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion with SPF 15, priced at $10.89 for 13.5 fl.oz.   Much lower spf protection, than my beloved Kiehl’s, but I bought it anyway in the name of economy.

Talk about sticky and thick.  I believe the sunscreens made for the beach go on better and smoother.  The Eucerin product has that synthetic feel to the formula, that I don’t care for.  Kind of like spreading on that stuff you caulk your bathroom tile with, oh yeah, that is caulk.

Anyway, as is my habit, I slather on the product generously, and go on with my day. Within a couple of hours, I feel like my skin can’t breathe, like it’s encased in a rubber kitchen glove.

Thumbs down on the product.  Less than superior spf, and terrible consistency.  I’ll stick to Kiehl’s until further notice.