Coming from California, I find body lotion to be a non-negotiable. I’ve got to have it! I’m not sure if it’s because the climate there was so dry or because the region is so body focused. Nevertheless, body lotion is a part of my normal routine like brushing my teeth. I just don’t feel properly dressed if I haven’t put on body lotion.

I was happy to get to try out DeVita’s Shea Butter Brulée ($23.95) for Truth in Aging. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a body lotion that was paraben free and 100% vegan. Nevertheless, I absolutely loved it! One might think that because this product contains shea butter it would be heavy and more appropriate for the winter season. I already use a heavier shea butter cream for my hands, which I don’t think would be well suited for the body. In this case, I was pleasantly surprised. DeVita’s Shea Butter Brulée in Tahitian Vanilla Bean has a lovely light/medium texture, and I would consider it a year-round cream. Best of all, it soaks really well into your skin and keeps you moisturized all day. There’s no need to reapply and it does not feel sticky, greasy or as if it’s sitting on the top of your skin for hours. So once you put it on, you can get dressed right away. It has a light, fresh vanilla scent that I found soothing. (If you don’t like the smell of vanilla, then definitely avoid this.) I looked forward to putting this on post shower.

All of the ingredients are considered safe, with the exception of the controversial Retinol (vitamin A), which I personally don’t have an issue with. It’s also the second to last ingredient. All in all, when testing a product, my litmus test is – would you buy it? Was there value in it? I can positively answer… yes!

Ingredients: Water (purified), Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut), Hydrolyzed Collagen (plant source), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Phytomenadione (vitamin K), Palmitoyl oligopeptide-palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, Beta-glucan (derived from oats), Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) bean seeds, Retinol (vitamin A), Vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract