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The ultimate body lotion has yet to be invented. By which I mean, a good anti-aging moisturizer that is a sensibly priced for the surface it is required to cover. My last Five Best body lotions was in 2010 - there weren't enough new finds last year to warrant an update. But now I am pleased to say that we have a cast that is worthy of putting under the spotlight. Here are the Five Best body lotions of 2012 that will keep your skin from chin to toe looking younger without breaking the bank:

Mukti Pink Grapefruit Hand & Body Lotion (16.9oz/$47 in the shop). Aussie brand Mukti is our new best friend for its pitch perfect natural and effective formulations. The hand and body lotion is no exception. Despite the heavy-hitting moisturizers, the lotion was not greasy and provided just the right amount of hydration for summer months. The citrusy fragrance dissipates quickly so no fear of being a mosquito magnet. The first ingredient in the lotion is aloe vera juice which, when used topically can soothe skin and serve as an anti-inflammatory. Following that, there is an abundance of oils (macadamia ternifolia, coconut, glycerin), an oil derivative (cetearyl glucoside), and butters (cocoa and shea butyrospermum parkii). Macadamia is high up the list and is amazingly nutritional - 22% of the oil is omega 7. Read Nisha’s full review

Juice Beauty Body Moisturizer ($18 for 8oz in the TIA shop). A really rich textured lotion that goes on like a dream to hydrate without being greasy. My experience with Juice Beauty Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer is that the firming is really about crepey and wrinkly skin (my knees just drink this up). Juice Beauty has ensured that there is the useful anti-aging peptide, Matrixyl, with its collagen boosting powers. Plus there’s antioxidant green tea, borage, anti-inflammatory aloe and nourishing shea butter and honey. Not to mention, JB’s signature citrus cocktail giving it a refreshing, zesty scent.

DeVita’s Shea Butter Brulée ($23.95). 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. Anti-aging ingredients include the peptide Matrixyl 3000, collagen, vitamin K and B. There is retinol, which would make it advisable to use this lotion at night. It has a light, fresh vanilla scent that I found soothing. (If you don’t like the smell of vanilla, then definitely avoid this.)

Skin-Lasting Super Hydrator ($29 for 6oz in the TIA shop). This multi-tasking spray comes into its own in the summer. No cream, no oil, no sweat! This is extremely moisturizing and exfoliating lotion is a light spray that is so convenient to use (plus you can use it on hands and face as well). The simple formula has glycerin, lactic acid and urea with antioxidant aloe, vitamin C and  green tea. Leaves skin feeling super soft. Read Jelena’s review

SenZen Sealed And Delivered ($44 for 6oz in the TIA shop). A 2010 Five Best Body Lotion. SenZen's Sealed And Delivered is a rich body lotion - with a light but lush mango fragrance - that leaves the skin feeling velvety, nourished and supple. There is an impressive array of antiaging ingredients. I particularly appreciate bacillus ferment, which is an unusual exfoliant. It is a bacteria with the ability to secrete a large number of enzymes that make their way into detergents and in cosmetics as an exfoliant. Bacillus ferment is supposed to be gentler than alpha hydroxy acids and confines itself to removing only dead skin cells.

Ingredients in Mukti: Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Certified Organic Macadamia (Macadamia Ternifolia) Oil; Certified Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii); Certified Organic Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil; Cetearyl Glucoside (Vegetarian); Certified Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobromo Cacao); Glycerin (Vegetarian);Sclerotium Gum; Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Grandis) Extract; Certified Organic Essential Oils of Orange (Citrus Sinensis), Mandarin (Citrus Nobilis), Tangerine (Citrus Tangerine) & Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)


Ingredients in DeVita: 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

Ingredients in Juice Beauty: Organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe leaf juice)*, vegetable glycerin, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, octyl palmitate, capric/ caprylic triglycerides, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, acetyl hexapeptide-3, cetearyl alcohol, butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed oil)*, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil)*, xantan gum, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), allantoin, tocopherol (Vitamin E), ethylhexylglycerin, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citrus reticulata (mandarin), litsea cubeba (may chang) and cinnamomum camphora (ho wood) pure essential oils * certified organic by a US Department of Agriculture approved agency

Ingredients in Skin-Lasting: Water, vegetable glycerin, lactic acid, urea (carbamide), aloe vera leaf juice, hyaluronic acid, green tea leaf extract, vitamin C, sea salt

Ingredients in SenZen: Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Prunus, Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmonsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandifkorum (Cupuacu) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hydrolyzed Cottonseed Protein, Dipalmitayl Hydroxyproline, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (acai) Pulp Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Extract, Bacillus Ferment, Montmorillonite (Trace Minerals), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Extract, Anthemis Nobillis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Talc, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Cl 77510), D&C Red No. 30 (CI 73360).