When my editor gave me a bottle of Mukti Pink Grapefruit Hand & Body Lotion ($47 in the shop) to test, I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled. I’m not especially fond of grapefruits. Nor am I keen on smelling like grapefruits with summer approaching as I would become a mosquito magnet. Mosquitoes have a complex method of choosing their meals, and adding a fruity fragrance to my body’s chemistry only serves to put me higher on the menu. My natural pheromone issues aside, Mukti Organics is so committed to stringent organic standards that the products are truly non-toxic. The formulations can safely be used on babies, and Mukti claims the skincare ingredients are so natural you can even eat them – I chose to take her word for it and not test that claim.
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) that made me wonder if this was indeed a cream and not a lotion. Moreover, there are four citrus essential oils to make up the fruity fragrance I’m so weary of sporting on hot summer days for fear of being eaten alive. I was happy to be proven wrong on both counts.
I applied the lotion right after the shower as recommended and found that despite the heavy-hitting moisturizers, the lotion was not greasy and provided just the right amount of hydration for summer months. A little of the lotion goes a long way and the pump bottle should easily last through the summer season. The citrus fragrance is quite overt when the lotion is first applied; however, it remarkably dissipates within seconds! A friend tried the lotion and was rather disappointed at the disappearing scent, but I found it to be ideal.
To borrow from Marta’s review of Mukti’s Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner, Mukti “has pulled it off perfectly.” The pink grapefruit hand and body lotion is another winner within the Mukti Organics line.