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I am not someone who uses a lot of lotion. Sure, I get them in sets as holiday gifts or as freebies at cosmetic stores. They may entertain me for a short amount of time but then I either become bored or overwhelmed by the artificial scent, or I just lose them all together. Because I am still in my early 20s, I find that I can still get away with not using a moisturizer most of the time. I just haven’t made it a priority yet. This year, however, I’ve noticed several dry areas on my skin; namely, the heels of my feet, the area between my index finger and thumb, and starting this winter, my forehead. So, when I was asked to try Nama Moisturizing Skin Food ($15), I was skeptical of my own self-discipline to stick with a lotion as well as the lotion’s ability to not irritate my olfactory senses.
Surprisingly, I fell in love with not only the results of this product, but also the scent! The lotion itself is a creamy white formula that doesn’t sit on top of your skin for ages after you apply it. It rubs in quickly but leaves a slight cooling/tingling effect afterward (yet does not sting), which I found really pleasant, especially if you apply it after shaving your legs. I looked at the ingredients to see why it would have this effect and discovered that it contained anti-inflammatory witch hazel. It also contains green tea leaf extract, which reduces swelling and irritation. I applied the lotion to my hands and feet as well and noticed that the skin became softer over time. What I found most astounding was when I applied this to my dry forehead (something I had been battling all winter); the dryness and flaky skin disappeared and hasn’t returned! The instructions don’t say to use on your face, but I am glad I did. In a single application, I got rid of a three-month-long problem!
Along with being pleased that it restored my dry skin, I became rather addicted to the smell. As I mentioned, it contains green tea leaf as well as aloe leaf oil, and I would say these are the two most evident scents. It’s a very light, clean scent and not overpowering at all. It smells natural – vaguely of spices – and it is one of the only scented lotions I’ve ever used that hasn’t given me a headache. I recommend this to anyone who needs a body lotion to use on a daily basis.
Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Parfum (Fragrance), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Monostearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tapioca Starch, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol Acetate, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer