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As I mentioned in my recent post on how I am transitioning my skincare products from summer to fall, I have swapped out Prana’s Firming Body Milk for the Prana Attar Fluff & Gold Body Whip 24K ($40). Although oddly named and despite a reservation about the formula, I am finding this rich body lotion very enjoyable to use and it is so hydrating that it almost lasts for two showers.
I am not sure what is meant by fluff in the “Fluff & Gold” appellation, but I can say that gold is the real deal (from German gold mines, no less, and also used in Prana’s AU 24K Gold Serum). Gold is an anti-inflammatory and is used to reduce arthritis, so if you have aches and pains, Prana’s body cream might even prove to be soothing. Gold is also an antioxidant and may minimize collagen depletion and boost elasticity.
The unctuous texture of Body Whip makes it an ideal cream for cooler and dryer weather. It almost requires massaging in, but the skin drinks it up and it doesn’t leave any oily residue. The emollients are oils and butters from apricot, mango, shea (a natural moisturizing factor) and cocoa bean, which also provide antioxidants as well as nourishment. Aloe vera is also an antioxidant and studies have found that the pulp, used here, may prevent cancer.
I should point out that Prana’s Body Whip contains the preservative triethanolamine. According to Cosmetic Ingredient Review, Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there is strong evidence that triethanolamine is a human skin, immune system and respiratory toxicant. It is really only approved for rinse-off products and for leave-on products should have a concentration limit of 5%. These concerns come from triethanolamine that contains 15% DEA (a compound connected to the formation of potentially harmful nitrosamines). Generally, careful cosmetic formulators use triethanolamine NF, which is lab assayed to be free of DEA.
Ingredients: Purified water, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, organic aloe leaf juice, triethanolamine, organic apricot oil, tocopherol, organic aloe vera pulp, jojoba oil, organic shea butter, organic mango butter, organic cocoa bean, micronized zinc, genuine German gold (and) benzoic acid (and) dihydroacetic acid