Sans Ceuticals is an interesting line, and its Baobab Regenerative Body Cream is an interesting product. There’s a lot about this trial I liked – TIA sent me the Body Cream in response to my plea for dry skin and body products as the real fall weather settled in – but I can’t tell you for certain I’ll make it a habit.

In terms of what to like: “Sans” obviously picked the name to communicate what its products are without. “Pure, chemical-free, and highly active,” per the tag line, the products are intended to offer skin and hair renewal while being environmentally safe. The brand website also links to a “Sans” site for women covering a range of topics, including beauty and wellness, which might be interesting to many TIA readers. It’s attractive – simple Helvetica, good graphic design – and introduces the brand’s founder, Lucy Marr, said to be a 20-year veteran of the hair and beauty industry. Sans is another New Zealand line eschewing petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, and artificial ingredients.

Sans’ Baobab Regenerative Body Cream is pleasantly textured, creamy-smooth, and has a faint but not perfume-y scent. More importantly, it’s got a truly loveable ingredient list. The namesake baobab tree (adansonia) has eight species, one of which is native to Australia, and is pretty interesting on its own – I’m sure I remember it from childhood reading. The oil, derived from its seeds, is, according to always-reliable Internet sources, “moisturizing, emollient, and soothing” and contains vitamins A, D, E, and F – making it idea for treating dry and damaged skin. The product also contains cocoa butter, palm oil, shea butter, macadamia, olive, and lemon oils, and vitamins and E and A. It sounds great.

And it is pretty great. It comes in a simple, smoky-colored plastic pump. It goes on smoothly – though it tends to streak a bit – and absorbs well. I used it off and on for over a month, most of the way through the bottle. My skin is really very, very dry, especially once the cold, dry weather arrives, so I’m a tough test subject. This cream did better than most high-end products (which are usually just not rich or heavy enough), but I can’t say it really vanquished my flakes or completely smoothed – admittedly, I find these transitional weather weeks hard to manage. Perhaps I’d need to use if over a longer time, or my expectations were just too high. I ended up going back to my drugstore staple (which contains petrolatum, is thick and greasy, and comparatively cheap) for all-over use and using the Sans in between, and on my hands and arms and shins.

That’s in part because I was trying to figure out if it was something I would find worth using every day. It’s available on some UK beauty sites and at least one US site, and appears to sell for about $47 or $48 for a 250 ml (just over 8 ounce) bottle. So it’s probably too expensive for most folks to use as an everyday, all-over after-shower lotion. I realize I’m a difficult case, and if it gave me more dramatic results, I’d probably be willing to pay the high freight. I’d still like to have it around but probably wouldn’t use it as my only body cream.

I do have another thought for TIA, though, about this appealing brand. In addition to listing a half-dozen body products, the site describes quite a few interesting hair products: based on their descriptions, I think those would be worth checking out. They look terrific.

Ingredients in Baobab Regenerative Body Cream: Aqua (Water), Theobroma Cacao Seed (Cocoa) Butter, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Baobab Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Leaf/Peel/Stem Oil, Natural Fragrance