I was at Barneys shopping for a gift for my mom and, as always, I was distracted by their boutique grooming section. One of the most attractive brands is SPONGE, an all-natural product line that's free of parabens, sulfate, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances. Maybe I wasn't derailed, as I came across SPONGE Galaktoma Somatos Body Milk, which comes in a gorgeous bottle and is something my mama would love.

Each of SPONGE's products are hand-blended with organic and wild-crafted herbs. In fact, all their ingredients are derived from a chemical-free process. The packaging (frosted glass bottle) is quite slick. Maybe that has something to do with the fact SPONGE body milk is a whopping $65. I would never spend that much on a moisturizer for myself, and nor should you, which is why it actually makes a great gift, especially for moms that don't expect anything less. It's a good thing the quality of the product is better than not.

The main highlight is the St. John's Wort Extract. It sort of fits as the right ingredient for winter, as it's known to relieve depression. While this is true orally, I'm sure it makes your skin happy too. Its main claim-to-fame is its anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, reducing skin inflammation and irritation, which comes often with cold weather.

I love the arginine, an antioxidant, and the mint extract, which helps soothe. There's great moisturizing agents and other antioxidants like HBA. While the product is not 100% perfect (there's ethylhexylglycerin, which is known to be an irritant even at low concentrations) it's still a great body cream. The fragrant scent is flowery and when applied, it absorbs quite quickly and not super gloopy like some lotions out there. It's an unusual, mocha color that sort of reminds me of mom's make-up, so it blends right in with her other goods.



Aqua, olea europaea oil (olive oil), glycerin, stearic acid, glyceryl stearate, hypericum perforatum extract (st. john’s wort extract), arginine, dimethicone, mentha viridis extract (mint extract), olea europaea leaf extract (olive leaf extract), phenoxyethanol, xanthan gum, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, carbomer, tocopherol, essential oil parfume, linalool, amyl cinnamal,   hydroxycitronallal, lilial, benzyl salicylate. triethyl citrate, bha