I have a slightly embarrassing new habit - I keep surreptitiously stroking my arms. They are so soft, I just can’t help it. I’ve been using a new body lotion from a brand called Zinn. Perilously close to sin, I think guiltily as I admire my silky skin. Anyway, Zinn’s Smooth Body Milk is one of the best body lotions in its price range ($25 in the TIA shop) that I have ever come across – at least as far as hydrating goes.

Zinn is all about argan oil and its products come in packages adorned with the kind of tassel you might see on a Moroccan fez. Argan oil hails from Morocco and is rich in fatty acids (omegas) and vitamin E.

In Smooth Body Milk, it is joined by rosehip oil. This has similar amount of antioxidant linoleic acid (40.68%) as argan, but also has loads of linolenic (39.41%)  - an omega 3 that is in anti-inflammatory - as well. Sunflower oil, also here, is another good source of linoleic acid.

The hydrating action of this body lotion is greatly facilitated by shea. Because its structure and function resembles that of the lipid content of skin, shea butter is considered to be a Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF). As an NMF, it helps keep the intercellular structure of the epidermis intact, effectively keeps bacteria out, facilitates the skin’s healing process, prevents dermal irritation and regenerates the skin.

Zinn says that 98.7% of ingredients are of natural origin and a candid 15.4% of them are organic. This means that the non-actives are relatively benign, such as glyceryl stearate (typically from palm or soy oil). The preservative is dehydroacetic acid, which seems to be relatively safe.  And the only thing not to like is linalool, a potential carcinogen.

All in all, Zinn’s Smooth Body Milk formula is a real pleasure to use and I am liking it much better than my other most recent test, Isomers Stem Genesis For Body – at twice the price of Zinn.

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Water, sunflower oil*, argan oil, glyceryl stearate, shea butter*, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglcyeride, cetearyl alcohol & coco glucoside, jojoba oil*, cera alba (beeswax), rosehip oil*, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, potassium sorbate, tocopherol, xanthan gum, bitter orange oil*, sweet orange essential oil*, citral, limonene, linalool *organic