For someone with super dry skin, I am the worst at remembering to moisturize my body consistently. Body lotion is up there with using a heat-protectant and sunscreen; I just tend to forget (although I am working on both the heat-protectant and the sunscreen… baby steps). I never forget to hydrate my face, lips, hands, or feet; it’s just the rest of my body that gets ignored. This might be due to the fact that whenever I get out of a bath or shower I am freezing and immediately want to get dressed, and then once I am dressed I don’t think about slathering a body lotion all over me. Plus, some body butters are too thick and hard to absorb, while most lotions aren’t hydrating enough for me to bother using. Plus, I tend to be fickle with scents. Unless I find something that I absolutely adore (hello, Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction body wash) I’m just not going to use it.
I recently picked up the Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Crème after hearing Tanya Burr recommend it in several of her favorites videos. After texting her to ask her which scent she liked best, I went to the store armed with a list and a decision to make; she had told me to try either the Almond Coconut or the Fresh Fig. After smelling all of them at the counter (several times), I was torn between Almond Coconut, Fresh Fig, and another option (just what I needed!), Crème Brûlée. They also had two other scents, Crème de Pistache, which was okay, and Ambre Vanillé, which I didn’t care for at all. I ended up taking Crème Brûlée home, after asking 20 opinions and taking way longer than acceptable to choose a body lotion.
And… I’m in love. This scent was inspired by Laura’s French upbringing, of the aura and aroma of the French patisserie. It has notes of warm caramel, spun sugar, and French vanilla bean, which blend to create a delicious and warm fragrance without being overwhelming. The consistency is ultra-whipped, super soft, but not greasy.
It sinks right into my skin, and feels so luxurious that I am sure I will use this every day until I use it all up. It just looks at me and calmly says, "I am a holy grail. Where have you been?" This soufflé has vitamins a, c, and e for nourishment, shea butter for moisturizing, and a ton of other good-for-your-skin ingredients.
My overall thoughts?
I love it. It smells fantastic, it absorbs quickly, and it's super hydrating. Plus, the packaging is luxurious and looks very chic beside my tub. I like to use this right after I have stepped out of the tub or shower, while my skin is still damp, because I find that this locks in the moisture and I end up using less of the product. It's a bit pricey, but it will be something that I repurchase. It's heaven!
A bonus? Guys like this scent.
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isocetyl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tridecyl Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Honey (Mel), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera Gel), Sodium Hyaluronate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Melilotus Officinalis Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Bioflavonoids, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Linoleic Acid (Vitamin F), Linolenic Acid, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Propylene Glycol, Theophylline, Caffeine, Lecithin, Arachidyl Propionate, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (C1 77891), Laureth-7, Benzophenone-4, BHT, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, FD&C Yellow No. 6 (C1 15985), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (C1 19140), D&C Red No. 33 (CI 17200).