When it comes to my opinion on body lotions, I find I'm in the minority: I actually like using them, and I honestly don't even mind if they leave me feeling a little greased up. I'd always rather have hydrated, glow-y skin than dry or flakey skin, and sometimes that comes at the cost of a little extra shine and slickness (and, fine, difficulty pulling jeans on over lotioned-up limbs). I literally cannot (have not ever, will not ever) skip the step of slathering some sort of moisturizer on, head to toe, after a shower, and the fact that some people do so only sporadically is cringe-inducing to me.
And now a newcomer has officially made the cut as an addition to my post-shower lineup: Nécessaire's The Body Lotion. I was initially drawn to this product because of its undeniably chic, minimalist packaging, and the buzz surrounding the launch of the brand from Into the Gloss co-founder Nick Axelrod and former Estée Lauder executive Randi Christiansen. I tried it soon after receiving it in a press mailing from the brand, and was hooked immediately.
At first encounter, the formula itself is pretty unassuming, with the classic pale white color and medium-weight texture of so many drugstore body lotions. It didn't really seem remarkable (or worth the $25 price point, for that matter). But about five seconds after smoothing it over your body, you realize just how good it is. It spreads easily and has nice slip, immediately soothing any dry, itchy patches that tend to come with cold winter weather. Then, about seven seconds after it's been rubbed on (I counted!) it kind of disappears. In a good way. There's absolutely no greasy, jeans-sticking residue left behind at all; at first I got worried this meant the formula had simply evaporated too quickly off my skin to do much good. But then I noticed how soft, smooth and moisturized I felt. It definitely does its job, and then some.
That's because it's made from a blend of marula, cacay and meadowfoam oils that were chosen specifically for their ability to hydrate without feeling slimy. It's also spiked with niacinamide, a favorite ingredient of mine because of its truly impressive laundry list of benefits — I won't bore you with them now, but you can read up on them here — and a peptide to supposedly help skin look more youthful over time.
Other pros of this formula? Usually I love a good-smelling body lotion (really, I do!), but sometimes I just want something that's a bit less attention-hungry and won't compete with my perfume. Nécessaire's lotion is completely fragrance-free. In keeping with the brand's "clean" messaging, it also omits a lot of the "questionable" ingredients you find in a lot of other body lotions, like petroleum, silicones, mineral oil and, of course, synthetic fragrance. I'm not a big fan of any of those myself because I find that they can clog pores and create a pill-y residue on skin, which is to say nothing of the environmental concerns that are associated with some of them.
TL, DR: It's the kind of lotion you actually want to use. And not just sporadically. (I hope not sporadically, to quote Tai Frasier.)
Nécessaire The Body Lotion, $25, available here.
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