I’ve been slower to post because we’ve reached a point where we no longer have an apartment and have been on an extended roadtrip. We’ve set out to see the Southwest and have made our way from Washington to New Mexico and just started exploring Taos today. Thankfully we have real, working internet at our hotel (for the first time in a while) so we have a break from connectivity struggles! To start out with, I wanted to run through some of the products I’m reaching for the most while on the road, category by category.
I just want to point out that we’re beginning a longer period of travel and our possessions were either packed up in storage or were taken with us in a suitcase, so I’m generally bringing more products with me than I normally would for a week-long vacation. We also need to have things that suit different kinds of weather. So far, we’ve had hot sun, cold wind, and even hail. That being said, here are the body products I’ve been reaching for most often!
Starting on the left, we have the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer self tanner, which I recently reviewed here. I’m enjoying this one, and use it on my face and body regularly. I probably use it on my face and décolletage every 3 days or so, and closer to once a week on other parts of my body. I apply it at night and wash it off in the morning, and it’s noticeable but never looks overdone. I like it for on-the-go because it has a really secure top that won’t accidentally open up in my bag. I usually open it with the aid of a towel or something because it kind of hurts my fingers.
I apply moisturizer to my body every day (it’s dry in the desert!) and I did bring my Raunsborg body lotion, which I love – review here, but I’m also trying to use any free lotions that hotels might provide, so thus far I’ve only reached for the Raunsborg lotion a couple of times. It’s inevitably better than all of the hotel offerings, but it’s also a bit more expensive and definitely harder to come by in the States.
The green squeeze bottle is my Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen with SPF 30. I bought this just before departing knowing that I’d need some sun protection, and it goes for around $10 or $8 if on sale. I was intrigued by this product because it’s a fragrance-free mineral sunscreen with a really nice-looking ingredients list. This is really thick coming out of the tube and works best if gently rubbed between fingers before applying to skin. It softens up quickly, but I just find it applies more evenly if I “break it down” a bit first. It feels pretty nice on skin and doesn’t look white, it just feels like I’ve applied a somewhat rich moisturizer to my skin. I’ve been mostly applying it on my arms while driving in the sun, and it works nicely!
Next is my well-loved bottle of SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter body wash (review here), which is just a few uses away from being empty. Even when I’m not in the desert, I need a more moisturizing body wash and find most shower gels to be way too drying. This is great stuff and really lathers and spreads well without drying skin out. It has a pleasant, earthy scent of frankincense and myrrh. It’s a big bottle to carry around, but it’ll be gone soon.
Lastly, a new product for me – the VEET Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover Sensitive Formula. I bought this for 20% off using Target’s Cartwheel app before departing on our trip, and I’ve only used this once so far. I don’t like to shave my legs because no matter what I do my skin gets super irritated and it makes my otherwise fine, blonde hair feel really prickly (though a razor works just fine under my arms, for whatever reason). I usually like using wax strips and it’s been a while since I used a depilatory cream, but I was interested in giving this a try thanks to the sale. It smells bad, but worked really well for me. No irritation at all, and my legs were super smooth! 4 days later, my legs still feel really smooth. It’s a big bottle and I have to keep it in a Ziplock bag because I don’t trust the lock on it, but I’m a happy camper.
The last thing that I forgot to include in the photo is the natural deodorant I’m currently trying out, but I’ll write about that (and generally how my transition to natural deodorant has been going) in a separate post.
What body products are you reaching for the most these days?