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« on: December 28, 2009 10:54:25 PM »

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I've been a  fan of neutrogena rainbath and nivea bath and shower oils for a long time. Now that I live in Denver, I really love the stuff. I need it. My skin gets so incredibly dry in the winter, mere lotion doesn't do the trick.

It also seems to do the deed for my love's psoriosis. His flares up in the winter. The oils seem to really help.

So here's the rub. This stuff is EXPENSIVE to buy. 10-15 bucks for a bottle that lasts us maybe a month on a good month.

So I know the neutrogena is light sesame. Nivea has avacado oil i believe.

I'd like to buy bulk. Maybe even add my own fragrance, maybe even make a nice blend.

Any suggestions of the best light, leave on, in shower oils? I like light, light oil. I want moisturization, not french fry skin.

I am asking the experts here....also, where to buy?

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009 12:25:57 AM »

First off: Huzzah! Another Denver-ite! I totally, totally, totally feel you on the dry, winter skin. I wish I could tell you it gets better with time but I've been here 15 years and it's just as bad every year, lol.

Second: Novel of a post coming up, but hopefully it helps answer your question!

Neutrogena Rainbath is a shower gel and is, like most shower gels and cleansers, a detergent rather than a soap. The ingredient list is essentially water, SLS (foaming, cleaning detergent), a gentle cleansing agent derived from coconut and palm oils, a couple of alcohols, a bunch of preservatives and a whole lotta artificial colorant. This is one of those products that, realistically, as a home crafter you'd find nigh impossible to duplicate in that form.

For home application, your best bet is going to be to start enjoying baths! There are a lot of really great applications for applying oil to your skin: MareMare's No-Fail bath boms, tub truffles and good old fashioned bath oils. If you want to delve into lotion, I'd be happy to share the recipe for the lotion I make for myself to survive January & February. With bath bombs and oils though you really let those oils soak into your skin in the tub and then gentle pat yourself dry. Oh it feels so good on parched skin.

All of these applications can be made using whatever oils your heart desires, too. As you mentioned, sesame oil & avocado oil are excellent for dry skin. Others to try are castor oil, cottonseed oil, evening primrose, shea butter ... so many out there!

On a non-crafty side note (while this is walks the line between health and crafty, I'll put it in because it seems in context with the rest), if you want a really good affordable, non-drying body wash, I totally recommend Johnson's Moisture Care Baby Wash. Seriously. It's like $5/28oz. and it's so gentle and moisturizing. After having my daughter I have discovered a whole new world of awesome products for baby that work for adults, too!

I've also been informed that SnowDrift Farm has unscented massage/bath oils that you can scent yourself. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009 12:30:27 AM »

Ditto everything Nymeria said, and adding that you could make a "dry" oil spray with jojoba oil, which is actually a wax and not an oil, but chemically is very similar to skin's natural oil, sebum.

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