A perfect after-shower routine for people with sensory issues.
This may sound exceedingly specific, but there are people out there who absolutely cannot stand the feel of lotion on their skin and even hands. As a result of this, they might avoid moisturizing all together. As strange as that might sound, I’ve heard people tell me time and time again that they have this problem. Something about the tactile sensation of a heavy cream or oil makes their skin crawl. I have to admit, it mildly affects me, too. I have a compulsion to wash my hands any time I apply body oil and body lotion, which sucks because I’m washing away all the benefits my hands could receive from them.
When I first tried SanDaWha’s Luxury Camellia Soothing Body Oil and Moisturizing Body Lotion, I got called away from the bathroom as soon as I was finished using them. Normally I’d have washed my hands at that point so I never would have discovered what happened next. Almost immediately, the lotion and oil had absorbed straight into my hands with almost no wait. It was pretty miraculous, and it immediately made me think it would be a great solution for people with sensory issues who find themselves avoiding body care!
But first, let’s get into the individual products.
SanDaWha’s Moisturizing Body Lotion is a remarkably light lotion, yet it thoroughly nourishes the skin. This isn’t a heavy-hitter like a rich cream, so it’s not suitable for extremely dry skin alone (which is why I pair it with the body oil). The upside to this is that incredibly quick sink-in time. What I really like about this lotion is the ingredient list looks a lot more like facial lotion and less like drugstore body lotion, which can sometimes contain a lot of acne triggers.
Here’s an ingredient rundown:
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lecithin, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil (2.12%), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Phytosterols, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Propolis Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Ubiquinone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Ursolic Acid, Palm Kernel Wax, Xanthan Gum, Rutin, Ceramide 3, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil
So as you can see, this is a water and glycerin-based formula, which explains its airy feeling. It’s also got SanDaWha’s famed camellia extract (yay my fav!). Other notable moisturizing ingredients high enough on the list to matter are shea butter and squalane. I really love the inclusion of squalane; when I use it on my face it also has the same quick skin sink, which probably helps it do the same here. The rest of the formula is full of other emollients and even some notable antioxidants. Prior to this lotion I was completely devoted to my Illi lotions, but this is my new HG and I’ll be sticking with it.
Now for the body oil. Here’s an ingredient breakdown:
Camellia Japonica Seed Oil (67.9%), Canola Oil , Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil , Rosa Canina Fruit Oil , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil , Bisabold, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil , Tocopherol, Astaxanthin, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil , Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil
If you’re a purist, you’ll love it. If you’re a camellia fan like me, you’ll love it. If you’re neither of those things? You’ll still love it. A lot of people find body oils unwieldy, messy, and just too much hassle to apply. You feel like a slippery, oily mess with a lot of oils. Even the famous Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil doesn’t quite live up to it’s “dry” name for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great oil, but the texture of it compared to the SanDaWha? There’s no comparison for me, SanDaWha wins hands down.
Plus, you can use the SanDaWha oil on your face without fear of breakout as long as your skin loves camellia. That makes it the best value for facial oil by far, considering you get 200 ml of product.
Oil does go bad though, so don’t hoard this for your face only — you won’t be able to use it all in time. Indulge your body and even hair (it’s great on split ends!) with this stuff, as well as your face. It sinks in immediately, it makes the skin supple, and it replaces the precious oil you’ve likely showered off. Lock it in with an application of the SanDaWha Lotion and you’ve got a duo that totally has your back … and your front … and your sides. It’s got you covered!
Have you tried any of SanDaWha body moisturizers? What did you think? And how does your skin like camellia oil? Let me know!
[Ed. note: The ingredients of the Camellia Soothing Body Oil were updated]