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St Ives Swiss Vanilla Advanced Body Lotion – Review

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Thanks Shweta for recommending this!

What it claims: St Ives Swiss Vanilla Advanced Body Moisturizer blends pure vanilla essence with nourishing vitamin E, this lotion works to leave the skin sweetly scented as well as silky soft. Dermatologist tested and hypo-allergenic, the formula works to smooth and condition dry, rough skin, leaving it feeling supple and healthy. 

Formulated with Swiss Glacial Waters and natural skin nourishing ingredients. 

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Cetyl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract. Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Honey, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol. Ascorbic Acid Stearamide Amp, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 5 (CI 191401), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).

Usage Directions / Dosage: Smooth into skin as often as needed. Daily use will prevent over-dry skin from recurring.

Price: Rs. 270 for 532 ml bottle

Available: At most malls - Like Star Bazaar, Chemists chains like Noble. Also at Beauty Center.

PS: I have dry body skin. 

1. The Vanilla fragrance! I just love, love, love the vanilla smell of this lotion. It is a nutty sort of fragrance, tempered with a hint of nuttiness (almond I think), but it remains essentially vanilla to the core. I like my vanilla scents plain and un-besmirched by other scents. And the fragrance lasts for up to 3 - 4 hours. (PS. My hubby doesn’t like it so much – says it smells a little chemically – I don’t think so. Clearly proves that fragrances are very personal)

2. Vanilla is known as a calming, relaxing scent. It does seem to make me feel happier.  It’s also a natural nourisher, which helps to combat dry, itchy skin and an anti-oxidant that is rich in polyphenols.

3. The price! 523ml for Rs. 270/-. You just need a single lotion pump for each arm, and two for each leg, so it will also last a long time. 

4. The packaging: This comes with a pump dispenser making it easy and hygienic to use

5. Absorbs instantly and sinks into my skin. It is gone within seconds and has made my skin really soft. No oily, sticky feeling. 

6. Since it absorbs so fast – it didn’t stain my clothes.  Neither did it feel uncomfortable in Mumbai’s very hot, very humid weather. 

7. I have tried this on my face too  - It didn’t break me out and was quite good as a moisturizer.

8. Has a lot of natural skin soothers like cocco butter and honey in addition to vanilla.

1. This seems to have been relaunched under the moniker “Creamy Vanilla.”. I haven’t tried that one so I can’t say if it is the same or a new formulation. 

Will I re-purchase: Already have!
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  1. The name vanilla makes it look so tempting ...:D

  2. I know! I love all things that smell vanilla! :D

  3. One of my favourite lotions. Bangalore weather needs moisturiser throughout the year and this has always been a staple for me.
    Now I also use the vaseline cocoa butter lotion at times, but will never forget to stock up on this as and when it gets over :-)

  4. @Poornima: You know, I never used St.Ives ever before i got this like a week ago. & I can't believe I missed out on this so badly! I think this is going to be my staple too from now on :D..

  5. Yes I saw this at a store and the packaging wise it is really nice.I love the vanilla smell. Will try this for sure.

    And glad you could use something that has coco butter in it. It's so rich and nice for skin. :)

  6. @Rati: I know! I totally thought I was gonna break out - coz I didn't see the coco butter bit when purchasing. I just smelt the lotion and went nuts and had to have it. :)... But I used this thing on my face & didn't even break out then :).. I guess either this has very little coco butter or the quality is very high hence non comedogenic.

  7. Tanvi, try Lush vanillery range :) there might be something for die-hard vanilla fans like u and me....LOL...

    Lush has perfumes, body lotions and massage bars...

    this product sounds promising :) great review, as always babes :)

  8. @Divija: I don't know if this product is a good as LUSH as I have never tried the latter, simply coz of the cost factor even though it sounds real tempting.

    How does one shell out more than 1000 bucks for a mere 100 gm product!! I think it is extortion!

  9. It sounds nice!!Esp with all the vanilla things.. Frankly I am not that big a fan of vanilla smell- but this sounds like a good product for ppl with dry skin!! Nice post

  10. @Simran: They have a lot of other fragrances as well - I have used their Oatmeal & Shea Butter one as well, u will find something that appeals to u :D


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