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Alba Botanica Hawaiian Papaya Mango Body Cream Review on Caulfield's Counter

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Papaya Mango Body Cream

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Papaya Mango Body Cream Ingredients List on Caulfield's Counter

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Papaya Mango Body Cream Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at Drugtore.com and Amazon.com.
Scent: strong “tropical” fragrance
I Like: how light the cream is.  Effective at moisturizing and sinks in quickly.
Not a fan of: the strong synthetic tropical scent.

Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Papaya Mango Body Cream is more like a lotion than a body butter.  Because the product came in a tub, I expected a thicker, heavier consistency.  The cream is not rich, but it is effective at moisturizing.  The product sinks very quickly into the skin.  I used it on all parts of my body, except for the face.  Some notable ingredients in the cream include shea butter, mango, cucumber, kukui oil, macadamia oil, and rosehip seed oil.  The only aspect of the product I didn’t enjoy was the strong synthetic “tropical” fragrance.

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Kiehl's Imperial Body Balm review male skincare caulfield's counter stretch marks

Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm

Kiehl's Imperial Body Balm Ingredients List review caulfield's counter skincare stretch marks

Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$$$ ($40-$50) – Was available at Kiehl’s and Nordstrom (now discontinued).
Scent: Sweet blend of honey and spices.
I like: how well this rich body balm moisturizes – contains nourishing ingredients such as sea buckthorn oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter.  It smells amazing and puts me in a great mood.
Not a fan of: the price tag, though an eight-ounce tub should last one to two months.

Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm is one of my favorite body moisturizers.  This body balm has so much to like – from its wonderful scent, a calming blend of honey and spices, to its rich, luxurious consistency.  Nourishing ingredients such as sea buckthorn oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter help to keep the skin properly moisturized throughout the day.  I especially enjoyed using the product on my arms, legs, back, and chest – the balm prevented my skin from getting dry and itchy.  While this moisturizer does not come cheap (it costs $42 USD for an eight-ounce tub), it certainly spoils you with its relaxing scent and nourishing properties.  Give Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm a try to experience what I just described.

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L'Occitane CADE After Shave Balm Men Review Caulfields Counter Grooming Male Skin Care Soothing Razor Burn Irritation

L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm

L'Occitane CADE After Shave Balm Men Ingredients Caulfields Counter Grooming Razor Burn Soothing Irritation

L'Occitane Cade After Shave Balm Ingredients List

Overall Rating:
Price: $$$ ($30) – Available at Nordstrom, Amazon, and L’Occitane.
Scent: Woodsy blend of juniper, sandalwood, and birch.
I Liked: how well this product worked as a moisturizer.  The balm effectively soothed my skin and provided relief from razor burn.
Not a fan of: the potency of the scent.  I would like this product even more if the scent was less obvious.

L’Occitane’s Cade After Shave Balm is more like a face cream.  Its texture is very thick, which makes it better suited as a fall/winter moisturizer.  At $30 for a 2.5 ounce tube, this balm is relatively expensive.  However, a little of it goes a long way.  You should be able to get at least  four months of use out of one tube.  I enjoyed the scent despite how strong it was.  The fragrance is a blend of juniper, sandalwood, and birch with a hint of baby powder – it sounds like an odd combination but those scents somehow work well together.  Try it if you have dry skin or constantly suffer from razor burn.

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Stretch marks suck.  They occur when the skin can’t keep up with the rapid growth of the body due to weight gain,  hormones/puberty/growth spurts, or muscle building.  They easily appear but they don’t naturally completely disappear.  Try stretching a thick, old rubber band and you’ll see what essentially happens to the skin when it expands too quickly.  Stretch marks affect a number of people, from pregnant women to male athletes.  We can’t escape them, but we can do our best to avoid them.  Here are some simple over-the-counter tips to keep the stretch marks to a minimum:

Prevention

Regularly moisturize any areas of the body that stretch with lotions or creams containing shea or cocoa butter as well as vitamin e.  Natural serums and oils rich in vitamin e, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids such as 100% pure argan oil also work well at preventing stretch marks and scars by nourishing the skin and helping to increase the skin’s elasticity.  Areas of the body that are susceptible to stretch marks include the upper arms, underarms, pectorals, thighs, hips, back, breasts, around the knees, belly (front and sides), and buttocks.  If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try using pure shea or cocoa butter.  While extremely viscous and nutty smelling, these butters help make the skin much more elastic and thus more adaptable to rapid expansion.

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Body creams made with shea or cocoa butter aid in making the skin more elastic.

Over-the Counter Treatment

There is no true natural remedy for treating existing stretch marks.  You can, however, help diminish the appearance of stretch marks by regularly applying scar gels such as Mederma and Derma E.  Keep in mind that if you use scar gels, they should be applied five times daily in order for them to be somewhat effective.  Don’t expect miracles.  If you’re lucky, you may notice some slight improvement over a two month period of using scar gels.

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Scar gels can help diminish the appearance of existing stretch marks.

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Kiehls Soothing Nourishing Face Cream for Men Review Caulfields Counter Male Skincare Moisturizer Lotion Mens Grooming Normal Dry Combination Skin Shea Butter

Kiehls Soothing Nourishing Face Cream for Men

Kiehls Soothing Nourishing Face Cream for Men Review Caulfields Counter Male Skincare Moisturizer Lotion Mens Grooming Dry Normal Combination Skin Shea Butter

Kiehls Soothing Nourishing Face Cream for Men Texture

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Discontinued, but here are the Amazon reviews of Kiehl’s Soothing, Nourishing Face Cream for Men.
Scent: Virtually unscented.  Has a very slight hint of shea butter.
I like: the product’s versatility – it can be used as a moisturizer as well as an aftershave.  It works well at moisturizing dry skin.
I don’t like: the paraben preservatives.

Kiehl’s Soothing, Nourishing Face Cream for Men is a simple, versatile moisturizer that can be used as a moisturizer and aftershave.  Those with sensitive will appreciate that it’s practically fragrance-free.  This lightweight moisturizer contains some natural nourishing ingredients including shea butter, sesame oil, and apricot oil.  Ideal for normal to dry skin.

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