By Shawn Stuldivant, Editorial Director
Happy New Year Bronze Beauties! With winter now in full force, it’s time to enhance your skincare routine with products that will prevent dry and chapped skin. As women of color, we also face another enemy brought on by particularly cold and dry weather: ashiness. Yes I went there! Ashy skin has been a problem for people of color for centuries, and if we don’t use the right products on our highly melanated skin, that annoying and embarrassing whitish or grayish patch of color will show on our various body parts for all to see.
My skin tends to get extremely dry during the winter months, so I have used and tested all types of lotions and cremes ranging in price points from the highest to the lowest. Each promises to keep my skin moisturized and hydrated. Some kept their promise, while others did not. I was so excited and flattered when I was asked to try New Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter. Growing up, the Vaseline brand was a necessary staple in our household, especially their original Wonder Jelly. My mother used it in general and on us as kids for everything- as a healing agent for cuts and burns, as a skincare agent to smooth and soften various body parts including our lips (as a lip balm), and during the winter she’d also apply it on our faces before we’d go outside to play in order to keep the cold wind from freezing our faces. The Vaseline name was so trusted and well respected back in the day, that any other brand that introduced a petroleum jelly-based product was still referred to as Vaseline. Over the years, I’ve also used other Vaseline products including their Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion (love the smell!), Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel Oil, Advanced Repair Lotion and their Lip Therapy minis (which I absolutely love! but that’s another review). So I have to admit, because of brand recognition, I already expected that their Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter would work wonders for my skin, and I must say, I was not disappointed.
Here’s what Vaseline Intensive Care’s Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter promises to do:
- Moisturizes deeply to help dry and dull looking skin
- Fast-absorbing for a non-greasy feel
- Melts into skin for an indulgent soothing experience
Here’s what it contains:
Too many ingredients to name, but its key ingredients include 100% pure cocoa and shea butter, it’s signature petroleum jelly and it contains 4x more emollients than any of their other lotions.
Here’s my overall experience and take on it:
I decided to use it directly after my shower, which is when my skin is most susceptible to dryness. As soon as I twisted the lid off the container I was greeted with a delightful soft scent of cocoa and shea butter. The scent is not too perfumy or overbearing. it has a beige tint to it and the texture is like whipped butter. It feels like soft silk and once my fingers touched it I could tell that it was not heavy or greasy at all. It glided on easily over my arms, legs and feet, quickly absorbing into my skin. I still didn’t feel any greasiness. The true test was on the heels of my feet, which tend to get overly dry, especially during the cold weather months. I was delighted at how baby soft my feet felt after applying. Once again Vaseline has proven itself to be an innovative brand that makes products which cater to specific beauty needs. What’s most important to me is that a product keeps it’s promise and does what it says it’s going to do, therefore, I will definitely be stocking up on more.
Out of five bronze stars I definitely rate Vaseline Intensive Care’s new Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter a five! I only give a high rating if it is truly deserving, and in this case, it is.
This post was published in partnership with Vaseline®