Shea Butter Softening Lotion
Particularly in the colder months, there's very little that hydrates and seals in moisture as well as shea butter. Frangipani's Shea Butter Softening Lotion is a fairly lightweight whipped shea butter that melts into the skin beautifully and is great for both face and body. A thin layer is all I need for any dry patches on the face and a more liberal application does wonders for dry feet or elbows. It hydrates well with jojoba oil, but it's not greasy. To me, it smells strongly of geranium, although there are also lighter notes of lavender and neroli.
Ingredients: butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopherol (Vitamin E), zea mays (corn) starch, citrus aurantium (neroli) oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil
Almond oil, rose water, rosehip fruit oil, and beeswax combine together to create a soft balm or salve-textured cream that's recommended for mature or extra dry skin. It's a little too heavy for my skin for daily use, but I enjoy using it as an occasional intensive moisture boost. I also really like it on my hands before bed. It takes a few extra minutes to absorb fully, but nothing crazy.
Ingredients: prunus amygdalus (almond sweet) oil, rosa damascena (rose) flower water, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil, beeswax, gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate (natural preservative), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) oil, cananga odorata macrophylla (ylang ylang) flower oil, tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Jasmine Mint Lip Balm
If you've read much of the blog, you'll likely remember that some florals, like jasmine, just aren't my cup of tea, so it was with some trepidation that I first sniffed this lip balm. Happily, the combination of jasmine and mint is another story altogether! Spearmint and menthol tone down the sweetness of the jasmine and what you're left with is a refreshing, light, minty floral scent. Beyond the smell, the actual balm is lovely as well - thick and creamy from a combination of shea butter and jojoba and coconut oils, with just a hint of a minty tingle from the menthol.
Ingredients: simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), beeswax, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, jasminum sambac (jasmine) oil, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, mentha arvensis (menthol) leaf oil, tocopherol (Vitamin E)
The Bottom Line
Frangipani has a great lineup, with products targeted at several different skin types. The scents all lean towards the floral side of things, but they aren't overpowering or perfumy. The products are well-formulated and effective and also very reasonably priced. Another great thing: there are lots of different trial sets available, which are a great way to sample the line. These aren't minis that'll get you just one or two uses either - speaking from experience, even the trial sizes will last you a good while!
Disclosure: Product provided for review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for free product, nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.