05.14.2013
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Fragrance Free Original Lotion for Dry & Sensitive Skin
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20 fl. oz. for $9.49
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:05.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Despite containing a decent selection of ingredients to improve slightly dry skin, we cannot recommend this lightweight body lotion due to the amount of irritant eucalyptus extract it contains. Eucalyptus offers no benefits for skin but poses a risk of irritation that can make skin issues worse. Given the number of body lotions at the drugstore don't contain eucalyptus, why choose this one from Curel? Besides, since eucalyptus is a fragrant plant, its inclusion negates the fragrance-free portion of this product's name.

Even without the eucalyptus, the formula contains too little of anything truly innovative or exciting, and certainly nothing innovative to help itchy, dry skin become calm or be "intensely satisfied". Body lotions from Olay, Cetaphil, CeraVe, Eucerin, and Dove offer more intriguing formulas.

Pros:
  • Contains a decent mix of ingredients to improve slightly dry skin.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Amount of eucalyptus poses a risk of irritation you don't have to tolerate.
  • Lacks a sophisticated blend of repairing and antioxidant ingredients.
  • Doesn't contain any special ingredients proven to calm itchy skin.
Claims

A fragrance-free version of our original formula, this lotion features time-released moisturizers to hydrate and relieve dry skin all day long. Clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisturizing, this dermatologist recommended, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving your skin smooth, comforted, and intensely satisfied.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Chloride, Gelatin, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.

Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.

Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curel’s specialty, it’s disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).

There’s truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that’ sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if what’s inside the bottles isn’t great for your skin. Don’t get us wrong; Curel’s body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but they’re just the beginning—dry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidants—and those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isn’t the cure for dry skin.

If you’ve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isn’t the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when you’re getting a truly superior formula, it’s money well spent!

For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com

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03.01.2015
Great Body Lotion for Sensitive Skin

I have to strongly disagree with Paula's review. This the best lotion I have ever used and I have sensitive skin. I've been using it since it first became available. I tried to give 4 stars to each category, but it wouldn't let me.

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Stephanie H.
05.21.2014
Best Body Lotion

Personally, I love this body lotion and have been using it for years. The reasons I like this lotion are (1) It really is fragrance free and remains fragrance free even after application; (2) The texture makes my skin feel good, it's not powdery or too thin like others I've tried.

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