Curel

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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Poor Ultra Healing Lotion Intensive Lotion for Extra-Dry Skin Curel Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $9.49 20.00 fl. oz.
Average Itch Defense Fragrance-Free Lotion for Dry, Itchy Skin Curel Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $9.99 20.00 fl. oz.
Poor Daily Moisture Original Lotion for Dry Skin Curel Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $9.49 20.00 fl. oz.
Poor Fragrance Free Original Lotion for Dry & Sensitive Skin Curel Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $9.49 20.00 fl. oz.
Poor Skin Nourishing Deep-Conditioning Lotion for Dry, Rough Skin Curel Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $8.49 13.00 fl. oz.
Average Intensive Healing Cream Daily Fragrance-Free Cream Curel Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $9.99 16.00 fl. oz.
Poor Sensitive Skin Remedy Fast-Absorbing Daily Lotion for Dry, Sensitive Skin Curel Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $7.99 7.50 fl. oz.
Average Rough Skin Rescue Curel Body Lotions/ Creams/Balms/Butters  $8.88 20.00 fl. oz.
Poor Foot Therapy Soothing Cream for Dry, Cracked Feet Curel Foot Lotions/Creams/Balms  $5.69 3.50 fl. oz.
Average Hand & Cuticle Therapy Cream for Dry, Chapped Hands Curel Hand Creams/Lotions  $5.89 3.50 fl. oz.
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