Bodycare Review: Kate McLeod Daily Stone and Sleep Stone

Exploring the world of body moisturizers is fun. I’ve tried creams, oils, creamy oils, and now, a stone. The body stones from pastry chef Kate McLeod came about when she was recommended cocoa butter to moisturize her skin. She mixed it with her favorite oils (sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, and fractionated coconut) to develop a body butter that melts upon contact with the skin.

Now, Kate McLeod has created four varieties of body stones made cruelty-free, vegan, and without parabens, preservatives, and alcohol. I got to try two of them.

The Daily Stone is recommended for everyday use containing rose, frankincense, and neroli to soften, heal, and calm the skin. The Stone does what it promised when used regularly. It made my skin glowy and well-moisturized to a satisfactory degree. On the downside, however, is the tacky feel it leaves the skin. Upon usage, you’d feel a stickiness for quite some time before it melts. Overall, the product works great as it has moisturizer my skin and healed dry patches, it just takes a bit of getting used to. For someone who sweats easily, something of this texture is best used at night.

The Sleep Stone uses lavender and chamomile to moisturize while helping calm and ease you. It has a very rich and moisturized texture so one swipe is enough. Like the Daily Stone, this takes a bit of time for it to be absorbed by the skin but it did make my skin feel smooth and soft. As recommended, this is to be used at night and the strong fragrance felt relaxing.

These two I would recommend for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free moisturizer that intensely moisturizes the skin. This is a heavy-duty moisturizer that is fragrant and soothing and would be great for those with extremely dry skin.

The Kate McLeod Daily Stone and Sleep Stone were provided by @katemcleod. Available for $45 and $38 for refills at katemcleod.com

Bodycare Review: C.O. Bigelow Sakura Rose Salve and West Village Rose Body Wash, Hand Wash, Body Butter, and Hand Cream

I have a great bias toward floral scents so I was excited to receive some products from the West Village Rose collection of C.O. Bigelow.

Developed by their chemists cruelty-free, the fragrance of this collection has floral and woody top notes of anjou pear, mandarin, bergamot, and thyme with mid notes of the petals of violet, magnolia, rose, and geranium. The scent dries down with notes of oakmoss, amber, vanilla, white cedar, musk, and sandalwood. The scent is my jam, it’s just right up my alley as it smells so much like my home to me, a smell I always go for.

The Body Wash ($20) aims to hydrate and cleanse with sodium PCA, coconut oil, and aloe vera. It has a thicker consistency compared to the other body washes I’ve tried, which I really liked because I easily get dry skin. It feels cleansing enough as it bubbles but leaves a bit of a film, which is probably because of its consistency. It feels moisturizing, though, so I like using this when my skin feels extremely dehydrated.

The Body Cream ($30) contains kukui seed oil, coconut oil, and shea butter and has a whipped and raw texture. It feels extremely moisturizing so I like applying this on the drier parts of my body like my legs. Since it’s almost always sunny where I live, I only apply this on my body at night for some overnight application of moisture. A little goes a long way so the tub hasn’t even reached half down even if I’ve been using it for almost two months.

The Hand Wash has glycerine, shea butter, and sweet almond protein to soften and moisturize the skin. This, like the Body Wash, feels thick and creamy. It doesn’t foam that much and instead forms into a creamy lather. I really like using this on my hand because it feels so luxurious aside from being moisturizing. The moisture lasts than most hand washes, even after wetting the hands.

The Hand Cream ($16) has shea butter, avocado oil, and olive oil and promises long-lasting moisture. I didn’t expect this to be so thick but I like it because I only have to use a small amount to moisturize my hands. It’s also long-lasting, I can use this once in the morning and the moisture will last the whole day.

They also sent the Sakura Rose Salve ($7.50) claims to soothe dry skin and chapped lips with rose extract, lanolin, and jojoba and cottonseed oils. It smells so vintage – a subtle hint of floral but more berry-like. It’s very balmy but applies evenly and stays on my lips even after I drink some water. I also use this on my elbows but find that I get more noticeable results when used as a lip balm. I used this when I was sick and this helped prevent chapping.

These moisturizing products all provided the things they claimed to do and gave off my favorite scent that lasted the whole day. I especially like the body wash and the hand wash because they just felt so luxurious and nourishing on my skin. My husband, on the other hand, has already swiped the hand cream and the salve from me and has kept them on his desk to use.

The C.O. Bigelow Sakura Rose Salve and West Village Rose Body Wash, Hand Wash, Body Cream, and Hand Cream were provided by @cobigelow. Available at bigelowchemists.com

Brand Overview: Formula 10.0.6

Founded in 1933, Formula 10.0.6 promises to deliver products that use fresh and natural ingredients for clear and healthy skin. Their products are cruelty-free and are made without dyes, parabens, and sulfates.

Their peel-off masks apply thickly on the skin. They both have enough of a gooey texture for them to apply easily and evenly, albeit stickily, on the skin.

They leave a cooling sensation upon application and while they dry. It took about 30 minutes for each mask to completely dry but I didn’t mind because peeling them was so easy. They don’t leave that much residue and didn’t leave my skin feeling stripped or tight.

The Draw It All Out Skin-Detoxing Mask ($6.99) aims to attract and bind dirt clogged deep within the pores. It contains bamboo charcoal to detoxify pores, absorb toxins, and exfoliate the skin, three different Australian plums to nourish and invigorate, and sugar beet molasses to moisturize. This left my skin smooth and a bit moisturized.

The Sea Side Glow Algae + Sea Clay Skin-Hydrating Peel Mask ($6.99) has marine algae to hydrate and condition and sea clay to minimize the look of pores and soak up unwanted oils. This #peeloffmask made my face feel soft and smooth.

The Thirst No More! Moisturizer ($8.99) promises to be a hydrating moisturizer using a combination of watermelon, lentil, and apple extracts to hydrate and nourish the skin. It also has hyaluronic acid to further hydrate the skin and white tea to maintain a fresh and radiant glow. This provided me an instant cool and fragrant skin. I loved its smell and how it sat on my skin. It was too light that I didn’t feel that I put fluid on my face, yet I saw that it made a difference. This works as a morning moisturizer and it doesn’t aggravate the oiliness of my skin.

The Smooth Me Over Moisturizing Body Wash ($6.99) contains grapefruit to nourish and coconut to hydrate the skin. It smells exactly what it says – like grapefruit and coconuts mixed really well together. I thought it was an odd combination, mostly because I am not a fan of coconuts both as a food and as a scent.

However, it tempered the citrusy grapefruit smell and created a sweet and creamy summer smell that evokes summertime by the beach. In terms of texture, the body wash is one of the runniest texture I’ve encountered on a body wash. It’s so moisturizing, honestly, almost like I applied a body moisturizer afterward. This, of course, is a good thing for me as moisturizing is a step I always forget and forego when I’m rushing in the morning.

The Scrub Me Down Exfoliating Body Scrub ($6.99) has raspberry and ginger extracts to hydrate, smooth, exfoliate the skin. The #showergel contains pumice exfoliants and has a strong and musky scent, as opposed to fruity and fresh. When rubbed onto wet skin, it lathers quite a bit while the scrub feels grainy. Upon rinsing the product off, my skin feels smooth and soft. The scrub was gentle enough that it didn’t leave any redness on my skin. It is a decent body scrub that does its job of making your skin feel silky-smooth.

The Tip to Toe Moisturizing Body Lotion ($8.99) is infused with the scent of fig & mandarin, paired with shea butter to moisturize & soften skin. I like how it comes in a bigger bottle, as I like slathering this all over my body. The product gets absorbed easily, and it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling. While I like to apply body lotions after showering, I liberally apply this whenever I want because of its aroma.

The Butter Up Moisturizing Body Stick ($9.99) applies smoothly and has a slick feel that gets absorbed well when spread thoroughly. The product’s scent is sweet and smells of plum and coconut. It comes packaged conveniently in a stick form that makes it easy to apply to different areas of the body. I love how versatile this body stick is. I can use it before or after shaving and even as a balm to prevent thigh chafing. It makes my skin feel soft and hydrated after application. I like to apply it on my body after a shower. This product can be used a number of ways and can be used by all skin types. I would, however, recommend it especially to people who have dry skin and are in need of a moisture boost.

The Save My Soul Rescuing Foot Scrub ($5.99) uses avocado oil to moisturize and peppermint oil to calm the skin after exfoliating. It smells minty and contains beads that are coarse enough to remove dead skin cells and smooth calluses but not coarse enough to hurt my feet. After one scrub, this has helped soften my dry feet and smooth the calluses at heels of my feet a bit. I still go to a spa for some deep foot exfoliation but this definitely helps from keeping my feet, especially the heels. exfoliated during the middle of the week.

Something I really needed was the Step By Step Renewing Foot Balm ($5.99), a softening foot balm with shea butter and grape seed oil. Similar to the scrub, this also smells minty doesn’t feel uncomfortable or tacky on the skin. It applies thinly and leaves a thin satin feel to the skin, something creams or oils have not done. I like that this also dries after a couple of minutes. After only a week of daily use, I have already noticed a smoother look and feel to my feet.

I like using these two so much and they both don’t require too much of my time. I scrub during my morning shower and foot the balm before going to sleep every night. These have completely transformed the look and feel of my feet and would gladly pay more than it’s actually worth.

These products were provided by @formula1006. Available at formula1006.com