Plus – our new favorite lip balm!
Snow may still cover the ground in many places, but the hope of warmer weather grows stronger and I am ready! As seasons change, so do our beauty routines. When spring hits, I am very much over heavy scents and ready to break into fruit and beach inspired body products.
Crabtree & Evelyn beautifully fulfilled that need with their five piece Citron Collection. Inspired by the Mediterranean, the new body care collection joins their existing hand products with this very luxurious combination: natural extracts of lemon, subtle hints of honey and spicy Coriander. It packs in shea butter, refining AHA’s, and purifying herbs, and is free of parabens, sulfates, and a mouthful of chemicals that we all could do without!
For those who may have never heard of Crabtree & Evelyn (really?), they’ve been around for over 35 years, and have dominated the market with over 6,000 locations, in 40 different countries, and 500 concept stores worldwide. The company’s name comes from the crabapple tree (the original species from which all other cultivated apple trees originated) and from John Evelyn, the 17th century renaissance Englishman who’s motto was “explore everything, keep the best”. I’ve been shopping there since I was little, when I would wander through the aisles, admiring all of the enchanting scents and packaging, buying only what I could afford; tiny travel size lotions!
So, I was delighted to test some of this collection. Here’s what the wht team tested:
Skin Smoothing Body Scrub ($20) – a rich body scrub containing over 18% botanical oils; a blend of peach, pumpkin and apricot. Plus soothing honey and sunflower seeds and wax granules for exfoliating. I found the scent to be light, energizing and spicy! I used it for a month and loved every minute of it. Not only did the scent wake me up, but the exfoliating action left my dry skin smooth and supple. I also loved the Citron packaging (see below). And the squeeze tube made it very user friendly in the shower.
Skin Indulging Body Souffle ($32) – definitely richer than a standard lotion or cream. It’s a fluffy souffle that contains shea butter, orchard fruit oils, and glycolic acid and AHA’s that help to refine the skin. I found this to be another delightful product and really liked the texture. It comes in a sizable screw cap jar and a little goes a long way, so it will last awhile!
Skin Cleansing Bath & Shower Gel ($20) – a sulfate free, rich cleanser that contains mixed fruit extracts, aloe vera, and honey. I can’t wait to hear what the team thought, since I’m always looking for a richer shower gel!
Refreshing Body Bar ($10) – a delightful herbal blend including rosemary, thyme, and tea tree, combined with a generous amount of shea butter. It’s meant to help moisturize and recondition the skin. Plus, it’s swirl of clear yellow and creamy yellow soap makes for a beautiful looking bar!
Skin Quenching Body Lotion ($22) – comes in a great dispenser pump, and features the same blend of orchard oils as well as fig and sugar cane extracts. It’s more lightweight than the souffle, but still leaves skin silky smooth.
Finally, in addition to the Citron body collection, the wht team also tested some of the most amazing lip butters in Citron Creme and Honey, Vanilla Brulee, and Creme de Menthe ($7.50). I tried the adorably packaged Creme de Menthe. This lip butter has a great texture, not too soft, not too waxy, and I absolutely loved the taste! It probably would’ve lasted a lot longer if I wasn’t licking my lips all the time, but I couldn’t resist! This has become a “regular use” lip balm for me and I will definitely be checking out the other flavors.
What a lovely new collection from Crabtree & Evelyn! Has spring sprung with the rest of you on this collection?[ratings]
Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating.
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