I don’t know about you, but the name Crabtree and Evelyn evokes memories of fancy soaps that I was not allowed to touch. When I was younger they were the soap of choice for all the ladies in church to have in their guest bathrooms. I was forbidden to go near them and it is still the first thought that comes to mind when I hear the name of the brand.
They seem to have gone through a rebranding since then. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t actually heard of the brand since I was in middle school. A few months back I received a perfume sample from the brand and then in December’s IPSY I received this body lotion.
The body lotion I received was the Smooth and Define Body Lotion. Since the sample I received was small enough that using it on my body would make it simply a one use item, I decided to use it as a hand cream. This way I could test its capacities over a slightly longer time then a one use blitz would afford.
So let’s see what the website tells of this body lotion…
Our Smooth + Refine Body Lotion is your new go-to. It moisturises, gently exfoliates and both without needing to do the dry-down dance.
Packs in hydration without the heaviness. Exfoliating apple AHAs get to work on resurfacing dry, dull skin. Leaves behind softness and our uplifting Crabtree scent
In general the description is what you might expect from a lotion. But let’s break it down by use.
The first thing we have to cover is scent. I know those of you who routinely read my posts are thinking ‘When do you not start with scent, Mimsy?’ I know, I am very scent oriented. However, with this body lotion, you cannot start any other way. You unscrew the cap and ker-POW. Scent.
It is not a subtle scent. It is not a delicate scent. It is the Crabtree and Evelyn scent. It is the same scent as their perfume. It is also oddly reminiscent of the fancy soaps I remember from way back when.
It isn’t a bad scent. It is however a strong scent. It is also a very aggressive scent. If you use this body lotion, you are not putting on any other perfume that day. There is no layering of other body product scents either. The scent of this lotion will smother them all. To paraphrase LOTR – This is the one scent to rule them all.
This has you covered. It will be with you all day long. It will fade towards the end of the day, but it will still be noticeable when you go to take your shower at night.
And I know you see apple in the description, I saw it too. Apple may be the source of the AHA’s but it is not in the scent. This is the scent of their perfume. While I don’t mind the scent of their perfume, it isn’t one I would define as refreshing. It is floral. It is rose with a back note of other florals to keep it from being just the single note of rose. It is well balanced though and not overly sweet or cloying. Oddly the perfume is not as aggressive as the body lotion. (but that is a different review)
While I like scent and could use this on my hands, I would be very hesitant to cover my entire body in this cream. I think it would just be too much to handle.
As for the cream itself, it is a thinner cream that melts to a liquid rather than putting white streaks on your skin that you have to massage in. You do need to massage it in and wait a moment for it to absorb. That being said absorption is really quick. There is also no grease factor left behind on the skin.
Once it absorbs it is a really nice cream, especially on over washed hands. Between the shea butter and the AHA’s from the apple, my hands felt wonderfully soft and hydrated from the moment I first started using it. It is actually a really good formula for body lotion. I don’t know if they have an unscented version of this lotion, but if they did I would not hesitate to purchase it and keep it next to the hand sanitizer by the sink or to keep a tube in my purse or in the shower for post shower body lotion.
It is just the scent that gives me pause. It is just so highly scented and so highly aggressive that I am not certain I could take it on a long term basis. The small tube was large enough to let me know that the cream itself was fabulous, but it was also longer than I wanted to spend with this scent. If they don’t have an unscented version then I might go for the Citron and Coriander instead as that scent might be more appealing to me. While I love scents, I find I tend to lean more into the spice and citrus rather than the florals. Even if they are as aggressively scented I don’t mind it as much. I think they have different components rather than just different scents though, so I’d have to try it out to find out if it works the same way. If I decide to go for it, I will let you know.
For now I have to say the formula of the Crabtree and Evelyn body lotion is amazing, but the aggressiveness of the scent says use with caution.