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Friday, August 20, 2010

Review: Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Cream

Tropical Traditions has an all natural line of skin care products containing their fabulous coconut oil, including their 100% Pure Moisturizing Cream for Hand, Face, and Body. Natural skin care always gets my attention.

When your 4-year-old has a genetic skin disorder that affects over 50% of his body, you spend of lot of time applying skin care products to his skin. And wondering how healthy and safe those skin care products are. The skin is our largest organ and it absorbs enough harmful pollutants from our environment without us coating our bodies in things like petroleum (you know, Vaseline, Aquaphor, mineral oil).

But Peter's skin requires a heavy-duty moisturizer and keeping his skin constantly "creamed." Every cream we've had any success with (including the medicated ones compounded by a pharmacy) uses petroleum as a base. It has plenty of staying power...almost too much (it's impossible to totally wash out of clothes---I can't tell you the number of garments I've had ruined by hugging my little boy---busy prints are my friends). Finding a natural product that won't expose my child to harmful chemicals and will wash out of his clothes would be a dream come true, if it had enough staying power...can you imagine creaming up over half of a wiggly little boy every couple of hours...every day?

So, I was very eager to try Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Cream and see how it stacked up against less natural alternatives and other natural products I've tried.

Purified Water, organic Virgin Coconut Oil, plant based emulsifying wax, palm stearic, grapefruit seed extract, beeswax, organic Virgin Palm Oil.

The cream is very thick and about the consistency of softened butter. It feels like butter butter going on, too. A little dab will do ya, really. Get too much on and it won't soak into your skin. And it smells like coconuts! We received the unscented variety, which simply means that no essential oils have been added for scent.

TT's Moisturizing Cream rubs in easily, leaving a slight waxy sheen that disappears over time. In terms of staying power: it'll hold up to about 2 hand washings if I use it on my hands (and I'm not real thorough washing my hands). After applying it to Peter's forehead---it didn't last long. His forehead was as dry as it was with no product at all about an hour after applying the cream. Subsequent applications had the same effect. But Peter's a special case, his skin soaks up cream like a sponge.

At $12.99 for 4 oz., this wouldn't be a very economical choice for his skin. It would have to be reapplied constantly and a jar wouldn't last long. It is a nice hand cream, though, and he loves the smell. I can see using it just for his hands.

The cream does not make a lasting impact on the texture of the skin itself...once it rubs or washes off, there's no lasting benefit, even when used over time. I didn't expect any, though, this acts more as a barrier cream, trapping in moisture, rather than something that will sloth off dead skin (no fruit acids or other alpha hydroxies).

Buy it: 100% Pure Moisturizing Cream is available from Tropical Traditions (with or without essential oils) in a 4 oz jar for $12.99-14.50.

Stay tuned to find out how you could win some!

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for free product.

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