Parenting Product Pick: Chase off Chapped Hands

By Kathy Zucker

Every September, I start slathering on the lotion in anticipation of freezing winter temps and dry, chapped hands. In good years, I manage to avoid cracking and bleeding. So when the Viewpoints team asked the blogger review panel to test drive lotions, I was very excited.

lotionsMy family of six (three adults and three kids under age six) all help me test products, so Viewpoints got the full family review. For three weeks, the Zucker clan evaluated St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion and Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief 24hr Moisturizing Lotion.

I have to admit, I went into this trial expecting the Aveeno to be awesome. I have used their products in the past and found them to be hypoallergenic and good quality. The Active Naturals Skin Relief lived up to my expectations. While the texture was a bit thicker than I prefer in body lotions, it did an excellent job retaining body moisture after bathtime and was outstanding on chapped hands.

The St. Ives had issues right out of the bottle. The candy-sweet scent was offputting, making us avoid using the product – six weeks after the trial began, the bottle is still mostly full. The texture was smooth and it went on silkily, but my husband had issues with the lotion clogging his chest pores. Overall, Aveeno was the knockout winner for the Zucker kids and parents.

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I received lotion samples for this review. The products are currently sold at – Aveeno is $9.27 and St. Ives is $5.29.

Kathy Zucker, accidental entrepreneur and mother of three young children, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. See what Kathy is up to at her blog and on Twitter @KathyZucker.

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