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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bali Ratih Hand & Body Lotion Review

Bali Ratih is a company that produces various home spa treatment products from Bali, Indonesia such as body butter, body cream, body scrubs, hand & body lotion, face & body mask, body wash and even shower gel. So, for this post, I am going to do a review on the Bali Ratih's Hand & Body Lotion (thanks to Jac who sent me the product for my dissecting purposes).

The Bali Ratih Hand & Body Lotion range has quite a number of variants to choose from:
- Milk
- Green Tea
- Chamomile
- Strawberry (best seller)
- Aloe Vera
- Tea Tree (antibacterial)

I have here in my possession is the Strawberry scented lotion (strawberry products are one of my favourites. They look and smell yummy!)
A new and unused bottle of Strawberry Hand & Body Lotion.

The bottle comes in a clear 110 ml (3.72 fl oz) slim bottle with a pump at the top. There is a stopper pinned at the neck of the pump to ensure no lotion is accidentally pumped out unintentionally (especially when the bottle is squished somewhere inside your bag during traveling motion).
The stopper securely pinned at the neck.

The ingredients for the lotion is: Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Mono Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Butylated Hydroxy Toluene, Triethanolamine, Fragance, Essential Oil Blend, Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aquadest.

The Hand & Body Lotion's main properties are moisturizing, softening and conditions the skin leaving it revitalized and rejunevated. It is suitable for all skin types.

The pump head have to be pushed down to get the lotion out of the bottle.
Pumping the lotion out.

The colour of the lotion is a very pale pink (almost the same as Johnson & Johnson's Baby Lotion) and the texture is less thicker than body butter but it still felt soft and creamy.

Here's how the lotion looked like on my hand:

This is how the lotion looked like after it was partially rubbed on my skin:
Sorry for the blurry picture. 
My hand holding the camera-phone wasn't cooperating very well at the moment this picture was taken.. huhu..

The soft and smooth texture of the lotion made it easy for me to spread the goo and rub it into my skin. The lotion did left a tad greasiness (I think all lotions have this tendency) after it is applied but that goes away after it had fully seeped in. The smell of the lotion reminded me of a strawberry candy I used to eat back when I was a little girl (yum!). There is a distinct sweetness to the smell and it blends quite well with the strawberry fragrance.

My hands did felt smooth and moisturized after using the lotion. I did a water test to my well moisturized hands and like any other brand of lotions, it became runny and a bit oily so I had to wipe my hands dry to get the greasy feeling off. But the softness and moisturized feeling was still there even after I wiped my hands though. Up to this day I still haven't found a lotion that doesn't turn runny when in contact with water (maybe there isn't one?).

I did a three-way comparison between the Bali Ratih's Hand & Body Lotion, The Bodyshop's (TBS) Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion and Johnson & Johnson's Baby Lotion (JJ) just for the fun of it. I found that Bali Ratih's lotion has a thicker and creamier texture amongst the three brands. TBS's lotion has a softer texture and the consistency of the substance is not as thick as Bali Ratih's. TBS's lotion is also a bit translucent in colour. JJ's lotion has the same consistency with Bali Ratih's but the texture is more softer. The moisturizing agensts in JJ's lotion is very obvious because the lotion slid down my finger easily whilst the other two stayed put.
The JJ's lotion sliding down my fingers.

Here's how the lotions looked like applied on my skin side by side:
Comparison of the three lotion's consistency.

In the picture above, you can see that TBS's body lotion is more translucent that the others whilst Bali Ratih's texture seemed to be a little bit thicker than JJ's lotion when spread out. JJ's lotion felt a little bit more watery than the rest. All of these lotions gave the same moisturized and soft feeling after the creamy substance had been fully absorbed into my skin. The water test also resulted in all three lotions becoming runny after my hands came in contact with water.

My verdict: Bali Ratih's Hand & Body Lotion is basically just like any other lotions out there in the market. The difference is in the consistency and texture of the lotion but the end result of the application is the same - moisturized and smooth skin. So it all goes down to each and everyone's own preference. But all in all, this is a good product to try (plus, it is not that expensive either. Thumbs up for that!).

Click this link (Jac's website) for further information on Bali Ratih's Hand & Body Lotions.

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