Saturday, April 24, 2010

Domesticity Reviews: Johnson's Body Care 24 Hour Lasting Moisture Body Lotion

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A little bit of disclosure, before we get to everything else: I actually bought this product at the supermarket. I also have a friend who works as a brand manager for Johnson & Johnson - and J&J is also an advertiser on this blog, via Nuffnang - but I did not get any samples or monetary compensation from the company for this review. 

That said, I've never really paid much attention to Johnson's Body Care until recently, when J&J started collaborating with local Filipino designers as part of their ongoing ad campaign. (Check out their most recent collab with Bayo, which showcased a lot of on-trend soft neutrals.) The timing couldn't be more perfect for me, as well, since I'm running out of my current go-to moisturizer (L'Occitane Shea Butter in Lavande) and I needed something that was just as practical and portable to take with me.

Johnson's Body Care, 24 Hour Body Lotion, 14-Ounce Pump Bottles (Pack of 4)(Side note: Many products in the Philippines may be considered "travel-size" compared to their international counterparts; for example, the Johnson's lotion I've reviewed here comes in a 14-oz. bottle in the US market. I think it's due to the fact that Southeast Asians like us don't like to buy in bulk, since we don't always end up using the whole product in the long run.)

The other moisturizer-related problem that I have right now involves my hands, which go through a lot during my workday. You see, I tend to abuse hand sanitizer - I carry a bottle with me all the time, because I'll never know if I'll encounter terrible hand soap in the ladies' room (worse than no soap at all, IMO) or pick up garbage with no time to wash my hands. This leads to hangnails and dry cuticles, which would inevitably end up getting chewed out during moments of extreme anxiety. Any moisturizer that I would have to use on the rest of my body, therefore, will need to get tested on my hands first; if it does nothing for my cuticles, it will do nothing for the rest of me.

Last night, I slathered on the 24 Hour Lasting Moisture Body Lotion (whew, what a mouthful!) on my hands to avoid yet another stress-induced chew-a-thon. The first thing I noticed was the rich fruity-floral scent, which was so inviting and delicious that it could rival anything on the Bath & Body Works shelf. The smell alone tempted me to put the whole thing all over my body right away, but the rational tester in me decided to wait it out until I could observe how it does on my hands. 

Turns out that I didn't have to wait that long, because the lotion -  lightweight, without being runny - melted pretty quickly into the skin, leaving practically no residue behind. A few minutes later, I checked how it did on my fingertips, and I was surprised: No hard hangnails, no peeling cuticles, and practically nothing to pick on, no matter how tempted I got to do so. 

12 hours and several hand washings later, the scent has faded - but my hands are still as soft as they were on the first application, and I still can't find a single crack that I could pick on. In fact, if you shook hands with me right now, you might even say that my fingers and palms are practically "baby soft" - as opposed to overworked and under-manicured. I've even put a few drops on my ashy elbows, and they went from sandpapery to touchable with barely any rubbing at all. 

It's rare for me to start raving about a product after just one use, but Johnson's really did it for me this time - and for the price that I paid (PhP68 for a 100 mL bottle, or roughly US$1.50 under the current exchange rate), it was the best value for my money that I've ever seen. If you love department store body lotions for their rich formulations and fragrances, but can't pay the extravagant price tags for them, Johnson's would be the best bet for you. 


kuri said...

Wow, this is going to be my next moisturizer purchase! Can't wait to use up my current one. Just a few more weeks.

meimei said...

@Kuri: Grab it as soon as you see it on the shelf! The scent might be a tad different (Karen at MBB says that the US version smells like rose; mine has hints of tuberose and peach) but the formula of the lotion is the sure winner here.

kuri said...

Ooh, tuberose and peach sounds lovely! Heh, don't tempt me! I'm trying to be good here.
Maybe I should see what the Taiwanese version smells like, if there is one.

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tifffany_keep_going said...

I used up 1 bottle for this and i am going to write a review about this too :)