Today, I’m excited to introduce you to MadeOn Hard Lotion, one of our newest sponsors here at Life Your Way.
Because “hard lotion” is not a product you see on the market every day, I wanted to share more about the concept and our experience with MadeOn’s products.
After Sean and I got married, we moved to the desert, literally. St. George, Utah is in the southwestern corner of the state, and the day we drove down the highway to our new home, we watched the temperature climb to 120 degrees.
Coming from the relatively humid northeast (although I know Floridians and Minnesotans are shaking their heads because we’ve got nothing on them as far as humidity goes), it definitely took time to get used to the dry air.
It was there that we first noticed dry skin. Our hands and feet were dry and cracked, and our first daughter dealt with small eczema flare ups.
Unfortunately, when we moved back east — expecting that we’d leave the dry skin behind — it came with us.
Cracked heels. Scratchy hands. Chapped cheeks. Itchy legs after shaving. Sore noses.
Over time, we tried a number of products…
- Regular hand and body lotion smelled good and felt good going on, but the feeling never lasted.
- Intensive lotions like Eucerin and Aquaphor worked, but as I began to move toward more natural products, I began to question some of the ingredients.
- Eventually we began using coconut oil for almost all of our skin care needs. Not only is it effective, but it’s 100% natural, so I felt good about using it as well. There are downsides, though. Because it is an oil, coconut oil can leave an oily film on the skin before it’s absorbed.
Because of our experiences, I was excited to try both the flagship Bee Silk hard lotion and the Au Chocolat hard lotion (um, yes, it smells like chocolate…so much so that I’ll admit I want to taste it!).
Hard lotion is made from shea butter, coconut oil and — most importantly — beeswax.
It’s the beeswax that really sets hard lotion apart. Beeswax acts as a sealant, sealing the moisture from the shea butter and coconut oil into the skin.
To use hard lotion, you literally hold it in your hand like a soap bar and rub it over your skin. Your natural body heat slowly melts the hard lotion as you apply it, so you’re only using a small amount with each application.
There was no question that I would be trying the Au Chocolat bar, so Sean was happy to be my test subject for the Bee Silk lotion bar. He rubbed it on his dry, cracked heels and immediately they felt better. To be honest, I think it will take months before his heels are actually healed — they’re that bad — but they’ve been painful for years, so just the relief from the pain is a selling point in our book.
Personally, I was most excited to try the hard lotion on my legs. For the past few years, my legs have been extremely dry and itchy after shaving. Even though coconut oil provides temporary relief, I’ve laid in bed scratching my itchy legs on more than one occasion, which makes sleeping so much fun!
I promise you that I am not exaggerating when I say that I haven’t dealt with that once since using the lotion bar. Occasionally they’ll feel dry as I get out of the shower, but I grab my lotion bar and rub it over my legs, and they literally feel silky smooth. I haven’t even felt like I’ve needed to reapply it between showers.
I’ve also been dealing with allergies, and my nose is raw and dry from blowing it so often. This morning it occurred to me to use the hard lotion on my nose as well, and it worked! Not only does it look better, but it feels so much better, and even a couple hours later, it feels great.
Finally, our youngest daughter is still dealing with some eczema, and I’ve been trying to avoid using prescription steroid cream. She had one patch on her shoulder that we haven’t quite been able to get rid of over the last couple of weeks, but a couple applications the Au Chocolat bar and her skin is as smooth as it should be.
The real test for our family will be the next time our 5 year old gets a cold. She is a compulsive nose-wiper, and she usually ends up with raw skin between her nose and lip from wiping so often. The coconut oil helps heal it, but because it’s so thin, it really gets wiped off too quickly to provide actual protection. Based on my experiences with the hard lotion, I think it may be the answer we’ve been looking for. Not that I would wish her to get sick just so I can test it, but I am excited to see how well it works!
If you’re just looking for a fancy lotion that smells good and feels good going on, MadeOn Hard Lotion probably isn’t for you.
If you have dry hands, cracked heels, chapped skin, eczema or itchy legs, though, I highly, highly recommend this product. I love supporting another work-at-home mom. I love that it’s all natural and I don’t have to worry about added chemicals. And most of all, I love that it works!
Does anyone in your family deal with dry skin? Have you tried hard lotion before?