These are a few of my favourite things (Series) - Let’s talk about… moisturizers

These are a few of my favourite things (Series) - Let’s talk about… moisturizers

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Favourite Moisturizers

There are people who meticulously apply face cream as part of their daily regime even when they were a young Chico/Chica. Are you one of them? I am a late comer to this party, exercising diligence only now, in my late 40s. Below: 2 day cream we have to chat about!

Crema F - Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Smells really nice!

This crema is made up of various oils (wheat germ, avocado, jojoba, olive), shea butter and Vitamin F. It is free of parabens. Photo below for the full list of ingredients since the website does not offer much. It’s “recommended for men” says the website -I am not sure why it’s specifying men, do you?


The Farmacéutica, as you may know, has a long history …Dominican Friars in Firenze, producing medicinal rose water in the 14th century, etc. a precursor to the establishment of the pharmacist in the early 17th century and the divine smelling potpourri (mentioned in this post) and candles as well as creams.

Crema F absorbs easily and may please you with its occasional waft of fragrance which also serves as a cue to breathe, be grateful and be in the present 🌸.

Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer - Body Shop

Healthy looking skin!

This moisturizer contains vitamin C extracted from Peru: nutrient rich Amazonian berries called “Camu Camu”. (Click here and scroll all the way down to click on a button for the full ingredient list).

How do feel about the Body Shop? I was a fan in the 1990s but then the products started to look generic and synthetic, especially in comparison to the then newcomers like L’Occitane. The Rotterdam branch recently rekindled my interest- exuding a different, more natural vibe which enticed me to look around (I went in unintentionally, seeking shelter from the rain).

New parents’ influence? Natura & Co (a B Corp Brazilian company listed on the São Paulo stock exchange) acquired Body Shop from Loreal in 2017 and wants to double its earnings. The company’s other child, acquired in 2013, is Australia’s Aesop which everyone (including interior magazines and me) seems to love. Natura & Co. is also the producer of the Natura hand cream - a favourite during our family’s time in São Paulo.

This Vitamin C infused cream is priced reasonably. Your skin will glow and you’ll find yourself graciously accepting compliments about how healthy you look! You can use this as a cue to remind yourself to be aware of your breath and be grateful and present. 🌸

Are you a stickler when it comes to moisturizing your face? What about your body? Any favourite lotions and potions to share? I would to read about them.

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