Is This $10 Lotion the Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Sure, in Your Dreams.
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NOTE FROM COLLIN: Similar to how we do our Try Me Tuesday posts with product recommendations, I thought it would be also fun to do basically the complete opposite. With that said, I introduce “Waste of Money Wednesday!” This post will be exactly that – the Hip2Save team will be sharing products that they aren’t happy with, products they feel are a waste of money – basically product UN-recommendations.
Hi There! It’s Cassandra – one of Collin’s Sidekicks!
I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m an insomniac, but falling asleep has never really come easily to me. Every night once my head hits the pillow, it’s like I’ve got 99 problems and the majority of them are to-do lists, worst-case scenarios, and irrational fears that I’m stressing over for no logical reason.
So when I was scrolling through Pinterest one afternoon, as I often do when I’m avoiding housework, I happened upon some pretty stellar reviews for Lush Sleepy Body Lotion. Almost every review I read (and I read a lot) sang the praises of this $10 miracle lotion that was simply to be applied to the body and in minutes, deep slumber would be achieved. What’s that you say, random internet people!? A lotion (of all things) was going to knock me out in minutes and all I had to do was put it on my body? Sold.
When my package arrived I immediately ripped into the box to find hundreds of packing peanuts! Since the lotion was nestled at the bottom of this box tightly packed with peanuts, there was no way to get it out without getting packing peanuts everywhere – even holding it over the garbage. 🙁
UPDATE: A few of our awesome readers have pointed out that these packing peanuts are actually biodegradable and even edible! I didn’t try eating any so I can’t vouch for that, but I also didn’t notice mine breaking down when they got wet. I’m fascinated by this fact now so next time, I’ll have to allow more time for that process to happen.
Getting back on track, you should first know that Lush Sleepy Body Lotion is pretty heavily scented and takes a while to mellow out. If you’re sensitive to smells, especially sweet, floral scents, you may want to steer clear. It’s not an easy scent to describe. It definitely smells like lavender but also a little like graham crackers and… cotton candy, maybe? Some will adore this scent but I found it to be a direct assault on my nasal passages.
It has a creamy, almost pudding-like texture which is extremely moisturizing, but takes a long time to absorb into the skin. So much so that you can’t just slather it on and close the jar, or jump into bed, or pick up your phone, or really anything else that involves any sort of touching.
Thanks, but no thanks!
Unfortunately, I’m sorry to report that this super-lotion, regardless of all the hype, did nothing to help me fall asleep. Honestly, I think the strong scent actually did more to keep me awake than to lull me off to dreamland – even when I applied it only to the pulse points of my wrists. It’s crazy strong, y’all!
I know Lush has a HUGE cult following and I’m aware that so many of you are going to think I’m nuts but I have to say, there are so many other lotions that smell much better and are just as moisturizing as this one while not leaving your hands greasy for an annoying amount of time, so for me, this one is a hard pass. 😳
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