Although I get horribly cracked hands in the winter, I’m probably not the best person to test lotions. I always forget to apply them regularly. That said, I was still excited to pit two natural lotions head to head on this: Believe me, the photo doesn’t do it justice. My hands were cringefully, stingingly cracked on the very day that my mailbox coughed up both product samples at once, which I thought was rather appropriate.
I tried to do a very scientific test, putting Skin MD Natural on exactly half of this hand (my right hand was in far worse shape than my left) and MadeOn Hard Lotion on the remaining half. I was pretty good about it for five days or so, and then I started missing days.
Ultimately, using either paraben-free lotion did wonders for my poor hands. (Check out the carnival post today to learn what a paraben is, for goodness sake!) My judgment is total success either way. Your choice of what to buy, if you’re in the market for a paraben-free lotion, depends on some other factors:
- Your goal: heal, prevent, or both
- Ease of use
- Ingredients, beyond the parabens
|Skin MD Natural||MadeOn Hard Lotion||Both|
|“shielding lotion” – – protects from irritants||made of food||no parabens|
|easy to apply||3 ingredients||absorbed quickly|
|sunscreen option||works on severely cracked skin||improves eczema|
|produced by a work-at-home-mom||for use on hands, body, and even face!|
I am just so impressed with all that both lotions can do. My kids have eczema from time to time, and I felt so good to be able to put a product on their skin that (a) worked and (b) was made of real ingredients.
The Other Side
I can think of one drawback to each product:
- The hard lotion is, obviously, hard. You have to rub it a bit between your hands to soften it and allow it to penetrate your skin well. Busy moms, tired and running off to bed, sometimes are too lazy for even 20 seconds.
- The Skin MD Natural’s ingredients list is longer than I like, although they describe each one in detail here.
|Skin MD Natural||MadeOn Hard Lotion|
|Deionized water (Aqua)|
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Arnica Montana Flower Extract (Arnica)
Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey)
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract (Chamomile)
Achillea Millefolium Extract (Yarrow)
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
Dry Skin? Cracked Hands? You’ve come to the right place…
I bet all of us know someone who could benefit from a serious lotion, or perhaps you’re simply looking for a moisturizer made with natural ingredients. I really did like both of these options, although for myself anything with only 3 ingredients made by a work-at-home mom wins out over a long ingredient list and a bigger company.
I also did my Monday Mission and checked the EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Database, and MadeOn scores a ZERO – no hazard at all, while Skin MD is not listed. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a zero before! That is a serious recommendation.
You may want to take a minute or two to check into each lotion’s website, where you’ll find great information and amazing testimonials from people who used the products. MadeOn Hard Lotion and Skin MD Natural
GIVEAWAY: Win Paraben-Free, Natural Lotions
I get to share some of each product with TWO winners today.
From MadeOn: 3 Pack Dry Skin Care includes a pocket size bar, family size bar and lip balm ($15.75 value).
Renee has this to share with you:
MadeOn Hard Lotion Bars are made with three pure, healthy ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter, to relieve extreme, dry skin. It was these simple three ingredients that put a stop to my cracked fingers and my son’s seasonal eczema. Due to the success stories of how well the lotion worked to relieve cracked heels, finger cuts, and even psoriasis, we turned it into a family business. It’s a hard lotion that melts into your skin as you rub it in.
Read my blog for information about the ingredients, check out my past newsletters, and sign up to receive my next newsletter to be entered in April’s drawing for a $30 gift certificate good for any product on my website. To find out what type of skin issues the hard lotion bar has helped, check out the testimonies page.
The ingredients in the hard lotion bar are safe enough to eat and my product carries a hazard rating of “zero” in the Environmental Working Group’s Safe Cosmetic Database, which means the ingredients are the safest possible ingredients for your skin. Best of all, my customers are happy to have a lotion that not only feels soothing after applying it, but provides long-lasting relief without the greasy feel of a pump lotion. Check your own cosmetic, soap and lotion products in the database and you may be surprised at how hazardous they are.
PLUS, any Kitchen Stewardship readers who purchase during the week of the giveaway will receive a free peppermint lip balm. After completing your Paypal purchase, you will be taken to a “thank you” page with the option to note how you found my site. Simply click the Kitchen Stewardship option so I know to include the free lip balm.
From Skin MD Natural: a bottle of their shielding lotion ($18.95 value).
from Skin MD’s “How and Why it Works” page:
Have you ever started using a conventional lotion (artificial moisturizer) as a dry skin care treatment only to find that when you stopped using that artificial moisturizer your dry skin condition became worse – not better?
“By using a shielding lotion that bonds with the outer layer of your skin you can keep irritants out and moisture in. Because most moisturizers do not seal in the body’s own moisture, they artificially lubricate the outer layers of skin. When they wear off, the lubrication is gone and the original dryness remains. Sometimes this process will draw out the body’s natural moisture and contribute to the dehydration process,” writes Dr. Peter Helton, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology.
Lots of ways to win today, just leave separate comments for each, please. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED; THANKS FOR ENTERING!
- Leave a comment at this post with your best description of your painful skin that needs a good moisturizer OR your experience with seeking natural personal products.
- Link up to the carnival at Mindful Momma.
- Leave a comment (follow Micaela’s directions) at the carnival post. This is an awesome two-fer, because Micaela is giving away a prize, too! (you don’t have to leave a comment here for this one)
- Subscribe in a reader or via email to Kitchen Stewardship (or tell me if you already do).
- Email 5 friends (who don’t already read KS) about this giveaway or any other favorite post you think they should see.
- Visit either lotion’s website and tell me something you learned there.
- Follow me on Twitter AND Tweet about the giveaway (just click the button at the top of this post).
- Stumble or Digg your favorite post or recipe at Kitchen Stewardship. (What is Stumble?)
(If you receive KS via email, you will need to click over to the site to leave a comment.) Please leave all your entries in separate comments so it’s easier for me to count.
I will use random.org’s integer generator to choose the winners. The first draw will get their choice of lotion, with the other given to the second winner. The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 25th, and I’ll post the winners by the following Tuesday.
Disclosure: I received free samples of both products, but I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The companies provided samples for the giveaway as well. MadeOn is a sponsor and affiliate, but I tried really hard to be unbiased in this review for the benefit of my readers! 🙂