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. (read here to find out 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
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! 🙂 See my full disclosure statement here.