Review – Nature Republic Fresh Herb Acerola Body Lotion

Living in a cold climate does a number on my skin in the winter months. I’ve had bouts of prolonged itchiness along with skin that feels uncomfortably lizard-like. Getting into the habit of frequently using a body moisturizer is something I definitely feel I need. I purchased this lotion from RRS as a companion to a body wash from a similar line (review linked below). Both were quite cheap, so I picked them up despite not seeing reviews for either of them anywhere.

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Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.

What is it?

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This body lotion is in the same Fresh Herb line as the Peach Body Wash I reviewed here. It claims to moisturize, refresh, and nourish skin with herbal extracts and acerola scent. It can be used after showering as a regular part of your routine, or on certain parts of your body at certain times on an ‘as needed’ basis.

Quick Stats

  • Size: 400 mL
  • Price: $8.04 CAD +shipping
  • Texture: A milky lotion, on the thicker side
  • Scent: Strong artificial cherry
  • Packaging: Tall pump bottle
  • Longevity: ~16 weeks at 2 pumps/day

Ingredients

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Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, PEG-100 Stearate, Trehalose, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Stearyl Alcohol, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Propanediol, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract.

CosDNA breakdown. There are some ingredients that score 1 or 2 for acne and irritation. Also, hello alcohol all the way up there at number four in the list. In general, I don’t have any particular issue with alcohol in skincare when it is used for the right reasons. In sheet masks, it can be useful as a penetration enhancer. In sunscreen, it can help the sunscreen dry down elegantly and take away the ‘greasy’ feeling that they so often have. However, alcohol in a moisturizer is not something I usually see. I would imagine that the alcohol is present to eliminate any greasy feeling, but I’ve looked at ingredients for a number of facial and body moisturizers, both thick and thin, and plenty of them have no alcohol. The ones I own also don’t use alcohol, and they feel totally fine on my skin.

The problem with alcohol is that it can be a drying or irritating ingredient. It feels a bit cheap to me that instead of properly formulating a good moisturizer that doesn’t leave residue, Nature Republic just throws alcohol in as a shortcut to good skin feel. Not a big fan of that.

The rest of the ingredients are pretty standard moisturizing ingredients plus a few herbal extracts. Nothing else stands out, and I don’t expect the botanical extracts to be all that beneficial.

User Experience

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This is one pump of product, enough to cover one of my arms.

There’s nothing too notable about the product packaging or consistency. It’s a thicker milky lotion that pumps out in a healthy amount from the bottle. On application, it thins out very easily and turns quite watery. I found it did take a little bit rubbing to get all the product soaked in. After a few minutes, the lotion does soak in completely and does not leave any uncomfortable residue (hello again, alcohol).

Much like the Peach Body Wash cousin of this lotion, the worst thing for me is the scent. I don’t believe I’ve ever smelled real acerola, and so I have no way of knowing if this scent holds true to the real thing. What it smells like to me is cherry-flavored cough syrup. It’s very strong, and the smell lingers on my skin for a couple of hours. Every time I put it on, I’m transported back to being a sickly, snot-smeared 6-year-old trying to swallow a thick, medicinal fluid between fits. Blegh.

Results

I would have thought that using any kind of body moisturizer, even a subpar one, would be better than using nothing on my skin at all. Turns out that’s not really true.

I have a large patch of skin on my lower back that is very prone to getting dry and itchy. When I could work up the guff to slather this lotion on, I made sure to work in a full pump of product in that area, hoping it would relieve some of the dryness I was having there. Unfortunately, it didn’t, and the dryness/itchiness remained to the point where I may as well not have moisturized at all. I was just covered in cough syrup smell.

I think my body skin takes a shining to heavy creams, just like my face does. Lighter products like these don’t seem to work as standalones for me.

Would I Repurchase?

No no no. This lotion is quite cheap, but to me it’s definitely not worth it. The smell alone would be enough for me to ditch it. Add on the fact that it has minimal moisturizing power for my dry itchy skin, and we get a product I have zero interest in repeating.

The only reason I’ve gone through so much of it is because, the rare times I do use it, I put it on all over my body and use 10-12 pumps at a time. Continuing that, I’ve only got a handful of uses of it left. Hopefully my next body lotion waiting in the wings will be a better bet.

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