Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a girl who, through neglect and the evil spell of “laziness”, found herself slowly morphing into a lizard.
It started at the furthest of her extremities, with the skin on her toes first drying out and flaking. But did she pay attention? Oh no! (If she had right then, there wouldn’t be a story to tell would there?)
The evil spell and gentle morph from human to scaly reptile slowly crept up the feet and legs, turning once smooth, soft skin into dry, hard, scales. Skin was stretched and shiny and lined through neglect. Things came to a head one day, when lizard-gal discovered a very dry and itchy patch of skin on her shin.
Thinking it was mere skin irritation or a bug bite, she gave it no mind, but scratch she did. Until one day, she looked down (finally!) and noticed the scales and the red, angry, bumpy, itchy, irritated patch of skin on her legs.
Panicking, she turned to Dr. Google, which told her it could be anything from psoriasis to cancer (Isn’t Dr. Google a consolation?) But more digging prompted a different diagnosis. It might just be skin that was too dry, which had cracked and allowed itself to be infected.
So Lizard-gal started oiling herself up like a salad daily, yet it didn’t stop the slow encroachment of scaly skin. Until one evening, her eye fell on an old gift which had been sitting on her bedside table for the longest time.
Now, the problem with Lizard-gal is that she hated using body lotions and body creams. Living in the tropics as she did, body creams and lotions tended to be sticky and to leave a greasy, oily film on the skin that could be very uncomfortable, especially on warm nights.
It didn’t help that the salve was called the L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream Rich in Shea Butter, which conjured up images of butter on toast, and a sticky date pudding.
But desperate times called for desperate measures, if Lizard-gal was to stop the onslaught of the scales.
The product came in a fairly large tub, which is a hefty 200ml size. It was so hefty, it resided quietly on the bedside table, hidden under a pile of other potions and lotions, unobtrusive and unnoticed.
Opening up the Ultra Rich Body Cream yielded the scent of shea butter and baby powder. It wasn’t Lizard-gal’s favourite scent and left to her own devices, she would never have picked this up in store. But it said “Ultra Rich” and it said that it was an “ideal beauty balm for dry or dehydrated skin” and Lizard-gal had both.
Picking up some of the cream, she was intrigued that it was not a hard, thick cream as she had been expecting. In fact, it had a lovely consistency of double cream. (If you don’t cook nor bake, that’s a consistency heavier than pouring cream, but not more solid like sour cream)
So, with this tub of salve at her side, Lizard-gal began a nightly routine of slathering this cream over her limbs, in a hope to reverse the evil spell and stop the slow morph into a scaly reptile.
Despite her misgivings, she was gratified to notice that the cream, whilst labelled Ultra Rich, did not sit on the skin like cream frosting. Instead, it seemed to absorb into the skin and left a light feeling to the skin. On warm nights, she had to be careful not to mark her furniture with the residual grease on the skin. But in an air-conditioned environment, it felt more comfortable. Some days, when not even the Ultra Rich Cream felt enough, she would add a few drops of body oil to help the texture along.
About a week later, Lizard-gal noticed that the itchy patch on her shin had stopped itching. The angry red spots were slowly disappearing, and the scars were starting to heal. The skin on her legs too felt lighter and more comfortable.
It wasn’t until 3 weeks later that she noticed that she had slowly reversed the evil spell, and her legs (and arms) were slowly human again. The skin was smoother to the touch, without the rough bumpy flaky skin that preceded it, and it was starting to lose its scaly, shiny appearance.
Was it attributable to the 25% shea butter that this Ultra Rich Body Cream contains? Or was it just the effort of combating the evil spell of laziness? Lizard-now-human-gal couldn’t quite say, but she vowed to never allow the evil spell to capture her again.
She’s still applying this body cream religiously every night before bed in an effort to maintain her soft, smooth human skin and to hold the evil lizard-skin morphing spell at bay. The spell still clutches on to her toes where the skin feels and looks dry a lot of the time, but she’s working on eradicating the nasty spell. The smell does still take a lot of getting used to, but when a balm works as well as this one, to stop the evil lizard-morphing spell, it can be tolerated.
And they lived happily ever after.
IN A NUTSHELL
The L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream with 25% Shea Butter is fairly thick cream with the consistency of double cream, that isn’t greasy or oily on the skin. It absorbs well and an amazing job transforming my very dry, scaly skin on my body to smooth, moisturised skin. I had been labouring under a lot of neglect so I still have a way to go, but this body cream has changed everything. When I want even more moisture and comfort, I add some body oil into the cream, but be careful because some scents don’t go well with the powdery scent of this product.
PROS: Absorbs well and quickly into the skin, Does not leave an oily, greasy feeling on the skin, Works very well on very dry skin to transform it to smooth, comfortable skin on the body
CONS: Pricey, Strong powdery scent, Not portable because I’d love to travel with this!
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone with very dry, dehydrated, scaly, tight skin, Anyone who is also battling the evil lizard-changing spell
Here is the ingredient list for those interested:
Have you used this body cream? Do you use a body cream regularly?
I take care of my face, but my body has suffered. It doesn’t help that I love long, hot showers. These days, I’m a lot more careful and much more diligent. I don’t want to wake up one morning and discover I’m a lizard 😀
Paris B aka Lizard-gal