Posted by: Jordan
My mom is credited for discovering this delightful smelling handmade body butter from Sol Food Natural Soaps, based in Fox River Grove, IL. She first found it at her local farmer’s market in Barrington, IL and upon further investigation we found that it’s also sold at a new local shop in her town called Acacia Organics, which sells lots of different natural health and beauty brands both in-store and online. It’s a fun store to poke around in, if you happen to live in the suburbs of Chicago!
But back to this body butter, which reminds me of slathering the intoxicating scent of Hawaiian Tropics suntan lotion on my skin at the beach (a sunscreen I now obviously avoid since it’s packed with a cocktail of parabens, but still–you can’t beat that classic “suntan lotion” coconut scent!). This rich body butter will bring all those memories back–without the chemicals–while hydrating and softening your skin. I love when I put my robe on in the morning and can still smell the lingering coconut-lime scent from when I put the lotion on just after getting out of the shower the night before. It’s such an uplifting summer smell.
The moisturizing ingredients in this body butter are all up to our standards, with the main hydrating ingredients being organic aloe vera juice and shea, cocoa and avocado butters. The only eyebrow-raising ingredient is at the end of the list–phenoxyethanol, which is a preservative with a 3-4 hazard score on EWG. I found a good article debating the potential concerns with this preservative on Truth in Aging, which I urge you to check out if this ingredient concerns you at all. While I wish there was a more natural alternative used in this body butter, the scent is enough to make me turn a blind eye on this one! And if pina colada summery scents aren’t your thing, they also have this body butter available in citrus-tomato, which sounds right up my Midwestern alley! Or, if you’re really creative you can come up with your own scent and LeeLee, the creator of this line, will customize a scent just for you!