for elbows and knees

  • Kiss My Face Obsessively Filthy Rich Organic Tropical Butter Body Lotion covers the market on butters with cocoa, shea, and mango. It’s thick, comforting, and smells exotic. Instead of thinking about shoveling snow, I was transported to a summery island.
  • Nature’s Gate Skin Therapy Lotion, Original Formula contains some of the healing ingredients the naturopaths told me about: calendula and vitamin E. Although it feels light, it smoothed out my elephant elbows in only a few applications—and it didn’t sting!

for face


  • Avalon Organic Moisture Plus Lotion with SPF 18 is great for daytime. It protected my face from chapping winds and the sun’s harmful rays. It was light and blended easily into my skin to prep for makeup application.
  • Zia Natural Skincare Ultimate Moisture with vitamin C and green tea extract has a light scent, something I look for when a product is going on my face. It was heavy enough to make my skin feel like it was getting moisturized, but it was not so thick that my face broke out or felt greasy.

for feet

  • Alba Organics Kukui Nut Body Cream has nut oils and fatty acids that smoothed out my rough heels—and made my feet smell divine. With this thick cream, a little went a long way.
  • Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme with vitamin E comes in an easy-to-dispense tube. The kit provided me with cute socks, so the cream didn’t wipe off on the sheets and my tired feet could absorb it all night.

for hands

  • Aubrey Organics Ultimate Moist Green Tea Rosemary Mint Hand & Body Lotion is cooling and soothing. It absorbed quickly and pumped out just the right amount of lotion for two hands.
  • Kiss My Face Honey & Calendula Moisturizer smells heavenly, and the honey is hydrophilic, which means it helps attract moisture from the air. I keep it at my desk because it leaves my hands feeling refreshed, not oily.

for lips

  • Aubrey Organics Natural Lips has SPF 8 and a hint of color (from vegetables). It came in handy when I needed a little shine on my lips. It looked so good that no one knew it was functional, offering secret protection from the elements.
  • Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is mostly beeswax with protective add-ins such as lanolin and comfrey. It lasted through coffee, a walk in the park, and a generous smooch.