When I was a kid, my hippie parents always had a bottle of Skin Trip coconut moisturizer on hand. My mom bought it at our food Co-Op, and kept an extra bottle next on an end table in our living room for easy reapplication during those long, dry Vermont winters. I continued to use Skin Trip (which is made by a company called Mountain Ocean) during college, never tiring of the yummy coconut scent–which somehow smelled so much better than actual coconut oil. And turns out there’s a reason for the suspiciously compelling scent. Skin Trip is NOT actually fragranced with just natural coconut oil.
Although Mountain Ocean assures us that Skin Trip’s top-secret fragrance doesn’t contain phthalates, they make no claims that it is natural. And while hormone-disrupting phthalates are usually the big problem with synthetic fragrance, phthalate-replacements are likely to be just as bad. (On a similar note, BPA is now often being replaced with BPS, which a scientist colleague of my husband’s is studying and finding is a worse hormone-disruptor than BPA.)
Bottom line: Undisclosed chemicals in a “fragrance blend” like the one used by Skin Trip puts Mountain Ocean in our Sneaky Stuff category. Other ingredients I don’t love in Skin Trip include phenoxyethanol and lanolin, plus a couple other synthetic additives.
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For a body and hand moisturizer, my current favorite is Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk, which is just as incredible as it sounds. It was formulated for the face, but I use it as a body lotion as well. Harper’s Bazaar editors agree with me, voting it “Favorite Organic Product.”
Sometimes in Whole Foods, I pop open a bottle of Skin Trip, just to breathe in the scent of “coconut.” Most people probably wouldn’t associate this fragrance with wintertime in Vermont, but it transports me right back to the cozy evenings in front of the wood stove, where our dry hands required a constant reapplication of what we believed back then to be an all-natural moisturizing miracle!