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August 10, 2009

Crabtree & Evelyn Naturals

For over 35 years Crabtree & Evelyn has been creating naturally inspired products for the home and body. This company, initially a small family-run business, has evolved and now introduces their Naturals line.

Crabtree's Naturals line is based on herbal, citrus, gourmand blends. It is sulphate and paraben-free. There is no drying mineral oil or synthetic colors either. Instead the products contain botanical oils, butters and extracts.

The creamy body wash ($16 for 6.4 fl oz.) scented in Cocoa Butter, Nutmeg, and Cardamon lathers extremely well. It is thicker than most body washes, has a creamy feel and a scent that comes on strong but lightens up after using. It has a nice silky feeling to it and isn't drying. I loved using it on a daily basis and found it even worked well enough for shaving when I ran out of shave cream. The 10% cocoa butter and 10% mango oil moisturize the skin well and I loved how it smelled on my skin for the rest of the day.

Crabtree & Evelyn's Naturals Mango Butter and Grapefruit Body Butter ($26 for 7 oz.) is like a vat of pudding. It isn't greasy, goes on smooth and is truly moisturizing. It has a light grapefruit scent that I love. I found it worked well post shower and before bed. The fruity blend loaded with antioxidants like mango butter (Vitamin C) protects your skin against premature aging. It also contains Shea butter, beeswax and olive oil as well as grapefruit oil extract, which helps tone and tighten your skin. I also used it to mix with my self-tanner gel and it helped to blend it perfectly without streaks.

Crabtree & Evelyn's Naturals line is available online and in their stores. There is also a great online outlet that has many of C&E's products available for less. Check both out today!

MPR Rating: Four Stars.