Aura Cacia Massage Products
by Kat Lee
Aura Cacia makes so many different “flavors”, I’m going to have to focus on just one, or this review would be twenty pages! While picking a favorite is difficult, I have to say that my favorite massage product is the Lavender massage cream.
The scent is sufficiently strong, but not cloying; the cream is thick enough not to run everywhere, but not so thick that it is sticky. In a word: perfect.
It is great for massage, but also perfect for moisturizing your whole body after a shower. Just apply everywhere while your skin is still wet. Lightly pat yourself dry, and your skin will be baby smooth. It’s so gentle that I can use it on my kids as well. My older son has issues with dry, sensitive skin, and generally develops a rash if I try to use any kind of scented product.
When I used the lavender cream, it moisturized his skin very well. Not only did he NOT develop a rash – it has begun helping to eliminate the perpetual “dry-skin” rash he has on his stomach during the winter.
However, to those who have a soy allergy, I must post a warning. This product does contain soy in the form of GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) WAX. Dr. Sundene stresses the importance of knowing all of the different names for the item to which you are allergic, and this only underscores that fact.
Luckily, having also used the Lavender Harvest massage oil, I can say that it is a perfectly acceptable substitution. The only real difference that I noticed was that the oil is, of course, a bit runny and more difficult to apply to wiggly children. However, if you’re applying it to yourself or another adult, you should be just fine.
I’ve included ingredient lists below for both products, linking many of the ingredients to their respective pages at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. As you can see, the ingredients all rate very low on the toxicity meter — which is good!
Lavender Massage Cream Ingredients:
VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) OIL, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) WAX, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, COPERNICIA CERIFERA(CARNAUBA) WAX, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, LAVANDULA X INTERMEDIA (LAVANDIN) OIL, LAVANDULA LATIFOLIA (SPIKE LAVENDER) OIL.
VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, LAVANDULA X INTERMEDIA (LAVANDIN) OIL, LAVANDULA LATIFOLIA (SPIKE LAVENDER) OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E).