As I browsed the lotion aisle, my criteria for the hand lotion basically came down to this:
- The packaging had to be cute, compact, and unobtrusive (it was going to be on my desk after all).
- The lotion had to smell good and feel non-greasy when I put it on.
I spotted the Freshly Cut by Upper Canada body lotion in a sweet pea and quince scent on the shelf and bought it because it met both criteria, and I couldn't be more pleased. The scent is pleasant without being overly strong or obnoxious and reminscent of the sweet pea-scented goodies that Bath and Body Works carries. Its active ingredients consist of glycerin, almond, and grapeseed oil, all of which are effective natural emollients. The lotion feels silky yet light and non-greasy and stays put, and its cute packaging reminds me of tubes of watercolour and acrylic paints in an art store.
Curious about the company behind the product, I checked out the Upper Canada Soap and Candle Makers website and discovered that it's a fairly large Canadian company that's been around for 36 years. Their products include a full range of bath and skincare goodies and even products formulated for kids, all in very yummy scents. UCSCM sells its products in over 30 countries...so why is it that London Drugs, a Canadian-owned pharmacy chain, didn't start carrying Upper Canada products until recently?!
But I digress. If you're looking for a small tube of hand lotion and don't feel like spending a ton of money on similar products from Body Shop or Bath and Body Works, check out the Freshly Cut line at your local London Drugs. At $3.99 a pop, it's the perfect cheap thrill.