6 February 2014

Product Review: Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash & Moisturising Lotion

I’ve never had sensitive skin. Ever. But then I got pregnant and something happened. My skin started itching and being irritated no doubt from being stretched so much. I thought my skin would return to normal after giving birth, but my little boy is now seven month, and while my skin is not quite as sensitive as it was while I was pregnant, it definitely seems to have changed to a more sensitive mode. So I happily accepted when I was asked to trial the *Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash & Moisturising Lotion, here are my thoughts;


What They Say:
"Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion is specially formulated with a triple oat complex to relieve and protect itchy, extra dry skin. The formulation contains oat oil, which has a high level of natural antioxidants, including vitamin E to soothe the skin. Oat essence powerfully protects skin and helps restore its natural barrier, while oatmeal flour works to deeply moisturise skin and restore the normal pH of the skin. This fragrance free lotion can be used on all skin types and provides moisture for up to 24 hours."

"Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash is enriched with colloidal oatmeal to ensure that skin is left feeling soft and smooth all day long. This wash is lightly fragranced with lavender, essential chamomile and ylang ylang oils to ensure a subtle scent is left on the skin."

RRP: Moisturising Lotion $12.99 (354ml), Body Wash: $9.99 (354ml) – Available from Supermarkets, Priceline and Pharmacies

What I Say:
I have previously trialled the Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion and Body Wash, and really enjoyed using so much, that I’ve repurchased both several times.

Different to the original body lotion and body wash, which has a natural scent of the colloidal oatmeal, the Stress Relief products has added calming essences of lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang, which gives it a lovely floral scent at the same time.

And I like that it is floral, as opposed to being too strong on the lavender notes, as I am not overly keen on too much lavender, personally finding a little bit of an ‘old’ scent and something you’d find at grandma’s.

The Body wash has a nice thick consistency, and it lathers up to a nice creamy and rich lather when you use a pouf. After the shower my skin feels calmed and relaxed, and incredibly soft without feeling dried out at all.

According to the bottle, the body wash can also be used as a shaving lotion, but I usually use an epilator for shaving, so I won’t be able to test it for that – but I do like the idea of it, and that it is a multi-tasking product.

Although the body wash doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry, I always follow with a body lotion, and the Stress Relief Lotion is the perfect match, having the same gorgeous floral scent. It has a nice consistency, and it absorbs quickly into the skin without any greasy residue, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated, and with the bonus of nice subtle floral scent too.

And going back to using an epilator (check out my review
here), while I love using it, since I was pregnant, after each use I end up with a lot of red irritation marks where the hairs have been pulled out, which is quite frustrating – but on the other hand, I hate the stubbly feeling that I get a few days after using a shaver with a blade, so I will persist using the epilator, and put up with the irritated skin for a few hours after each use. Anyway, this Stress Relief Lotion has proved to be magic to use after I’ve shaved, as it quickly gives my skin some relief, and soothes and calms it down.

The products come in simple cream coloured bottles with lavender writing and lavender lids, which distinguishes them from the original products.

The Body Wash has a simple flip lid, and the Body Lotion has an easy to use pump.

The body lotion claims moisturise the skin for 24 hours, and it really does leave my skin feeling soft and dry, and at no time do I feel that I have to reapply during the day.

What I Like:

  • Body Wash has a thick rich lather
  • Body Wash can double as a shaving cream
  • Body Lotion is thick, but absorbs quickly
  • Body Lotion leaves kin soft and smooth, and without feeling greasy
  • Body Lotion comes in an easy to use pump bottle
  • Both products have a nice floral scent that lingers on the skin

What I Don’t Like:

  • It would be lovely if the Body Wash also came in a pump bottle
Overall, I am really enjoying using these products. It claims to be calming and relaxing, and while I can definitely feel the calming properties on my skin, I am not sure that using them makes me feel relaxed – but maybe it is just because I am in a bit of a stressful period of our life at the moment, in the midst of moving house, in the process of getting one designed to build at the same time as looking after a baby. But I usually also only use the products in the morning after my shower, so I really should try to use at least the Body Lotion at night before bed, to try to calm my senses and get me to sleep a little faster. But regardless I do like how the products feel on the skin, and I love the scent and that it is still so gentle on the skin. I will definitely repurchase both these again.
*Products were kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
Have you tried any of the products from Aveeno? What do you think of these Stress Relief products? Do you use products with essential oils to help relax and calm your senses?



  1. Even though I don't have exactly sensitive skin I'd love to try these out. Unfortunately Aveeno doesn't sell in out country, so I'll have to find some other way to purchase these babies. Stress relief is always a good thing, right?! :)


    1. What a shame you cant get Aveeno, their products are fantastic and at so low prices too. I love them!


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