Store Brand Lotion Round-Up: Best and Worst

Person with relatively oily skin here. This winter is KILLING me! Normally my skin can handle the elements and my moisture-rich skin is finally balanced out in the cold. Not the case this year! Instead, my face is red and irritated, my knuckles are cracking, and my legs are flaky. Ew. I’ve gone through the Brandefy vault, and am breaking down the best and worst store brand lotions in hopes that you save money while saving your skin.

For the Face:

Best- Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin vs. up & up Oil Free Moisturizer Sensitive Skin

These products are very similar. The Neutrogena is actually a bit more watery, but they smell the same and both the usage and the afterfeel seem identical. Buy Our Pick

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Worst- Cetaphil Unscented Moisturizing Lotion vs. Smartly Unscented Facial Lotion

The Smartly lotion was very greasy compared to the Cetaphil, and even made some reviewers skin sting. No thanks! Stick with the name brand

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For the Body:

Best- Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer vs. beauty360 Showered Skin Moisturizer

Great dupe! Very slightly different smells as Jergens is more floral and beauty 360 is a fresh scent. Both are nice!

Worst- CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion vs. CVS Health Moisturizing Lotion

Both of our reviewers found the CeraVe to be creamier and more lotion-y, while the CVS version was thicker. The smell isn't identical either.

For the Body & Hands:

Be Sure to Avoid: Nivea Original Daily Moisture Lotion vs. Smartly Unscented Hand and Body Lotion

Nivea doesn’t have a specific smell, but it smells nicer than the Smartly lotion. The Smartly body lotion is also greasier than the Nivea, which has a much smoother and subtler after feel. Stick with the name brand

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