Ever panic at the sound of a distressed baby only to discover the cry for help was only in your head?
As the mom of an adventurous 3.5-year old, and helpless 6-month old, I’m regularly plagued with these hallucinations, which could explain why I often neglect to apply lotion after a shower. Despite dry, itchy winter skin and knowing how important moisture is to my overall skin health and comfort, more often than not, that fussy baby (sometimes real, sometime fake) and my long to-do lists cut my skincare routine down to the bare minimum.
Apparently I’m not alone because Vaseline conducted a study and found that while 80 million women in the U.S. have lotion in their homes, they’re not using it on a daily basis.
Whatever the reason, Vaseline must have deduced that finding a faster way for women to apply moisturizer would compel them to use it more regularly because it recently unveiled its new Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer.
I’m already a big fan of Vaseline and use Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture and Total Moisture when I do take the time to moisturize. The price is right and they work. Thus, I was intrigued to learn the company was debuting this “innovative” new product that would “shake up” the industry.
Vaseline Spray & Go 6.5 oz bottle resembles a can of hairspray, sunscreen, or at-home sunless tanner. It’s more sleek than a typical bottle of moisturizer but that isn’t really a big deal (unless you’re pressed for vanity/medicine cabinet space you might gain a few inches). The bottle isn’t transparent but it apparently has an internal, spray system that uses compressed air to deliver the moisturizer. The outside has a twist-lock top that’s easy to press and prevents spills.
To use it, you simply hold the bottle about 4 inches from the skin and spray all over in a continuous motion. The idea of not having to get moisturizer on your hands would have won me over instantly but step two is to quickly rub the mist into the skin. Maybe the next formula will be hands-free. You heard it here first!
I’ve been making an effort to use Vaseline Spray & Go over the past week and here’s what I like about it:
(1) It’s very easy to apply and saves a little bit of time not having to shake and squeeze the lotion loose from the bottle.
(2) It does go on pretty evenly and is not greasy. While the skin appears moist at first from the fine mist, it absorbs immediately when you rub it in.
(3) It works! My skin most definitely feels quenched and softer than before I applied it.
(4) Similar to Vaseline’s other moisturizers, it’s available in three variants: Aloe Fresh, Total Moisture Pure Oat Extract, and Cocoa Radiant, all of which have a pleasant, mild scent. This is really important to me. As a nursing mom I avoid strong scents and perfumes.
(5) The biggest selling point for me personally, is its hard bottle with the twist-lock actuator top that makes it spill-proof. Being able to throw it in my bag and travel with it without fearing it’s going to cream the rest of the contents is worth it alone. And while it’s not child-proof by any means, it takes far more coordination and strength to turn the spray top to the correct setting and push down than it does to flip open a top and sit on it!
Here’s the kicker though and what may be the deciding factor for you: a 6.5 oz can of Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer retails for $7.99 and claims to provide 30 all-over uses. A 20.3 oz bottle of old-school Vaseline Total Moisture Conditioning Lotion, which as far as I can tell yields the same results but doesn’t have the cool features listed above, only retails for $5.34 (at Walmart). That’s almost one dollar more per ounce ($1.23/oz vs. $0.26/oz).
While I really like the new Vaseline Spray & Go, I think I’ll only spring for it for use on the go/travel.
What about you? Are you willing to pay more for the quicker spray application and no-spill bottle?