I’m beginning to see a “stinky, but awesome” pattern in my posts and the Goat Milk Body Lotion by Kate Somerville is no exception.
The main ingredients in this lotion are lactic acid, natural oils (coconut, almond, grape seed, etc…), aloe, and witch hazel. The oils, aloe, and witch hazel all work to moisturize and calm the skin. The Star of the show, however, is the lactic acid. Lactic acid is found in milk, sour milk to be specific. Hence the strong “milk gone bad” scent of the product. Lactic acid, a alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), helps to speed up cell turnover by acting as a mild exfoliator. AHA helps to break up the proteins binding the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.
To put it all in a nutshell, the lactic acid/AHA slough off the dead skin, the witch hazel and aloe keep irritation at bay, and the natural oils finish everything off by offering a good dose of moisturization.
I use this after a good scrub in the shower. It sinks in immediately, doesn’t leave any residue whatsoever, and softens and brightens the skin. Unlike the Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream, the smell does not linger in your clothes and dissipates within minutes of application.
The ONLY negative thing I can say about this lotion is the consistency. It literally feels like pouring milk out of a tube, which makes it very messy and wasteful. My solution was to cut out the edges of the box and store the tube right side up.
The folks at Nordstrom told me that the lotion is being reformulated. It’s currently sold out on the Sephora site. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I have a hunch that they are not replenishing the stock and will restock with the new formula once the current version is completely sold out. Again, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s more likely to find it at a Sephora store or department store counter, than online.
Availability: Sephora, Nordstrom, Online
Color/Texture: White/slightly thicker than milk
Scent: Sour milk
Shelf Life: 12 months
The Verdict: I love the product, not the price. I could easily use this up in 2 weeks. I don’t allow myself to reach for it, despite really wanting to, because it’s so darn expensive. The water-like texture doesn’t help because you always end up dispensing a lot more than intended.
I love the formula, but I wish it would be offered in a body butter form, making it more concentrated and easier to use. I’m very much looking forward to trying the new formula.