As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
Putting on body lotion is arguably the most annoying part of my beauty routine. Scooping out the thick, gloppy lotion, lathering it all over myself like I'm marinating a piece of meat, then waiting for it to dry so it doesn’t leave grease stains on my clothes…it’s all just so un-sexy. Thus, I was intrigued when I received a pitch about something called a Body Stone, a smooth, round-shaped solid body moisturizer that melts on contact when you glide it across your skin. Birthed from the mind of ex-pastry chef Kate McLeod, it’s supposed to be a welcome alternative to your typical body lotion—one that encourages you to take a moment for yourself and turn the mundane act of moisturizing your body into a self-care ritual.
I’m not sure why I found the thought of gliding a solid moisturizer across my body so appealing—it just sounded so soothing, like giving myself a hot stone massage—but for whatever reason, I took my stone home immediately…and haven’t stopped using it since.The Body Stone comes in a few different versions—I used the Daily Stone, which is made with rose, neroli and frankincense, and smells like all of the above (in other words, incredible). The base of the stone is cocoa butter, which is super soothing and hydrating (and a natural preservative), along with sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, and fractionated coconut oil. There’s zero synthetics, alcohols, or parabens, so you can slather it all over without worrying about weird ingredients.
I love the size and shape of the Body Stone, which fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, and glides on oh-so-smoothly, like a Zamboni machine on ice. I use it after my shower when my skin is damp, but also on nights I don’t shower before bed as the last part of my nighttime ritual. The stone really does melt on contact and leaves a soft sheen on my skin that doesn’t feel sticky or heavy. The scent is so soothing and acts like an instant de-stressor; I like to warm up the stone up in my hands and breathe in deeply before I apply it. The craziest part is that when I wake up, the sheen is gone and my skin just looks (and feels) soft and hydrated—like it drank up all the hydration as I was sleeping. Yes, it’s pricey at $45 per stone, but they last for quite awhile and you’re paying for the quality of ingredients and the self-care experience—and really, what's the price limit on that?
You can purchase The Body Stone at KateMcLeod.com, as well as check out the Sleep Stone, Mama Stone, and Naked Stone.