Grapefruit Lotion

This week I had a question via email from C, who wrote:

I was wondering if you could recommend a good grapefruit scented line of body care that might be available to buy online.

C, you could order the Grapefruit scented goods from Kiehl’s. They have a body wash and a body lotion, but I’ve tried both of these and neither of them smell overwhelmingly like Grapefruit. They’re sort of vaguely citrusy but if you don’t mind that and want a complete line, then give those products a try. The quality of Kiehl’s products is always excellent and their body lotions are nicely moisturizing.

But there’s a better option. Because of your question, I discovered Fresh Hesperides Body Lotion which has grapefruit extract in it. You may be wondering how “grapefruit-y” this lotion actually is since it just has extract and it’s not called “Grapefruit Lotion”. Well it is very grapefruity. It smells exactly like Tropicana Grapefruit Juice which means that it smells delicious and fresh. The lotion is moisturizing but not overly heavy or greasy and absorbs quickly. If you’re looking for a citrus smell that’s different, this is definitely a product to order.

I love that this lotion is named Hesperides. It’s so much more creative than the simple “Grapefruit Lotion”. The Hesperides are characters from Greek mythology – they were 3 nymphs who tended a garden that had a tree upon which magical apples grew. These apples were granted immortality to whoever ate them but the Hesperides kept picking the apples for themselves! Because of this, a dangerous dragon also guarded the nymphs, the tree, and the wondrous garden (sometimes also referred to as Hesperides as well) in which the apples grew. The nymphs themselves stand for the immortality-giving apples, so clearly Fresh is implying that its lotion will grant you immortality too! I love it! Doesn’t it make you want to use the lotion even more?

Painting by Frederic Leighton (1892) called The Garden of Hesperides.
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5 Responses to Grapefruit Lotion

  1. Toya March 4, 2007 at 9:02 pm #

    Wow. I love the smell of grapefruit. I might have to try this stuff!

  2. Anonymous March 5, 2007 at 12:03 am #

    The only place I’ve ever seen Fresh for sale is, alas, Sephora… the nearest location of which is a five hour drive away from me. But who doesn’t have a Body Shop nearby? The Body Shop’s pink grapefruit line is going to be available in Canadian stores as of March 15th… there’s a body butter, a light lotion, a lip butter, a scrub, and a body wash. I’m sure all of it will be available to order for online shoppers as well. Just a heads up!

  3. Henna March 5, 2007 at 12:09 am #

    Sephora delivers to Canada as well, so if you’re after the Fresh lotion, there’s certainly no reason you can’t have it.

  4. Sandra March 6, 2007 at 4:59 pm #

    Did you know that a study was done, and it was found that when men smell grapefruit, they guess your age to be 5 years younger than you actually are!

  5. Henna March 6, 2007 at 8:22 pm #

    Sandra, what an interesting tidbit! I wonder what they think when they smell some other scents, like Vanilla which is so popular among women.

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