Review: C.O. Bigelow Lemon (and Lime!) Body Care

By Voxy  

If you’re looking for a reason to stop into Bath & Body Works for their semi-annual sale, allow me to introduce you to C.O. Bigelow’s Lemon Cream (at right in photo), one of my all-time favorite body care products. Over the last couple of years they’ve expanded into “Lemon + X” varieties (lemon & pomegranate, lemon & orange blossom, lemon & lime), but for the most part I think the straight-up lemon products are still the best. The Lemon & Lime Soufflé pictured here (at left) is the exception.

The original Lemon Body Cream is a smooth, creamy product that’s the consistency of pudding. Those of you who dislike the stick-your-hand-in-a-big-jar method of dispensing the product won’t be fans, but I’m not overly sensitive to this, especially in a body cream. The texture is fabulous; it absorbs quickly but doesn’t disappear, and it really does leave skin exquisitely soft and moist. But the best thing, the thing that has kept it in my Top 5 list for the last five years, is its scent. It is like taking a stroll in a lemon orchard. (OK. I have never actually done that. But I imagine it would be just like that.) The scent is so divine because the fragrance is all-natural (or at least that’s what we were told the summer during which I did a retail stint at Bath & Body Works): it’s the natural aroma of lemon oil, which is not only sweet and tangy but which also has long been used as a skin-brightening ingredient. You will want to eat it, but please don’t.

The Lemon Body Lotion is a lighter version of the body cream, with a lower concentration of lemon oil (the cream is 4.5%, the lotion 2%; both should be OK for use unless you have the most sensitive of skins). It absorbs very quickly and is perfect for summer use.

The Lemon & Lime Soufflé is the only product I really like from the “Lemon + X” lines. It is a different texture than the Lemon Cream — more like Key Lime pie filling rather than pudding. It has lemon oil and extract 1% and lime extract 1%. It goes on feeling cool and light and is also a great choice for a summer moisturizer. Day out in hot sun plus cool shower plus Lemon & Lime Soufflé = ahhhhhhh.

I also own the Lemon Hand Soap and the Lemon Cream Body Wash and can recommend those as well.

These are currently on sale at Bath and Body Works as part of the semi-annual sale. Prices and deals in the semi-annual sale change from week to week (and sometimes from day to day; there are always things that aren’t ringing up properly) — when I purchased these, the Lemon & Lime Soufflé was half off (which I don’t think it should have been) and the other two products were part of a buy-two-get-two deal. The other two products I got with this deal are more for winter, so I’ll review them in a few months.

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C.O. Bigelow Body Care: prices vary, but on sale now at Bath & Body Works

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (mid-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. They’re more expensive than I’d like, but the products are good and last a long time.

Purchase again? Yes!

(Have you used these products? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Want ’em? Spout off in the comments!)

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10 Comments

  1. avatar Systeme_D
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I got the Lemon & Lime Soufflé today on eBay for under $9, including shipping.

    If I high-fived people, I would do it right now.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted July 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I bow to you. You are the Queen of eBay!

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  2. avatar marigolds
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    They’re discontinuing the lime/lemon, y’all! That’s why it’s on sale! (The lemon/orange is going too.) They’re keeping the straight-up lemon stuff and just repackaging it. I bought a LOT. I’ll be smelling like citrus for several years.

    On another note: the lemon spray stuff smells like baby powder after it’s sat on me for a while. But the lemon/lime spray smells goooooood.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh, boo to the lime/lemon discontinuation. But I did think the straight-up lemon was the best.

      I’m going to put on some lemon-lime stuff now, in honor of its upcoming demise.

      (The lemon-orange would have been better if it were really lemon-orange, not lemon-orange_blossom.)

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh, and several months ago I picked up the “Winter Lemon” spray-on fragrance when it was half off and liked it, but it does get sweet and powdery after a while.

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  3. avatar Systeme_D
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I need the lime. Summer isn’t summer without lime, wouldn’t you say?

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted June 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I agree. I am regretfully coming to the end of a bottle of lime & vanilla shower gel (from an unrelated brand) and sniffing around for another one.

      Bigelow’s lemon/lime is quite good; it’s lucky for my removable wallet that they don’t have a line that’s just lime by itself. Yum.

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  4. avatar Ranganathan
    Posted June 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I was able to get the travel size of the body wash for $2.50! (I’m very sensitive to scents, so I buy small to begin with.)

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  5. avatar marigolds
    Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Going to get this TODAY. I love lemon-scented stuff! And a sale! Can’t resist!

    Also: I’m hoping that you’ll review that mascara sampler, a biologist!

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  6. avatar a biologist
    Posted June 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    These sound great! Real lemon is such a clean scent.

    Most fruit-scented body washes and lotions smell like Skittles to me.

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