Quest for an Acai Body Lotion

I realize that I haven’t updated the LJ much this year, so I’m going to try writing about specific topics and then follow up with my results in an attempt to blog more frequently. (Note that in this particular case, I’m going to justify spending a lot of money.)

My quest for an acai body lotion was pretty much non-existent until yesterday, when I happened to sample Fresh Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream at Sephora. I’ve always been a fan of Fresh in the sense that I usually sample a few of their products when I’m in the mall, and I frequently choose their Sugar Blossom Hand Treatment to give as a gift. My general review of Fresh is that their products are great, but they’re very expensive. Therefore, I usually don’t buy any for myself because my shopping tendencies lean more towards deal-seeking these days – I’m not the indulgent, compulsive buyer that I used to be.

That being said, I have been known to occasionally cave on a pricey beauty product if it meets two criteria: (1) it works better than what I already have, and (2) it smells amazing. Fresh Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream appears to meet both – it made my skin feel silky smooth, and I couldn’t stop sniffing my arm all day. However, 6.8 oz. of this lotion costs $65! Before making any hasty decisions, I decided to do a little research in order to make an educated decision on such a lofty purchase.

Taking into account the fact that I’ve never sampled any other acai body lotions (but that I’ve been familiar with the acai berry for quite some time), I figured it was safe to assume there aren’t very many similar popular brand-name products out there (as in, products I can sample before buying). Also, after a thorough Googling, I found that there are no instances of the Fresh body cream selling for less than $65 on the Internet anywhere. I did find an acai body lotion availabe from Alba, a brand I’ve used and loved for several years, however it appears to be somewhat new, and there are no local retailers carrying it. The Acai Antioxidant Body Lotion is part of Alba’s Rainforest line of products.

My next step? I’m going to purchase a few sample-size tubes of the Fresh body cream (three .33 oz. tubes for $8 on eBay), as well as the 8 oz. bottle of the Alba body lotion ($11 at albabotanical.com). I should have both this week. Stay tuned for the results of my comparison, and my final decision!

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