VaselineIntensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance-Free
10 fl. oz. for $5.29
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Vaseline is owned by consumer products giant Unilever (of Dove brand fame) and it baffles us as to why they cannot come out with a beautifully formulated body lotion. Their Dove brand has some good options (they've had better ones in the past, though) but they're seemingly content to churn out mediocre, basic options for their well-established Vaseline brand. Sigh…

Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance-Free isn't too intensive and it's far from advanced. Where are the elegant skin-repairing ingredients? Some antioxidants? Maybe a dash of retinol? Instead, you get a standard mix of emollients and thickeners, some of which are great for dry skin, but dry skin deserves and needs more than what this can provide.

On the upside, this is fragrance-free so it's suitable for sensitive skin, but brands like Eucerin, Gold Bond, and CeraVe also offer fragrance-free body lotions and some of their formulas are a vast improvement over this. At best, it's an OK option that does the job, sort of like how chicken does the job of making you feel full—but wouldn't you rather have chicken with a mix of delicious herbs, vegetables, and sauce? We certainly would!

Note: Vaseline sells this body lotion in three other sizes: 2 ounces, 20.3 ounces, and 32 ounces.

  • Contains some tried-and-true ingredients to make dry skin look and feel better.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Basic formula compared to many others at the drugstore.
  • Lacks anti-aging or sophisticated repairing ingredients.
Last Updated:09.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Clinically proven to moisturize deeply* with the first application and to keep dry skin healed for 3 weeks**.


Water, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (soybean) Sterol, Petrolatum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Tapioca Starch, Stearyl Stearate, Sodium Chloride, Isopropyl Myristate, Cedrol, Dmdm Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Brand Overview

The Vaseline brand is perhaps among the oldest and most well-known around the world. Since the advent of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly in the late 1800s, the brand has been synonymous with treating dry, chafed, cracked skin. Although petroleum jelly is among the best ingredients for preventing moisture loss and healing dry skin, it must be said that skin requires more than one ingredient to look and function at its healthy best. To that end, Vaseline has branched out from its original, ointment-like petroleum jelly to a line of body creams and lotions that contain a range of helpful ingredients for dry skin. Their body-care formulas aren't the most exciting around, but there are some good options. Adding to the handful of commendable products are Vaseline's widespread availability and relatively low price point.

This is definitely a line to shop carefully, because many of the body lotion formulas aren’t all that great; in fact, most of them pale in comparison to competing brands sold at the drugstore. Despite Vaseline’s history, they’re not consistently keeping pace with what modern research has shown is necessary to significantly improve dry skin. If you focus on their best products, you can find some bona-fide beauty bargains but again, this isn’t a line to shop blindly.

For more information about Vaseline, owned by Unilever, visit www.vaseline.com.

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