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Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion Review

Bottles of the three main scents of Sukin body lotion

I have been using Sukin since around 2008 and Sukins 'birth' was in 2007. I originally found it in my local health food store and have been using a variety of their products ever since.

Over the years its popularity has soared, and it is now widely available at many supermarkets, chemists and specialty stores.

Sukin Body Lotion: A Review for Hydrated, Radiant Skin

Sukin's Hydrating Body Lotion is made with a rich blend of natural ingredients like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), and Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter). These ingredients are known for their hydrating skin properties, making this perfect for those who suffer from dry skin. The product line offers long-lasting softness and protection.

The lotion enriched with a natural list of ingredients that deliver long lasting softness. The infusion of aloe vera provides a soothing effect, while Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter enhance skin elasticity and leave the skin feeling smooth and moisturized.

Sukin's body care products, especially their Hydrating Body Lotion, are formulated with natural botanical extracts like Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) and Arctium Lappa Root Extract (Burdock). These ingredients help to improve skin elasticity and provide vital nutrients, promoting a healthier skin appearance.

The addition of Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil) and natural Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract enhances the moisturizing effect, making this great for sensitive and dehydrated skin. Sukin's commitment to recyclable packaging and avoidance of harsh chemicals supports a sustainable lifestyle while caring for your skin.

Sukin body lotion applies well straight after a shower

About the Sukin Brand

What started as a niche brand with limited options has become a multi-faceted company. Gone are the days of the basic original and sensitive moisturiser.

Today, Sukin offers oils and serums, cleansers, exfoliants, toners, masks, moisturisers, eye creams, deodorants, hair care, hand cream, hand sanitiser and much more.

Sukin is made for people seeking ways to live cleaner, more naturally and sustainably. They promote themselves as Australian-made (ownership has changed hands) health and wellness movement.

The Key Promotional Points on Their Website Are:

Sukin body lotion naturally created with no list inforgraphic
  • Australian made

  • Uses natural ingredients

  • Is vegan and cruelty-free

  • Uses recyclable packaging

  • Is carbon offset

First Impressions

The packaging is conservative, simple and elegant. The labels clearly display the company logo, state the product title and inform the consumer about the product. There is nothing obnoxious or gimmick about this company's product presentation.

The bottles are a transparent dark brown. I assume they are this colour to help protect the ingredients from light. They are sold in 500 ml bottles.

Many skincare ingredients, such as essential oils, vitamins, and other natural components, can be sensitive to light, especially sunlight and UV rays. Exposure to light can lead to degradation or oxidation of these ingredients, reducing the product's effectiveness and shelf life.

The dark colour of the Sukin bottles may act as a filter, limiting the amount of light that reaches the product. Brown bottles help preserve the ingredients' integrity and efficacy over time. Product longevity is great news for the consumer as we can take comfort in knowing that the product will be in peak condition for an extended period.

The cream covers a variety of skin types and has different scents. The original signature scent is sensitive, soothing cream, skin relief fragrance-free, lime and coconut, coconut and pineapple, and bergamot and patchouli. Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion refreshes and stimulates the senses.

The Fragrance and Feel

This cream can be applied to dry or damp skin. It requires minimal little effort to massage into the skin. It not only moisturizes the skin but also leaves a pleasant, zesty citrus fragrance thanks to ingredients like Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil. The moisturiser has a creamy texture that is rapidly absorbed to deliver a long-lasting moisture barrier through its rich ingredients.

It absorbs into the skin which nourishes the skin’s moisture barrier without leaving a greasy residue. This quick absorption time helps to keep the skin clean and radiant throughout the day. 

Aromatic Hydration and Nourishment

Three Sukin body lotion bottles side by side

These products go beyond being a mere moisturiser; they're a sensory treat. The line is enriched with a blend of natural ingredients such as rosehip, avocado, and jojoba oils. It aids in replenishing and nourishing your skin’s barrier. The aromatic hydrating formula not only soothes the skin but provides delicate scents. The scent of patchouli and other natural fragrances, make each application an indulgent experience.

To me, the original signature scent was never too interesting. It has a mild, nutty smell that is neither offensive nor appealing. If my moisturiser is going to smell, I like it to smell fun or pretty. If it can't do this, then I would rather it does smell at all. Years ago, I realised this, and I used the sensitive, soothing moisturiser, not because my skin was extra dry but because the smell was more neutral.

Not all plant-based lifestylers like coconut. We may have loved coconut when we started our journey, but now we find it in everything! Coconut ice cream, coconut yoghurt, coconut lotion. Or maybe you just had a few too many coconut-based cocktails one night, and you still can't stomach the scent. You can have too much of a good thing. If coconut isn't for you, bypass the two coconut body lotions.

The coconut and lime is the milder-smelling coconut body lotion. I have been using this one most recently in the lead-up to the warmer months. The coconut smell reminds me of summer.

If you like fruity scents and coconut, try the coconut and pineapple. This one smells more like a pina colada and reminds me of tropical holidays (and yes, a couple of 'headaches'). I like the scents of both these lotions and have both.

My favourite is the bergamot and patchouli. I live close to the beach, so it is plausible for me to smell like coconut oil most of the time, but if I am after a more feminine, socially acceptable-for-work scent, this is my go-to.

The scent is pleasant, warming and slightly floral. My partner likes this scent, and they do not like anything that smells like a "hippy". I'm still working on them to accept my love of sandalwood.

How Strong is the Scent?

Have you ever noticed that you can 'bathe' in body lotion without smelling it after the initial application? Well, this is a scientific phenomenon. We become accustomed to the smell. The phenomenon is known as olfactory adaptation or olfactory fatigue. Olfactory adaption is a natural process where your sensory neurons become less responsive to a constant stimulus.

In other words, we can't smell us, but other people can. Maybe this is why people wear too much fragrance or sometimes not enough, but the Sukin Naturals line offers a balanced aroma.

When you initially apply our scented body lotion you initially apply scented body lotion, your olfactory receptors (the sensory cells in your nose responsible for detecting smells) are highly sensitive to the new scent. However, with continuous exposure to it all over your body, these receptors send fewer signals to your brain about the scent.

Your perception of the lotion's fragrance decreases, even though the scent remains. This adaptation helps your sense of smell to be ready to pick up new and potentially important odours in your environment.

A good example was when my partner needed a moisture kick, so I allowed them to use my Sukin lime and coconut body lotion. I am used to their usual scent, but when they approached, I could smell 'my' smell. It was strange to smell something I associated with myself on someone else, but damn, I smell good!

Word of Warning

Sukin body lotion

The pump mechanism in the bottles is great, but the lotion forms a crust on the outlet. Build-up can lead to you spraying lotion across the room rather than pumping it gently into your hand. I have been caught out many times, including this morning when I managed to squirt a bunch across the bedside table and across the carpet. So make sure you remove the build-up before pumping.


This segways into the texture and consistency of the body lotion. I am liquidy, but not super running. It's pleasant and great for application. It is white; the best way to describe it is like a well-mixed hair conditioner that is still thick but has fluidity. This body lotion replenishes and nourishes, for best results apply it after a bath or shower. This will help keep moisture in your skin. 

I probably just confused you. I am trying to say that it is good, lightweight (but not too light), spreads well, absorbs well and isn't overly greasy. It does take a little gentle rubbing to get it into your skin, but it goes on so smoothly that I would hardly call it an issue. I usually apply it after a shower and I can put my work pants straight on without the residue sticking to the material. It leaves my skin feeling soft and protected. 

After application, my skin feels good, looks good and is not irritated. Even the fragrance body lotion seems to work well for sensitivities. The moisture lasts a while but is fine for reapplication.

This body moisturiser is not super heavy or hydrating. You might need to try something more dense if you have dry problem areas, like feet or elbows. Sukin cream is good for everyday use, day and night, whenever you need a moisture top-up kind of body product.

The products are lightweight and skin-loving. The formula is quickly absorbed to deliver long lasting softness and protection. Perfect for daily use, it leaves the skin is left feeling soothed and hydrated.

Many suggest applying it after using Sukin body scrub for best results, ensuring smooth and deeply moisturised skin. I'm not so sure on this recommendation as I can find the grains in body scrubs too scratchy and do more damage to sensitive skin than good. 

Natural Ingredients for Sensitive Skin

The moisturiser is specially formulated for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It includes natural extracts like Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil) and Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, which are gentle on delicate skin while providing vital nutrients. The absence of harsh chemicals means you can maintain your skin's health without worrying about irritation.

Ingredients Analysis

The ingredients seem to be pretty similar across the range of body lotions. Some of the main components are in order:

  • Water (Aqua)

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

  • Sesame Seed Oil

  • Cetearyl Alcohol

  • Glycerin

  • Cetyl Alcohol

  • Ceteareth-20

  • Rosehip Oil

  • Cocoa Seed Butter

  • Shea Butter

  • Jojoba Seed Oil

  • Avocado Oil

  • Wheat Germ Oil

  • Vitamin E

  • Horsetail

  • Burdock

  • Nettle Leaf Extract

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract

  • Phenoxyethanol

  • Benzyl

As you can see, there are some quite hydrating ingredients. There are a lot of oils for a non-greasy lotion. All the types of body lotions have alcohol in them. If that is something you are sensitive to, steer clear.

The two lotions designed for more sensitive skin, sensitive, soothing and skin relief, have slightly different ingredients to the other lotions, but overall, the ingredients are the same. The distinguishing feature seems to be the fragrances.

Phenoxyethanol and benzyl are used to preserve the product and are both commonly used in the cosmetic industry, although some people may find them irritating. I have not had any issues with skin irritation, but it is something to be aware of.

I have used many lotions over the years, but I can barely even remember what they were like because they all went in the bin when I came across Sukin. I did have some PTS from when it was fashionable to smell like chocolate, and shea butter lotions were all the rage in the early 2000s. That stuff was way too stinky, heavy, skin-suffocating and irritating.

The Importance of Body Lotion in Skincare

Skincare is part of self-care. Skincare can be an essential or a ritual, depending on your skin needs or personality type. Body lotion can play an important role in maintaining healthy, vibrant skin.

Using body lotion is more than about hydration. A good body lotion restores your skin's moisture barrier, preventing dryness and irritation. Applying body lotion is more than just moisturising; it can also deliver nutrients and antioxidants, combat signs of aging, and improve skin texture.

Find time in your skincare routine to consider more than just your face. Make time for your body, whether after a shower, before bed or increasing use during harsh weather conditions.

Incorporating body lotion into your daily routine is key to achieving soft, supple, and nourished skin. Using a body lotion such as those offered by Sukin is a simple step with many benefits. If you would like to browse Sukin's range here is an Amazon affiliate link Sukin.

Eco-Friendly Packaging

Sukin is committed to environmental sustainability, which is evident in its recyclable packaging. The Hydrating Body Lotion comes in a bottle that is easy to use and made from materials that you can recycle after use, supporting a natural lifestyle.

Don't Just Take My Word For It

If you're still not convinced by me that this is a great product, I have been looking through the Sukin website. Most customers have reviewed and rated the body lotions between 4.7 to 4.8, which have received recognition and awards from the beautyheaven site.

Final Thoughts on Sukin Body Lotion

I hope you have found some useful information in this Sukin Hydrating body Lotion review. Sukin body lotion is not a miracle that will remove any signs of ageing and tighten skin. Sukin body lotion is a good value everyday lotion that will hydrate your skin gently.

The prices can vary greatly, so I suggest waiting for the product to come on sale. Its usual price is about AUD 16, but often it comes on sale for half price at places like Chemist Wharehouse, Coles or Woolworths. If you would like to buy here is an Amazon affiliate link: Sukin.

I would suggest, if you haven't tried it before, waiting until it comes on sale and then trying it. That way, you haven't spent as much money on the product if you don't like it. If you do try it and think I should add anything to my review, please get in touch.

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