Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

Apologies for the stock photo. I’m not at home.

Well you did ask. 🙂

Describe the brand in
five words.

Affordable. Recognisable. That’s about it.

What is it?

‘Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion is specifically formulated to soothe your chronically dry skin. Once applied, your skin feels soft and smooth. It is non-greasy, non–irritating and non–comedogenic (won’t clog pores), leaving you feeling more comfortable in your own skin.’

A moisturiser. Although I’ve talked about the term ‘non-comedogenic’ before. It’s meaningless and unregulated, so take no notice of that.

Who is it for?

‘Chronically dry’. I personally don’t think this would be enough for a ‘chronically dry’ skin – and it also isn’t hydrating enough to do any harm to an oilier skin. 

What’s in it?

Purified Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Macadamia Nut Oil, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

What’s not in it?

mineral oil


acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?



The alcohols listed are fatty alcohols, not ‘booze’ alcohols (just fyi) that are traditionally drying. They are all halal.*

*I am regularly asked about halal alcohols. This comment was not a joke.

Natural? Organic? Man
made? Vegan?

Man made.

Tested on
animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?


How does it smell?

It claims to be fragrance free, but it contains farnesol, most commonly used to fragrance products/hide smelly products whilst still technically claiming to be ‘fragrance free’. It’s also used in pesticides (in much higher %s obviously) but that’s neither here nor there. *face to camera*

How does it feel on
the skin?/Absorption rate?

Feels light and moisturising, absorbs easily.

How do you use it?/Where
to use in your routine?

It’s a moisturiser so last before SPF/makeup.

How long before you
should see results?

It will hydrate immediately.

How long did I test
it for?

I won’t personally use it, but I’ve tried it, been aware of it and advising on it for years.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate
cost per usage?

£8.99 for 236ml

What’s good about it?

It contains glycerin as a second ingredient, which will moisturise. Also contains panthenol and macadamia nut oil to hold moisture in the skin, although for the price and where it’s listed, it won’t be a high %.

What’s not so good
about it?

It’s not awful, but it’s a very basic formula, the farnesol may cause you an issue (being fair, equally it may not). 

Works well with?

You can stick a moisturiser on top of anything. It should act like a coat.

What’s the website

As yesterday, it’s what you’d expect, but it’s irrelevant really as everyone will buy this from their drug store/chemist/supermarket.

Would I

Probably not. Again, there are products out there that are as affordable and more pleasant to use without using functionality/efficacy.


Personally, I’d stick with CeraVe if you’re normal/dry.

Neutrogena if you’re oily.

*no affiliate links and I am not affiliated with CeraVe in any capacity. Worth a mention. 😉

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