Daily Moisture Stick is an easy to use clear gel formulation that nourishes and hydrates the skin. This light-weight and soothing multi-purpose balm is enriched with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients including: Grape, Cocoa, Shea, Avocado, Macadamia, Aloe and Chamomile. The sleek, convenient packaging is perfect for travel and everyday use to condition and moisturize skin, both at home and on the go!
I really liked this product when I first started using it but after a couple of weeks, I started to dislike this product.
When I first received this product, there was no scent whatsoever and I was very pleased about that. However, a very unpleasant fragrance (similar to glue sticks and spoiled fish) developed shortly after I started using this product. As an attempt to remedy this issue, I submerged the stick in medical grade alcohol and let it air dry for a few hours. I assumed the smell was from bacteria because I was applying the product to my skin directly from the stick. The smell did start to go away (though it did not disappear) and the product still worked the way that it should. After a week, the rancid smell came back worse than before. It was so bad that I didn’t hesitate to scrape out the almost full stick of product.
Overall, the scent completely destroyed this product. If it weren’t for the terrible scent of this product, I would give this product a 5 star rating. But because the stick started to smell rancid so quickly, I’m giving it a 1 star rating. When something smells THIS bad, I no longer consider it safe to use. I’d sooner go with a bird poop facial.
—-> At the bottom of this post, I have DIY instructions on how to transform your rancid moisture stick into a natural body butter stick/buffer/scrub.
This product retails for $6.00 and it can often be purchased for $3.00 using a 50% off studio line code. The tube packaging is very nice and I can see it being very handy for “depotting” jarred ingredients (coconut oil, cocoa butter, mango butter) if you don’t like the actual product or run out. $6.00 is kind of pricey because a lot of people have issues with this product developing a bad smell shortly after buying the product. It’s difficult to throw out a $6.00 product. But let’s be honest – it’s a terrible idea to put something that smells putrid on the skin. I think this product is worth the gamble only if you can get it for $3.00.
This product applies very nicely, and it makes my skin look and feel soft. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, non-sticky, and it applies clear. It doesn’t feel like I have anything on my skin.
This product is great for any skin type. It smooths out dry patches without being burdensome for those who have oily skin. My skin type of combination/oily and I thought this product was great while it was scent-free.
How I Use This Product:
- Face Primer – It does not irritate my skin, it did not cause breakouts, and it did not contribute to an excess of oil. I have not noticed a change in the size of my pores or a reduction of fine lines or wrinkles (even for the day). It provided light moisture. I needed less foundation, the foundation applied smoothly, and the foundation lasted as long as it normally would without a primer.
- Wrinkles & Fine Lines - I know that emilynoel83 has raved about this product and proves that this does great things for wrinkles and aging skin. I have to agree with that. It smoothed out my “laugh line wrinkles”. It didn’t do much for me as far as the fine lines under my eyes go.
- Hand Moisturizer - This is okay for dry cuticles and in between the fingers but I don’t think it’s moisturizing enough to replace a hand lotion or cream.
- Foot Moisturizer - This product did nothing for my feet. It didn’t help moisturize the dry cracks nor did it help moisturize any part of my feet.
- Body Moisturizer - This product is okay for certain parts of the body but I think that it’s more practical to just use a body lotion/cream/butter.
- Darkened pigmentation - I use this on places where I have discoloration and uneven pigmentation but I have not noticed any change in pigmentation. The cocoa butter in this product is pointless.
Ease of Use:
The product is very easy to use. You apply it wherever you want and then blend it out. But as previously mentioned, the scent went rancid after just two weeks of use. I had to soak the product in alcohol to weaken the terrible, new fragrance. I assume it’s because I used this product directly on my skin instead of applying to fingertips. After I tried to revive this product, I started using only clean fingertips to apply this product to my skin. The smell still came back. I really disliked that I couldn’t find a simple way to use this product without it getting that rancid scent.
- Convenient packaging for precise application.
- Sleek appearance.
- Great for all skin types.
- Absorbs quickly into the skin.
- A little goes a long way – this product will last a while.
- Ingredients: cocoa butter, shea, avocado, etc.
- The change in scent.
- Product scrapes when the stick is swiveled up and down.
I think this product is worth buying but ONLY if you can get it for half off and/or need to fill your e-cart to meet the free shipping quota. The only issue with the product is the scent. If it reaches a point where the scent becomes unbearable or cannot be fixed, this product can be scraped off and replaced with a better solid moisturizer.
If a moisturizer isn’t still in the cards for you, you could also try creating a cream blush stick with some lipsticks and concealers you have laying around. Other than that, I think that anybody (any age, any skin type) could find a way to use this product up. I hope e.l.f reformulates this moisturizer and fixes the scent issue. I would definitely repurchase it if I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about a fishy smell developing.
DIY Cocoa Butter Stick (or whatever stick you want)
If you find that your moisture stick has developed a foul odor, scrape it out, wash the stick out, dry it, and create a new moisturizing stick.
I have a jarred cocoa butter formula and I HATE digging into the solid butter because the formula gets under my nails.
(L) semi-firm; softened butter texture; (R) hardened; lightened in color.
I would recommend using a solid butter or oil such as:
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- Mango Butter
- Cocoa Butter
You can also mix your butter(s) and oil.
- If you want to get creative, you can add essential oils/fragrance oils (grape seed oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e* [recommended if you don't have allergies since it is a preservative], almond oil, lavender oil, vanilla essence).
- You could also make a moisturizing body buffer stick using oats, ground up rice, ground almonds, etc. You could even create a rough pumice-like stick for your feet using charcoal, lightly ground up seeds/shells, etc. Once I am finished with my cocoa butter stick, I’ll try creating a foot scrub with coconut oil and ground up walnut shells.
- Gather ingredients of your choice (I’m using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula infused with vitamin e oil, though I’d highly recommend using pure ingredients if you have them laying around).
- Empty some of the oil/butter into a microwave safe container and heat until soft or melted (your choice). I’d say 2-3 tablespoons. If you’re making an exfoliating stick, I’d suggest heating the product until soft so the granules don’t sink.
- If applicable, add any oils or granules into the product and mix.
- When the oil/butter is soft/melted, scoop or pour the product into your clean, empty e.l.f moisturizing stick container.
- If you did not melt your product, tap the bottom of the stick on a hard surface to get rid of any air bubbles in the stick. Add more product if there is room.
- Put the newly created stick in the freezer for an hour or so, put it outside if you still have winter weather, etc. Just let it harden somewhere cool. I put mine in front of an open window.
Voila! You now have a moisturizing stick specially designed to target your specific needs!
I hope you found this review + guide helpful.