The Husband Review – Vaseline MEN Extra Strength Lotion

Vaseline MENbody Extra Strength Lotion

Remember when Neal (the husband) wrote a review on a men’s product earlier last year?  I thought he did a really great job (you can take a look at the blog post here), and he has been looking forward to doing another review for a while but just hasn’t had the time.  A couple of weeks ago Vaseline contacted me, and asked whether Neal would be interested in putting their Vaseline MEN Extra Strength Lotion to the ultimate 5-day test.  Neal and I chatted about the campaign, and both of us thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do another ‘The Husband Review’ blog post.

As mentioned in the very first blog post of this series, this review isn’t just for men to read.  I created the series to give my female readers an insight into how a specific product might work for their boyfriend, dad, brother, husband, friend, son or uncle.

The words you see below are straight from the horse’s mouth, I didn’t edit / add anything.  I really think Neal did a great job with his review, and I know he would appreciate feedback and / or words of encouragement.  If you enjoyed this blog post, please be sure to let him know in the comments section below – as with the previous review, he’ll be the one replying to all the comments.

Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body Lotion

Without further ado, let me hand the mic over to Neal:

I think it has been a year since the last ‘The Husband Review’, which does not reflect very well on my commitment towards Pink Peonies.  It’s not that I have no interest in contributing to the blog, I do, but it is mainly behind the scenes making things, providing moral support or just a listening ear when Luzanne needs a soundboard.

Today I am back, to share with you another product review, from a male perspective.

At this point I should remind you that I am the polar opposite of Luzanne.  When we met, I used to use a 3-in-1 hair product(shampoo, something and conditioner) because it meant I didn’t have to waste much time washing my hair.  It made sense to me at the time that I was getting a lot done (3-in-1) with just one wash :)…  Fast forward a few years… I still don’t enjoy faffing around with products, BUT, I have grown to appreciate a good product, and then it generally sticks around for a while.

So this leads me to the product at hand.  Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body Lotion.

The first impression when I opened the lid was that it has a very pleasant fragrance.  Pleasant in that it is not overly flower-ly, rather fresh and almost cologne-like.  The container is supple enough to squeeze out the lotion with ease.  It is also very nice to have a larger container, which I keep in the bathroom, as well as a smaller one for travelling which I tend to do rather frequently lately.  Whether it be a weekend away or a multi-day mountain bike stage race, you don’t want or necessarily have space to pack everything you want to, so a smaller container saves me having to decant some of the lotion myself.

In my hands,

…the lotion has a thick consistency, unlike most lotions I have used which tend to be more liquid.  It applies well and does not leave your hands feeling greasy which is important to me.  I find many other body lotions leave you feeling like you need to wash your hands to get rid of the film it leaves on your hands, with Vaseline’s Men Extra Strength Body Lotion, I did not have this problem.

On my skin,

…I don’t apply body lotion on a regular basis.  I’m super lazy and don’t really feel the need to add this to my daily routine.

However…  Since I am a cyclist and predominantly ride my mountain bike, I am exposed to wind, dust, mud and most importantly… Sunlight!

On weekends we ride for 4 to 6 hours at a time and the elements can have a very damaging effect on your skin if not looked after properly.  I also choose to shave my legs for a number of reasons, which leaves the skin feeling dry and itchy.  So all of this has meant I HAVE to moisturise.

To take care of this I generally only apply body lotion twice a week.  Once directly after shaving, and again on the weekend after a long ride in the sun, dust and wind to soothe the dryness.

The lotion absorbs impressively fast and entirely, leaving little to no trace of a greasy substance on the surface of your skin.  I applied the lotion to my legs and could immediately get dressed without having to wait for the lotion to absorb.  Another notable impression was that the following day my legs still felt moisturised, even after a morning shower, and that was after only one application.  This is great, because it means I don’t have to apply it daily, which suits my laziness perfectly!

Vaseline refer to a BLUESEAL Petroleum Jelly, which is said to deeply restore your skin within 5 days.  I did not need to apply it for that long to notice the results.  With this in mind, I can honestly tell you that Vaseline Men Extra Strength Body Lotion, really is extra strong!  It is now my go-to body moisturiser, as it provides everything I expect and need from a body lotion.

The Vaseline MEN Extra Strength Lotion retails for R29,95 (200ml) 0r R49,95 (400ml) at pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.  The 400ml size is currently on sale at Dis-Chem for R29,95 here.

P.S.  It’s me, Luzanne.  Okay, so Neal didn’t want to say the body lotion has a masculine scent because he thought my readers would think he’s silly for saying that.  He said: “Obviously it smells like a man.”  So, I thought I’d just quickly pop in here to tell you that the lotion has a very nice masculine scent (almost like a high-end cologne).  Most of my readers already know I love unisex fragrances and masculine body washes (I use Neal’s stuff all the time), and I must admit: I’ve been using the Vasline MEN Extra Strength Lotion non-stop lately.  It just smells so fresh and clean!

Disclaimer: This post is in sponsored collaboration with Vaseline.



  1. Vannesa Kniffen
    26 August 2016 / 14:51

    Well done, Neal!! I like how you write reviews 😀

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:18

      Thank you Vanessa, I must admit I quite enjoyed it!

    • Dr.Jim
      7 December 2017 / 19:54

      Neil great job on the review I also use and love the lotion but you’ve gotta put your foot down! I’m the
      father of 4 girls and one boy so I have some experience on these matters. When you’re wife starts smelling like a guy cause she’s using your stuff confusion will rain. If you don’t stop it now the women in your life will think they can use your razor on their legs when you’re not looking. There are of course some exceptions like when your wife meets you at the door wearing nothing but your dress shirt.

      • Luzanne
        22 December 2017 / 19:54

        Hi Jim, it’s Luzanne here – I’ve been using Neal’s razors for a few years now. 🙂

  2. Una
    26 August 2016 / 15:06

    You did well Neal 🙂 My husband is going to luv this body cream

    • Una
      26 August 2016 / 15:07

      (he is a road cyclist)

      • Neal
        29 August 2016 / 08:20

        Thanks Una, I’m sure he will. Most of us men would never know about these products if it were not for the women in our lives.
        Good on you for introducing him to it!

  3. Trish
    26 August 2016 / 15:18

    I enjoy reading these reviews from you, N. You did a good job!

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:21

      Thank you Trish, there will be another one up quite soon!

  4. Ronel Marais
    26 August 2016 / 15:37

    Great review, Neal

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:22

      Thank you Ronel!

  5. Nthombi Maluleka
    26 August 2016 / 18:18

    I also like masculine fragrances, so will give this one a try when my current body lotion is finished. 🙂

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:23

      Nothing wrong with that, it is quite subtle so should not interfere with any other perfume or fragrance you may be wearing.

  6. Taz
    26 August 2016 / 18:28

    Love the photos!

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:25

      Haha, putting a different spin on things around here…

  7. Shaina D
    26 August 2016 / 20:31

    Cool review, husband will like this body cream I think 😀

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:25

      Thanks Shaina, I’m sure he will too.

  8. Talya
    27 August 2016 / 12:03

    Such a fun review 😉

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:27

      It was fun creating it, so I’m glad you enjoyed it too!

  9. Jackie
    27 August 2016 / 18:43

    Impressive, well thought, fun review, thank you for such a detailed description, will definitely try it out for myself too haha….good job!

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:31

      Thanks Jackie!
      I am often criticised for going into too much detail when explaining things, so it’s strange & nice to be complimented for it once in a while.

  10. Holly Morello
    27 August 2016 / 19:43

    Good job, Neal!

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 08:31

      Thanks Holly!

  11. Stephanie
    29 August 2016 / 11:30

    Awesome review Neal!

    I couldn’t help but laugh to myself and think im not alone! my boyfriend hates applying lotion, like once a week is probably about the most ill get from nagging him to put lotion lol. I think ill have to get him a bottle of this stuff because he complains that mine is too thick and sticky (I have eczema and extremely dry skin) im sure hell be thankful i read this review =)

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 15:51

      Haha he shares my frustrations exactly!

      I’m pretty sure he will prefer this to most other lotions, I really did notice a difference. Also suggest that he applies a small amount at a time. I used to apply WAY too much and then wonder why my body feels sticky. We men need to be trained, applying lotion is an artform! 🙂

  12. 29 August 2016 / 12:28

    I had to laugh at the bottle being ‘supple’….lol.

    Great review and I definitely think I may get some of this for my husband as he takes zero interest in using anything unless I buy it and force it on him. I’ve never thought of a lotion though, so found this informative.

    • 31 August 2016 / 12:09

      Never seen this before….’Your comment is awaiting moderation’.

    • Neal
      7 September 2016 / 12:03

      lol, well it is! 🙂

      Glad I could help, hope you manage to convince him!

  13. 29 August 2016 / 13:54

    Such a champ, Neal! I don’t even have a man friend to share this with but I was intrigued to see what you said 😉 good job! Perhaps it’s time you start a blog? 😉

    • Neal
      29 August 2016 / 15:58

      Thanks Camilla, well at least now you know what to buy when Mr. Right comes along.

      As for my own blog, I think I’ll stick to these ‘once in a while’ Husband reviews, I’m lazy remember… 🙂

    • Neal
      31 August 2016 / 23:00

      Thank you Ailsa

  14. Na-eelah
    30 August 2016 / 12:40

    i think its so cool Neal contributes to your blog posts as well. An enjoyable read as i recently purchased the Vaseline cocoa butter tub and im obsessed! Well done Neal and thank you for the review.

    • Neal
      31 August 2016 / 23:01

      Thanks Na-eelah!

  15. Vanessa
    11 September 2016 / 23:05

    Interesting and a great read, I still unfortunately cant get my hubby to use mens products, I think generally it’s his age, kinda old school.

    A great fragrance though yes, Chanel Allure, I think I am more into it than he us though.

  16. Jasmine King
    23 November 2016 / 10:30

    It was such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using coconut hibiscus lotion from long and its really effective. SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Body Lotion contains certified organic Shea Butter which provides nourishing moisturization to make your skin smooth and irresistible to touch!

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