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Cowgirl Bars
Cowgirl Skincare

By Debbie Steele

The word "cream" takes on another meaning with the Ranch Hand Cream ($12.75), a solid lotion bar. It is small, round and yellow, with a sunflower on the top. Its ingredients include sunflower and almond oils. Lavender and lemon give it a fresh smell.

This isCowgirl Ranch Hand Cream the first solid lotion bar I've tried, and it took a little getting used to. At first, I felt like I was trying to moisturize with a bar of soap. But, following the instructions, I let the bar warm up a few seconds in my palm, then rubbed it into my hands and elbows. This does take a little while to sink in, leaving your hands pretty greasy and tacky for 15 minutes or so.

The great thing about a solid lotion bar, though, is its portability. Although it does suggest keeping it away from heat, this little bar could be very handy in a desk drawer or glove compartment. And, as with all their products, the packaging is adorable.

Finally, I tried out the Trail Boss Bar ($14), an "herbal body rub for sore muscles." Like the Ranch Hand Cream, this bar is small, round and yellow, with beeswax, sunflower oil and botanicals. It also contains "warming ginger and analgesic white willow, along with anti-inflammatory ease even the most stubborn knots and calm sore muscles."

This bar has the fabulous, warm smell of ginger and cloves. True to its promise, it does have a warming effect that helps soothe achy muscles. This solid bar is great for a massage without the oily mess (hey, I'm a pragmatist!).

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