Review: Nivea Skin Milk in Shittori – Nivea hand cream in a bottle?

This is a review for the Nivea Skin Milk in Shittori.  Many moisturizing products in Japan, such as lotions, toners, and creams, come in 2 versions – Shittori (“moist” = more moisturizing) and Sappari (“refreshing” = less moisturizing).

Due to the dry climate of where I lived in China, I started putting body lotion on my body regularly, even in the summer.  When I moved back to Japan, I stopped doing so because I thought that the climate was humid enough for me.  I was so wrong! Unfortunately, my entire body started itching, similar to a year ago when I woke up in the middle of the night from scratching myself!

What it does: (from Nivea’s website)
This body lotion keeps your body’s natural moisture
Protects your body from dryness and other external environmental damage

Contains taurine, an occlusive, to slow the evaporation of moisture 
(Note: In Japan, Nivea is owned by Kao, a major cosmetics company)

Price: Will vary, Amazon Japan has this at around 500-600 JPY for 200ml (around $7 USD)


  • very moisturizing. My skin did not feel dry until I showered again.
  • smells like the traditional Nivea hand cream
  • Packaging is easy to hold and easy to control how much product is squeezed out


  • This product is very hard to spread.  If you’ve ever tried the traditional Nivea hand cream, you’ll know that it is hard to massage on your hands and tends to pull. This is similar.

Would I repurchase? Maybe. This is a great body lotion to moisturize my body. Hopefully I can find something which is as moisturizing but that I can spread easily!

What is your favorite body lotion? Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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