Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Body Shop Body Butter

RRP: £12 for 200ml, £5 for 50ml
no. of scents available: 12 on normal range, + 5 on limited edition (plum, pomegranate, avocado, cranberry, blueberry)

--What does the promo say?--
"For Normal to Dry Skin. Our deliciously rich Body Butter soaks in almost instantly but moisturises non-stop for up to 24 hours."

A round plastic pot with a screw-top lid, colour-co-ordinated to reflect what the body butter is made of. The lid of each body butter has a large round sticker with photographs of the main ingredient, and the Body Shop logo and name of the product on it in a circular design. Busy, but good. The pot is easy to open and close and there is no leakage. However, the lid would benefit from some grips on the side to ease closure after moisturising, when you still have some body butter residue on your hands.

Scoop out a dollop of body butter with your fingers after showering and moisturise liberally wherever required (though perhaps somewhat obviously, not on the face). The product absorbs well and is easy to rub in.

In the pot, the colours seem very natural and without additional enhancers. On the body, they are invisible once fully rubbed in.

All of the scents that I've tested so far (the limited editions cranberry and plum, and the now defunct also limited edition vanilla spice) have seemed very natural, rather than being sickly or artificial.

The scents linger nicely and the fast-acting moisturiser keeps you feeling smooth all day.

--How does your body feel afterwards?--
My feet had taken a serious shredding while I was working all day every day in the run up to Christmas, so they needed some TLC. I popped some moisturising socks on over my feet once I'd applied the body butter and I was amazed at the difference the next morning.

--Value for money--
Try and catch them in the sales and you really will get a bargain, with some prices currently being slashed to £6 for a big pot (oh, January sales, how we love you). If you don't want to pay the full price for the rest of the year, try buying them as part of a gift set (most of the body butters are available in this way). A top notch product that will send your dry skin packing.

perfect partner
Round Body Brush, £7

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