This product is a lifesaver for my rough elbows, tiny bumps on arms/legs and any part of me that needs a little extra exfoliation. I have tried every scrub, loofah, pumice stone and lotion I can think of for my elbows and the backs of my legs- nothing else left them looking as nice or bump free. If I have an important event to go to where my arms will be showing, I will use this all over my arms/shoulders and I get the most beautiful glow to my skin. The price is a little high for this bar but I am very conservative with it and I definitely get my money's worth. I also love the smell, it's sort of herbal and muted but it leaves my skin with a nice soft scent. I really cannot recommend this product enough.
Tips: DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT UNDER RUNNING WATER. Step out the stream of water, place the bar in your hand and scrub your rough bits away. I also cut the bar up into several pieces, the big bar is harder to divide but it's a better deal in the long run. I never let this product touch the water and each chunk is enough for 3 or 4 showers as long as I don't use it on my whole body. I store it in a travel soap tray that has a cover but it's fine on a shower caddy as long as no water hits it. I recommend only using this on your most rough skin as it can be harsh on your softer parts.
This is not one of my favourite Lush products . It is a solid exfoliating and moisturising bar. Personally I found it was okay when it was big but once it started to get smaller it was tricky to hold and use as an exfoliator.
It smells okay of cocoa butter or creamy but it doesn't really excite me as a scent.
The idea is you rub this bar on areas of dry skin or dimply skin to massage , moisturise and exfoliate then rinse off. The cocoa butter does not wash off and stays leaving a nice soft and gentle feel to your skin once you dry off. I do find that the cocoa butter does get on my towel and needs washing more often than usual when I use this.
I prefer the feel of a slightly more liquid scrub as the film tends to sit on my skin more with this that with more liquid moisturising scrubs.
This is an expensive bar at nearly £12 and it isn't an attractive product so not one you would give as a gift unless someone specifically asks for it. It would need explaining as how to use it too I feel.
Lush describe this; "Rub the bar on wet skin to release the goodness: ground rice, almonds and aduki beans get to work polishing away dead cells, while the blend of lavender oil, cocoa butter and shea butter replenish moisture."
Yes all that is good but to me it fails and I would prefer this is a tub with a bit more liquid oils. I love the ground content as they are all gently exfoliating.
The other problem I have with this is that like other oily scrubs, my bath and shower need a good clean after using them as they get greasy and slippery which is not a good idea.
This also leaves bits behind as well as the greasiness so it look dirty as well as greasy. there is no way you could leave it uncleaned after using this bar.
I am not keen on the way my skin feels either, it feels slightly sticky which I am not happy with.
Sorry Lush - not one for me and I won't buy it again
WHAT IS IT?
This is an exfoliator for your skin that is in a bar for you to use in the bath or shower.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You have a bath or a shower like you normally would and then rub the bar onto your skin and pay attention to areas of your body that are very dry or if you feel like you need help. Rinse it off when you have finished.
WHAT I THINK
I like the smell of Buffy the Backside Slayer very much because it is creamy and I can smell cocoa and shea butters in it. There are other smells also like lavender and lemon and I think that all the fragrances are very good when they are together, I like also that it does not smell too strong even though it is an obvious smell and it does not linger on my for very long after I have got out of the shower.
I do not buy this very often because there are other exfoliators that I like to use but sometimes when I am in Lush I like to buy a block of it for myself because I think it works good to keep my skin looking fresh and like new.
It is ground almonds that make it so good as an exfoliator but I like that it does not scratch my skin because if it did I would not use it. It is very gentle I think but it gives good results and my skin feels very soft after I have used it in the shower. It is very easy to rinse off also and you should make sure you rinse it properly because if you do not the ground almonds will irritate you when you are dried and have dressed yourself.
A 200g bar of Buffy costs £11.50 and I think that is value because it lasts for a very long time if you keep it out of the wet in your bathroom.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I was given a chunk of this solid body butter last Christmas and I loved it. I used it up really quickly and I ended up buying another one when I was in Lush a couple of weeks ago.
I was tempted to get one of the 200 gram chunks, but couldn't bring myself to spend over £10 on some body butter when I already had loads of other ones which needed using up, so in the end I got the smaller bar which was around £6 - still not cheap considering how much you actually get (around 95 grams), but I'm willing to pay a little extra because of all the lovely ingredients and the effect it has on my skin!
The body butter is actually a 2-in-1 product as it is both an exfoliator and moisturiser & the exfoliating ingredients that it contains includes ground rice, ground almonds & ground aduki beans. Aduki beans are not something that I've ever heard of to be honest but apparently they absorb excess dirt & oils and all of the exfoliating ingredients obviously remove dead skin cells, leaving skin feeling nice and smooth & polished.
The more moisturising ingredients in this are the ever-popular cocoa butter which relieves dry and itchy skin, along with Shea butter which is a gentle emollient which softens and protects the skin. Several more products make up the ingredients, and the body butter is cruelty free as Lush do not test on animals nor do they support animal testing. The body butter itself is a square shape with rounded edges.
It is pretty bulky and not particularly appealing - it is a creamy white/beige kind of colour with lots of bits of the exfoliating ingredients visible, but it isn't really the appearance of it that matters. As the bar is quite bulky I sliced mine up into about six pieces and put them into my Lush body butter tin to keep them fresh then whenever I want to use the body butter I just take a slice out.
Using the body butter obviously isn't quite as simple as scooping it out of a tub and slathering it onto the skin as like I said before it is solid, so I need to rub it against my skin. It is recommend that you rub it against wet or damp skin (eg after a shower or bath) which is what I normally do however I have used it on completely dry skin before (before getting in the shower) and it didn't take too long for it to start to melt very slightly from my body heat.
As this is a body scrub as well as a body butter it does need rubbing over my skin rather than actually being rubbed into my skin and while using it I can feel the bits of exfoliating particles rubbing against my skin which is not uncomfortable as it isn't that harsh but it isn't the most gentle exfoliator either. I use it mainly on my torso and legs and occasionally on my arms. Once I've finished I have a quick shower to get it all off as it's a little messy due to the exfoliating ingredients.
The body butter leaves my skin feeling incredible - soft, smooth and fresh as well as silky and moisturised and I love that it I don't need to wait around for it to absorb into my skin/dry, I just apply it, rub it over my skin then wash it off and the effects are just as good as a normal body butter. It is nice and gentle on my skin and it does not irritate my eczema, in fact it really helps smoothen out eczema patches. Another thing I like about this body butter is the smell - it is a gentle, subtle fragrance which has a hint of lavender. It is nice not having a strong scented body butter for a change as most of the other ones that I have smell very strong and overpowering.
All in all I highly recommend Buffy the Backside slayer as it leaves my skin feeling amazing!
Following on from my rather surprising success with Lush (despite my noisy reservations), I recently bought my mother a bar of Lush's solid shampoo (namely Seanik) and a bar of Jungle solid conditioner. Unfortunately she did not take to it like I did and returned it to me, saying that it made her head and neck itch. This is one of the reasons that I wish Lush would go the whole hog and cut out the chemical junk but there you go. My Mother's misfortune meant that I got another solid shampoo to try out and with it came a chunky sample that she was wary of trying after her reaction to the shampoo. The sample was this product - "Buffy"...
The sample was a good sized lump, looking at the website I would say half a bar at least, certainly very generous. I had seen Buffy on the website and it did not grab me at all but it was a freebie so my daughter and I tried it out this evening.
I hate to write yet another review where I talk about my conversion to some of the Lush catalogue but I am afraid that is what I am about to do. Again. I think that I may have to just give up and accept that a lot of Lush products are really lovely despite them not being entirely natural.
Lush call this "Buffy the backside slayer", the suggestion being that it targets bum and thighs. It has a polishing and moisturising action in one and contains gentle yet effective ingredients that exfoliate such as ground rice, aduki beans and ground almonds. The bar base is a mixture of cocoa and shea butter.
"Buffy" comes in the form of a somewhat uninspiring and bland creamish beige colour with little flecks. Surprisingly there is only one "bad" ingredient in this (perfume) which is good going for Lush. It does not have a strong smell and it is initially quite hard to break and crumble without hot water. We used it in the bath, me positioned against the taps and my daughter hogging the majority of the tub. I really had to fight my daughter to get a look in here, she wanted it all to herself. Eventually I got a go and it was very nice indeed. I did the best to use it in a circular motion but it was a bit frantic due to my daughter. The next time I get a bath to myself then I will use this and luxuriate...
The fine granules of almond, aduki and rice do the job efficiently but what I really loved was the deposit of oil/wax that it left on the skin. It is very hard to describe and the word "wax" does it no favours but it left a layer of non greasy butter all over my skin. Bits of the bar fell in the water and melted and both my daughter and I were covered in this softness. When we got out of the bath we were both very moisturised and our skin had a soft shine to it. The bath was left a bit slippery but that is to be expected with cocoa butter and shea.
After we had both dried off we both had lovely soft skin. There was no real scent residue left on either of us and as I mentioned, this is not a strong smelling product. The bits of aduki and ground nut had mostly rinsed away apart from a few tiny bits which came off as soon I was totally dry. I had given my face a really good scrub with this too and there was no irritation or redness at all. Just a very soft face afterwards.
Now my daughter is not quite 4 so already possesses amazing skin so she is not a very good guinea pig for this product. But my skin veers towards dry sometimes and I do have a few problem areas which are always dried out. I noticed that even a few hours later my skin was still extremely soft and the top of my hands which are always wrecked, were in noticeably better condition.
It sucks to admit it but this is another Lush product that I was very impressed by and due to the results and the fact that it only has a smidge of chemical nasty in, I will be buying a full size version of this.
Certainly giving away samples makes good business sense for a company like Lush because I was not interested in this at all from their website. Having tried it I think it will certainly become something that I use often. I do make a lot of my own products including similar bars containing very similar ingredients, but for sheer convenience this is great stuff.
* Very moisturising
* Excellent exfoliation
* Only one "bad" ingredient (perfume)
* Long lasting skin softness without greasiness
* Effective yet not harsh (fine on my face)
* Longevity: This would disappear very fast if left with my daughter as it melts in the heat of the water. But it does not take much to get the desired effect and I hope that without a noisy child sharing your bath it would last a reasonable amount of time.
* Price: Lush products are quite expensive and compared to the cost of raw shea and cocoa butter this is a little steep. It is a luxury product though so if used as such it would be worth it.
This bar is not tested on animals and is suitable for veggies and vegans.
This needs to be dried out like the solid shampoos, otherwise it would soon turn into a squishy mess.
I shoved ours on a dry flannel and then popped it in a little mesh soap tray for next time (hopefully without the bath-hogging sprog).
Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Ground Rice, Ground Almonds, Ground Aduki Beans, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Available in Lush stores or from their website. Ebay sometimes has tester sized samples that you can grab fairly cheaply too. "Buffy" is priced at £5.95 for 90g and £10.25 for 200g.
This is an impressive product which works very well, the after effects on my skin are great and it really does help dry skin to become more supple. It does not feel greasy, is not strongly scented and was gentle enough for my young daughter. Reluctantly (!) Lush have scored another winner. Now remove the perfume and I would give it a 10/10.
Lush Buffy the Backside Slayer is a body scrub and moisturiser. I got this product as a birthday present and first thing I loved about that was its smell! Gorgeous sweet, but not suffocating. I couldn't wait to try it and when I finally arrange myself time for luxury bath/shower I was amazed by the amount of moisture this product gives! A square, hand-sized cake is full of different type of seeds which exfoliate your skin and sometimes are even a bit too scratchy, but they won't harm you. Instead, after shower your skin glows, really, it is much more smooth and extra moisturised by cocoa and shea butters. These oils has special moisturising activity and helps your skin lock moisture in.
After shower I felt very luxury smooth and my skin was silky even next day when I woke up! This is my first product from Lush, although I often buy Lush products as a birthday presents for my friends. Most of Lush products have too strong smell for me, but this one I love!
Only one disadvantage for me is it's packaging. I got it in a paper wrap and after shower I didn't know what to do with my marvel! I had to find a special container for it and keep it in safe and dry place, because otherwise it will melt. Also as for price I think it's going a bit too quick, I think it'll last me only for 2-3 more showers:(
Overall I can fully recommend this product if you love to pamper yourself and feel luxuriously sometimes:)
Today I am finally getting around to reviewing one of my favorite Lush products the Buffy Body Butter. This has been a firm favorite of mine for many years now and one which I buy and use on a regular basis. Clearly all my friends know how much I love this product as I happily received three bars of the stuff for Christmas.
As with all of Lush solid products, Buffy comes packaging free. Of course reducing pointless waste is excellent but I would recommend picking up a Lush tin along with this product, just to keep it at its best.
Amusingly, its full title was originally "Buffy the backside slayer", although the makers of the TV show Buffy the Vampire slayer didnt see the funny side of the products name and therefore it was shortened to just "Buffy".
Buffy is a solid body butter in a thick square shape. Unlike most other lovely Lush products, its not so beautiful to look at, it is of a light brown colour and a bit plain looking. It contains two of my favorite ingredients, cocoa butter and shea butter, which are both brilliant at moisturising the skin. Whilst the groung rice, ground almonds and aduki beans work as an exfoliant to gently buff the skin, making it super clean and soft.
I use Buffy twice a week in the shower by simply rubbing the bar all over my body. I tend to apply a small amount of pressure and rub in a circular motion which I feel gives a really deep clean. The bar does feel rough on the skin so I would advise against applying too much pressure. When first applied to the skin it can feel a little greasy but in my experience this easily rinses off leaving skin amazingly soft. My skin is always left looking and feeling wonderful. It works well at buffing away any dead skin and leaves skin with a lovely healthy glow.
If like me you love the smell of shea and cocoa butter products then you will really enjoy Buffy. It also has a ever so subtle hint of lavander which gives a lovely relaxing feel to it. The fragrance does not last too long on the skin though.
I find Buffy to be a really decadent pamper product, but which can be used on a regular basis. Whenever I use this product I instantly feel the benefits, my skin feels wonderfuly clean and well moisturised. Long term it works brilliantly at eliminating any dry patches of skin and any problematic ingrowing hair.
Longevity of the product is good, a 90g bar lasts me around two or three weeks although this depends on how much it is used, admittedly I sometimes go a little over the top and cover myself in the stuff.
As with all Lush products, Buffy has not been tested on animals. It is also suitable for Vegans.
Buffy is available in most Lush stores and online (delivery charges may apply)
90g - £5.95
200g - £10.25
I used to use Buffy years ago but always bought it just before I went on holiday, so my skin would be nice and soft on the beach. I bought it again recently and the subtle but lovely smell brought back so many nice memories. Let me explain more about Buffy:
It comes in two sizes, 90g for £5.95 and 200g for £10.25. It is an exfoliater and body butter in one and is a bit slippery when held in ones hand. The smell is a lovely biscuity smell.
I tried to cut it off in pieces, as I didnt want to waste a whole bar but it just broke up into little bits. I had a shower and rubbed the bar all over my body. It exfoliates without being too harsh on your skin and feels really nice to rub in. When I dried myself with the towel, I could feel a light film of moisturiser on my skin and felt silky. This body bar is great after coming back from a holiday and when you cant be bothered to moisturise every day. I use it for special occasions, as I dont want to waste it as it is a bit pricey.
Highly recommended for dry, dull skin!
I recently took a little trip into Belfast, which is my most convenient Lush sore and decided while catching a big lovely whiff of Lushness when passing by the shop to go in and have a little look in store.
I was having a little look around and came across the Buffy The Backside Slayer body butter bar, and thought it smelt lovely, having finished using my King Of Skin body butter bar and having great results with it, I thought that I would give this product a try, just for a change.
What is it?
Lush Buffy Body Butter is of course a body butter that can be used on the skin before showering, to use it you simply rub it onto your skin and then rub any excess butter in, this is really easy to rub into your skin as it as it melts into it quite easily as you are using it.
When applying this bar, you can feel the rough bits of ground rice and almonds which are really great to treat dry skin and exfoliate and the cocoa butter and shea butter have a good moisturising effect on the skin.
This product is targeted for you rear and thigh areas, which is where cellulite mostly creeps up and develops, which can be a real pain when you are looking to get into your short skirts and dresses, I wouldn't say I have a lot of cellulite, but have a little on my thighs and would like to combat it earlier in life before it begins to become a problem, after about 3 months of using this I have noticed my thighs are much more , I have also started using this on my hands where I seem to get a lot of dry skin and have been getting really good results.
The Buffy Body Butter smells amazing, like most of the Lush products I have tried. It's smell is quite nice, there is a nutty and very slightly chocolatey smell that comes from it, it smells very clean though in my opinion I prefer the Kind Of Skin body butters scent.
When washing it off I have found it is good to smooth the residue left from this bar into your skin, and when I am finished I simply dried off with a towel and my skin was left lovely and soft and moisturised. This body butter had just as good of an effect on my hands (as a moisturiser) as it did on my thighs, so it was a really good all round product.
You can only buy Buffy in Lush stores and it costs £5.50 per 90g, I used my Buffy once a week in the shower for 4 months so far, and still have just under half of it left, so I think that this is actually a good deal, even though it doesn't look like you are getting much when you are handed the bar in the shop.
An added extra plus about using this product is that Lush only use naturally sourced ingredients in their products and they are manufactured, packed and stored in an ethically friendly way, so you know there aren't any harmful extra chemicals in this body butter and also that it hasn't been tested on animals and is environmentally friendly.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
On a recent trip to Lush I approached a sales assistant in the hopes she could recommend me a good exfoliant for my body. I have a particular problem with red bumps on my upper arms, I wanted something that would exfoliate but also be somewhat gentle and moisturising. The sales assistant pointed me in the direction of the Buffy bar and I dutifully bought a 90gram block for £5.50. You can also purchase a 200gram block for £9.95.
This is marketed as an "exfoliating scrub for your seating area", but this is suitable for use on your entire body. Buffy is a bar which contains cocoa butter and shea butter to moisturise, gorund rice, almonds and aduki beans to exfoliate and some lavender oil to give a nice scent and also to aid relaxation.
The idea is that once you have got your skin wet in the shower you step out of the stream of water (or turn it off to be economical!) and then proceed to gently rub the bar over your body. You need to make sure your hands aren't too wet when you do this as the water does melt the bar which is how it is activated, but too much water means you will lose some product which melts away. You also need to be gentle with this, its quite a gritty exfoliant so if you try to scrub yourself you will likely irritate your skin. Once you have rubbed the bar over your body you then step back into the water and wash away the gritty pieces. You will notice then that the water begins to bead on your skin, which is due to the shea butter and cocoa butter plus the other oils in the bar. I generally leave exfoliating with this bar until last and then I can get out of the shower and give the butters and oils time to moisturise my skin. You do need to allow as much time as you can for the butters to truly moisturise your skin. I generally do my face and makeup etc first and then get dressed last when I have used this bar, as I like to get the full benefit from it!
I have honestly found that my skin is smoother and much more moisturised since using this product. I generally use it two or three times a week. It's important to store this bar in a dry environment in order to prevent it melting and Lush do sell tins which you can store this in should you wish to buy one. I just keep mine on a soap stand by my sink and find this is sufficient. I would highly recommend giving this a go, however I think that due to its price it wont be a regular staple in my routine but more of a treat.
I love buffy! Not the vampire slayer, the body scrub/body butter. If you don't know what this product is allow me to explain, it is a body scrub and a body butter...in one. It is one of lush's most well known and I think best product.
*About the product*
There are two sizes of the buffy bar, the first is the smallest being 90g, this is the version I got as I had not tried it before and I didn't want to buy the larger size and then not like the product. The second size is 200g, this one is obviously more expensive than the smaller one too.
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Ground Rice (Oryza sativa), Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus angularis), Perfume, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool
*My opinion of the product*
The actual bar looks a bit weird, well not as weird as some of the other products from lush, but they are wonderfully weird! The bar is a creamy white colour and it has small flecks of red/brown in it, which is the small exfoliating bits to it - the ground almonds (brown) and the ground aduki beans (which gillian mckeith usually goes on about) which are red in colour.
The product on it own, when it is not wet or just been used, smells like...a lush store, it really does, it smells really gorgeous! It smells like cocoa butter, brazil nuts kind of scent - to thats what it smells like to me.
But the scent of the product as it is when it is dry is not the same as it will be on your skin. I have used it a few times and I love it but I have found that on all of the occasions that I have used this, the scent that is left behind on my skin is different to when the product is dry or just been used.
The scent when it is on my skin smells a bit like freshly cut grass and if you have ever sniffed a dandilion, the weed, you will have some idea of what this smells like on my skin. I actually quite like the scent of the grass, as it reminds me of English summers and camping and it is not that strong too, unless you are very very close.
The first time I used this product, I was not sure if I was using it right, but it turns out I was. I just used this on damp skin and then I rubbed it is large circular motions. I used it on my legs, arms and feet and it work fantastically!
I find that at first it was a bit waxy and it did not feel exfoliating or moisturising really, and then it started to work, the ground almonds and aduki beans a really great exfoliators, I didn't know how harsh this would be on my skin but it is great. It is not too harsh and it is not really soft on my skin either.
I can't believe how much this product moisturises my skin, every time I have used this product it makes my skin incredibly moisturised, super smooth and soft. The combination of an exfoliator and an intense moisturiser works so well together. The exfoliators in the product get rid of all the dead skin and then the body butter replaces the moisture lost instantly.
I have used this a few times and I am so pleased with the results, it leaves my skin looking healthier, it feels incredibly smooth and super soft and the best thing about it is that it makes my skin incredibly moisturised. I have not used any other moisturisrer/butter that makes my skin feel this great (the body shop shea butter is a close second).
I also find with this product that it is fantastic at getting rid of the dryness of my skin, it is great on my elbows, knees and feet especially and makes them smooth and very moisturised - and not dry at all! This product would also just be great as a moisturising foot scrub, if you don't want to use it as a shower scrub and would be great for really really dry skin. It also keeps my skin well moisturised through out the day.
One of the best this about this product is that it is very quick and easy to use, it does not take long to exfoliate and moisturise all at the same time, it takes approximately the same time as if I were using a normal shower gel.
After using this product you have to let it dry, as you can not store it wet, otherwise it will get all mouldy, which is not good. I just pat it with a towel gentely and then leave it to air dry, I find that it dries fully in about 5-10 minutes then I can just store in a small clear plastic storage box, until the next use.
There are many very positive features of this product and for me there are no negatives, well one could be that it is quite expensive, but in my opinion it is well worth the money for this fantastic product.
*Price and availability*
I bought this at around christmas time and I have used it a few time, it is about a quarter of the way though the product and I think it will last a while yet. I have the small 90g bar and it costs £5.25, and the larger one costs £9.45 - a temporary lush ordering site has now been set up (24/02/2011) site link below). It is a bit expensive but you do get a exfoliator and a body butter in one and it is well worth the money in my opinion! This product can only be bought from a lush store or the lush sites.
*incredibly moisturising and smoothing
*fantastic exfoliating pieces of almond and aduki beans
*Smells great - on its own and on my skin
*makes my skin super soft, super smooth and very moisturised
*Natural ingredients, suitable for vegetarians and vegans!
*Ok price - but it is well worth it
*None at all!
And finally I would definitely recommend this product, if you are unsure just try it and be converted! And to answer my title, in my opinion it is by far the best Lush product...EVER! :)
For more information: www.lush.co.uk
Thank you for reading my review
This is a holy grail product for me. I don't think i'll ever stop repurchasing because I love it so much!
The Lush brand itself is something i've always been very keen on, I love the natural, quirky products and I like that they do not test on animals.
The 90g product itself appears to be on the small side, which is quite disapointing. This costs around £4.25 so it is quite expensive. The larger bar is even more expensive at just under £9 a bar!
You use this in the bath or shower, and simply rub the bar on your body wherever you want to use it. You have to be quite gentle with the bar to stop it breaking, but you can get a lot of uses out of it if you apply it gently.
Your skin feels really great when you've used this. It exfoliates and moisturises all in one product, and feels so unlike anything i've ever used before. It really lifts and boosts your skin, and you can feel all the lovely ingredients doing their magic.
In the long-run, it definately tones your skin and improves the texture. It feels firm and generally just lovely!
On the downside, make sure you leave this product to dry properly after use, or it will go off. This would be very annoying, due to the quite expensive price tag. Also, make sure you use it after you wash your hair as it makes it very greasy if you use it before.
Buffy the Backside Slayer is one of Lush's exfoliations blocks. It is quite costly at £5.00 for 90g or £9.00 for 200g but it worth every penny in my opinion.
This item comes naked in the shop, meaning it has no packaging which is the same with all of Lush's products though you can purchase a tin to keep it in for £2.95 or if you purchase two, you get a tin free.
Buffy can be used anywhere on your body but its main target is the bum area and areas prone to the dreaded cellulite. You use it wet so the best place to use it is either the bath or the shower. It is supposed to make your skin soft to touch. The one thing that made me buy Buffy in the first place was its smell. It had a strange mixture of butter and almonds with a hint of wheat. It is a really nice smell.
Ingredients wise, Buffy uses cocoa butter, shea butter, ground rice, groun aduki beans, lavender and lemon. I have never been able to smell the lavender and lemon in this particular product though. I don't think they are used in high concentration as I can only ever smell the butters and the ground almonds.
The bar is exfoliating in the way that it has little pieces of ground almond, aduki beans and rice in it. You do not feel these when you first touch the bar when it is dry however, once you start massaging this on your skin, the smoothness wears away almost instantly revealing the exfoliating extracts. I found that these little pieces really did work and after using Buffy every day, I did find that it made my skin smoother on the bum area. I also sometimes get the occasional spot on my bum which are always unpleasant. Whilst using Buffy, not only did it kick the spots to the kerb, I never had another. I stopped using Buffy and a couple of weeks later, some come up again.
When using the bar, it is best to use it in a circular motion so that it increase circulation to help combat cellulite as well as removing dead skin.
A word of warning with Buffy is that you shouldn't just stand under the shower and use this. It is best if you can lean away from the water and apply the Buffy as running water will make it wear down alot quicker. It is a very greasy product so I would also suggest using it after you have washed your hair otherwise you will transfer the greasiness to your hair.
I felt highly moisturised after using Buffy and my bum and the rest of my skin did feel a lot smoother and almost as though it had been refreshed. The cocoa and shea butters in it see to you not having to moisturise after use. My skin is always left with a buttery scent as well which is very nice.
Although it is fairly expensive, I highly recommend Buffy. It does the job and you really notice the results after using it for a few weeks but I am going to knock a star off for the expense.
I have naturally quite dry skin and it can also be quite sensitive which is not exactly the best combination as I want to rid myself of dead skin cells daily but I don't want to irritate it in the process. Finding an exfoliating product which can nourish, moisturise and exfoliate is quite hard for me as I tend to find that the exfoliating ingredient is quite harsh and scratchy which my skin reacts to. However, Lush has come to my rescue quite a few times as they seem to use exfoliating ingredients which are ground a lot finer which makes them not so harsh on the skin.
Buffy (originally called Buffy The Backside Slayer and then had to be changed due to Warner Bros kicking up a stink) is a great 2 in 1 product - ideal for moisturising thanks to its shea and cocoa butters and it's a fantastic exfoliator thanks for the use of ground rice, ground aduki beans and ground almonds. Buffy is found next to all the other body butters in Lush and is a pale biscuit colour and you can clearly see the little bits of bean/ rice and almond scattered throughout the bar. Like most of the body butters it is relatively plain looking compared to the other glitzy Lush items but it certainly packs a mean exfoliating punch! Buffy's fragrance is made up of calming lavender and toning lemon oil which provide a wonderful calming but fresh fragrance.
Shea butter is one of the butters to make up the base of Buffy as it has wonderful emollient properties. It's know for its moisturising properties which softens even the driest of skin but also being gentle at the same time meaning its ideal for those with sensitive skin. Cocoa butter is the other butter which joins shea butter as again this also has excellent moisturising qualities and as it reacts well with body temperature it allows the bar to melt quickly when applied to the skin.
One of my favourite things about this bar is its wonderful exfoliation. I have never experienced something which feels so soft yet manages to shift a lot of dead skin cells! Unlike a lot of exfoliators Lush use finely grounded ingredients which aren't too harsh on the skin. Ground rice is one of the exfoliators used as it gets rid of surface skin which hopefully reveals brighter looking skin! Ground almonds are coarsely ground to give more of a polish to the skin, which will hopefully improve skin tone. Lastly, ground aduki beans are used to remove the dead skin cells and again polish the skin leaving it with a healthy glow. I'm a big fan of aduki beans in cosmetics as I really like the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar.
Buffy's fragrance is calming, soothing yet rejuvenating all at the same time. Lush use Lemon oil to give the citrus fragrance which is incredibly uplifting. Lemon oil is a well known cleanser and its also antibacterial which make it great cleaning your skin. My favourite all time fragrance is included in the bar for its wonderful soothing properties. Lavender oil is ideal for sensitive skin as its gentle enough to deal with skin complaints and of course it soothes. Lavender oil is great for relaxing tired muscles and minds which is why it is often used in cosmetic products plus it has a gorgeous aroma!
Buffy is easy to use. Just remember that it isn't a soap so before using it use your normal soap/ shower gel before applying Buffy. All you need to do is simply rub Buffy all over yourself and spend a bit more time on those area which a prone to dryness (and cellulite) such as knees, ankles etc. Best way to do this is apply in the shower and then once well scrubbed rinse off and then pat yourself dry. I found that even though I have dry skin I didn't need to use a body lotion whatsoever as Buffy had supplied all the lotion I needed which was great due to it being so oil rich. As for cellulite I don't think this will rid you of the horrible peel effect but the stimulation to the skin will certainly help the battle. I found that the wonderful citrus and lavender fragrance which first surrounds you ends up being more almondy when you have finished, which for me is fine. For those that detest the almond fragrance fear not as it's not sickly sweet but actually incredibly light and subtle. The bar does melt quite easily so you cant be too heavy handed with it!
I've been using Buffy for a few months now as a weekly skin conditioning treatment (a long with my other Lush products) and my skin is noticeable different as I'm not using so much body lotion to keep my dry skin at bay. Whether it is a combination of all the products put together but I find Buffy really does provide a good scrub which is gentle yet effective. The fragrance is lovely and certainly not overpowering and my skin looks a lot healthier. I can suffer with getting little spots on my thighs every now and again and they haven't been seen for quite some time!
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Ground Rice (Oryza sativa), Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus angularis), Perfume, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool
£5.00 per 90g
£9.00 per 200g
Yes, a bit on the expensive side but not unusual for Lush. It is pricey but I really do find it worth it and I'm happy to spend the pennies on something which actually improves the skin.
Yes, that's right this is actually a body butter! As usual Lush are pushing the boundaries of 'normal' product packaging and confusing us with a Body Butter that isn't in a tub or pot- it's in a bar! The environmentally aware company have created a Body Butter that is packaging free. In fact it's so popular they have created a range of 'naked' Body Butters for all types of moisturising.
I received my 'Buffy' Body Butter as part of Lush's limited edition all inclusive summer package which cost (my fella not me!) £10. Very reasonable as the package contained various other products (see my other reviews) and comes with a 90g size bar of Buffy which usually retails at £5.00. Buffy is also available in a 200g size which costs £9.00, so if you become a convert it's more cost effective to buy the larger size. As with all Lush products you can choose to take your product home naked (not you, the bar! Although after using it you may feel like pulling a Lady Godiva and roaming the streets naked) or you can have it wrapped in greaseproof paper and labelled. Another alternative is to purchase the Body Butter tin priced at £2.95. I would recommend buying the tin, they are great storage for your products and when they're empty take them back and get a refill, saving the planet one Lush product at a time and if you're looking for more excuses to spend even more at Lush you can get a FREE tin if you purchase two Body Butters, be silly not to!
Anyway, the product itself is a cream square with 'bits in it'. These bits are what makes Buffy so...well...Buffy! Buffy contains ground rice, almonds and aduki beans all of which combine to create gentle but thorough exfoliation. The bulk of the bar is made up of cocoa butter and shea butter. These two wonder ingredients create a rich, smooth moisturising lotion. Buffy is fragranced with Lemon oil and Lavender oil which at first I thought don't go but they do and they create a lovely clearing, calming fragrance.
Originally I was a bit confused by the concept of a solid body butter so I consulted the Lush Times for tips on how to use it. It's quite simple really.
1. Get in the bath or shower have a wash and lather with your other bath/body products.
2. When rinsed remove yourself from the water. If you're in the bath stand up, in the shower step away. Have a good scrub round using Buffy, I hold it flat in my palm. I usually put the bar down once I've rubbed it all over and go over again with my hands seems to make a bar last longer this way. You should feel the exfoliating goodness of the natural ingredients and the luxury of the natural butters melting into your skin.
3. Rinse off and pat dry- you will be left with smooth, soft, strokeable skin.
Supposedly, Buffy is a dab hand at slaying the evil cellulite but I can't say I've noticed or even believe that a product can get rid of cellulite but I do know that Buffy is a skin smoothing miracle bar that comes highly recommended by me and army of Lush fans. I probably wouldn't have considered buying this product myself but since trying it I am a definite convert and will be trying all the Body Butters in the Lush range. I have so far used my Buffy Bar 4 times and there is still plenty left, I think it would be too rich to use everyday but as say, a weekly treat, it's great value and a great way to inject a bit of luxury pampering into your bathing routine.
If your looking for an environmentally friendly, luxury body butter, go solid and enjoy your lovely soft skin.
Thorough exfoliation bar for your body /