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Buffy: Slaying backsides the world over
Lush Buffy the Backside Slayer
Member Name: pink_glitter
Lush Buffy the Backside Slayer
Advantages: smells great, exfoliating, no packaging, leaves skin soft
Disadvantages: a bit on the expensive side if you exfoliate regularly
I bought a bar of Lush's Buffy the backside slayer (now simply shortened to Buffy after Warner Bros complained!) a while ago, but because I felt it was expensive for what it was, I have only been using it now and again as a treat. I most recently used it a few nights ago when I was feeling particularly knackered and stressed out, and was feeling in need of a little pick-me-up, so thought I'd write about it while it was still fresh in my mind!
Buffy is from the range of Lush body butters. Don't be fooled by the name 'body butters' though, these are not body lotions as I thought in the beginning. A couple of them (such as King of Skin) are skin conditioners, but the majority are exfoliating bars, Buffy included.
Buffy is a solid creamy white block which if you look closely, you will see is speckled with tiny brown grains. It contains cocoa butter and Shea butter which are both known to moisturise the skin, and has a triple exfoliating action as it contains ground Aduki beans, ground rice and ground almonds to slough away dead skin cells or in other words buff the skin (hence the name 'buffy'!). Not only that but massaging the skin is thought to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, so rubbing one of these bars across your backside will help slay it! Lol!
As well as the things mentioned above, Buffy also contains lemon oil and lavender oil. Lemon and lavender may sound like a strange combination on paper, but in real life, they go together quite well - I even own a Lemon Lavender Yankee Candle! The scent of this is much gentler than the fragrance of my candle, I must add, but it's really very nice - a sort of floral scent with a sharp edginess to it. Lemon oil is known for its antiseptic properties, meaning this product is ideal if you suffer from spots on your body, and Lavender helps relax and soothe you.
You can buy body butter tins from Lush to store these in, and if you buy two body butters you get a tin free. Personally I would recommend getting one, as without I've found the body butters can dry out and become quite crumbly.
Despite the fact that this contains three types of exfoliating grain, to look at it, you wouldn't think it's particularly 'scrubby'. In fact, even to hold it in your hand it feels quite smooth. When you begin to rub this onto the skin however, it's a totally different experience.
Buffy should be rubbed onto wet skin, and as soon as you do so you will begin to feel the grains on your skin. They do feel quite harsh, and given the aforementioned smooth outward appearance of the bar, I always manage to forget just how harsh they are until I use it again. Personally though, I do like this feeling, as it makes me feel like it is working. Beware if you have sensitive skin, this may be a little much for you, and it does have a tendency to turn my skin a lobster red colour after using it!
As you massage this onto your arms/legs/areas you want to 'slay' , the cocoa butter and Shea butter will leave a gorgeous layer of skin-softening goodness behind - and you'll also get a few grains left behind too! Even when rinsing the grains away, the cocoa and Shea butters are left behind leaving the skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth, and eliminating the need to apply a separate moisturiser. That beautiful scent I mentioned before lingers on your skin too and any dry patches you may have had will be totally exfoliated and smooth as a babies behind!
Buffy comes in two sizes, 90g costing £4.84 and 200g bar costing £8.76. This does not wear down as quickly as some other Lush body butters do, so you should manage to get a fair few uses out of even the smaller bar. Like I said, I keep mine and only use it now and then for a treat as I exfoliate regularly and it would cost me a fortune if I used this every time.
For anyone who has dry skin or in fact anyone who just wants to exfoliate and moisturise their skin at the same time, I'd recommend Buffy. It smells delicious, leaves skin soft and is incredibly effective which are only some of the reasons that Buffy has become a Lush legend!
Summary: Buff with Buffy