“ Brand: Lush / Type: Butter Cream / What it does: Smoothes, „
Lush Skinny Dip
Let me just share with you the excitement that Lush have been voted 'Best Retailer', 'Best Cosmetics' and 'Top retailer' by readers of Which magazine in 2012!
I love trying new products and would spend a small fortune in Lush given the opportunity. This is a new release Retro product only available on line. I have talked to the people who work in Lush in Derby about why Lush don't send a limited number of Retro stuff to the shops or even do like some shops and you can order on line and collect in a local shop saving the postage. It does annoy me to waste money on postage as often it is more than the product costs and then you are tempted to add more products to make the postage worth while and before you know it you have spent about £50 so at that stage I usually decide that I can live without any of them and log out, buying nothing.
I tend to buy my unusual things from Ebay and just keep on bidding until I get something at a reasonable price. I am careful not to get carried away and bid silly money and always take the postage costs as part of the whole price. I was lucky and made an offer for this and got it for less than i would have paid through Lush so I was quite delighted.
This is marketed as a Butter cream to wash with. It is not exactly a soap although I believe they used to sell it as a soft soap. Mine came in a black tub and it is in the same group of products as Turkish Delight and Dream wash, Lemslip and are a sort of mix between a soap and a bath cream or bath smoothie.
This does come in one of the black recyclable tubs . if you save five tubs ,wash them and take them back to Lush you can choose a FREE fresh face mask or a fresh Hair Doctor in return. I think this is such a generous way of encouraging people to recycle so thank you Lush for that. The solid perfume containers also count as do the clear pots from the shower jellies so don't throw them away and if in doubt save them and ask.
SO IT'S A SOAP THEN?
No, it isn't soap as it doesn't have lather yet it does clean you. The idea is that you take a piece of this and rub or smooth it over you damp body and enjoy a creamy smooth gentle wash with the most wonderful earthy aroma.
I am not sure this would work to get gardening hands clean or would get dirty feet pink and glowing again as it isn't that sort of body wash. It is designed for those with sensitive skins who have problems with the ingredients in soap such as surfactants. The ingredients in this are chosen to soothe skin and help keep it moist. Once you use this your skin will be so lovely and smooth that you can go 'Skinny dipping' is supposed to be the link to the name.
This comes in a black pot and has 100g of product for £4.95 so not a cheap option but it seems to go quite far. I use a small amount per bath and have used it about four times and my post still seems quite full.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"This is one of those unique Lush scents that's very hard to describe. You'll find hints of coconut, violet, clove, clary sage, vetivert and all sorts of other good things, but somehow the whole fragrance is much more than the sum of its parts. Treat yourself to a chunk of Skinny Dip and discover its beguiling scent for yourself - you'll be glad you tried it."
When this arrived i was so excited about trying it that I took it straight up and washed my hands so I could enjoy the feel and smell of the product.
On opening the pot the first thing to strike me was the smell which was very like 'Tramp' Shower gel, really earthy vetiver aroma mixed with coconut creaminess, a many sort of smell I would say rather than girly sweet.
I scooped a little of the creamy butter cream sort of texture out of the pot, you really do only need a little and then just dampened my hands and massaged the creaminess in. After a minute or so of massage I rinsed off my hands and they felt lovely and clean but soft and the smell was just perfect. I am a big fan of earthy aromas and this is just my sort of smell. The person I bought it from hated the smell so I believe it is an acquired taste. If you hate vetiver then avoid this one is my advice.
Skinny Dip belongs to the Butter Cream family of soaps as I said which means they are not solid bars of soap, they are sold in black pots from which you scoop out what you want to use. According to Lush "Buttercreams are 20% soap to clean your body and 80% butters, oils, infusions and other fabulous things to get your skin looking and feeling lovely" whereas Soap is "99% soap and 1% fragrance; 2% for a really posh one." taken from their website.
This is a creamy white product with small bits of coconut in it. The coconut bits are not really that obvious and would not work as a very thorough exfoliant in my view as there are not enough and they are too small to be much of a scrub.
WHAT IS IN THIS ONE?
Being a Lush product everything in the buttercream has a specific purpose or benefit. This is full of almond oil and cocoa butter to moisturise the skin.
This has lots of natural Aloe Vera Gel which is well known for its soothing qualities. It is specially good for people with dry skin as it soothes and redness and helps stop itching and also for those with oily skin it helps to moisture and re-hydrate your skin without the need to produce excess oils.
Almond Oil which is not a heavy greasy oil but helps to soften the skin and also contains Vitamin E which is good for skin and it leaves a lovely silky feel to the skin. I always use almond oil in my aromatherapy mixes for massages.
Cocoa Butter is brilliant for skin moisturising and is a lovely natural product which helps to soften and moisturise the skin.
Rapeseed oil and coconut oil are also there to add moisturising properties and rapeseed oil is a very light oil with little smell while coconut oil does have a coconut aroma.
Clary Sage Oil is a really good warming and relaxing oil and it is also good for balancing the sebum within skin and so good for those with problem spotty type skin.
Vetivert Oil which is what I can smell strongly in this product with its earthy deep aroma is good for those with dry skin. It is also supposed to be good for reducing wrinkles, stretch marks and improving the tone of your skin.
Palmarosa Oil is another oil used to help moisturise and nourish the skin while also balancing of sebum and keeping the skin supple.
This also contains ylang ylang which is there for its sweet scent and it is also an anti depressant oil in aromatherapy.
Cedarwood oil which is an ancient antiseptic and astringent oil to tones and tightens the skin. It also helps to balance and clear oily skin conditions.
Clove bud oil which always reminds me of dentists but is there as another warming oil as it helps to increase blood circulation.
So it is a small mix of wonderful smelling powerfully good ingredients.
HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER USING THIS?
I just love the feel of this when I use it to wash myself in the bath. I use a little at a time and smear it all over then leave it on for a while as I lie and relax. The aromatherapy smells begin to do their work and I feel very pleasantly relaxed. As I rinse off the creamy mix my skin feels soft and not at all tight. The smell really lingers and even after drying myself off I can still smell it on my skin. I like to use this before bed and then hope straight into bed. The essential oils then can carry on working on my skin and help send me off to sleep too.
Another bonus using Lush products is that not only do they smell amazing while you use them but also the smell lingers in the bathroom too acting as a kind of aromatherapy air freshener. This is great for that and I can smell it for quite some time afterwards.
I am so taken with this that I think I will order some from the website before they stop making it again.
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I was trying to make room in my freezer for my shopping the other day, when lurking beneath the frozen peas, I found a box of this, Lush's Skinny Dip Butter Cream! I bought it ages ago, and as I had a lot of other shower gels on the go at the time, I put this in the freezer to keep it fresh and then forgot it was there. As I'm trying to use all my products up before buying any more, it was nice to have something 'new' to use, so I promptly defrosted this for use in the bath later that night!
So what is a butter cream anyway? Well it's basically like a soap, but Lush use 20% soap and 80% 'butters, oils and infusions' to make it really moisturising and luxurious.
I had actually used this product once before - a good few years ago now - and loved the scent, but remember my boyfriend at the time hated it. Even Lush admit on their website it's not to everyone's tastes. I have also used Lush's Lemslip butter cream, so I had a fair idea of what to expect from the product.
The butter cream is sliced from a large block in store, and my piece came packaged in a small cardboard box with a clear window on the side. The actual product is a creamy/off-white colour and to be honest, it looks a bit like a slice of cheese! On the photo above, it has a layer of coconut over the top, but it's unlikely that the slice you receive will have this layer - I know mine didn't. Like I said, I put mine in the freezer, but you don't have to do that, I only did so to keep it fresh, keeping it at room temperature won't do it any harm.
Usually the butter creams have a very soft and slimy sort of texture, however I found that this was a little solider, but perhaps that is because I'd had it in the freezer so long - I don't really think you're supposed to keep it in there for months on end!
Even so, the butter cream had a malleable texture, and you could easily tear a piece off to wash with. Like many Lush products there was very little lather with this, but still it felt like it was getting my skin nice and clean.
I mentioned the love/hate smell before, so I suppose I had better describe it. The butter cream contains creamed coconut infusion, aloe vera gel, almond oil, cocoa butter, clove bud oil, cedar wood oil, clary sage oil, ylang ylang oil, vetivert oil and palmarosa oil amongst other things. To me, the main scent of the finished product is the clove, with perhaps a hint of the cedar wood and clary sage coming through. It's quite a herbal, woody scent, and fairly strong too, so I could understand that not everyone would like it, but I really do, it's a real 'Lush' scent, the sort of scent you would struggle to find elsewhere.
After using the butter cream, I find that it leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth, and its also quite moisturising, so all those luxury butters are obviously doing their job well. The scent of the product does linger on the skin, however I can only smell it close up, it's not the sort of scent I notice on me after I get out of the bath unless, I actually put my arm to my nose.
A 100g slice of this butter cream costs just £2.10, making it one of Lush's cheapest products. Buy from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk
So in conclusion, I think this is a great product. I love the smell, the way it makes my skin feel, and the unusual texture. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it!
This is the worst butter cream going - seriously it smells awful!!! The giant cake looks great in the shop but once you get close to it, my god does it pong!!!
You can smell coconut in it but I expected it to smell a lot more coconutty than it does. In fact the things I can smell most are cloves and clary sage which do not go well together!
It has a layer of grated coconut on the top which is where most of the coconut smell comes from because when you smell a bit of this without the topping on it, it is really hard to pick up any coconut smell.
Like all other butter creams it is firm but a bit squidgy and very hard to handle, I put my little tester slice in a net shower bag (made from the same stuff as the shower puffs) and it did make my skin feel very soft and smooth and like all the other butter creams there is not a lot of lather but you do feel really clean.
If this smelled more coconutty then I would have liked it a lot more but as it was I thought it smelled terrible, really clovey - it reminds me of the stuff my mum used to use when she had bad teeth when I was little!
If you like the smell then this will do a great job but I would recommend you smell it before you buy as you could end up being very disappointed.
One of the best things about Lush is their freebies, every time I go on a shopping spree I come out with a few testers of one thing and another that I want to sample as a sort of try before you buy and sometimes I am lucky enough to get a decent sized portion of something to make it last.
That is what happened with Lush Skinny Dip. One of my must have's is not some boring brand of samey looking soap sitting in my bathroom, but something which is funky, bold and exciting. Some people, including my friends, think soap is soap, as long as it washes your hands and kills bacteria it does the job you bought it to do end of. For me, soap can be less boring, whether it is buying it from Lush or somewhere like The Bodyshop or Bomb Cosmetics, yes you pay a little more for it, but it looks nicer, smells nicer and to be honest is much nicer.
However, Skinny Dip with its rather fetching title is no ordinary bar of soap, well it is from Lush after all and like with most products it has an ulterior motive and in this case Skinny Dip is a soap which exfoliates your entire body and is designed to be used in the bath or the shower if you so wish, or you can just leave it sat in your soap dish to be used on your hands. The choice it seems is up to you, but the sales assistant I spoke to insisted that I try it as an exfoliator. So I did.
The first thing about Skinny Dip is the striking whiteness, you could compare it to the whiteness of Simon Cowell's teeth it is that bright and being that bright prompted me to go over to the soaps in the Lush shop and pick it up and smell it. When picking it up for the first time I almost dropped it because it wasn't what I was expecting, Skinny Dip belongs to the Butter Cream family of soaps which means they are not solid bars of soap, they are soft and squidgy and remind me of stress balls which you squeeze in the palm of your hand to release tension. According to Lush the difference between Soap and Butter Cream is "Buttercreams are 20% soap to clean your body and 80% butters, oils, infusions and other fabulous things to get your skin looking and feeling lovely" whereas Soap is "99% soap and 1% fragrance; 2% for a really posh one" and that is in their own words on their website. So why was it in the soap section? Well it was on offer, if you bought two soaps you got Skinny Dip for free, whereas I; the haggler bought one soap and got it for free anyway, amazing what a quick smile can do for you.
So Skinny Dip in its bright which glory is an oblong shaped Buttercream with shavings of coconut on the top. Each Buttercream has something placed on the top, and it is this something that acts as the exfoliator on your skin. So with my bargain piece I am delighted because it retails in Lush for £2.15p per 100g so it isn't a huge slice of soap, but it's free so I can't really complain.
This Buttercream contains an array of ingredients which give it an odd kind of smell; you can definitely smell Coconut and cocoa butter which as a combination are strikingly odd because they are both dominant smells but not ones in my opinion which work well together. So firstly we have Aloe Vera Gel which is a soothing ingredient and for people with dry and oily skin it helps to re-hydrate your skin without the need to produce excess oils, it also soothes redness and stops itching. Then we have Almond Oil which is a popular ingredient for Lush who usually use the kernels within their exfoliating produce, but in this case it is the oil that is used. Almond oil is non-greasy which helps to soften the skin and contains high levels of Vitamin E it leaves a silky feel to the skin. Cocoa Butter is also an ingredient which helps to soften and moisturise the skin. Clary Sage Oil is a warming oil which is relaxing and it is particularly good for balancing the sebum within skin and clearing up greasy complexions. Then finally there are two more oils worth mentioning. The first is Vetivert Oil which is used in quite a lot of soaps because it is quite versatile in what it has to offer because it is used to help moisturise and nourish the skin and is particularly beneficial to those people who suffer from dry skin. It is also helpful when it comes to helping to reducing wrinkles, stretch marks and at the same time improves the tone of slack skin. Then we have Palmarosa Oil which again is another oil used to help moisturise and nourish the skin and it also helps with the balancing of sebum and this helps to keep the skin supple and elastic. Again with Lush there is a lot more ingredients which can be found online.
After removing Skinny Dip from the Lush packaging I headed for the shower to see what this product would do. Notably the strong smell of Coconut was definitely noticeable as was the Cocoa Butter, so for anyone who isn't a fan of either smell, then you won't like this product. When it came to using this Buttercream I was surprised to find how easy it was to grasp onto and that it didn't slide all over the place as I used it. Then as I gently rubbed it between my hands the lather did take a while to produce but it did come eventually and once I was happy with that lather upon my hands, I used this product like I would do any other shower cream I would use. However, because this is an exfoliator soap, I made sure that I paid particular notice to the skin areas which was drier in part than others. The exfoliating shavings which are on the top of the Buttercream although look quite big in the picture are actually quite small and you can actually feel them moving about on your skin as you use the Buttercream.
One of the plus points for me about Lush is that a lot of the products smell amazing and that smell remains quite strong for a few hours after you have used it, whether it is soap, shampoo or a Bath Ballistic and you usually notice that that smell also lingers within the bathroom which is where you would predominantly use each product and as the steam spreads through the house it takes the vapours with it.
After using this soap for a good few months I was slightly impressed to notice that a lot of the dry skin on my hands, arms and shins had almost gone and my skin did feel soft and smooth to the touch, the only place it didn't work so well was on my face in which the skin became quite dry after using this Buttercream, so I now use another product instead. The smell does linger on your skin but it doesn't last as long as previous products and as soon as you spray perfume or use any lotion or potion the smell is masked totally which for me is a downside especially if I like the smell of a product like this one.
Are there any downsides to this soap? None other than the smell not lingering on my skin as much as I hoped it would because it is a smell I like. On the whole it works really well and does what it is intended to do and that is exfoliate my skin whilst moisturising and nourishing it, which it definitely does do.
Skinny Dip as mentioned is a 100g bar which on average should last you a good month maybe two at the most depending on your usage, I used this particular one twice a week and I was the only person within the house to use it and I have probably got another couple of uses left out of it before it runs out and I've had it for around 2 months now.
So, if you are looking for an exfoliating soap then look no further than this soap because it did exactly what I wanted it to do.
I?m a huge fan of Lush products and aim to try something different each time I go on a shopping expedition on their online store. Almost every single time, the new thing I?ve tried has turned into a favourite. One that hasn?t, however, is Lush Skinny Dip body wash. Actually Skinny Dip isn?t classed as a body wash or bath/shower gel, but as a skin conditioner. Therefore, it not only washes, but smooths and moisturises the skin as well. I was attracted to Skinny Dip by the description: ?How would you like to smooth melted white chocolate, creamed coconuts and many exotically scented essential oils all over your body?. Well that sounded pretty darn scrumptious to me, being a lover of chocolate and coconut, so I bought some forthwith! Skinny Dip is a beigey coloured liquid with the consistency of any other shower gel. One thing to note, though, is that the ingredients tend to separate, so it often needs a good shake before use. Being a hand-made and fresh product, as per all Lush products, you will find a use-by date and the name of the maker on the bottle. It is also not tested on animals and suitable for vegetarians. But onto the product? I was very excited opening my Skinny Dip for the first time, anticipating the smell of a Bounty bar. Alas, neither ingredient was discerned by my nose. All I could smell, in fact, was cloves. Now I associate cloves with two things. The first is baked ham, which I wouldn?t like to smooth all over my body. The second, even worse, is the oil of cloves I was given as a child to combat toothache. And it didn?t help my toothache ? it just tasted and smelt so strong and vile that my toothache paled in comparison. I didn?t want to smell of cloves (or ham, or toothache), but I?d paid good money for my Skinny Dip - £4.70 for 250 grammes - and I was going to use it. Fortunately, things then got more pleasant. The lotion produced a lovely rich la
ther which cleaned my skin very well and left it super-smooth right until the next wash. So do I recommend Skinny Dip? Well, yes and no. It works brilliantly and really does condition your skin. However, the smell of cloves is overpowering and stays on your skin for ages. Skinny Dip is undoubtedly a quality product that does what it says it will, but I won?t be buying it again purely because of the smell. If you don?t mind the clove pong, however, you?ll absolutely love it and your skin will love you for using it. But it probably won't get rid of your toothache.
A chocolate, clove and violet scented smooth, creamy mixture, with a hint of tropical essential oils to calm the mind and soothe the skin /