“ Brand: Benefit / Balm / Type: Body Balm / What it does: regenerates, „
I'm a fan of quite a lot of Benefit products. One of the products which I particularly love is the Bathina Body So Fine Body Balm. Unfortunately Benefit have discontinued this, however you can still pick them up on ebay. In fact I've just managed to pick up a brand new unopened one off ebay for just 99 pence, plus postage, a bargain when you consider that they were over £20 new.
Bathina Body So Fine Body Balm is a silky glimmering body balm. It comes in a flat rectangular tin which is very beautifully designed in a 50's retro kind of way. Inside the tin you get a smaller rectangular tin which contains the silky pink body balm, and a black velvet puff with which to apply the balm. The balm itself is a very solid balm, similar in consistency to a body butter, and the little velvet puff is so super soft and even has a little cream ribbon handle that makes it easier to hold the puff and to apply the body balm.
This looks absolutely gorgeous on my very pale freckly skin, as it just leaves a very subtle pinkish glimmer, it gives my skin a gorgeous and healthy shimmering glow. Although it appears to be very pink it does actually go on with quite a sheer finish, it leaves a seductive glimmering sheen rather than a shine. I use this mainly on my shoulders, arms, cleavage and legs. I think that it's the perfect tone for fair skin, I'm not too sure how well this would work on very tanned skin though as it's very pink.
Although the body balm is really silky and smooth it isn't hugely moisturising, and so I find that it works best if I apply a light body lotion first before using the balm. I then find that the balm goes on much more smoothly and evenly, and I find that it glimmers even more on my skin this way. This is easy to apply, I just stroke the velvet puff along the balm to pick up a small amount of the balm, I then apply the balm to my skin in vertical strokes with the puff, then using the puff I will buff the balm into my skin in a circular motion to massage it all in completely.
The body balm smells lovely, it has a very subtle floral fragrance. The fragrance in the body balm doesn't really linger on my skin after I've applied it, but I quite like that it doesn't as this way it doesn't clash with my perfume and any other body products that I've used.
I guess that my only gripe with the body balm is that it can rub off onto your clothes and leave behind a pink shimmery patch. It does wash out of your clothes though if it does happen to get on them, as long as you add some Vanish to the wash.
I do actually really like this body balm, and I'm seriously considering making another ebay purchase while there's still some floating around.
I absolutely love this Benefit Bathina body so fine balm. It literally makes your skin appear flawless and stunning! My dad bought me it a couple of years back in a Christmas package which he just randomly bought but it turned out to be one of my favourite presents! This balm lasts for absolutely ages, and it's not just me who has used it over the past couple of years, when I first started using it my friends would say on a night out how lovely my skin looked so ever since then, anytime the girls get ready at my house they always ask to use it! There is still half a tin left too which shows how a little goes a long way. Benefit Bathina Balm leaves a gorgeous subtle scent on your skin too, its not so strong thatnit overpowers your perfume or anything though, it has a beautiful slight shimmer in the balm but it isn't like throwing a load of sparkle over yourself which I think can look quite tacky, Bathina is subtle but super effective. Bathina balm comes with a little velvet type pillow that you glide over the balm then straight onto the skin (looks stunning over your collar bones, shoulders and just shaven legs) this product will definitely be on my Christmas wish list for years to come! Bathina balm isn't sticky or tacky and it doesn't transfer onto clothing and lasts all night! It makes your skin soft to touch too. This balm won't replace your moisturiser though so it's best to moisturiser first then when thats all soaked in, apply the Bathina Balm! I would recommend this product to any woman who likes a little indulgence!
I haven't used this product for a while - say 3 years but after a massive bedroom clear out I found it at the bottom of my wardrobe and wondered why it was there. So, like the tin says I had a nice hot bath before going out for the night and decided to try this product again. The texture is amazing and even after a couple of years the lotion made my legs 'smoother than a baby's bottom'. I adore the colour it gives my skin, I have quite a tanned natural colour (a little lighter than olive) and the pink shimmer highlights my legs perfectly. I especially love to put this product on my collar bones when I'm wearing a lower cut top/dress - it's the perfect substitute for bronzer - it gives you a more even shimmer and doesn't give you an orangey glow and even better doesn't waste my expensive bronzer. All in all great product and extremely long lasting, my only negative would be the smell, it's quite strongly perfumed and can be a little over powering.
Body Balm isn't the most unusual product in the world but I have to say when I first saw and tried Benefit Bathina Body So Fine Body Balm (certainly a mouthful of a name!) I'd never seen or used anything like it before. What's more I really thought this cannot be anything special but how wrong I was. Now after owning this product for 2 years I want to share with you my thoughts on this special and unusual product.
Benefit Cosmetics who are they?
Benefit the makers of this product are a US based cosmetic company based in San Francisco, California. The company started in 1975 when identical twins the Fords set up the company. It's gone on to become a global make-up brand with a quirky fun edge to it. The main difference between Benefit and many other major brands are the interesting names for products they use like 'ooh la life' for there volumising mascara and 'erase paste' which is a concelor product. What's also a real differing point is the quirky packaging they use for their products which make them stand out and in my opinion much more interesting than some other brands on the market. The brands products aren't cheap which does mean they aren't always something you can just pop in the basket but certainly worth a look if you can afford them.
What is Bathina Body So Fine Body Balm?
Benefit Bathina Body So Fine Body Balm is as the packaging describes a 'velvet body balm'. To my mind its somewhere between a moisturiser or body butter and light reflecting make-up for your body. I use it when I want to make a special effort with my skin, which is normally when I'm going out or during the summer when I dare to show some more of it! It's beautifully scented and gives a lovely luminous quality to your skin and it's for these reasons I think it's a great item to have.
The product comes in what I consider an unusual form. It's akin to a tin pencil case. The image on the front is of a lady in a boudoir style setting, which gives a hint to the luxurious side to the product. When you open the box the lovely scent of the body balm hits your senses and evokes thoughts of glamour and style. Inside the box there is a smaller tin box, which is covered by a see-through lid where the balm is stored. The lid can be easily removed and is a good protector to stop the product drying out or getting damaged. The balm is a pale pinky/peachy colour with a silky texture to touch. Along side the balm is an applicator for the product or 'Bathina's puff' as described on the packaging. This little black puff is perfect for applying the balm and has a pink ribbon on one side so you can easily hold the applicator when applying the balm. Do note that the image used above has now changed on current packaging as I noticed on the company's website its now a lady in a outdoor setting wearing shorts on the front and the box seems a little smaller than that which I have as is displayed above.
Before I bought this product I didn't own anything that compared to it in terms of what it does and how to apply it. A friend first shared the product with me, it was at my hen do and I have to say immediately I was hooked. I thought it was perfect for doing a little something special to your skin on a big occasion. So I thought I'd buy it for my wedding day and I've been a convert ever since. I don't consider it a moisturiser at all and haven't really ever used it as such. I see it as my way of adding a little something to my skin for that big occasion or a night out, it gives my skin a lovely glistening quality without being too brash. The glistening sheen it gives skin is a light pinky hue, which I think, should go well with most skin-tones. I'm quiet a pale colour and I find it works perfectly with my skin-tone. In my opinion the product is quiet classy as it makes skin look brighter and silkier. Also it has a wonderful scent, which to me is a really clean smell with a slight sweetness. It doesn't overpower so when worn with perfume I don't think it clashes but I do think it gives your skin a wonderful subtle smell. For me the scent doesn't last all night but I wouldn't expect it too after a couple of hours on the dance floor! The luminous quality does last though the night though, which for me is perfect.
It's currently available in Boots for £22.50. I bought my Bathina Body Balm about two years ago (circa £20) and I still am using that purchase today so you will get lots of applications from the product. What I will say is its expensive. When I was getting married I seemed to throw all caution to the wind and buy any products I fell in love with including this (cost not a worry!) as I could reason with myself that it was worth it for the big day. Maybe now if I'd come across this product for the first time the price may have put me off it slightly but if I'm honest I'm really glad I bought it as it does make my skin feel and smell great when I wear it.
Overall the Verdict
This little tin of wonder won't change your life but it will make you feel pampered and a little bit luxurious. It's not a bad thing to give yourself a little bit of luxury and for me this is just that little treat. It's an unusual product but I think it's worth a little expense now and then for a little luxury in life.
Rating for this from me is 4/5 as the price is a slight drawback.
Thanks for reading this review.
This body balm comes in a metal tin which is the shape of a large pencil case. Inside is a pinkish balm together with a puff to apply the balm with.
The puff has a ribbon around it which you put over your fingers making it easy to hold. You wipe the puff over the balm and then apply to anywhere on your body that you want a bit of a gleam. I put this on my legs, arms and across my cleavage. It gives skin a sexy sheen which is perfect for a night out.
It isn't overtly shimmery or glittery, instead it is subtly shimmery and gives a lovely glow to the skin.
It looks especially great on legs - masking imperfections and giving an even colour.
While this does make my skin feel a lot softer, unlike body butters this isn't a moisturiser.
It has a rose-like scent which is very girly and sexy.
It costs about £14.50 and because it is a balm it is very thick so lasts a long time. I bought mine a few years ago and still have a lot left.
Just done some rsearch and found out that there is a new edition of this which now costs £22.50!
Again I am reviewing another fabulous gift that I was given from the Benefit range. As I explained before it is not very often that I can afford to splash out on the products for myself and as all my family and friends know that I love the brand I am very lucky and usually receive one or two for Christmas and birthday and this one was a lovely gift from my lovely Mum.
====== The Product ======
Benefit Bathina, Body so fine is branded as a velvet body balm that to quote them is "Body seduction in a flirtatiously scented balm, slightly naughty and totally irresistible and all you need to wear" Erm yes please!.
The balm comes in a box with a fifties style lady on the front wearing a short silk catsuit and a cheeky wink, she is seen applying the balm with the applicator.
When you open The box, the tin inside has the same picture and the tin is a fabulous cerise colour that just makes you want to dive right in.
======= How To Use The Product =======
When you open the tine the scent comes straight out and you are greeted with a fabulous, flirty scent that if it had a name would be girly and flirty!. It actually contains scent of white blossoms and is quite a heavily flowered scent which you get the full sense of in the tin but once its applied it's a very subtle fresh scent.
In the tin you have the pink balm which takes up three quarters of the tin and the rest is the application which is a gorgeous black velvet puff with a pink ribbon around it to rest your hand in.
You can use it anyway you want to, there is no hard and fast rule but I tend to apply it by gently stroking the balm up and down and the using upward strokes apply it to my skin. I use it on my legs, arm and chest although as I say it is designed to be used anywhere.
====== The Results =====
The balm goes on very smoothly and you can hardly feel that you are actually applying anything. When you apply it you will notice straightaway a very subtle pink shimmer which is really in evidence which the light catches it. And you can see sparkles of pink and sliver which does give you a lovely soft glow.
If you rub your hand over where you have applied the balm you will notice that all the skin really does feel like velvet and incredibly smooth, there is no greasy feel to it all and it is very comfortable to wear and I loved the very subtle shimmer that I had.
The shimmer and silky feeling lasted all day and I was pleased that it did not rub off on my clothes or any furniture or my husband for that matter! And he did comment on nice my skin felt.
As far as the scent of the product goes as I said earlier it does have quite a strong flowery scent to it but once it's applied to your skin it really does become very subtle although I was pleased that I could smell it every now and then and I love to be able to smell a scent that I am wearing so if you don't like a sweet smelling flower than it may be a little too heavy for you.
The size of the product in the tin means that you can wear this everyday and it will last a long time as you really only need a few stokes with the puff applicator to give you a fabulous soft shine.
I should add that it is saved me a fortune on clothes as after you have applied this your body feels so soft , smooth and glowing that all you need to add is a smile and a wink!
===== A Few Tips =====
To help elongate your legs use the balm just on the front from your knee down to your ankle and blend it slightly, when the light reflects on it it gives the illusion of longer and slender pins.
If you have an ample bosom and just want to highlight them apply the balm just on the top of your chest and this will just give them a parker look!.
To give the illusion that you have more than you really do chuck the chicken fillets and apply the balm down the centre of your cleavage and just on the tops for Vavavoom glamour!
====== Cost And Availability ======
Benefit products can be purchased in many larger department stores and also online. £24.00 is the cost of the Body So Fine. It is actually on offer on the Benefit website for just £ 19.60 www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
I bought this as a treat for myself in the run up to my wedding. I was desperate to have fabulous Hollywood startlet skin on my wedding day and honeymoon and this helped me on the way.
The body balm comes packaged in a 110g tin that is about 9 inches long, 3 inches wide and about 1 inch deep, The edge of the tin is a deep metallic pink colour. On the front is a pastel 50s style drawing of a long legged lady sitting in a boudoir applying the balm with the sponge. The back of the tin has another pastel drawing and a little description of the body balm.
When you open the tin you can immediately smell the balm which is a slightly floral and sexy scent - it smells expensive.
The balm has it's own compartment in the tin which is about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. The remainder of the tin contains an applicator sponge, which is covered in a black velvety material with a pink ribbon on the back for you to put your hand through. The applicator is about 3.5 inches long, 2.5 wide and about 3/4 of an inch deep.
The balm is solid, in the way a bar of soap would be. It is a very light peach colour. When you wipe the applicator sponge over it, it picks up the balm which you can then trasfer on to your skin .
When you apply the balm to your skin it gives a very subtle sheen and slight coverage - almost like a very light foundation.
It has a very very subtle shimmer - just enough for you to see up close. It also adds a lovely fragrance to your skin. You would not need to wear perfume after applying this body balm - but if you wanted to, the fragrance is subtle enough not to overpower your own fragrance.
I love that you can apply this all over without looking like you've dipped yourself in the glitter pot - it's great for helping to even out skin tone and gives a glossy finish to legs, shoulders and arms.
This is not a cheap product - retailing at around £24.50. However, I bought mine through ebay for about £15, which I think was a lot more reasonable. It would make a lovely gift for someone or a great treat for yourself.
I am a massive fan of the BeneFit product range and have tried almost all of their products at one time or another. Benefit products are soooo lovely; every part of their packaging is so well designed that you don't want to throw anything out. You always want to keep the product on display even when you havent got room. BeneFit products are at the top end of the price range I believe for these types of cosmetics. Sometimes I think that you pay for the packaging as opposed to the quality of the product.
That can be said for the Benefit Bathina Body so Fine Body Balm. The Balm comes in a long thin metal tin with a gorgeous glamorous design on the front showing Bathina putting the balm on her silky legs. Inside you get a lovely velvety pad for applying the balm.
I have to admit at first I didnt want to use it as I want to keep it looking so perfect but someone told me that we should enjoy these things rather than allowing them to ruin. I love the smell! It smells of white blossom which lingers on your skin for a long time. My husband loves it.
The balm applies easily and leaves your legs silky smooth with a slight shimmer. It is really flattering on uneven skin tone. I love to use it on my arms, back and decollatage as well.
The only downside really is that the balm does not rub in, it sits on your skin. This means that it can rub off on your clothes, settee etc and does feel a little bit greasy. It is not a major problem, you just have to be careful.
I have had mine for a few years now and although I use it at least once a month there is plenty left and it still smells great! I suppose you could say it was an investment!
Bathina Body So Fine is a lightly scented body balm created by the award-winning BeneFit cosmetics company. The product is part of BeneFit's Skin and Bodycare range.
Bathina Body So Fine comes in a lovely pink tin with a 50s pin-up girl style illustration on the front. Open up the tin and you'll find the body balm and a soft, black applicator pad - BeneFit has thoughtfully attached a pink ribbon strap to the pad through which you can slide your fingers. This then enables you to rub the entire pad across the balm and coat it completely with the product.
The balm itself is a nude colour. It feels velvety soft to the touch. The scent is subtle and delicate. BeneFit tells us that it's the 'scent of white blossoms'. I have no idea what 'white blossoms' smell like in the garden - but they smell pretty fantastic on me!
To apply I simply rub the coated applicator pad up and down my legs/arms - it couldn't be easier. The balm doesn't absorb very well into my skin, but I don't think it's meant to. Once applied it gives my skin a subtle, but noticeable, luminescence. It does take a little while to get used to because of the fact that it's not absorbed, as you can feel the balm to the touch and you do have to resist the temptation to try and rub it in!
Also, because it isn't absorbed it can rub off on clothes - which could be potentially troublesome. I've only really had a problem with it once when I was wearing an LBD and after sitting down for a while noticed that some of the balm had transferred itself from my legs to the bottom of my dress. However, that's easy fixed - either stand at the bar and/or dance all night. Simples!
I feel very glamorous when I'm wearing this. It does take longer to apply than a normal moisturiser, but I think it's worth it. And it stays put all night. Mine comes out in the summer (those three weeks in August when it's warm enough to get your legs out!). I also take it on holiday with me. It really works best with a bit of a tan - but doesn't everything! There's no product I'm aware of that can cast milk-bottle legs in even a slightly better light!
Body So Fine costs £19.50. It's not cheap (the more of these reviews I write the more it's becoming apparent that I like expensive cosmetics and body care products! Oh well, not to worry, I'm just going to brush right past that!). But, there is a lot of product here and you don't need to use much to achieve the desired results. I've had my current tin for a good few years now and it still smells as beautiful as it did when I bought it. I do keep it out of sight though, in a bathroom cabinet, as I don't want the sun to taint it.
BeneFit was born in 1976, created by identical twins Jean and Jane Ford who opened up their first beauty boutique in San Francisco. The wacky brand now has over 3000 counters in 30 countries and many of the products have attained an almost mythical status in Celebville over the years. Probably most famous of all the BeneFit products is 'Benetint', a rose-coloured lip and cheek stain, originally concocted in 1977 for an exotic dancer who wanted something that would make her nipples look pretty and pink. With the strapline 'the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle' Benetint is as much in demand today as it was then and is loved by celebrities and make-up artists everywhere.
There is however a potential issue with BeneFit that I must mention. This is around the company's animal testing policy. BeneFit states that it does not test its finished products on animals. It also states (and this is taken directly from the BeneFit website) that, "It is impossible to use only ingredients which have never been tested on animals at some point in the past. In conformity with European rules, tests on ingredients are not done on animals when other methods exist to ensure the safety of those ingredients"). So - it's a bit 'woolly' to say the least. I've done some research on the internet and can't find anything concrete either way.
I have to say that I've been a fan of BeneFit for a long time and I have quite a few of their products. The company has managed to create a niche for itself that many have tried to emulate but haven't even gotten close. It's a delicious mix of the whimsical, the pretty and the girly (think pink - lots and lots of pink), but with just a sprinkle of flirtatiousness; all wrapped up with a big vintage bow!
BeneFit puts as much thought into its distinctive kitsch and kookie packaging and product names as it does into the products themselves. With titles such as Dr Feelgood complexion balm, Some kind-a Gorgeous foundation faker, Ooh La Lift instant under-eye brightening boost and Thrrrob "turned on" face powder it's almost impossible to fall under the BeneFit spell just a little. And everything smells just heavenly. Which made it even harder for me to decide that the products I own now will probably be my last, until such time that BeneFit can categorically state that it does not test any ingredients on animals or uses suppliers who do.
You can buy BeneFit products directly from the BeneFit website, or retailers including Selfridges and House of Fraser.