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Some time last year I purchased myself a set of Champneys products as a little treat to myself. They were all in the Mediterranean Bliss scent which is one I had liked on opening the various different jars and tubes on display in Boots. Over the last few weeks I have been using the Body Hydrator (Champneys pretentious way of saying body lotion!) and so thought I would share my opinion.
This product was created by Champneys to celebrate the opening of their first continental spa in the Spanish Hills. Champneys say that the ingredients, which include olive leaf, fig milk and green tomato will help leave skin feeling deeply moisturised, soft and glowing.
The lotion is packaged in a bright blue tube with a gold screw top lid and gold accents. The packaging fits in well with the other products from the range and I think it looks like a premium product, so I'm happy enough to keep it out on display.
On applying the lotion I have found that it is quite a thin consistency, yet not runny. As it's thin a reasonably small amount will spread over a large area of skin, which makes the product a little more economical. It feels lovely on rubbing it into the skin as it's fairly creamy which I wasn't particularly expecting given the thin consistency. I also find it very cooling which has been lovely over the last few days of hot weather. If ever I was to run out of after sun I can see that this would be a good alternative, although it is not specifically designed for that purpose. It sinks in really quickly after application too which is another good thing about it, as I hate that sticky feeling some lotions can leave on the skin.
I should mention the scent of the product which is one of the main plus points for me. It has a lovely summery fragrance to it, which is uplifting and luxurious. It smells mainly of fig, but whilst I've found some of the other products in this scent to have a fairly sharp zingy edge to them, this one doesn't. Once on the skin I think this smells more subtle than it does when in the tube, but I don't actually mind that too much as I found some of the bath products in this range to be a bit too overly perfumed.
In terms of hydration this is really excellent. I have fairly dry skin and often get flakes on my elbows and knees in particular. Since using this my skin feels soft, smooth and moisturised without any residue being left behind. Any flaky patches have all but disappeared and my skin looks brighter too.
I was a little surprised to see that the retail price of the full sized tube (200ml) is £12 at Boots. I expected it to be expensive as all Champneys products are, but I think between £6 and £8 would be a fairer price. I actually found the same thing with the shower cream in this range - nice but a little too expensive for what it is.
On the whole I do like this product and would recommend it. It smells lovely and leaves my skin feeling beautiful and has a luxurious feel about it too. The only downside really is the price which I feel is a little high for what it is, so I would advise looking out for any special offers if possible.