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~~~~~~~~~~~ Something new ~~~~~~~~~~~ I was lucky enough recently to receive a big box full of Champneys products as a gift. I had never tried the range before so everything inside was completely new to me, and I am certainly enjoying trying them all out. I love my moisturisers, and would rate Body Shop body butters as my usual faves, so it was nice to try something completely new. This cream promises to be deeply nourishing and contains a blend of olive oil, shea, mango and cocoa butters. This comes nicely packaged in a simple, classic looking tub that is in keeping with the rest of the Champneys range, which has a slightly posh look to it! Inside the cream is, appropriately, a light cream colour, and has a very subtle but pleasant scent. It definitely reminds me of cocoa butter, but much lighter than other cocoa butters I have used - so for those who usually find cocoa butter a bit too sickly, this may be a good alternative! I love mango-scented products, so I have to say that I am a bit disappointed that the mango scent isn't a bit stronger in this cream but there is definitely a mellow fruitiness to it, underneath the creamier fragrance. ~~~~~~~~~~ Rich and easy ~~~~~~~~~~ The texture of this is rich, as you would expect, although not quite as thick as the Body Shop body butters. It absorbs into the skin very easily so it's quick and easy to apply, and I really enjoy putting this on after a shower. It really does leave skin feeling soft and smooth, and it does feel a bit on the luxurious side due to the nice rich texture and the lovely subtle scent. ~~~~~~~~ In summary ~~~~~~~~ Overall I really like this cream and would definitely recommend it to those of you who like quite rich body lotions. It is a very effective moisturiser and has the sort of fragrance I imagine would appeal to most people as it is quite neutral and subtle. I would actually prefer it to be a bit fruitier, and in all honesty I would still opt for the Body Shop butters over this one, but all in all I would still recommend this and happily use it again. A 300ml tub of this cream will cost you £10 from Boots, but of course as always, do look out for special offers - or cross your fingers and hope you are lucky enough to receive them as a gift as I did!
I usually tend to stick to the Body Shop body butter but having been given some Champneys Spa toiletries as a present, I decided to be slightly more ''adventurous'' and started exploring their cosmetics. I haven't heard of Champneys Spa before and I quickly learnt that this is a chain offering spa breaks all over the country. This body butter comes in a round, plastic see-through pot with a golden screw-on lid. It is fairly simple but practical and I was surprised to see that it actually doesn't contain that much information about the product. It has a cream colour and a lovely creamy but fairly thick texture. I absolutely love the scent: very subtle, feminine and a bit like baby powder. It is very pleasant and I really like it; it lasts a really long time (but I still can apply my favourite fragrance and it doesn't create a weird mixture altogether because the scent of the body butter is quite mild), making both my skin and my room smell lovely. It is very easy and pleasant to apply: just spread it all over your skin and massage it in. It is easily absorbed so I happily use it both in the morning and in the evening. It contains a blend of olive oil, shea, mango and cocoa butters and lingonberry oil. I am not entirely sure what this combination should smell like hence I cannot comment on it but as I mentioned above, the scent is lovely. These ingredients are meant to calm the skin and leave it soft and supple. I entirely agree with this (though I have only normal to dry skin whereas this body butter is intended even for really dry skin); it left my skin really well moisturiser, soft and extremely pleasant to touch. It doesn't leave a greasy or sticky after-feeling which is an additional plus. Overall, this is a very good body butter. It can be bought in Boots (I haven't seen it in Superdrug) and 300ml normally costs £10.00 which I think is quite a lot. Thank you for reading my review.
If you've read my recent foot butter review you'll know that for my birthday in April I received a Champneys gift set from one of my friends. I was delighted to receive such as a set as it contained both a foot butter and body moisturiser. I'd been hoping these separately and receiving this gift set saved me some pennies! To be honest I'd heard of Champneys but didn't know too much about them. A little research revealed that Champneys offer a series of spa breaks all across the UK in addition to a range of skin and bath products. Further details of these can be found on their website www.champneys.co.uk. I've also noticed that in recent weeks Boots have launched the range in their shops and currently have some of the items on promotion. Having reviewed the foot butter I will now move onto reviewing the "Skin comforting body butter". Like the foot butter the body butter comes in a 50ml tub with gold coloured screw-on lid. Outside of the gift set, this cream retails at £10 for a 300ml tub. The tub itself is transparent through which the cream-coloured butter can be seen. The lid has the Champneys logo and product description in distinctive red, black and gold lettering. The product description states that this is a super-rich blend of four intensely moisturising butters which soothes, softens and gives protection to dry and dehydrated skin. The label on the back gives a bit more information. The four butters referred to on the lid are shea, olive, mango and cocoa, which are all well known to have moisturising properties. Although this product has been formulated for dry and dehydrated skin, Champneys state that this will be a treat for all skin types. The cream also has added lingonberry oil, which is supposedly rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Champneys claim that this cream will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable without the greasy after-feel. On opening the tub you are greeted with a cream coloured butter, which has to be scooped out to apply. I think in some ways it would be more hygienic if the cream came in a squeezy tube so that the rest of the cream isn't exposed to the air or dirty hands! I've read a lot of reviews on body butters and creams over the last couple of years and I know a lot of people like to apply this straight after having a bath. I too have done this on occasion but often prefer to apply this to my skin at night, leaving it to soak in and work its magic overnight before having a shower in the morning. This is for two reasons, the first being the fact that most of the shower products I use tend to use have moisturiser added and also are quite strongly scented and I don't want to ruin this by mixing the scent of the shower gel with that of the cream. The second reason is that often I find that body butters or creams are quite greasy, even if they claim not to be and I can feel them on my skin and rubbing against my clothes. This is not a pleasant feeling and so it is for this reason I tend to apply this at night. To apply I scoop a blob and massage over my skin. As would be expected from a body butter, the cream was quite thick. As you can imagine it takes several blobs to cover all the skin. I was surprised to note how easily this butter was absorbed into the skin. Given how thick it is I was expecting it to require some effort but this just seemed to melt into it. As I rubbed in I noticed the pleasant smell that this cream had. It smells quite sweet and I can definitely detect the smell of cocoa butter. Usually this smell tends to dominate in products that contain cocoa butter but in this case I can smell that the mango butter has mixed in well with this scent, lightening it somewhat. I can also detect a slight citrussy smell too. Looking at the label further I see that my nose is working well(!) as in addition to the butters and oils the cream also contains an aromatic blend of geranium, orange and cedarwood to gently fragrance the skin. Once applied my skin feels very soft and smooth. I have to say that although it isn't as greasy as other body creams I have used in the past I can still feel a layer of this on my skin. It is not a sensation that I particularly like and for this reason it is still something I would only apply at night. When I woke in the morning I was pleased to note how silky my skin felt - it felt quite deeply moisturised. I could also still detect the sweet smell of cocoa butter on my skin. I tend to suffer from dry skin on my elbows and knees and this did a good job of smoothing these areas out. After having a shower with my normal gel, which also had an added moisturiser, I was pleased to note that my skin felt even softer than normal and looked moisturised and healthy. Overall I am quite impressed with this cream. It's not as 'non-greasy' as I would like but does leave my skin feeling pampered and looking healthy so comes with my recommendation.
I love the Champneys brand of toiletries. The simple, yet elegant packaging promises a luxurious treat, whatever the product may be. The Skin Comforting Body Butter is no exception. The product promises that it is a creamy body butter which is intensively moisturising to condition protect and nuture your skin, and the body butter does deliver. When you open the pot, the most heavenly smell wafts out. The butter is fragranced with geranium, orange and cedarwood and the mixture is just divine - a few deep breaths of this is enough to relax the most stressed out hardworking girl! The active ingredients are a blend of shea, olive, mango and cocoa butters which result in a really rich and creamy moisturiser. The cream is suitable for all skin types, but is specially formulated for those with dry and dehydrated skin (that would be most of us after this winter then!!) The butter is really creamy and as a result is easier to apply than many other brands of body butter I have used. It absorbs really easily into the skin, and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and moisturised. The formula is completely non-greasy and leaves almost a sheen to the skin and of course your skin is delicately fragranced by that amazing smell. Best of all, as it is so easily absorbed, you can dress straight away without sticking to your clothes. Champneys products are available either on line through their own website or are widely available in Sainsburys. This body butter comes in a 350ml pot and the RRP is £10, which I don't think is bad actually as it really is such a treat. If your skin is need of some comfort, give it a try.
Ladies ever walked past someone who has that "fresh, clean" smell about them and wanted to smell like that? Then this is the stuff! When i don't want to use perfume I have used this. It feels very rich and soaks in really quickly leaving your skin feeling moistured and soft and the smell lingers all day. I also have the bath milk and shower gel and they all smell devine and a little last for ages it was fab at prolonging the life of my tan last summer. Its not expensive either around £10.00 for 350ml and its lasts ages. I tend to buy this stuff direct from the website because in January you can get a lot of things in the sale starting from around £3.00 so excellent value for money. The site also sells gift sets and has a gift wrap service that you can use on the sale items to so it makes excellent birthday or xmas present for a woman.