“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Butter / What it does: Enricheses „
As well as body butters, which are meant to be used in the shower over wet skin to moisturise you before you get out, Lush also do a foot butter and a hand butter for your extremities! I'd heard that they were both going to be discontinued, and as I'd tried all the normal body butters already decided to pick up these two before they vanished forever.
The Soft Touch is for use on the hands, and is designed as a "supremely softening butter treatment". It is a pale orange in colour, and is made with fresh mangoes which are full of vitamins and minerals: calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C and E and numerous B vitamins. Like other body butters, the bar is made from cocoa butter and shea butter to moisturise. The product also contains wheatgerm oil, which contains protein, oleic and linoleic fatty acids, vitamin B complex, iron and magnesium: the fatty acids are particularly soothing for hands. In addition, lemon, extra virgin coconut oil, vanilla pod infusion, avocado oil, vanilla absolute, neroli oil, lavender oil and cardamom oil are also included: quite a list of moisturising and sweet-smelling ingredients! Unfortunately for any vegans among you, the bar also contains beeswax.
The idea behind The Soft Touch is that you melt it in your hands at night and smooth the oils into your skin: that way you will wake up to soft, smooth hands. I must admit the bar looks too cumbersome to carry around during the day, and would possibly leave hands too greasy too!
The bar smells absolutely delicious, very fresh and fruity and sweet. I love going to bed after applying the product and being able to smell the scent as I fall asleep. I have been known to open the lid of my body butter tin, smell the product and put the lid back on during the day, just to get the scent! The bar is easy to apply on the skin - just rub it over your hands and then rub your hands together to cover them in product. The bar's 'meltability' is just right - it melts neither too quickly nor too slowly. After using the product I go to bed and wake up with lovely, soft, smooth hands. It would be possible to use specially-designed gloves to keep the product on your hands (or even, perhaps, normal gloves), but I don't have any so I haven't bothered.
I should say that my hands are in pretty good condition anyway, as I'm always careful to use hand cream several times a day especially in the cold weather. However, I've seen that the condition of my hands has been maintained using The Soft Touch once a day, at night, and am glad that I've got such an intensive moisturiser seeing as it's so cold outside!
I've been using the bar every day for the past few weeks, and it's barely gone down in size at all, so I imagine it will last a good few months. It could also be used on the feet and the rest of the body (although it might be slightly greasy), but I'm going to stick to using it on my hands, as I have other products for those areas!
There is only one problem with this product, really, and it's not a major one. When I apply hand cream from a tube, I remove the lid, put a blob of hand cream on one hand, put the lid back on and then rub the cream into my hands. With The Soft Touch, however, I have to rub the bar all over my hands in the first place before putting it back in the body butter tin. Then, when I put the lid back on the tin, it gets a bit greasy! This isn't really a major problem though, and it could be solved by the wearing of gloves.
Altogether, I recommend The Soft Touch. It smells lovely and moisturises hands really well, although it can be a little greasy so I recommend just using it at night. It lasts for ages, making it good value for money despite the £6.65 price tag. Sadly, it has now been discontinued but there may be some left in store. If you buy two body butters you also get a free tin which is ideal to store the body butter in.
This product is worth it's weight in gold!
I have very dry hands with knuckles that crack and bleed every winter without fail. This works wonders overnight and leaves my hands soft and smelling gorgeous!
The details - a square block of natural butters that moisturise very dry skin overnight, leaving skin soft,smooth and smelling wickedly vanillary.
How to use - Wash and dry hands well, hold this yummy orange block like you would a bar of soap and let your body heat melt the rich cocktail of butters and oils. Once melted, rub all over backs of hands, elbows, knees or feet (anywhere that needs it basically) then sleep! I have found it better to use with moisturising gloves/socks as it can get a little messy if you apply too generously ( trust me this IS the voice of experience)!
Once you awake from your slumber you will discover nothing but smooth, soft, nourished skin that smells beautiful for hours.
Word of warning - do not be tempted to use it if you plan to do anything with your hands, everything will slip out of your grasp - see above re experience!!
Lush do a whole range of body butters, but this is the only one that you can apply to dry skin and don't have to wash off. I wasn't convinced by the whole idea of a moisturiser you rinse off so I figured The Soft Touch was the best investment. I have not been disappointed.
The Soft Touch is a light orangey colour squarish bar. It comes in a paper bag when you buy it, and I recommend that you take it out of the bag asap and put it into some kind of plastic, or even better, glass pot or box. Those paper bags have an awful tendancy to absorb the scented oils in the product, and also are not very good for long-term storage as when you put the bar back in the bag after using it will be warm and slightly sticky.
The scent of the product is lovely. Normally I don't like vanilla scents but this has lemon and mango oils in it too which spice it up and make the whole confection smell wonderful. It lingers on the skin for a really long time, if I put it on my feet then I can usually still smell it everytime I take my socks off til my next shower.
To use I just pick it up and warm it between my hands, then rub it wherever I want to moisturise. It is intended for hands and feet but I also like to use it on my elbows, thighs and knees because they get a bit dry. If I use it as directed, on my hands before bed, when I wake up my hands are much softer, it is very effective and a lot better than most hand creams. I wouldn't use it in the mornings because it can make skin a bit greasy - it really needs time to be absorbed properly and work its magic.
It's actually pretty similar to the massage bars, but it melts a bit more slowly, which is a good thing as those massage bars can get quite messy! I also think this means it will last me a lot longer than they will. It does go fully solid once it cools down. When I'm finished using it I just put it back into the box.
I would recommend The Soft Touch to anyone who suffers from dry skin and is looking for a body moisturiser that comes without masses of excess packaging. It is a great product. At £6.65 for 90g the price is slightly off-putting, if you have a lot of dry skin you might want to get something cheaper, but The Soft Touch lasts a long time and it works.
***THE SOFT TOUCH***
This product is made by Lush and is classed as a Body Butter. This body butter is made with plant oils and butters which help to soften your skin and keeps your hand smooth, soft and moisturised. This product also contains coconut butter, beeswax and cocoa butter to work miracles on your hands. At £6.65 for a 90g it's not cheap, but it claims to work very well leaving hands smooth and soft.
To use the product is suggests to simply melt some onto your hands and smooth it in and leave over-night. They suggest leaving this product overnight as it is very oily and leaving it over-night means by morning your skin will have soaked up the oils and you will wake with super soft hands with a nice scent of vanilla.
***WHY DID I BUY THIS PRODUCT***
I suffer from dry hands and have bought so many different creams for my hands, which have worked for a few hours then I have to apply the cream again in order to moisturise my hands and make them soft again.
I was in Lush buying my normal exfoliating bar when I thought I would have a look at the other products seeing as I had some time to spare whilst I was at work. A Lush assistant approached and talked to me about the products. I said that I suffered from very dry hands, especially in the winter when it's cold. She suggested 2 products for me one of which is called 'Helping Hands', which I will be writing a review of later and another one was 'The Soft Touch' bar.
I thought this bar looked very different and sounded like a great way to moisturise my hands over-night and waking up with scent, soft hands. I decided to go with the advice the assistant gave me and I went ahead and bought this product.
***USING THE PRODUCT FOR THE FIRST TIME***
The bar is quite hard and you do need warm hands for this, so it's great to use after the bath or I simply warmed my hands slightly on the radiator and then rubbed the bar between my hands. Sure enough the bar softened and I rubbed it over the front and back of my hands and it left my hands looking very oily and shiny. This bar does have a nice smell to it, but it's a smell I can't really describe. It doesn't smell unpleasant and isn't over-powering like some of their products can be. I wasn't too sure about my hands being so oily, but I went to bed anyway.
I woke up in the morning and sure enough my hands were lovely and soft. They smelt smoother and softer and no longer looked dry or felt tight. The skin round my nails also looked and healthier too and it made me instantly feel good about myself. My hands also did have a very, nice sweet scent to them. They did have a nice hint of vanilla smell to them which was also quite nice and refreshing in the morning.
I have continued to use this bar nearly every night now and am always very pleased with the results. This is a lot better than any other hand cream I have bought and although the bar is quite pricey I don't mind paying it and it works really well. They also have small metal tins in Lush as well which you can use to put the bar in to keep it nice. This is a great idea as it stores and keeps better in the tin. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who suffers from dry hands as it worked perfectly for me.
(review also on ciao)
Lush The Soft Touch Body Butter
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Hand Butter / Overnight hand softening treatment.
As those who read my reviews probably realise by now, I am a bit of a fan of cosmetic products and Lush is one of my favourite places to buy them.
Lush isn't a cheap place to shop, but this is because they make hand made cosmetics from completely natural ingredients. They are also committed to reducing packaging and waste and do a wide range of charity work and projects around the world.
You can order online if you wish and also see the full range of products and ingredients, check out the charity work and projects that Lush carry out and locate your nearest store. Orders usually arrive within a few days of being placed and are packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene which is much kinder to the environment.
This product will cost you £6.65 for 90g and is not suitable for vegans. The idea is that you allow some of the bar to melt into your hands then rub it in and leave overnight. When you awake, you will have hands which have been moisturised overnight and feel hydrated and soft and also smell great too.
Though this is designed for hands, it is great to use on your body too, especially when you have just bathed or showered and your skin is warm. This body butter takes ages to completely absorb so your skin tends to feel a little shiny for a while after applying it, for this reason, I like to use it last thing at night.
The fragrance is delicious, it is a combination of vanilla, cocoa butter and mango with hints of something slightly spicy and exotic. It really lingers on skin, and if applied last thing at night, you can still smell it on your skin the next morning.
Ingredients are as follows;
VEGETARIAN, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Fresh Organic Lemons (Citrus limonum), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Fresh Mango (Mangifera indica), Horsetail, Cleavers and Vanilla Pod Infusion (Equisetum arvense, Galium aparine and Vanilla planifolia), Lanolin, Perfume, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Beeswax (Cera alba), Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare), Soya Oil (Glycine soja), Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Cardamom Oil (Elettaria cardamomum), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Paprika Extract (Capsicum frutescens), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I like that this body butter is in a bar which makes it last quite well and you only use what you need each time. As an overnight moisturiser, this one is fantastic, but if you are looking for something which will absorb quickly then this may not be the one for you. I do feel that it moisturises skin better than most other products so it is great to use if you have dry skin and are looking for as quick a fix as possible. The fragrance is the first thing that I smell when I wake after using it and that immediately makes me feel relaxed, which is a great way to start the day!
This is another delicious addition to the Lush body butter range. A soft vanilla scent is gently cut through by a fruity tinge: a great combination of muskiness and spice. The texture of Lush's body butters are an acquired taste, and you have to get used to the way they sit on the skin and take a long time to absorb. This bar hesitates to melt between your hands (it's probably best used in summer or when you've come out of a hot bath or shower) and the consistency feels quite thick. Still, there is something so appealing about the scent and the fact that it's made from fresh ingredients that makes you want to adapt to this new kind of moisturiser by using it sparingly and stroking it on as a kind of skin conditioning fragrance. I'm not a big fan of perfumes but the formulation and the softness of the scent makes this a natural and very accessible alternative.
The main ingredients apart from the usual cocoa butter and shea butter base are fresh mango, vanilla pod and infusion, and I'm sure it's the addition of cardamom and neroli oils which are responsible for that spicy edge to the scent. Other ingredients that further enrich the moisturising properties are coconut oil, wheatgerm oil and avocado oil - all very rich oils which take time to soak into the skin.
This is best used as an overnight skin treatment or as a soft fragrance and skin "glosser", adding a light sheen to the skin. Lovely stuff, if a little pricey at £6.36 for a bar.
Overnight hand softening treamtent /