“ Brand: Marks and Spencer / Type: Body Butter / What it does: Enricheses „
As I browsed the toiletries section in my local Marks & Spencer one cold winter day, I spotted this body butter. The words 'Inspired by nature's goodness' jumped out at me and the mention of Sicilian limes immediately made me think of summer skies, the Mediterranean and long, cool drinks on the patio. It seemed to be the perfect antidote to a grey day in Sheffield. I took the lid off and had a sniff. The voluptuous looking pale green cream had a definite citrus aroma combined with a subtle flowery fragrance, which I assumed came from the bergamot. In fact, it reminded me a little of Earl Grey tea. The sweet scent of cocoa butter counteracted the sharpness of the citrus and overall it had a refreshing yet soothing smell. To be honest, if I hadn't known it contained lime, I would have guessed that this product contained grapefruit, but this wasn't a problem for me as I adore the scent of grapefruit.
The product claims to "leave your skin and senses awakened." It contains African cocoa butter to condition the skin. I am often drawn to products which contain cocoa butter, as I have always been impressed by its ability to soothe, hydrate and balance my skin. Cocoa butter contains a lot of antioxidants, the most powerful of which is vitamin E. Antioxidants are crucial to wellbeing of the skin as they help to destroy free radicals (the small molecules that are formed as a result of the skin's exposure to pollutants, sunrays, etc., which can damage the skin prematurely.) By regularly rubbing an antioxidant-rich cream into your skin, you can destroy these free radicals before they can do any harm. In addition to its antioxidant properties, cocoa butter also contains a substance called tryptophan, which plays a key role in the formation of serotonin, the 'feel good' chemical that is also produced when we eat chocolate or take exercise. So there are lots of reasons to use a cocoa-butter based product as part of your skin care routine.
The information on the pot tells us that Sicilian limes have been used for centuries to invigorate the skin. Lime oil has astringent properties, which improve the skin tone and also help to detoxify the skin, boosting circulation and fighting cellulite. Bergamot fruit oil has antiseptic properties, making it suitable to sooth problem skin.
I couldn't wait to try this body butter. When I did, I was delighted to find that it felt pleasantly cool against my skin as I applied it after a bath. It spread very easily over my skin. I hate time-consuming creams that take ages to rub in. Sometimes I neither have the time nor the energy to spend ages rubbing creams into my skin, so it is always good to find something that is so quickly absorbed, yet leaves your skin feeling well-moisturised. The texture was lighter than many body butters I have used. I don't have particularly dry skin, so this was fine for my needs, leaving my skin feeling hydrated with no greasy, sticky sensation after application, which I have sometimes found with thicker, richer body butters. The fresh, summery scent lingered on my skin for a couple of hours afterwards and I found it a really uplifting scent. Whether that was anything to do with the serotonin 'feel good' factor or whether it was just that the summery scent reminded me of wide-skied, bright, warm summer days, I don't know. All I can say is that I love the scent and texture of this body butter and it gives a luxurious, pampered feel to my skin. I think, because of its invigorating properties, this body butter would be best suited to daytime use. It left my skin feeling refreshed, clean and I am sure that I observed a slight toning effect even on the first application to my cellulite-prone areas.
I would enthusiastically recommend this body butter. It is one of my favourites. Although I could happily use it all year round, I think it is particularly summery and its light texture and fragrance would make it ideal for warmer days. I understand that bergamot oil is an insect repellent, so perhaps if I used this on summer evenings, it would stop me being bitten to glory by the midges.
This cost me £6 for a 200ml pot. I know there are cheaper body butters out there, but there are also more expensive ones. The product did last me a while as a little goes a long way. The product bears the jumping rabbit symbol, which tells us that it is BUAV approved, always a crucial factor for me as I disagree with animal testing. The vibrant green packaging, bearing a photo of juicy limes, is attractive enough for it to make a nice present, either on its own or with another product from the Ingredients range, which includes matching bath creams and scrubs. If you thought M&S was a bit old-fashioned and not particularly exciting, you may be pleasantly surprised by this sensuous, revitalising body butter.
I never even shop at Marks and Spencer, never mind buy toiletries from there. But, my Nan virtually lives there, she could probably single handedly keep them in business with the amount she buys from in there! So, when she gave me this as a little gift I wasn't surprised that the label read Marks and Spencer.
This Marks and Spencer Sicilian Lime and Bergamot Body Butter is sold in Marks and Spencer's stores, for £6 per tub, but they can usually be found on the '2 for £7.50' deal. The tubs contain 200ml of the body butter.
The tub is about 5cms deep, and it is a little bit smaller than a CD. The tub is clear, and the lid is green with a label on it. It tells us that the body butter is made with Sicilian Limes and Bergamot and that it is part of the 'Ingredients' range. The bottom label states the ingredients and directions. The lid screws off easily and the pot is recyclable.
The Body Butter itself is a light green colour, and smells strongly of limes. It is of a very thick consistency, probably one of the thickest I have ever seen. It is so stiff that it will not move around the tub if you leave it upside down.
Once the lid has been screwed off you will automatically be able to smell the limes. You can hardly smell the Bergamot, but this is because the smell of limes is so dominant. The smell is natural and not at all chemical. In fact, I like the smell; it is strong, but not too over powering.
This body butter states that 'Sicilian limes have been used for centuries for their fresh and invigorating scent whilst Bergamot uplifts and revitalises. This nourishing body butter will help to leave your skin and mind feeling energised.'
To apply it says 'massage into dry skin with fingertips to hydrate and moisturise your skin'.
To the touch the body butter is cold and almost slimy. It rubs into your skin easily, and it will soak in in good time. It leaves you skin hydrated and soft, but for a certain while it can be greasy to touch. This soon sinks into your skin, leaving it moisturised and smooth.
To get best results I would recommend that you use after having a shower or bath, so that it locks in the moisture. I use this once a day and my skin will stay soft and hydrated until I use it again. You could use it twice a day for better, longer lasting effects, or if you have particularly dry skin. The fresh lime scent will last all day long.
The label states that this product is not recommended for facial use, and that it's not food and we shouldn't swallow. I'm not sure why you would want to eat Body Butter anyway though?
You must use 24 months after opening. This product is BUAV approved, so none of the ingredients are tested on animals. This product does contain parabens.
This range has lots of different flavours, I have tried multiple ones, and all have the same effect on your skin, so if you don't like this smell, I'm sure you will be able to find one you like.
Overall, I think this product is good, but a little bit pricey. I do like the cold feel of this on your skin, and I love the smell. It hydrates and moisturises the skin well and it is a good, high quality product that I would highly recommend. I have given it 5 out of 5 stars.
Also posted on Ciao under the username of Georgia713.
Marks and Spencer isn't somewhere I would consider going for skin care products. When I think Marks and Spencer I think food, not body butter! Nonetheless, when I was in there around a year ago now I was spotted their rather large selection of body butters and their Sicilian lime and bergamot flavoured one is the one I am reviewing this time.
I've decided to skip the packaging descriptions in my reviews unless there's something I really think should be mentioned because quite frankly there's a picture at the top of the page. I'm not going to insult your intelligence by going over this again. I included it before so that you could easily identify it in a store but the picture above and the name is enough for that. Anyway, I'm rambling!
Opening the tub is fairly easy although my hands did slip a little, especially when I'm trying to open it after a bath/shower and my hands are still slightly damp so a little more grip would have been helpful. The butter itself is a light lime green colour; once the tub is opened you can smell the butter although this is more subtle then some others I have used I think this is a good thing. Lime is quite a strong scent and in my opinion if it had been any stronger I think it would have been overpowering. I have a confession to make here.. I have no idea what Bergamot smells like! However, this butter smells predominantly of limes but there is something else in there that I presume is the Bergamot. The smell is very fruity and not at all chemically, as I said before although the smell is definitely noticeable it isn't strong enough to be overpowering.
Being a butter this is very thick, actually it's more thick then most other butters I have used. It would require a fair bit of pressure in order to push your fingers into it, however I find just skimming my fingers across the top removes enough for me to spread over my skin. The butter spreads easily and rubs in in a matter of seconds.
After rubbing it into my skin it left my skin feeling quite moist for around a minute even though it had been completely rubbed in. I quite liked this sensation though as it felt very moisturising for my skin.
I found that I needed to use this twice a day, however my skin can get very dry and so this may not be the case for everyone. However when used this regularly my skin did stay soft and moisturised, usually my skin gets very itchy because of the dryness but I didn't experience this at all when I used this regularly.
After application my skin feels extremely soft and moisturised and this lasts several hours, although not all day hence the need for the second application.
The smell however did linger on my skin all day, right through to the second application in the evening and was still there in the morning after the evening application. However since the scent was only delicate to begin with it did fade after a few minutes and was only really noticeable when smelling my skin directly.
None of the ingredients have been tested on animals and this product is BUAV approved. As far as I can see this product is suitable for vegetarians but it does contain beeswax making it unsuitable for vegans.
I noticed that when it had been left for a while it seemed to almost separate into an oil and the butter itself even though it was well within its use by date. I did tentatively use it after I first noticed this and it didn't seem to affect the results but this is something to be aware of if you are likely to be put off or concerned by this.
There are also a lot of parabens in this product so one to avoid if you're concerned about them.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
Being a Marks and Spencer product this is only available from them. It costs £6 for a 200ml tub which I think is good value in itself but you can also buy 2 tubs for £7.50. They have a very wide range of flavours available of which this is only one so even if fruity scents aren't for you there is probably one that you will like.
I am going to give this only four out of five stars due to the separation of the oil and butter but besides this it is an excellent product I'm happy to recommend.