As soon as my fiancee and I announced that we were expecting our first child, the pregnancy advice from my close friends and family immediately came flooding in. One bit of recurring advice that I seemed to receive again and again from my friends who have had babies themselves, was simply to moisturise. They told me to moisturise my stomach as often as I could and with the best stretch mark cream I could afford to give myself the best possible chance of avoiding them later on in my pregnancy. A few of them admitted that they had tried this approach and it had failed them but they encouraged me to give a go all the same. So I did, for weeks and weeks I piled on the cream as my belly grew. I tried different brands of Stretch Mark Cream such as Cussons and Palmers however I found that I was using so much that I was getting through tubs of it (and money loads) per week. I could feel the benefits of moisturising my stomach and I felt as though it was doing some good so I didn't want to give it up - I just knew I had to find a cheaper alternative.
I stumbled upon this body lotion by chance when I was on holiday in Cornwall. The Tesco that we had visited wasn't exceptionally big so I wasn't surprised when they didn't have a great deal of creams on offer. They had Palmer's at an extortionate price and this at an incredibly reasonable £1.04. I cross-checked the ingredients and was surprised to find that they were very similar. Vitamin E was the main ingredient I was looking for and this Tesco Softening body lotion had it mixed in with a delicious cocoa butter so I thought I would give it a go.
My first impression of the cream was that it smelt really nice and absorbed quickly into my skin. I loved the fact that it wasn't greasy on my skin and didn't leave me feeling like I needed to wash my hands after use. The bottle has 400ml of cream so there is quite a lot of product, especially for the price.
Initially I started using the cream to moisturise during the day and then I used another brand at night and in the morning however I quickly found that I much preferred the consistency and non-greasy texture of this cream to more expensive brands. Therefore when my stretch mark creams ran out, I found myself going to Tesco to stock up on this opposed to going to Boots to spend a fortune. I am currently 38 weeks pregnant and use this cream every day. It is not the best cream I have ever used however at the minute it is affordable, refreshing, smooth and ideal for what I need it for. The packaging isn't exactly thrilling (it just comes in a brown bottle) however it's what's inside that counts.
I would definitely recommend Tesco Softening Body Lotion - it is suitable for sensitive skin and is certainly worth a try! I give this product 4/5*!
I get really dry skin in winter so I need to moisturise it at least twice a day or otherwise the combination of cold weather and central heating dries it out to the point where it gets red, itchy and cracked.
My mum actually picked me up some of this as I asked her to get me some Cocoa butter but I meant the Palmers version as I find that to be a good one but she just seen cocoa butter and that it was cheap and got this instead.
I was initially sure that because it was cheap it wouldn't be thick and moisturising enough for my skin but I was actually pleasantly surprised with how good it actually turned out to be.
This only costs £1.10 for a 400ml bottle compared to the Palmer's one which costs nearly £6 for the same amount. I was convinced there was no way it was going to be as good and while I do think it probably isn't as good as the Palmers one for the money I think it is excellent.
It has the usual thick constancy of cocoa butter and the same sweet smell though there is a very strong hint of vanilla which I do find slightly sickly.
Although it is thick it isn't quite as thick and rich as other more expensive brands of cocoa butter. This has both its pros and cons as I did find that it was easier to apply in a hurry as it absorbed a lot quicker. It took the immediate dryness out of my skin and left it feeling softer and immediately much more comfortable. The only problems with it was that the feeling didn't last as long before I had to reapply as it does with the Palmers version,
Most people probably don't suffer from such dry skin as myself so they probably won't notice the effects not lasting for as long and I would think that for most people applying this once a day will probably be enough to keep their skin feeling comfortable. Even for me I found it to be much more moisturising than the majority of lotions which are just too light for my skin.
The skin was a bit off putting for me as it lingered on my skin for ages afterwards. For people who enjoy the smell then this isn't a problem but for me I could get a whiff of it every so often and it was a little bit too sickly for my tastes.
For the money I find this hard to knock. It isn't quite in the same league as Palmers or some other more expensive brands but it isn't far off and for most people looking for a rich but cheap moisturiser then this will fit the bill perfectly.
I like to keep my skin well moisturised because my skin is very dry and the older I am becoming my skin tends to be much drier than when I was younger. I am in my 50's so it is expected to be much drier at my age. So I like to use a body lotion or butter to keep my skin as soft as possible and well nourished. I hadn't bought this lotion before so decided to give it ago since it was very cheap to buy.
It comes in a light brown plastic bottle and it has a flip back lid. The name is clearly on the front so can be easily spotted on a shelf. It is a very basic looking bottle with no fancy design.
Once the lid is flipped back it is a cream coloured cream which is quite rich and it doesn't drip from the bottle. It isn't a runny consistency like I first imagined it would be being such a cheap lotion. I was pleasantly surprised how rich it actually turned out to be. It has a smooth, soft texture to it. Also has a nice fragrance to it too, and it smells of Cocoa butter and does smell quite sweet. It is also quite a strong scent but not too overpowering. I think it actually smells quite nice for the price.
It absorbs quite well into the skin and takes around a couple of minutes or so to fully absorb. Once it has fully soaked into my skin, I can feel how soft my skin feels when I touch it. I find my skin does feel a little greasy and tacky for around 5 minutes or so after applying it to my skin, so I tend to just use this lotion when I don't want to get dressed soon after applying it onto my skin because I don't like to get dressed if a lotion is a little greasy or tacky. After 5 minutes or the tacky and greasy feeling disappears and the skin just feels nice and smooth. It does tell me on the back of the bottle that it is a non greasy lotion but I found it to be greasy for a short while.
I find the fragrance remains on my skin for quite a while after applying it but the scent becomes less apparent as the hours tick by but even after a good couple of hours I can still slightly detect a slight fragrance on my skin. I think this length of time is an adequate length considering it is a cheap body lotion and I couldn't really ask for a longer length to be honest.
I have some dry patches on my skin on the back of my arms and near to my wrist area. This lotion has helped soften these patches quite well but not quite as well as a branded body lotion but it has still worked well to help soften them and help them to feel less dry.
It contains Cocoa butter and also Vitamin E, both nice ingredients to help soothe and soften skin and I think these ingredients do a good job of doing the work intended.
It is suitable for sensitive skin too, I have sensitive skin and it has been more than suitable for my skin and it hasn't caused any rashes or irritations to my skin at all.
The bottle size is quite large and for a 400ml bottle I paid just £1.10, I think this is a lot of body lotion for this price and I think it is very good value for the money and so affordable for any budget in my opinion. It is also a good quality body lotion.
I think this is an ideal lotion for both sexes to use to soften the skin and I think it is ideal for males because it doesn't have feminine fragrance. Is also an ideal lotion for any teenagers who are just beginning to learn how to take care of their skin and is cheap enough for a parent to purchase it for a teenager.
I am more than happy to recommend this body lotion, think it is a really nice one with a pleasant scent and for the way it softens and moisturises the skin really well. I think if you are wanting to drop a brand this one would be very suitable and well worth a try to help save you some money. I don't think you would be disappointed with the results from this body lotion.
I will buy it again in the future because it is more than suitable for my dry, sensitive skin.
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I give this body lotion 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
When I was expecting Millie I used a variety of creams and lotions and oils to try to stop myself from developing stretch marks. In fact, on the day I found out I was pregnant I went straight to Boots to buy some Bio Oil but since then we have had to be quite thrifty with our buying habits and have to really watch the pennies so now that I need to try to prevent stretch marks again I simply cannot afford to pay for the big brands and I am just hoping that cheaper alternatives will still be effective. I bought this body lotion from Tesco's and so far I am really happy with it and hope that it continues to do a good job throughout this pregnancy.
Looking after your skin
I like to look after my skin as much as I can. When I underwent radiotherapy my skin became dry and itchy and very sore, I spent a lot of time trying to find ways to help keep it moisturised in a way that wouldn't make it more sore and now that I am pregnant I want to try to keep my skin in as good condition as possible. During pregnancy the skin has to stretch and this can cause stretch marks. If you keep your skin well moisturised and nourished it can really help to reduce your chances of having stretch marks but also of having skin which isn't dry. There are so many different lotions and potions out there that claim to do very similar things but all vary hugely in price. Two ingredients which are really important for helping keep healthy skin is Vitamin E and cocoa butter. Vitamin E helps to boost cell growth in the skin which keeps it healthy and this helps to prevent premature ageing. Cocoa butter is very good at moisturising skin in a natural way so the two of these together work really well. When I was looking for something to put on my skin recently to help prevent stretch marks and that horrible dry skin that I developed as my tummy grew last time I was careful to choose a product which contained both Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter.
Tesco cocoa butter body lotion
I saw this in Tesco when looking for a product to help with my skin and I couldn't believe the price, it was less than £1.50 for a large bottle. This seemed so cheap especially as last time I had paid something like £11 for a tiny bottle of Bio Oil so I made sure I read the ingredients carefully before buying it. It contains various ingredients but the main ones being Vitamin E and cocoa butter so I know that they both work together well for maintaining healthy skin. I really couldn't believe the price and it does make me wonder why some other products can be so different price-wise. I decided to buy it to see how well it would work and for £1.50 if it didn't suit me then it wasn't a huge amount of money out of my pocket!
This is a body butter lotion, it's not a body butter so it comes in a bottle rather than a tub like you would expect of a butter. The bottle is tall and slim and you can stand it on the lid or upright. It is pale brown and it isn't very attractive looking it actually reminds me of a bottle of shampoo my Granny used to have! It is a very simple bottle but I guess for £1.50 you cannot really expect it to look really attractive and be something special. It has a flip cap lid which doesn't open up fully but just enough to reveal a little hole which is where you squeeze the lotion out of. You can also take the whole lid off too if you wish but I've never needed to do this. It isn't going to score hugely on presentation but I cannot complain for the price I paid.
The lotion in use
I like to apply this twice a day because I want to give my skin as good a chance as I possibly can to reduce its chances of getting stretch marks so I apply this in the morning and just before bed too. It is easy to get the lotion out because it's not very thick and you can squeeze the bottle to help it come out too. The lotion is an off-white colour and smells lovely. My husband says he doesn't think it smells very much but I have a really heightened sense of smell and I think it's quite strong but luckily I like the smell so that is good! It reminds me a bit of chocolate milkshake as it has a really sweet chocolate-like smell but also something creamy in the background too so chocolate milkshake is what I liken it to the most I think! It is a nice lotion to rub into the skin, it's not oily or particularly greasy unlike a bio oil which was very oily. I rub this in well to my tummy but also apply it to other areas too but mainly on my tummy as this is where i want it to do it's work and help me to not have stretch marks. It usually takes a few minutes to absorb fully so I make sure I have plenty of time as I hate to put my clothes on and feel then stick to the moisturiser. It then works away on my skin and leaves behind a very, very slight shine which is not obvious but just gives a nice healthy glow which I really like. The smell is only subtle once it's rubbed in and although I am convinced I can smell it all day long my friends say they can't smell it and it's just me!
So far I do not have any stretch marks but I do have a few months left to go so I know that in the next few months this is when the majority of the stretching will occur. I really don't know if it will be as effective as bio oil was for me or the other expensive lotions I used last time but I am really willing to give it a go. So far my skin is nice and smooth and doesn't feel at all dry. I enjoy applying this and my skin feels in really nice condition which is amazing when you think that it cost a fraction of the price of the other products which contain the same ingredients! I know it is still early (ish) days so I will report back at the end of the pregnancy and see whether it has worked or not. At the moment I am perfectly happy with this cream though, I was really looking for a body butter at the time of purchasing this but a lotion which contains body butter is fine for me it's actually easier to apply than a butter so this is a really good buy. I don't think that you can complain for £1.50 at all it seems to be working really well so far and what a great bargain price so I highly recommend it!
I like to use cocoa butter lotion on my feet and hands as they can get quite dry. I decided to give Tesco's own brand lotion a try as it is much cheaper than the Palmers one I had previously been using.
I bought the product quite a while ago so I don't know if the packaging has changed from looking at the picture above but the bottle shape is different. The product I have comes in more of a rectangular shaped beige plastic bottle with a blue plastic flip up lid. The Tesco brand name is clearly visible on the front in brown writing and below it in large letters it says 'soft & smooth' body lotion with cocoa butter and vitamin E. It also states that it is dermatologically tested. The back of the bottle gives the bottle size (400ml) tells you a bit about the product itself and gives directions to apply, labels the ingredients and has some contact information for Tesco stores.
The product itself is a white colour with a thick creamy consistency. It smells nice but I don't think it has a strong rich chocolate scent like palmers (which I love) but more of a mild smell. It feels really nice on the skin and absorbs well without leaving any greasy residue and definitely moisturises and softens. To apply simply flip up the plastic lid, gently squeeze out the desired amount and apply evenly to the skin and rub in until it has absorbed, paying particular attention to drier areas. It does give a warning to avoid contact with the eyes. The product is available from both Tesco online and in store and retails at £1.15 for a 400ml bottle.
I would recommend this product as it definitely does leave skin feeling soft and moisturised but personally I don't think it feels as luxurious or smell as nice as the palmers one so 4 stars out of 5.
~Why I bought this lotion~
I am a regular user of body lotions and I like products which moisturise my skin. Not all body lotions fit my requirements as some tend to be rather greasy. I have also used the Tesco range of body lotions, with a different verdict on each of them. Recently I noticed a new packaging amongst the Tesco body lotions. I wanted to see if this was just a change in the packaging or actual product improvement so I bought the new version Tesco Cocoa Butter Body Lotion.
~Availability and Price~
The lotion is manufactured in the E.U for Tesco stores Ltd. It is just one of the product ranges they manufacture. Being a Tesco product, it follows it is only available in Tesco stores including the Tesco online stores.
In the UK, the lotion is available in 400 ml bottles for just £1.15 (29 pence per 100ml). Real bargain!
See link below: http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=258420712
~ Packaging and Visibility~
The lotion comes in a simple brown oval plastic bottle which tapers upwards ending with a small nozzle opening. The design and overall shape of the bottle is good and well balanced so the bottle does not tip over. The bottle is also made of good quality plastic which is soft to press and also crack free. The lid operates on a push-on snap hinge closure system and it comes in two components, the whole lid with another flip up cap attached to it by a hinge. When you squeeze the bottle, the lotion is decanted from the bottle through a tiny nozzle. The flip up lid fits and clips securely around the nozzle. Even though the bottle tapers upwards, it can still be left standing upside down on the lid as with other lotion bottles so helps to get the lotion towards the opening when the lotion is at low level or about to run out.
It is located with other lotions but it is clearly visible; you can't miss the brown bottle.
Environment wise, there is no extra packaging with this lotion, so what you see is what you get. The bottled is made of plastic which can be widely recycled.
~Composition and Application~
The lotion is especially designed to help smoothen and moisturise the skin. The main ingredients include cocoa butter and vitamin E in addition to the other additives and chemicals. The ingredients in the lotion seem well balanced. The lotion is a bit light and non-greasy. It is creamish in colour and has a smooth non runny consistence. The lotion pours out well from the bottle.
It is fairly easy to apply but a bit of massaging into the skin and paying specially attention to dry areas, always gives best results. It is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves the skin with a refreshing smooth but non-greasy feeling. The lotion keeps the skin fairly moisturised throughout the day.
The smell is nice, lightly fragranced with mild chocolate-like aroma from the cocoa butter. The smell is not overpowering at all and the lotion is basically unisex so can be used by both gender. The smell can also be masked by the smell of the perfume you decide to wear which is good so there is no clash in the smells.
Like everything associated with people, the lotion may not be suitable for everyone.
I love the smooth moisturising feeling of this lotion on my skin, makes me feel good all the time. It has been very popular in my house and everyone in my family is now using this lotion.
~The benefits, so why Cocoa butter with Vitamin E?~
The information below is based on a bit of research.
Cocoa butter is a natural moisturiser extracted from cocoa beans. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry in the making of ointments and toiletry but also in the food industry for making chocolates, biscuits. It is renowned skin moisturising and hydrating properties which help to keep the skin healthy. Various benefits include:
* reducing stretch marks especially in pregnant women
* treatment of eczema and dermatitis as it helps the skin to retain moisture
Cocoa butter ointment is highly recommended for people with dry skin.
It can cause allergies (rashes) to some people especially those allergic to nuts.
Vitamin is an antioxidant and is used in many products for skin and nail treatments. Benefits include:
* promoting healing of the skin
* promoting health nails and cuticles
* preventing premature aging and development of wrinkles by:
------boosting collagen production
------ supporting new skin cell growth and speeding cell regeneration
With all these benefits, why should I pay more for something else?
I give it all the marks and stars available.
Thank you for reading and rating.
©hildah11 April 2013
I'm a big fan of the Palmer's cocoa butter so when I saw that Tesco had their own brand version at a fraction of the price, I decided to give it a try - mainly out of curiosity, to be honest! This is just £1.15 per 400ml bottle, which compared to £5.29 for the same sized bottle from Palmer's is extremely cheap. I was actually quite hesistant to buy this because the price is so low - I didn't think for a minute that it'd be much good, however I decided it was worth trying as if I did like it, I could save a bit of money in the long run by switching brands.
This is one of Tesco's best selling products and it can be purchased in store or via their website. Tesco say that this body lotion is specially formulated with cocoa butter and vitamin E to help smooth and soften skin. I was really suprised that this actually contains real cocoa butter as I had assumed that it would just be scented to smell like cocoa. I was also impressed that vitamin E is in the ingredients as this is the main ingredient in the Palmer's cocoa body butter and it does wonders for the skin. It is also stated that the lotion is easily absorbed, non-greasy and suitable to be used all over the body.
The body lotion comes in quite an unattractive, rather bulky plastic bottle which is rectangular and quite wide. It is dark beige in colour with brown and light brown writing on the front. There is the Tesco logo at the very top and then in large font it says 'soft & smooth'. Underneath this it states that it is a body lotion with cocoa butter and vitamin E. It goes on to say that it moisturises and softens and cocoa butter is written in bold font. There's then a picture of a cocoa bean and a blue circle which says that the fragrance has been improved. In smaller writing it says that the lotion is dermatologically tested and the ingredients etc are listed on the back of the bottle.
The bottle has a chunky blue flip lid which I find ugly as it clashes with the colour scheme of the bottle. Once flipped open there's a small hole and to get the product out you need to turn the bottle upside down. This is a bit awkward because the bottle is hard to grip due to the width of it and it is also quite heavy when it is full. The bottle is not very squeezable and it is instead pretty rigid. I feel that the bottle would benefit from a pump mechanism although I suppose the basic packaging is what keeps the cost down.
The body lotion itself is a pale shade of beige. It is much runnier than the Palmer's version, but it is still reasonably thick and it doesn't drip off of my skin or anything. The lotion has a smooth, lightweight texture and it spreads nice and evenly across my skin. I need a few blobs of this to cover the areas of skin that I apply it to, whereas with Palmer's, a little goes a long way. The lotion doesn't have a very 'rich' or luxurious feel to it and it feels like an average body lotion, unlike Palmer's which is lovely and thick and it feels like a nice treat when applied - this is just really average.
The scent of the body lotion is a little overlly sweet for me personally and it doesn't smell particullary natural, but it's nice enough - very chocolatey. The smell lingers on my skin for five-ten minutes before fading away. The lightweight lotion absorbs into my skin quickly and it leaves the skin with a very slight sheen. There's no sticky or greasy residue left behind and my skin is left feeling moisturised, soft and nourished. I use this all over my body including dry patches on my elbows and ankles. This has made a difference and my skin is much smoother and no where near as dry and my skin is really soft to the touch.
I do reccommend this body lotion as it is an effective moisturiser which smells pretty nice and it's very cheap too - don't let the packaging put you off!
I love cocoa butter products but they are usually so expensive I only buy them as a treat. However I bought this moisturiser from Tescos a few months ago and I have really noticed a difference in my skin. I use it every other day after I have showered and apply quite a lot especially on dry areas like my knees and elbows. I dont tend to use it on my face as it is quite gloopy and I found it gave me spots.
It is quite strong smelling of cocoa butter when applied, but after it has sunk into your skin it doesnt smell of anything at all. This is a bit disappointing but does mean that you can wear a contrasting perfume without having to worry about clashing smells.
The bottle could be improved by having a pump action on the top, as it only has a flip top. When your hands are all covered in the product and you then have to pick up the bottle and squeeze it the whole process becomes quite messy and I have found I need to wash the bottle afterwards. I also found that after a long period of using it the product has hardened around where it comes out and I have had to wash this after every use.
If you can put up with all of these things then the best part is that its sold usually for around £1.20 although it has been on buy one get one free offers in the past so take advantage of these and stock up!
I can recommend this moisturiser for people who will use it almost daily, and have dry areas. Its not suitable for people with any skin conditions and I would not recommend use on your face as its only really made for your body.
My all time favourite body lotion is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. It is however expensive at almost £4 a bottle and so when I saw a Tesco version for £1.99 I thought it was worth a try.
Tesco Cocoa Butter Lotion promises almost all the same results as Palmer's version. It says it will nourish and smooth skin and relieve dry patches. It does not say it will help prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks but with similar ingredients I hoped it would also do this as well.
The first major difference to Palmer's is the smell. It hardly has any scent at all, just a faint tinge of cocoa butter and it is the distinctive, chocolaty scent of Palmer's which makes it so appealing.
The lotion itself is not as creamy and is runnier. You need about the same amount as with the more expensive version but it does not have the same rich, luxurious feel when spreading it over your
Having said this it appears to be just as effective in nourishing and relieving my skin and my skin feels supple and soft and stretchy. In this way it is on a par with Palmer's and these are the most important factors. A lot of Palmer's appeal is cosmetic in contrast.
I have to say though I would be tempted to revert back to Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion because it brings a welcome touch of luxury to my day.
But if I was feeling more cash-strapped Tesco Cocoa Butter Lotion would serve as a highly adequate replacement just without the bells and whistles.
My dad currently works for tescos and also has a big obsession of buying me moisturising creams to help conquer my problem of eczema. He often tries to seek out moisturises that are similar to my favourite brand of Palmer's cocoa butter (and ones with a lower price tag).
Tescos cocoa butter lotion is being sold at a £1 for 400ml. This is nearly 4x cheaper than a standard Palmer's bottle! So knowing my dad, he buys me 3 bottles.Great. So I'll have to like it good or bad.
Anyway, the bottle I've been given differs from the picture displayed on dooyoo. It must have been reinvented with a new look. You can find it on tesco.com to get a full image, but for those who can't be bothered, here's a description. The bottle has the same style and shape as the previous, except that the bottle colour is cream, and has a top colour of blue. 'Soft and smooth' is printed vertically across the bottle in light and dark brown capital letters. In general the newer design looks more modern and less 'cheap' than the old design.
The colour of the cream is plain white, which is explained by the claim that the product is 'colour free'. It isn't fragrance free however. Although I have recently been looking for 'fragrance free' products, I can't really fault this because the smell is so appealing. It smells sweet and chocolately, being very appealing and the smell lasts surprisingly a long time, leaving the essence of your skin. It is a little bit more sickly sweet compared to Palmer's, but it isn't distasteful.
I was worried about using this product at first because there was no obvious signage of suitability for sensitive skin. After using it however I found no problems. Sometimes I come out in a nasty patchy rash, or stinging, but no signs of this happened here. Applied on the skin, the lotion sinks in and moisturises easily, but not leaving a horrid greasy feel like some other brands.
Like Palmer's this cocoa butter has also got the benefits of Vitamin E. This is highly beneficial for the skin, having anti-ageing assistance and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and also help overcome another issue of stretchmarks. Because of the vitamin E this lotion could be considered as an after-tanning lotion. It can help soothe layers of skin damaged in UV light.
The texture of the cream isn't as thick or as rich as Palmer's cocoa butter , but I surprisingly like this. It's not as heavy to put on and is much more easily absorbed. Because the lotion is slightly more 'watery' it is also a lot more easier to get out of the bottle, compared to other thicker creams, which are especially hard near the end of its contents.
This cocoa butter is definitely good value for money. And it is a good everyday moisturiser. Unfortunately, I don't believe it matches up to the standards of my trusty Palmer's. The tesco's version does moisturise and soften, but not to the extent of helping my extreme dry areas such as my hands. I often have areas of my skin cracking and peeling, and this cream is not so good at helping these.
I have donated the three bottles to my sister and mum. While I'm sticking to the Palmer's.
I bought the Tesco Cocoa Butter Body Lotion because it was so cheap. At £1 for a 400ml bottle I don't think I've found a cheaper body lotion yet. Generally I don't buy cheap products, I don't buy really expensive products either but I tend to think that you get what you pay for. However, money was tight on this particular month and I had run out of body lotion so I decided that I would just make do with this.
This body lotion is specifically for dry skin but I had yet to find a body lotion for dry skin that actually worked on the particularly dry areas of my body (my elbows mostly) so I didn't hold out much hope for this one. If a £12 body butter won't soften my elbows then I certainly didn't expect a £1 body lotion to. So when I applied this to my arms one evening and found that not only were my arms soft but my elbows were also much softer I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not saying that this is some kind of miracle body lotion, my elbows still weren't as soft as the rest of my skin but they were much softer than they had been. In terms of softening skin this product does actually do what it claims to. It left my skin feeling incredibly soft.
This lotion does take some time to absorb into the skin. I use body lotion at night after my shower and I found that with this one I would have to put it on and then wait for five or ten minutes before putting my pyjamas on. I can't stand putting clothes on when the body lotion hasn't absorbed into the skin. In some ways I don't mind so much that this takes so long to absorb because the results are so good but at the same time I would prefer something that was more convenient...I guess I just want it all!
The scent of this product is nice enough. I'm not a huge fan of the cocoa butter scent and from my experience this scent is pretty typical cocoa butter. Fortunately the scent doesn't last long on the skin after it's been absorbed. I have to say that after putting it on I've never really noticed the smell at all. For some people this will be a negative thing but as I said I don't particularly like the smell all that much anyway.
I would highly recommend this body lotion. At £1 it's incredibly cheap and it does exactly what it claims to do. This bottle lasted me about two weeks of using it every day all over my body. Although at such a cheap price it would be value for money even if it only lasted for a couple of days!
I have really dry skin and have read plenty of times about how well Palmer's Cocoa butter works for people. I planned to buy some, but seeing as this was on offer for £1 in Tesco I thought I'd give this a go first. The packaging is different than that pictured - it is now in a darker mocha kind of coloured bottle with a blue lid, still the same shape as the above picture. It has an easy flip top lid.
I was expecting an ok body lotion, but considering the price I didn't expect a miracle. After using it everyday for a week or so now, I am very impressed with how well it moisturises my skin. It absorbs into skin easily and the cocoa butter leaves a gorgeous scent on your skin. Having not used any other cocoa butter lotions I cannot compare but after using it I think it is definately better than what you would expect for one pound and I am really surprised at the quality. Being cheap I thought it might be quite greasy or nastily overscented but it's far from it. I would say that if you can look past the ugly supermarket packaging then there is a really nice product to be had in here. It's something I will without a doubt buy again.
Product Name: Tesco Cocoa Butter Body Lotion
I am a little lazy when it comes to applying body lotion I always seem to forget to apply it, which isn't good. So I only ever seem to end up applying lotion to my legs after shaving or if my shoulders and arms are looking particularly dry. So when I do apply I need to have a decent body lotion to clear up any dry areas that I might have.
The bottle I purchased is like the picture however Tesco have changed the bottle and it's label to look more attractive. The body lotion is a 400ml bottle and is currently priced at £1.30 on the Tesco website.
First of all I have to say how happy I am with the consistancy of this lotion it has a fairly thick feel to it and is very smooth. The colour is of a pale cocoa colour and is actually quite a nice change to using white body lotion. Once applied it spreads evenly across the skin, I find that I don't have to really rub this into my skin as it soaks in really well all by itself. This could be down to any dry skin I have but to be honest my skin isn't overly dry. I love the fact that this lotion soaks into the skin really easily as I can be dressed fairly quickly without having to stand around waiting.
The fragrance is not too overpowering and has a rich cocoa butter smell to it and even though it isn't a strong fragrance the scent does linger on my skin for quite a while. Although I can apply perfume and the lotion doesn't interfere with it which is also helpful.
My skin does feel moisturised and when I apply the lotion to my legs after shaving my skin is left feeling very soft and smooth. On the plus point there is no irritation to my skin at all so no stinging etc.
I am very happy with this body lotion and it's effects especially on my legs which feel great and very moisturised. I am left with no dry patches after using this lotion and I love the fragrance of this particular cocoa butter scent.
The price is really reasonable as in the past I have paid up to £5 on moisturiser and yes the effects have been good but not really any better than this lotion. I definitely recommend this body lotion as an alternative to the slightly more expensive brands available.
Now correct me if i am wrong, but the picture for this product above is of different packaging to that of what i have bought and i have recently bought what i believe is the above product. It is now called Tesco Soft and smooth Body lotion with cocoa butter and vitamin E. - well that is what i am reviewing anyway! LOL.
I do love the smell of coconut and cocoa butter (not neccessarily together, lol) and when i was wandering around Tesco saw this huge bottle of lotion (400ml) at a mear 99p, (usual price £1.29).
Had to have it, even if i didnt rate it much, at that price, not a lot to lose. I usually spend up to £12 on a tub from the body shop so this couldnt hurt, could it??
Packaging = This lotion comes in a peachy type bottle very similar in shape, size and colour to the one seen above. It is roughly 22cm tall and has a blue flip lid. This bottle is not very deep at roughly 1 1/2 inches thick and is roughly 8cm wide. You will be able to find this in the beauty section of you Tesco store near the face and body care. I doubt you will see this product at your express stores though.
On the front of the bottle is a sticker with the tesco logo in a chocolate brown and the 'soft and smooth' logo written vertically up the middle in a cream and brown. It states that it "moisturises and softens" and even has a picture of what i can assume is a cocoa bean?? Tescos would also like to tell everyone on the front of the packaging that the fragrence is improved and that it is dermatologically tested.
Moving to the back of the packaging, Tesco expains how this product "helps to soften the skin, and that it is non-greasy and easily absorped and that it can be used all over the body".
The warning about avoiding contact with eyes, and for external use follows, and finally a list of ingredients trails below. All of this writing is in lower case in around a 10/8 sized font.
Tesco have given the recycling options, and the bottle is widely recycled, but the lid only in some areas. This item should be used within 12 months of opening.
Unfortunately, i cannot see a symbol or statement on the packaging that states that it is not tested on animals. I am not sure whether TEscos as a company have this philosophy, but there is no labbelling on the product to suggest this.
The lotion = The lotion is creamy in colour and opening the lid alone, wafts of cocoa butter smelling luvvliness pours out. Smells so luxourious. You need to squeeze the bottle to obtain the goodies and the lotion is the consistency of a shower gel i would say. Now this cream gows a long way, so you dont need a lot, and if you do get a bit carried away, rub it in well, or it can appear a little greasy (despite its claims). Once the cream is being applied the smell lingers and even once absorbed it remains on the skin. This cream is absorbed very easily and almost feels watery when you are rubbing it on. As it is drying, i personally think it does feel greasy, but after a few minutes leaves your skin feeling dry and smooth, with a sheen almost.
As an everyday lotion,this is great, and i agree it can be used everywhere, i have even used it on my face with no ill effect. Sometimes ( a little tip ladies), i apply this cream to my feet and wear socks to bed, it helps spften my feet a little!
This cream is not an intensive moisturiser, but works brilliantly as an everyday lotion. The same bottle has lasted me roughly a month and ive not finished yet. every morning for the 2 minutes it takes to apply, i think im on holiday about to hit the beach.....until i have to leave for work, lol.
All in all, a great cheap product that certainly seems to contain the VitaminE and cocoa butter it claims. 1 star knocked off for the ? testing on animals though!
This is another good, great value body care product from Tesco. It contains cocoa butter and vitamin E and claims to help smooth and soften the skin. Non-greasy and easily absorbed ,it can be used all over the body.When I first used it I could not believe how fast my skin sucked it up ! Just over a minute and thats got to be fast for a body lotion so I did a little research.
Cocoa butter is also called Theobrama cocoa ,(this is the ingredient that appears on the back of the bottle.)It is extracted from the cocoa bean from which as I am sure you know,chocolate is made. It is a pale yellow ,pure edible fat which contains natural antioxidants which stop it going off and make it ideal for use in cosmetics and lotions. It is known as an emollient ,which is something that softens rather than a moisturisier ,which is something that adds moisture. Anyway that is why when the top is flipped open I definitely get the scent of melted chocolate bars!
I think the packaging lets this product down due to its lack of imagination in the colouring .The plastic bottle is a pale insipid pinky ,beige colour ,this, along with the blue and brown label on the front does not make for a happy colour combination. The bottle is slightly tapered at the waist to make it easy to handle with a sturdy flip up top which does not leak when knocked over.
The lotion itself is the same colour as the bottle ,which could explain a lot . It is quite thick and needs a bit of help out of the bottle particularly when near the bottom .To me it has a definite smell of chocolate and this does linger on the skin after it is smoothed on . This is redeemed for me by the super quick way it is absorbed into the skin and the result is really nice smooth soft skin for a great price of 1.30p for 400ml!At this price who cares if you smell like a chocolate bar. I´m sure the vitamin E content helps too but well done again Tesco!