“ Brand: The Beauty Parlour / Type Body butter / Type: Body Butter / What it does: Enricheses „
If I start by saying I really like this product, you'll probably wonder why I've only given it three stars. Well, I'll start with the negative by saying that in my opinion, this is not a body butter. It's more like a body lotion in a tub instead of a bottle. That's not to say it's not a good product, but if you're expecting thick creamy luxury then you're going to be disappointed. So, I'll assess the product for what it is, a good body moisturiser.
I picked this up from Morrisons for the bargain price of £2.66. I've had other products from the Beauty Parlour range, and have been mostly impressed with them, so when I saw this on offer I snapped it up. The full RRP is around £6.99 but I frequently see this brand discounted in the likes of Home Bargains, Morrisons and Superdrug.
The packaging of Beauty Parlour products reminds me of Soap and Glory in that they have a retro look and are quite fun. This one is blue in colour which makes a nice change from the stereotypical pink, and has black and white photos and captions over it. The product comes in a tub with a lid which screws on top, which is typical for most body butters and means you have to wait for the product to absorb into your hands before touching the lid, otherwise it gets all greasy which is one of my little pet hates!
The cream itself is white, and although it's not thick enough to be called a body butter, it's slightly thicker than a runny body lotion. It doesn't have that smooth look about it like you're going to have to dig in to scoop the product out, but instead is easy to pick up and apply. The application process is straightforward, although I find less is more with this product, because if you apply too much it does take a while to sink in. Quite often I end up with white streaks across my skin which I then have to chase round to try to rub into my skin. This means I have to wait a little while before getting dressed.
The fragrance is difficult to pinpoint, but is one of the nicest natural fragrances I've come across. It's not overly sweet or girly, but is "clean" smelling and reminds me of a nice soap. It's not overpowering either, so if you wanted to apply this in the morning you would be able to wear your usual perfume without it clashing. Sometimes, if I apply this in the evening after a bath, I notice the smell is still there when I go to bed which is nice and uplifting. I do have to sniff my arm to get a good whiff of it though, because it's quite subtle. Not that I go around sniffing my arm all the time.....
In terms of moisturisation, this product performs slightly better than body lotions, but not quite as well as body butters. It's somewhere in the middle, giving good moisturisation but not feeling particularly luxurious. I notice my skin is lovely and soft the morning after using this, so I am happy that it does what was intended, and I would definitely use it again if I saw it on offer. The only gripe is that I feel a bit annoyed that it is described as a body butter, because in my opinion it's not, and the full retail price is vastly overpriced.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)