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Though I still love Lush, I've recently started purchasing more and more toiletries from The Body Shop, mainly because they've had some brilliant special offers on recently. The Body Shop is similar to Lush in that it has an ethical policy and many of the ingredients in their products are community or fair trade. The Body Shop is famous for their body butters, and recently launched a body butter with a twist - the Body Butter Duo.
The Body Butter Duo acknowledges that different bits of your skin need different levels of moisture. With dry skin that is driest on my lower legs, knees and elbows, I tend to use an intensive body butter after an evening bath or shower (I take an evening shower at least twice a week after going to the gym) and a lighter body lotion during the day. However, the Body Butter Duo allows me to moisturise more intensively the parts of my skin that need it, while using a lighter moisturiser on the rest of me, all in one product.
There are currently four kinds of Body Butter Duo available: Vanilla, Macadamia, Floral Acai, and Sweet Pea. As it was the middle of summer when I bought it, I chose the Floral Acai variety as when I smelled it in the shop it had a lovely light floral scent, perfect for the season. I was also tempted by the purple packaging! These body butters normally cost £12.50, the same price as other body butters, though when I actually bought it online I was able to use a discount code (I can't remember which one, there are always loads flying about!).
The body butter contains Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana, which is good for moisturising skin. Inside the purple and white pot, which has a screw top lid, the product is divided into two by a wavy piece of plastic which makes the round pot look a bit like the yin and ylang symbol. The light-coloured cream is for 'normal' skin areas whereas the darker lilac cream is designed for drier areas. There is a floral scent which has an exotic, intriguing element to it: it is summery but not as light as some other summer scents I've tried.
I use the more intensive cream on my elbows, knees and lower legs. It is very thick, thicker than a normal body shop body butter, but goes onto the skin very well and doesn't take too long to sink in. This cream helps these areas of my body feel hydrated all day, and my elbows in particular are in much better condition.
I use the lighter cream everywhere else, and it works in terms of hydrating without being too heavy. Having said that it seems thicker and more intensive than some other body lotions I've used, despite being the 'lighter' cream. This cream actually does take a while to sink in - longer than the more intensive cream in fact! This isn't too much of a problem for me as I tend to apply my makeup before getting dressed anyway, but if you're often rushing around in the morning trying to get ready, this may not be the cream for you.
The cream as a whole has lasted me about a month which is reasonable. I have found I've used less of the intensive cream than of the normal cream, though not to the extent of other reviewers - perhaps because I use it on my legs as well as elbows and knees. I have ended up with a bit more intensive cream at the end though, which I have kept for use with 'normal' body lotions.
Overall this is a pretty decent body butter and a good idea. It's expensive at full price but is often on special offer. It has flaws but it does work well. I would consider buying it again, and would like to try some of the other scents too.