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I love body moisturisers and I have more than my fair school. I also love chocolate and The Body shop which is why I just had to have the Cocoa Butter Body Butter.
About the product
The product promises to hydrate and moisturise even very dry skin and to keep it moisturised for up to 24 hours. It claims that it will be quickly absorbed by the skin leaving it feeling softer and smoother, and that it will coat the skin with a delicious cocoa fragrance.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a circular pot which has a screw top lid that is easy to open and close. The picture on the lid is one of a cracked cocoa bean and some extra information about the product is written on the pot. The product will cost you £13 for 100 ml and it can be bought from your local Body Shop and also from their online website.
The open mouthed lid of the product does make it really easy to access the butter meaning that you can control exactly how much you remove. It also means that you can return any excess butter to the pot easily so there will be no wastage. Obviously the packaging means that you do need to put your fingers into the butter which isn't the most hygienic thing and it does get under your nails. If you don't like the sound of that then you could use a spatula instead.
The butter is a creamy ever so pale brown colour and the consistency is a bit richer and thicker than you would expect to see in a butter. You don't need to use much of the product in order to get the desired results and it is just as easily absorbed by the skin as promised. The butter does seem to melt on the skin, somehow becoming a little watery on the skin, but it quickly disappears. The butter doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy or unclean, and it doesn't irritate my skin or make it feel uncomfortable.
The butter has a deliciously chocolate scent which is sweet and natural. It isn't sickly or overpowering and I really like it. It is nicer than the Palmers Cocoa Butter as it is more chocolately. The butter does make my skin feel more comfortable instantly and it removes all feelings of tightness and dryness. It does make my skin feel softer and smoother, and it removes any dullness leaving my skin looking healthier. It does have long lasting results and the scent lingers lightly on the skin but it doesn't make my skin quite as soft as my old faithful Palmers Cocoa Butter.
All in all, this is another lovely body butter by The Body Shop. It has a lovely chocolate scent which isn't sickly and it is quickly absorbed by the skin. It leaves my skin softer and smoother for a long time although perhaps not as soft as some other products do. I do like the product though and I would repurchase.
One of my Christmas gifts this year was a 200ml tub of The Body Shop's Cocoa Body Butter. This is currently retailing on their website at £13 - but there are often offers on this product - so I would recommend that you look out for those. Nevertheless, I still think it represents fair value at its full price since a tub lasts for quite a while and it is a lovely pampering experience.
The product claims to be 'a feast for the skin' and purports to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Fair Trade cocoa butter. It promises to give 24-hour hydration and be great for dry skin.
It is packaged in a round, cocoa coloured plastic container which is recyclable. The butter itself is a lighter cocoa colour.
Apply to skin. Best applied after a bath or shower.
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter) (Emollient), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Lanolin Alcohol (Stabiliser/Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Cinnamyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Caramel (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour).
I have used this product several times after a shower since receiving it - and have enjoyed the experience. The butter itself is luxuriously thick, firm and cooling to the skin. It blends into my skin well and leaves it feeling soft and nourished. This nourished feeling does last through the day too in my experience. This sensation is much appreciated as my skin does tend to feel a bit dry in winter from a combination of chilling winds outside and from having the central heating on inside. The advice on the website for this product is to be generous with this body butter - personally I have learned to be a little sparing with it as when I put on what I would call a generous amount, my skin tends to feel a little greasy. As it is, when I apply as much as my skin seems to need my skin feels fantastic - and smells gorgeous!
The body butter has a soft, sweet cocoa scent to it and this lasts on the skin for quite some time. I think the scent is underpinned by a subtle floral aroma too - but that's my opinion. Would recommend you try it to find out for yourself.
At Christmas time I received a tub of this Body Shop body butter in the "Cocoa butter" variety. I don't use a lot of body moisturiser but do like to put a bit on my legs after shaving them to avoid any dryness.
This body butter comes in a 200ml round, flat tub. The packaging is light brown in colour with a picture of a cocoa bean on the front of the lid. The lid screws open/closed and when open reveals a pale, creamy coloured product.
This body butter surprised me by how firm it is to touch. I expected it to be a thick moisturising cream, but it really is more like butter in consistency. You kind of need to dig your finger into it to scoop a bit up and when it is rubbed between your hands it melts a little and becomes thinner in consistency. When I rub this onto my skin it spreads easily and a little goes quite a long way.
I find that this body butter feels quite greasy on my skin and doesn't absorb that easily. After shaving my legs I like to moisturise and get dressed quite quickly but with this body butter I feel like I am always putting my clothes on before the cream has really sunk in. For this reason I have started to apply this moisturiser at night time only now so that it gets a chance to be absorbed. My hands need a good wash after applying to get rid of the greasy feeling.
After applying this body butter and allowing it to absorb I do find that my skin is well moisturised and feels soft and smooth. It definitely helps prevent any dryness or itching which I am prone to on my legs. The Body Shop claim this provides 24 hour moisture which I would agree with. The scent of this product is cocoa butter, a chocolatey/vanilla scent. I think it is quite a pleasant smell and isn't too overpowering or strong.
I didn't buy this product myself but I have checked on the Body Shop website and was surprised to find that at full price it costs £13.00 for a 200ml tub. I am aware that the Body Shop frequently have their body butters on offer or reduced in the sale, but at full price I definitely think this is pricey and would not pay this price myself.
Because of the disadvantages I feel this product has, I am taking 2 stars off and giving it a 3 star rating. It is something that I will continue to use up but wouldn't buy it myself and probably won't miss it that much when it's all used. Thanks for reading/rating and I hope this review was helpful to you.
For Christmas last year I seemed to receive all manner of lovely smelling products from family and friends which is something I am always grateful for as I don't like to "waste" my own money on too many treats for myself when there are always more important things to pay or save for. One product that I received this Christmas was a tub of the cocoa butter body butter from the body shop and as it wasn't one I had tried before I was looking forward to trying it out.
The body butter comes in a cream coloured tub which is recyclable as you would expect from the body shop. The cocoa butter body butter has a label on the lid which is almost as big as the whole lid and features the product name written around it in both English and French. The body shop logo is visible in the middle and then we are told that this product has community trade cocoa butter to moisturise and that it is for very dry skin. I do have to say it is tricky to see the fact that this product is for very dry skin if you were to just pick it up in the shop and I know myself that I would probably smell a product and if it smelled nice purchase it be it for myself or as a gift! The body shop could perhaps make the type of skin the product is best suited for a little more prominent on the front of the tub because it just isn't that visible in my opinion.
You need to twist the lid off to access the actual body butter and when you do you will find an almost solid cream which is cream in colour too. What hits you with this particular product is the sweet scent which smells good enough to eat to be honest! It makes me think of cakes and sweet things but thankfully it smells that nice I don't feel like I need to go looking for those things as the scent is on me! To use the product you need to get some on your fingers and just apply it to your skin. The product despite seeming quite solid comes on to your hands nicely ready for application. You don't need much of this one per application so a tub really will last a long time even with regular use. This is a good product for my legs which seem to get quite dry after shaving but I do think this one takes quite a long time to settle on to the skin properly so I find it isn't one that I can apply in haste and then get dressed so I find applying this first thing in the morning when I am up early or at night is usually the best option for me but perhaps on people with dryer skin than mine it would be absorbed quicker.
A 200ml of this body butter costs £12.50 from the body shop but I would advise they often have sales where they can sell body butters for half the usual price so it is worth looking out for these. You have 12 months from opening the tub to use this one up and to be honest unless you use it very regularly I don't think you would use it all so there may be some wastage. I have used less than half of mine since Christmas and have used it plenty of times so this is something to be mindful of as well.
I do recommend this product because it smells so gorgeously sweet and my skin does feel like it has had quite a luxurious treat after I have used this one. The scent seems to last very well on my skin as well and so a certain movement will send the sweet scent floating around my body again which is really nice. My only issue with it is the fact that it doesn't absorb very quickly on my skin and that I may end up having to throw a good amount away as I just don't use it often enough. Despite this I think it makes a nice gift or even a nice treat for yourself if you have quite dry skin.
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The body shop describes this as a product that provides 24 hour hydration leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. It also says the butter will absorb into your skin quickly so when I was shopping for my sister in laws Christmas hamper I decided to pick myself some bits up while they had a sale on. It is available on the body shop website at £12.50 for a 200ml tub that has a shelf life of 12 months once it has been opened so even if you do not use the butter often it will last. There are a range of different scents available but this is by far my favourite
I find this product best when used after using the cocoa body scrub and shower gel especially as I love the scent so much and it stays noticeable for a long time after when you use all three products. When you unscrew the lid you are hit by the smell instantly as it is a very rich and strong scent of cocoa and that is my favourite thing about this body butter it smells amazing.
The butter is a very thick consistency and when scooping the butter out of the tub it can be a little hard to get out without really digging in to the tub. Once on my hands the butter feels cold and and firm but once you begin rubbing it into your skin it warms up and melts down to a much thinner concistency making it a lot easier to absorb into the skin.
**In use and results**
I find you only need a small amount of the product and this can be used for a large area of your body as it spreads out smoothly and easily. It does feel a little heavy on your hands once you scoop the product out and the scent can be very strong so I like to wash my hands as soon as I have applied the product as much as I love the smell I find it a little too over powering as a scent on my hands.
As this is a body butter the consistency means you do need to rub the product into the skin and this can take some time. The butter does absorb well once it is melted down to a thinner consistency after rubbing to product on your skin. Once it has absorbed into the skin it does work really well making my skin soft even on the driest areas of my body this can add a little moisture and make my skin feel beautiful. There is no residue after application of this butter and once worked into the skin it absorbs really well.
I have never had any irritation from this butter or any other body shop product and I do have sensitive skin. The scent of the product does last on your skin after application and for a good while too after three hours there is still a distinct sweet smell which I love. The butter is very light once applied and although the skin feels softer there is no other trace of a body butter being used apart from the scent which I love as it means I can get on with my day.
I loved this while I was pregnant as I tend to get really dry skin through pregnancy this was perfect for using on the whole of my body. I also used it whenever my stomach felt a little tight I would apply this and it would help soften up the area or any soothe any itching.
As it takes a little while to rub the butter in I do tend to use this in the evening as I wouldn't have time to do it in the morning and work it in to my skin correctly with the morning rush and school run so you do need to allow a little time to apply the product it is not just an apply and go quickly type of product.
If you cannot tell I love this body butter and although I have a few varieties from the body shop this is by far my favourite. I personally love the smell although it is really strong so for some it may be too overbearing and sweet. I like that the butter comes in a tub rather than a bottle or tubes meaning I can use the whole of the product without any difficult when it is running low.
The body butter does feel a little heavy at first and takes a little more time to apply but the results are worth it. You only need a small amount as it does a really long way and this means although the 200ml tub is around £12 and a little expensive I don't think I have ever paid full price and the body shop always seem to have sales on meaning you can pick it up for a much more reasonable price.
Whilst I was pregnant, I was concerned about getting stretch marks and I had read that cocoa butter was good for reducing your chances of getting these. I was a big fan of the Body Shop's Body Butters but I tended to buy the fruit fragrances so as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I purchased the Cocoa Butter and started to use as part of my daily skincare routine.
The butter comes in a pale tub with a screw top lid. As soon as you open the lid, the chocolate fragrance is evident, yet it is not too sickly or overpowering. The cream has a nice thick consistently and as you would expect by the name, it is just like butter and it rubs in really easily.
The body butter is available in store and online, the recommended retail price for a 50ml pot is £5 and for a 200ml pot is £12.50. Although this is quite expensive, they are quite frequently on offer, especially if you like to order online and I have never paid more than £6 for any of the Body Shops Body Butters.
The results are that my skin feels silky soft and hydrated all day long; I tend to suffer with particularly dry skin on my legs, but this really sorted them out, but not only that, despite two pregnancies, I don't have a single stretch mark. It I apply first thing in the morning, I can still smell the fragrance the following morning. A 200ml tub lasts me around 6 months, this is using everyday and all over my body.
Overall, I would recommend this, but I would never pay £12 for it therefore I would only give 4 out of 5 stars.
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I received my first tub of Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter as a gift. The body butter comes in a large 200ml cream coloured tub with a picture of cocoa beans on the top - pleasant enough. The screw lid is easy to remove, even with greasy hands. The body butter is made 'with community trade cocoa butter to moisturise' and is suitable for those with 'very dry skin'. My skin isn't very dry, I would probably describe it as normal and sometimes on the slightly dry side as I tend to bath/shower/swim an awful lot!
I've always been a fan of cocoa butter (not just because it makes chocolate!) because it's a natural product that is said to have lots of benefits which include reducing scaring, restoring skins elasticity and creating supple skin. Cocoa butter is very popular among pregnant women too.
The body butter has quite a thick consistency and is very smooth. It is a pale yellow colour and the scent is apparent as soon as you remove the lid. I wouldn't say it's an overpowering scent but it's very nice - if you're familiar with cocoa butter you will recognise the smell right away. It's a sweet (but not sickly) chocolatey smell. When applied to my skin the scent stays on my skin all day long, which is something I'm very pleased about.
I apply this body butter to my whole body practically every day. I personally prefer applying it after a bath or shower as this is when my skin is cleansed and soft, but sometimes a little dry and ready for pampering! A small scoop is usually enough to cover everything - a little goes a long way and even though I have been using my current tub regularly for a couple of months, there is still quite a lot left. The body butter is easy to rub in and absorbs quickly - no stickyness and it isn't greasy either. It makes my skin look and feel instantly nourished and my skin always seems very soft and smooth when using this body butter. Overall I'm very pleased with the effects.
The cocoa beans and shea butter are from Ghana. The soya oil is from Brazil. The Body Shop claim that their trade has helped to fund education and medicine through fair trade - brilliant.
You can buy The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter from The Body Shop or from The Body Shop website. There are 2 different sizes - 200ml for 12.50 or a smaller 50ml for 5.00. It's a little on the expensive side but I still think it's good value for money (The Body Shop often have good sales on too).
Overall I'd say The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter is great stuff that would be suitable for all skin types. It smells good, it lasts, it's easy to use, it absorbs quickly, it nourishes and moisturises, it's fair trade, it's not tested on animals (The Body Shop don't test any of their products on animals) and a little goes a long way.
Even though this is one of the most popular products The Body Shop has to offer, and is a bestseller, I've actually never used this, which is a little surprising given that I am a huge Body Shop fan. I tend to stick to the fruity or floral ranges, however, my mother loves this and is always going on and on about it so I thought I'd try it out.
This body butter comes in a standard Body Shop tub which has a screw on lid. I prefer moisturisers in tubs as opposed to bottles as with a tub it is possible to get every last bit out. The pot is beige and there is a lovely picture of cocoa beans on the lid. The lid is easy to screw on and off even if my hands are a little damp after a shower.
The Body Butter
According to the Body Shop website, the key ingredients of this body butter are Community Fair Trade cocoa butter and Community Fair Trade shea butter, which is good as it is meant for very dry skin. The body butter is beige in colour and looks quite rich and creamy. The scent is lovely-it smells of cocoa butter with a nutty hint to it, and while the scent is strong, it is not sickly. The scent probably isn't for everyone though, so I would recommend you smell it in store before purchasing. To apply, you just dab your fingertips into the tub to get body butter on them and then rub over your skin. I applied it after my nightly shower and thought it would leave my skin feeling greasy as it is quite thick so I applied it in small amounts and it was absorbed eventually and sunk into my skin leaving it feeling silky soft. You should only apply a little at a time, and spend some time massaging it into your skin, or you may be left with greasy skin. The next morning my skin still felt soft and hydrated, and the scent of cocoa butter did linger on my skin, although it was quite subtle. The body butter promises 24-hour hydration and I feel it definitely delivers on its promise as my skin felt moisturised when I hopped into the shower the next night. My legs tend to be quite dry, but have felt soft and smooth ever since I have started using this product.
Price and Availability
As with all Body Shop products, this can only be bought at The Body Shop stores, or online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk. The 50 ml tub retails for £5 and the 200 ml tub retails for £12.50. You can often find this product on offer, and that is when I tend to stock up.
I definitely recommend this body butter, and I wish it hadn't taken me so long to discover something that was right under my nose the whole time! It has a very luxurious feel to it, and makes my skin feel pampered. A little goes a long way, and though it may seem expensive to some, you can often buy it on offer, and it really does last a long time. The scent is lovely, and the rich and creamy body butter leaves my skin feeling silky soft.
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I am a big fan of the cherry Body Shop body butter and thought I would try a different scent for some variety. I smelt a few scents in the shop and this was my favourite - the scent is delicious, rich and strong and it does linger, so make sure you like it in the shop before buying!
For some reason though, I have found that this version has been leaving a greasy residue on my skin and doesn't soak in easily at all. Recently, I applied some after a bath and just before I went to bed and found that even when I woke up, I still felt greasy and clammy so I had to wash it off.
I'm not sure whether this version is a more intense variety than the fruity body butters but it definitely feels heavier and richer than the other varieties I have used. These body butters are, in my opinion, very expensive as they don't go that far. I can easily get through a pot in a month. They are on sale after Christmas though, so that's the perfect time to stock up when they're better than half price!
After a recent visit to The Body Shop and spending way too much money, I thought I'd write review's based on the products that I purchased and have been using for a few weeks now.
Due to the cold, and winter weather coming I have been experiencing dry skin, particularly on my shoulders which has become quite dry and itchy. I have used so many different moisturisers and products to treat this including E45 creams and other products. As I was visiting The Body Shop I thought I would see if I could get something for my Dry skin there so I asked the assistant for some help. She took me over to the Body Butter's and stated that the butter's were very popular and there were certain butters for dry and very skin. She left me to browse and have a look at the products.
***THE BODY BUTTER***
The Body butter come in an off white/beige pot which is round and has a screw lid. The pot hold's 100ml of Body Butter. This particular body butter is suitable for Dry/Very Dry skin and has a slight smell of cocoa butter. There are other body butter's avaliable for dry skin, how-ever this one appealed the most to me which is why I chose it. On the bottom of the pot, there is information about the product such as a list of ingredients and how to appl the product. It states that The Body Shop are against animal testing and that they use Fairtrade ingredients in their products. I unscrewed the lid to reveal a large amount of the butter which was again beige in colour. The body butter looks quite thick, but it had a slight glosyy look to it. The smell of the butter us quite strong, and sweet, how-ever this wasn't too over-powering and was pleasant. I've never used a body butter before, so I wasn't sure what the consistency was meant to be like, as I'm used to using lotions. The product claims to give your skin 24 hour hydration, leaves skin feeling soft and smooth and has a sweet cocoa scent. The product has to key ingredients which are Fairtrade Cocoa Butter and Fairtrade Shea Butter, both of these ingredients are specially good at keeping skin soft, suppled and provides moisture for dry skin.
The product is only avaliable to buy from The Body Shop but can be purchased online or in-store for £12.00, for a 100ml round tub of this.
A lot of products have Cocoa Butter in them now and you may find some of these items in stores such as Boots & Superdrug, how-ever a lot of these seem to be lotions rather than butters. I have used Cocoa Butter lotions in the past and don't think these work as well as the Butter. Although the butter is thicker, I feel it moisturises better than a lotion.
***USING THE PRODUCT***
After using the Cocoa Butter Scrub and Body Wash, I got out the shower and got ready to apply the butter. I twisted open the pot and dipped on of my finger tips into the pot, gently rubbing across the top of the butter so I got a nice amount of butter on my fingers. The body butter felt really silky beneath my finger tips. I applied this to my shoulders where I was suffering particularly with dry, itchy skin. The butter smoothed onto my skin easily, leaving it looking moisturised. I continued to apply the butter else-where, using a small amount each time. The butter does go a long way, so I didn't want to use too much and end up feeling/looking greasy. The butter took a few minutes to soak into my skin, but it left my skin smelling really sweet of Cocoa butter, which was really nice. The following morning, I felt my skin and it felt smooth and silky. My skin still had the scent of Cocoa Butter which was really nice and I was surprised at how long lasting the smell of the butter was on my skin. The dry patches on my shoulders were no longer there and my skin looked moisturised and slightly glowing. The smell of this product lasted through-out most of the day, which was also nice. My skin stayed feeling moisturised and smooth for the whole day.
I have been using this product for about 2-3 weeks and it has improved the condition of my skin. My skin is much softer and smoother than it was before when I first started using the product. I love the smell the product leaves on my skin and because you only need to use a little of the product when applying the product is long lasting . As the product gives me skin such good moisture, I don't need to apply the product every day as my skin stay's feeling soft for at least 2 days after first applying the product. I wouldn't normally pay this much for a moisturising product, how-ever I believe it's worth it as the product work's well and better than most other moisturisers I have used in the past. This is a definate product I will continue to use and to recommend to other's.
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The Body Shop describes this product as: Doubly rich for extra dry skin with a yummy chocolate-and-vanilla scent. An excellent moisturiser that melts at body temperature, leaving the skin feeling soft and silky smooth for up to 24 hours. Containing Community Trade shea and cocoa butter.
£5 for 50ml
£12.50 for 200ml
A large beige tub with a simple sticker on the top.
I bought this body butter as part of a Groupon voucher, so got it for a little bit cheaper than the £12.50 advertised on the Body Shop website.
I've tried lots of other body butters, my favourite so far being the coconut one, and the Satsuma one is quite nice too. I thought I'd go for a change and try this one as I loved the chocolate smell.
As well as the lovely chocolately scent, I thought I'd try this one as it was for extra dry skin and I was going on holiday, the sun tends to dry out my skin.
I thought that if I applied this cream every night, it might stop my skin from peeling from a tan, but unfortunately it didn't.
Although it is moisturising, in my opinion, this cream is far to heavy to apply during the day, and also during the evening, especially in humid places. Even if applied at night, the cream can feel a bit heavy and sticky. The cream seems to 'cling' to skin and leave a layer film that will stick to your clothes. It does not sink in completely. I am yet to find a body cream that does completely sink in. I also feel that the cocoa body scrub does a better job of actually moisturising.
I can't help but compare this body cream to Palmer's cocoa butter. Palmer's is cheaper and sinks in better than the Body Shop one. However, the body shop one smells better.
I might try this cream again if it was on offer, but I certainly wouldn't pay full price for it. I think I would prefer to try the other scents first
I recently bought this body butter from the Body Shop website for the excellent reason that it was half price! This normally comes in at a steep £12.50, so snapping it up for £6.25 was a real bargain and I had to stop myself buying two tubs! My top tip is to always keep an eye on the Body Shop website, and your local store, as they often have special offers like this but they don't always last for long!
Intense moisture boost
The Body Shop is quite famous for it's lovely body butters ... and also for the fact that the price seems to go up and up all the time! I remember when these were under a tenner so the price is certainly creeping up. The butters come in big 200ml tubs, and although some body butters are available in smaller tubs, usually as part of gift sets, I can't find smaller tubs of cocoa butter body butter on the Body Shop website at this time. So it's the big one or nothing. There are a wide range of fragrances available, including lots of fruity ones and a few non-fruity ones including coconut, shea, olive as well as the cocoa butter. This particular body butter is for very dry skin and promises to intensely moisturise skin for up to 24 hours. There is also a body wash and scrub in the cocoa butter variant.
This cocoa butter contains both cocoa and shea butters, and both are sourced from Ghana as part of the Body Shop's Community Trade programme. Cocoa butter is well known for its moisturising properties, and is recommended to pregnant women to help prevent stretch marks! Shea butter is also a well known treatment for dry skin, so from just these two ingredients you know to expect that this should leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
One of the most well known manufacturers of cocoa butter products is Palmers, which produces a small range of products, most of which contain this fab little ingredient. I find that Palmers products tend to divide consumers, as some love the rich chocolatey smell, and others find it far too sickly! I personally love the Palmers range, although some of the products are a little un-user-friendly I find (but hey, that's another review). So I was keen to try the Body Shop version out to see how it matched up - especially considering at full price this butter is way more expensive than anything Palmers produces! (Incidentally, Palmers also produces a cocoa butter cream especially for pregnant women to help prevent stretch marks, so maybe it really is a miracle ingredient for any expectant mums...)
Rich and thick
So as mentioned this body butter comes in a lovely chunky screw-top tub. The tub is a nice, inoffensive pale creamy colour with a few simple words and graphics on the lid. Inside you can instantly tell that the cream is rich and thick - you could throw your tub across the room (careful not to hit anyone) and the contents wouldn't budge. Like the packaging, the body butter is a nice pale creamy colour and it looks very inviting!
Dip a finger into the cream and, as expected, it is very thick and definitely has a lovely buttery texture! I like to get a small scoop onto my fingertips and gently rub the cream in from toe to neck! This cream is so rich that it does take a little extra effort to rub it all in and make sure that you get full coverage - it doesn't sink into the skin as quickly as other lotions do but this is the price you pay for having such a rich and luxurious cream! As for the scent - well it definitely doesn't have the same chocolatey hit as Palmers - in fact I don't think it's particularly cocoa-y at all really. However, it is a nice scent - quite neutral I think and not at all offensive, so a good choice for anyone who doesn't like fruity or floral fragrances! Although it is quite a subtle scent it does linger and, if I put this cream on before I go to bed, I can still smell the cream the next morning.
Super soft skin
As you would expect, this really delivers a moisture hit to your skin, making it feel incredibly soft and smooth and beautifully moisturised. In terms of softening skin, it is probably one of the best products I've used. The cream is very rich and luxurious and this is exactly how it makes your skin feel! It's a real treat for skin and it is a pleasure to use. Although I don't have particularly dry skin, I really think this would deliver a great moisture boost to even the driest of skin.
One thing I will mention is that, because this is such a rich cream, for me it isn't really suitable for warm spring and summer days - it just feels too heavy for me and I won't be putting it on in the mornings if and when the weather is warm! However I think it's great for colder winter months, and I'll also be using it at night to give my skin a nice moisturising treat while I sleep - which is especially nice as the smell lasts till morning!
Losing a star ...
Overall I love this body butter. However I have to say that at full price I think, like all Body Shop products, that it is just too pricey. As lovely as it is, I really think there are other body lotions and butters that are just as moisturising and don't come with such a hefty price tag. So once again I'm knocking a point off a Body Shop product for the price. There is no way I would buy this again at full price - but more half price offers are welcome!
I really like the Body Shop's body butters, so was pleased to pick up a Cocoa Butter Body Butter when they were on special offer. The Body Shop Body Butters are intensive moisturisers, and I like to keep one handy to use once or twice a week after a bath.
The Body Shop makes various ranges of matching body lotions, body butters, shower gels, scrubs, soap etc, all designed to suit different tastes and skin types. Cocoa butter products are specially designed for very dry skin, and I've tended to use them in the winter when my skin is even drier than usual. This particular body butter is apparently good for pregnant women - just smooth it over the bump - though I can't say I've had the opportunity to test this claim!
The product contains both cocoa butter and shea butter. The cocoa butter comes from Ghana, more particularly the Kuapa Kokoo company which is a fair trade cooperative. The shea butter in the product comes from the Tungteiya Women's Shea Butter Association, which produces Community Trade shea butter and helps these women from Ghana create a sustainable future for themselves.
The Cocoa Butter Body Butter is available in two sizes: the standard size larger tub which contains 200ml of product and costs £12.50, and the travel size which is smaller, contains 50ml of product and costs £5. Body Shop products are certainly expensive, but they are also good quality and are often on special offer, such as the two tubs for £15 offer that was in place recently. The tub is cream in colour and has a label with a picture of cocoa beans, the name of the product and - on a label on the bottom - a list of ingredients. It's easy to get this mixed up with the shea butter body butter, as they come in very similar packaging, so it's best to check.
The product itself is very thick - even if you turned the tub upside down it wouldn't run out. It is creamy-white in colour, almost the colour of the tub. It smells lovely, but the scent is hard to describe: natural and fresh, sweet without being overpowering.
To use the body butter, you need to scoop some out using your fingers and rub it into your skin. As mentioned the body butter is very thick but sinks into the skin surprisingly well, considering. It is designed for very dry skin and moisturises my lower legs, which do get very dry, extremely well. I do find I can feel the product forming a slight layer on my skin after use, which is why I prefer to use it at night. However, it doesn't feel unpleasant and in fact feels very luxurious on my skin. I can also smell the light nutty, slightly chocolatey scent on my skin all evening.
This body butter helps keep my skin hydrated well into the next day and regular use a few times a week (generally after my post-gym shower in the evening) keeps my skin soft, moisturised and in excellent condition. I prefer to use it in the winter as my skin is drier then, but it's not exactly a hardship to use it in warmer weather! Occasionally I use it during the day on my lower legs as this part of my body is very prone to dry skin. The body butter is also very good at soothing my skin after epilating.
Overall, I love this body butter. I'm a fan of Body Shop body butters in general but this is one of my favourites, since it has a lovely yet subtle smell and is extremely moisturising. I definitely recommend it and there's no need to ever pay full price, since there's always another offer on! Definitely one to repurchase.
The body shop body butters are the body shops most iconic product, they've won numerous beauty awards and are community trade, so you're actually helping people by buying them. I've never been a fan of The Body shop but after trying out their bronzer and being so impressed, I decided to try some of their other products one of them being their cocoa body butter.
The cocoa body butter is especially for 'very dry skin' but they cater to all skin types with different formulas. I've always had perfectly good skin but after staying at my friends house who doesn't have a shower I've started to get some dry patches from frequently bathing in hot water. Cocoa body butter is enriched with fair trade cocoa butter and shea butter straight from the Kuapa Kokoo company in Ghana. Both ingredients are widely known for their heavenly moisturising properties and can fade marks and scars. The body butters claim to lock moisture in for 24 hours and melt into your body tempature.
You can get the butters in 2 sizes 50ml or 200ml. The 200ml which I get is the cheapest option, so get your moneys worth. It's in a plain looking pot with a picture of cocoa beans on and is not the most vibrant of the butters but probably one of the most effective. The butter itself is quite thick and greasy and has a yellowy tinge to it. It smells absolutely gorgeous, like chocolate and vanillary but not as overpowering as some cocoa butter products which is good as it doesn't get too sickly and unbearable, the smell still lingers but is more faint and subtle, it reminds me of summer.
A body butter is a lot more moisturising than a lotion and is thicker. You use it after you've had a bath/shower, rub it into your body when your skin is quite damp so it sinks in easier to the skin.
Although the butter is quite greasy it glides in almost effortlessly and feels lovely and cooling and the aroma is gorgeous. It melts in straight away but has not completely disappeared to make you think it's not doing anything, it leaves a moisturised layer but it's still safe to put your clothes on almost right away. It makes you skin feel really silky and moisturised without irritating sensitive skin. It has worked wonders for my dry patches and they've literally disappeared, it leaves such excellent results. It's helped my skin get into a lot better condition, I always feel moisturised after using this and has firmed my body up a bit.
The only problem is a lot doesn't go a long way for me and I find a 200ml pot has vanished after 5/6 uses and it's quite expensive. But I believe it's the best body butter out there and love having babies skin again. It's ideal for pregnant woman as moisturised skin helps elasticity to stop your skin getting stretch marks. It's really nice to use and I'm seriously impressed with how quick it sinks in so I don't have to put so much effort into it. My skin has been looking a lot more healthy and glowing, and I like the fact that choosing this although it's more expensive I'm helping people by buying this product over similar ones. I recommend to everyone who suffers with very dry skin as it has created miracles on me, it should be suitable for people with excema too as it's for 'very dry skin' and it's gentle and contains good ingredients.
I will continue buying it and I'm so impressed with the body shop products I'm going to buy some more of their stuff.
You can purchase from the body shop in either 50ml for £5 or 200ml for £12.50 which is not the world price in the world but not the cheapest either and I think it's worth every penny for the job it does.
The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body
My daughter is expecting her firtst baby november and it's a very exciting time for us, she is also worried about getting to many stretch marks, as friends of hers who have had babies and myself included have stretch marks from the birth of our children, it's something you can't really avoid but with a little help from moisturising produces you can reduce the amount of stretch marks you get.
I bought her a tub of The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body to help put her mind at rest about getting to many stretch marks and it cost me £5 for a tub of 50ml which may seem a tad expensive but it is a well known product from the body shop and you pay a little extra for their products as they are not tested on animals and the use natural ingredients in their products.
The tub has the picture of the cocoa nut on the front and it is a brown designed label with a twist off lid. the scent is quite nice and refreshing, a mixture of chocolate and vanilla which I think the vanilla stands out more that the other scent, which is what i like about it.
The cream inside is not to thick and spreads across your skin easily and absorbs easily too, not as greasy as it looks it might be when you open the lid. The cocoa butter moisturises and keeps the skin feeling supple and soft and you can notice a difference within minutes of using it.
If your looking for a good moisturiser this is a nice product to use, it can be used on sensative skin and can be used at moring or night. The body shop will tell you about the product if you need more information and compared to other brands of cocoa butter it is a good quality, although at supermarkets you can buy the cocoa butter at a much less price but it will most probably have been tested on animals.
I'm happy to recommend this product to you as its easy to use, absorbs quickly and smells delicious, my daughter was very happy with the product and uses it eveyday to help keep her skin supple.
have fun x
Doubly rich for extra dry skin with a yummy chocolate-and-vanilla scent / An excellent moisturiser that melts at body temperature, leaving the skin feeling soft and silky smooth for up to 24 hours / Containing Community Trade shea and cocoa butter /