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The product I am reviewing is The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion which I purchased from The Body Shop website with a 50% off voucher. I got sent the 50% off voucher a few weeks ago so I literally stocked up on lots of different products, some of which I use on regular basis and other new products that I have never tried before. The product is a lightweight but richly moisturising body lotion that has a sweet cocoa scent. The lotion is easy to apply and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. I have used the body butter in this range before and I really like it, but sometimes I like something light and easier to apply to my skin and as this product was a lotion I thought it would be quicker and less time consuming to apply than the body butter. During winter my skin tends to become slightly drier than it does other times of the year. Although I didn't expect this lotion to be as moisturising as the body butter, I still expected it to leave my skin feeling reasonably soft and smooth. The Cocoa Butter range is probably my favourite range from The Body Shop as I love the scent of the products and the way the products moisturise my skin.
Cocoa Butter has rich moisturising properties that instantly smooth and intensely hydrates the skin to leave it feeling soft, supple and smelling beautifully sweet. This makes the range perfect for dry skin types. The lotion comes in a round bottle which is made from clear plastic so you can clearly see the lotion inside the bottle which is an off white/creamy colour. The lid on the bottle flips open to reveal a small hole in which the product dispenses out of. On the front of the bottle it's clear what this product is and the range it's from. On the back of the bottle you can find information about the product and a list of ingredients. This information is in a few different languages. When flipping the lid to the bottle open and squeezing the bottle slightly to try and smell it, there wasn't a great deal of scent that I could smell which I was a little surprised by. There was a slight and fresh type of scent which reminded me of the scent of the Vitamin E Lotion. I hoped that the Cocoa scent would become obvious and stronger when using the product.
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I purchased the product from The Body Shop website as I had a 50% off voucher on all products, so I literally stocked up on lots of items. You can also purchase this item in stores as well. The full price of the product is £8.00 which is for a 250ml bottle. This is the only size the lotion comes in.
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Using the Product
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After having a shower and patting my skin dry I got ready to apply the product to my skin. I flipped open the lid and held the bottle firmly in my hand whilst tipping it slightly so that the hole to the bottle was over my other hand. With a very gentle squeeze the lotion flowed out of the bottle into the palm of my hand. I didn't want to dispense too much of the lotion as I wasn't going to be able to put any of the excess back in if I had any left over. The lotion was quite runny and had a slightly glossy look to it. I rubbed the first lot of cream over my arms and chest and ensured that the lotion was well rubbed in. The lotion felt smooth and silky on my skin and was slightly cold as well. I continued to dispense more of the lotion and continued applying it to my skin, ensuring it was well rubbed in before moving onto the next area.
Although the product is meant to be Cocoa Butter there was still a real lack of scent to the product and when I did smell it, it smelt exactly like the Vitamin E cream that I also have and used. I did actually read a review on The Body Shop website from someone else stating that this product did not smell like Cocoa Butter as it should. I was a little disappointed by this as I love the smell of the Cocoa Butter Body Butter and I was hoping that the lotion would have a similar scent but it didn't at all. The lotion didn't take very long to soak into my skin so I was able to get dressed into my night clothes after cleansing and applying moisturiser to my face. The lotion left my skin feeling and looking moisturised and it also had a nice slightly healthy glow to it as well. The scent of the product stayed on my skin which was nice as it gave a lovely fresh smell and feel to my skin. I went to bed and would assess the results in the morning.
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When waking up the following morning my skin no longer really smelt of the product which was a little disappointing but I find that the scents of lotions, etc don't last very long anyway. I find that the scent from body butter's last a lot longer than lotions. My skin felt smooth and soft and it looked moisturised as well which I was pleased with. My skin definitely didn't feel as moisturised and as soft as it would when using body butter, but I expected this anyway because body butters are in general more moisturising than most lotions anyway. I did have some dry skin on my leg and the lotion helped to soothe and get rid of the mild dry skin; how-ever on areas where skin is slightly drier, although there was a slight improvement to the skin I could still see and feel the dry skin a little when touching it. If you have a skin condition such as eczema then this product probably won't really help your skin much. I would say that the product is for only mild dry skin.
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Although I have used quite a few of the products in the Cocoa Butter range before and have used some of the body lotions from The Body Shop, each product is different so I wasn't sure what to expect from this product. Although I did expect it to moisturise my skin and leave a nice scent on my skin, I wasn't sure what else to expect. I like that the lotion comes in a clear bottle so you can tell when you are running low on the product. I found that the lotion flows out of the bottle easily and you only need to squeeze the bottle slightly in order to dispense some of the lotion into your hand. I did find that the bottle can become a little greasy/slippery if handling the bottle a few times so you may need to wipe it with a towel or tissue every so often.
The lotion feels nice on the skin and it feels slightly cooling as well which will be nice in the summer. I found that the lotion left my skin feeling smooth and soft and looking moisturised and it even gave my skin a very slight glow as well. I was disappointed with the lack of the scent and the fact that the lotion didn't smell anything like the other Cocoa Butter products in this range. In terms of value the lotion is rather pricey; how-ever they always seem to have offers and discounts vouchers on The Body Shop website so I would advise you to go here to purchase the product. Although this product moisturised my skin, I am unsure whether I would buy it again as I was really disappointed with the scent. I think I'll just stick to the Cocoa Butter Body Butter instead of this lotion.
(review also on ciao)
Body Shop is known for its great variety of quality care products, but this is one of their average products.
This lotion is meant to be used for both the hand and the body, which to me means that there's some sort of give-and-take that you have to accept with regards to the texture and the moisturizing power. I would usually prefer a product specific for the body, and another specific for the hands, so most of the times I've only used the Cocoa Butter on my hands only, because of two reasons -- the lotion is a tad too liquidy for my preference as a body lotion (I feel all icky and soapy after) and the cocoa scent makes me feel like a chocolate.
To be honest, I actually find the scent slightly revolting at times - it seems to have some sort of chocolatey buttery vomit undertones (as if you just had a pain au chocolat before vomitting). But who knows? You might like not be as sensitive to the scent. Each to his own preference!
As for the actual moisturizing power -- it does a pretty decent job keeping your skin soft, though I always feel like I have the need to reapply over and over again because when the lotion dries out on your skin, your skin might feel quite 'dry' (it isn't actually dry per se, but it feels soft and not-wet) unlike some other moisturizers that makes me feel 'moisturized'. I think that it's just what you prefer - I like my hands to feel a little more wet and supple.
You can buy this product in two sizes. I first opted for the 60ml bottle (for £3) but later realised that it wasn't enough so I then bought the full sized 250ml bottle for £8. I own a LYB card so I got an extra 10% off.
The product can be used as a hand lotion. I simply apply a small amount to my hands and rub my hands together, ensuring that the lotion has covered my hands completely. The lotion absorbs quickly and it doesn't leave your hands feeling sticky or tacky afterwards. Plus the lotion has a gorgeous yummy scent. I would describe the smell as quite sweet, but not too sickly sweet. I can detect a subtle chocolate aroma and the cocoa butter leaves your hands feeling lovely and soft and moisturised too. This is a great hand lotion to use during the winter months when your hands are feeling dry and cracked. It also helps to keep cuticles in good condition (and the nails too!).
The product also makes a good body lotion. It's a big drink for dry skin as it helps to add moisture whilst keeping the skin supple. The lotion feels lovely when it's rubbed into the skin and the gorgeous yummy skin keeps your body smelling fresh and sweet. It also makes a great massage lotion.
A little goes a long way with this so one bottle will last you ages. It's natural and cruelty free too.
Yum yum yum!
I'm not one of these women who feels the need to moisturise every part of my body, with a different lotion to match. I've never felt my skin needed it so I've never really been interested. I sometimes, very rarely use a bit of handcream, especially in the winter because having a baby means my hands are constantly in and out of water so I've found they crack easily. But really other than the odd bit of handcream in the winter I don't have a personal need for it.
That said I was bought a small bottle of this Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand & Body lotion as a gift. It came in a gift box with various other products from the body shop and was a suprise to me because I don't ever go in there and I've only ever owned their products when bought them as a gift. Still it was a lovely treat for me to realise I could try some lovely smelling things out! What mummy wouldn't love that after a hard day with a toddler?!
Of the four I was bought I knew from the label this would be the first I used. The others were for the bath or shower and my shower gel isn't out yet so I will be reviewing those others once used. This particular product came in a small 60ml bottle-perfect for travel size and has a very plain brown label with cream writing and the body shop logo. It's described as creamy moisturisation on the front so I was quite looking forward tpo having time to try it out.
I was bathing my son when I thought I would give it a go. He was happily playing with his bath toys while I sat counting down the minutes until bedtime and I picked the bottle up. I was pleased it wasn't a thick cream and it came out very quickly and was quite runny. More the texture of a shower gel than a hand and body cream. The liquid was a cream colour to match the labelling.
I hadn't smelt the hand cream before I put it on to my palm and just put a generous amount on and began to massage my hands. Afte a nano second the most disgusting smell hit me. I stopped rubbing it in and smelt it, I can only describe it as cat urine. It was revolting, not even remotely like cocoa and even further from anything pleasant! By this point it was all over my hands and my hands were quite wet still as it hadn't rubbed in enough. I thought I would continue rubbing it in to see if that made the smell improve. No such luck. Even after thoroughly rubbing it in it still smelt the same, as if a cat had peed on my hands! There was nothing sweet or musky about this smell, just wet and damp awful scented cream.
It's ability to moisturise my hands can't be faulted though. I have to admit I washed it straight off after trying it and swiftly put it in the bin. Even though I washed my hands twice to remove the smell, I had thoroughly rubbed it in before this so the moisturiser had sunk in. My hands do now feel very soft, much softer than before applying.
Overall? One star. It does an average job at making my hands feel softer, but no more than any other hand cream. As for it's ability to moisturise my body as it says it's a hand and body lotion? Well I'm not even trying it! It took me two washes to remove the cat pee scent from my skin on my hands and seeing as I don't have time for two baths or showers this evening I think I will just decide against this product from my brief experience.
It's gets it's one star rating for my hands actually feeling a bit softer now but thats being generous! It's not getting any more stars from me because who wants to smell like that?!
My advice? Don't buy it, avoid it and unless you really dislike someone deffinately don't buy it as a gift...I always knew I had a trying relationship with my mother in law but now I know she must REALLY dislike me!
Firstly, to discuss the gorgeous smell of this hand and body lotion:
If you are a chocoholic like myself then the smell of this fantastic cream will be right up your street! It is sweet and not over powering but leaves a lovely faint cocoa aroma to your skin.
Secondly, the ease of application and feel on the skin:
The cream rubs in really easily and is not greasy in the slightest. I get really dry hands in the winter and this cream not only protects them but also improves the feel and look after the first application. If you buy the large bottle in store and ask really nicely, they will normally give you a small hand bag size tub to put a little bit into so that you can take it in your handbag wherever you go.
Finally, the overall review:
Even when my hands are cracked in the winter this cream is sensitive enough to make them smooth without stinging (like lots of other brands I have used). The smell as well as the ease of application makes this top of my 'to buy' list in winter.
I have recently got pretty addicted to Lush for all my body moisturising needs, however in January the Body Shop had a half-price sale on some of their products and I decided to buy a 250ml bottle of their Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion for £4.00 instead of the usual £8.00.
This lotion was one of the Body Shop's first products and remains popular. Apparently a bottle is bought every 20 seconds! The lotion contains Community Trade cocoa butter, which helps farmers in Ghana. Cocoa butter is supposed to be an excellent moisturiser for dry skin, which I do suffer from on my body.
The packaging for this lotion is really simple. The lotion comes in a clear plastic bottle so you can easily see how much you have left. It is a creamy light brown colour. The plain brown label has the Body Shop logo, the name of the product and a list of ingredients.
The lotion smells yummy and chocolatey. In fact it smells very like Lush's Charity Pot lotion, although it isn't as strong. When you squeeze some lotion out of the top it is quite runny.
I've been using it for a month and I've only used about a quarter of the bottle, so it does last well. Unfortunately because of how it is packaged I assume there will be a little bit left in the bottom that is impossible to get out - unlike Lush's tubs where you can get every last scrap of lotion!
My skin really does feel lovely using this. It is easy to apply, soaks in well and smells delicious, though the smell is mild and does not overpower any perfume I wear. I have sensitive skin but this lotion doesn't irritate me in any way, shape or form. My skin feels moisturised all day and in great condition.
In short, I definitely recommend this lotion - at it's normal price it's value for money but at half price it's a complete bargain! A great quality body lotion.