Product Type: The Body Shop Body Care
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AN OILY SICKLY BUTTER THAT DOESN'T MEET SOAP AND GLORY STANDARDS!
The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
Member Name: angelboouk
The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
Advantages: THE POT IS OK, SMOOTHES AT FIRST
Disadvantages: PRICE, OILY, SICKLY SMELL, DOESN'T RUB IN WELL
The Body Shop was founded by Anita Roddick who is a Human Rights Activist. There are over 2500 stores worldwide. The Body Shop is against animal testing and promotes their company as encouraging fair trade.
They sell a huge selection of bath, body, perfume and makeup products in various fragrances and they also sell gift sets.
The Body Shop sell a range of body butters for various skin types including normal skin, normal to dry skin and dry to very dry skin. Each butter has its own scent and uses.
The one I have here to review is Coconut Body Butter which according to the tub is for normal to dry skin but the website has it under dry to very dry skin.
Coconut Body Butter contains a blend of the following :
shea butter to moisturise and soften skin
cocoa butter to leave skin smooth and silky
caprylic from coconut oil to soften skin.
The Body Shop state that this intensive butter will provide moisturisation for up to 24hours and provides you with a tropical scent.
The body butter comes in a round, deep plastic tub which is a dark brown colour. There is a screw on lid with a label on top showing a very tempting coconut image as well as the product name and size. The Body Shop logo is in the middle and looks familiar.
The bottom of the tub has a peel open label which contains an ingredients list and details of the companies fair trade policy. You can also obtain the contact details for The Body Shop.
The pot can be recycled and once opened, can be used for 12months.
This can be used after a bath/shower or on normally dry skin. Simply scoop out the desired amount and smooth onto skin whenever needed.
From The Body Shop website :
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Butyrospermum parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Theobroma Cacao Butter (Emollient), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Emollient/Hair Conditioner), Bertholletia excelsa (Emollient), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Lanolin Alcohol (Stabiliser/Emollient), Trihydroxystearin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Parfum (Fragrance), p-Anisic Acid (pH Modifier), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Caramel (Colour).
*Availability and Price*
The Coconut Body Butter is available in a 50ml size and a 200ml size from Body Shop stores or online at www.bodyshop.co.uk.
You can also purchase gift sets which contain the Body Butter. Complimenting products such as body scrub, lip butter, shower gel and perfume can also be purchased.
I have dry skin and like to moisturise it now and again. Body Butters are a perfect way to do this as they go deep into your skin and sooth it. I am a Soap and Glory girl and normally use their Righteous Butter and Butter Up as I love the smell and the consistency of them.
We do not have a Body Shop in our local town though when I go shopping in a nearby town, I like to pop in. I generally find them a bit overpriced but I suppose that is what you expect for Fair Trade products! Saying that, I didn't buy this from the store, I received a 50ml tub in a lot of bath stuff I bought on ebay a few months ago and this has been sitting in my cosmetic cupboard since. Until last week...
So I have sampled the butter before in the store and have generally found them to be quite oily and difficult to manage. I love the range though as there is so many scents to choose from and coconut would not normally be my first choice as I like something with a bit more of a fruity tone to it. But I decided to try this out and here are my views.
The tub is quite sturdy and is not the brightest and prettiest of tubs but it is what is inside that really matters. Opening the tub, I am greeted with a creamy coloured and sweet smelling body butter. The aroma of coconuts is very distinct if not a tad sickly.
Touching the butter, it is quite cold and firm. This is a big difference from S&G butter as it is generally easier to dispense or scoop. You really need to dig at this butter to get some out and end up with under your nails. Anyway, after I managed to prise some out onto my finger, I started moisturising into my arms and most importantly my dry elbows. The butter goes on to the skin like a semi transparent cream. I massaged and massaged then I rubbed and rubbed and felt like this wasn't working at all! The butter seemed to take forever to blend into my skin and I wasn't amused.
I finally gave up and looked and felt my skin to see if there was any improvement. The coconut smell was there, sweet and sickly and my skin felt slightly smoother though there was some sort of oily film on it which I didn't like and is something that S&G butters don't cause.
I let it be and a few hours later, the dryness had returned and the coconut smell had vanished. Certainly not worth £5 or £12.50 for that matter! Alot of people say that S&G is overpriced. When you compare that Body Shop charge £12.50 for a 200ml butter that doesn't blend in properly and S&G charge £9.00 for 300ml which blends in perfectly and works as well as leaving a gorgeous scent..I know which one I will be choosing!
Thanks for reading x
Summary: ONE RANGE I WILL BE AVOIDING
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