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I'd never tried any body butters from The Body Shop before, but during their recent sale I went a bit mad and stocked up on four or five! This was one of them, and I also bought the accompanying Eau de Toilette. The body butters are usually £13 RRP, but I picked this up for £5, with a further reduction in the form of an online voucher code and Top Cashback website meaning it cost me in the region of £3.
The body butter comes in the usual screw lid tub, which is essential for body butters as they are usually too thick to squeeze through a tube or bottle. The packaging is quite classy, being white in colour with a swirl of purple and blues across the lid. I love opening body butters and finding they are completely untouched, with a smooth flat layer waiting to be scooped into. This one was no different, and I was pleased to see that even though it had been stored on its side during delivery, the body butter inside had not been displaced.
The consistency of this body butter was unlike any I've used before, and it reminded me a little of lard or trex because it felt so hard to the touch. Usually, I find it quite easy to scoop a little body butter from the tub, but with this one, I had to try a couple of times before making a dent on the surface. It didn't seem overly appealing at first, but once it made contact with the skin it seemed to almost melt straight away, so I warmed to the consistency after this. It would also make it quite a cooling body butter to use in the summer on warm days....if we ever have any.
The fragrance of this butter matched the EDT, and is quite fruity being mainly citrus in nature. It's quite a light and refreshing scent, so although I usually find body butters too heavy for daytime use, preferring to apply them before bed, with this one I was happy to wear it during the daytime. I actually wore this one last night prior to going out for a meal. Once I'd layered it with the EDT from the same range, I was a bit paranoid I had gone a little over the top, because I felt like it might be overpowering, but my husband assured me it was nice and would probably settle as the evening went on anyway. I found this to be the case, and although it's the kind of scent that would get you noticed when you walk into a room, it had settled down by the end of the evening. The following morning I could still smell the body butter on my jeans, which was annoying because I was wearing a different fragrance the following day and felt this overpowered it a little.
In terms of moisturisation, I could feel my skin becoming smoother almost instantly after applying this butter. Although it's quite thick, it does sink in really quickly and makes it possible to get dressed shortly afterwards. I also felt my skin was immediately hydrated, and this carried on working throughout the evening and overnight, so my skin was lovely and smoothe by the morning.
This is certainly up there with the nicest body butters I've ever tried, and although I wouldn't pay the full RRP, I believe The Body Shop have frequent sales and there are voucher codes available for online ordering, so I would definitely buy this again if the opportunity to pick it up at a bargain price arose.
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I am a great fan of a lot of the Body Shop Body Butters - I love the flowery and fruity ones but I'm not keen on the nutty ones. Last Christmas I received one that I hadn't even considered trying myself and this was the Dreams Unlimited Body Butter.
All the Body Butters at the Body Shop currently cost £13.00 each. If you treat yourself to one of their Love Your Body cards you get 10% off all purchases either in store or online so, that way, it would only cost £11.70. I have also noticed that there are often good prices to be had on EBay too.
The basic design of the packaging is the same as all the other Body Shop Body Butters - it is a solid, round, screw topped pot. This is where the similarity ends thought. With the butters that have fruit or flower fragrances the colour of the pot containing the body butter corresponds with the colour of the contents - for example the peach body butter comes in a peach coloured pot and so on.
Obviously, since this one is called Dreams Unlimited, there isn't a colour that naturally corresponds. The pot in this case is pale blue with a lid that is mainly white with a purple and blue design on the front together with the name of the Body Butter contained within.
On the bottom of the pot there is a peel off label with a list of the ingredients of the body butter and some information about the Body Shop and their values.
Having never tried this particular fragrance before I had no ideas what to expect but, as I removed the seal from the pot and unscrewed the lid, I was greeted by a truly gorgeous fragrance. Now I guess that you will want me to describe this to you and I wish that I could! I am hopeless at describing fragrances! This one was sweet but not sickly and that is as much as I can say - I couldn't actually recognise anything in it.
To find out some more information I did some investigation on the Body Shop website at www.therbodyshop.co.uk and I found to my surprise that the fragrance is a 'fusion of citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedar wood notes'. Well I could have guessed for a week and not worked that out! Had I been told in advance that it contained green chilli I wouldn't have even considered having it so I suppose you shouldn't judge body butter by its description then?
The butter itself is smooth and quite thick in consistency. I began to rub it onto my skin and, as with all the others that I have tried, it was absorbed almost immediately leaving no trace of greasiness.
My skin felt soft and moisturised and of course it smelt gorgeous! All day long I kept getting a whiff of the fragrance and I loved it. In fact I was so impressed with this one that I treated myself to the matching shower gel.
If you take a look at the website you will find that the ingredients used by the Body Shop are all sourced from growers and providers who are treated fairly with methods that are sustainable and help protect the way of life of the growers and their families. Of course I hardly need tell you that none of their products are tested on animals either.
So there you are - a lovely product from the Body Shop, fairly and sustainably produced and works well to moisturise the skin - brilliant! The only downside is that, if you buy this product at full price it is a bit expensive but, to be honest, they have so many good offers that I can't remember the last time I paid full price for anything in the Body Shop!
I have always been a big fan of the Body Shops range of body butters with their luscious fruity smells so was delighted when I was given a big tub of Dreams Unlimited body butter for xmas. It currently costs £5 for a 100ml tub and there are other products in the Dreams Unlimited range including body wash and perfumes.
The Dreams Unlimited body butter contains cacao butter and soja oil amongst other ingredients for their moisturising properties. It gives and incredibly thick body lotion, one which you scoop out of the tub as it is closer to solid than a liquid. The body butter melts very quickly on warm skin (ie after a shower) and is absorbed fairly quickly, you do have to use the butter sparingly otherwise you will be left with little un-melted lumps. It is incredibly good at moisturising my skin leaving it silky soft. I have even used it on the dry skin on my feet and my elbows and it leaves them nice and soft too while other moisturisers are not thick enough to make a difference there.
The Body Shop describe the smell of Dream Cream as being a fusion of green chilli, citrus, white flowers and cedarwood and I have got to say this is a unique scent but not in a good way. I can smell some unidentifiable flowers but cannot detect the more woody and earthy cedarwood or the chilli. The citrus fruits give the smell a harshness and tanginess which I don't like. Overall, I find the scent quite a harsh and abrasive flowery one rather than one which is soft and comforting. The scent does linger for several hours and it does not change at all over the course of the day. It is a smell I can tolerate rather than one which I like wearing.
Overall I give Dreams Unlimited 10/10 for its amazing skin softening properties but only 2/10 for the harsh scent and it is not a body butter I will buy for myself when my tub runs out.
I'm a huge body butter fan and I work my way through them like no tomorrow. So, when I saw an offer on The Body Shop website which allowed you to get a 200ml pot of their Dreams Unlimited Body Butter for just £1 when you spent over a certain amount, I didn't hesitate to buy it. At full price this product costs £12.50 so it was definitely not a price to be sniffed at! At the time I think it was still relatively new or I'd simply overlooked it because I'd never even heard of this particular product. Still, I have plenty of experience with other Body Shop body butter's and they've all been good quality and had lovely effects on my skin.
The body butter comes in a plastic circular pot which is sky blue with a white screw on lid. On the base of the pot is a sticker which states the usual product information, barcode and ingredients list in a variety of different languages. The lid contains another sticker which is purple, fading to blue, fading to white. The lid has the Body Shop logo and product name. All in all, the packaging is rather pretty. The wide circular shape of the pot allows you to easily dip in your fingers to apply the product and the lid is easy to screw on/unscrew and stays secure.
As I've said, I wasn't familiar with this particular product so I was a little worried about the scent. While every body butter I've tried from the Body Shop has been good in terms of leaving my skin feeling nice and soft, some of their scents are not to my taste which, given the scent stays on your skin, completely puts me off using the product. Usually the name of the body butter will tell you the scent however 'dreams unlimited' doesn't really give anything away so this one was a complete surprise. And what a very nice surprise it turned out to be! I can't quite put my finger on what this smells like exactly, aside from the matching Dreams Unlimited Perfume, I can't say I've ever smelt anything with a similar scent. It's a very feminine, sweet and floral scent, it's pleasant and has a hint of citrus. I really like it as does everyone who's ever caught a whiff of it on my skin.
The Dreams Unlimited scent is also found in the form of shower gel and perfume so layering this beautiful smell is easily done.
The product itself has a buttery texture and appears to be thicker than the usual body butters I use. I find just rubbing my fingers over the top of the product transfers the butter to my hands in more manageable amounts than scooping it up with my fingers. A little really does go along way with this body butter, I find a 200ml pot lasts me about six months with regular use so, even at full price, it does offer good value for money. The product is white in colour and my skin soaks up the body butter pretty much instantly and constant rubbing isn't needed. The butter leaves a subtle shine to my skin without feeling greasy or heavy. I do suffer from sensitive skin and have never experienced any problems using this.
The overall effects of this body butter are beautiful. My skin is left feeling moisturised, really smooth and soft. Best of all that lovely scent really does linger on my skin for hours and is strong enough for others to clearly smell. In fact, there have been a few times where the scent of this body butter has been mistaken for perfume! This product gets rid of dry skin almost instantly. I used to have really dry and rough elbows and I noticed a clear improvement in this the very first time I applied this body butter to that area. After two or three uses that dry skin had completely and it's never come back!
I really love this body butter and I'd go as far to say it's probably my favourite. I strongly recommend it to everyone.
I don't routinely buy from The Body shop, but only because I have firm favourites when it comes to the cosmetics I buy, but every now and again I find myself wandering in there and I'm generally pretty surprised and pleased with the products I end up with. One product I bought and tried fairly recently was the Body Shop Dreams UnlimitedTM Body Butter, which I bought for £6.25 for a 200ml tube. This was a really good price as it was on offer and was half price and while I have seen cheaper body butters available, I very much agree with the ethos of the Body Shop and so I'm willing to pay a little more if the product is decent.
The Dreams UnlimitedTM Body Butter comes in a plastic tub with a top that can be unscrewed and screwed back on. The design of the tub is simple but pleasant enough, although there is nothing about it that would jump out at me off the shelf. I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing because its what's inside that really counts.
The body butter is a clean and fresh looking cream which is a creamy white in colour and looks rich and luxurious. To be fair it doesn't look very distinguishable from loads of other body butters that I have tried over the years, but additionally it looks to be good quality and first impressions were satisfactory. The aroma of the body butter however was very nice and I liked that it wasn't overwhelmingly coconutty like so many butters I have used. This is much more subtle in fragrance but it is still zesty and slightly floral and certainly aimed at the female market. It's a very fresh and light aroma and I haven't found that it contrasts heavily with any perfumes I've opted to wear.
As I said the body butter is very rich and it does feel quite luxurious as it's applied to my skin. I find that I don't need to slap loads on and I can be fairly frugal in its application because a little goes a long way. It does absorb nicely into the skin but the skin is left slightly wet and tacky for about five minutes afterwards and so I do need to leave a few minutes before getting dressed. However, after five minutes or so, my skin feels really nicely moisturised and is left feeling beautifully hydrated. I do find that some body butters leave bobbly bits on my skin after a while and this is not the case with this butter and so I suspect that this means that the butter is fully absorbed.
Overall, I think this is a good product and I can't really see any reason not to recommend it.
I received a 200ml pot of this in a gift set for Christmas - one that my mum put together by herself. She knows what I like! The butter is £12.50 per 200ml pot.
The butter itself is a nice colour and it resembles the same consistency as "real" butter. It smells wonderful too, with the usual scent of fragranced Body Shop products. I would describe the scent as quite sweet and feminine. It's quite a soft fragrance and smells like Love ETC - Another Body Shop butter.
The butter feels lovely and soft against the skin. It rubs in well and you can use it after a bath or shower OR just on dry skin - whenever your skin needs a drink really. The butter is VERY moisturising and it's ideal for dry skin as it feeds the skin with extra moisture. It's great for the winter months when your skin feels extra dry.
I have dry skin and the butter works wonders for my flaky patches and dry areas - usually my knees and elbows. The butter absorbs quickly and it doesn't feel greasy on the skin, which is a bonus.
The gorgeous scent lingers on your skin afterwards and my skin feels moisturised for hours after using this. This is an excellent quality body butter and it's suitable for people with sensitive skin as it's so gentle.
A gorgeous body butter from The Body Shop.
I must admit, I am not usually a reader of Marie Claire. However, when I saw that they were giving away free Body Shop Body Butters a while ago, I decided to buy one as the Body Butters at full price tend to be quite expensive. There were a variety of Body Butters to choose from, however I took a gamble and went for the Dreams Unlimited scent, not knowing what it smelt like, or being able to get any indication from the Body Butter's name. The gamble paid off; this Body Butter is divine!
For those unfamiliar with Body Butters, the general idea is that they are used while bathing/showering in order to moisturise the body. The Body Butter's thick consistency is scooped out with the fingers and rubbed into the body - simple! I find them to be particularly useful on areas that I shave, especially underarms, as I find that shaving can leave my skin to feel dry.
So, what does this Body Butter smell like? I find the scent quite hard to describe, as it does not immediately remind you of any one thing in particular. I think the best way to describe it would be to say that it smells like a floral perfume. However, to give you a better idea, The Body Shop's own website describes the scent as "a fusion of citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedarwood notes". Basically, I'll eat my words if you find it to smell anything other than gorgeous, like I did. I really love applying the Body Butter, as its consistency is really smooth on the body. Also, it smells so lovely that I leave the shower feeling divine. I think the scent lingers for a period of time after having applied it, which is a pleasure for my nostrils, and I often find myself sniffing my arm just to get another waft of it (I can feel your judging eyes on me, but it really is wonderful).
The only criticism I have of the Body Butter is that I do not think the pot is designed in the best way possible. Its packaging is a pot with a screw lid, and sometimes, if I've screwed the lid on particularly tight, I find it hard to get the lid off. This is particularly true if my hands are slippery at the time I try opening the pot.
My Body Butter was only 50ml, and sadly I'm almost at the end of the pot (about a month or so of having used it quite sparingly). I don't think The Body Shop sells this size in store (correct me if I'm wrong!), however the 200ml version can be bought for £12.50.
If you're willing to part with the cash, this is definitely worth buying. Lovely product, that I'll be sad to see the end of!
As a huge Body Shop Body Butter fan, with a large collection of these butters in a number of fragrances, I was hugely disappointed with this version.
I must admit, I did not purchase this body butter - I actually got it free with June's Marie Claire magazine. I usually opt for the 'natural' scented butters - to name just a few I already have the shea butter, coconut, moringa flower and Satsuma. I decided to opt for the Dreams Unlimited version as I fancied something a little different from the fragrances I'd usually buy, plus I'd already tested the Dreams Unlimited eau de toilette in my local Body Shop store and was a fan of the fragrance.
Upon first using the product, I was highly impressed and felt that it lived up to the standard of others in the range. The texture is much like that of other Body Shop butters: a very thick, rich cream that softens and nourishes skin. I find these moisturisers too rich to use on my hands so I tend to use them on areas of my skin that dry out easily, for instance elbows, knees, calves and feet. I used this body butter in the same way and was very happy with the body butter's consistency.
I also really liked the fragrance of this product - it has a beautiful floral scent. I'd imagine this could end up smelling a bit funny if you wore it under a distinctive-smelling perfume, but it would be perfect layered with the Dreams Unlimited perfume.
However, despite my great first impressions of this body butter, I had a look at my legs just a few hours after applying it and was horrified to see an angry red rash had spread across them. This is the first time I've ever had a reaction like it to a skincare product as I don't have majorly sensitive skin and have no known allergies. At the time I tested it I happened to be on holiday with a friend, who had also used some of the product and we discovered that she also had the same (painless yet unattractive) rash.
I don't know if it was the perfume in this body butter that caused this rash or something else, but it's certainly put me off using it again. Next time I'll stick to the flavours I'm familiar with.
I have a number of the Body Shop Body Butters so when I saw that Marie Claire was giving away a free tub with their June magazine I had to buy one. Each tub is worth £5 so to get one "free" is always great. I usually buy the fruity ones such as cranberry, strawberry etc and Marie Claire did have a number of different flavours to choose from but I decided to go with their new fragrance Dreams Unlimited. This one looked really interesting and something I had not smelt before so I was excited to try it.
The Body Shop Body Butters are moisturizers intended to nourish, protect and soften the skin. They comes in handy plastic tub/disc with a screw top. The lotions are quite a thick lotion, this is why they are named a "butter." They have a rich, thick consistency and quite a buttery texture which always leaves my hands feeling really silky and nourished. The Body Shop describe this lotion as an intensive creamy all over body moisturiser offering 24 hours moisturisation. I would have to agree with this, my skin always feels very well nourished after suing this cream. I generally only use these on my hands though as I think they are a bit too rich for an all over body lotion but for me hands they are amazing. Add to that, the wonderful fragrance and this butter is really a treat for my hands. The lotion has quite a sheen to it, almost like a glycerine sheen which I think also increases the thickness of the lotion.
The Dreams Unlimited smell is really unique and unusual and really quite intoxicating. I think it's quite a different smell to the usual ones in the Body Shop and a good addition to their product range. It's quite a summery, beach smell and perfect for this time of year. This body butter would be a really nice addition to your beach bag or suitcase as it's small enough to pop in your handbag and due to it being quite thick and not needing much of the lotion per application it will last quite a long while. The Body Shop describe this smell as an uplifting scent, a fusion of citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedarwood notes. The smell does stay on your skin for quite a while but is not overpowering or anything like that.
Like I've mentioned above a 50ml tub is just £5 but you can buy bigger versions as well as other Dreams Unlimited fragrances in different forms such as body wash and eau de parfum.
I'm a real fan of The Body Shop products and when browsing around one of their stores a few months ago I was approached by a sales assistant who offered me a free sample of a newly launched fragrance named Dreams Unlimited. I was quite taken back by its' beautiful scent and whilst I did not make a fragrance purchase I opted for the body butter, which is available in a 200 ml circular tub. I adore The Body Shop butters and have a few firm favourites, particularly those that offer a fruity aroma. I was a little disappointed when I finished using my tub, as I really could not justify purchasing a new one due to the fact that I still have several opened tubs of satsuma, strawberry, moringa and lemon. However, I was delighted to discover a recent women's monthly magazine was offering free 50 ml body butter tubs; one of which was Dreams Unlimited, so my purchase was made and this review discusses my experience with using the product.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
If you are familiar with using The Body Shop butters you will be aware of their attractive packaging where we normally see an image of a fruit or flower. However, there is no indication whatsoever on the packaging to give us a clue of the aroma of Dreams Unlimited and it is only due to the fact that I had initially sampled the fragrance that I knew what to expect. Whilst the majority of their butters are fairly eye-catching with their vibrant colours, I cannot really say that this product would ever have captured my attention. As previously stated, the butter is contained within a circular container and whilst I am currently using the 50 ml size I would advise that the 200 ml version is identical in appearance.
The packaging is quite unique as far as The Body Shop is concerned, as the lower section of the tub is of a sea blue colour with the lid being coloured white with a smaller circular label where we are able to witness the familiar logo. There are dozens of words running in several directions across the label, which confuse me somewhat, particularly as they don't really relate to the product. I am able to read "shooting star, alight and brave - unstoppable" and "vivid and free". Of course, the real test is using the actual product and not the appearance of the packaging, so the next section will look at my experience.
WHAT DID I THINK OF DREAMS UNLIMITED
Firstly, I have to say that I love the title, as it sounds so happy and would be the perfect name for an ideal world. Anyway, I'll stop dreaming and when I open the screw top lid I am able to witness a pearly white coloured luxurious looking butter. The aroma is instantly evident and according to The Body Shop's website offers "a fusion of citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedarwood notes". Whilst many of their butters can be used by both male and female, this is solely marketed towards their female audience with its' delightful floral aroma, which although delicate it is most definitely noticeable.
I adore body butters due to the fact that they are rich and offer my skin a much needed moisture boost and whilst other brands are often heavy and somewhat sticky, those belonging to The Body Shop are light, yet extremely effective. I find I only need a small amount of the good consistency fluffy butter, which as well as being easy to apply leaves a beautiful shimmer to my skin's surface. The aroma lingers for several hours following application and in my experience the butter quickly sinks into the skin and transforms any rough areas into the texture of soft and smooth silk. This is a very luxurious butter, which leaves my skin looking radiant and feeling healthy. It is well suited for daily use and I will often apply it before work in the morning and again following my evening bath or shower. I cannot recommend this butter highly enough, as it is extremely effective and delivers the moisture that my skin deserves without leaving any greasiness or stickiness. Consequently, Dreams Unlimited receives 5 stars from me.
I do not believe in copying long lists of ingredients into my reviews, but for those of you who are unaware of the ethics of The Body Shop I would advise that they do not test any of their products on animals and they use natural ingredients. I can confirm that I did not suffer any adverse reactions when using such as dryness or irritation. The butter is suitable for those with normal skin and should be used within 12 months of opening and the tub can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
For some strange reason, this product is only available in a 200 ml tub unlike the other fragrances where 50 ml can be purchased. Dreams Unlimited can either be purchased online or in The Body Shop store for £12.50. From my experience, I cannot advise that I would ever purchase anything in store again, as there are so many special offers that are exclusive to their online store.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.