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The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion
Japanese Cherry Blossom is one of the Body Shop's current ranges incorporating body care, face products and EDT and here I am reviewing the Body Lotion. The packaging is pretty pink and definitely Japanese inspired with the range having pretty pale pink background fronted with a lovely branch of slightly darker pink blossom and a temple watermark image in the background.
The container is fairly typical of this type of product being a cylindrical slim plastic bottle with a handy push down top dispenser.
The fragrance is light, subtle and floral with sweet undertones. I would describe it as a soft floral subtle fragrance. I would expect the fragrance to have quite a young appeal, but actually on consideration I believe it will suit any female. Maybe a bit too floral for males though. The fragrance lasts well on the other products, but seems to lose some longevity with the body lotion. I usually layer the fragrance by using other products in the range at the same time to gain maximum benefit and to save wearing a separate perfume. The fragrance is strengthened by layering with other products from the range though ensuring that the lovely fragrance lasts well and I tend to receive the right sort of comments and even ego boosting compliments.
To use, I simply press down on the dispenser and rub the lotion onto my body with my fingers, whilst enjoying the soft fragrance. The body lotion is a fairly runny consistency but absorbs fairly easily with a little effort. My skin seems to absorb the lotion and it does not leave any greasy residue as some lotions do. I love the range and especially the Body Butter; I hoped to use the lotion on most of my body and save the delicious butter for elbows and feet that require a stronger system. I do find Body Butter easy and pleasing to use, especially once I have been applying for a few days my skin feels especially hydrated, healthy, soft and smooth, however, I found the lotion a little disappointing, not only was the fragrance diluted but the lotion is not quite as effective as I hoped and expected . I have normal skin that is prone to require more moisturisation as a I get older, so this may be an ideal product for younger skins.
Dry skin or older normal skin that requires moistuisation, go for the lovely butter from the same range instead!
Conclusion & Stars:
I recommend The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom range, but the lotion is a disappointment at the price and the Body Butter is one of the best body butters on the market that I have tried. The lotion for me though is just not quite enough. However, It may work really well on an oily skin that just needs a boost?
Price & Availability:
Usual price is £8 although Body Shop do sometimes do 3 for 2 on their ranges and I tried this when they had the Japanese Cherry Blossom Range on a 3 for 2 offer, so with the two butters I bought, this was OK as a free item, however, I would have preferred it to have been cheaper to start with as at full price I don't believe it represents value for money. However, I notice that it is currently on offer at half price £4.00 at the time of writing January 2014. From The Body Shop in-store and on-line.
Body Shop Cherry Blossom Body Lotion
Body Shop recently had a 505 off sale and I ventured in to be tempted. I spotted this body lotion and its matching shower gel and decided they were sufficiently exciting to be bought be me. These looked a bit different and whwn I sniffed them they smelled nice too. I find their products over priced at full RRP so 50% off is about right for me and they are then affordable little treats.
Back in the day when Anita Roddick first started Body Shop I used to visit regularly but now it is only during a sale. I do like to try new things so when I saw the Japanese Cherry Blossom range in the sale I grabbed a shower gel and this matching body lotion too.
I have to admit I bought these a while back so I am not exactly sure of the price but I believe I paid about £4 for the 250 ml bottle but I notice it is around £10.00 at present which to me is far too much for this one.
This range was inspired by the Japanese love of Cherry Blossoms and indeed these are so popular in Japan and they have festivals around the Cherry Blossom season. The scent in the bottle is quite fresh and sweetly floral but not at all r powering .I do like the smell of Cherry blossom trees when in flower and they look so lovely on the trees too, a real sign of Spring for me.
This comes in a tall clear plastic recyclable bottle but with a hint of pink colouring and pink cherry blossom flowers decorating it. It is very feminine and pretty and makes a nice gift. It is nicer than the original plain chunky bottles that BS use for the normal range of shower gels and shampoos etc.
The body lotion comes with a push pump dispenser which is efficient and makes it easy to dispense.
This lotion is quite light and thin compared to some body lotions and indeed I felt a bit cheated at first at it seemed rather too thin and watery. It smelled good but just didn't feel luxurious in texture to me.
It is a pretty cloudy pink colour and also is a pretty feminine floral sweet scent. The fragrance is quite strong as you apply this to your body and not surprisingly it does sink in easily and quickly as it is quite thin. I didn't hold much hope for it being very moisturising but in fact it did make my skin feel soft and smooth. It was almost like a moisturised skin with talc over it. It felt quite ungreasy yet not tight. It felt cool and really nice which really surprised me initially.
IS THIS A NATURAL PRODUCT THEN?
Being a Body Shop product you might imagine this would be full of lovely natural ingredients and it does seem to have a lot more natural skin beneficial ingredients than the shower gel of the same range but there are still a few ingredients that sound a bit unnatural. I did see shea butter, sesame seed oil, prunus flower extract which is cherry blossom flower extract or at least flowering plum so it is not as bad as some lotions. Interestingly the top ingredient is aqua so what we are paying for is a diluted product it seems to me.
Yes I prefer this to its matching shower gel but there is no way I would pay £10 for this diluted body lotion. For that price I can get a more natural concentrated product from other places. At £4 I would say it is okay value but there is no way I would pay the full price as it really is not that amazing. There are better products out there using more concentrated ingredients for the full £10 price tag.
Just found this on Amazon for £4.99 if you are interested!
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I was given this product for Christmas a few years ago and I tend to purchase it sometimes as well.
I absolutely adore the smell.. ever since I first smelt it I fell in love with it.
The reason I was a bit put off by this product was the first one I got the pump was a bit dodgy and the product didn't come out very well ( sometimes i'm not so keen on pumps).
The bottles are gorgeous,, they come in a variety of designs which are really pretty to look at. I love the Japanese style flowers.
This is non sticky and really moisturising.. you can pick up a set of body wash and body lotion together of this particular smell.. well worth the money! They usually reduce them in the sales. so I tend to look around January time for bargains on this product.
For Christmas I received a lovely gift set from the Japanese Cherry Blossom range at The Body Shop, containing the EDT and the body lotion. I had wanted to try these products for ages so clearly I was delighted to receive them both in such a cute girlie box set. Today I am reviewing my experiences of using the Japanese Cherry Blossom body lotion.
"Inspired by a spring day in Maruyama Park"
The Body Shops Japanese Cherry Blossom body lotion comes in a clear slim plastic bottle, the bottle is see-through so the beautiful white lotion can clearly be seen inside. On the front of the bottle is a pink label which shows the brand logo and product name, there is also Japanese style pictures and of course cherry blossoms too. I absolutely adore the bottles design, it is incredibly girlie and trendy, I think it looks absolutely fabulous on my dressing table. Usual information is given on the back including ingredients list and a use by date of twelve months. It is advised that this product is not used on the face.
On top of the bottle is a push down pump. I've had no problems with the pump, it works efficiently and dispenses the perfect amount of lotion.
As with all Body Shop products, this lotion has not been tested on animals. It also contains fair trade sesame seed oil, Brazil nut oil and shea butter.
The lotion itself is white in colour and of a thin sticky consistency. It goes onto the skin really well and is easily absorbed leaving no unwanted sticky residues. Although it is incredibly light it still works well at moisturising and leaves my skin soft and smooth. I think this would suit those with a "normal" skin type like myself, also it is definitely one for using in the sunnier months as I don't feel it would be intense enough for the winter.
It has a beautiful floral fragrance, which I just love. It is light and fresh, yet lingers on the skin for a good few hours. I tend to layer it with a few spritzes of the EDT and this really helps to increase its longevity.
I have been using this lotion nearly everyday for the past few weeks and I have around half a bottle left, so its pretty good value for money too.
As I adore the fragrance I am interested in trying out some other products from the Japanese Cherry Blossom range. I would certainly recommend it to others as a delightful spring body lotion.
The Japanese Cherry Blossom body Lotion is available in most Body Shop stores and their website (delivery charges may apply)
250ml - £10.00
I've got the point now where I've pretty much used every The Body Shop products which appeals to me in some way (and that's an awful lot) so, for the Japanese Cherry Blossom range to be my favourite is quite an achievement. Despite this range having a floral scent and me being much more of a sweet, fruity scent type person, I simply cannot get enough of any of these products and those close to me know that so thanks to my Mum and a few different friends over Christmas, I now have enough Japanese Cherry Blossom products to get me through the rest of the year!
My favourite way to start the day is by having a shower using the Cherry Blossom shower gel followed by hydrating my skin with the matching body butter or lotion before squirting myself with the Cherry Blossom perfume and, just to maintain that scent all day, topping up the body mist throughout the day. One these days I always feel fresh, clean, smelling beautiful and, dare I say, even attractive. Thanks Body Shop!
So, on with the review of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion. I currently have two bottles, both from gift sets I received at Christmas. One miniature 60ml bottle and one full sized 250ml bottle. As far as I'm aware the 250ml bottle is the only size available to buy separately with the smaller bottle being reserved for gift sets only. Not that that is too much of a problem, you'll definitely want the bigger bottle anyway! The 250ml bottle can be bought from The Body Shop's high street stores and website for £10 which may seem a little expensive but it's entirely possible to never pay full price with anything at The Body Shop. A money off voucher is thrown at me every time I enter a store near enough and there's always some sort of offer on their website which usually offer some very decent savings indeed.
The body lotion comes in a large cylinder shaped bottle with pump action nozzle on top to dispense the product. On the front of this white bottle is the very Japanese themed pink label complete with a cherry blossom branch reaching over a Japanese temple with the blooms of the Cherry Blossom across the bottom. It's a very pretty picture which sets the tone for the scent of the lotion contained beautifully. You'll also find The Body Shop logo on there as well as the product name and short description, usual details of the ingredients etc can also be found on the back.
One pump of the nozzle on top of the bottle dispenses a blob just a little bigger than a pea which I find is enough to do an arm so a little of this goes a long way. The white lotion is quite thin and runny although not to the point where it's awkward to use. It sinks into the skin instantly with ease leaving no residue behind. One thing I particularly love about this lotion is that it dries immediately. As soon as you've rubbed it in you can put your clothes on so if you're in a hurry then this is perfect!
The scent of this is absolutely beautiful. It's a very delicate floral scent which is quite subtle but still clearly detectable. Whilst being a floral aroma it also manages to be sweet with a slight musky undertone to it too and I just genuinely cannot think of a scent I like more than this stuff! Layering it makes me feel very feminine and just lovely and, to make matters even better, the scent of this lotion lingers on the skin for hours too even without the extra layers!
It's just a beautiful body scent though; it's also a moisturiser which leaves my skin feeling really smooth and supple as well as hydrated. It's a very light lotion which I do think makes it more ideal for summer particularly as it doesn't give quite as much hydration as the body butter does and I at least need all the hydration I can get when it comes to my winter skin. Having said that, I'm happy to use this wherever and whenever with no complaints whatsoever. I highly recommend this and I swear by the entire range. It's just gorgeous!