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I am a big fan of Body Shop body butters, and tend to stock up whenever there is a sale! I bought this one online so didn't have a chance to take a sniff before I made the purchase, but as I got it really cheap I was willing to take the risk. At full price, the body butters costs £13, but are often on sale for £5 - and sometimes for even less online. I think I got this for around the £3 mark with various discounts. There is also a perfume available in the same scent.
As with all Body Shop body butters, this comes in a 200ml tub with a screwtop lid. This particular body butter comes in a white tub, and the top has a graphic of lots of hearts which is quite unusual and eye-catching.
The Love etc fragrance is described as a mix of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood, and when I first opened my tub, the smell was definitely floral, although sadly I can't detect the vanilla in this at all. It doesn't have a particularly strong fragrance - it is quite light and fresh.
Applying this is a bit trickier that with other body butters as I found it took a while for this to sink in - it didn't melt into the skin straight away like with others I've used. However the butter is very rich and it does definitely moisturise the skin.
The other disappointment for me was that the smell of this doesn't really linger. Other body butters I have used, such as the satsuma or raspberry scented ones, have fragrances that linger for hours on my skin but this didn't really. In fact I find the scent a bit underwhelming - it didn't really do very much for me at all and I find it quite an unmemorable fragrance.
Overall I was a bit indifferent to his body butter. The smell is nice enough but it isn't a personal favourite of mine and I wouldn't buy it again. I certainly don't think it's worth £13 so I'm glad I got it a lot cheaper, but even still I doubt I would buy it again.
Love etc. Body Butter.
Standard round plastic tub - white.
Has a rainbow coloured logo of hearts n the lid.
200 mls, 6.75 ozs or 192 grams.
Body moisturiser for normal skin.
Use within 12 months and made in the UK.
large label on the base which pulls back to reveal a long list of ingredients.
Against animal testing and supports Community Fair Trade Shea Butter and Cocos Butter from Ghana. Also contains organically grown Soya oil from Brazil.
Is part of the Body Shop's 'Love etc' range that was launched in 2009.
Full price £13 but was recently on sale for just £3.
This Body Shop butter was a new variation for me. I buy online so do not get to the shops to try out the fragrances. So I had not tried any of this 'Love etc' range.
The butter itself is solid and is designed for normal skins. The product comes in a white tub and is a delicate and pretty pale pink colour.
I was rather surprised when I first opened this product for the lack of fragrance. There is an aroma with it but not as perfume like as I had expected. Not having tried the perfume in this range I cannot comment on whether this butter is a true representation of the range or not.
The colour is nice and feminine and the butter itself is solid like the others and does go on very nicely. The fact that this is stated to be for 'normal skin' does not seem to have affected the quality of moisturising abilities of the butter and it seems to be just as good as the ones aimed for dry skin.
I have been using this on my hands, feet, knees and elbows. It ensures that the skin stays soft and will make your dry feet feel lovely and soft.
It is not sticky or greasy and while you can tell when you have used it on your hands during the day it is not over slippery and just feels like a good hand cream.
I tend to use the butters on my feet and hands at night but will also often use it as a hand cream
during the day, especially during these cold winter months.
The smell is hard to describe and is quite faint anyway so does not overpower any perfume you may be using.
It is a sort of feminine soft floral aroma and you can smell it on your hands or skin if you hold then close to your nose but the aroma is not as strong as some of the fruity body butters I have had.
In a way this is a nice change from the strong smelling butters but I cannot say It would inspire me to purchase the perfume or other items in this range.
Anyway I bought the body butter more for its moisturising properties than the perfume it contained - but it is a nice bonus to have a fragrance that you like.
The perfume is also currently on sale and the solid block of perfume that used to be on sale seems to have disappeared.
Some people on the Body Shop website are raving about the smell of this butter - and while it is ok it is not something I would rave about or particularly recommend. It just goes to show how subjective perfume appreciation can be. So if you get the chance I would advice trying out a tester in the Body Shop to see whether this is a fragrance you will love or not. If not this is quite an acceptable product anyway.
The Love etc perfume is described as an irresistible fragrance in a 'fusion of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood'. I cannot really pick out any of these aromas - it just smells like a sort of floral one to me and a quite artificial one at that.
People seem to be mentioning that this 'Love etc' range is being discontinued - I am not sure whether this is true or if it is just one of those that comes and goes from the Body Shop website.
4 stars. Very expensive at full price and not a fragrance I would really want to buy again.
===Would I Recommend?===
Aqua, Glycerin, Glycine Soja Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Parfum, Cyclohexasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Lanolin Alcohol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Citronellol, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 17200, CI 14700.
I am still working my way through a stock of body butters I bought from a sale earlier this year in the Body Shop. A combination of a discount code I found online and cashback meant I picked up some body butters for a steal at around £3 or £4 each. Compared to their usual RRP of £13, this is one hell of a saving, although I would never pay full price for these personally. I also bought the Eau de Toilette in the same fragrance as this one, hoping I might be able to layer using the body butter and perfume.
I'm sure I don't have to go into too much detail with regards to packaging. I have yet to purchase a body butter which isn't packaged in a tub with a screw top lid, allowing you to scoop the product from within. The tub is white with lots of colour on the top, making it easy to spot in my stash of beauty products, and the body butter itself is white in colour.
The consistency of this butter isn't quite like the other Body Shop body butters I have used. It seems slightly harder to scoop out with my fingers, and is a bit more opaque. I'm not sure if this is because it's slightly more perfumed than the usual fragrances, but it makes it quite difficult to spread across my skin. Once it has spread, it takes a bit of rubbing in to take the white layer off your skin, but once it's been rubbed in it does absorb quite well, and I would feel comfortable using this one in the morning as it absorbs quite quickly.
The fragrance is very similar to the EDT, as you'd expect. It's quite floral, but with citrus notes, so this keeps it fresh and lively rather than being overly flowery or sweet. The staying power of the fragrance is excellent, and although I was a bit worried that it might be overpowering, as the EDT is quite strong, it is actually quite a delicate fragrance. Once it's applied all over, it smells like you're wearing perfume, and it's not really necessary to layer this one with the matching EDT, as this would be overkill in my opinion. The scent really does last all day, but without getting on my nerves or being overpowering, I just get a little whiff of it now and then which is really pleasant.
The moisturising properties of this body butter are just as good as the others I have used. It makes my skin feel pampered and luxurious, and I notice the difference in the condition of my skin straight after using it. I got sunburnt recently, so have been applying different products each day to keep my skin moisturised and try to minimise the peeling. With some products, I notice my arms looking dry or flaky as the day goes on, but with this one it keeps them soft and smooth all day.
I really am a big fan of this body butter, and although I tend to use body butters at night rather than in the daytime, this one is suitable for both. The only reason I'm knocking a star off is because the consistency makes it difficult to spread, and also because it's very expensive at full price, although the Body Shop do seem to have regular sales so there are savings to be had.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Though I still love Lush, I've recently started purchasing more and more toiletries from The Body Shop, mainly because they've had some brilliant special offers on recently. The Body Shop is similar to Lush in that it has an ethical policy and many of the ingredients in their products are community or fair trade. I've tried many of their body butters, most recently this Love Etc. version, of which I purchased the smaller 50ml version. This normally costs £5 (there is a larger 200ml version which costs £12.50), but I vaguely remember buying it on some kind of special offer - The Body Shop are always doing them!
This particular product is part of the Love Etc. range, which is a fragrance range consisting of an eau de toilette, eau de parfum, and other related products such as a body wash and body lotion. It comes in a white tub with the Love Etc. name and logo which consists of several little coloured hearts. Inside, the body butter is a very pale pink colour and is quite thick. The scent is floral and very pleasant, consisting of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood notes. I am familiar with both jasmine and vanilla scents and don't particularly recognise either of them in this fragrance: perhaps it's the combination which is unfamiliar to me. I don't really know sandalwood that well but I know that it is often used as a base note in fragrance.
The body butter's moisturising properties come from Community Fair Trade soya oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. The soya oil helps to provide an income for 500 Capanema farmers in Brazil, and has financed a training programme developing skills in organic farming and water preservation. It's good to see that The Body Shop is still committed to its fair trade principles.
Though I normally use body butters in the evening, leaving body lotions for the daytime, I've been using this Love Etc. body butter on both occasions as it is designed for normal skin and has a nice light floral scent. It's refreshing and does a good job of moisturising my skin. It's not as intensive as some Body Shop body butters I've tried, but it is more moisturising than some everyday body lotions - ideal for the colder weather we're having at the moment. The product is lasting well, as I don't have to use too much at once, though obviously a 50ml tub will be used up quicker than a normal size lotion.
This is a nice body butter which lives up to The Body Shop's usual high standards in terms of moisturising ability. However I probably wouldn't buy it again, simply because there are other scents which I prefer. The floral Love Etc. scent is nice enough but not one of my favourites. Still, it made a nice change, and I do recommend it.
I just love the Body Shop and I am often visiting their store or website spending too much money on their products. I like trying out their new products but I also have some firm favorites which I keep going back too time and time again. I especially love their body butters and am reviewing one of my favorites today, Love etc... body butter. I am actually a bit of a fan of the Love etc... range and adore the perfume.
The Body Shop's Love etc... Body butter is packaged in a sturdy white plastic tub, with a screw on lid. A circular sticker on the lid shows the brand logo and product name. Along the top is a cascading multi -coloured heart design. General information is given on a sticker on the bottom of the tub. This product has a shelf life of twelve months.
As with all Body Shop products, this body butter has not been tested on animals. It also contains fair trade cocoa butter.
The body butter itself is light baby pink in colour and of a thick creamy consistency. I feel this product is a little different to most of the Body Shops other body butters which tend to be of strong fruity fragrances. Love is... Is certainly more perfumy, it has a floral fragrance with a hint of vanilla, also it doesn't have an overpowering smell in fact I find it rather subtle. It is extremely feminine and quite classy. The longevity of the fragrance on the skin is good, but its not brilliant so I tend to pair it with a spritz of the Love etc... Perfume.
A little goes a long way with this product, which means it should last quite a while. I tend to rub a small amount into my skin and massage in. I find that this body butter is a lot less greasy than many others I have used, it is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves no sticky after residues. My skin is always left super soft and well moisturised after using.
I have no problems recommending this Body Butter especially to those like me with "normal" skin type. Perhaps those with dry skin may want to go for something a little more intense.
It currently costs £13.00 for a 200ml tub. When I see it on offer I snap it up quickly as they tend not to be discounted as often as other body butters for some reason. The tub I currently have came as part of a discounted set.
Love etc... Body butter can be bought in most Body Shop stores and on their website (delivery charges may apply)
In my box of hugely reduced body shop products that I bought online was this body butter from the Love etc range. This product is different from the others in terms of the smell, its very perfumy, a little bit like touch of pink by lacoste compared to the fruity brands, and when you use it dont use actual perfume as it will clash with the smell.
The consistency is very very thick, so much so that you can turn it upside down and it doesnt drop out. Its a whitey pink colour and I have used it all over my body apart from my face. It really moisturises and gives your skin a shiny texture straight afterwards. This fades as you put your clothes on and over the course of the day.
I find its a really nice one to use before a night out as the smell is quite strong and keeps you smelling fresh if your dancing.
Body shop dont test products on animals, and it contains community trade cocoa butter and shea butter and organic soya oil. Its pretty organic and it feels it.
You get 200ml in a tub with a screw top lid, it lasts for quite a long time although I have been using this one a lot. You use quite a lot of the product on dry areas but its meant for normal skin.
Body butters usually cost around £13 separately but I cannot find this available on the website. It came as part of a set and it just says to look in store.
If you want a body butter that is great for night time and smells really nice then I can recommend this one.
The Body Shop Love Etc Body Butter
The facts and figures:
As with other Body Butters, this currently sells at £12.50 for a 200ml tub. However be aware that this butter isn't always included in the various promotions alongside the regular body butters as it is classed as belonging to the fragrance range as opposed to the body care range. Always worth checking this with a member of staff.
The packaging is similar to other body butters, a round plastic tub with a matching screw top lid. In this case the tub itself is white with the sticker on top of the lid featuring a multi coloured heart motif to match the rest of the Love Etc products. The design is quite eye catching and both modern and girly, if a little 'young' for my tastes - not that I class myself as old, but the design has a teenage look to it in my opinion, which may be the market they are aiming for with a reasonably priced fragrance range like this. It wouldn't look out of place next to a Hello Kitty jewellery box and a Justin Bieber poster, put it that way.
Inside the body butter has a near solid consistency (not unlike actual butter, funnily enough) which can make it a little more time consuming to apply but hey, it's worth it. I also find that the consistency makes it easier to control how much you apply and although I always get carried away and apply too much because its so yummy, you actually don't need a lot. The butter is a very pale pink in colour so again, quite feminine but nothing too out of the ordinary.
Finally, if you shop at The Body Shop even a few times a year and don't already have one, you can purchase a 'Love Your Body' discount card. This costs £5 but is valid for 12 months and gives you 10% off all purchases including online. You also get a free £5 to spend in your birthday month and up to £15 back to spend over the year, depending on how often you use it.
What are the claims?
The Body Shop was founded on the principle of ethical retailing, so all products it sells claim to be fairly sourced, and use natural, sustainable ingredients. None of its products are tested on animals. The Body Shop also supports a number of global causes and is currently heavily involved in a campaign against sex trafficking.
Love Etc is one of their fragrance ranges. I remember first getting a free sample of it around two years ago which I think was when it launched, but don't quote me on that! The website product description doesn't actually describe the fragrance elements in the Body Butter, but The Love Etc Eau De Parfum consists of Pear, Neroli and Bergamot top notes,
Jasmine, heliotrope and Lily of the Valley heart notes and
Vanilla, sandalwood and creamy musk base notes. I wouldn't say that the body butter has anywhere near this complexity of fragrance, and would instead liken it the the solid perfume version (review in progress!) which blends Jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood for a lighter fragrance.
In keeping with the Body Shop's ethos of rewarding local suppliers, it also contains Community trade soya oil from Brazil which, according to the website, has proteins and minerals to soften skin and is easily absorbed, as well as being rich in fatty acids which makes it especially suitable for dry and mature skin. It also contains Community Trade Cocoa butter from Ghanian cocoa beans, often used in body lotions as it melts at body temperature, and Community Trade Shea Butter, also from Ghana.
Does it deliver?
I do love the smell of this perfume, and bought the body butter to complement it. When worn on its own, the fragrance isn't really noticeable which is a shame as I find with the fruity body butters, their scent lingers all day long. However, I like the fact that this butter won't clash with my perfume, and often wear it with other scents as I know it won't overpower them. In terms of moisturising, it works just as well as the other body butters and I always see a huge improvement in the texture and clarity of my skin when using it as opposed to any other body lotion.
The main bonus for this product is it's subtle scent in my opinion, as not everyone wants a strong fragrance from their moisturiser and, whilst you want to feel that you smell nice during the day, I do sometimes worry when wearing the strawberry butter in particular that I might smell just too darn fruity!
Would I recommend this product?
If you aren't a fan of smelling like a fruit salad but want a fantastic moisturiser to tackle dry skin whilst still feeling feminine, then this is for you. If you want a product which leaves a lingering scent however, you may be disappointed. I would also never pay £12.50 for a body butter, not because I don't think they're great but simply because the offers are so frequent, if you shop there regularly then there's just no need to pay full price. This variety is a little trickier to find on offer, which again is a sticking point. Overall, if i had the choice between this or a different fragrance I would probably choose this, but wouldn't pay more for it.
I picked up a copy of this month's Marie Claire for my train ride to London this week and was chuffed to bits to find that I got a free gift of a body butter from the Body Shop, this 50ml size normally retails for £5, and the Love etc fragrance is my absolutr favourite. I bought the perfume but sadly it made my boyfriend sneeze so I had to give it up.
Everything about the pot screams sunshine to me, it is a bright white, with rainbow coloured hearts and bright pink writing. The body butter itself is a pale creamy pink colour and is beautifully thick and luxurious. The smell reminds me of fruity cocktails and fizzy wine. It smells pink to me, that sounds ridiculous but it makes me think if pink had a smell it would smell like this.
The website describes the scents as follows:
Notes of pear, neroli, bergamot - combine to create the fragrant top notes. provide the initial scent of the fragrance.
Notes of jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley - combine to create the middle notes that vibrate across the fragrance. are the heart notes of the fragrance.
Notes of vanilla, sandalwood, creamy musk - combine to create the base notes of the fragrance. tend to linger on the skin longer than the other notes.
So you can see where I get the fruity floral sensation from. I adore this scent and am totally gutted that I can't wear it as a perfume, but I can use the body butter to stop my hands and elbows from getting dry and painful, and still get the scent.
The body butter sinks into your skin quite well, and leaves my hands feeling soft, without being greasy. It also helps my elbows not be dry and cracked which is great, especially when I wear long sleeves as they catch and hurt.
Overall I love this product and will probably purchase it again.
I received a 50ml pot of Love etc body butter free with June 2010's issue of Marie Clare and I am now completely hooked!
This moisturiser is a body butter so thicker than the types of body lotion that come in tubes and bottles. I didn't find this to be as thick and greasy as some of Body Shop's other body butters, but it has still been very effective on my dry skin.
The lotion is a pale pink and smells very sweet. I don't normally like very sweet fragrances, but this scent is very enticing and seems to linger on the skin. Lots of my work colleagues keep commenting on how great it smells!
As I've already mentioned, I have dry skin and have found this to be very effective. I've noticed my legs feeling very smooth when I've used this and the tone of my skin seems better. I also used it a couple of times a day after I'd had a spray tan. As well as masking the nasty tan smell, the tan lasted well and didn't go patchy or dry my skin out - I'm sure this moisturiser helped!
Love etc Body Butter comes in 50ml pot for £5 (perfect for my handbag or travelling) and a larger 200ml at £12.50. Body Shop occasionally have promotions so you might be able to get this at a lower cost (I hold a Love Your Body loyalty card, which although you pay a small price for, gives 10% discount on purchases in store. Also until 9.30am on 3rd June 2010, Body Shop online are offering 30% off prices).
I also love the packaging of this product. It is a white pot with bright multicoloured heart design and pink writing. It puts a smile on my face! I also love the name "Love etc" - it seems so positive and happy!
There are other products in the Love etc range including Eau de Parfum, body wash, body lotion and more. I have rushed out to buy the body wash and perfume so that I can layer up the smell on nights out. The body wash and perfume do smell slightly different, but I think that might be down to how concentrated the scent it. Using it altogether smells absolutely fantastic.
Overall, I absolutely love everything about this product!
Price: £5 for 50ml
£12.50 for 200ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Soft skin with a warm and radiant fragrance
The packaging is the usual Body Shop high quality look and feel. It's a plastic pot with a screw off lid that fastens nice and tightly. Although I prefer tubes or bottles generally for body moisturisers for hygiene reasons, this is the only right kind of packaging for a moisturiser as thick in texture as this.
The butter is a light pink colour and has a thick, creamy texture. The scent is very sweet and girly, and although similar to the Love Etc perfume, it is not the same and I find it slightly overly sweet and less tolerable than the more subtle sweetness of the perfume.
The butter feels really smooth and creamy and glides onto the skin with ease. It doesn't feel greasy or heavy and it sinks into the skin fairly quickly, without leaving a residue.
The skin is left feeling instantly softer and hydrated, and dry skin more comfortable. I do find I need to use quite a lot at a time because of the thick texture, so the pot won't last that long, but like all the other Body Shop body butters, it does do a better job of keeping my skin moisturised than other body moisturisers so I do think it's worth it.
All in all this is a great body butter, but the scent is not for everyone.
Thumbs up from me.