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I was drawn to this Midnight Bakula Body Butter whilst browsing in the Body Shop. I found it on offer reduced from £14 to just £5 (200ml tub), and snapped it up after the first sniff!
The look: The packaging is beautiful. The body butter comes in the usual flat, round tub with a twist off lid. The pot is dark pink in colour with the front sticker being a mix of pinks and purples in a very Indian inspired floral design (following the other items in the range) and reminded me of Henna tattoos. After twisting the lid off, the butter is white in colour and set in the tub. It scoops out with a little effort, with the firm hold and consistency that you would usually expect from a body butter.
The smell: Ahh the smell! As soon as the lid is removed the fruity, warm, and floral scent hits you, and I was hooked. The body butter is described as containing extracts from the Bakula flower. When first applied to the skin it has an exotic amber, musk and floral scent, which develops on the skin over several hours to smell sweeter and more fruity. It is definitely a scent that lasts and one that other people would definitely notice on your skin. I would say that by applying this after a shower, you could skip applying a fragrance for the day. It is feminine, mysterious and sexy.
The feel: It smooths easily onto skin, and is absorbed fairly quickly. It does take a bit of rubbing into the skin to spread it around evenly, due to its thick consistency, but once absorbed it keeps skin feeling soft and smooth for hours. It is not sticky at all.
Overall: I was initially intrigued by the packaging, hooked by the scent and fell in love with how soft it left my skin. This gorgeous body butter is now a firm favourite with me, and I am now after the Midnight Bakula scent to layer it with!
I discovered this new The Body Shop body butter flavour recently when shopping for body butters on eBay. The scent which also comes in an Eau de Toilette is described as a blend of nectarine, rose and patchouli which I also own.
The packaging of Midnight Bakula Body Butter is different from what you'd expect from the traditional solinote (based on one note only) butters to come in. It's pretty an attractive purple - dark pink plastic tub with decorative drawings on the top - reminiscent of the Eau de Toilette in the same line.
APPEARANCE AND APPLICATION
The body butter has a medium thick, white coloured appearance and its fragrance is distinct from its eau de toilette in some ways and has its own scent which I'll explain later. It has the consistency of butter, as it's consistent but spreadable at the same time. It isn't sticky when applied although it does leave on an ever-so-thin layer of butter that will protect your skin from drying out.
A slight disappointment, that it only spreads easily on normal skin where it sinks in immediately and has enough moisture to keep it soft and supple for up to 24 hours. On areas however, where I have very dry skin, especially on forearm, elbows, back and shin, the same amount doesn't suffice. It takes some effort to rub it in to start with and even then I feel my skin is still thirsty and not hydrated enough so a second helping is required.
There are three facets to the body butter that are distinct and appear one by one as opposed to being blended. Straight out of the tub I catch a whiff of amber, a sort of crumbly, honeyed vegetal amber aroma I also detect in The Body Shop Warm Amber range. This surprised me as such, I guess it's a sort of base note they both share.
I also detect a fresh, juicy peach note as well a sweet and transparent floral one - the bakula perhaps? The tub says the body butter contains extracts of the bakula flower (a fragrant tree in India), a scent that is unknown to me. This subtle note reminded me of plush, clean white musk with a floral undertone to it, if anything else. When melted onto the skin, the fragrance notes nicely blended and created an effect similar to the eau de toilette with a warm, fruity and ambery close-to-the-skin accord.
The smell lingers on for the whole day, which is quite impressive as I expected it to be less tenacious so that's a plus. It also acts as a great layering to the eau de toilette which lacks staying power. I recommend you use the butter alone or with the Midnight Bakula Eau de Toilette as it will overpower or clash with your perfume you might wear on top.
I'm fairly happy with the Midnight Bakula Body Butter in terms of fragrance and moisturising ca-pacity. One reason I bought it was to complement the eau de toilette Often, body butters / lotions that accompany fragrances are designed for normal skin and I knew this body butter alone would not be moisturising on its own.
I recommend it as a complementary scent with the eau de toilette and a moisturiser for normal skin and it would also make a nice gift for anyone who likes scented body butters with a light, fresh, juicy feel and a warm, ambery oriental touch.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
£14 / 200ml at The Body Shop or 4.99 - 6.99 on Ebay + postage.
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