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Not so rosy
I am not generally a fan of floral scents - I tend much more towards fruity fragrances - but I recently found this body butter on offer on the Body Shop website and was more than happy to try it out at such a low price! At full price a tub of Body Shop body butter sells for £13 - vastly overpriced in my opinion! - but the store often has sales and discounts, so make sure you take full advantage of them.
This comes in a pretty pale pink tub which as a slightly vintage look to it - it is very pretty and feminine The body butter is for normal to dry skin and promises to soften the skin.
Light and pink
Inside the tub, the cream is a pale pink, exactly like the tub it comes in. It is a rich, thick butter that has a very slight greasiness to it. This isn't unpleasant, but I definitely find that this cream takes longer to absorb into the skin than other body lotions I've used. However it really moisturises the skin nicely and leaves it feeling very soft after use. And the fragrance is very nice - even coming from someone who isn't a massive floral fan! It is definitely of rose and it has a nice sweet smell, but it is mellow and not at all sickly. For fans of rose fragranced products then I would definitely recommend this, as it is probably the nicest rose-scented product I've ever tried. And the smell lingers nicely all day, which is an added bonus.
I also find that if I use this butter in the evening, my skin still feels very soft in the morning.
In summary ...
Overall I do like this body butter and I would buy it again but only if it was on offer. For me, I don't think it's worth £13 and I would always opt for a fruity scent over this. But as I got it very cheap then it was well worth it, as it is a lovely cream with a pleasant scent.
I am a big fan of the Body Shop Body Butters and I really like the flowery ones and the fruity ones although I am not keen on the nutty or oily ones. Anyway, that said, I saw the Moroccan Rose Body Butter on special offer so I decided to try it.
All the body butters are currently priced at £13 for a pot containing 200ml of the product although I think I paid about £5 for mine as it was on special offer at the time that I bought it.
The basic design of the packaging is the same as all the others produced by The Body Shop. The pot is a round, plastic, flattish design with a screw top. This one is a pale pink in colour with a darker pink design of a rose plant on the top. Also on the top of the pot there is the Body Shop name together with the name of the butter, the fact that it is suitable for dry to normal skin and a bit of a description. This tells us that the contents are 'beautifully skin softening with precious oil from roses hand-picked at dawn.' Mmm not sure I believe that but I don't suppose it really matters!
On the bottom of the pot there is a peel back label giving a full list of all the ingredients which I am obviously not going to list here as you would need to be a chemist to understand them.
One thing that I will say about all the ingredients used by The Body Shop is that they all come under their Community Trade Programme. This means that all their sellers get a fair price for the items that they produce. The Body Shop also supports various initiatives to improve the lives of their suppliers. There is a lot of information about all this on The Body Shop website at www.thebodyshop.co.uk
When I initially opened the body butter the first thing that I noticed was that this one is not as 'solid' as the others that I have tried. Up until now they have all been the consistency of slightly softened butter but this one is much more the consistency of thick cream.
The body butter is a delicate pink in colour and has a lovely, light, fresh, flowery fragrance - roses of course!
After I had finished my ablutions I took some of the cream and began to massage it into my skin. I found that, because it is softer than the other body butters, I didn't need to use as much. I initially used as much as I would with the others and it took a while to be absorbed into my skin. It feels lovely and soft on my skin and very luxurious, especially with that lovely fragrance. Once it had been absorbed there was no stickiness on my skin.
I will also say at this point that I like using moisturisers in pots like this as it makes it so easy to get every last bit out. When I pay a good price for a product I like to be able to use it all and not waste the last bit because it's hiding in the bottom of a tube!
This body butter made my skin feel really soft, hydrated and moisturised and it was lovely to use. My only criticism is the fact that the fragrance does not linger - well not on me anyway. I have found with all the others that fragrance lingers for most of the day and I keep getting a waft every so often - sadly not so with this one.
In conclusion I enjoyed using this body butter but I would not purchase this particular one again as I like some of the others more - I like the fragrance to be apparent long after the cream has been applied.
I am often given body moisturisers and lotions as gifts and although I moisturise a few times a week I still seem to have a never ending supply of the stuff. I feel fairly certain this is something I will never have to buy myself as I already seem to have a life time supply and it's my birthday next month so no doubt I will increase my supply further. I was given a pot of The Body Shop Moroccan Rose Body Butter for Christmas year before last.
- The Packaging -
The body butter comes in a pale pink pot with a screw on lid. The plastic is quite thick which to me gives the impression of a quality cream. The lid screws on and off easily but doesn't come off when not in use. On the top of the lid there is a pretty print of a rose plant with flowering roses. This is in a deep pink/purple colour which works well against the pale pink pot and looks very elegant and feminine. Also on the lid you can clearly see the Body Shop brand and name of the cream. There is a brief description that says 'beautiful skin softening, with precious oil from roses hand-picked at dawn' ( because no other time would do!) and that it is for normal/dry skin. The bottom of the pot gives a list of ingredients which I won't list as I don't think it makes particularly interesting reading. However, it is worth mentioning that The Body Shop has a great ethos of fair trade so that for all the ingredients used the seller will receive a fair price. I think this is highly commendable. Overall I would say the container is attractive and functional. I like a pot for body butter as it is really easy to get every last drop of cream out.
- Applying the Cream -
As I would expect from a body butter this cream is quite thick and creamy. It isn't too thick though, I would describe the consistency as perfect for a body butter. The smell is pleasant but to be honest it isn't really my ideal scent. It smells of roses as you would expect but I thought it might be a slightly more interesting scent because the name is Moroccan Rose. I do like that the smell is light, fresh and feminine. It would suit any age really but I would say it is better suited to a woman rather than a man. The cream rubs into my skin nicely leaving my skin feeling hydrated and soft. It doesn't leave my hands feeling too greasy and I don't feel the need to wash them after applying the cream.
- The Results -
After using this cream all over my body a few times a week for a couple of weeks my skin feels great! My skin is smooth, tight, soft and feels very hydrated. It does everything I would expect from a body butter. Using this after a summer holiday has helped me keep my tan a little longer and has prevented my skin from becoming dry and peeling. I haven't had any irritations from using this even on my legs after shaving. Overall I am very happy with the results.
- Price and Availability -
This body butter is available from The Body Shop where it is currently priced at £12.50 for 200ml. I do find this a little expensive but the quality is high so perhaps it is worth this price.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend this body butter as it is a great quality product and does everything I would expect it to do. The container is easy to use and attractive. I wasn't overly keen on the scent so if I were to purchase a Body Shop body butter I would definitely go for a different scent, but this is just my personal preference.
I have been slowly working my way through the Body Shops body butters trying to find the perfect one for my skin type. I bought the Moroccan rose one recently because I generally quite like the smell of rose scented products.
The body shop have a community trade programme that ensure that their suppliers get a fair price for their products. This is the primary reason why I shop in the Body Shop. This product includes community trade soya oil that they purchase from a cooperative of 500 farmers in Brazil. This trade has provided funding for a training programme that teaches about organic farmer and water preservation. For more information on community trade and the community trade ingredients in this product you can check out the body shop website.
==What it promises==
The Body Shop promise quite a lot with this product. Of course it promises that the body butter will leave skin feeling softer and smoother but it also promises that it will provide 24 hour hydration. I think that's a lot to promise and very impressive if a product can actually do that. It also claims that the body butter is quickly absorbed into skin.
The first thing that I noticed when I used this product was the smell. When you put this on your skin the scent is much stronger than it is when you just sniff it in it's pot. Even in the pot the scent could never be described as subtle so if you are going to try this product make sure that you really like the rose scent because it smells even stronger on your skin. Fortunately I do like the scent of rose because not only is this scent strong, it lasts for a long time and it permeates everything. For me this is a real bonus of this product. I have had friends enter the bathroom after I've used this and comment on how lovely the bathroom smells. The scent just seems to really linger, on my skin and in the environment.
When I first used this I was a bit disappointed by the results. The product did absorb really quickly and easily into my skin but my skin only felt slightly smoother and softer. I consoled myself with the fact that at least it didn't leave me feeling sticky and I felt like I could put my pyjamas on almost immediately and then wrote this product off. However, about half an hour after I used it my skin felt really really soft. It seems that although this product absorbs really quickly into the skin it takes more time for the butter to do it's stuff and make my skin soft. It even seemed to work on my elbows, which tend to be a nightmare for dry skin. It did leave some of my drier patches still slightly dry, although much better than they had been before but overall it did leave me with the soft and smooth skin that it promised.
However, surprisingly this was short lived. I expected with this product promising 24 hour softness that it would last longer than most other body butters and lotions. I thought 24 hours would be a slight exaggeration but I still expected it to last a while. By the time I woke up the next morning, about 10 hours after putting the lotion on, my elbows were just as dry as they had always been. The rest of me was still quite soft but not as soft as I had been the night before and not any softer than I usually am after using body lotion or butter the night before. A couple of hours later it wasn't even noticeable.
==Value for money==
This body butter didn't provide the best value for money. I managed to use the one pot five times. I don't use body butters every day, I try to alternate them with body lotion due to the cost but this still didn't last me very long. It's good but I think that there's other products out there that are cheaper and equally as good.
==Rating and Recommendation==
This is a beautifully scented product that does leaves a lovely smell on your skin and in the environment. Although I found that there was a delay in this product working it does leave skin soft and smooth, even working slightly on drier patches of skin. However, it isn't particularly long lasting, regardless of what the body shop claim. Therefore this product gets 4 stars from me.
==Price and availability==
This body butter is available from the body shop for £12.50 for a 100ml pot.