Product Type: The Body Shop Body Care
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The Body Shop Papaya Body Butter
Member Name: cyberem78
The Body Shop Papaya Body Butter
Advantages: Thick and buttery, smells delicious.
Disadvantages: Too expensive.
I discovered The Body Shop's range of body butters a few years ago after receiving a tub as a gift and have since bought several butters from their range. When I had a giftcard to spend on myself recently I bought on of these Papaya Body Butters as I thought it would be a delightful, indulgent treat.
I have the 200ml version of this product. I have bought other butters in smaller tubs but I have not seen this particular butter available in any other size but the 200ml tub. The tub is made of hard plastic and has a top which screws off very easily. You would have to check your local authorities for recycling availability but the tub is not recyclable in my area. The tub could possibly be cleaned out an re-used to hold something else though. The tub has a label on the top which shows a picture of a delicious, fresh papaya with it's juicy black seeds and succulent orange flesh. It looks exotic and was an appealing image to entice me to buy the product. There is also a label on the bottom of the tub which you can peel back to reveal full ingredients and instructions for use.
The body butter is a pale peach colour and looks rather like a cheesecake in a pot. It has a greasy sheen to it which makes it look moist and as though it's sweating beads of oil. You have to stick your fingers into the butter to scoop some out. Warm fingers melt the butter immediately and it's easy to transfer into your fingers. The butter has a thick, waxy consistency. It softens as you spread it but nevertheless is a little more stiff than runny body lotion. This means on certain areas it feels like I'm pulling my skin a bit too much. I therefore prefer to apply this to places like my arms, knees, feet and elbows. If I want to apply it in other places I rub it in my palms for a while to make it extra creamy and then I apply it. Due to the thick and sticky consistency of the body butter it means that you don't need a lot. If you use too much you can feel like your skin is a bit heavy and damp. I made the mistake of trying to dress immediately after applying this to my legs and my jeans got stuck as my skin was still too damp.
The body butter is intensely moisturising and is particularly excellent on dry areas like the bottom of your feet. It really softens the dryest, hardest areas. It makes your skin feel supple and in great condition. I feel like I'm giving my skin a makeover when I use this. The body shop say this provides 24 hour hydration and I agree with them. This keeps me feeling good all day.
The fragrance of the body butter is sweet and fruity but is sweet rather than sharp. It's a feminine fragrance that is quite delicious and which makes me feel fresh, clean and pampered. I enjoy smelling my own skin after I've applied this as the fragrance is long lasting and remains smelling clean and crisp for a long time after application. This is a fragrance that would appeal to all ages of women.
I'm very pleased with the performance and qualities of this body butter. I'm enjoying using it during these winter months but imagine my use of the butter might wane as the weather turns milder. The butter provides an intense protection against the elements so is a great treat for weather battered skin at the moment. The bright and delightful fragrance is also a mood lifter and it gives me confidence knowing that I smell lovely and fresh.
I've seen the price for this product rise and fall and at the moment it is in the Body Shop sale for £6.50 but it's usual price is £13. I think the normal price is rather too high though. I've recently used body butters from a budget store and to be honest I didn't think there was much difference in the performance compared to this product. So as much as I like this I'd probably only buy it again if it was reduced. The Body Shop are known for not testing on animals and for their Fair Trade charter though so these may be reasons for you to consider spending an extra penny (or couple of pounds!) on this rather than something cheaper from eleswhere.
You can buy this online or in high street shops:
Summary: Provides intensive moisturisation and smells good but costs a small fortune.
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