Product Type: The Body Shop Body Care
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The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter
Advantages: Lovely aroma - Feels refreshing to use - Kind to sensitive skin..
Disadvantages: None for me..!
I adore using fruit-scented body and skin care products such as shower gels and scrubs, and have many favourite products from The Body Shop that feature regularly in my skincare routine. I was delighted to receive a beautiful gift set from The Body Shop that contains several gorgeous products with fruit-based fragrances for Christmas, and have thoroughly enjoyed working my way through the whole collection. This review discusses my experiences of using "The Body Shop's Satsuma Body Butter."
The large tub is 200ml in size and this is currently priced at £13.00 in branches of The Body Shop. (As @ March 2013). I do think it is worth mentioning that The Body Shop's range of Body Butters are often subject to promotional offers, so it may well prove beneficial to use these opportunities to stock up on such products, rather than shelling out the full purchase price. Additionally, the product can be purchased online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk although postage costs apply.
The packaging is in keeping with most of the other Body Butter products that I have tried from The Body Shop in the past, comprising of a round flat tub with a screw-off lid on top. The tub is an attractive bright orange colour and there is an eye-catching label to the lid which details the image of a juicy looking Satsuma, together with green leaf, so there is really no doubt as to the scent of this particular product. I think it is worth noting too that I have never experienced any real difficulty with removing or replacing the lid on the tub, even though I often struggle with such things as a result of having limited mobility and weakness in my hands.
The Butter itself is extremely attractive and inviting, thanks to its gloriously thick texture and glossy high sheen. It's not difficult to notice the thick texture that the Butter carries, which is evident even before it is applied, thanks to its thick, 'solidified' state. This particular Butter is a pretty orange colour and I have to confess that it looks extremely delicious, based on its appearance alone. Even as soon as the lid is removed from the tub, I am able to experience the most gorgeous scent of mouth-watering oranges, and this is wonderfully inviting.
I tend to use a Body Lotion or Body Butter product after bathing each day, and the Satsuma Butter has been my product of choice recently. It's not particularly difficult to understand its appeal, mainly as it feels so wonderfully soft and rich, which offers an extremely luxurious sensation during the application process that is difficult to rival. In addition, I have found the strong, citrus-infused scent has felt quite revitalising, with a subtle 'rejuvenating' feel to it that has allowed the product to feel entirely suited to its use during the cold, dark February mornings recently.
To use, I need to scoop only a small amount of the Butter from the tub, with any more than this just feeling like a bit of a waste. The thick Butter spreads over the skin surprisingly easily, smothering my dry skin with its silky layers. This means that a little goes a surprisingly long way with this product, allowing for the slightly higher-than-average purchase price to feel slightly more justified, as is the case with any of the other Body Shop Body Butters that I have tried out in the past.
I find too that the Body Butter is quite rapidly absorbed, surprisingly so, given the thick, creamy consistency, which sinks into the skin without fuss or hassle, leaving no irksome 'slicked' or greasy residue behind in its wake. Instead, I can almost feel my thirsty, dry skin 'drink' up the moisturising balm as it is spread over the skin's surface. This is something of a stark contrast to many other Body Butter products from rival brands that I use regularly, that feel rather too thick and so leave an annoying 'tacky' feeling on the skin's surface. This is annoying and inconvenient as it means I am reluctant to get dressed until the product feels properly absorbed into my skin. Thankfully, these time-consuming annoyances are nowhere to be found with The Body Shop's beautiful Butters, and I find instead that they are rather rapidly absorbed, allowing them to feel much more convenient and favourable for me, for obvious reasons.
The beautiful, sweet aroma of fresh orange is really quite strong, and it makes its appearance even as the lid is removed from the tub. Being entirely true to the scent of fresh Satsuma or orange, there is a delicious 'natural' feel to this, and indeed, other fruit-scented Body Butter products from The Body Shop that make them so wonderfully appealing to me. I adore fruit-based scents anyway, and the Satsuma fragrance is one that feels quite warm and intoxicating, thanks to its strong citrus-based aroma. There is a strong sweetness to the scent too that I find makes it surprisingly mouth-watering, but to me, this just adds to the authenticity of the actual scent, as I do find that most Satsuma or Orange based scents are rather sweet in their natural state. Whilst I will confess to the sweetness in the scent feeling ever-so-slightly 'heady' in its initial appearance, I do find that this calms to a more subtle whisper of sweetness that lies at the core of the Satsuma scent after a short while, and certainly it dulls significantly once the Butter has been absorbed fully. This was something of a relief for me to discover, as I had been slightly cautious about the scent's suitability for my own tastes, not being a particular fan of overly-sweet aromas. Thankfully, however, the sweetness in this particular scent feels too natural to feel at all 'sickly' and the overall absorbed Satsuma scent is nothing less than delightful. A delicious 'tangy' side is evident too, although this really only comes through a little later on, following absorbtion I find, and this too reinforces the idea of the scent being natural and authentic, reminding me of the citrus 'zing' that fresh orange scents usually always contain.
I have found too that the Satsuma fragrance feels extremely refreshing, surprisingly so, and it is for this reason that I will take this particular Body Butter with me when I next travel to a hot climate. I do find fruit-based scents can feel wonderfully revitalising at times, and I think the Satsuma Butter would feel extremely pleasant when used on holiday.
In terms of the scent's longevity, I find it lasts quite well on my skin, with it being easy to detect for a few hours following the application and subsequent absorption of the product on my skin. After this time, I find it becomes much more 'muted' although I will still catch it's faint citrus 'wisps' that whisper their presence throughout the day. I do find that more 'robust' products will 'swamp' the Satsuma Butter's scent quite easily, however, with this being particularly evident when strongly-scented perfumes are worn. This is an observation on my part, and I don't really have much in the way of complaint when considering all aspects of the product's aroma and scent.
I find that the moisturisation properties obtained from the Satsuma Body Butter are rather exceptional; not only is skin completely softened after application, but I do find that this impressive result is rather long-lasting, with the soft and supple after-effects being evident for a good few days following use. This impressive result in itself would probably warrant a recommendation from me, but the fact that the product causes nothing in the way of aggravation or irritation to my sensitive skin - and in particular, the troublesome eczema which 'flares' easily - is a huge and very welcome bonus, of course. It is true to say that many products - particularly those with a strong scent to them - can often aggravate my sensitive skin, but no such unwelcome side-effects have been evident from using this lovely Body Butter.
For the reasons outlined in this review, The Body Shop's Satsuma Body Butter comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the product rating score, as I have experienced only positive results and think it is a really delightful product that goes some way to offering a little sunshine during the cold, dark mornings. I do think it is worth its purchase price, and I would buy it again for myself, but also think it would make a really lovely gift for somebody special. I do also think that the product is suitable for a variety of age groups, without it feeling particularly 'young' in the way that some fruit-scented skin care products do. I really like the Butter's gorgeous aroma, and have nothing negative to report in terms of the product's performance or its suitability for consumers who, like me, have dry or sensitive skin.
Summary: A lovely Body Butter product from The Body Shop..
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