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Today I will be reviewing the satsuma purée body lotion from The Body Shop. There is a wide selection of complimenting beauty products available in the satsuma range.
This purée is presented in a pump dispenser bottle made from clear plastic. It is designed to be used like a body lotion - massaged over skin to leave it soft and smooth. The Body Shop promise that this purée will deliver a 'fresh citrus scent'. For those concerned, the full ingredients list for this product can be found by visiting www.thebodyshop.co.uk. Please check if you have allergies.
Expect to pay £8 for a 250ml sized bottle.
I rarely buy anything from The Body Shop but gladly accept gifts or freebies. I came to try this particular product by way of a freebie from a friend - a small, travel sizes bottle. I love citrus scents so was looking forward to trying this out. My skin is dry and sensitive - TBS shower gels don't seem to agree with it but thankfully the other body products do.
This pale orange 'purée' would likely dispense a lot easier from the pump bottle than the awkward little bottle I have here. The consistency of this purée is that of a fairly thick body lotion. It spreads beautifully across my skin and whilst quite thick, it feels lightweight and smooth as I massage it in to my thirsty skin. It does take a little time to fully absorb and I notice my skin appears a little shiny and sticky for a short while. I just spend a little extra care to massage it in. My skin feels perfectly refreshed after application and the surface of my skin is silky soft and smooth. I am pleased with how hydrated my skin feels all day long and I haven't experienced any issues with sensitivity from using this purée. I love the scent of this body lotion but some may find it too strong. The satsuma aroma is delightfully uplifting and smells delicious. It is sweet, fruity and natural smelling. It lasts well on my skin and is perfect for the warmer months as it is fresh and long lasting. I have used it with other citrus scented products (shower gels mainly) and they compliment each other well.
Overall I feel able to recommend this purée body lotion. It leaves my skin feeling and smelling amazing and I don't consider it to be an expensive purchase especially as TBS products can often be purchased at a reduced price and one bottle lasts well. Some may find the smell overpowering or sickly but I personally really like it as it a lovely 'wake me up' sort of scent.
I'm currently using The Body Shop's Satsuma Puree Body Lotion. I bought a large 250ml bottle for £8, they also have a small 60ml bottle available for £3.
The satsuma puree body lotion is a gorgeous sunny orange colour, and it's opaque. The body lotion is quite a liquid and runny body lotion. This doesn't smell quite as zesty as the satsuma shower gel does, however it is still an absolutely divine fragrance. It seems to have a kind of a 'creamy' undertone to the satsuma fragrance. It's a really natural satsuma fragrance though, it doesn't smell artificial or synthetic at all. I absolutely love the smell of this, it has a really light and refreshing, yet somehow creamy, satsuma fragrance - it smells almost edible.
This is quite a lightweight body lotion, and so it's perfect for the summer months. It rubs into my skin well and is very easily absorbed. This actually feels really cooling and refreshing when I'm massaging it into my skin. This leaves my skin feeling lovely and silky soft and smooth, and it also leaves behind that gorgeous satsuma fragrance. Because I layer this with the shower gel I find that the divine satsuma fragrance will linger on my skin for most of the day. I don't need to use much of this body lotion at all, in fact I find that if I use too much of it then it just leaves a slight sticky residue behind on my skin, and on my palms.
This is the perfect body lotion for the summer months when you only need and want something lightweight and cooling on your skin, however I suspect that it won't be meaty enough for the winter months. In the winter I think that I'll still continue to use the satsuma shower gel though, but I'll switch to the satsuma body butter instead of the satsuma puree body lotion.
The body lotion comes in a clear bottle, which I like because you can then see how much you have left at a glance. The bottle comes with a pump dispenser which is easy to pump and depress, it will also swivel back around to locked if you wanted to lock this again to pack in your luggage maybe.
I really like this body lotion, it seems perfect for summer, especially when used along with the satsuma shower gel, and I'll definitely buy it again. I do think that it's slightly overpriced though, hence the 4 stars instead of 5.
Satsuma is my favourite scent from The Body Shop but I never usually buy myself anything from the range due to their prices. I think they are quite expensive and so only ever shop in The Body Shop when its for gifts for other people.
Therefore I was pleased when I received a satsuma gift set for Christmas and this Satsuma puree body lotion was one of the products included in the gift set.
I wasn't actually sure if the body lotion I own is the same as shown in the picture above as the lotion in my bottle appears much much lighter in colour. However it is the exact same product so I am not sure if that is what it used to look like and they have since changed the appearance of it. The bottle is clear so you can easily see how much you have left and also has a pump so you can easily squeeze the required amount out. My mini bottle does not have a pump but I still find it easy to squeeze some out.
I couldn't wait to try it out and so on Christmas day I used the satsuma shower gel then when I was dry I used the body lotion after. I could still smell the satsuma scent on my skin from using the shower gel and so the body lotion just made it even stronger, which I am not complaining about as I love the smell! I could still smell the satsuma on my skin for a few hours after which I was very pleased about. Therefore I do think that you will get better results if you use both the shower gel followed by the body lotion after, and not just one or the other. If only using one the scent on your skin may not be as strong or last as long.
The lotion itself is very light and does have that puree texture rather than a creamy one. I thought the lotion might feel sticky on my skin because of this but it doesn't. It dried very quickly and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy at all, just smooth and smelling of satsumas!
The mini bottle I received in the gift set is 60ml but the standard sized bottle when buying by itself is 250ml and costs £8. I do think this is a bit expensive for a body lotion but as I love this I will probably buy myself more when I have ran out, as I don't see the 60ml bottle lasting me very long I might buy some of the gift sets containing the satsuma products as they are in the sale now.
For birthdays and Christmas's I tend to receive lots of gifts of premium range smellies that I wouldn't normally either afford, or treat myself to. There's always something more important to spend my money on, and this is why I'm treated to these kinds of things. Not to mention, my sister is a label addict, so I am regularly bought products such as Molton Brown, L'occitance, and Elemis.
As mentioned on a previous review for the shower gel in this range, my birthday is in July, almost six months to the day since Christmas. This means I have to use my premium products sparingly or keep them for special occasions only. I don't want to do that, I don't get spoiled very often, and so I 'treat' myself by having pampering sessions in my own bathroom.
With my birthday coming up this week, and my stash of lovely smellies running low, I had to hurriedly find some replacements last month. I was drawn to Body Shop by a special offer promotion in the window, and bought this product, among several others.
Body Shop was an odd choice for me, as I hadn't shopped in there in twenty years. I last bought their products during the days when I was young, free and single and had money to spare. I was persuaded by the fact that the products were animal cruelty free, and they seemed to have the same ideals as me.
Times change, I met my then partner, moved in and we had a daughter. Money was tight and body shop products were deemed to be expensive, and it was cheaper and more convenient to throw bath products in my shopping trolley at the supermarket, or support the local Avon lady (more often than not, myself).
Having noted how full the store was of twenty something's, the age I was when I was last in there. I felt my age that day, and so I went home to browse online at my leisure.
I found the website bright and colourful, and the navigation was easy, even for an old gal like me. I clicked through to the items included in the offer and stumbled upon the Satsuma range of products. I adore the orangey fragrance, not so keen on eating them though ;). I was so enthused, I bought some having never smelt the fragrance in store - I just knew it was going to be good. I purchased this body lotion, two bath butters and two body scrubs and two shower gels; this was the faith I had in Body Shop.
You may have noticed I only purchased one of these, and yet ordered two each of the others. This is because although I do have dry(ish) skin, I'm not fond of body lotions; they never seem to have the right consistency. With a body butter you know what you are getting, a rich, creamy product, but lotions can vary widely depending on the manufacturer. Some are gloopy and difficult to absorb, and some are milky, and leave you sticky and waiting an age for it to absorb into the skin. At £8.00 per bottle, I wanted to make sure I liked it before I purchased any more.
This body lotion comes in a 250ml size, which is around the average size you'd find on the high street. The bottle is totally clear to enable you to see how much of the contents are left. The pump dispenser is translucent white colour and is easy to use with wet hands. I would normally say that the amount it dispenses is very small per pump, at around the size of a five pence worth. I would say that this in hindsight is absolutely perfect. Not too much, and not too little; you can easily get more should you need it, and you are not wasting any of this lovely product.
A clear label is stuck on the outside of the bottle. It has a picture of juicy Satsumas in a banner at the bottom, and a statement that informs me that this is "Lightweight, cooling moisturisation with orange fruit water and zesty Satsuma oil, for normal skin."
A made with passion statement informs me that, "In Ghana, the Shea tree is known as the tree of life. We can see why. For the women who make our Shea butter, it's a means to their unbroken education for their children, a voice in their community, and of course, extra indulgent body moisturising in this body puree". I know this to be truthful, because so many of the premium products I have been lucky enough to receive have also had Shea butter contained within, but obviously at a higher percentage.
Using the product you get a hit of orange, but orange with a difference. It is sweet but not overly so. It is not cloying in any way. There is zestiness there, as it makes you feel alive, and re-awakened. This is much more and intense orange that the shower gel, and indeed the other products, and although I love the warm, rich, orangey tones of those; I love this burst of fragrance much better.
I apply this product straight to my hand, and smooth onto the skin in long sweeping strokes. I don't suppose it matters much how you apply it, just as long as you do. Its light on the skin, not rich like a body butter, but it is so moisturising. It definitely wouldn't be rich enough if you have very dry skin; it is perfect for those who have normal to dry.
The scent lingers a very long time, and when I use this product I can't stop sniffing my hands. This body lotion is simply divine. To make the most of this product, I would recommend layering, as I do, by using the shower gel and the other products in the range.
Would I buy this again? Well, in the last four weeks I've been using this range, I'm almost at the end of my bottle. I absolutely adore it. Having found Body Shop once again, I can't help be excited about trying other products in the different ranges. I just hope I receive a Body Shop gift voucher for my birthday. I think I hinted enough. ;)
I managed to misplace my lip balm one day so when I passed a Body Shop I popped in to find a replacement. As it happened they were doing a 3 for 2 on various miniature products including lip balms so I decided to pick up a couple of products. One of the products I chose was the Satsuma Puree Body Lotion, miniature version. I'd already tried, and liked, the Satsuma Shower Gel and thought this mini body lotion would be handy to take away on my upcoming holiday.
Like all of The Body Shop's body lotions, the product comes in two sizes: a 60ml version for £3 (which is the one I purchased, albeit as a 3 for 2) and a larger 250ml version for £8. Both versions are made of clear plastic, showcasing the pale orange moisturiser inside, but the larger one has a pump dispenser to assist in getting the moisturiser out. Both kinds have a label stating the name of the product alongside a picture of some sliced satsumas.
This moisturiser is described as a lightweight non-greasy gel which is cooling and refreshing. It is cooling and refreshing and designed for normal skin.
One of the lotion's main ingredients is shea butter. This is a moisturising butter made from the fruits of the shea tree. The Body Shop get theirs from the Tungteiya Women's Shea Butter Association, an organisation which uses the funds from their trade to build water pipes and wells and provide housing, healthcare and food for their villages. Satsuma oil is also included and this helps to moisturise the skin. Orange fruit water is rich in vitamins C and H to help tone the skin.
When I opened the flip-top of my small bottle I could smell the delicious satsuma scent which was fresh and stimulating. I'm not normally a fan of citrus scents but this was really lovely. To be honest I normally have quite dry skin on my body, but I was willing to give this a go anyway.
The moisturiser came out of the bottle reasonably easily, having the medium consistency of all Body Shop moisturisers. I rubbed it into my skin and it felt refreshing and soothing.
Unfortunately, the product didn't sink into my skin very well and it actually felt incredibly sticky. The sticky feeling lasted a couple of hours and it wasn't very pleasant. On the plus side the moisturiser didn't irritate my skin and the stickiness obviously didn't leave any lasting effects as my skin wasn't dry or in bad condition after using it.
I used this body lotion on holiday, and I will continue to use the rest of it to use it up, but I won't be repurchasing this particular body lotion. I'm not sure why this happened, as I've never experienced this issue with any other Body Shop body lotions (which I will continue to buy), but it is really offputting and unfortunately I can't give the Satsuma Puree Body Lotion any more than three stars.