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I was given a Champneys Spa Indulgence Distant Shores giftset at Christmas, and one of the components was a 50ml tub of the body butter. Naturally I gave it a bit of a sniff upon receiving it, and liking the fragrance it became something I very much looked forward tpo trying out, though I forced myself to wait until I'd finished the body butter I was currently using (one of my new years resolutions, to stop abandoning products halfway through).
Fast forward to the beginning on February though, and it was fair game. My pot looks a little different from the one pictured above, perhaps because it was part of the gift set. Its a vibrant hot pink, with a gold lid and a gold bar bearing the Champneys logo. It looks very vibrant and fun, and I think is actually a much more appealing design than some of the other Champneys products which can tend to look a tad old fashioned.
Opening up, the cream is a bright white and very thick, much thicker than many other body butters I have used, and yet quite soft and easy to spread over the skin. It feels very cooling when smoothed over skin, and absorbs surprisingly well for something so thick. It really does feel like an indulgent treat using this. It leaves the skin soft and moisturised, and leaves behind a lovely scent.
The scent is very tropical- I actually thought it was pineapple at first sniff, but once it's smoothed onto skin and warms up it is much easier to identify the passionfruit and mango elements. This smells of summer- which I think is why I'm enjoying using it so much on these dreary grey winter days.
The product has a shelf life of twelve months from opening - I don't think my little pot is going to last that long though, I'm almost at the end, having used this after every bath for the last month. I'm not sure how much was paid for the gift set, but a 300ml tub of this costs £10 from Boots, and whilst that is more than I would typically spend on a body butter, I do think in this case, the quality, the beautiful scent, and the indulgent feeling I get using this justify the price.
My budget doesn't stretch to me making this my only body butter, there are just some months where a cheapy option is the only option, but I will be purchasing more of this when budget allows, and I very much recommend it!
Price and Availability
I was bought a few Champneys gift sets for Christmas last year and one of them was a Spa Indulgences Distant shores set. In it was a few items including this butter. You can buy this on its own from Boots or Champneys.com at a cost of £10 for 300ml or as part of a body conditioning gift set which is £30.
The packaging is a lovely deep pink / red colour with a gold lid and gold stripe with champneys in white and the rest of the writing in gold and white. The packaging does look very nice and gives the impression of a luxury brand
The butter itself is thick, white and creamy as you would expect from a high quality body butter but it has a bit of a gel like texture as well and takes a little more effort to get out of the tub. It has a really lovely fruity smell which makes you feel really refreshed when you apply it which is great if your applying it in the evening after a long day. It soaks in easily and leaves your skin feeling really pampered.
Ovelall this is a great body butter which gives a lovely pampered feel to the skin, makes the skin feel softer after only a few applications and smells gorgeous, I am giving it 5 stars because there really is nothing wrong with it, the only butter I would recommend over this one is the Righteous butter by Soap and Glory but that is only personal preference
I received the Champneys Distant Shores Body Butter as part of a gift set for Mother's Day, following a spa experience where they had used the products from that range as part of the pampering experience. The product itself comes in a round hot pink tube with a gold lid, conveying a sense of luxury before you even open the tub. It is part of the Champney's 'Spa Indulgences' range, promising a spa-style sense of pampering / treating yourself in your own home.
* The Product *
The pot promises "an irresistibly tropical, uplifting blend of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel and cedarwood oils, with nourishing mango and passion fruit'. As a sucker for anything citrus-scented, this was instantly appealing to me. I was also enticed by the slightly more exotic combination of mango and passion fruit as I love anything that promises to 'transport' me (in my mind anyway) to a beautiful beach on a deserted tropical island... where I am free of little voices going 'Mummy, Mummy' every few seconds. On opening the lid of the pot, you are greeted by an extremely creamy looking white body butter. The smell, as promised, is simply delicious although I do feel that the citrus scents are slightly over-powered by the mango / passion fruit combination. It doesn't matter though as it still smells incredible. The texture of the body butter, in my opinion, is less 'buttery' than I would expect - it is part body cream, part mousse / souffle, with perhaps an element of gel thrown it. It does feel amazingly rich and smooth though.
* My Experiences *
It is recommended to use this product after showering / bathing, and that is exactly what I do. Of course, like most products of this type, it is 'recommended' to use it with matching shower / bath products from the coordinating range but I don't think that this is really necessary. Application is very simple - you simply scoop out some of the product from the tub and massage it into your skin. The silky body butter goes on easily, although I do find it takes a bit more rubbing than some body products. This isn't necessarily a negative though as the sensation of massaging it into your skin feels very pampering and it is never a bad thing to devote some time to doing something exclusively for you. In terms of absorption, I would say the speed at which this absorbs into my skin is fairly average - there are products that absorb faster and there are ones that take a bit longer. I'd estimate that this takes a couple of minutes to be sufficiently absorbed into my skin to get dressed... no big deal unless I'm in a real rush, in which case body moisurisation is usually the first element of my beauty regime to be sacrificed anyway. The scent of this product lingers for a while on the skin but is not over-powering. The body butter leaves my skin feeling soft and pampered for the rest of the day. I don't feel that it has an amazing long-term effect in terms of moisurisation but it does the job that I need it to do - if my skin is feeling excessively dry, i.e. in the depths of a long, cold winter, I would probably alternate this with something a bit more intensive.
* Cost *
A 300ml tub of Champney's Distant Shores Body Butter costs £10.00. It is available in Boots and is usually on the 3 for 2 for indulgent bathing. As we are approaching the festive season, it is also available in gift sets with coordinating products from the range.
* Final Thoughts *
I would definitely recommend this body butter to anyone who likes tropical fragrances and a bit of luxury. Of course there are cheaper products out there which do a very similar job, but I really like this one and would definitely consider treating myself to another tub in the future. It smells divine, has an amazing texture and does a good job of moisturising my skin - which is really all I could ask. I just wish it really could transport me to that beautiful deserted beach, with crystal clear blue seas....
I use a body moisturiser or lotion everyday as my skin can get quite dry and uncomfortable. I am still relatively new to the Champneys brand but after trying and lovely the exotic scrub, I wanted to try some more. I ended up purchasing the Spa Indulgence Distant Shores Body Butter by Champneys.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed to deeply hydrate the skin leaving it soft and smooth. It contains Shea Butter which moisturises the skin and nourishes the body leaving it conditioned and healthy. It contains a whole host of natural ingredients including Grapefruit, Lemon and Orange oils which brighten and tone the skin. Also included is Glycerin to hydrate the skin as well as Cedarwood Oils and nourishing Mango and Passion fruit extract.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be massaged into the skin on the body after showering or bathing until it has been fully absorbed. It can be reapplied as often as required.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a hot pink plastic open mouthed tub with a golden screw top lid. It has some pretty patterns on there and a golden band which displays the Champneys brand name. The design allows you to easily access the product and you can control exactly the amount of product which you use so there is no wastage. The product will cost you around £10 for 300ml of the body butter. It can be bought from stores like Boots and also from a variety of websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a lovely aroma which is evident from the second that you unscrew the lid. It is both refreshing and invigorating, and leaves you feeling awakened so it's a good one to use in the morning. It smells like tropical fruits with a citrus edge and I think it's a really summery fragrance. I really like it but it won't be for everyone and because it's so strong, it may be worth you having a try before you buy. The product has a thick consistency which is typical of that of a butter. It is both rich and luxurious in its consistency although somehow it stills maintains a certain lightness.
The product is easy to scoop from the tub although if you have long nails then it will become trapped underneath them so you may find it easier and more hygienic to use a spatula. The product feels lovely on the skin straight away and it makes my skin feel instantly more comfortable. Because the consistency of the product is rich but light then you don't need to use much of it and a little goes a long way. With a bit of massaging, the product is quickly absorbed by the skin. It feels comfortable on my skin and it doesn't irritate my skin in anyway. The smells is very evident as you apply the product.
The product makes an immediate difference to my skin and it feels much softer and smoother from the very first application. It removes all signs of dullness and dryness, leaving my skin looking much more radiant and brighter. It even goes some way to softening the skin on my tricky dry spots such as my knees and my ankles. The lovely aroma lingers on my skin for some time after use. The softening effects can still be felt long after use and if I have applied the product in the morning, then my skin can still feel soft by bed time.
All in all, this is a refreshing and invigorating scented body butter which hydrates the skin deeply and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It makes my skin feel more comfortable, removing feelings of dryness, dullness and tightness from the very first application. It has long lasting results and leaves a tropical scent on the skin. A little goes a long way so your pot should last you a while. I would happily repurchase this product once mine has all gone.
I have always taken good care of my skin and have followed a strict beauty regime for well over thirty years. The skin on my body can be described as normal with the exception of a few dry patches, which I experience on my elbows, knees and feet. Consequently, it is necessary for me to apply a good body cream or butter following my daily evening bath or shower. Whilst I would always previously tend to opt for body butters sold by The Body Shop, a few years ago I was introduced to Champneys and despite my disappointment with their bathing and showering products I was totally taken by their body butters with this review discussing my experience with using Distant Shores.
When I initially tried their range of products I must admit to being totally unaware of the brand and following a little research I discovered that Champneys are totally committed to providing their customers with a relaxing experience, particularly as ours lives are becoming more demanding. In addition to owning eight day spas, which are situated throughout the UK, the company own four luxury spa resorts where guests can enjoy relaxing and experience an array of beauty treatments. Many of the beauty products that they use can be purchased in larger branches of Boots, which is where I made my purchase of the 300 ml jar of Distant Shores Body Butter, which is marketed as a Spa Indulgence.
The circular tub is considerably appealing to the eye and whilst I am not a fan of girlie pinks, I was totally smitten by the vivid cerise packaging. My initial thought was that the attractive tub was made from glass, but it was only when I tapped the side with my knuckles that I realised that it is made from a high quality plastic. If you are familiar with the Champneys brand you will be aware of the luxurious appearance of their products with the golden coloured Champneys logo and pretty white coloured floral motifs that run around the edge of the packaging.
It was the product description that lured me into my purchase with the butter containing passion fruit and mango extracts together with citrus oils. On removing the screw top lid I was met with the most stunning and extremely uplifting aroma and was immediately able to recognise both the passion fruit and mango extracts mixed with a refreshing blend of citrus oils.
Whilst The Body Shop Body Butters are similar to that of thick body creams, Champney's pure white butter offers a slightly different texture, which I would describe as a combination of a thick cream with a touch of gel. Consequently, I had to dig my fingers deep into the butter, as otherwise I was unable to obtain a sufficient coating on my finger tips. However, as soon as I applied the butter to my skin and easily massaged it over the surface, it seemed to melt in an instant.
The aroma intensified during the application process, which was when I was able to witness the accompany scents of a very refreshing and uplifting grapefruit together with lemon and cedarwood oils. Whilst the combination of fragrances would suggest that the body butter is best suited for daytime use, I found it to be perfect for using before bedtime, as the scent was wonderfully calming and relaxing.
I have used a few brands of body butter in the past that seem to take forever to absorb in addition to feeling heavy on the skin. However, the product was fully absorbed into my skin within just a few minutes following application whilst being light on my skin without leaving any greasiness or sticky residue. The surface of my skin was left feeling silky soft and smooth and I loved the fact that the stunning aroma lingered for hours and despite applying just before bedtime I was able to witness the fragrance lingering on my skin when I stepped out of bed in the mornings.
In terms of moisturisation, I found the body butter to be highly effective, as it kept my skin supple and fully hydrated the dry areas on my body. However, I would point out that the product is not effective enough to soften hardened skin such as the soles of the feet. I've previously used some brands of body moisturisers that will hydrate for only a few hours; after which I needed to reapply. However, Champneys has clearly used a range of high quality ingredients to create this stunning butter although I must admit that the list displayed on the side of the tub seems to be endless. I don't believe in copying long lists into my reviews and those that I believe to be most important are those that I have discussed together with beeswax and glycerine; both of which offer superb moisturising properties.
Whilst my 300 tub was used up some time ago, I have since made a further purchase from Boots where it retails at £10. However, at the time of writing, when you make any £10 Champneys purchase from Boots you can obtain a free Mini Favourites Collection, which includes a 50 ml Citrus Blush Shower Gel, 50 ml Mediterranean Bliss Bubble Heaven, 50 ml Distant Shores Body Butter and a 40 ml tube of Hand and Nail Cream. Due to the reasons discussed above, I can award no less than five stars together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.