“ Brand: Lush / Type: Cleanser / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, „
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I am reviewing a product by Lush which is called King of Skin. I recently treated myself to a few new bath products after being very disappointed by the products I purchased from Bomb Cosmetics around a month ago. This product is an intensely nourishing, fruity in-shower body butter that will leave you feeling like a king (or queen). The yummy smelling blend of bananas, avocados, oat milk and butters will come to your rescue if your skin needs a good feed and moisturisation. Avocado's nourishing unsaturated oils get to work with banana's natural emollients and oat milk's antihistamines to create soothed and hydrated skin. Lush have also added cocoa butter, Shea butter extra virgin coconut oil, organic jojoba oil and almond oil as well as fragrant and nourishing essential oils to leave your skin feel smooth and soft. King of Skin is round and looks a bit like a crown when looking at it. I presume this is where it gets part of the name 'King' from. The scent of the product reminds me a little of the Buffy moisturising bar, if anyone has ever used that before. King of Skin is a beige colour and feels smooth but also slightly greasy as well. When purchasing this from my local Lush store they wrapped the product in greaseproof paper so it doesn't go over any other products you may have purchased at the same time.
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I purchased the product from my local Lush store. This was priced at £5.50 for a 75g bar which I don't think was too bad for a Lush product. The bar does only come in one size; although I believe at one stage it used to be available in a slightly larger size as well as this sized bar.
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Using the Product
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To use the product simply smooth the bar over clean, wet skin and then rinse off. When reading some reviews about this product on the Lush website some people use this on dry skin without rinsing off to give their skin much needed moisture. I actually decided to use this product on dry skin after getting out of the bath as I heard this works very well when using the product this way. After getting out of the bath and patting my skin dry with a towel I got ready to apply the product. I decided to apply the product to specific dry areas of my skin such as the knees and elbows. Now the weather is getting better and I can bear slightly more skin I wanted these particular areas to look nice and hydrated. This product warmed up very quickly in my hands and although it felt greasy it also felt as though it might be quite moisturising as well. The top of the bar is slightly rounded and the bottom is flat. I used the rounded top edge to rub over my knees a few times. As the bar rubbed over my skin it started to melt quite quickly, making my knees look slightly greasy although it felt moisturising and silky. The scent of the product was quite pleasant and I like it as it has the same scent of the Buffy moisturising bar. I used the bottom of the bar which is flat on my elbows. I simply rubbed the bar over my knees and elbows and then rubbed them a little to ensure that the product was well rubbed in. The product did feel greasy and it did take quite a while to soak in which is why I applied the product after a bath and waited a few hours before going to bed. I was hoping that by the morning these areas would feel a lot smoother and softer than they had done before applying the product.
The following morning when waking up and assessing the results I was quite pleased. Although the product was a little greasy before going to bed, when sleeping this had given time for the product to soak in and work overnight, which meant when waking up in the morning I was able to feel and see some visible results from using the product. Although my elbows and knees weren't really smooth, they did feel much softer than they had done before applying the product and they didn't look as dry either. The scent of the product had disappeared by now but this didn't really bother me. I have also used the product on wet skin as well and I find that it works just as well. The product glides on a little easier on wet skin and although it makes your skin feel a little greasy, this washes off leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth with a nice, light scent. After washing the product there wasn't a greasy residue left on my skin but it does leave it feeling very soft and smooth. I would definitely suggest stepping out from under the shower to apply this product as you may find that the running water makes the bar go down a little quicker than normal. The morning after applying the product to my skin it felt so smooth and soft and moisturised. It also looked radiant and healthy as well which made me feel confident and also good. I like that the product didn't feel heavy on my skin and although it does seem a little greasy it didn't leave my skin feeling too greasy after using it.
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I was hoping for this product to be good as I have really enjoyed using some of the other products from Lush lately. Although most of the reviews I have read about this product have been good, it's clear that some people think it's very good, whereas other don't find it so good. I love the Buffy moisturising bar so I was confident that I would find this just as good as in terms of moisturising. The product has a nice scent to it and I like the crown shaped design of the product which means it's easy to rub over areas such as knees and elbows. When using the product in the shower I find that it's easier to glide onto your skin and it also feels smoother as well. Whether you use the product on wet or dry skin you can still smell the nice scent of the product which I really like. The product does feel greasy on your skin when using it on dry skin like when I used it the very first time on my knees and elbows.
When using the product on wet skin it doesn't feel greasy so long as you ensure that you give your skin/body a good rinse after using it. The product was kind to my skin and left it feeling silky smooth and soft. The scent from the product stayed on my skin a little but had almost completely disappeared in the morning. I store this product in the greaseproof paper that it came in when buying it as this product unfortunately doesn't fit into the body butter tins which I have at home. This is a little annoying but wasn't a huge problem. In terms of value I think the product is reasonable and is around the price I would expect to pay for this product. I think I will get at least 8 more uses out of this product depending on how often I use it and if I use it all over my body or just on dry areas. This product doesn't exfoliate unfortunately but it does do a really good of moisturising and making your skin feel great.
(review will also appear on ciao)
LUSH KING OF SKIN
I have never really suffered from very dry skin, I am not sure if it is due to luck or the fact that until recently I have always used baby oil in the bath or often on wet skin after a shower. It has worked for me and I will admit I have rarely questioned the fact that I only need a small amount of body lotion during the winter months. As such I really had not given the body butters a second glance in Lush until the other day, I was away for a couple of nights and the harsh soap in the hotel was giving me awful dry skin so as I was passing a Lush store I headed in planning to buy one of their small tubs of moisturiser. This is where I was introduced to King of skins, which I will admit had actually thought was a soap :-)
I think one of the things I love most about Lush is the staff, they are always most helpful and will do everything they can to help you find the right product, however I will admit even I was thrown this time when the member of staff grabbed a large silver washing up bowl and filling it up of warm water told me to roll my sleeves up! I thought she was after a bit of help with the cleaning up for a minute! Eeek!
In reality she was simply showing me the product but bless her she washed both arms then tried different body butters on each arm to see which was the best for me, in print it seems a little over the top but I was extremely grateful because I walked out of the store with the right product for me so no money wasted - and two clean arms lol.
SO WHAT IS KING OF SKIN?
King of skin is a solid body butter bar, this is basically a product that resembles a bar of soap but is in fact a solid moisturising bar. Lush have several different shaped body butter bars which are generally shaped like small squares or rectangles, however a few years back they re shaped king of skin into a small crown shaped bar which is quite cute and I noticed they have a cute santa head the other day in for Christmas :-)
HOW TO USE?
The solid body butters are very simple to use, instead of applying as you get out of the shower like a regular moisturiser you actually use the body butter bars while still in the shower or bath. After you have finished soaping you simply dip the body butter under the water and rub gently onto wet skin and dry as usual.
For me the body butter leaves a small residue on my skin for a short amount of time after use, however it is not heavy and it does soak in within a few minutes leaving my skin feeling divine. I really never have had a moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling so soft.
I am not really sure what to say is the strongest scent of this product, it does have a very mild fruity smell but it is very mild.
HOW LONG DOES A BAR LAST?
I guess as with everything it depends on how much you use but my bar is over a month old now and is still going strong so I would say mine is going to last around 2 months being used every other day, so maybe a month if you used daily.
COST AND WEIGHT ....
These bars cost £5.50 for a 75g bar so they are not as cheap as a tub of your cheapest moisturiser, however I would rather pay a bit more to moisturise my skin in better products like cocoa and Shea butter so for me it's worth the cost.
SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OVER A LIQUID MOISTURISER?
The first one for me is packing and storage, one of these bars is small disc shaped bar around 8cm in diameter (mines been used a few times so it's a rough size), this can be stored in a small tin or stored on a soap rack in your bath room so no need for large plastic bottles cluttering up your bedroom or bathroom.
Secondly for me and the best is the difference in ingredients, if you have ever looked at the side of your normal bottle of body moisturiser there are a lot of ingredients that I think most of us would not even have a clue what they are let alone many that sound like the should be in a science lab not a product I am putting onto my skin. King of skin is made with natural products so your body is getting nicely moisturised with natural ingredients and not a ton of chemicals.
OTHER USES ....
These bars also double up great as shaving bar's! To use simply apply a thin layer before shaving, shave as usual and then apply a second layer after! No need for shaving foam and your skin is already nicely moisturised so no nasty shaving rashes!
Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Fresh Organic Bananas, Oat Milk, Fresh Organic Avocado, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Perfume, Organic Jojoba Oil,Almond Oil, Tangerine Oil, Lavender Oil,Sandalwood Oil, Rose Absolute, Frankincense Resinoid, *Limonene, *Linalool
I adore this product! I wish I had found them years ago and will not be going back to bottled moisturisers, my skin has never looked or felt so good! Although I am not sure I am ready to try Lush's boast of the Emperor's new clothes! Think I will stick to showing my arms and legs off lol.
The only issue I will say with this product is make sure you rinse the bath down well after use because it can leave a bit of residue on the bath which can be slippery.
Other than that I would not hesitate in recommending this product to anyone it is outstanding, I can not fault it. I would give this 5 out of 5 stars without hesitation.
"The emperor's new clothes, because with skin this good, you won't need any"
So say Lush on their website. I think that I scare my neighbours enough without running around with nothing on so I shall deny myself that pleasure. This is a relatively sensible review... apologies.
"King of skin" is a thick body butter/lotion in a solid bar. Kindly sent to my daughter (YES! My daughter! The bloody cheek!) by my mother in a box full of other Lush stuff that is still stinking out my kitchen. My mother is old school and has not yet got the internet so she used a copy of Lush's newspaper "Lush times" to order a batch of things.
So sprog and I have used solid shampoo, solid conditioner, the "Buffy" exfoliating body butter and now this one. I am starting to really like some of these products but will avoid some of the colourful perfume laden ones as they contain far too much rubbish.
Initial impressions are of the size, it is a good size, chunky and solid. It comes wrapped in a clear cellophane with a label on the back listing the ingredients. It looks like white chocolate and smells pleasant and not overpowering at all thank goodness. I can clearly tell that it contains a lot of both cocoa and shea due to the aroma and texture. This has the typical chocolatey cocoa butter smell but it is gentle. There is a hint of banana too, but on the whole this is innocuous and will not overpower any perfume that you choose to wear after using it.
I believe that "King of skin" used to be available in the square shape (as per the pic) but it changed over to the shape that it is now. The shape round and chunky with a "crown" on the top, so these will not fit in the cute little square silver tins which is a shame. I stick it on the bathroom windowsill and it seems to cope fine up there.
The instructions on the back advise you to use it like you would a hair conditioner but on your body. So you wash, rub this on and then do a final rinse and dry off. I have also used it neat on my hands which is not really what it is for but it was very lovely and I will do it again. It does melt fast in very hot water so using it in the tub would be an expensive habit. I sat on the side to apply it. By using it direct on the skin rather than soaking in it you use far less so a little goes much further.
The "King of skin" bar leaves you with a very soft and silky "coating" over your skin but it does not feel overtly greasy or cloying. It leaves a trail of melted butter on your skin which then disappears. There is no strong after-scent or annoying stickiness and it does make your skin feel amazing. I am sure that much of this is due to the cocoa/shea and avocado combination because I make a bar like this (without the bananas) and it has a very similar effect. All cocoa and shea combinations have this lovely effect especially when blended with quality moisturising oils.
Like a lot of Lush products, this is a luxury item. It is certainly not cheap but considering what it is actually in it the price is not too bad I suppose. Cocoa butter and Shea do not cost an awful lot and if you spent 20 quid buying the raw base materials in you could knock out 15-20 of these (which is what I intend to do).
The bar is extremely efficient at softening and moisturising the skin. I tend to suffer from dry skin so really appreciate a product that will moisturise without greasiness. This is a gorgeous bar which lives up to its name. My skin stayed soft for hours afterwards and I have taken to applying it neat on my hands because it is so effective. I just rub the bar over my knuckles and rub it in and although there are no directions to do this, it really helps my dry hands.
As for my daughter, the lucky recipient of the Lush box, her skin is already flawless but feels extra delicious after a rub down with this. She loves it but then she is very into her baths and helps me make the oils and butters at home, so she is an old hand.
For Lush who tend to use too much junk in some of their products, this is good. It contains mainly natural stuff in good quantities and it is a high quality product. The only artificial ingredient in this is minimal perfume, the rest is a mixture of oils and butters and fruits. I have used it on my face neat and had no adverse reactions at all.
The two largest ingredients here are the cocoa butter and shea. Lush have added extra virgin coconut oil, organic jojoba and almond oil to the mix as well as oat milk which is brilliant for irritated or dry skin. They have then blended in avocados which are very moisturising and bananas which act as an emollient. So the title "King of skin" is fairly fitting, they have really gone to town on the best ingredients for dry skin. There is a video available on Youtube showing how they make these bars and it is very interesting if you are thinking about trying to make your own.
Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Fresh Organic Bananas, Oat Milk, Fresh Organic Avocado, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Perfume, Organic Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Tangerine Oil, Lavender Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rose Absolute, Frankincense Resinoid, *Limonene, *Linalool
*occurs naturally in essential oils
I am slightly irritated that I have been writing glowing reviews on Lush products but there you go. I still think that they would do well to drop the junk elements of their stock but this is certainly one of the better products for being natural and skin friendly. It is also easy to use, not offensive to smell and works a treat. I love it... again!
"King of skin" is priced at £5.25 for 75g and is available via their website or from their stores.
I absolutely love Lush King of Skin. Unlike the picture shown it is actually crown shaped. It is a solid moisteriser for the body made and sold by Lush. It can be brought in their shops or on their website and is £5.50.
It is cream coloured and smells largely of banana due to it being one of the major ingredients. As well as bananas it also contains an array of skin moisturising ingredients such as shea butter and cocoa butter. A full list of ingredients can be found on the Lush website.
Whilst the bar itself is solid is melts on the skin. To use you smooth bar over wet skin in either the bath or shower and rinse. Skin is left beautifully moisterised and soft and with a light banana smell.
I use mine in the shower, it is so quick and easy to use and glides on leaving my skin so soft and moisterised- its perfect for when you are in a bit of a hurry. I also find it very relaxing so quite often use in the shower before bed and it feels lovely on the skin- a real treat.
King of Skin lasts for ages and after use I simply leave mine to dry on the side. I find that one bar even with regular use can last up to a month and it is well worth the price tag for the way it makes my skin so soft. It is brilliant for dry skin.
Lush always find a way to make carrying out your beauty regime even more fun and enjoyable. They take every day products and give them a twist that makes them special and unique. I am probably the queen of body butters and I am totally addicted to them. I have every type available... Or so I thought. Enter 'The King of Skin', a solid body butter!
What does the product do?
The King of Skin is a moisturising product for the body which promises to leave your skin soft and smooth. It is essentially a Body Butter in a solid form which nourishes and conditions the skin leaving it looking and feeling healthier.
How does the product work?
The key ingredient within this product is Cocoa Butter. The substance melts once it reaches body temperature which means that the product starts to melt once you are holding it. The butter is extremely hydrating and it moisturises the skin deeply, while nourishing it with vitamins, fatty acids and minerals. The butter leaves the skin feeling soft, supple and glowing with health. Shea butter is included for much the same purpose.
Fresh Banana is included in order to nourish and tone the skin so it should look more youthful while antioxidant rich Fresh Avocado conditions and moisturises the skin. Oat Milk performs a soothing, calming action and also helps to speed the healing process while Jojoba Oil hydrates the skin deeply. Almond Oil softens the skin and relieves any irritations. Obviously the inclusion of this ingredient makes the product unsuitable for those with a nut allergy. Tangerine Oil is present in order to tighten and brighten the skin while Lavender Oil will calm and soothe the body.
How do you use the product?
The product differs from a usual Body Butter in that it is to be used in the shower or bath. It is to be smoothed over damp skin until you have a layer of product on your body and then you can massage the butter into your body. At this point, you need to have stored your product somewhere dry and cool to ensure that it doesn't melt away. Lush sell tins for this very purpose.
Once you've finished doing that you need to rinse off the excess and then towel dry your skin. The lady in Lush who I bought the product from also suggested that this particular product can be used on dry skin and not rinsed away but when I tried this I ended up feeling greasy and sticky, yuck!
Appearance and Price
The product a creamy colour and the outside edge of the product is shaped like a crown because it is supposedly the King of Skin. The middle of the crown is a raised circle and the texture of the product is smooth. The product will cost you around £5 for 75 grams of the butter which is quite expensive. It can be bought from your local Lush store or from its online website.
One thing that is consistently present in Lush products is a strong aroma. Some are not to my taste but this one is. I'm not actually a fan of bananas but I don't mind how they smell, which is a good thing because that is the dominant aroma in this product. It is sweet and mildly fruity with a little bit of creaminess and a tiny bit of a herbal aroma mixed in. It is an altogether pleasant smell that wouldn't be offensive to anyone unless you really don't like the smell of bananas. The smell lasts lightly on my skin after use and fades within a few hours.
I find this product easier to use in the shower than the bath because if it comes into contact with hot water, it melts very fast. That said, it melts at the rate of knots when you simply apply it to your body so I can't see my bar sticking around for long. The product is easy to hold and it fits nicely in my hand. It can get a bit slippery as it begins to melt but I haven't dropped mine yet! I tend to turn off the shower and run the bar over my body, massage in the butter, put the product away somewhere cool and dry, then turn the shower back in and rinse it away. It is a lot of bother... But is it worth it?
I would have to say yes. I can notice an immediate difference to my skin after use and it really is very soft. It can hydrate even really dry skin, including problem areas like my knees and elbows and its effects are long lasting. I sometimes use a little bit on those problems areas at night time without rinsing away the product, as this really helps to prevent them from becoming dry.
It doesn't cause any discomfort or irritations but it can make me feel a little greasy if I don't rinse it away properly. My only problem is that I am so used to applying a body butter after I come out of the shower, that I feel myself reaching for my Righteous Butter by Soap & Glory as well which makes me think that I might as well not have bothered with the King of Skin. This is out of habit more than necessity as the product is hydrating enough.
All in all, this is a really moisturising butter that should quench the thirst of even the driest skins. It leaves the body feeling soft and supple, coats it with a delicate aroma and keeps the skin moisturised for hours. It can leave you feeling greasy if used on dry skin or if it isn't rinsed away but when used properly, this will banish dry and flaky skin in the blink of an eye.
King of Skin is a body butter from Lush, the only one for the body that does not have exfoliating properties. Instead it focuses on moisturising the skin, leading to the name 'King of Skin'. Carrying on the theme, the product is in the shape of a crown!
As with other Lush body butters, the idea is to get in the shower, have a wash, rub a body butter all over and rinse off to end up with soft, smooth skin. King of Skin contains cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut butters for their moisturising properties, as well as fresh bananas! Bananas help to moisturise skin as well as make the product smell good. King of Skin also contains oat milk, which is good for sensitive skin, as well as avocado and a ton of essential oils, including jojoba, almond, tangerine, lavender, sandalwood and rose absolute. The body butter is suitable for vegans.
I've been using this butter once or twice a week for a while now, and it's lasting well. I estimate that it will last at least 10 uses. It doesn't dissolve easily (so long as you don't stick it under the shower directly, of course), and is simple to use - just rub it over your body and rinse off. The crown shape makes the body butter easier to hold, although the downside of the shape is that it's difficult to find an appropriate place to store it - it doesn't fit into a Body Butter Tin until you've used it quite a lot. I've been keeping it, once it dries, in the cardboard box my All-Inclusive Package came in.
The body butter smells deliciously of bananas, and makes my skin smell of bananas a little bit, too. It's moisturising but not intensively so - I've read some reviews that complain another body butter, Buffy, is slightly greasy and if you feel that, King of Skin could be another option for you. It's an easy to use everyday moisturiser. It's quicker than using an ordinary moisturiser, too - instead of slathering on cream and waiting for it to sink in, you can get out of the shower, dry off and get dressed straight away.
As a simple solid moisturiser, rather than a moisturiser and exfoliator in one (like Lush's other body butters), this product would be an ideal one to take on holiday, especially if you're taking hand luggage and are allowed only a limited amount of liquid. At £4.45 it is reasonable value for money considering the number of uses you get out of it, although it does work out more expensive than a normal moisturiser, so not one to use every day.
Although I am more likely to buy those body butters that are exfoliating as well as moisturising (such as Buffy and Aqua Mirabilis), I would certainly consider buying King of Skin again, as it is a really lovely product that I enjoy using.
I first bought this purely as a change from Buffy, which is my Lush body butter standby. Also I thought it would make a nice change not to have something scrubby in the shower.
Price and packaging: This is £6.80 as of January 2010, and it doesn't have any packaging! Well, I exaggerate for effect, but it has almost no packaging. If you buy it in the shop (I can't speak for online) it's wrapped in greaseproof paper with a label on it telling you a little bit about the product. This you can then take home and recycle! Yay for low packaging!
Smell and shape:
Lush say this smells vaguely of chocolate orange, hardly surprising as it has cocoa butter and tangerine oil in. I would agree with them, but it isn't a strong scent, just a nice subtle one. The shape is a crown (to go with the King theme) so the picture above is out of date.
How to use and my opinion:
Wash with your normal shower gel first, then switch off the water (not essential but does preserve the bar a bit longer) and just rub all over you. You don't need to rinse it off, but a good scrub with a towel is essential, otherwise you'll have oil on your clothes.
In the end, I found that this just isn't really moisturising enough. Perhaps Buffy is more so because it exfoliates as well, but this didn't have enough oomph for my dry skin. And the fact that it didn't fit into the Body Butter Tin is a real pain in the neck.
I regularly shop in Lush, preferring the idea of shopping for natural products without all the packaging. I mainly go for the cleansers, but from time to time I like to indulge and this is one such product where you can really indulge!
What it is
The King Of Skin is a body butter, you use them once you have had your normal wash. Smear it over the skin then rinse off as normal. It leaves the skin feeling really smooth and smelling superb.
I always find this one makes mewant to bite in and eat it. It isn't so much chocolate in smell, but there is a definite sweet smell to it, an underlying sugary scent which smells heavenly when you start to work it onto the body. I am thinking it is the cocoa butter which gives it this smell.
The texture and application:
As with all Lush body butters, it comes in a block shape and you simply need to take a small smear of this between the fingertips and then work into the body. You can use it all over, though I avoid my face as it can make it quite greasy. It is particularly nice to use on the chest and legs though, giving them a wonderful matte sheen.
How much to use
A little goes a long way, so a small fingerful should work a treat. You can also rub the whole bar over you, which has a massaging effect. When you have rinsed it off, you will find the skin has a smooth feel to it and you will want to keep stroking yourself.
A little dear at around the six pound mark, but the bar should last you a month, if you use it about three times a week.
Any bad points
None, except, the lasting effects fade after a few hours and you will be itching to get back into the bathroom to apply more of the stuff!
This is not a soap, but it is a smart product to complete a bathroom regime. Buy when you are feeling decadent!
This is my favorite of the body butters! For those that haven't tried a body butter, you shower and wash as usual and then when you have finished you rub this gorgeous bar of loveliness all over your body. By tip is to rub into wet skin for maximum hydration! You DON'T need to rinse it off. Then pat your skin dry, don't rub. It will leave your skin soft and moisturized all day long!
I suffer from extremely dry, sensitive skin all over my body. Most body lotions I have tried don't keep my skin moisturized for longer than a few hours. King of skin is full of natural goodness such as shea butter and no nasty harsh chemicals.
The only downside is that it doesn't last much longer than 2-3 weeks, but thats if you use it everyday, all over the body. The price is well worth it though as this really is a QUALITY product!
I recommend buying two at a time and you will get a free tin to keep it in.
I bought one of these Lush king of skin body butter bars and mine is actually in the crown shape. I'm not sure if that's the case with all of the shops but I thought this was very cute. They're currently available from Lush online and in stores for £6.36 which I at first thought was quite pricey but now that I've started using mine, I found out that a little goes a long way and you don't need a heavy hand or to do it under hot running shower or bath water which could contribute to it melting away so easily.
This bar is one of Lush's body butters but the only one out of the 5 that doesn't have exfoliating ingredients in it and that you need to use whilst showering. At first I didn't get this concept but have discovered that it actually makes the product sink into the skin much easier and is easier to apply and spread onto the skin.
What I wouldn't recommend doing is using this under running water as it will dissolve and get used up very quickly but if you just turn the water off or stand away from it to apply this onto your wet skin, it will last you much longer as it won't melt away through the shower or bath water.
The main ingredients are cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, organic bananas and other essential oils that help lock in moisture and just give it that gorgeous scent. I can mainly smell coconut with a hint of banana. It's a very pleasant and tropical smell so I really like it!
I use this body butter as the final product when I have a shower, just as I'm about to finish. I stand away from the running water so that the bar doesn't get wet and starts to melt away and I apply to my wet skin. It smoothes on very easily and I just rub it in with my hands to make sure I haven't missed any areas that I want to cover. Then I rinse it off for a minute or so under the warm shower water and then towel myself off.
I like how soft and smooth it makes my skin feel, it also saves a lot more time compared to my usual moisturiser as I don't need to wait for it to sink into my skin. It smells really nice and feels very soft and not sticky at all.
I would definitely repurchase, especially for holiday as it makes moisturising my entire body a lot easier and it's a wonderful moisturiser.
I bought a Lush King of Skin bar at the height of my Lush habit, but have only used it in the last few weeks.
I bought the square bar which fits into one of Lush's body butter tins, but in the last edition of the Lush times it showed that the shape is changing, and it will soon be available in a crown shaped bar. Whilst I think that is a great idea, it doesn't look as though it would fit into the Lush tins any more, which I think I would find quite annoying and inconvenient.
I'll be honest, when I bought this, I didn't really understand what it was for! That's how mad my Lush obsession got! I had already bought Buffy and Running to the Embassy, both of which are exfoliators, and I had thought that this was also an exfoliating bar, but when the Lush website was updated recently, they put on a little video clip showing how to use this, and I realised it was actually a skin conditioner, which made me a lot more inclined to fish it out the cupboard and try it!
One of the things that attracted me to this, was that when I had looked at it online - and obviously not read the description on how to use it - I had seen that one of the ingredients was bananas. At that point I already owned Lush's banana moon soap, and loved it, which I think is why I seeked it out in store.
The King of Skin is a greyish white colour flecked with brown and smells lovely. I think the main scent is actually coconut rather than bananas, but it's a lovely fresh, slightly fruity smell, and would be perfect for using in the summer.
To use this you simply rub it across the skin, rinse and go. The problem I have is that you can't really feel the product going transferring onto your skin, so I always end up pressing quite hard, which makes my skin red and sore. If you touch your skin, however, you can normally feel that this has left a greasy film on there.
Rinsing can actually take a couple of minutes as the greasy feeling stays on the skin for quite sometime, and I find it hard to get rid of.
Once out of the bath or shower though, I find that my skin retains the lovely fruity coconut fragrance and also feels very moisturised but not greasy at all, despite how it feels when using it. It does actually feel like I have used a body lotion on my skin, but obviously it's quicker and you have the benefit that you don't have to wait for it to absorb like you do with a lotion.
Unfortunately, I find that the bars do wear down quickly, so I have started only using this on my arms, and not bothering with my legs, because in this weather they don't really get to see the light of day, so it's not too important what they look like!
A King of Skin bar will cost you £4.84 from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk.
Overall, I think this is a really good product. It is a great alternative to body lotion if you are in a hurry and it smells great. The main downside is that considering you don't get a huge number of uses from each bar, it could work out expensive to use on a daily basis, but I would definitely recommend it, and I know I will be buying it again.
As your probably aware by now I am firmly inducted into the Lushoholics club and have in the last month or 2 spent an absolute fortune in various Lush shops. Now I can honestly say I'd never heard of, let alone used a Body Butter before a recent visit to Lush, however I did pick up a Lush King of Skin body butter on a recent visit. It acts a little bit like a moisturiser for your skin with the slight difference being that you don't apply it after your shower or bath but rather during.
Now like the last Lush product i reviewed, Lush sandstone, the picture for the King of Skin looks nothing like the product actually does now. The crown has gone and been replaced by a square 90g bar that looks a lot simpler and probably costs Lush a lot less to produce. I picked up my 90g bar for £4.95, which given I'd never tried it before led me to thinking that might be a touch expensive. I've never been one to worry about that when it comes to trying new products though and I paid the money and took my body butter home.
So having paid my money and taken the Body butter back home I finally started using it about a week later when I remembered I'd bought it, I am terrible for forgetting I've bought things. Having finished my shower I grabbed the body butter and started to apply it to my skin. I could feel a nice soft coating being applied, but I was quite surprised there wasn't a real powerful scent with it. There is a slight scent of coconut mixed with Banana but overall the scent wasn't all that powerful.
The scent, whilst a little disappointing wasn't a huge factor for me though. Once you've applied it all over you then rinse it all off and I found this process to be quite easy compared to moisturising. It's taken a couple of showers for me to notice a difference but I do seem to have a nice smooth feel to my skin.
As far as the bar itself goes I've only got two real complaints as the smell is only a minor irritation. My first complaint is the price. For the 90g bar, £4.95 is a tad on the expensive side as it only seems to last for about 7 or 8 showers. My second complaint is the way it leaves the bath, you have to be very careful as you try to get out. It seems to leave a smear all round the bath that becomes incredibly slippery.
Neither of my complaints will stop me using the body Butters though. I am going to be trying a few of the others but despite its price tag I've found King Of Skin to have done its job. My skin feels just as good as had I been using moisturiser and for that reason I will be buying King Of Skin again and would recommend it to anyone, who like me wants to save a bit of time in their daily routine on a work day.
King of Skin is another of my must have lush products - it's a solid body moisturiser which used to be moulded into the shape crown, in order to justify the name, LOL, but now is a square block, which resembles buffy the backside slayer, if you can't find it in the shop. It costs £3.95 for the 90g block. It seems expensive, but has lasted me 2 months so far and I'm only just half way through it, so it's really quite cheap.
The scent is basically the buffy the backside slayer scent - although the recipie list includes banana, coconut and lavender, none of those are particularly strong - it smells a little like coco butter, or a warm bowl of porridge! It lingers well on the skin.
It contains cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado and oatmeal which all moisturise really well. The instructions say to stroke it onto your skin when you are warm and damp after a shower, and I've found this is when it's most effective. It glides on, shimmers on the surface for a minute, then soaks in effectively. I usually don't need to rub it in. On dry skin, it's not as effective - it obviously needs some warms to soak in, as on dry skin, you need to massage it in and it can feel greasy.
The only other gripe is with the little bits of bran in it - ocasionally, a grain sticks to your leg. However, it rubs off and isn't really noticeable; I've just looked down before and thought 'argh, I have a new mole', then realised. It's just disconcerting if you haven't used it before!
In conclusion, I'd recommend it - it's inexpensive, works well and has a lovely, comforting scent.