“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Body Lotion/Moisturiser / Texture: Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I am a big fan of Yves Rocher products as just about anyone who has ever read any of my reviews will no doubt be aware of by now. I bulk buy every few months and take full advantage of any offers that are on, which is most months, and one such item I picked up whilst half price was this - 'Malaysian Coconut Silky Body Cream.'
My review will now focus entirely on this product..
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
What caught my eye initially with this cream was aside from the fact it is coconut scented it also comes housed in a rather attractive kilner jar. The jar is made of a thick and sturdy plastic and you would be forgiven for thinking it is actually glass as it does have that kind of 'glassy' appearance but it is most definitely plastic.
The cream comes in one size of 200ml and certainly looks the part though it has to be said that the jar looks to hold much more than it actually does due to the deceiving thickness of the plastic. The Kilner jar is completely transparent apart from a simplistic sticker on the front depicting an image of a cracked open coconut and the relevant information and logo. Apart from this there is little else but this means we can view the product with ease which is clear to see that the cream is an expected white colour.
To access the jar there is a rather difficult mechanism of a metal 'brace' style opener which my husband instantly referred to as being like the old style Grolsch beer bottles. There is a over hanging metal 'ring pull' which when unleashed opens the connecting metal brace and this pings open the lid which is all very dramatic really to say all I want to do is get at my body cream!
As usual this is available via their website @ www.yves-rocher.co.uk, by phoning 0870 049 22 22, by popping into one of their stores that are sporadically dotted about, by using their mail order listings or by checking out Ebay.
This 200ml doesn't come cheap and retails at £11 (now £13.50) but I bought this half price at £5.50 which I still think is a tad on the expensive side for what it is.
The product itself comes in the form of a rich cream which is very thick in consistency and feels satin soft when rubbed between my fingers. This is pure luxury and really for the price I wouldn't expect anything less! This Coconut silky cream is made using Malaysian coconuts as apparently they are fresh, crunchy, fleshy and deliciously filled with juice and milk and when used here the ingredients form a cream that "coats the skin with a delicious perfume." Yves Rocher also describe this as being "...a silky body cream, nourishing and deliciously perfumed with coconut, gives your skin an appetizing and delicious softness ..."
It certainly sounds enticing but is it actually any good?
*~*My experience of using this product*~*
I liked the sound of this immediately as I love anything 'coconutty' - whether it is food, drink, candles or indeed beauty items. As I have dry skin at times on my legs I thought this rich intensive cream would be ideal to help combat the drying problem so was eagerly looking forward to using this once it arrived. The jar is very attractive to look at but is very difficult to gain access to and even though the metal 'ring pull' has a smooth feel to it there was still the odd slightly sharp area so could cause harm if not opened properly. I find that a lot of Yves Rocher products have difficult to open lids so it didn't come as too much of a surprise that this would be the same but one can hope can't they?
On managing to actually open the kilner style jar there is immediately a strong and indeed mouthwatering aroma of fresh coconuts wafting upwards and it does have the most delicious smell to it I have to admit. I was instantly pleased with the fragrance of this alone as it smells so natural and not artificial like some body lotions can, but then again YR use natural plant based materials in all of their products and I've never once thought any of their items had a fake scent to them and this as well is no exception.
On scooping the cream out it is very thick in consistency as previously mentioned yet at the same time it has a whipped mousse quality to it so I was eagerly looking forward to seeing if this would moisturise and hydrate my skin or would it all be just top show by looking and smelling nice?
The cream easily glides over my skin and even though it is a bright white in colour it soon starts to absorb deep into the layers and starts to fully hydrate even my dry patches on my legs. Silky cream by name and certainly silky cream by nature as this is just effortlessly devoured by my skin and instantly makes it feel silky soft to the touch. The cream has a matte effect once fully rubbed in and doesn't feel sticky or leave any kind of greasy residue in it's wake, which given how thick and initially greasy it feels on application this is surprising in a welcoming way as I hate creams/ lotions that leave my skin feeling tacky.
The beautiful coconut aroma lingers for quite a while and as I sometimes use a coconut scented shower gel this simply adds to the layering process and builds up the scent on my skin.
*~*Would I recommend this?*~*
This is ideal for fans of coconut scented beauty products as it's fresh and naturally scented with an intensive hydration formula that gets to work at once. The only downside (apart from the tricky opening procedure) is the price. At the current cost of £13.50 for a 200 ml jar I think is an extortionate price and would never dream of paying this, even at the cost of £5.50 I feel that it is not fully worth the money due to the fact that the cream just doesn't seem to go very far despite how luxurious it feels on my skin.
The actual cream itself is beautiful and ticks all of the boxes as it smoothens, softens, hydrates and smells delicious but the steep cost price lets it down and for this reason alone I am deducting one star.