Since I was a kid, I’ve had an on-again/off-again love affair with The Body Shop. The love part being that their products smell yummy enough to eat—at 13, I jokingly convinced my friend that their mango body butter was edible (he was not impressed haha). The hate part stemming from the fact that paying $20 per tub seems outrageous to a 13-year-old, and also because I shifted away from wanting to smell like a fruit and began to prefer more complex fragrances.
In my last post, I debated the merits of switching over to all natural beauty products. While fully making the switch is not for me, I think that it is important to incorporate more all natural (or at least naturally based products) into my routine, as long as there is no sacrifice in effectiveness. Lucky for me, I came to that conclusion the same day that I walked by a huge sale at The Body Shop!
Out of sheer curiosity, I slathered a bit of mango body butter on the back of my hand and was instantly sold. It has a light, clean scent that is very natural and quite different from the artificial and overly sweet fruit scents often found in other products. The body butter is a rich, heavy cream that absorbs nicely, feels incredibly luxurious and most importantly, is not as greasy as I originally remembered it being. The Body Shop apparently changed their formula in the years that I deigned to enter their stores, and now that I think of it, I remember their original formula as being more of a translucent, regular yellow salve as opposed to the current opaque, pale yellow cream. While I’m sure some people hate the change, I personally adore the new, less greasy formula.
Suffering from perpetually dry skin, you should know that I take an obsession with moisturizing to a whole new level. Not only does slathering on a good moisturizer have to happen immediately after stepping out of the shower, but the last thing I do before going to bed is lotion my hands and feet. I’ve gone as far as using very moisturizing but horribly inconvenient products such as Vaseline Petroleum Jelly (so difficult to spread!) and even virgin coconut oil (so greasy!) all over. As weird as this may sound, I’m kind of a lotion snob, which makes it all the more surprising that I’m so impressed with this body butter. The scents are delicious and long lasting, but are never overpowering. Although these body butters are not dirt cheap, they don’t break the bank either (Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Crème, I’m looking at you!). Most importantly , they are one of the few products I’ve found that doesn’t leave oil stains everywhere and isn’t impossible to apply, while still managing to give me noticeably softer and suppler skin.
Here are the goodies that I walked out of the sale with… (and yes, there is probably enough body butter here to moisturize a small family for a year!)
Mango Body Butter (Large Size) – I was looking for a fresh scent to use over the summer and this was my favourite of all the fruity ones. The mango body butter captures the smell of a fresh mango without being artificial or overly sweet. The scent is very noticeable at first, but not overpoweringly so, and is more fragrant when applied than it is in the tub. Although it fades slightly throughout the day, it definitely lasts longer than many other body butters I’ve tried. It’s a simple and sweet scent that can play well with other fragrances if you wish to layer it with another perfume or body spray.
Shea Body Butter (Large Size) – The sale was just too good that I couldn’t resist getting another big one. On sale for $15 each, both this and the mango were double the size, but $5 cheaper than the regular body butter tubs. My workplace is “scent-safe” (we aren’t allowed to wear scented products to protect those with fragrance allergies), and this one seemed the least offensive while still managing to smell delicious. It’s a very warm scent with some milder floral notes that will be lovely to use once summer is over and I either retire or finish my mango butter. Shea butter is known for its cell regeneration and healing properties as well as the moisturizing and calming effect it has on skin. This body butter formula features community trade shea butter and is thicker and less wet (more along the lines of a salve) than its mango counterpart. Despite the product’s stiffer texture, it’s still as easy to apply and quickly absorbs into your skin without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Macadamia Body Butter Duo – I love the ying yang swirl packaging and the way the tub is sectioned off into product for normal or dry skin areas. To be frank, I wasn’t too sold on this one because the dry skin butter was a little too thick—even thicker than that of the shea body butter—but since it was on sale for only $5, I couldn’t resist. Upon using it, however, I was pleased to find that it spreads and absorbs surprisingly easy with little to no greasy residue (macadamia nut oil is touted for not being too greasy). The regular sized tub will be perfect to keep on my desk at work and once I finish it up, the split container will be great for taking longer trips as I often like to swap out scents according to my mood. Some customers have commented that the corners of the ying yang container make it difficult to get the last bit of product out and also that the ratio of product should have been more along the lines of 75% body butter and 25% salve. Neither of these issues bothers me too much since I don’t mind using a knife to get into the corners, and i’m more likely to use one side all over depending on the weather outside rather than each side for specific dry/normal body parts. The scent is creamy and natural without being too earthy or musky, and is probably the mildest of all the scents I purchased.
Sweet Lemon Body Butter (Travel Size) – I’m not usually a fan of citrus scents, but this one pulls it off quite nicely. Rather than being overly tart, I find that it is nicely balanced and more along the lines of a sweet and creamy lemon scent. This is probably my least favourite of the body butter scents, but it was the only travel sized scent on sale. The container is the perfect size for carrying around with you or for weekend trips away, and the bright yellow makes it very easy to spot at the bottom of your handbag!
So would I recommend these? Absolutely! I can’t seem to get enough of these body butters because they smell delicious, are easily applied and absorbed, and most importantly, they work better than any product I’ve come across in a while! I adore that they are a more natural—although not completely natural—beauty product, which works perfectly with my new goal of trying to incorporate more of these types of products into my routine. I won’t make any promises that The Body Shop body butters are the only ones I’ll use from now on as the scent range is quite limited, but this is a fantastic product that will be a staple in this lotion addict’s beauty cupboard.
What is your favourite Body Shop Body Butter scent? What do you think about the new formula? Love it? Hate it?