You know what? I actually remember when the Body Butters by The Body Shop were first popularized. Yes age is showing and all I was quite into them. My favourite was the Shea Butter one because of the lovely smell. I used to buy the special mini tubs too and had tubs lying around everywhere – Mango, Shea Butter, Satsuma… you name them, I’ve probably owned them at some point.
But after a while, I got tired of them because while they were lovely in cold dry winters, they were sticky and oily in our hot humid weather, it can really mess with your sheets if you apply before bed. Also, I realized that not every part of my body needed that sort of intensive moisturization that the body butter is made for.
I guess The Body Shop realized this too when they released their Body Butter Duo – half lotion, half body butter. Not everyone needs or wants to slather thick heavy body butter on their skin because it can feel heavy, sticky and oily. Yet there are parts of the body that could benefit from this e.g. elbows, knees, heels, toes… etc…
There are 4 scents available – Vanilla, Sweet Pea, Macadamia and Floral Acai. The one I was provided with is Floral Acai – not my first choice. I’d have gone for Vanilla because the rest are just too sweet smelling for my taste. Vanilla, while sweet, suits my nose better. So, does this make me more hardworking in applying body lotion then?
Well, not quite
I’m terribly lazy to apply body lotion. I should. My skin is looking a bit dry in areas. The lotion half of the Body Butter Duo is actually quite nice in this regard. Its light, applys smooth and soft, and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving too much of a sticky feel.
You can see that the lotion half is quite liquid. I stored this on its side for a while <- Do NOT do this!
So the lotion is all pooled at one end. There is a foil cover which I didn’t remove initially, so it didn’t cause a mess, but I now store this flat. The butter side, as you can see, is so thick it doesn’t even move.
I use the thick side on my elbows and on my feet which are drier than the rest of my body. It seems to help. Skin doesn’t look as scaly, but it needs constant application to maintain, which as I’ve noted, I’m lazy about.
The Body Shop Body Butter Duo L-R: Lotion, Body butter
Also the other problem for me, is the scent of the Floral Acai, which is quite strong and quite sweet. The tub and the lotion and body butter is tinted purple and it smells of purple, if you know what I mean. Its not awful, but its just a tad sweet and I’m not very good with sweet especially if I have to sleep in it.
What I sometimes do, is mix the lotion and body butter to get a lighter consistency. It feels nicer on some parts of the body that may not need very thick creams, yet for which lotions may not be sufficient.
In a nutshell
Useful concept to have two different textures of lotion and butter for the body. Lotion is light and nice on the skin. Body butter is thick and works quite well on dry areas. Scent in all 4 tubs are a bit strong and sweet. Packaging could do with a larger portion of lotion vs butter.
Pros: Useful concept, Lotion works well on normal skin
Cons: Strong and sweet scents, Body Butter side can feel sticky and oily until fully absorbed
One more interesting note. I find I use more of the lotion as opposed to the body butter, because the former is lighter and more suitable for my skin. So what I think The Body Shop might have done better was to have included a larger section of lotion with a smaller section of body butter, because most of us will not need or use that much body butter. If we did, we’d just get the full tub as opposed to the Duos – food for thought.
Here is the ingredient list taken off the website:
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Butyrospermum Parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Isododecane (Solvent), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Cera Alba (Emulsifier/Emollient), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Phenethyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract (Hair Conditioning Agent), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Ethylhexylglycerin (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient). [+/- CI 17200 (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour)].
Are you a fan of body butters? Do you like this concept of a duo lotion/body butter tub? Do share if you have tried this, sniffed this or just have anything to say
The Body Shop Body Butter Duos retail at RM65/200ml at all The Body Shop stores