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If you have read some of my previous reviews you will be aware that I own rather too many toiletries and have made a vow not to purchase anything new until they have all been used. Consequently, the last six months or so has seen me trying out many new brands, as I received a host of products for my birthday last year and again at Christmas. A range of products that I find very favourable are those belonging to The Body Shop and this review discusses my experience with using their Vitamin E Body Butter.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The butter is contained within a sturdy light pink coloured plastic tub with a screw top lid and it has been hygienically sealed with transparent plastic, which is easily removed by pulling the golden coloured tab. Unlike other The Body Shop butters, the product is only available in one size, namely 200 ml. The appearance of the packaging is extremely feminine and to be totally honest, I did not know what fragrance to expect due to its’ wheat germ oil content. The image of the butter on the upper lid, which is located underneath the familiar The Body Shop logo shows a rather rich and luxurious looking body butter, so I couldn’t wait to try it out. The beauty of this butter is that it is suited to all skin types whereas some of their other fragrances are suited only to dry or normal skin.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE BODY BUTTER
The lid easily unscrews where I am able to witness a light pink body butter, which perfectly mirrors the colour of the packaging. When I have used other butters from The Body Shop the aroma tends to greet me the minute the lid is removed, but I was initially a little disappointed, as I was unable to detect any fragrance until I lifted the opened tub to my nose and even then the fragrance was a little difficult to recognise. However, when I scooped a small amount onto my fingers and applied to my body I was able to witness the delicate aroma of roses, which is extremely favourable and very natural smelling. Whilst I favour the fragrance of roses in small doses, I cannot abide a strong or artificial scent and The Body Shop have managed to achieve the correct level of fragrance, which smells identical to that of the real thing. The consistency of the butter seems slightly thicker than their other butters, such as the lemon, moringa and satsuma, but easily transfers from the tub to my fingers for application to my skin. I always find The Body Shop butters extremely luxurious no matter what the fragrance, as only a small amount is needed and they are always manufactured to the highest possible standards. The butter absorbs into my skin fairly quickly and what I favour about this brand is that the skin on my body or hands does not feel sticky after application. Unfortunately, there are many other brands of butters that I have used in the past where I have immediately felt the need to wash the sticky residue away from my hands, but this is simply perfect in every way.
Whilst I would not say that I am not particularly loyal to many brands of toiletries, this is another firm favourite of mine due to its’ extremely feminine hint of rose, which lingers gently on the skin for a good hour or so after use. I am rather extravagant with body moisturising products, particularly in the colder months, which was when I initially tried this product, particularly as my body has been wrapped up in thick clothes and is definitely in need of a helping hand with a moisture boost. The butter leaves my skin feeling silky soft and smooth and I find a 200 ml tub will last me around eight weeks with a daily application following my evening bath or shower. Whilst I do not always believe that you get what you pay for, in my opinion it definitely applies to this product, which is very luxurious and extremely effective. Another huge positive with this product is that I often apply creams and lotions to my body just before stepping into bed and I am pleased to confirm that if you wait approximately 5 minutes the butter will be fully absorbed, so your just moisturised skin does not stick to the sheets. There is a peel back label located on the underside of the tub, which provides us with a small amount of information. It is here that we are informed that the butter contains Community Trade shea butter, cocoa butter and soya oil, which are all known for their superb moisturising properties.
If you have used The Body Shop products you will be aware of the extensive lists of ingredients and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. I carried out a little research on The Body Shop website for further information concerning the Vitamin E content and learned that it provides antioxidant protection and moisturisation. I also discovered that it helps to protect the skin against the effects of the sun, cigarette smoke and pollution, although I am not suggesting this butter be used instead of a sunscreen product.
I would advise that The Body Shop do not test any of their products on animals and they are suitable for use by vegans. The butter should be used within 12 months of opening and the tub can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
As previously stated, Vitamin E Body Butter is only available in a 200 ml tub, which can be purchased either online or in store for £12.50. However, if you are in possession of a Love My Body Card, which can be obtained from The Body Shop you will be entitled to receive 10% discount. I tend to purchase the majority of my products online, particularly as I frequently obtain discount codes on various websites. For example, the Martin Lewis website recently provided a 50% discount code, so of course, it was then necessary for me to stock up on all of my favourite items, as it was too good an offer to miss! This wonderful body butter ticks all the boxes for me, as it assists me to keep my skin in tip top condition and consequently, it receives 5 stars from me.
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