There are some products that forever remain your favourite no matter how many years go by or new similar ones are launched. Body Shop’s Body Butters fall in this “forever winter favourite” category even for someone with an oily skin like mine. While they are too thick and creamy for my summer usage even in hill stations, I simply cannot do without one in the winters. Come November and I must have them. While Body Shop has them in a vast variety of fragrances-Coconut, Satsuma, Mango, Aloe, Moringa, Cocoa, and Shea among others-somehow, I am totally stuck on the “Strawberry” one. Along with the Strawberry Shower Gel and Body Polish and the red loofah (Ultra Fine Bath Lily they call it), it makes a delectable combination.
Last winter Body Shop launched its DUO range of body butters in India. My favourite in this DUO category is the “Vanilla” and I ended up picking the same one this winter also. I simply love the fragrance of vanilla especially as it lingers on the skin for quite a while after you have used it. It has “vanilla extract and Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil”. Detailed list of ingredients is given at the base of the tub.
Body Shop says – “This twin pot contains two types of moisture: a light cream for where skin needs less hydration and a rich cream for drier areas like elbows and knees. It has a delicious, indulgent scent.
- Leaves skin feeling soft all over
- Delicious, indulgent scent
Massage the light cream into skin that needs less hydration and the rich cream into drier areas like elbows and knees. Allow to sink in before dressing.”
Basically, it is one tub of body butter with two different consistencies of butter in it- one for normal areas and the other for dry areas. For me it works as – the “Normal areas” butter for November-March and the “Dry areas” butter for the extreme cold of December-January. For the rest of the year, as I mentioned above, the body butters are way too greasy for me.
The difference in consistency in the two types is like that between solidified butter and cream. The “dry areas” one is more like solidified butter. The name is apt after all! You kind of need to dig your finger in to scoop it out. However, it spreads very easily and it does not leave any messy residue or blobs. The “normal areas” one is more like whipped cream. It scoops out easy on to the hand and spreads as easily. Very little quantity is needed of either of these butters and a little goes a long way. It moisturises the skin wonderfully. Even in the extreme cold of Shimla winters it kept my skin nicely moisturised for almost 48 hours… yeah yeah there are days in the freezing cold that you go without a shower.
So will I recommend it or pick it up again? Yes and Yes…it is a staple for my winter body care and I definitely will repeat it, may be try out another fragrance, or may be not!
For a quick overview-
- Extremely moisturising. Keeps the skin smooth and hydrated well over 24hours even in extreme North Indian Winter
- Lovely creamy texture that glides over the skin.
- Soft, lingering fragrance. However, fragrances are a matter of preference. It is better to check out the sample piece before buying one.
- Lasts fairly long.
- The two different consistencies of butter in one tub gives the flexibility of using one purchase for normal and dry areas ( as Body Shop intends) or in two different months-cold and very cold- as I use it.
- Expensive. At Rs 880/- for a 200ml tub it is definitely expensive compared with the body lotions available in the market. But as I said, a little goes a long way and if you want nicely moisturised, fragrant skin, it’s worth the price. Moreover Body Shop keeps having sales often and you can easily get anywhere between 10%-20% off on it.
Price– Rs 880/- for 200 ml tub
Also available in Sweet Pea, Floral Acai and Macadamia.