The Body Shop – Body Butters

The Body Shop Body Butters Review Frosted Plum Cocoa Butter Nykaa Purplle India

Missed me? Sorry for dying on you. Been soaking in my personal concoction of self loathing, OCD and procrastination. Today I bring to you a review of The Body Shop Body Butters: Frosted Plum and Cocoa Butter. This post has been a long time coming. With good intentions, I worked on it right after the Thanksgiving one, but there was a wedding in the family and my cousins and I decided last minute to wear matching outfits. We were grooms-maids? So to speak.

But, the tragedy/hilarity of the situation is that after designing, going on multiple shopping trips, scheduling conflicts, not getting the outfits back in time and getting it altered by another person (because tailors suck) …I was burnt out. So much so that I skipped most of the wedding :/ Add to that this discontent feeling from my last post. I felt like it needed more pictures or more text and every time I logged on, instead of working on a new post, I’d sit and criticize everything wrong with the former and edit endless pictures I felt would add value to the post, but never updated it. Anyway, I originally intended to post 4 posts for the holiday season. And I hope to deliver them to you in full. Now, let’s get into it, shall we?


The Body Shop Body Butters

TBS Body Butters have been a hit since 1992. They come out with a multitude of scents and ingredients and are a holy grail for many with dry skin. Packaged in a sturdy plastic tub with a twist up lid, you need to dip your fingers in to extract the product. These body butters are meant to provide intense moisturization for different skin types, so find a formula that suits you best.

TBS use community fair trade ingredients and are always supporting causes for the benefit of local communities and the environment. “This Christmas we’re aiming to help protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforest animals. In Vietnam… the Red-shanked Douc. In Indonesia… endangered Sumatran orangutans and tigers. And in Malaysia… endangered Malayan tigers and Asian elephants” reads their global website. More locally, you can donate Rs. 10/- with every purchase to pledge your support for The Body Shop India’s “Go Wild this Christmas” campaign with WWF-India, for the conservation of vulnerable species and forests in India.

Another cool thing for Bangaloreans and Delhi-ites is you can get customized Body Butter packaging, at select stores! Which means you can have your name or, if you’re getting someone a gift, their’s on the packaging. It’s a cool little detail and they will love the personal touch. The personalization is available at Garuda Mall, Bangalore and at Select City Walk, Delhi.

Limited edition variants for Christmas, 2016:

  1. Frosted Berries
  2. Spiced Apple
  3. Vanilla Chai

Other variants:


The Body Shop Frosted Plum Body Butter

This is a limited edition from last year’s holiday collection! And I bought it in May this year 😀 Who does that? 😛 You might have seen it in my Collective Purplle Haul. It was a blind buy since I’d never had a whiff of this line.

Size: 200 ml; Price: Rs. 1,295/- ; Made in UK

The two products I’m reviewing today are the polar ends of wintery scents. While the Cocoa butter has a warm, fuzzy fragrance, this one has the crisp, fruity aspect of the colder months. This one smells mildly fruity with some obvious deeper, nuttier notes. Like, you smell the pits more than the flesh. The consistency is stiffer than the cocoa but it’s also less slippery than that. It’s made to suit all skin types and is neither too oily nor light. The Frosted Berries body butter they released this year will be a great alternative, if you’re looking for a similar scent.


The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter

This super-rich and creamy Cocoa Butter Body Butter moisturizes, softens, and smooths skin leaving a sweet cocoa scent. The easily absorbed formula helps condition skin while preventing dryness. Cocoa Butter is used by many to increase skin elasticity especially during pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks. Made with Community Trade Cocoa Butter from Ghana, it gives 24-hour hydration, ideal for dry to very dry skin.

Size: 200 ml; Price: Rs. 1,095/- ($21); Made in UK

I bought this from Nykaa.com, as you may have seen on my Instagram exclusive mini-haul. The scent isn’t chocolate-y per se. It’s more like chocolate Bournvita, if you know what I mean 😛 The cream melts into the skin fairly easily. It’s a nourishing moisturizer and I use it after every bath. Although, it does feel a bit sticky when the weather’s warmer, and that annoys me, so then I use it at bed time. I guess using it more sparingly will help, so that there’s no residue to feel sticky. Another thing I noticed, it washes away pretty quickly with just running water. Community fair trade cocoa butter, shea butter and soy oil are the primary ingredients which means this is especially formulated for dry/very dry skin.


Ingredients

TBS COCOA BUTTER: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter (Emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Cyclopentasiloxane (Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Lanolin Alcohol (Stabiliser/Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Fragrance (Fragrance), Methylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Caramel (Colour), Yellow 5 (Colour). TBS FROSTED PLUM BUTTER: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Parfum/Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Linalool, Limonene, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Citronellol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Cl60730/Violet 2, Cl 17200/Red 33.

Verdict

Great moisturizers, specially formulated to suit different skin needs. It’s a nice pampering ritual as well. The bad hygiene aspect is not a concern for me since I’m the only one that uses them and I use clean hands. Cocoa is stocked all year round, so instead try and get your hands on the limited edition ones, if you’re interested in holiday scents! I was a bit disappointed by the fragrances, since I bought them online, without having a sniff, and expected they’d smell a lot different. But that’s my problem and shouldn’t hinder you. Different people, different tastes, so just check ’em out before hand. I might buy the peach one next, because of its authentic, delicious fragrance! Peachy 😉 Overall 3.5-4/5

I hope you like this post! 🙂

– Za )x(

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