I\’ve always been a huge body butter junkie. I guess it all comes back to the fact that my hometown hosts an outlet shopping center including a The Body Shop store. I remember being 16 and getting all the body butters I could possibly afford, in all sizes, from every online and physical store.
Fast forward a few years, I still love body butters as much as the next girl, but for some reason stopped buying and using them. All it took is for a friend of mine to get me a mini Body Shop set for my birthday to trigger my obsession again. So here are all the objects of the delict; all the body butters I\’ve gotten myself in the past few weeks.
The Body Shop | Vanilla Pumpkin & Warm Vanilla (£16 each)
Both softening body butters, Vanilla Pumpkin and Warm Vanilla are also both cruelty-free… and limited edition. Vanilla Pumpkin is apparently a scent released around Halloween quite regularly with the packaging variating one year to the other. I am quite surprised by how addictive it is; I am certain that this is a product you need to smell before purchase. The smell is mild for a pumpkin lover like me and I wouldn\’t have minded a stronger smell. It is, however, very sweet and I can quite distinctly recognize the pumpkin and the vanilla. I will most probably buy this one again once I run out.
Warm Vanilla is such a classic, vanilla, almost cookie-cupcake scent! I love it so much that I do not mind owning it both in 200 mL and 50 mL. The scent is mild, once again – almost fresh and cozy. I have always regretted the fact that The Body Shop didn\’t sell a vanilla-scented body butter and I hope I still have some before the next Christmas release.
The Body Shop | Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter
Almond Milk & Honey is the first body butter I got this year, and a gift from my photographer friend Maddison Gordon. The scent of this one is very fresh and milky, definitely a cotton vibe. While I love the scent, I prefer the texture of the other TBS butters as I\’m more a fan of very thick body butters (think pure mango or shea butters). The texture of Almond Milk & Honey is almost that of a lotion and penetrates the skin even more easily.
The Body Shop | Festive Trio Body Butter (Warm Vanilla, Juicy Pear, Rich Plum)
This set definitely caught my eye this year; it is a discontinued set released last year and still available on lots of selling platforms such as Depop, Vinted, or EBay. I was pretty sure to love Warm Vanilla, but rather uncertain about Rich Plum and Juicy Pear since they\’re quite uncommon body butter scents.
Rich Plum is everything you do not expect it to be. It smells very strong and fragrant, and above all – flowery. I do not mind in the least, but I did not expect that. I would not buy the 200 mL because I am not very fond of flowery scents. Juicy Pear does smell very pear-y, very fresh, and slightly fruity. All three scents made up a very pretty trio; good thinking to The Body Shop for including basic vanilla along with a flowery scent and a fruity scent.
Tesco Natural Extracts | Inspired by Nature Body Butter Set (£4 for 2)
Tesco apparently releases a collection of skincare products around Christmas time including body butters, soaps, lip balms… Although I already lived in London this time last year, I probably overlooked the collection or actually entirely missed it.
This year, I not only got a 4-lip balm set but also the 2-body butter set. I haven\’t found any reviews online about Natural Extracts, only products on sale on Ebay and Depop so I thought to give you guys my opinion about them. I actually got the set for only £2 with my Tesco Clubcard which wouldn\’t have broken the bank if they hadn\’t been good.
Although I prefer The Body Shop body butters texturewise, I have to give it to the Natural Extracts butters that they are really nourishing. One is made with avocado & green tea and while it smells strongly of green tea and freshness, you can definitely smell a little bit of the avocado in there. The second body butter is made from oatmeal and shea and smells much more nourishing and cozy. On the skin, the scent of both is pretty long-lasting which I adore.
The pots are a tiny bit less thick than the Body Shop ones and the texture is a thinner body butter but for the price point, you absolutely cannot go wrong with those. So yeah, there\’s that. I\’m back in the body butter game, and already have my eye on the TBS Mango, Olive and Wild Argan scents…