Pros: variety of great scents, very hydrating
Cons: doesn't absorb as quickly as it could - some find it greasy
Im always on the lookout for new bath and body products to try, and when I see one that I havent tried yet that is also on sale at a great price, I have a tendency to snatch it up. Such was the case with Bath and Body Works Skin Repair Healing Body Butter. During Bath and Body Works huge semi-annual sale, I found tubs of this stuff on sale for $5.00 each. I couldnt help myself
I bought two.
The packaging for these body butters is made of cream colored plastic, shaped into a jar that curves inward to colored plastic band. The color of the band depends upon the scent of the body butter. I have Mango Mandarin and Coconut Lime Verbena, and the bands are a peachy orange and a cool light green, respectively. Each jar features a matte silver screw on lid. Information on the side of the jar includes the brand name, product name, some product claims, directions for use, amount contained, and a small but colorful picture of a fruit that represents the scent. There is a sticker on the bottom with a bit more information about how the body butter is supposed to work; the sticker peels open to reveal an ingredients list as well. Each jar contains 7 ounces (198.5 grams) of product.
The body butter itself is a thick white cream. Each one is strongly scented with its particular fragrance. The Mango Mandarin smells very bright and crisp, very much like orange with a hint of mango. In the case of Coconut Lime Verbena, I can definitely detect the lime and the coconut; Im not sure what verbena might smell like, but this body butter has a very appealing tropical smell. While I can pick out the coconut note, it is very much modified by the other scents, so much so that my sister-in-law, who hates the smell of coconut products, thought that this smelled terrific.
This body butter is available in a variety of scents. I purchased Mango Mandarin and Coconut Lime Verbena, but I also saw quite a few other choices including Warm Vanilla Sugar, Cucumber Melon, and Sweet Pea. I dont know if it is available in all of the same scents that are in the Bath and Body Works Pleasures line, but it does seem to be available in a lot of them. It looks (on the website) like the packaging on some of the newer scents (Brown Sugar & Fig, Fresh Vanilla) looks different than what I have.
Use and Experience
Body butters are used just like any other kind of body lotion or cream, although they are often thicker and richer and thus sometimes they are too rich for skin that isnt dry. The directions on the jar read, Apply liberally to elbows, knees, feet and any area in need of intensive hydration. Personally, I like to use body butters all over, but the skin on my body has a tendency to be dry, especially in winter. If you have skin that has a tendency to be oily or if it is summer and very humid, this product may well cause breakouts.
My general routine for this, as with any body butter, is to smooth it onto my legs, arms and torso just after getting out of the shower and patting myself dry. Other reviewers have complained that this body butter feels greasy. I wouldnt call it greasy myself, but it doesnt absorb as quickly as The Body Shops body butters or melt into the skin as nicely. The flip side of that is that I dont have to use quite as much to feel like my skin is adequately hydrated for the day. After it does absorb (for me it takes only a minute instead of being close to instantaneous), I dont need to reapply. The hydration lasts all day.
The scents of the two body butters I purchased are strong enough and distinctive enough to last all day. I notice that the Coconut Lime Verbena smells about the same as in the jar for the whole day, while for me the Mango Mandarin tends to drop the mango note and become just plain mandarin or orange. It still smells good, just not exactly how I want it to smell. Because the scents are so strong, I would be careful mixing them with other fragrances; these work fine as a scent on their own. If you want to make the fragrance a bit stronger or last even longer, Bath and Body Works sells a variety of items that match the scents of these body butters in their Pleasures lines. While you probably wouldnt add a body lotion to a body butter, you might want to use a body lotion most places with the body butter only on elbows and knees. Other choices include body wash, bubble bath, and body splash.
Cost, Where to Buy and Ingredients List
Bath and Body Works Skin Repair Healing Body Butter is available at brick and mortar Bath and Body Works stores. It may also be purchased through the Bath and Body Works website, www.bathandbodyworks.com, although there are only a couple of scents currently online. Im not sure if this product is being phased out or if I just caught a really good sale, but the regular price is $14.00 per 7 ounce jar. I paid $5.00 per jar. The website currently has it on special for buy 3, get one free. Bath and Body Works does often have excellent sales, especially in January and June, so it is worth stopping in then. Another option is buying on Ebay, although buying bath and body products that way might not appeal to everyone.
Ingredients list: Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Petroleum, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Butter, Fragrance (Parfum), Cetyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Manifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Glycerin, Panthenol (ProVitamin B5), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, BHT, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
It should also be noted that the container has a note reading, THIS FINISHED PRODUCT IS NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. Im always happy to see a company that doesnt test on animals, but Im a little wary of the notation this finished product. It implies to me that they might be testing the ingredients on animals. I just dont know for sure.
While I dont like Bath and Body Works Skin Repair Healing Body Butter nearly as much as I love the body butters put out by The Body Shop, Id have to give the Bath and Body Works version 3.5 stars. When I take into account the awesome sale price for which I purchased them, they receive an easy 4 stars from me. However, because this is a product that others have disliked, I think it is worth visiting a brick and mortar Bath and Body Works to test out the product before you buy.