Pros: wide mouth tub lets you scoop easily
Cons: sticky, not very moisturizing
I purchased the Te Tao Body Butter with Orange Flower and White Tea on a whim. I needed something rich and moisturizing, but I wanted a light scent. I was in a hurry and doing some errands so I quickly grabbed whatever looked and sounded decent. I really should have taken a bit more time before I purchased this because I really don't like it.
About the Product
Chinese Herbal Therapy. Deeply hydrates and smoothes skin to a soft, supple feel. Experts in the field of Chinese therapy have worked to create a unique regime of body and bath products, each containing He Shou Wu, the legendary Elixir of Life and the finest blend of Chinese herbs to help nurture and revitalize the appearance of your skin. Te Tao body butter is a luxurious, emollient-enriched body treatment that deeply hydrates and smoothes dry, dull skin. Encapsulated Shea Butter provides a lasting moisture boost as skin is nurtured and rejuvenated with a healthy appearance and soft, supple feel. Blended with aromatic Orange Flower extract and anti-oxidant rich White Tea, Te Tao body butter will pamper your tired skin while stimulating your mind, body and soul. This product has not been tested on animals.
~taken from amazon.com
Price and Packaging
The body butter comes in a clear plastic tub with an orange screw off lid. The tub is quite large compared to most body products I own. The tub contains 14.7 oz. I'm not sure how much I paid, but amazon.com has it selling for $7.99
**It should be noted that amazon has this product listed as "discontinued by the manufacturer" so if you are interested, it may be difficult to find.
I really wanted a thick rich body butter which is what I got. The light orange colored butter is quite thick and looks to be the consistency of instant pudding. It jiggles a bit, but does not run if you tip the tub over. In the butter are small darker orange flecks of something. I have no idea what they are supposed to be. They don't bother me when I use the product and I don't know what their purpose is.
The body butter has a light floral and herbal scent. It's nice enough, but nothing I would deliberately purchase. If I hadn't been in such a hurry, I probably would have placed this product back on the shelf since it's not a scent I would normally pick. Luckily the scent is light and only lingers on my skin for a couple of hours.
When I use the butter I have to scoop some out using a couple of fingers and then I massage it into my skin. It is easy to spread out over my skin, but does not absorb very quickly. I really have to work at it and rub it in for quite a while. Once it is worked into my skin well enough, I feel sticky. It is such a gross feeling to have heavy sticky body butter just sitting on top of your skin. It takes quite a while to absorb into the skin. It can take a good 15-30 minutes to absorb into my skin which is entirely too long.
As for the moisturizing properties, you'd think it would be very rich and moisturizing, but surprisingly, it's not. The moisture fades away about half way through the day. I'd say this butter has the same amount of moisture as any typical thin body lotion.
I really can't recommend Te Tao Body Butter with Orange Flower and White Tea. It is one of the worst body moisturizers I've ever used. It is thick, yet doesn't absorb and leaves you sticky plus it doesn't moisturize my skin! What a waste. I hate throwing products away so I'm using it on my feet at night before bed. It's too gross to use on my body. Ick! It's a good thing Te Tao has discontinued this product. It's awful.