Having carried out research on most of Lush's shower gels, I recognise that Butterball is probably one of the most popular ones to date. It seems that whenever I read reviews and other blogs from Lushies, there's a consensus that Butterball should be brought back and made a permanent product. So I felt rather lucky to have stumbled across a brand new 500g bottle of the stuff earlier this year.
I'm going to be honest with you. Although a permanent member of the Lush family, I had yet to try one of their Butterball Bath bombs at this point, which supposedly shares the same scent and properties as this limited edition shower gel. Despite this, an initial sniff of both products gave me the impression that the bath bomb is slightly sweeter and more powdery smelling and doesn't have such a strong, chocolately scent.
The aroma it possesses is a musky mixture of vanilla, ylang ylang and cocoa, although it is definitely the latter that shines through. Although it is not a terrible scent, I did think it was a little on par with the generic cocoa butter that you can buy in most pharmacies, which I'm not keen on at all. However, I recognise that this is just a personal preference and I'm sure this'll smell divine to a lot of people, hence its popularity.
Butterball Shower gel is definitely a unique shower gel in that it's consistency is much more like a lotion. It's slightly thicker than most of Lush's other gels and doesn't flow as easily from the bottle. This meant that it was rather difficult to produce any sort of a lather without working up a sweat, something I didn't enjoy at all.
If like me, you soap yourself up with your hands, you will find Butterball somewhat of a problem. I find that unless you use a loofah and a rather large amount of the gel, you're just not going to get any sort of suds to use all over your body, which ultimately doesn't make it very effective for cleaning yourself with. If you treat this shower gel as more of a smoothie, it'll prove much effective than if you expect it to lather up like some of the more generous gels.
For this reason, I would say that Butterball should be used as more of a skin conditioner, like Skin Drink. Use your regular shower gel to wash yourself with and then smooth Butterball all over you before rinsing it off. As the shower gel is highly moisturising, it means your skin will be left feeling silky smooth and for those who enjoy the smell, the scent will follow you around all day.
Whilst using this gel, I did notice that my skin was hydrated and radiant and I put this down to the range of different butters and oils that make up this product. However, I can get just as good, if not better results from using a body lotion or massage bar, so it's not something I would buy again.
Quantitative Ingredients: Ylang Ylang Flower Infusion (Cananga Odorata), Sodium Alkyl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Glyceryl Sterate, Cocamide MEA, Synthetic Musk, Perfume, CLycol Cetearate, Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Lauryl Betaine, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
2015 price: £10.95 for 250g.
2016 price: £9.95 for 250g.
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