Charity Pot epitomises what I believe Lush to be about - a product that stands for the good causes that Lush represent and educate their consumers on. Having watched the episode of Canada's Undercover Boss a while back, the discussion surrounding this product only furthered my love and understanding of this company.
As it states on the tub, 100% of the money made from the sale of this lotion goes towards the good causes that are featured on the tubs - causes that change every so often depending on the plights of the thousands that need it. Aside from the small bit of V.A.T that has to go to the government, if Lush only sell 10 pots per store, per day, they've made over £100 for a charity that needs it. This equates to thousands each and every single day, which is incredible if you think about the amount of people who benefit from this little pot of body lotion. But aside from what the product stands for, is it actually any good?
A fact you may not know about this product, is that it was actually revamped a few years ago, and up until then, possessed a completely different fragrance. Back when it was first released, Charity Pot used to possess the Lily Savon scent; a fresh floral and highly lily-scented range of products, which includes both the Ghost Shower Gel and Jelly, and the Lily Savon Soap. However, Lush changed this, probably due to consumer demand and it now possesses a completely different, and dare I say it, better scent.
Charity Pot is described by Lush as an 'all-round body lotion', which is just the sort that I need as I tend to moisturise my entire body once or twice a day. Made with fair trade cocoa butter, almond oil and geranium, this is a product packed with key essential oils to moisturise and tone the skin. Furthermore, Lush have also included ylang ylang, geranium and tagetes, which when mixed with the oils, creates a rich, sweet and floral scent with a chocolately element to die for.
Normally, I'm not normally keen on chocolate-scented products, but when it comes to Charity Pot, I have to make an exception. To me, this smells of the rose-centred chocolate you used to get as part of the Quality Street range, which also happens to be the same smell that Fry's Turkish Delight is scented with. It's a gorgeous cocoa-orientated aroma with an exquisite rose twist that lingers on your skin all day. I don't think I've gotten more compliments over a body lotion as I have done with this one. It's a rich, generous and highly indulgent fragrance; one that makes you feel like a million dollars after a single use.
At first, I was worried that, with all of the different oils and butters, this would be a rather heavy body lotion, and one that my skin wouldn't absorb very quickly. However, I found it to be the opposite. After rubbing it across my legs, I was surprised to find that my skin actually absorbed it very quickly and I wasn't left with any oily smears or stickiness.
On opening the pot, you'll notice that it is quite a runny body lotion and not as thick as you would expect from something that contains both cocoa butter and at least 4 different oils. However, the key to Charity Pot's success is in the initial ingredient; water. Lush have carefully crafted an emulsion using both this water and the various oils, to create a thinner lotion so that it's absorbed easier and doesn't leave heavy residue on the surface of your skin.
Having used it daily for almost a month, I wouldn't say that it's the most hydrating or moisturising of Lush's body lotions. However, it does make your skin feel and smell wonderful, and has that presence that helps you feel really special when you're having a bad day. I tend to use this when I need that added comfort, either from the cold weather or from the stresses of work. The gorgeous chocolate and floral aroma helps me to indulge my senses without indulging in too much vegan chocolate.
With the recent release of their Self-Preserving Charity Pot, Lush have used this opportunity to update Charity Pot's scent. However, due to the popularity of this particular fragrance, Lush have decided to keep this scented lotion and sell it under it's new name, Formulae Known As. I hope this is a permanent decision, as although it's not my regular body lotion, it is one I would buy regularly.
Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Ylang Ylang Oil, Geranium Oil, Tagetes Oil, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Amyl Cinnamal, Isoeugenol, Methyl Ionone, Geraniol, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Farnesol, Perfume, Gardenia Extract, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
2015 Price: £6.95 for 95g, £12.95 for 250g.