When I think of body butter, I picture the greasy tubs of thick white lotion that you scoop out and lather all over your body - I certainly don't think of a solid, cream-coloured mass like Buffy. It's not the most attractive product that Lush have ever released, and it's certainly not one of the better smelling ones. However, it's been designed to carry out a particular job, and that it does exceedingly well.
What is interesting about this product is what it contains to make it so effective. Firstly, Lush have included cocoa butter and shea butter as the main ingredients - both known for their moisturising properties amongst another characteristics. Cocoa butter is a staple ingredient in the cosmetics industry and with good reason; it combines well with other ingredients and reacts to the temperature of the body, melting slowly which makes skin look and feel supple and smooth. Shea butter is a lighter ingredient, absorbing into the skin really easily as well as aiding the absorption of other active ingredients. Together, these two butters help to moisturise, soften and condition the skin wonderfully.
Aside from these two ingredients, Buffy also contains aduki beans, rice and almonds, all of which have been ground up to create a slightly grainy consistency in the bar. Not only do these ingredients create a lovely nutty scent, but they help to exfoliate and scrub away dead skin cells when the product is in use. Finally, this body bar contains both lavender and lemon oil, both of which not only help to replenish the skin and add a wonderful glossy shine afterwards, but also add to it's overall scent, albeit rather subtly.
Altogether, Lush have created a solid body bar, free of preservatives and other nasties, that not only moisturises and replenishes your body, but helps to banish dried patches, support suppleness in the skin and leave a non-greasy polished look for you to enjoy for the rest of the day.
To use, I would recommend that you lather this all over your body just before you're planning on exiting the shower. Try to keep the bar away from the flow of the water as you don't want it too wet - this body bar will disappear rather quickly if it's exposed to too much water. I tend to step outside the spray of the water when I apply this bar, rubbing my skin in a circular motion to remove stubborn skin and stimulate blood circulation just below the surface. Then simply rinse off and pat yourself down as per usual.
I found that Buffy tends to make my skin feel very slightly greasy when in the shower, but this disappears the second I towel myself down - it's wonderful how invigorated my skin really feels after using this product. My skin really glows and I'd recommend using this after a day at the beach - when your feet are stained yellow by the sand and the moisture has been sucked out of your skin from overexposure of the sun and sea.
Buffy is currently priced up at just under £6 for a 100g block, which is not too badly priced. When I buy this, I tend to get a good 8-10 full-body uses out of it, so it's a little more expensive than a soap but not far off. However, I wouldn't use this as a regular product, only as a treat once every so often. For this reason, I can justify the expendature. However, I can imagine if you were using this daily, it might end up being rather costly.
Quantitative Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Ground Rice, Ground Almonds, Ground Aduki Beans, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool.
2016 Price: £