17 September 2013

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter Review

Product Name: The Body Shop Mango Body Butter
Price: $20.00 for 6.7oz ($2.98 per ounce), $6.00 for 1.69oz ($3.55 per ounce)
Where to Buy: The Body Shop, ULTA
Main Moisturizing Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter
Available Fragrances: 20+ different fragrances are available.
Additional Details: This product uses fair trade ingredients and is cruelty free.

First Impression: The first whiff of this body butter is chocked full of fruity, sweet, and mango scented goodness! But before you even open this little round container you're greeted by sunny orange packaging emblazoned with a picture of a perfectly gradated version of the fruit it claims to smell like. Much like it's Pink Grapefruit counterpart that I reviewed earlier this month, I'm instantly attracted to the palm-sized colorful tub before I even twist off the top.

Absorption Rate: The cream took approximately one minute to rub into my hands, and felt completely absorbed within about three minutes.

Many a youtube guru has raved about the scent of this product, and even the sales girl at the store tried to steer me towards this particular fragrance. While I prefer the slightly more "whipped" texture of the pink grapefruit variety, the mango version is thick, creamy, and spreads quickly and easily on my hands. It left my hands feeling very moisturized and nourished, and did an alright job at providing the same feeling to my cuticles. The mango scent lingers but isn't overpowering and compliments my Lemony Flutter well. On the flip side, this isn't a product I would throw in my purse for daily use. It doesn't absorb quickly and leaves hands feeling slightly greasy and slick for longer than I'd like if I'm out and about. However for an evening routine it works well and I've enjoyed it in that capacity.

 I'm also going to throw out some bonus points for this product since the little tub can be washed out and re-used for other things once the body butter is gone! It would be perfect for storing hair ties and bobby pins in a purse, or keeping things like tylenol, cough drops, and band aids handy.

I used this cream over the course of a week and I didn't notice any dramatic difference in my hands or cuticles. It didn't help my hands retain moisture or keep them soft after hand washing. Honestly it's not a miracle product and it won't heal or transform your hands, it'll just make them smell nice and keep them soft and smooth for a while. If you're using a heavy duty cuticle cream this makes a good partner. If you prefer a hand cream that nourishes both your cuticles and your hands in one I'd skip this and look for something more serious and specialized to hands.

Purchase or Pass?: If you're a fan of fun packaging, fruity scents, and are looking for a decent overnight hand cream, I say you should give this one a shot. Each scent of body butter from The Body Shop consistently has a different texture, absorption rate, and effects than other varieties. For this reason I'd encourage you to head to your local store and try out a few testers to find a version that would work well for you and your needs. If you don't have a local store take the time to search out some online reviews to gather info on how each scent behaves.

What do you think of this product? Is it something you've tried or are interested in trying? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

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