I am so excited to share my all time favorite body butter with you guys! It’s The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter.
I have yet to find a body butter that works as well as this one. I’ve tried countless products and brands and this one stays steady as my #1 pick.
The Body Shop is known for it’s ultra effective, ultra decadent body butters, and this formula is definitely their best one of all. It is even richer and more moisturizing than their other scents. If you’re new to the Body Shop Body Butters, start with this one.
About Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is known to improve skin’s elasticity, resilience and tone. It also deeply hydrates and leaves your skin conditioned and ultra soft. Cocoa butter is also used by many women who are pregnant, as it is said to help prevent stretch marks as well as itchy skin – two common pregnancy side effects.
I found out I was expecting my first baby back in July and I’ve been using this body butter daily. My sister gave it to me as a gift, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I just reached my 8 month mark yesterday (yay!) and can definitely say it has helped sooth itchy skin. I also have NO stretch marks so far (crossing my fingers!).
The potential for stretch marks does have a lot to do with genetics. Some women will get them no matter what, but for other women, using a deeply conditioning moisturizer that works all day can help a lot to prevent them, whether you’re expecting a little one or not.
How to Use
This body butter truly lasts a full 24 hours. I recommend applying it right after your morning shower, while your skin is still damp. A morning application alone delivers smooth, supple skin all the way until the next morning.
Being pregnant, I’ve been extra diligent and have sometimes applied it again at night just on my tummy, but that’s me just being extra careful in wanting to avoid stretch marks from developing. Normally, one application in the morning is plenty.
Also, depending on your skin type, it doesn’t necessarily need to be used daily. For many people, using this just once or twice a week will work wonders. If you have very dry skin, try using it daily to see the difference. For normal to dry skin, try using it twice a week. It is also a great product to use solely for areas that really need it. Try using it just on your elbows, knees and feet. It will really help soften up areas that have become calloused and rough.
Like most body butters, this will take a bit to soak in. I usually give myself 5-10 minutes before dressing. If you’re applying it weekly, try doing it on a day when you wash your hair and let it soak in while you use the hair dryer. By the time you’re done, you’re good to go.
I’ve used other body butters that took hours to absorb. Yes, hours. My skin would feel greasy for so long. The results were great, but the wait time was too long for me. With this Body Shop Cocoa Butter, you get the best of both worlds: unbeatable results and less time waiting for it to soak in.
I love the scent. It is a sweet, cocoa scent that isn’t overwhelming. It is a soft scent and can easily be worn underneath a regular perfume without competing for attention.
A little goes a long way. This product is rich and dense. You can use a little amount and it will cover a large area. Many drugstore brand lotions and butters have higher water content and so you’re actually getting a lot more for the price with quality body butters like these.
The body butters also come in two different sized tubs (a large 13.5 oz. tub for $36, and a regular 6.7 oz. tub for $21). Some of them even come in a little travel sized container. I love having options. Since I travel quite a bit, it is a huge plus when products are available in a travel size.
It is pretty easy to find these on sale, so at the sale price, these are more than worth it for me.
Where to Buy
For the best selection, BUY IT HERE, directly from The Body Shop website. Regularly $21, they’re on sale right now for just $10! Shipping is free too!
They also have frequent sales where you can get the regular sized tub for $12 or so, but $10 is the lowest I’ve seen them.
Right now, you can get 4% back at The Body Shop with eBates, be sure to click through your eBates browser icon before you check out. (If you don’t have eBates yet, you NEED it! Click here to get it!)
Also, The Body Shop has insane Black Friday deals. This year they had all their body butters, regular or large tub, for $10 each. I stocked up on a ton of body butters this year, so I’ll keep you guys posted on what they have for next year. If you like their products, Black Friday is one of the best times to get your fix.
I’ve also had luck finding Body Shop Body Butters at TJ Maxx at a discount. You can get the large tub sizes (regularly $36) for around $10. It seems to be hit and miss though, so I try to stock up when I see them on sale here.
If you end up trying this product out, let us know what you think!