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Candied Ginger was a limited edition winter range that the Body Shop brought out and I am still hopeful that they will bring it out again as when I bought it I really liked both this and the lip balm a lot and would have bought more had I known it was going to be discontinued so quickly.
The body butter came in a plastic tub like all the other Body Shop butters and in the tub there was 200ml of butter.
I didn't think this was as spicy as I thought it was going to be and it is more sweet than spicy but really lovely. It is very warming and you could definitely tell this was a winter scent as it was very warming.
The butter itself was lovely and 'buttery' and I found it to be really rich and nourishing on my skin though not quite as greasy as some of the other body butters I have tried. I think that body butters are something that the Body Shop really excels in and they always seem to get them just right and this was no exception.
I have quite dry skin and this was really soothing on my skin and it felt lovely and luxurious when I applied it. The butter sort of melts when you warm it up in your hands and it is lovely to apply as a little bit will be enough for quite a large area of skin. It soaked in quite well and left a nice layer on the top of my skin and my skin felt hydrated and protected from both the outside elements and the inside ones such as the central heating.
The lovely warming and sweet smell stayed on my skin for ages afterwards too. It wasn't as strong as some of the other butters but it was noticeable for hours after applying it.
I really liked this and hope that they decide to come out with it again as it was different enough from the other butters that I would like to try it again. The scent was unusual but really nice and the butter moisturised well so it is a shame that this was only a limited edition but luckily the Body Shop have loads of other beautiful butters to try.
I love the Body Shop butters and when I spent a certain amount on stuff in there ages ago I got a free tub of Ginger Body Butter. The retail price was £12.50 for 200ml which sounds alot but it lasts ages and this particular one is on sale- not on their website anymore but when it was I think it was about three quid, but I have seen it recently in a couple of their stores.
The tub is a brown screw top with yellow ginger bread men and leaves pictured on the top, it tells us that it's a 'Candied Ginger Body Butter moisturiser with the warm and aromatic scent of ginger'. There's a peel me label on the bottom. Ginger Body Butter contains Fair Trade community beeswax, shea and cocoa butter, sesame seed oil, soya oil and brazil and organic babassu nut oil- sounds good enough to eat. I can't see what skin type it's for so will presume all types. You're directed to massage into skin after cleansing. All good quality, some natural and ethically sourced ingredients as is usual with the Body Shop.
Although I got it ages ago I've only recently got 'round to opening it and it was still fresh. On first opening the butter looks like -well- butter it has a nice peachy colour to it. It has a strong ginger smell which I wasn't keen on at first. You don't need much, it has a smooth creamy consistency but feels greasier than some of their other butters. It takes a minute or so to rub right in and does leave a slight but invisible residue. This isn't a problem as it doesn't seem to transfer onto my clothes. After the initial ginger has died down I'm left with a subtle gingery lemon scent (don't even know if there is any lemon in it). If I put it on in the morning there's still a trace of gingery lemon at bedtime. I do prefer to apply at night though as I find it warming and relaxing.
This leaves me feeling smooth and moisturised, don't know about 24 hour hydration but it certainly lasts the day. I've found it to be very effective on dry skin- even my son has been using it. I've had no adverse reaction from it whilst using it.
The only negatives I have are that it does seem to lose it's ginger smell (actually in the tub) as time goes on, a couple of months after opening the ginger is definitely on the wane and the lemony scent is more noticeable. Also initially I hated the smell of it and it took a while for me to take to it.
4 stars from me for the above reasons
===Why I Bought It===
I love the Body Shop body butters but had never tried the Candied Ginger version before. However I had bought the Cranberry Joy one a while ago which had a very good fragrance so when this was on offer on the Body Shop website I decided to buy it.
Comes in a lovely sturdy gold/brown tub with a gold screw-top lid. Security sealed with a clear plastic band around the lid until first opened.
'Body Shop Candied Ginger'.
Has a large brown/orange label on the lid with some images of gingerbread men.
'With warm and aromatic scent of ginger.'
Has sticky label on the bottom - states to use within 12 months.
Made in the UK, 'AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING'.
Made with glycerine.
Store in a cool place.
How to use - 'Massage into skin after cleansing.'
===Other Ginger Items===
The Body Shop website currently also sell a Scrub and Body Lotion, but I have also bought a Shower Gel in the past which now appears sold out.
===Support Community Fair Trade===
*Fair Trade Beeswax
*Shea and Cocoa Butter
*Sesame Seed Oil
*Brazil and Organic Babassu Nut Oil.
Cost at full price was £12.50 but iit was being sold off on their website for just £3 - a super bargain for yourself or as a gift.
*Bargains when on special offer
*Can be used all over.
I have not had this variety of body butter before but I found it was a good firm texture and very solid in the tub.
This body butter is a lovely pale fawn/cream colour which is reminiscent of vanilla ice cream. The texture is very thick and it is solid in the tub - you can turn it upside down without anything moving at all.
On opening the lid there is a very spicy and gingery smell. I use this mainly for my hands, feet, arms and legs. I find this takes a while to soak in and I prefer to apply it before going to bed. The smell is reminiscent of the home-made ginger beer I used to make many years ago - not so much the drink itself but the gingery mixture that we used to call the 'ginger beer plant'. The smell is nice and warming and although not overpowering it does linger on the skin - but it is not so strong that it would get on your nerves. Even after showering when you are drying yourself you can feel that your legs are more moisturised.
The smell is quite pleasant and although delicate on your skin when I return to the bedroom you can smell the gingery aroma.
This Body Butter give a very good deep moisturising to your skin. Whereas before my feet tended to be quite dry in the winter months, after use they feel lovely and soft - and that is not just when the Body Butter has been applied but in the following days as well.
I try and use this every evening on my feet, legs and hands and it really does nourish your skin at what is particularly drying time of year.
I will definitely be using all this up to keep my hands and feet soft over the coming winter months.
The body butters are definitely the best moisturisers I have used for texture, staying power and moisturising properties.
Whereas normal body lotions tend to lose their benefits quite quickly these Body Butters maintain the softness of the skin over many days - which is something in our harsh winters we can almost all benefit from.
5 stars - another great Body Butter.
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Butyrospermum Parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emulsifier), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Emollient), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Cera Alba (Emulsifier/Emollient), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenethyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Zingiber Officinale Root Extract (Natural Additive), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Zingiber Officinale Root Oil (Natural Additive), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Caramel (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour), CI 14700 (Colour).
This body butter has been around for quite a while but it never really appealed to me as I prefer fresh, fruity scented body butter rather than warm and rich scented body butters.
While browsing the clearence section on The Body Shop's website I came across the 200ml tubs of it which are currently reduced from £12.00 to just £3.00. I bought five tubs of it indending to give them all away as Christmas presents but curiosity got the better of me and I ended up opening one to have a sniff and the smell is actually amazing! I ordered two more tubs today for myself as £3.00 for a tub of very moisturising and good quality body butter that will last for at least a month with daily use is an absolute steal!!
The body butter comes in a round tub which is made from plastic. It has a screw on lid and the colour scheme is orange, yellow and browny-gold. The brand and product name are written on the front and the packaging although quite simple is quite luxurious due to the gold tones. The tub is a decent size but not bulky and it is full to the brim with product. The Body Shop describe this as being one of their 'famous body moisturisers' which has a fresh and zingy scent of ginger. The product contains no parabens and the ingredients in it are not tested on animals which is always an advantage.
The body butter itself is not as thick as my other Body Shop body butters and instead it is more like a cross between lotion and body butter. It is still pretty thick though and a little goes a long way - a few large blobs of it is enough for my arms, legs and torso. The texture is nice and smooth and it is easy to spread over my skin without blobbing up. It sinks into my skin quickly rather than just sitting on my skin and although it does leave my skin looking shiny and feeling a little greasy after applying it I don't find this too much of a problem.
It leaves my skin feeling instantly moisturised and softer and the smell is quite an unusual one which makes a nice change from my usual moisturisers which are quite generic scented ones. The smell is nice and sweet but as it's spicy as well the two scents balance each other out, preventing the smell from being sickly. The ginger is very prominent and while I wasn't keen at first I have grown to really like it and I find it quite warm and comforting - ideal for winter! The scent lingers on my skin and I have been complimented on the fragrance by my boyfriend.
The body butter overall is great. It smells nice and is very moisturising and best of all it is incredibly good value!!
I am quite a fan of the Body Shop body butters and always have a few on the go. At last count I had seven tubs of this stuff in various varieties in my room (only open a couple at a time though or else they could go off before I use it all up!). This candied ginger one is a body butter which was a Christmas special edition scent and I picked it up for £3 in the Body Shop sale a few months ago.
The Body Shop body butters come in sturdy round plastic tubs with screw top lids. The tubs are all different colours corresponding to the scent, and the candied ginger is a sort of orange and gold colour, as pictured above. The body butters contain 200 ml or you can sometimes get small travel ones at 50 ml but I have not ever seen the candied ginger in this smaller tub.
Normally the body butters state on the lid which skin type they are intended for, for example normal, normal to dry, dry and so on. The candied ginger does not actually state the skin type and so I therefore always assumed it is for normal skin. It is definitely closer in consistency to the other "normal" body butters and is not as rich as the "dry" body butters.
This candied ginger body butter is a dark creamy or pale peachy colour. The butter is quite solid, but when you scoop a bit out it warms up on contact with skin and becomes very maleable, making it very easy to rub into the skin and it absorbs quickly. It does leave a bit of greasiness if you use a large amount, but this only lasts a few minutes. Despite not being as rich as the "dry skin" body butters, the moisturisation of this product is excellent. It feels very light and refreshing but makes the skin feel smooth, healthy, hydrated and cared for. I especially like to use it on areas such as elbows, ankles and heels as these are the areas which are more prone to dryness and get a great result from this body butter. I also use a bit of it all over my body sometimes before bed. It is effective and a little goes a long way. I prefer to use this in the evening rather than in the mornings, as it is not as quick to use and absorb as a light lotion. I think body butters feel a bit more luxorious so I like to use them in the evening to relax for bed.
The scent of this one is quite unusual. When I first tried it I didn't think I really liked it, as it is very strong and quite spicy. It has a strong, recognisable ginger scent but quite spicy and sweet. It is quite a noticeable fragrance as a few times when I had just used this my family commented on it. However, I don't think it lingers for hours on the skin. I can notice it for an hour or so, then it seems to die down. Although I was a bit unsure about this scent at first, I have actually grown to like it. I find it quite a warm and comforting scent. This was actually brought out as one of the Christmas scents but I think it is fine all year. It does not seem particularly Christmassy to me, although maybe it is more wintery than summery.
The full price is £12.50 for the 200 ml tub but I never buy the body butters at that price.
I would recommend it if you like the scent. This one is not available in Body Shop stores at the moment but it might come back again at Christmas or in a sale - try and smell it before buying if you can, just because it is a bit of an unusual one. I am just coming to the end of my tub now and it is not one which I would be desperate to buy again if given the option of all the different scents, but if I saw it reduced to £3 again then I would be tempted at that price.
I'm quite a fan of The Body Shop body butters so tend to stock and use up about 4 - 5 large tubs every year. Earlier this year I spotted that the 2011 limited edition Candied Ginger Body Butter released before last Christmas was discounted on Ebay and Amazon so I quickly bought one.
The Body Shop uses a different packaging for their Christmas editions and in this case the tub is decorated with a brown and golden colour print that in my opinion is less appetizing than the usual photographic design. I don't find it particularly festive either, I guess that due to their being available for a short while they don't warrant an effort to have a more appealing look.
On opening the tub and taking a scoop, I'm hit with a lovely, fresh and spicy smelling sweetened ginger aroma you'd get from sniffing a ginger based cocktail. It has a perfect balance between sweet, fresh and aromatic while staying light and never becoming cloying.
About 15 minutes later on the skin, the sweet ginger fragrance starts fading rapidly and the underlying neutral creamy base becomes more and more apparent. It's the deeper, spicier elements that burn off first and leave a lightly peppery, citrusy and not the warm, earthy side of the ginger with only a hint of sweetness.
APPLICATION AND RESULTS
The pale peach-coloured butter is quite thick in consistency and probably the thickest amongst The Body Shop body butters as I've used up at least 15 different flavours along the years. This isn't a problem as it spreads easily and gets absorbed surprisingly quickly on all areas including normal (arms, torso and legs) and dry skin areas (elbows, knees and feet).
It doesn't leave a greasy residue at all so I can dress straight away. My skin feels luxuriously nourished and soft for the whole day. It doesn't irritate my eczema, what's more, it effectively moisturises the cracked and flakey skin and keeps it softened and protected longer than my Eucerin Intensive Urea cream I use specifically for the treatment of eczema.
All seems well however I'm not entirely satisfied with the scent. At first it's strong and diffusive and the sweet ginger-like scent does linger on however it becomes light and loses its depth and that peppery zest after half an hour or so. Scents of course change over time however, the majority of The Body Shop body butters seem to keep their scents for a whole day, that is approximately 10 - 12 hours. Candied ginger completely vanishes after only 4 - 5 hours.
On the flip side, the main advantage of the butter is its rich consistency so very little is needed to keep skin moistured and scented. After using my tub regularly on an almost day to day basis on the whole body, it's now running low after 3 months. I don't think I'll will replace it despite the low price. In summary, Candied Ginger is an excellent, rich moisturiser that softens up even the driest of skin however it disappoints with its short-lived spiciness.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
At full price the 200ml size costs £12.50 in The Body Shop outlets. Now you can get one at a bargain £2.99 on Amazon or for a little more (£3.50 - £6.99) on eBay.
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