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I am a big fan of Body Shop body butters and am always looking out for the newest scents that they are offering in their now very vast range. Some of the flavours come and go seasonally and some of them are so good and popular that they stand the test of time and are almost always available. I am pleased to say that the olive one falls into this category because I think it is probably my favourite of them all and, believe me, I have tried a lot of them!
The Body Shop body butter range all look exactly the same except for the colour and picture on the front of the tubs. This one, I have to say is actually one of the most unappealing and is a prime example of why you should never judge a book by its cover so to speak. The funny green colour continues inside the tub with the butter itself, but please don't let that put you off!
The cream is really thick which is brilliant for me because it means it lasts longer. A 200ml tub usually lasts me about three months and I use it every day. Because it is so thick it needs a bit of warming up first but a little does go a very long way. It is suitable for all over the body including the face, as long as you warm it up enough by rubbing it for a little while in your hands. I love it because it leaves my fairly dry skin feeling soft and moisturised without feeling at all greasy.
The smell of the product is by far the best thing about it because it really is lovely. Unlike some of the fruity ones they do, this is quite an understated smell and so is not overpowering. It is a nice fresh smell that reminds me of summer outdoors and it is very light. I don't know what olives are actually supposed to smell like, but this stuff is really very nice. I'd say that it is suitable for all year round use.
The only disadvantage that I can think of for this particular version of the body butter is the price. Full price it is £13 for the 200ml tub. Since it is such a popular one, you will never see it discounted because they never discontinue it unfortunately. Having said that, because of the fact that the tub lasts so long, I would say that it still represents pretty good value for money and is worth splashing out on. Recommended.
This was the first Body Shop product I ever bought. I remember going into the store on every shopping trip with my friend, as she is crazy about the Body Shop. After visiting the shop with her on numerous occasions without buying anything (I can be quite stingy at times) I decided to fork out on this body butter. Since then I find myself going back to Body Shop to actually buy something :)
A subdued avocado green (but calming color) big round container with a tight screw on lid, with a very pretty picture of olives on it. Quite attractive
It has a lovely natural scent. It does not completely smell like olives though (cannot quite put my finger on it but it has a green smell).
It has a lovely texture like whipped cream. You just want to taste it!
It is richly moisturizing, which lasts for a couple of days actually. It does not absorb easily though, so it's best to apply at night before going to bed. (I normally rub it into my feet then sleep with socks on)
Lovely product, but it is a bit too greasy. Very pricey as well but it is a fairly good buy as it lasts a long time
**~~** The Body Shop's Olive Body Butter **~~**
I received a pot of this olive body butter as part of a "New Mum" gift not long after my daughter was born nearly four years ago. At the time I was unfamiliar with the product and already owned many other similar products that had started to form a queue to be the next to be opened. This pot was therefore banished to the back of the bathroom cupboard where it languished for over three years.
I rediscovered it at the time our bathroom was being renovated earlier this year, and realised that it really was time for me to give this moisturiser a chance.
**~~** This product **~~**
This olive body butter comes in an olive-green coloured plastic tub that is broader than it is tall. The container holds 200ml (197 grams). Designed for people with normal to dry skin, this moisturiser is made from organic olive oil from Italy, shea butter from Ghana and cocoa butter from Ghana-derived cocoa beans.
A sticker on the base of the tub provides these details, as well as listing numerous other ingredients - including parabens, several alcohols and lanolin. This last item may be alarming to vegans, as lanolin is sourced from sheep.
The product information also advises that there is a use by date which equals 12 months after first opening the contents of the container.
**~~** In use - my thoughts **~~**
This tub is fairly plain, with an attractive photograph of olives on the top of the lid. The container is easy to open and close. I find it difficult to describe the product's fragrance; similar to olive oil but more woody and possibly with a hint of avocado.
The cream has a viscosity similar to room temperature dairy butter. That's British room temperature and not a room temperature one my find in the antipodes in the middle of summer.
It is easy to remove from the tub and is thick enough to remain on ones fingers until it is placed where desired. Speaking of which (or rather, writing of such), I use this body butter most commonly on my heels and soles and occasionally on the lower half of my legs.
I find that this olive body butter works wonderfully on my heels - it smooths and softens them beautifully. I am very happy with the performance of this body butter relating to my horribly overworked and dry heels. I am not particularly comfortable wearing this product on my legs as it makes them greasy for many hours afterwards. I appreciate that this might seem a little incongruous, but I prefer that my legs are much less greasy.
**~~** Availability **~~**
As this item is made by The Body Shop, it is to be expected that it can be bought only from this vender for the (in my opinion) exorbitant figure of £13.
**~~** Recommended **~~**
I can definitely recommend this olive body butter for dry and cracked heels, particularly if its acquired during a sale. I am not sure about its use on other parts of the body. Ultimately I believe it depends on what you are looking for in a product.
If you have dry skin this is probably one of the best body butters out of all that I've tried but it just can't match some of the other butters when it comes to fragrance which is a big reason as to why I buy body butters as I like not only the luxurious feel but also the lovely fragrances that they come in.
The olive butter is just a bit blah when it is compared to the other gorgeous scents available. Everything else about it is fantastic though and it really does moisturise skin really well.
The butter is so thick and creamy and it really feels silky and luxurious when you apply it. If you are new to butters then you might think it is going to be far to heavy and greasy on your skin but although rich it isn't all that greasy which is surprising when you consider that it is made from cocoa butter, olive oil and shea butter.
It soaks in to skin and really does nourish it especially if you have dry skin. Even when my skin isn't feeling too dry I like to use a butter as I think prevention is better than cure and this one really did leave my skin in lovely condition when I was using it. My skin felt hydrated and not just for a few hours but for absolutely ages after using it and even when I had finished the tub and not moisturised for a few days my skin still felt wonderfully soft.
I would go so far as to say this is probably the most moisturising butter that the Body Shop do as it always left my skin feeling so silky smooth afterwards. It also felt like it absorbed a little bit quicker than the other ones and left my skin satiny to the touch.
If based purely on moisturisation then this would easily be a 5 star butter but I love to use my butters after having a hot bath at night and really enjoy the luxurious feel to them. I like to also match them to the accompanying bath products and I just felt that this is where this butter failed because I didn't get the same sense of pampering that I get with the others and this was due to the fragrance just not being luxurious enough.
If not for the fragrance then I would be buying this one all the time but because the body shop do so many others that I like I usually bypass this one and would only consider it if my skin was really dry and in need of the best moisturiser.
It is also expensive at £13 a tub and because it doesn't also have the fragrance to go with the gorgeous butter cream I think it is a bit overpriced for me personally and that is the only reason that I am knocking off a star.
I must start by saying this may be the best Body Shop Body Butter I own (and I own a lot!) not because of the smell, or the look, or the texture, but simply because it works so well!
I bought this Body Butter about a month ago in a sale at the Body Shop near where I work and got an AMAZING deal of 5 full size pots for £15. Usually this retails at £13.00 for 200ml (which may sound expensive, but believe me it is worth it) so you can see just how good of a deal I got here!
This butter is designed for normal to dry type skin, and boasts of 24-hour hydration. Now I am normally pretty sceptical about '24 hour' claims but as it is The Body Shop that is claiming this, I did have a little more faith in the claim! Well, I at least hoped a little more that it would be true and would work rather than be an empty sales technique.
I decided to try this butter after a lovely long bath and a full body exfoliation. I was suffering from pretty dry and itchy skin so I felt I needed the extra moisture promised by this Olive Butter. I don't usually tend to stick to a certain type of butter (for oily skin; for dry skin; for normal skin etc) but on this occasion but I really thought I needed it.
The tub for the butter is in my opinion, the perfect way to store the product. It is in a good thick plastic tub with a secure screw on lid. Although these can get a little messy if you have product on your hands when trying to put the lid back on, I think this is still by far the best way to store the product as it is easy to dip in and get a good scoop (plus a pump would just get blocked as the butter would be far too thick for it to cope with).
The plastic the tub is made from is a deep green colour, and the sticker on top features a small vine of Olives. They look fresh, plump, and juicy! Visually appealing.
When I opened the tub I was not particularly enthused by the scent, or the pale mint green colour, but as soon as I felt the butter on my fingers I was won over. It is a silky smooth texture and you can instantly feel the oils & butters in it - it contains actual Olive Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter. (That actually sounds quite gross but I mean you can feel the oils in a good way!) The butter is very thick, and looks as well as feels high quality, as you would expect from The Body Shop. It is amazingly easy to smooth onto the skin and a little goes a long way. The butter seems to sink in very easily, and though there is a small amount of residue left on the skin, I think this is a good thing and it feels lovely to me. It felt like it soothed the itchy patches of skin on my body, and it visually looked a lot less dry too. As for the scent, I am not totally won over by it. I have to admit it is not as fruity as I expected (on the website the scent is described as being fruity), and is a little bland, but it is definitely not unpleasant. It isn't too strong either, so if you didn't like the scent then it isn't like it hovers on your skin being overpowering for ages!
After a few hours I wondered if my skin would start to feel dry again but I was very happy to discover that actually the hydration does last for a long time! My skin felt soft and silky throughout the day; it also had a nice shine to it, which I guess may annoy some people, but it made me feel like my skin actually appeared quite healthy (and this is pretty rare for me when my eczema or simply dry skin flares up!). The scent by this time was still there, but only if I stuck my arm right up to my nose...I asked my boyfriend if he could smell it as he was sat right next to me, but no, he couldn't. So definitely not overpowering.
Another couple of hours later, and although the majority of the shine had gone I most definitely still had hydrated skin! No dry patches reappearing, and no itchy areas. My skin did not feel tight and did not look angry in any way. I was most definitely ecstatic with the results! I had never used a Butter or moisturiser that had been so effective when my skin was in this condition. Again, the scent was barely noticeable. By this point it had almost gone; just a slight linger and definitely not unpleasant.
These lovely effects lasted all the way to shower time before I went to bed, and afterwards I reapplied the Olive Butter before going to sleep. Next morning, I still had soft and lovely skin even with all the tossing and turning and getting my skin rubbed against the sheets! Although I had a shower before bed, and I obviously reapplied the butter before the 24-hour "limit" I have no problem believing that this Butter would indeed keep me hydrated for 24-hours :) AM-A-ZING
I am so happy with this purchase and I strongly recommend anyone and everyone to try The Body Shop Body Butters; they are amazing! And if you have dry skin, please give this a go. It is an actually God send to me! And one of the few products I have used that does not anger my eczema - another added bonus!
I absolutely adore having the olive scent in the body products that I use. It's very light, refreshing, not coyingly floral and to me, it's incredibly special. That was why, when I saw this product at Body Shop, I knew that I had to get it, and I made the right choice.
I've always been a fan of Body Shop's body butter because there's such a wide variety of flavours for me to try, and from past experiences, I know how much moisturising care they give to your skin. It's really a skin-saver during the dry winter as it not only prevents your skin from drying, regular continued usage allows your skin to actually feel very much hydrated.
Although the colour of the butter might not be extremely appealing (it is a dull green), upon opening the container, the scent totally won me over. Body Shop has done an excellent job with this olive butter - it doesn't smell too leafy or stinky as with some other olive scent -- it is absolutely divine and natural. I also very much like the texture of the body butter as it is very creamy, and it absorbs quickly onto your skin.
Body Shop's butters are normally sold at 12 pounds a container, which I honestly think is a bit extravagant - so be sure to look out for sales!
Whilst hunting through alot of my stuff still packed in boxes the other day and trying to work out stuff I was keeping and stuff I was parting with I came across a tub of this that I had forgotten about! I didn't buy this one it was one I was given by my mate when she was having a clear out otherwise it would have cost me £12.50 for a 200ml tub of it which quite frankly I would never have paid!
The packaging as is all of The Body Shop stuff quite basic but robust and informative enough and this tub appears unisex as well with its olive green plastic tub style pot with its twist on/off lid to the top of to which we are clearly told what it is and who it is by, the size is stated and contact details for The Body Shop are given.
This cream coloured thick butter has a very green sort of slight, fresh smell to it and it isn't a heavy scent at all. It contains Italian olives and derivitives plus shea and cocoa butter so the olive is meant to revitalise and nourish the skin where as cocoa and shea are meant to be great moisturisers for softening the skin of course
A little of this goes a very long way indeed. I can use this straight after shaving if I want to and I gently always massage it all over my body. It is a little greasy in application which means a little of it does go a very long way indeed and it leaves me very gently scented for a good few hours and I can dress a few minutes after applying this.
The consistency of this is rather thick but not hard to use and it really does give me touchably soft and hydrated skin for absolutely hours without me feeling like I'm greasy or that I have a layer of residue on my skin.
Not only when in use does this make my skin feel soft but after using it a few days on the trot even when I don't have it on my skin it now looks more soft and smooth and generally in better condition. The skin around my knees and elbows is usually dry but not since using this.
£12.50 is a steep price to pay but this is organic, fairtrade and not tested on animals and above all is a fabulous body conditioning product for anyone to use even on a daily basis if they should want to!
Great stuff, who'd of thought olives could be so good for your skin!
Available from The Body Shop and from www.thebodyshop.com
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I recently found this Body Shop Olive Body Butter lurking at the back of a cupboard. I have no idea when I bought it or even whether I did, I think most likely it was a gift as I can't say Olive really appeals to me. Anyway, I've been suffering a bit with dry skin as the colder weather has started to set in so I thought I'd give it a go. It costs £12.50 fora 200ml pot.
It comes in a green pot which is made of thick plastic. It has a screw off lid which opens easily and fastens nice and tightly. Using the butter is as easy as dipping your fingers into the pot and getting some out, but this isn't really hygienic is it!
The butter does have that thick buttery texture that you would expect from a body butter, but at the same time it doesn't feel as heavy as they usually do. The scent is a bit weird but not unpleasant, it's kind of a fresh, grassy smell, which I can only presume is what olives smell like as I've never smelt one.
The butter smooths effortlessly over my skin and despite it being thick it sinks in incredibly quickly. It leaves a healthy sheen on my skin rather than the greasy look I often get from thick creams and butters. My skin is left feeling really fresh as well as soft and smooth.
I've been using this body butter for a couple of weeks now and I've found it quickly improved my dry areas of skin and it's looking much more normal and healthy now so I can definitely say it's done it's job. I would definitely recommend this if you want an effective body butter without the heavy feel.
I was very sorry to scrape the last of my Body Shop Olive Body Butter from the tub this morning, as I have really enjoyed using this product. As with nearly all Body Shop products that I've come across, this one smells good enough to eat, and delivers too.
THE PACKAGE/ PRODUCT LOOK:
As these products nearly always do, this body butter comes in a round plastic tub, with a screw cap. The package is classic Body Shop, with photographic olives on the label on the lid, and the tub of the plastic a lovely olive green. The product inside which is a very light green - all very in keeping with its olive-ness! This is
a fresh looking product, just want you want for post-shower pampering! The packaging is also recyclable.
As you would expect from a body butter, the consistency is thick and not at all liquid or runny. The smell is lovely and fresh, yet also quite floral. I'm not sure that I would immediately associate the scent with olives if I had to identify it blindfolded, there is no sharpness there and it's almost a sweet smell, (nothing like olives from the deli section of the supermarket!) but it really is delicious, and I certainly didn't mind catching a breath of it throughout the day after using.
The product is very easy to rub in and not at all greasy or heavy as some moisturisers can be. It also doesn't sting at all if applied after shaving. It feels fresh and light when rubbed in, leaving no oily, greasy residue.
I used this product after showering in the mornings, as an all over moisturiser, and it instantly made my skin feel suppler and softer and got rid of any post-shower tightness. I found it effective in getting rid of any dryness post-shaving too. I think you do need to use a good amount of the product to acheive this result but I felt that it really was having a good affect on the softness of my skin. This product really does feel like food for the skin! After exfoliating it felt especially effective on the backs of my arms, helping make the small bumps there feel softer and less raised.
As I only had a small 50ml tub of this product it's too early to say whether the long-term effects would be even better, but as a post-showe moisture fix I thought that this product was excellent.
I received this small, 50ml tub as a gift, but the large 200ml pots that seemed to be stocked as standard in Body Shop stores are £12.50. This is the higher end of high street pricing for this sort of product, with something like Boots' Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter coming in at £10.21 for 250ml online.
As body butters are such pampering products I tended to use a good scoop for each arm, leg etc so this product has not lasted me very long. I have the small 50ml version and it only lasted for about 5 applications, so it's possibly not the sort of product that you want to use every day as I have done. One or twice a week would be better for getting your money's worth!
Olive Body Butter is a product created by The Body Shop. It is a product that promises to provide you with 24 hour moisturisation and is intended for people with normal to dry skin. This body butter is one of The Body Shops best selling products and is an intensive treatment for an all over body moisturisation.
The creamy formula is thick in consistency yet easily absorbed into the skin. Its purpose is to condition your skin, leaving it softer, smoother, and healthier and it will also protect against any future dryness.
How does it work? The benefits of olive oil are endless. This butter contains organic olive oil which helps to condition and soften the skin because it is packed full of Vitamin E, nutrients, antioxidants and minerals. Olive oil is a natural remedy for dry skin and can even help to improve the appearance of stretch marks. It also has healing properties and can help to repair skin damage. Olive oil contains a natural moisturiser which can regulate the skin and combat greasiness so you should also see an improvement in the health of your skin.
The moisturising olive oil in this butter has comes from a town in Italy which has been producing olives since the middle ages. They sell their produce directly to The Body Shop which cuts out the middle man, meaning the farmers get more money and therefore a better lifestyle.
This product also contains Shea butter. Shea butter has been used for centuries by people all across the world. It has the ability to rejuvenate the skin and helps to maintain a healthy moisture balance, meaning you are left with softer skin. Shea butter nourishes the skin because it is packed full of vitamins. Vitamins A and E help to keep your skin healthy while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Shea butter originates from nuts so this product will not be suitable for those with nut allergies.
As well as all that, it also contains Cocoa Butter. For centuries, women have used cocoa butter to moisturise and cool their skin in the hot weather. Cocoa butter is packed full of antioxidants and can prevent premature aging by protecting the skin cells. It also contains a high proportion of minerals and nutrients. Cocoa butter is an incredibly good moisturiser which melts at body temperature meaning it is easily absorbed.
The Cocoa Beans used in this product has been bought from a fair trade company in Ghana. The money made by the companies is put into projects for schools and villages and go towards a better income for the farmers.
This product is not one of the cheaper body moisturisers on the market but it is one of the best. The butter comes in an olive coloured wide tub with a screw top so you can easily access the product. The picture on the front is covered with fresh green olives. It costs around £12 for 200ml but as it is thick you won't need to use a lot of the butter each time as you would with a body lotion.
You can buy it from your local Body Shop or you can find it online. If you find that you like this product, also included in the range is the Olive Body Scrub, Olive shower gel and the Olive soap. The Olive range is more lightly scented than The Body Shop's other butters and is the least likely to offend.
All in all, this is a fantastic body butter that is packed full of natural ingredients that provide numerous health benefits to your skin. It is a thick moisturiser that softens your skin and prevents dryness, and is absorbed quickly without leaving any greasy residue. Personally, I prefer moisturisers to have a bit more of a fragrance so that, along with the price are the only criticisms that I have.
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Olea europaea (Olive Oil) (Emollient), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa Butter) (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Lanolin Alcohol (Stabiliser/Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Caramel (Colour), CI 77288 (Colour).
Body Shop Olive Body Butter
I love the body shop they have the most amazing smelling products ever! I have reviewed lots of their other products and this is one of my favorites. It contains:
*Organic olive oil - Conditioning
*Shea butter - Moisturises and softens the skin
*Cocoa butter - Moisturising
It is made with fair trade olive oil and also fair trade cocoa beans too, so buying body shop products not only gets you a great product but it also helps people all over the world too.
like the other body butters it is really easily applied and it is absorbed really quickly - I find it is more effective if I exfoliate first. It also smells so nice and the scent stays on my skin for most of the day after putting it on.
It comes only in the 200ml tubs and they are a bit expensive at £12.50 each but in my opinion it is worth it! And it lasts ages too so i don't run out quickly and for this it is also good value for money, as a little of the moisturiser goes a long way.
*Easy to apply
*It is absorbed quickly
*great for dry skin
*Did not irritate my slightly sensitive skin
*Smells really really nice
*A little goes a long way
*A bit expensive but it is good value for money as it lasts ages!
*Made with natural and fair trade ingredients!
Thank you for reading my review