What is body butter?
It’s true, we owe a lot to our famous Body Butters, and to you for helping them reach cult status. We love that you love The Body Shop heroes and have voted for them in beauty circles. But if you’re new to us, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. It's important to say first off, it’s the thousands of women in Ghana who help bring our Body Butters to you, who are the real heroes. All our Body Butters contain Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana. Our founder Dame Anita Roddick first discovered shea butter in Ghana in 1992, used there for its intense moisturising abilities.
Let’s look at the science. What is it about our Body Butters that helps get limbs so deeply hydrated and ready for dancing more than your average pot? Well, a good Body Butter contains fatty acids like linoleic, oleic, stearic and palmitic, which are lapped up by your skin in a flash, helping hydrate and smooth skin. Then they form a protective layer which seals in mega-moisture for 96 hours. This also means that our joyful Body Butters are friends to almost all skin types. We have creamy tubs specially formulated for sensitive, normal, dry and very dry skin in our enthusiastic dance troupe-like range of Body Butters.
And what of this band of creamy hydrating merriment? We’ve gone to great lengths to bring you Body Butters with all your favourite ingredients and fragrances. We know your snozzle is the gateway to beginning the relaxation process and getting your groove on, so we reckon we have something for every nose. Here’s a teaser – imagine the sweet smell of strawberry at a quintessentially British tennis tournament, the alluring aroma of coconut – not the clippity-clop variety, more the endless white beach, Samoan ones. Or perhaps the nutty notes of shea, all the way from feel-the-African-beats Ghana, or the delicate floral fragrance of moringa from Rwanda. Your senses will be making their way to the dance floor before you can open the bathroom door.
Just when you thought they couldn’t get better, each Body Butter comes in its most sustainable packaging yet. Every tub is made with an aluminium lid and 100% recycled plastic, including Community Fair Trade recycled plastic collected off the streets of Bengaluru, India, through The Body Shop’s trade partnership with Plastics for Change. The new design helps reduce the amount of virgin plastic used by 241 tonnes every year.* What’s not to love? Seriously.
Pick from 13 nature-inspired scents, from Strawberry to Shea, or find a tub for your skin type, whether that’s sensitive or ultra-dry. Get your hands on the best tub for you, slather it on and give that beautifully unique body some serious love.
Step 1: scoop it out
Dive into our creamy Body Butter tubs with your fingers, scoop out a small dollop of Body Butter. Top tip: these are rich pots of our skin’s favourite nutrients, so a little goes a long way.
Step 2: spread it on
Then take a deep breath and start enjoying spreading your favourite creamy Body Butter all over your happy body, you might even hear your skin gratefully slurp up the goodness as you go.
Step 3: massage it in
Using soothing circular motions, massage the Body Butter into your skin with enthusiasm. No need to rub too hard, these buttery beauties are formulated to absorb super-easily. Be sure to get your dry bits, elbows and knees love an extra rub.
Step 4: let it absorb
Take a few minutes to admire your fine work and give your freshly moisturised body a little wiggle. By the time you’ve done that, our easily absorbed Body Butters will have sunk right in, leaving you to get your silky-smooth bod ready for any kind of action the day has to offer.
Common Questions About Body Butters
How long will your body butter last?
Depends a little bit on the shape of your moves. Our Body Butters are full of nutrients, and less is definitely more in the case of these creamy little groovers. If your skin is dry and you’re a super-slatherer you may go through a tub faster, but as a general rule, a small luxurious dollop will get to work across your entire body and one tub should last you several months.
How should you store your body butter?
Our Body Butters are pretty low maintenance, but as with any hydrating number, always put the lid back on after you’ve used it to keep moisture in. And pop away in a cool dry cupboard to keep away from any sources of intense heat. That way, it will only be your disco partners who can feel the sizzle.
Can body butter expire?
Our Body Butters will eventually go past their best but they do have a helpful symbol on the tub – a slightly opened pot with the number of months you have to use it once it has been opened. But we’re fairly sure you and your Body Butter won’t be able to leave each other alone for long, and all that body goodness will get soaked up well before the use by date.