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 Anita Roddick first discovered shea butter in Ghana in 1992, used there for its intense moisturizing abilities.

Hand In Body Butter

What makes a good Body Butter?

Forget any association you may have with butter you smear on your toast in the morning. If you’re wondering what you do with Body Butter, let’s just say it’s one of the best things you can smear on your limbs, tum and bum for that body-popping feeling every day.

Our epic range of Body Butters include the highest quality, naturally inspired ingredients from around the globe. And we can tell you, there are some serious body-grooving vibes in every pot! But a special mention goes to the Community Fair Trade shea butter we lavish in every variety. This intensely creamy hero is derived from the shea nut, and is stuffed full of the vitamins and fatty acids all skin dreams of.

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 this mega-moisturization for up to 24 hours, longer in some cases, but more on that in a bit. 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 favorite 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.

Body Butter Tub On Table Open

What is the difference between Body Butter and body lotion?

It’s all about you really. Depends what your bum, tum, boobs, moobs and limbs are asking you for. Are they tingling for a proper slathering of nourishing creaminess or are they dashing out of the door – pausing briefly for a quick once-over with some easy-breezy moisture? Both Body Butters and lotions are easily absorbed into all skin types and are super-hydrating, but the consistency of lotions and Body Butters is a little different. Lotions feel lighter and have more water content, containing less concentrated oils, whereas Body Butters are infused with rich oils and feel more indulgent.

When you slap on a dollop of Body Butter you’re committing to a good rub-a-dub-dub, which feels gorgeous and is deeply nourishing, helping your skin feel silky-smooth whatever the weather. If your skin has been exposed to the elements, and is on the dry or sensitive side, you may find our thick creamy Body Butters more soothing and protective. If your skin is on the oily side or your daily routine is rushed and you need to just whack on some quickly absorbed moisture, get dressed and dash off – our lotions might be the easy-come, easy-go ones for you.

How to use Body Butters

Dancing? You asking? Getting into the flow of how to use Body Butters is as intuitive as getting your groove on. Dance like no one is watching you, right. But just in case you want to settle any first dance nerves, here’s a step-by-step guide to getting skin so soft and supple, that you’ll be the envy of all the crew, as you strut your stuff.

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 favorite nutrients, so a little goes a long way.

STEP 1: Spread it on

Then take a deep breath and start enjoying spreading your favorite 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

Go for it – using soothing circular motions, massage the Body Butter into your skin with enthusiasm, fingers, thumbs – anything goes. No need to rub too hard – these buttery beauties are formulated to absorb super-easily. Pay special attention to dry bits – hint, hardworking 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 moisturized body a little wiggle to your favourite tune. By the time you’ve done that, our easily absorbed Body Butters will have vanished into your skin, leaving you to get your silky-smooth bod dressed and ready for any kind of disco action the day has to offer.

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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.

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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.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter

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.

Body Butters for dry skin

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

Shea Nourishing Body Butter

Okay, let’s start with a show of real stamina. Enter Shea Nourishing Body Butter. Our biggest hitter when it comes to Community Fair Trade shea butter content, every 200ml tub is crammed with the butter from 36 shea nuts. Crafted and used by generations of Ghanaian women to protect and nourish their skin in drying Saharan winds. It melts into the skin and turbo-moisturizes skin for 72 nutty hours.

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Olive Nourishing Body Butter

Next up, another go-the-distance velvety legend. This time from the Mediterranean, say buongiorno to Olive Nourishing Body Butter. This intensely moisturizing beauty is enriched with Community Fair Trade organic olive oil from Italy and provides your body with up to an incredible 48 hours of moisture. Your skin will feel so soft and supple, you might find yourself body-popping into the early hours.

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The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter


The ultimate Body Butter that’s best for dry skin? Our Coconut Nourishing Body Butter is a strong contender. Here the mighty fatty acids in our Community Fair Trade shea butter combine with our organic virgin coconut oil from Samoa – a powerhouse formula that helps to soothe and hydrate troubled dry skin. This might just be the harmonizing duo your skin is craving. So if your body is feeling very dry or out of sorts, a little coconut love might just have it singing a much sweeter tune for a whole 48 hours.

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Moringa Softening Body Butter

Whose body doesn’t want a moisturizing miracle, hey? We bring you Moringa Softening Body Butter. Moringa has been dubbed the Miracle Tree and used for centuries for its supernatural-skin-softening powers. Crafted from Community Fair Trade moringa seed oil from Rwanda, it absorbs easily into dry skin and provides up to 24 hours of moisturization, accompanied by an enchanting floral scent. Lead the way baby!

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Body Butters for Sensitive Skin

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Almond Milk and Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Butter

Who’s been over doing it then? Our heavenly Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Butter, might just save your soul and your skin. Enriched with organic almond milk from Spain, this divine Body Butter helps to soothe tight, dry, extra-dry and sensitive skin. Uh-huh. With a lavish 48 hours of intensely hydrating attention, you’ll be bouncing again in no time.

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The Body Shop Aloe Body Butter

Aloe Soothing Body Butter

And now for our much adored saint of butters, Aloe Soothing Body Butter. With gentle soothing gel from our aloe vera, combined with shea butter’s lavish hydration, we have a creamy tub of goodness that can calm even the most ruffled of skin. Treat your skin to an early night with the pure simple kindness of this smooth operator.

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Popular Body Butters

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

Shea Nourishing Body Butter

No surprises with this top of the pops – Shea Nourishing Body Butter. It’s a real giver when it comes to helping moisturize and protect dry and very dry skin. We’re proud to say it’s nourishing effects go on-and-on for a full 72 hours. We’re even prouder of our longstanding relationship with the women in Ghana who produce our Community Fair Trade shea butter. We started working with women in one village in 1994 and now work with eleven villages.

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British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter

It’s not just a British thing. We can all have that much-revered rosy all-over body glow. Our British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter is as soft and succulent as a velvety rose petal. It has a creamy pearlescent formula that helps nourish the skin and gives it an instant healthy-looking radiance. It’s enriched with the essence of British roses, and helps to seal in moisture for up to 24 hours. Divine.

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Pink Grapefruit Energizing Body Butter

Oh yes, get your disco ball ready – here’s our popular Pink Grapefruit Energizing Body Butter. Never one to be shy, our zesty favorite is absorbed into your skin in a flash and provides up to 24 hours of non-stop hydration. With a cheeky touch of cocoa butter, this silky-smooth, sexily scented Body Butter leaves skin feeling soft and supple and ready for any dance off.

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Mango Softening Body Butter

If you like the soft-squidgy-ness of the mango, there’s a good chance our Mango Softening Body Butter will become one of your chart toppers too. A real treat for the senses, this pocket rocket of a Body Butter is enriched with mango seed oil, seducing your nose as it melts into your body, helping to leave it deeply hydrated, soft, smooth and dance floor-ready for up to 24 hours.

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