16 October 2013

M&S Moisturising Body Butter, better than The Body Shop?


I'm a big fan of The Body Shop Body Butters, in fact they are some of my absolute favourite body products. But I'll let you in on a little secret - I think I've found something better!

I've never really found myself visiting the beauty halls of Marks & Spencer. The few I have been in, haven't overly impressed me and I found, for my personal taste, the packaging of most of their makeup range looks cheap and tacky. Coming across these body butters was one of those moments where you're at the till and you see all the pretty accessories, yummy sweets and odd offer on show. This particular time, I was at the tills in the clothes section - nowhere near the beauty hall - and the tills were adorned with lots of different colour tubs - the Marks & Spencer Moisturising Body Butters (Marks & Spencer, 200ml, £5) There's ten scents in the range and I stood there smelling each and every one; the body butters were on a buy one get one half price offer, so I wanted to make sure I picked two delicious scents, but not two scents which were too similar. In the end I opted for Indulgent Fig & Orange Oil and Creamy Coconut.   

One of the main reasons I wanted to buy these body butters is because they looked, felt and even smelt as good as The Body Shop ones, and because the scent of the Fig & Orange Oil completely captivated my senses and there was no way on earth I was leaving M&S without that in my hand. Both the M&S body butters and The Body Shop body butters come in 200ml sturdy, plastic tubs. Each scent has a different coloured tub, just like The Body Shop, as well as different labels appropriate to the scent of the particular body butter. Creamy Coconut, for example. The Body Shop's version contains 24 ingredients, the M&S version contains 23. Of those ingredients, they both share 11 of the same ingredients, and all of which feature quite high up on the ingredients list. In scent, I find the M&S scents to be more subtle, but for the scent also to be very true to whatever scent it has been labelled with. None of the scents were overpowering, I adore Creamy Coconut for at night and Fig & Orange Oil during the day. They apply and feel exactly the same as The Body Shop ones, being thick and glutinous in texture, easy to massage into the skin and sinking in pretty quickly ones applied. The scent does a wonderful job of sticking around for most of the day and they leave my skin feeling hydrated, softer and firmer. 

As far as I am concerned, these are practically exactly the same as their more expensive counterparts from The Body Shop. I adore The Body Shop body butters and their scent range is incredible. But a 200ml The Body Shop Body Butter is £13, whereas a 200ml M&S Moisturising Body Butter is £5, and buy one get one free! I think I'll be sticking to M&S from now on...


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22 comments

  1. Serious love for M&S ranges. Their cosmetics are fab!
    These sound delicious and I'll definitely keep an eye out and possibly treat myself. I love a good body butter admittedly. Great way to build a nice, light fragrance xx

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    1. I completely agree. Particularly when it's a good quality body butter and the scent lingers. It's why I bought the fig one, to team with my & Other Stories and Diptyique fig lovelies! xo

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  2. These sound gorge, I love m&s bits it's so underrated x

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. They are beaut! I want to try more from M&S now :) Is there anything you'd recommend? xo

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  3. Ohhh I definitely agree with you! I went a bought a M&S mascara last week and I really think it's the best mascara I've tried! (Other than Chanel of course ;)..)

    Jade xx

    www.fairytalekiss.co.uk

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    1. Ohh, how much was the mascara? I've never tried a Chanel mascara myself, but I adore the Bobbi Brown Extreme Party mascara :) xo

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  4. I'm intrigued by these. They sound lovely & for a fraction of the cost. I adore all things Fig scented, so that would be the one I went for. The packaging also looks nice & simple. These are ticking all the boxes.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. Ticking all the boxes is always a good thing. If you decide to give it a go, do let me know your thoughts :) xo

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  5. Looks like I need to find myself an m&s beauty hall! The body butters look fab :)

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  6. Love it when you find little things like this that actually save you quite a lot of money. You end up picking the body shop just because it's well known etc when quite rightly you can get almost the same for much cheaper!

    xx

    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely, and this is such a saving! It's incredible to think they are practically the same yet TBS charges £8 more per body butter! xo

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  7. I have the Fig & Orange one and it smells AMAZING. The matching hand cream is dreamy too!

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    1. It's so beautiful! I may have to see what other body care bits they have in the scent range :) xo

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  8. I love Body Shop body butters! So much I have 4 of them which I need to use up. But in future, I'll bare M&S in mind!

    Jess // Coffee and Cosmetics xo

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    1. Think of it this way - You can get four M&S moisturising body butters for the same price as ONE The Body Shop body butter!! xo

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  9. Great review. I love TBS body butters but can't always afford them so good to know there are affordable options. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you! So glad you found my review helpful :) xo

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  10. Of all the body butters I've tried, and believe me it's a lot, I've found M&S to be THE best. They smell like what they say they are meant to smell like and they leave my skin scented and soft rather than sticky and oily like I find with The Body Shop. M&S have recntly changed their packaging which I'm not too fond of but as long as the contents inside stay the same then I'm happy.

    Helen
    teainthetub.blogspot.com

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    1. It's great to hear you're also a fan of the M&S Moisturising Body Butters Helen! I completely agree, the scents are so true and really lovely! xo

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