Beauty Test Drive: Sweet Pea Body Butter Duo

It’s the least wonderful time of the year. My skin is dry year-round, but fall and winter are the worst of the worst (as in, before writing this post I went to the ladies’ room to slater on face cream for the second time today). I don’t just have to worry about keeping the skin on my face moisturized (but not greasy!) %u2014 it’s when I suffer chapped, flaky, sensitive skin and pretty much carry lotion on me 24/7 to cope.

A few years ago I fell in love with Bliss Spa’s Vanilla Bergamot Lotion because it’s thick, paraben-free and smells gorgeous. But it costs $28 a bottle (yikes), so I have to be super-careful to make it last all fall and winter.  

Two months ago, a rep for The Body Shop sent me their new Sweet Pea Body Butter Duo to test-drive and it has completely replaced my Bliss lotion so far this fall. It is called a body butter “duo” because it is the same iconic round Body Shop case, but its split in half on the inside so you get two types of lotion: lighter lotion and thicker shea butter, both in the same scene.

At first I didn’t understand why a person would care enough to use two types of lotion. But then I realized I could use the creamier shea butter on my driest areas — like my elbows, knees, and legs after shaving — and the lighter lotion everywhere else on my body. That’s what I’ve been doing and it’s pretty nice to know I’m not wasting product in places I don’t need it!

The Body Shop also sent me their Macadamia Body Butter Duo to test drive, which has a stronger, more nutty scent. I love it, but I prefer the Sweat Pea Body Butter Duo %u2014 which seems more lightly scented %u2014 on days/nights when I don’t want my body lotion to be overpowering because I want to wear perfume.  To be honest, the Bliss Spa lotion I had used before smells the best. But since the Body Shop body butters cost a full $10 less and give me two options for lotion, I would be wise to become a convert.   

[$18, The Body Shop]

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