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21 May 2018

Yuzu And Cocoa Body Lotion


There are some products that surprise me when Lush first unleash them on the world - ones that I never envisaged would be even in consideration for a release because of their lack of popularity in other formats. However, there are also times when items come out and they seem very overdue. Such is the case with this body lotion. 

Originally released as a Japanese Kitchen special, Yuzu And Cocoa Body Lotion seems like a product that would fit in well with Lush's regular range. Sharing its scent with both the Bubbleroon and the Shower Cream - both of which have since been discontinued - this limited edition import seems like a very late introduction to what could have been a popular threesome in stores.

Much like its old siblings, this body lotion imitates the unique Yuzu And Cocoa fragrance really well. In fact, I would go as far as saying that this is perhaps my favourite product in the scent family - not only because the aroma is long-lasting and incredibly rounded, but because my skin has benefitted so much from using this lotion over the last couple of weeks.

For those unfamiliar with the scent, a yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that is a cross between a mandarin and a lime. It is extremely rich in essential oils and has often been compared to that of a grapefruit, a mandarin and many other citrus variations. By itself, it may not offer a scent that distant from the regular zesty fruits that the company use. However, when combined with the ingredients that Lush use to create this recognised smell, the results are rather magical.

Alongside organic cocoa butter and tonka absolute, this limited edition lotion offers a sweet, fruity and slightly chocolately aroma. You can smell the yuzu straight away, which gives off a warming, orangey note - one that is very robust and not citrusy at all. The other components then build upon this to create a thick, musky smell that is both chocolately and also slightly coconutty.

On the body, Yuzu And Cocoa glides over the skin with ease. It's certainly not a thin lotion, but it is not much thicker than the likes of Karma Cream, which is one of Lush's thinnest lotions. The product is so easy to apply and absorbs very quickly into the skin. This means that you're not left with any stickiness or greasiness, and there won't be any excess residue to wipe onto your clothes either.

On the skin, the lotion appears a little more chocolately than it is in the tub, and I think in this way it is more like the Liquid Perfume than the Bubbleroon. Much like the perfume, the fragrance is also fairly long-lasting: I found that I could still detect hints of the product on my skin some two hours after initial application. The only negative aspect of the smell is that after a while the scent gives off a slight plasticky note, and I felt like I needed to apply more lotion to lose that.  

As with a lot of the new body lotions that Lush have brought out recently, I found that this one was really good at replenishing my skin straight away: I could really notice a difference to the vibrancy and feel of my skin immediately after application. My skin looked more radiant and felt more plump and moisturised. However, the lotion does need to be applied most days for your skin to maintain this wonderful feeling.    

While this has not yet made an appearance in the UK, I am sure it is only a matter of time before it does so. Fans of the bubbleroon, the perfume and the shower cream will definitely need to invest in a tub of this - it's a wonderful addition to the lotion family, and one that'll help keep my summer smelling wonderful, even when the sun is refusing to shine.

Quantitative Ingredients: ?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £13.95 for 225g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.



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