20 October 2013

You Snap The Whip Body Butter

You Snap The Whip isn't exactly the most attractive of products; a deep indigo-black coloured block, that holds as much appeal of a slab of charcoal. Lush have definitely not bothered to 'glam' this product up. But often it is the least attractive ones that are the most exciting. This is definitely the case with this body butter. 

The product boasts a range of ingredients that have all been used to create a powerful, moisturising body butter. Powdered charcoal and pumice have been added to remove unwanted dead skin; cocoa butter and macademia nut oil are included to soften the newly scrubbed areas. Cocoa butter also gives a rich moisture to the skin, whilst macademia nut oil is emollient, nourishing and helps to promote healthy cell formation. You can definitely feel these oils getting to work on your skin immediately.  

Not only this, but You Snap The Whip contains the gorgeous, berry-licious scent of The Comforter. This is created using a mixture of bergamot oil, cassis absolute and cypress oil. These ingredients are both uplifting and refreshing, helping to clear the mind as well as creating a scent that most Lushies would die for. Cypress oil also boasts toning properties that can calm the skin in times of emotional stress.

This blackcurrant beauty is best used in the shower, and needs to be used in moderation, as it's very easy to squalor the whole bar after a couple of uses. I tend to step outside of the flow of the water and simply rub the block all over my damp skin, massaging in a circular motion to add exfoliation and help to remove dried skin and blemishes. Once I'm done, I stand under the shower and allow the water to wash away the excess away.

One issue I had with this body butter, is that when rubbing it on yourself, the bar creates a gritty, grey liquid that is easy enough to rinse from your skin but may splash other areas of your bathroom. So beware - you need to take extra care that you don't paint the bathroom grey with this!

Another grouch I had with YSTW, is that it tends to run out very quickly. Although I made sure it didn't come into contact with surplus water, and dried it out between uses, I only managed to get 3-4 uses from one bar, which makes for rather an expensive body butter. Whereas Aqua Mirabilis kept it shape and lasted for almost double the time, this one would very easily dissolve in two if you're not careful. 

However, after a couple of uses, my skin began to feel really clean and smooth. I was also able to enjoy my favourite scent, which was multiplied somewhat by the heat of the shower - something that I only get to do with Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly every so often. After drying, I had lovely soft glowing skin, which smelt ever so slightly fruity and just a little bit sensuous and exotic.

While it's not the most effective body butter, it does leave you feeling clean and nourished and makes for a interesting change from shower gels, smoothies and soaps. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Laureth 4, Powdered Charcoal, Pumice, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes

2015 Price: £6.95 for 95g.
2016 Price: £6.95 for 95g.
2017 Price: £6.75 for 95g.


  1. Try cutting it into about 6-9 pieces, and then cutting those pieces in half. Use 2 pieces per shower (top of the body, bottom of the body). It lasts much longer that way than taking the whole bar into the shower with you. :)

    1. Thank you for the top - I bought one of these yesterday and will try this method when it arrives :)

  2. What's the easiest way to cut this without it crumbling? I tried cutting my sample, which was a good sized block, and it crumbled a good bit.