21 November 2013

ButterBall Shower Gel

Having carried out research on most of Lush's shower gels, I recognise that Butterball is probably one of the most popular ones to date. It seems that whenever I read reviews and other blogs from Lushies, there's a consensus that Butterball should be brought back and made a permanent product. So I felt rather lucky to have stumbled across a brand new 500g bottle of the stuff earlier this year.

I'm going to be honest with you. Although a permanent member of the Lush family, I had yet to try one of their Butterball Bath bombs at this point, which supposedly shares the same scent and properties as this limited edition shower gel. Despite this, an initial sniff of both products gave me the impression that the bath bomb is slightly sweeter and more powdery smelling and doesn't have such a strong, chocolately scent.
The aroma it possesses is a musky mixture of vanilla, ylang ylang and cocoa, although it is definitely the latter that shines through. Although it is not a terrible scent, I did think it was a little on par with the generic cocoa butter that you can buy in most pharmacies, which I'm not keen on at all. However, I recognise that this is just a personal preference and I'm sure this'll smell divine to a lot of people, hence its popularity.

Butterball Shower gel is definitely a unique shower gel in that it's consistency is much more like a lotion. It's slightly thicker than most of Lush's other gels and doesn't flow as easily from the bottle. This meant that it was rather difficult to produce any sort of a lather without working up a sweat, something I didn't enjoy at all.

If like me, you soap yourself up with your hands, you will find Butterball somewhat of a problem. I find that unless you use a loofah and a rather large amount of the gel, you're just not going to get any sort of suds to use all over your body, which ultimately doesn't make it very effective for cleaning yourself with. If you treat this shower gel as more of a smoothie, it'll prove much effective than if you expect it to lather up like some of the more generous gels.   
For this reason, I would say that Butterball should be used as more of a skin conditioner, like Skin Drink. Use your regular shower gel to wash yourself with and then smooth Butterball all over you before rinsing it off. As the shower gel is highly moisturising, it means your skin will be left feeling silky smooth and for those who enjoy the smell, the scent will follow you around all day.

Whilst using this gel, I did notice that my skin was hydrated and radiant and I put this down to the range of different butters and oils that make up this product. However, I can get just as good, if not better results from using a body lotion or massage bar, so it's not something I would buy again.
Quantitative Ingredients: Ylang Ylang Flower Infusion (Cananga Odorata), Sodium Alkyl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Glyceryl Sterate, Cocamide MEA, Synthetic Musk, Perfume, CLycol Cetearate, Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Lauryl Betaine, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Methylparaben, Propylparaben. 

Vegan?: Yes

2015 price: £10.95 for 250g.
2016 price: £9.95 for 250g.

Scent Family:
Angel Hair Solid Shampoo Bar
Butterball Bath Bomb
Butterball Body Conditioner
Butterball Body Lotion
Butterball Liquid Perfume
Butterball Perfume Oil
Butterball Shower Gel
Butterbear Bath Ballistic
Butterbear Shower Jelly
The Ex Factor Bath Bomb
Gentle Lentil Solid Shampoo
Peace Pioneers Shower Oil

The Snowman Ballistic


  1. I was very disappointed in this product and I spent 30 US on this! It did not give a lather that I like and like you said you can use it more like a smoothie or moisturizer than shower gel. I need a foamy lather to feel clean and this just didn't do it for me

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  3. love your blog and always really interested in your comments. I agree it is much more like a smoothie and I love how moisturising it is :-) one thing that interests me is the scent - it is described as chocolate/cocoa .. but all I smell is a strong scent of honey, is this just my wierd nose?? not that it isnt a lovely smell of course. I also love Yuzu and Cocoa but that smells of coconut and tropical fruit to me, not chocolate orange, anyone else? maybe my nose is just odd!! Keep up the great blog, really enjoy reading it x

  4. It's interesting to read this opinion. I love the bath bomb and it is highly moisturising and the scent is gently, however, I am yet to try the shower gel. Unfortunately I missed it when it was in the kitchen. Sounds like it would be perfect in the bath. I hope that it appears again soon.

  5. Strangely, I like the bath bomb but not the shower gel. The gel was much too strong for me - sick-sweet, heavy, rich and overpowering. It also smelled much more like roses than I would like, and not fresh roses. I'm torn because I hate the smell it leaves in the bathroom, but it's really moisturizing, and the scent left on my skin is pleasant.