It was only a few months after I began collecting Lush products, that this product was discontinued from their regular range. At first, I didn't realise that it had removed. It was only when I went to order myself a tub to try out, that I realised it was no longer available, and I was rather disappointed as my flatmate had been raving about it's 'awesomeness' for quite some time.
What I find a little confusing about Coco Lotion is that it was marketed as an un-fragranced body lotion, which means it would be very popular for the many people who don't like heavy or overpowering fragrances on their skin. However, when I researched into this lotion a little more, I found that most people who had used it, claimed that it possessed a tropical scent, which almost defeated the point of the lotion altogether.
Lush even stated in their description that the lotion was made up of 'ingredients from the Caribbean', claiming that 'the soft scent comes from the oils and herbs in it: toning fresh mandarins, rejuvenating rosemary and fresh pineapple for its naturally skin-brightening enzymes.'
What I found when I first used this lotion,was that I couldn't detect any of the 'Caribbean' influences that I was expecting; it was completely unfragranced with just a hint of 'something' which stopped it from giving off that plastic scent that Lush lotions sometimes do when they're past their shelf life. To me, it smelled like a combination of coconut oil and cocoa butter, but with the sweetness from both of the ingredients removed to give the lotion a very flat but pleasant smell.
It's consistency was very much like Karma Kream; a fairly thick but light lotion that my skin absorbed almost immediately so I wasn't left greasy or sticky. Coco Lotion made my skin feel really refreshed and hydrated, whilst being light on my skin, which was lovely.
Looking at what's been added to this product, I can see why this lotion works in this way; there are so many key ingredients here to help your skin. Firstly, Lush have included both extra virgin coconut oil and peanut oil which feed your thirsty skin and hydrate your pores. Organic pumpkin seed oil and organic sesame oil are both extra oil additions which make this lotion a rich, hydrating moisturiser. I'm unsure why so many oils have been added here, but given how nice it makes my skin feel, I'm not going to argue. Furthermore, Mandarin and Rosemary infusions as well as fresh pineapple juice are all added as they are rich in antioxidants and help to perk up the complexion and add a natural glow.
On paper, Coco Lotion sounds like it should be a haven a smells, which is partly why I was a little disappointed that I couldn't pick up any of these amazing ingredients in the mix. However, the main reason why this lotion didn't score top marks for me was due to the rather unpleasant smell that permeated my skin after application.
While it wasn't a fragrance that made me gag, it wasn't enjoyable either and it definitely wouldn't be one that I'd want lingering around me afterwards. To me, the smell was definitely a combination of coconut and pineapple, but not the sweet, nutty goodness that you'd expect with Big Calm Shower Jelly. Instead, it reminded me of the sickly sweet and rather pungent fragrance you get when drinking the milk of a fresh coconut.
Having tested a fresh batch as well as a slightly older variation, I found that the potency of the aroma on my skin tended to get stronger, the longer the lotion had been sitting in my room. Furthermore, having researched this product quite a bit when I initially acquired a tub, I found that a large number of Lush consumers had complained of similar smells coming from newly purchased pots of Coco Lotion - some even occurring days after buying a fresh pot in the shops.
Unfortunately, this product just isn't for me. While the consistency is everything I look for in a body lotion and it really does work wonders at leaving your skin feeling nourished, I just cannot deal with the smell left behind. And while it's not strong enough to overpower any perfume, I get an occasional whiff of it when I'm out and about and its enough to put me off using it again.
Quantitative Ingredients: Spring Water, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Mandarin and Rosemary Infusion (Citrus nobilis and Rosmarinus officinalis), Pimento Berry; Nutmeg & Satr Anise decoction (Pimenta officinalis; Myristica fragrans and Illicium verum), Steric Acid, Peanut Oil (Arachis hypogaea), Triethanolimaine, Fresh Pineapple Juice (Ananas sativus), Oorganic Pumpkinseed Oil (Cucurbita), Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum), Ceteartyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
2015 Price: £12.50 for 240g.