7 February 2017

Lemony Flutter Body Conditioner

Years ago, when I was the queen of buying anything and everything Lush on ebay, I managed to pick myself up a rare tub of Lemony Flutter Body Lotion - a product that had only been released for a select number of people through the old Lush forum years beforehand. Unfortunately, as to be expected, it arrived with little fragrance and a less than appealing consistency, and I have been pining after a fresh tub ever since.

When the Lush Kitchen announced that they would be bringing out a body conditioner in the same fragrance, I was ecstatic. While it wasn't the lotion I had been hoping for, it would at least mean that I would no longer have to live precariously through the occasion sniff of the non-vegan cuticle butter in store. As it turns out, the body conditioner was everything I was hoping the lotion would be, and more.

While sporting the name Lemony Flutter and containing a large dosage of Sicilian lemon oil, it is no wonder that the initial scent to greet me from the tub is one of pure radiance. When Lush describe is as being sherbet-lemon scented, I can only nog vigorously in agreeance - it really does.

To me, this body conditioner smells like the glycerine layer of a fresh citrus cheesecake; a tub of lemon curd and clotted-cream flavoured yoghurt; a generous helping of lemon coulee across a slice of lemon drizzle cake. There is something very foody about it that makes it hard not to run your tongue across the surface of the product, in the hope that it tastes as good as it smells. 

Despite the inclusion of lavender, tagetes and chamomile, these ingredients are all very reserved in the body conditioner, and it takes a while to really recognise the subtle hints that are there, but are very low in the overall mix. Put it this way - if you weren't privy to the ingredients list, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who would be able to detect or mention these elements at all.

What the chamomile oil and the lavender oils do is make Lemony Flutter incredibly calming on the skin. Sometimes products that are predominantly citrus can irritate sensitive pores, and lemon in particular, with its natural acids, can be far too harsh for some skin types to handle using regularly. Both of the herbal oils therefore, help to ground the fruity smell a little and give it a little more depth, while also balancing out the skin and preventing any unwanted reactions.

The base is made up of three essential butters/oils; cocoa, shea and jojoba - the latter of which is a fantastic component to use to hydrate the skin with. Jojoba works perfectly with our body's own natural sebum, so it can be absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving any excess grease. Cocoa butter and shea butter are known for their moisturising properties - for adding a rich, sultry creaminess to the texture and fragrance, and for helping to smooth and soften skin for a sustained amount of time.

Together, you get a delicious body conditioner that not only works wonders at hydrating, moisturising and nourishing your skin, but one that helps to make your skin radiant, supple and well-protected as well. This would be perfect for the summer months because Lemony Flutter would not only replenish the skin of any moisture that has been lost in the heat, but it would also create a barrier to could protect your skin for hours afterwards.

As with most of Lush's products, this one is incredibly versatile, and while the £29.95 price tag may seem a little daunting to those unsure of such a big commitment, it is definitely worth the investment. You can use this as both a body conditioner and a shaving foam, and I've even heard of people using this in replacement of a body lotion. Whichever way you choose to use yours, I can guarantee that you'll not be left disappointed with the results. 

First and foremost, you can use it as Lush intended - as a body conditioner. After using a gel, jelly or soap to clean yourself with, step out of the flow of the water and apply the product across your skin, as you would a body lotion. It wont lather up, and may disappear really quickly, but this is because it is designed to permeate the skin. The heat from the shower will have opened up your pores and made your skin more susceptible to the butters and oils featured in the ingredients list. Once applied, you can either step back under the flow of the water to rinse your body down, or exit the shower immediately and pat yourself down lightly. 

Unlike a body lotion, a conditioner creates a barrier of moisture around your skin, which may feel slightly greasy to some, and might prevent you from being able to apply your clothes until you've given it time to absorb into the skin. I can assure you that this will lessen within the first thirty minutes of application, and you'll feel much better afterwards.

With Lemony Flutter, I found that an amount equal to that of a heaped teaspoon was more than enough to coat an entire leg, so you really don't need to use that much each time to get amazing results. Please also be aware that you wont necessarily be able to see the product when you're massaging it across an area of skin as it does tend to absorb really quickly. However, this does not mean that you should apply any extra and waste the product - the results after you rinse yourself down will speak for themselves.     

Secondly, this body conditioner works as an excellent shaving foam. Simply apply a small amount across your legs and shave your legs as usual. You'll be left with super-soft skin, and one of the closest shaves you have ever experienced. Finally, you could also use this as a body lotion, as there doesn't appear to be anything featured that could damage or irritate your skin if left on for long periods of time. The only issue I have with this latter method is that it may leave your body feeling rather greasy, so may only work as an intense moisturiser for those who have incredibly dry skin.

Unlike the Lord Of Misrule Body Conditioner that cam out recently, the disappointing aspect about this version is that the fragrance is not as strong as it could and should be on the skin. In the tub it's delicate and fruity, but not the extent that a body lotion is normally. Therefore, when this is used in the bath/shower alongside other products, the scent tends to disperse quite a bit. After towelling myself down, the effects of the product were still very much there, but the smell was a very weak one. 

Having said that, the results spoke for themselves. My skin felt and looked radiant - there was a natural sheen across my legs and arms that gave my skin a boost of vitality that I was looking for in these winter months. Furthermore, the effects of this body conditioner lasted me throughout the entirety of the day - not to mention that it gave me the closest shave of my life, which meant my legs felt silky-smooth and soft.

Overall, this is definitely a product I would buy again. I am not deterred because of the price tag because I can see this tub lasting me a good 6-9 months, which is good value for money. I only hope that Lush choose to release the body lotion at some point in the near future - a complimentary lotion or massage bar would be a wonderful addition to the Lush catalogue.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £29.95 for 450g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Lemony Flutter Body Conditioner
Lemony Flutter Body Lotion
Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (non vegan)

1 comment

  1. This sounds lovely, I love lemon scents, I always love your descriptions of the scents - a lovely post :) xxxx