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12 September 2018

Sultana Body Lotion



With a total of ten body lotions being released from the Lush Kitchen this month, there was bound to be one that didn't live up to the expectations I had set. In fact, I don't think there hasn't been a Lush order where at least one of the products has stuck out like a sore thumb, and dampened my excitement a little in the process.

Sultana Body Lotion was actually one of the ones I was most excited about trying. With the recent release of the shower gel, and last year's Halloween Bewitched Bubble Bar, I have come to appreciate the scent an awful lot more than I used to. There is something so rich and comforting about the fragrance, and I couldn't think of a better way of indulging myself in the smell than by smothering myself with a body lotion to match my craving. Unfortunately, it didn't take more than me removing the lid and giving the lotion a quick sniff to realise just how underwhelmed I was about this release.

As to be expected from this fragrance, the collaboration of apricot, cranberries and currants help to make Sultana a very fruity concoction. Paired with a generous dosage of olibanum oil and what you get is a smell that is both richly fruity but also very sultry as well.  

While it is called Sultana, it is the latter ingredient that normally makes the biggest presence when it comes to all of the products in this scent family. However, I found very quickly that the amount of olibanum present in the lotion was considerably lower than expected, and I didn't experience that rounded, almost sticky-sweet fragrance that I was expecting. Although the fragrance of the body lotion is still very similar to all of the other products with the same scent, I just felt as if it wasn't as rich or as decadent. 

There is something about this lotion that suggests that this aforementioned ingredient has somewhat less of an impact on the senses, and the fruity elements present are definitely what's holding this smell together. On the skin, it was the apricots and currants that kept the aroma alive, and the olibanum tended to fade into the background rather quickly.

While you could smell the familiar combination of olibanum, apricots and currants, there was definitely something rather weak about the smell of this when compared to every other format I have tried. After applying this across my body, I was no longer able to smell it at all within the first thirty minutes - making it the weakest of the ten new body lotions. Furthermore, the lack extra oils and butters, as other lotions contain, Sultana was not as moisturising to boot.

The consistency of this body lotion was on par with the likes of Karma Cream and Ginger Body Lotion, and was really easy to apply onto the skin. In fact, you needed very little to moisturise your whole body with, and I found that the cream itself absorbed into the skin very quickly as well. 

While it didn't offer any glean on the surface of the skin, it did leave my body feeling very moisturised and hydrated. Due to the lack of extra oils in the ingredients list, Sultana would definitely be an all-rounder: working with every skin type without irritating the skin or making it too greasy. If you're looking for something light, this would be a great lotion to go for, as it doesn't leave you feeling at all heavy of oily. 

My main issue with this body lotion however, is the fact that the scent dissipated so quickly that I could barely enjoy the fragrance on my skin before it had completely disappeared. And while it worked well as a lotion, there wasn't anything extra special about how my skin felt afterwards - any better than what I could achieve with a regular body lotion. 

This is certainly not a body lotion I would buy again, which is a shame because the shower gel was one of the highlights of the last Lush Kitchen release. Having said that, there was bound to be at least one body lotion that didn't live up to my expectations, and I not like I don't have another seven tubs of lotions to keep me going for a while. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Almond Oil, Apricot Infusion, Cranberry Infusion, Currant infusion, Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Triethanolamine, Olibanum Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional Hexyl, Cinnamal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £14.95 for 225g.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Bewitched Bubble Bar
Sultana Of Skin Body Conditioner

Sultana Of Soap Soap



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