4 January 2019

American Pie Naked Body Conditioner

As the growing trend with Lush would suggest, the 'naked product' is set to feature a lot more in seasonal and regular releases. Whilst I love the concept, and definitely think it's a step in the right direction, there are still discrepancies between the naked and solid versions of most products - with the end result favouring the potted format.

I was super surprised then to discover that American Pie Naked Body Conditioner actually faired better than its liquid counterpart. And if given a chance to buy both of these again, I would definitely choose the solid tub over the regular conditioner, which I believe is the first time I have ever uttered those words out loud. 

As I said in my review of the regular body conditioner, both formats of American Pie feature a difference in ingredients. Whilst the aforementioned liquid conditioner has its base ingredients after a strawberry and orange infusion, this naked edition features cocoa butter as the main component, which definitely helps this format to heed better results on the skin.

Much like with its liquid sibling, I wasn't initially bowled over by this body conditioner when I first gave it a whiff - most notably because the scent wasn't all that strong to my nose. Although the American Cream scent is by default quite a mild, gentle smell, both version definitely showcase the 'weakest' strain of this fragrance family, and if you're looking for potency, you won't find it here.

How this differed from the regular body conditioner was that first and foremost, the aroma it gave off in the shower was very far more creamy and definitely more lavender and clary sage led. There was almost what I would describe as being a note of white chocolate with this conditioner, that I've never experienced before with the American Cream range, and I can imagine some fans would dislike this tub for that very reason. 

The vanilla almost takes over and pushes the gentle floral strawberry component down a little - intertwining with the lavender to create a creamy herbal scent. At times I almost felt as if it stepped away from the American Cream scent altogether, which was a lovely change but perhaps not what some fans would be looking for.

For those who haven't used a body conditioner before, the idea is that you clean yourself in the shower and then spread a little of this across your skin before towelling yourself down. This works in much the same way as a body lotion, except that your pores are still open from the heat of the water so a body conditioner can be absorbed a little quicker, and should usually heed more intensive results.

On my skin, American Pie Naked Body Conditioner was really effective at moisturising and nourishing my skin immediately. I could see the beads of water running away from the skin I had applied it to, and there was a slight gleam left across my body, which helped my skin to look and feel radiant as opposed to greasy. What I loved especially about this version was that it was more oil-based than its potted sibling, so it felt a little lighter whilst performing a little more intensely on the skin.

Some fans will dislike this element as it does at first seem a little daunting when the product melts with such ease, and there's a fear that you'll apply too much. However, once you recognise that it performs in this way, you'll be able to vet how much is transferred onto your skin better, and you'll realise that you need to use very little to coat your whole body. You'll be left with beautifully soft skin that looks healthy and smells of a creamy vanilla with a gentle herbal note underneath. 

My only advice with this format is that it does tend to melt very quickly so I would keep it out of the reach of the running water, and perhaps even massage it between your hands and then apply it to the areas you wish to moisture. While the positive side to this is that it works a treat on your skin, the negative is that it'll shrink a lot quicker than you would want it to. 

Aside from regular use, I also used this in replacement of my body lotion once a week, and while I had to be careful not to be too generous with how much I applied to the skin, found that it absorbed into the body just like a facial oil, without any part of me left sticky or greasy afterwards. However, I would suggest you leave putting on any clothes for five to ten minutes afterwards, just to let the oils fully absorb. 

Ultimately, American Pie Naked Body Conditioner is the best version out of the two body conditioners, and I can honestly say that I'm happy Lush chose to bring out both formats. I can still imagine some fans being underwhelmed by how delicate the fragrance is with both products, but I happen to appreciate the variation, and I certainly appreciate how it's helped my winter-kissed skin as of late.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Fresh Orange Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Cupuacu Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200, Colour 73360.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2019 Price: £10.95 each (125g.)

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

Scent Family:
American Cream Body Lotion
American Cream Conditioner
American Cream Liquid Perfume
American Cream Shower Gel
American Cream Solid Perfume
American Cream Naked Shower Gel
American Pie Body Conditioner
American Pie Naked Body Conditioner
American Pie Shower Jelly
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I Am 10 Bubble Bar
Marshmallow World Bath Bomb

Twinkle Bath Ballistic

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