3 January 2019

American Pie Body Conditioner

As someone who likes to document the change in Lush products and their ingredients, I'm always intrigued when the company bring out a product in both a naked and a liquid version. Each and every time that they do, I'm able to see clear differences between the formats, which then help me to understand what the key components in cosmetics are able to do.

When it came to American Pie Body Conditioner and its naked counterpart, I noticed some distinct differences between the two right away. Whereas this liquid version uses shea, cupuacu and murumuru butters to create the base ingredients, and feature the orange and strawberry infusion first, the naked version instead features cocoa butter as the main component, which definitely explains the few differences that I noticed between the two products.

American Pie Body Conditioner is a brand new release for the Valentines Day range this year, and follows on from the trend of all of the American Cream scented items that has appeared over the last twelve months. If you're a fan of this fragrance family, you'll be pleased to know that both formats replicate the aroma well, with only mild discrepancies - which I shall document below.

I'll be honest and say that initially I was rather underwhelmed when I opened the tub of this conditioner and gave it a sniff. Although the American Cream scent is by default quite a mild, gentle smell, I could barely smell the product at all to begin with, and it took until I began using it in the shower for me to adjust my understanding, and appreciate the subtleties a little more.

Don't get me wrong: this is still a very gentle fragrance, and I would even go as far as to say that it is a little weaker than the original hair conditioner. So if you're looking for something that's going to awaken your senses with its potency, you will definitely need to look elsewhere. However, there is beauty to be found in the gentlest of things.

To my nose, I can make out a very faint of note of floral strawberry, with a delicate warming undercurrent of vanilla. During use, the fragrance doesn't get any stronger under the heat of the water. However, both the clary sage and the lavender oils come forward a little bit and offer a delicate herbal aroma. 

When compared to the likes of Marshmallow World Bath Bomb, the liquid perfume, and my favourite, I AM 10 Bubble Bar, the strength of this pales quiet a lot. This body conditioner is not going to win any awards for the strength of its aroma. However, it definitely works effectively in many other ways. 

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 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. Compared to the naked version, this one wasn't as 'oily', and was perhaps a little gentler, so would suit those who don't want something as heavy as the naked bar.

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. Furthermore, I also found that this could be used as a base for shaving my legs, although some of the product does tend to get stuck in the razor and you will need to tap it against something to clean it out. This product is definitely very versatile.

Overall, American Pie Body Conditioner is a lovely addition to the Valentine's Day range, and I'm sure fans will appreciate another product in this aroma. It works super effectively; you don't need an awful lot to coat your skin; and I definitely noticed that the condition of my skin improved after using this. The only point that let this beauty down is that the fragrance is definitely not nearly as strong as its proven to be in other formats.     

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Almond Oil, Fresh Orange Infusion, Fresh Strawberry Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cupuacu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Triethanolamine, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Perfume, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2019 Price: £8.50 for 100g, £14.95 for 240g.

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
Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar
I Am 10 Bubble Bar
Marshmallow World Bath Bomb

Twinkle Bath Ballistic

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