Thursday, 20 February 2014

Lush Sympathy for the Skin Body Moisturiser (review)

Lush Sympathy for the Skin
With a whole banana in every pot, Lush's Sympathy for the Skin body moisturiser is remarkably absorbent. I was expecting something sticky, if I am honest-but no. It sinks right in, with enough emollient properties to provide for a satisfying massage. It feels luxurious, smells gorgeous, and is packed with natural vegan goodness. And it is as soothing as it is moisturising.

This isn't so much sympathy for the skin; I'd call it full-blown, person-centred, humanist empathy. It really does calm. 

Sympathy for the Skin is an off-white balm with the texture of yoghurt and the aroma of vanilla custard. It is even kind to my elbows; somewhere I usually react to moisturisers yet need moisture most. 

Applying this product is a little unusual at first because it has little black banana seeds in it. There aren't many, and they aren't problematic, but they are there-and that was a surprise. They just brush off during massage so they don't cause offence. There are also good portions of shea butter, almond oil, sandalwood oil and water-binding vegetable glycerine. 

Sympathy for the Skin comes in a black recycled pot. It is well-designed and never fiddly but it might not suit your gym bag if you are used to tubes (this isn't necessarily a problem because Boots sells empty tubes which could be filled with product). Each pot is 240 g and I paid £10.95 for it. Despite the fresh ingredients, it won't go off quickly.

When I bought this product I was looking for two things. First, I wanted a moisturiser that could tackle dry skin but without being sticky or oily. Second, I wanted a product that would soothe and calm. Sympathy for the Skin does both of these things. I don't know if I'd necessarily recommend it for problem skin-not problem skin in a medical sense, at least. I suffer from mild eczema and for me this is enough to keep it at bay. However, different skins react to different ingredients and if you are unsure, don't slather it all over until you've tried it out. This isn't a medicine. Luckily, Lush are generous with their free samples and whenever I have asked them they have been happy enough to fill me a small pot of product to try at home. You can of course try their full range in their stores.

I write this review mid-winter, when my skin is driest. I'm not going to say that my skin is now perfect-it isn't. But it is calm, supple, soft and yet I don't have to suffer the unpleasantness, itchiness and stickiness of a too-strong emollient.  It would be just as good, I am sure, mid-summer, on over-exposed skin, or on just-shaved skin. This is my favourite body moisturiser, and if it wasn't for this blog and my desire to review new things, I'd happily stick with it for a long time. 

Moisturising without being oily
Some might object to the parabens
Does what it says on the jar

No nasties-natural, vegan goodness!

Comforting and soothing


Brand: Lush


Size: 240 g 
Price: £10.95 (£4.56 / 100 g)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Vanilla Pod Infusion, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Organic Bananas, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Sandalwood Oil, Lemon Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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