When saying something is “like butter” – it is impossible for me to pronounce the “ter.” It has to be buttah, don’t ask me why – I don’t make up the rules, I just follow them.
So how is Ellovi’s Body Butter? It’s like buttah.
I’ve mentioned this once or twice but Arizona is a tad warm right now. Only 111 today, no biggs. So as you might imagine when things travel via the mail to me in the summer, they are going to melt. This was no exception. Thankfully – I stirred it up with a qtip, popped it in the fridge and voila! It was like new. So if by chance you get this melted, no need to worry – just stir and cool.
My first two impressions (once it was cool) was that I loved the texture and loved the smell. The texture reminds me of butter (you can pronounce it butter as long as there isn’t a ‘like’ in front of it…just FYI) that is at room temperature – minus the greasiness of course. I wouldn’t call this whipped, but that’s probably the closest thing I could describe it as. The texture is truly like no other body lotion or cream I have tried before. It is the perfect balance of oils and starch to allow it to be a semi-solid at room temperature, and then melts in your hands as you apply it.
And the smell – oooooooooo it’s amazing. I kinda want to eat it. It’s hard to describe, but I believe it must be coming from the top two ingredients: macademia seed oil and coconut oil. Kinda coconut-y but not in that fake suntan lotion kinda way. Maybe a bit like cookie dough? But without all the sweetness. Whatever it is, it is subtle – but delicious. I love it.
After applying, this does feel a bit greasy on your skin. But within 15-20 minutes or so, this sinks in very nicely and leaves your skin super soft. I wouldn’t say this sinks in 100%, but it doesn’t feel like you slathered oil all over your skin either. It’s a good balance.
Usually I stay away from oils in the summer because it is just so darn hot – I want something very light. This is surprisingly light though. I haven’t used macademia seed oil before on it’s own so I’m not sure what it’s texture is like. But coconut oil is a pretty light and dry oil, which I think helps this from being too heavy and greasy. While it is light, it is still quite moisturizing. My skin feels moisturized and soft all day.
So it smells great, feels great, moisturizes skin…..unfortunately, there is one downside. The packaging and size. OK, I guess that’s two things. I’m not the biggest fan of tubs because you have to dip fingers in to scoop it out, which not only allows air/light to get in and oxidize good ingredients but allows bacteria from your fingers in too. Honestly though, I’m not sure what other packaging would be appropriate for this texture, so I won’t hold it against them.
The container holds 3.5 fl oz, which if you think about it is less than 1/2 cup. I’ve used this around 10 times and am probably 75% the way through it. Now, when I use it – I use it on my entire body after showering. If someone were to use this only on their arms, or just the legs it could last longer. I asked Ellovi how long one container is supposed to last and they said 1-3 months. I’m definitely closer to the 1 month mark. It could be I’m just slathering this stuff more than I need to. I guess my skin is thirsty :o) And it really likes this stuff.
Now for the best part – the ingredients!
There are only 6 ingredients in this butter. Yup – 6: macademia seed oil, coconut oil, marula nut oil, hemp oil, organic corn starch and shea butter.
So I’ve heard of macademia seed oil, although have never tried it on its own before. I can’t say I’ve even heard of marula before though. So of course I googled it to learn more. It appears to be frequently used in Africa as a moisturizing oil for skin. It is also high in antioxidants, and even contains a small amount of omega 3 – which is always good for skin care!
Coconut oil, hemp oil and shea butter are all very well known for being great for skin. I imagine they added the starch in there for texture purposes, I’m not aware of any benefit of starch to skin. I have heard it can aggravate acne so if you are acne prone – you may want to be careful about using this on your face. Other than that though, all of these ingredients are just as good for the face as the body! Since I am acne-prone, I haven’t tried it personally but I bet it would be a great nighttime moisturizer (obviously day time you should be using sunscreen!).
This also does not contain any preservatives, but preservatives are only needed when you have a water-based product. Often times you will see oil-based products add vitamin E or rosemary oil to help extend the shelf life, but that is more to prevent oxidation rather than for antibacterial purposes. As long as this is kept in a cool, dry place – the shelf life should be really good with this mix of high-quality oils.
Overall, this is an awesome body butter. It’s ingredients are very simple, but highly effective and good for skin. It smells great, feels great and works well. The container is a bit small – which is only bad because I love it so much! I look forward to seeing what next great product Ellovi comes out with next!
Disclosure: A sample was provided to me by Ellovi to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.