The Coconut Body Butter That Saves My Skin Every Winter

by beautifulwithbrains
review the body shop coconut body butter

The first time I used the The Body Shop Body Butter, I heard angels singing from above.

I know it sounds silly, but my skin is SO dry, most body creams and lotions leave it even drier and thirsting for more moisture. I had almost given up hope when I came across these body butters on a trip to Bologna.

This baby comes in lots of different flavours, one more delicious than the other. I first settled on The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter because it’s specially formulated for dry skin like mine. And boy, does it deliver…

What’s In The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter?


You’d think coconut would be the star of the show here. Not really…

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter has more shea and cocoa butters than coconut. It’s not necessarily a bad thing.

These butters are super moisturising: they create a barrier on the skin that prevents water loss. All that extra moisture now trapped into your skin makes it so soft and smooth for hours.

Shea butter is particularly good at this. Studies show it’s even more moisturising than mineral oil, the traditional gold standard of moisturization!

Even better, its moisturizing effects last for up to 8 hours… if not more. If your skin is super dry, this will fix it.

Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Shea Butter In Skincare


What about the star of the show? You’ll find coconut oil towards the end of the ingredient list here. And I’m not complaining…

Coconut oil is another wonderful moisturizing ingredient. Like shea butter, it creates a barrier on the skin that slows down water loss to keep skin hydrated for longer.

The catch? Coconut oil is more likely to give you pimples. Not a bad thing there’s not too much of it now, is it?

P.S. The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter may not have too much coconut oil, but it’s loaded with Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride. That’s coconut oil in disguise. It has all its moisturising properties, but it won’t clog pores.

Related: The Complete Guide To Using Coconut Oil In Skincare


Pale cream in colour, The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter has a rich, thick consistency that melts into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind. Phew!


I usually prefer fragrance-free products, but the coconut scent of this butter is delicious! So delicious, Mr BWB tried to bite me when he smelled it! lol

How To Use It

A little goes a long way. In the past, I’d have to apply two layers of cream to make sure my legs had enough moisture. With this, I have to use much, much less. The jar’s gonna last me for ages!

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Performance & Personal Opinion

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter is super moisturizing. I slather it on in the morning after a shower. By evening, my skin is still so incredibly soft and smooth, as if I’ve just put the butter on. Plus, it still has enough moisturizing power not to make my skin itch at night.

I was surprised by this. My body skin is drier than the Sahara on a scorching August day. When I try a cream or lotion, I’m lucky if I get five or six hours of moisture.

After that, I usually get that tell-tale tight feeling that lets me know I need to reapply it again. To have this last all day is a miracle.

P.S. These days, I religiously stick to body butters. Nothing else will do for seriously dry skin.

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Who Is This For?

Anyone with very dry skin. If you struggle to find a body cream that keeps your skin soft and supple all day, give this a try.

Who Is This Not For?

Acne-prone skin and anyone with oilier skin types that don’t need this much moisture.

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Does The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter Live Up To Its Claims?

With 48hr moisturising properties, your skin will stay softer for longer.I wouldn’t say 48hr. But it does keep skin soft and moisturised for the entire day.
Softens skin.Yes.
For dry / very dry skin.Yes! This stuff works.
Easily absorbed.Yes again.

Price & Availability

$21.00/£15.50 at The Body Shop and Ulta

Do You Need It?

Yes! If you have super dry skin, get yourself a jar, pronto!

Dupes & Alternatives

Have you tried The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Parfum/Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citric Acid, Caramel.



Nic nic May 26, 2009 - 4:07 pm

my sister loves BS’s body butter!

Nikki May 27, 2009 - 1:53 am

I have tried TBS body buttters, but not the coconut, I’m scared of coconut! LOL

charlene May 27, 2009 - 2:09 am

i wanna smell this!

prettybeautiful May 27, 2009 - 6:34 am

i own quite many TBS body butter, never tried this coconut tho. but i lurve the avocado and blueberry ones! ::D

Kay May 27, 2009 - 7:50 am

I love the Body Shop butters – shea butter is my favourite. It has a wonderful smell. Vaseline have brought out a cocoa butter that is also very good and slightly cheaper than the Body Shop products.

beautifulwithbrains May 27, 2009 - 11:21 am

Nic nic: glad she loves it too and I can see why, its’ amazing!

Nikki: lol, the coconut is one of my faves as it works very for very dry skin.

charlene: lol, it really smells great, very yummy!

prettybeautiful: those are great too! If you very dry skin, like me, I really recommended the coconut one. It works great to relive dryiness. But I love all the other flavours too.

Kay: shea butter is another one of my faves, that works so well for dry skin too. I haven’t tried the Vaseline one yet, but sounds great!

Loretta J May 28, 2009 - 2:17 pm

Everyone PLEASE read the ingredients. The Body Shop NEVER stopped using animal products, which is why they were forced by court order to use the phrase “Against Animal Testing”. Anita Roddick AND her husband were kicked from the company in 2002 or so for being cooks, Anitarmaining on as “Consultant” and the face of body shop. The company is CLOSING DOWN COMPLETELY BY THE END OF 2009, THIS HAS NOT HIT THE NEWS COMPLETELY, BUT THEIR OWN INEPTITUDE HAS CAUSE THEIR OWN DEMISE. BETTER TO WAIT FOR THE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALES.

Dao May 28, 2009 - 7:25 pm

The Coconut body butter from The Body Shop has true coconut scent, that’s why it is so delectable. I personally find their products too perfumey for my nose but those who use them really like them.

my_makeup_mania May 29, 2009 - 10:06 am

awe! the sound so good 🙂

beautifulwithbrains May 29, 2009 - 12:47 pm

Loretta J: I’ve read the ingredient list and I don’t have a problem with any of the ingredients. Some of their products use animal products like beeswax, but unless you have a negative reaction to that, I don’t see why you should stop using the product.
I really hope TBS won’t close down, it’s always sad when a company goes out of business.

Dao: the scent is quite strong and I usually dislike that in beauty and skincare product. But I have to admit I’m pretty fond of this one, it is very yummy and reminds you of a tropical island.

my_makeup_mania: it really is!

Mel March 17, 2010 - 10:33 pm

Clearly Loretta J was wrong, its 2010 and The Body Shop is still up and running 🙂

beautifulwithbrains March 18, 2010 - 12:36 pm

Mel, I’m glad that didn’t turn out to be true, I love TBS products. 🙂

ToTheSunnySide April 21, 2010 - 8:54 pm

I bought this product because of the review, and I must say i love it. Like you said, it smells delicious, and it’s so rich that i feel like i’ll never get dry skin with this. Have you ever tried to put leave it in the fridge and then put it on after a shower? It feels wonderful.

beautifulwithbrains April 22, 2010 - 11:08 am

ToTheSunnySide, I’m so glad you love it too. It’s fantastic and so moisturizing, isn’t it? When my skin is seriously dry this is the only thing that’ll fix it. No, I’ve never tried that, but it sounds so good and refreshing, I’ll definitely do it. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

PrettyKitty June 5, 2012 - 1:36 am

I got a mini kit with this a soap, body wash, body exfoliater, a loofah and a mini coconut bodybutter. I really love them all. TBS products rule <33333! Btw the price for the kit was like 30 bucks or so. Awsome body butter and intresting review.
Sorry this was so long xD Bye ! 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 5, 2012 - 7:40 am

PrettyKitty, that’s an awesome kit and a very good deal at the price! TBS really makes some wonderful products and this body butter is one of my favourites. It is so moisturizing!

PrettyKitty June 7, 2012 - 11:44 pm


beautifulwithbrains June 8, 2012 - 5:53 am


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