Rarely do you come across a product that is completely new to the beauty market. In the last few months there has been a lot of talk about body conditioners, so what are body conditioners? Body conditioners are basically moisturising products that you apply to your body after you have cleansed in the shower, and then you rinse it off. Just like a hair conditioner, a body conditioner is supposed to leave your skin feeling moisturised without having to use a body lotion after your shower.
Two popular body conditioners on the market are the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner and Nivea In-Shower Rich Body Lotion Skin Conditioner. Nivea like to claim that their body conditioner is the first body conditioner on the market (launching in 2013) but Lush won the Best New Product award in the Australian Business Awards for the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner in 2012, so I wonder which came first? *cough* Lush *cough*
So this post is a quick review of both of these products, and I will start with the Lush body conditioner.
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Ro's Argan Body Conditioner is a thick lotion that smells amazing. It claims that it smells like Rose Jam, but I think it has some rose cake or custard type scent that is very unique but very yummy. Moving on from the scent, this contains Argain oil, cypress oil, capuacu butter, Brazil nut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil... so it is clearly very hydrating.
What I love most about this (besides the scent of course) is that you need a small amount of this product to get a great result. Because this product is so luxurious and thick (see a swatch of how thick the product is at the end of this post), it forms a slightly waxy/oily/tacky layer on your skin, and once you get out of the shower it soaks into the skin and leaves your skin feeling very hydrated. It also contains natural ingredients so it's also good for your skin. This is definitely a treat for your skin and it is a pleasure to use. I also think this does such a good job at hydrating, that I don't feel the urge to reach for a lotion after my shower.
This isn't the cheapest product, retailing $32.50 for 225g at Lush, but a little does go a long way and this is such a luxurious product to use.
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The more recent and hyped up body conditioner is the Nivea In-Shower Rich Body Lotion Skin Conditioner. This comes in two types; the blue tube for very dry skin and a white tube for normal to dry skin. This body conditioner smells like a typical Nivea lotion scent and it is much thinner in consistency than the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (see swatch of this product below). This also doesn't claim to contain many oils, instead it's ingredients (see photo above) lists three types of alcohols before it even mentions one type of oil.
When I use this I feel as though I am taking a cheap body lotion and smearing it on my skin, washing it off and then hoping some will stay. I also find that I need to use a lot of this product to make it feel like it is doing something for my skin. If I had Nivea body lotion I would compare the ingredients because I have a sneaking suspicion that this is very similar to their normal lotion, but just repackaged as an in-shower lotion. Unlike the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner, this doesn't feel like this lasts well on my skin after rinsing it off, and I often feel like I need to reach for the lotion after getting out of the shower.
There are a couple of things that I prefer about the Nivea body conditioner compared to the Lush one. Firstly I think the squeezy tube is much more shower friendly than a tub. Secondly this is much more affordable, retailing at $7.99 for 400ml... and you can often find it on sale, I bought mine for $2 and they are currently on sale for $4.80 at Priceline.
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Overall, I think body conditioners are a great product, they are a quick and simple way of moisturising your skin if you are time poor, lazy, or if you hate the sticky feel of a body lotion before it dries.
Out of these two that I have tried, the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner hands down wins the battle of body conditioners. It is thick, luscious, luxurious and it makes my skin feel really nice and soft. What I don't like about it is the price, but every time I apply this I enjoy using it. With the Nivea one, I mainly like it because of it's price, but the product itself does very little for my skin (especially after experiencing the one from Lush).
I would repurchase the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner in a heart beat, but if I am strapped for cash and don't want to part with the money then I would prefer to use the old fashioned way of using body lotion instead of buying this Nivea one again, unless of course I find it on sale for $2.