The joint reviews my Mum and I have done before went down well, so we’re back at it today, reviewing Lavera’s Exotic Body Wash and Exotic Body Lotion.
Lavera Exotic Body Wash
What my Mum says: I recently tried these two products for the time and the first thing that struck me was the smell of summer holidays, which I always associate with anything that contains coconut.
The shower gel really does smell of coconut and this clear gel is not too thick, although that does mean that if you don’t start to rub it on quickly, it does wash off before you get chance to use it. The gel goes on nicely with your hand or a scrubber without creating too much lather, which I like because that means that it doesn’t take much rinsing off.
If you don’t use the body lotion afterwards the smell disappears quite quickly, but it does leave skin feeling very soft and smooth.
What I say: It’s a clear gel that lathers really well. For me, this has more of a vanilla scent that a coconut scent, not that it’s a bad thing. It reminds me of a really vanilla-ry cake mix, with a hint of coconut underneath.
This is cruelty free, vegan, SLS and paraben free, and has no synthetic ingredients, so this is exactly what I’m looking for in beauty and skincare products now.
At £6.45 for 200ml, it’s not the cheapest shower gel, but it’s definitely cheaper than LUSH’s £9.50 for 250ml. Lavera have a few other delicious sounding shower gels in their collection; I really want to try the rose one.
Lavera Exotic Body Lotion
What my Mum says: The Coconut body lotion smells more of vanilla than coconut so has a very sweet smell and is quite a thick cream, despite the label claiming that it is light. I tried this on damp skin and on dry skin and both times I found that no matter how little I used, it still took a lot of rubbing in, so don’t use this if you’re in a hurry get dressed. Once it finally soaks in and loses its tackiness, this cream does leave your skin really soft and smelling of coconut and vanilla.
What I say: This is a fairly thick lotion, but it absorbs quickly so you’re not stood around in the bathroom freezing for minutes while it soaks in.
Like the shower gel, it has a very vanilla-ry scent with a little bit of coconut underneath. Putting this on reminds me of being on holiday and putting suncream on, which is never a bad thing. It’s nice to be momentarily transported from your bathroom to a beach somewhere. Though, it’s a little disappointing when you open your eyes.
It’s not an overpowering or super strong smell, but every now and then you get a pleasant whiff of it.
I’m terrible at remembering to put body lotion on, but I actually look forward to putting this on. It smells delicious, and it’s made my skin feel soft and taken away the dryness on my elbows and knees.
As with the shower gel, it’s free of all nasty things like SLS and parabens. It’s also vegan and cruelty free, so it ticks all of my boxes.
Would we recommend this?
My Mum: I would definitely use the shower gel, but not sure that I would bother with the body lotion as it was a little too thick and took too long to soak in and lose its stickiness, especially as the shower gel leaves skin soft and smooth on its own anyway.
Me: I would definitely buy both of these again, which says something as I don’t really show any loyalty towards shower products because there’s so many of them. I think I’d be more likely to by the body lotion again.
It’s interesting how mine and my Mum’s reviews differ slightly. For example, my Mum things the lotion takes too long to sink in, whereas I think it’s fairly quick. I suppose it’s in context to other products we’ve tried, and I imagine that skin type may also affect how fast it soaks in.
What scents remind you of holidays?
* I received a free sample in exchange for an honest review.