The Body Shop Duo Body Butter Vanilla

The Body Shop Duo Body Butter in Vanilla. Courtesy Photo

Growing up there were very few things my mother loathed more than dry, ashy skin. Hence, you will be hard pressed to find me out and about with a complexion that appears dull and dehydrated.

Yet, beauty counters and shelves still aren't fully stocked with products that moisturize without leaving behind a grayish hue on dark skin. So when I come across a lotion like The Body Shop Duo Body Butter that gives me a nice sheen, I tend to use every bit of it.

Like the name implies, this goodie is made up of two formulations: a light moisture blended with shea butter, cocoa butter, and nut oil to smooth onto areas like the stomach and arms for sheer conditioning, and a rich moisture with the same ingredients plus, beeswax and babassu oil for a heavier mixture to tackle rougher spots like elbows, knees and ankles.

I've been using the Duo Body Butter in Vanilla for one month and am amazed at how soft my skin feels as well as the overall healthy appearance. But what would make this "one pot wonder" even better is if it were available in gallon size.

The Body Shop Duo Body Butter, $16, available at The Body Shop stores and online in July 2011.