Lush King of Skin is a body moisturiser which makes me feel like a queen after using it.
What is King of Skin?
King of Skin is a body butter that is part of Lush’s permanent line in their online store. It is a luxuriously rich body moisturiser for your whole body. However, it does not leave such a thick residue or that familiar greasiness that is associated with most body butters. The ingredients include Cocoa butter, Shea butter, Bananas, Oat Milk and Avocado, and oils such as Coconut oil, sandalwood oil, almond oil, tangerine oil, lavender and frankincense.
How do you use King of Skin?
King of Skin has the texture of a solid body lotion and can be used as an in-shower moisturiser. I step outside the spray of the water, massage the bar over my skin, rub in all of the oils and then rinse any residue. It feels like a balm on your skin and the texture is a little bit richer than normal body lotion but not quite as rich as body butter. The top round part looks like a crown and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand.
When you get out of the shower, do not rub too harshly with your towel. You’ll just rub off the sheen, which means wasted product and a greasy towel. Just pat yourself dry gently. That being said, I think it’s worth mentioning that I’ve never experienced that King of Skin transfers to my clothes when I get dressed afterwards.
How does King of Skin smell?
Unlike any other Lush product I’ve used, the smell is very faint and not overwhelming at all. I can smell the Shea butter, almond oil and a hint of the Oat milk, but I can’t seem to pick up the cocoa butter, avocado or the bananas. This is perfect if you’re not one for strongly scented moisturisers which interferes with your perfume. I think of it as a lovely touch to the nose. Subtle, but noticeable.
Does King of Skin do a good job at providing lasting moisture?
Its lasting effect is extremely good for an in-shower moisturiser. I’ve experienced a few of these in-shower moisturisers which feel like they only create superficial moisture, because a few hours into the day there’s no evidence left of any of it. With King of Skin, my skin feels beautifully moisturised throughout the day. That evening I can still smell a small semblance of the scent left of my skin. I personally think that this is too rich for daily use, it’s that moisturising yes.
Will King of Skin save me time in comparison to a body lotion?
I’ve read that this is a saviour to a lazy girl. However, I do not think that this is a time-saver, no. It actually takes a few minutes longer to massage your whole body with the bar in the palm of your hand. Body lotion only takes half of the time to apply but it’s not half as much fun as applying King of Skin 😉
Winter is almost over, why buy King of Skin now?
Although this is a fantastic product for winter time due to its extreme moisturising benefits, I actually prefer to use it during warmer months. Remember that I mentioned that it’s best not to rub this off on your towel but to pat yourself dry gently? Well, in warmer months, after applying King of Skin in the shower, I get out and wrap the towel around my body and don’t even bother with the patting part. When it’s hot enough, you’re dry in a few minutes anyway. But that is not so much fun in winter time, standing around shivering and waiting to dry.
It’s an all-rounder and not just meant for winter. It will also bode well with those of you who is not into heavy moisturisers. It is a great product for skin rejuvenation, but might be too rich for daily use, even in winter time.
King of Skin is quite expensive, will it at least last me a decent amount of time?
There’s no doubt that this is quite a treat. At R110 for 75g, it’s more expensive than two to three bottles of normal body lotion, yes. Is it worth it? Oh yes! I don’t use it every day and sometimes not even every week, so I can honestly not say how long it will last with daily use. My guess would be about three weeks, but daily use is overkill according to me. It doesn’t have any packaging so I keep it inside a small ziplock bag so that it doesn’t get “moldy”.
It starts to melt rather quickly under hot running water. If you’re careless with it, you will waste product and it will disappear a lot quicker. And a very important thing to remember: do not let it be exposed to the sun. It melts! The first time I bought King of Skin, I left it in the windowsill after using it in the morning. The window gets a lovely splash of sun for a good couple of hours in the afternoon. That evening, I had to scrape what was left of my King of Skin off the wall. It had melted and started running down towards the floor. Goodbye R110 bar that I had only used once. Ouch. Lesson learned!
Is there a chance that I might not like King of Skin?
Yes. If you cannot stand the feeling of lotion on your hands, let alone oil, King of Skin is not for you. It is quite buttery, hence being part of Lush’s body butter line.
Why do I personally use King of Skin?
Apart from it being a fantastic “gadget” in the shower, this is the only moisturiser that I can use directly after epilating. Those of you who also epilate or wax, or even those who get bad rashes from shaving (my reason for switching over to epilating, by the way), will understand how sensitive your skin is afterwards and that it’s impossible to apply any lotion, cream, butter or oil to those areas. It just makes it ten times worse. Until I met Mr Skin King. It is not only tolerated on sensitive skin, but actually has a very pleasant calming effect. This is fantastic on sensitive skin, eczema or rosacea prone skin. And an added bonus, this is amazing when traveling. No leaky body lotion inside your vanity. And no packaging. Love, love love.
Have you ever tried King of Skin? Or any other body butter that you would recommend? I would love to hear from you!
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