My finger is still healing—it’s at the scabby phase, now—so I’ve got another swatch-less review today!
I deeply love a piña colada (most anything with coconut+pineapple…and rum), so I was really excited to try out The Body Shop’s new Piñita Colada line of bath and body products. The Fresh Body Sorbet sounded great—and a body moisturizer would let the scent linger more than, say, a body wash would—so that’s what I chose.
Smooth on sunshine with our new limited edition Piñita Colada collection. This irresistible tropical summer scent featuring coconut and pineapple is deliciously refreshing and moisturising and offers a smile-inducing experience. Escape to the tropics with our light summer textures that are crisp and exotic, making it the perfect post-beach body care treat.
Good copy, right? But I’m dismayed to report that I didn’t like this product very much at all!
Firstly, the scent is not especially strong and not particularly interesting. The notes sound great, but the actual fragrance is weak and decidedly artificial smelling, not juicy at all.
Fresh and crisp with Passion Fruit and Pineapple Juice
Aquatic and transparent with Coconut Water and Maraschino Cherry
Bright and smooth with Coconut Liquor, and Light Rum
I’d never heard of a piñita colada before, and only figured that the word was a diminutive of piña, Spanish for pineapple—though I learned it as ananá in high school. [I just looked it up and colada must be from the same root as the English colander, as it means “strained” in Spanish.] It turns out that piñita colada refers to a virgin piña colada, even though The Body Shop’s scent pyramid does include boozy notes in the base.
Have you ever paid attention to the lyrics of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)“?!
[Incidentally, my funny story of the day is about the first time I tried this lotion. I guess I was sleep-deprived and brain-befuddled, because I brought this product into the shower with me. I squirted it onto my bath pouf and got really angry after attempting to cleanse my skin with it: “This isn’t like a shower gel at all!” Yes, it took me a minute.]
Worse still, I am not a fan of this moisturizer’s texture.
The base formula is not bad: a thicker, translucent gel-like substance that sinks into the skin pretty well, though it doesn’t feel especially moisturizing. It feels more like rubbing something wet (but it’s not actually wet) into the skin.
But suspended in the formula is what feels like a lot of fine powder. It has this not-quite-gritty feel because the granules mixed in are fine, but it doesn’t feel smooth. Also something I disliked was the presence of silica: when I was applying this, I noticed that my skin was becoming sparkly!
Keep your cool all summer long with our limited edition Piñita Colada Body Sorbet. This ultra-lightweight moisturiser gives you a juicy burst of hydration. Featuring a deliciously fruity summer scent of pineapple and coconut, this refreshing body gel is perfect for a quick freshen up during your travels or day at the beach.
OK, so I guess this stuff is meant for the beach or poolside, but I am not a fan of sparkly body lotion. It also meant that I avoided applying it to my upper body, since I am nursing and don’t particularly want baby olive to be ingesting any silica, etc.
The only really good thing I can say about this product, really, is that the packaging is nice. I can’t recommend this product at all, especially not with winter approaching.
It’s too bad because I think the concept of the Body Sorbet is great! It doesn’t leave the skin too sticky or greasy, but the lack of moisturization and presence of sparkles make this a fail, for me. I do wonder, however, if the other Body Sorbet scents are also sparkly and/or vaguely gritty.
I’m starting to remember why, over the years, I’ve stopped shopping at The Body Shop and stuck with Yves Rocher, and more recently Bath & Body Works, for most of my bath and body products. I suspect that after my Love Your Body discount expires next year, I won’t be renewing it.
The ingredients are:
Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), PEG-8 (Humectant), Glycerin (Humectant), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Isododecane (Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifying Agent), Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2 (Absorbent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Hydrogenated Tetradecenyl/Methylpentadecene (Emollient), Ethylhexylglycerin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Mel/Honey/Miel (Humectant), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzophenone-3 (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Controlling Agent), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Silica (Absorbent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract/Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Ananas Sativus Fruit Extract/Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant).
The Body Shop Fresh Body Sorbet in Piñita Colada is 6.75 fl oz / 200 mL and retails for CA$16. The formula is vegetarian and contains community fair trade and non-GMO ingredients. It is paraben-free. The Body Shop is a cruelty-free company.
The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick. It is headquartered in Littlehampton, England. In 2006, the company was acquired by L’Oréal.