Friday, December 13, 2013

Perlier Imperial Honey Whipped Body Butter - Review, Pictures

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image from hsn.com


I'm not even sure I should review this item since it was sent to me a while ago, but I just haven't been able to write a review about it until now. You see, it's sold out on HSN.com and I'm not sure when it's going to bee back in stock.

Sure I could tell you that the buzz over this honey scented body butter is quite high, but then again, it would put me in a sticky situation if I described how lovely this body butter is and you couldn't purchase it.  What stings even worse is that while HSN.com is sold out, the Perlier website has it for sale, but for a whopping $20 more than what HSN is selling it for....if they were selling it. I'm sure once HSN has it back in stock people will swarm to the website to order it for only $40 USD.

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The Perlier Imperial Honey Whipped Body Butter is a melting body butter from the rare honey of the black bees.  I tried to look up what exactly black bees were. Like were they the bees that everyone in the colony didn't like. Kinda like the "black sheep" of the family, only since they aren't sheep they are bees so...well, you know that I mean.  But that wasn't it.  The best I could find out is that they were bees originally from Europe (German Black Bees) but they were domesticated (yes. there are feral and domesticated bees in this world) and were brought to the US in the 1800's.  I don't know. But according to Perlier the black bee honey is rare.  

The body butter also has royal jelly in it and it is described as a true youth elixir by Perlier.  I describe royal jelly as a highly moisturizing ingredient that makes my skin look and feel happy. It's the ambrosia in this little body butter that makes using it so very sweet.  In addition the Perlier Imperial Honey Whipped Body Butter has Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Cocoa Seed Butter in it.  All perfect moisturizing ingredients for a little worker bee such as myself.

The consistency is that of a thick cream. it's called a melting body butter but it's not solid like most melting butters tend to bee. It's also not greasy like many melting butters tend to bee as well. It's creamy and absorbs fairly well into the skin, but if you apply too much it can leave a waxy like feeling on your skin. When you apply it to your dry skin you will feel like the queen bee beecause it's so pampering and posh. Your skin will feel soft and moisturized and while I could drone on about all the softness you will experience, I think it's best to just leave things bee.

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The fragrance is what really attracted me to this body butter. It has a distinctive honey smell, but it also has hints of wood and tobacco. I happen to like it, but in small amounts.  The fragrance can bee a bit overpowering at times.  I think that while I like the honey scent, it has more of a gourmand honey fragrance than a floral honey fragrance, and trust me, those are two different things.  If you prefer the more food centric honey fragrance with hints of woods, tobacco and chocolate then this might just bee the nectar you are looking for.  

Do you need this?  Beelieve it or not I'm going to say, Maybee. I really wanted to say that the Perlier Imperial Honey Whipped Body Butter was The Bee's Knees but I can't.  The fragrance is very strong and if you are not overly fond of foody scented honey products you will bee repulsed by the fragrance. I happen to adore both scents (gourmand and floral). I also say Maybee because the texture of a waxy feeling when applying this body butter is not ideal. While it does soften my skin, it felt rather heavy. Combine the heavy feeling with the heavy fragrance and well, this is a strong Maybee.  Last but not least the price. If and when HSN gets this back in stock, it retails for $40 USD for a 6.7 oz tub.  The Periler site sells it for $60! Both prices are inflated for the quality of the ingredients that are in this product.  If it was just $10 less I might be so inclined to purchase it myself when I run out, but $40 is too much for "just OK" body butter.

Special Extra: How many bee related terms can you find in this review? How many "Bee" words can you find?


Ingredients: AQUA (WATER), BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER (BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER), THEOBROMA CACAO BUTTER (THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER), ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL (PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL), BEHENYL ALCOHOL, PEG-40 STEARATE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, DIMETHICONE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, PENTAERYTHRITYL DISTEARATE, STEARIC ACID, MEL (HONEY), SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS OIL (SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL), CETYL ALCOHOL, ROYAL JELLY, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), PHENOXYETHANOL, CARBOMER, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, BHT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, COUMARIN. 

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