Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Butter ($15) has finally arrived in the US! This Sicilian lemon and sweet orange peel scented shea butter body butter is rich, creamy, and super moisturizing. I love this stuff with a passion but the name is so misleading. I expected explosions of sweet, juicy orange but what I got was far from exciting.
And not to mention, it has beads, horrifying beads.
I think when you’re living in the fast paced beauty world you have to create something new, something fresh, something unique and exciting enough to catch the eye of your fans otherwise, your product can easily be passed by. Body Butter, well, is body butter right? So, how can a brand or Soap & Glory in this case entice you to buy their body butter. What makes it so great? So exciting? And so unique you must own it? In this case, Soap & Glory uses their catch-y little orgasm-like name to grab your eye plus their cutesy and bright packaging is terribly appealing. But WAIT there’s more! They also inject their formula with shea butter massage balls. Yeah, I can’t make this stuff up, it’s true, there are tiny little “balls” or microbeads like we see in many hand soaps, shower gels, and cleansers. If you read my Biore Deep Charcoal Cleanser review you know I dislike these little beads with a passion and I’m actually kind of scared of them. I believe I expressed none to shyly how I feared one might slip into my ear, my nose, or even my butt. Yeah, that’s right, shower gels can be scary and it would be my kind of lucky to be rushed to the emergency because a microbead slipped into my butt. Stranger things have happened.
What I do not need is to have these little beads in my body butter. Please stop, no!
On the upside, the actual beads “burst” if you apply enough pressure and apparently they release more fragrances. I had a hard time getting them to burst or dissolve. Honestly, I don’t know about you but I find body butter challenging enough to apply and get to absorb. There’s a little elbow grease involved in the application of body butter and you need to massage it in very well less or it leaves behind a sticky film. So, having to work the body butter in plus having to worry about bursting the little shea butter massage balls is a tricky little problem. I can chew gum and walk at the same time without problem but I can’t apply body butter and burst little beads at the same time. I did give it a fighting try but a few beads were left behind and crept around. There was a point I had one on my arm and friend leaned over and was like, “What is that?! It looks like an orange bug!” Meanwhile, it was a left over bead from my early morning application. Thankfully it didn’t end up in my butt, only on my arm! But who knows where else I had those little beads creeping around my body.
I just don’t see the need for these in body butter.
The good news is this formula is lovely. It’s thick, creamy, and quite hydrating but the fragrance isn’t anything terribly exciting to write home about. I think Soap & Glory excels at creating unique blends. Just look at Mist Me Madly, that’s a fantastic fragrance. But Orangeasm is a light slightly bitter orange fragrance. I expect something bright, juicy, and sweet but this was a mediocre orange-y fragrance.
The beads, the fragrance, it just doesn’t deserve the hassle.
Love you Soap & Glory but do not love your Orangeasm Body Butter!
Available now at Ulta and Ulta.com.