A few months ago, I was contacted by BVspa by Bon Vital to try out their products. I’ve been kind of on the fence about writing about this because I’m not a huge fan of the products, but I thought I should share my opinions with you anyways about them. I received two bottles of the Body Lotion in the Lavendar & Rosemary, and the Pink Grapefruit scents, as well as two jars of the Body Butters, in the Lavendar & Rosemary and Pomegranate & Acai Berry scents. There are also Sugar Scrubs and Salt Scrubs available in this line, which I did not get to try. These products are relatively inexpensive for $11.99 each at Shopper’s Drug Mart.
The BVspa Body Lotion claims to condition and moisturize skin with a smooth, whipped texture that uses squalane, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. I was not impressed at all with the Body Lotion – it is more like a light body milk which just disappears into my skin without any hydrating feeling. The few times I used this, I had to follow up again with a different body lotion because my skin was feeling super dry and itchy afterwards. Before I started using this product, I wouldn’t always use body moisturizer every night and my skin never felt as dry as when I did use this, so I don’t know what’s going on here… My biggest problem with this product is that the ingredient parfum/fragrance is up at the very top of the ingredients list (you can click to get to a higher resolution of the photo), listed as #5 of the Lavendar formulation, and #7 of the Pink Grapefruit formulation. All of the good extracts and oils are listed AFTER parfum, with the exception of the sunflower oil which is #3 on the ingredients list for both formulations.
The BVspa Body Butter claims to deeply hydrate to leave even the driest skin supple, nourished, and smooth with a combination of cocoa butter, shea butter, and sunflower oil. I like the Body Butter a bit better than the Body Lotion – it has a thicker, whipped consistency that’s very easy to spread and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving much residue. It’s not the most hydrating of body butters I’ve used in the past, so I would put the hydration level at maybe a 3/10 (the body lotion is easily a 0/10). If you don’t have dry skin but prefer the texture of a body butter, then you may enjoy this. Again, my biggest problem with this product is that parfum is way up there on the ingredients list – the 10th ingredient. Unlike the Body Lotion, however, the other top ingredients include cocoa seed butter, shea butter, synthetic beeswax, glycerin, and sunflower seed oil. Again, the plant extracts are all the way at the bottom of the list.
As you can imagine as well, both these formulations smell extremely strong, with a very long lasting lingering scent that just does not go away.
I’m not impressed at all with these products, and I think you can get better results with other drugstore brands such as Jergens or Nivea, which are at the same or even lower price points. I have heard good things about the sugar and salt scrubs though, so maybe you’ll have better luck with those products. Unfortunately I can’t recommend either the Body Lotion or Body Butter.