Good for normal skin, Fair Squared Green Tea Body Butter makes for a smooth application and skin, with a lovely scent.
Fair Squared, coming from Germany, is a fairly new beauty brand. As the name of the brand suggests, they pride themselves with being Fair Trade; in fact, Fair Squared was one of the first beauty brands being labeled with a FairTrade logo. They are also NATRUE certified.
Fair Squared Green Tea Body Butter comes in a generous, 200ml plastic container. The scent of the body butter was quite surprising; I was expecting a more gentle green tea scent, but the scent immediately reminded me of this body oil I used quite a long time ago… It has this citrus, orange scent, but as mentioned, it reminds me of this body oil, which also had tangerine, sandalwood, bergamot… The scent lingers on for a few hours.
Now, while it is sold as body butter, the texture, to me, is that of a body cream. When I think of body butter, I have in mind melted and whipped raw ingredients – various body butters, vegetable and essential oils, with no added emulsifiers. With body lotion and body cream, you need emulsifiers, as they contain water.
The application of this body butter is fairly smooth, though it takes about 10 seconds to be absorbed. It’s not oily, nor shinny. Fair Squared Green Tea Body Butter leaves the skin smooth and fairly moisturised. I would recommend this body butter to those who have normal and even oily skin. For those with dry skin, this body butter would not be enough.
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How about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerylstearate SE, Olea Europaea Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Camellia sinensis leaf water, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Citral, D-Limonene. Konserviert mit: Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
Olive oil is an antioxidant with high content of essential fatty acids. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, soothing and healing properties. Great moisturizer, promotes smooth skin. Shea butter is rich in fatty acids. It’s very nourishing, softening and moisturizing. It promotes skin’s elasticity. Stimulates skin and has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Grape seed oil is an emollient and potent antioxidant. It’s light, quickly absorbed oil, rich with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Green tea is a potent antioxidant with astringent and antimicrobial properties.
Tocopherol is a potent antioxidant. Glycerylstearate SE is a self-emulsifier. Citric acid is a pH adjuster, buffering and masking agent.
As far as the perfume ingredient goes, Fair Squared assured me that the source of the perfume are essential oils. However, with citral being one of the ingredients, I am not certain just how much are the essential oils the source of the scent and how much citral.
If you’re wondering about D-Limonene, while it can be made synthetically, it is a constituent/compound, of up to 90%, of an orange peel oil. Yes, it has a pretty bad rating on EWG, but that applies only when the oil had gone rancid and the compound oxidized. D-Limonene, in fact, has chemopreventive activity.
Potentially problematic ingredients?
- Citral: while naturally occuring, this fragrance ingredient is synthetically manufactured, and is a known human immune system toxicant or allergen, associated with contact dermatitis and allergies. It falls under banned or restricted ingredients in EU. It has a bad 7 rating on EWG.
- Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate – preservatives. Worth noting, given the shelf life of the body butter is only 6 months, it means the % of the preservatives is not high, but still present, nonetheless.
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My final word?
Fair Squared Green Tea Body Butter, whose texture is actually that of a body cream, is an affordable (13€ for 200ml) and easily spreadable body butter. While it does contain ingredients targeting dry skin, I don’t think it would be enough nourishing for dry skin, but it will deliver some moisture for normal skin. It would be great during hotter days as well as after morning shower, as it absorbs pretty quickly and is not oily nor sticky, but for a night treatment, I will stick with body oils and more nourishing body butters.
Given the generous amount of this body butter, I am not even sure I will use it up by the time the 6 months roll around, as this is the shelf life of it.
Fair Squared also launched a new line of body lotions; I am also curious about Green Tea body lotion (another generous size and affordable price here); but I prefer using body lotions in the Summer due to lighter texture.
While the body butter does leave the skin soft, I also have to report a bit of an irritation – and that is due to citral, no surprises there. Should Fair Squared decide to re-formulate the body butter and leave out citral, that would make this body butter much better.
Would I buy it again? Probably – the size is a generous one, the price is reasonable and it leaves the skin smooth, but as mentioned, citral has to go.
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What do you prefer to use as body treatment – body oils, body butters or body lotions? Have you tried Fair Squared body butters?
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Fair Squared Green Tea Body Butter has been provided to Nature of Europe by Fair Squared for the purpose of an honest review. Special thanks to Marie for the lovely correspondence.