Winter arrived with a vengeance here in Chicagoland, and that means my dry skin is worse than normal. For years I struggled with it–in high school and college, my legs looked like the desert floor every winter. I tried tons of different moisturizers, but nothing really worked the way I wanted it to, or it was so greasy that it just ended up being more of a pain in the butt than dry skin was.
But that’s all changed thanks to Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter.
First off, let me say that this stuff isn’t cheap. But you know what, sometimes, you really do get what you pay for… and in this case, that’s 100% true! At $40 for 6.7 fluid ounces, it’s a pretty pricey pot of body butter (say that three times fast!). But it’s totally worth it, especially if you live in a place where winters are cold and dry. My skin soaks up moisture like it’s nobody’s business each winter, and last year (which wasn’t all that bad in terms of cold) I was still fighting dry cracked hands and horribly dry skin, even with regular oil baths and religious lotion use throughout the day.
But it really works. This is the first winter that I haven’t gotten home, gone to change into comfy clothes, and either had to slather on a layer of lotion or dip into an oil-laced bath to re-moisturize. My legs aren’t flaky and my hands, while still dry, are actually better than they have been in years. Back in fall I got prescription moisturizing cream from my doctor because I knew I’d have an eczema outbreak this winter. Since I started using Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter, I haven’t had to rely on the prescription cream (which is way more expensive than the body butter on an ounce-per-ounce basis), and I have one tiny patch of eczema that’s clearing up. If I weren’t using this stuff, my hands would be… not a pretty sight.
So, Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter moisturizes great… but why?
Italian-made Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter is a thick, rich body butter that’s formulated with the honey of black bees and royal jelly. Wait, royal jelly? It’s not the stuff the Queen of England puts on her muffins during tea time. Royal jelly, according to Wikipedia, is a secretion made by worker bees, which is fed to all bee larvae to a point, and then only fed to bee larvae destined to be queens. Essentially, it’s a nutrient-rich substance that is wholly responsible for a bee becoming a queen. Many believe it has anti-aging properties, as well as numerous other uses (some of which are still experimental). Do be warned though, if you have allergies, you should tread lightly with royal jelly, as some people can have reactions to it. I haven’t reacted to it at all, as it is in the Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter, and there’s a good chance I have an allergy to bees (I’ve not yet been stung though, so I don’t know for sure).
Anyway, it’s the honey and the royal jelly that make Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter stand out from all of the other moisturizers. But it’s the smell that has me hooked. The HSN product page says that your skin is left “pleasantly scented with the sensual notes of honey and oriental woods”, but to me it smells more like honey and cocoa butter. Two delicious, warm, and yes, sensual scents that, when blended, are just divine. Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter does have cocoa seed butter in it, as well as shea butter, avocado oil, and jojoba seed oil, on top of honey and royal jelly. Those ingredients certainly explain both the extremely wonderful moisturizing qualities, as well as the great smell.
If you’re at your wit’s end with dry winter skin, it’s totally worth the buy.
When I think about how much I spent on this lotion, that body oil, this bath additive, and that one, it all adds up. And knowing that this one, great solution, is $40, it’s really no comparison. I’m sure I spent way more than that last winter, between Lush Bath Bombs and Bath Melts, Palmer cocoa oil, and 2-3 other full size lotions that promised grease-free, all-day moisture. And Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter is thick, so I can use less, and it rubs in fast enough (without feeling greasy) that I can put skinny jeans on after without that “ugh I should have waited for my lotion to dry” shimmy. I’ve even used it on my face a few times, and haven’t had any breakouts or issues. While HSN says Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter is a perfect year-round moisturizer, I’m thinking it’ll be my go-to winter solution so that the second I’m ready to bust out shorts come summer, my legs are glowing (because they’re moisturized, not because of my lack of tan).
Right now, Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter is sold out at HSN… but check out the entire Perlier lineup. You might be able to find something else that suits your needs in this extensive, luxe Italian beauty line.
Disclaimer: I received a sample as compensation for my post/review, but the opinions above are my own and were not influenced by compensation received. I wouldn’t recommend something to you if I didn’t stand fully behind it. For my full disclosure policy, go here.