Luxe vs Less - Body Conditioners

Using body lotion during Spring-Summer is a tricky time in my life. I don’t like the feeling of lotion on my body in warm weather, and I hate it in hot weather. The feeling of slime running from your skin as you sweat in a blistering, humid Australian summer is not a pleasant experience. My desire to avoid such situation means I will often go without moisturizing at all, even though I know my skin needs it. However, since I discovered in-shower body lotions I no longer have an excuse to avoid skin moisturizing. The only question is, do I need to spend a lot to get a good result?

Today I’m putting two of the biggest in-shower body lotions up against each other. I’m putting the luxe, best-selling Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush Cosmetics up against Nivea’s new Cocoa Indulging In-Shower Body Lotion. Which is worthy of your pennies? Read on to find out!

Lush Cosmetics

It’s the original in-shower body lotion that Lushies have sworn by for years. I only need a smear of this intensely hydrating conditioner to cover most of my body and it leaves a long-lasting feeling of smoothness, similar to applying a body oil. It washes off easily but I do need to make sure I get everywhere otherwise I will notice when I try to towel dry. The rose jam scent packs a serious punch and it hangs around long after being rinsed off so you’ll either love it or hate it for the scent alone.

The added feel good benefits of this product is that it’s entirely vegan, free from animal testing, ethically sourced and comes in Lush’s clever recyclable tubs (which can be traded in for a free face mask when you have 5 empties!). On the downside, the product is in a tub so I have to stick my hands in it to scoop some out, and it contains parabens.

Australia $32.50 (225g) from Lush Cosmetics

USA $32.95 (8.4 oz/240g) from Lush Cosmetics

UK £16.50 (225g) from Lush Cosmetics

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner


Nivea launched their first in-shower body lotions back in August 2013 and exactly a year later they added the new Cocoa Indulging variety to the lineup. Using the known goodness of cocoa butter, this formula is better suited for dry to normal skin. Its thinner consistency does require a good dollop in order to cover my entire body but it rinses clean without any effort and when I step out of the shower I feel smooth without any residue. I’d say this one isn’t as nourishing for my skin but my mildly dry areas definitely look healthier and I feel smoother.

Positives for this one include a strong-at-first but mild-after-rinsing cocoa scent and the no-mess squeeze packaging. Downsides are the ingredients – a greater use of alcohol – and the less-known cruelty-free/environmentally friendly angles.

Australia $6.50 (250ml) from Priceline, supermarkets and pharmacies

USA – Unavailable at time of publishing. Search eBay or Amazon for sellers

UK £3.56 (250ml) from Boots and Superdrug

Nivea Cocoa In-Shower Body Lotion

Nivea Cocoa Indulging In-Shower Body Lotion

Have you used an in-shower body lotion? Would you try either of these products? Let me know by commenting below!


Lush Cosmetics are certified cruelty-free by All their products are vegetarian, and the majority are vegan with clear labelling. They have a strict and comprehensive policy that can be found at Fighting Animal Testing.

This product is vegan.


NIVEA’s own claim is that they do not test on animals, however they’re not certified by any cruelty-free organisation. Their policy is not available online and the only information relating to their stance is on this page of the parent company (Beiersdorf) website.

Animal ingredients may be used. Refer to individual product ingredients listing.

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner: Spring Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Brazil Nut Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Argan Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, *Limonene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Nivea Cocoa Indulgence In-shower Body Lotion: Aqua, Cera Microcristallina, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Parfum, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Sine Adipe Lac, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Alcohol

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