Trader Joe’s is fast becoming my favorite grocery shopping destination, not necessarily for fresh produce (way overpriced in my opinion) but for their prepared foods, skincare items, and pantry staples. It’s like the best parts of a neighborhood corner store, international food aisle, and Whole Foods were mixed together to create one perfectly curated, easily navigable, small store. Love!
My new obsession lately — actually a rediscovered item in my skincare stash — is Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter. I first purchased the huge 8 oz tub all the way back in December, used it for a couple of weeks but then forgot about it when I received a set of Coconut body butters from The Body Shop for Christmas. I was nearly through the last tub of my TBS body butters so I started using the TJ’s Coconut Body Butter again and I now realize how infinitely more awesome the latter is compared to TBS.
If you love coconut and gourmand scents then Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter was made for you! It smells amazing, like a delicious combination of coconuts and marshmallows: a soft, warm sweetness that isn’t cloying. Gourmand heaven, I tell ya!
After smelling the TJ’s body butter the TBS version almost seems to have a strong apple/pear note to it. It wasn’t until I was able to sniff the TBS and TJ’s body butters side by side that I realized that the TBS version isn’t really a foody scent at all; it’s actually a fruity scent. It’s the oddest thing that really isn’t apparent unless you smell the body butters side by side.
The Trader Joe’s formula is far superior as well in my opinion. I think it’s so much more hydrating and moisturizing than the TBS Coconut Body Butter and the texture is divine. The TJ’s Coconut Body Butter is super dense, thick and rich with a lovely whipped consistency. It’s easy to spread onto the skin and absorbs relatively quickly leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth and lightly scented.
Among the various types of body butters that TBS makes, Coconut is one of the firmer varieties and in my experience doesn’t sink into the skin as easily and leaves a greasy residue behind. I’ve also experienced issues with the Coconut body butter hardening up within a month (that hasn’t happened to me with the TBS Mango body butter). The scent stays the same so I don’t think it goes rancid when it hardens; it just makes the product more difficult to spread. That’s another reason I prefer the Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter; I didn’t touch it for several months and it was still fluffy and as good as new when I started using it again.
Additionally, each Trader Joe’s Body Butter comes sealed to ensure that no one has stuck their grubby fingers into the product before you. I also appreciate the flip top lid. When you’re applying your multitude of serums, creams, potions and elixirs with your hands in the morning or at night, the last thing you want to fuss with is a screw top lid and get product residue on it.
On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s to restock my supply of Coconut Body Butter — I’m only halfway through the one I’m using now but I wanted to make sure I had a new one on standby — I discovered their seasonal Pumpkin Body Butter. It was actually the last one on the shelf — score! — so I had to get it.
Rather than Pumpkin Body Butter I think a more appropriate name would’ve been Creamy Spiced Cider Body Butter. On my skin there’s a distinct apple note mixed with a hint of spice that’s mellowed out by a bit of creaminess. It could just be my imagination but the Coconut Body Butter’s scent seems to last longer on the skin and the consistency feels fluffier compared to the Pumpkin Body Butter. Both are lovely though.
I know that Bath & Body Works’ seasonal scents like Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin and Winter Candy Apple get a lot of hype but I tend to find that store’s scents overwhelming. I love applying lotions and creams before bed but BBW products are too strong when I’m in the mood to relax and go to sleep. If you’re like me then TJ’s Pumpkin Body Butter is perfect. It’s noticeable on the skin but soft enough that it won’t keep you up at night. And if you need more reasons to give it a try, it’s also vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free.
Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter, my favorite of the two, is available year round at their stores for $4.99 but the similarly priced Pumpkin Body Butter is seasonal so get it while you can!
Are there any Trader Joe’s food or skincare products you’d recommend? I’m thinking about trying their sunscreen next but everything in the store seems cool and interesting to me.