You’ve probably seen this yellow tube all over Instagram: every influencer, beauty reviewer and magazine editor seems to be absolutely loving it. If you haven’t met this multipurpose legend, let me introduce you…
Bangn Body Firming Lotion ($48, from Bangn Body or MECCA) was released last year by Melbourne girl Priscilla Hajiantoni and has since gone viral. (In fact, the most-recent Bangn Body launch, the sparkling Illuminating Firming Lotion had a waitlist of 50,000 and sold out at MECCA on the day it launched!)
Priscilla’s motivation was to create something natural, targeted at millennials who want pretty packaging (100% recyclable, of course), at an affordable price, that was vegan-friendly and that actually worked.
So does this popular product live up to the hype? Scroll for our verdict.
The quick deets
Designed for: The face and body – basically anything you can moisturise. It claims to reduce redness, bumps and breakouts, reducing cellulite and the appearance of stretch marks, and brighten and hydrate the skin.
Key ingredients: Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Shea Butter, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Avocado Oil and Pineapple Fruit Extract.
Vegan and cruelty free: Yes!
Pros: Super hydrating, cute packaging design, multipurpose.
Cons: Price point (more on this later), strong scent, excess product continuing to come out of the tube after you squeeze it.
How to use it
The reason this product has risen to the popularity it has, so quickly, is because it can be used in numerous different ways. I don’t know about you, but I love a multitasking product – something that ticks a number of boxes and helps me cut back on precious time.
On your body
This is my favourite way to use this product. Because it’s a thick, hydrating lotion, it is great for the driest of skin. Canberra winter has definitely given it a hard test and it passed with flying colours. My skin, which was becoming a bit lizard-like prior to trying it out, is now smooth and oh-so soft. I found myself touching my legs at one point and thinking to myself, ‘Damn! I feel good!’
Despite being thick, it won’t leave your skin feeling sticky or make wearing jeans a nightmare. It soaks in beautifully and you are left feeling soft, hydrated and delicious. I can’t say I noticed any changes in my cellulite or stretch marks, as it claims, however this also might be a longer process – you can’t expect them to disappear in a couple of weeks.
On your face
You can use it as a facial moisturiser or a primer (or both if you want). This was where I was unsure about this product. A product packed with that many different oils, particularly coconut oil, is not going to work for every skin type.
It is, again, a lovely hydrating moisturiser that is perfect for drier skin types, however, I did find that it broke me out and that was a deal breaker for me. In saying that, and after reading a number of reviews, I have seen A LOT of people who have loved it for their acne and have noticed a huge improvement in their skin, so it definitely depends on the individual.
As for a make-up primer, I can totally see why it would work. Because it doesn’t leave an oily residue it works well to hydrate and prep the skin. Did I find it helped prolong my make up? Yes, I did. However, because it broke me out, it’s not something I will be continuing to use on my face.
On your hands
I mean, hands are on your body, but we all have separate moisturisers for our hands don’t we… well not anymore! This has been fantastic for my dry, scaly hands that have been doused in more hand sanitiser than they ever imagined possible.
But do I need it?
Is it the new holy grail skincare product? I’m on the fence. It’s a beautiful hydrating moisturiser that my body loves. It doesn’t irritate my eczema and helps reduce my super-dry skin. However, my face wasn’t a fan.
While I enjoyed the sweet pineapple scent, it is very strong and won’t be a winner for everyone. At almost $50, it’s a lot to spend on one product and I must admit I hoped for more. If your face responds well (or better than mine did), this would be a great multipurpose product that should save you money in not needing multiple skincare products. If it doesn’t, then it’s a luxury moisturiser that might be a nice ‘treat yourself’ gift.