Well, here we are again lovely people! I hope you’ve enjoyed my first two ‘In the Spotlight’ brand features, they seem to have gotten some good feedback and I certainly enjoying writing them. So let’s jump into another!
This time we’re talking about The Body Shop. A brand that is well known and loved around the world for their ethically pleasing cosmetic and beauty products and deliciously mouth watering ranges. They certainly seem to be doing a great job of keeping up with some of the larger, premiums brands on the market by consistently releasing interesting and innovative products, and ranges to suit every skin type, hair type and ethnicity. During my teenage years, The Body Shop was always that shop I’d venture into during a work lunch break, and just gaze at all of the lush smelling body butters and bubble baths. At that time skin care and make up was of no concern to me so most of those products bypassed my eyes, and their make up was always to expensive for my teenage years Saturday job. But the cute little gift sets and lip balms were what dreams were made of. Now as an adult I’ve come to appreciate the variety of products available and can be found lurking in my local store more than I probably should be! I think what I’ve grown to love about this brand is that there always seems to be something for everyone, and since I’ve started to become more aware of and started using more cruelty free beauty products The Body Shop is hands down one of my go to places, especially for skin care. I must say that I don’t really take much interest in their make up range, nothing I see ever really seems to tickle my pickle. However I have heard a few good things about their foundation so let me know if any of you gals or guys have tried it and think it’s a winner.
So what do we know about The Body Shop as a brand? If you visit their ‘About Us‘ section on their website you will find the following statement…
‘Our story started in Brighton, England in 1976. There our founder Dame Anita Roddick began mixing her own products and infusing them with a new idea: that business could be a force for good. Following her vision, for 40 years we’ve been rule breaking, never faking and change making. We now have over 3,000 stores in 66 countries and employ over 22,000 people who help us bring our unique blend of ethical beauty with a sense of humour and serious purpose to the world. Never afraid to stand out from the crowd and stand up for what’s right, we search the world for the finest ethically-sourced ingredients to create a range of naturally-inspired beauty products. Today our dedication to use business as a force for good is stronger than ever. As part of our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment, we’ve made it our mission to enrich our products, our people and our planet. That means working fairly with our farmers and suppliers and helping communities thrive through our Community Trade programme, being 100% vegetarian and always and forever being firmly against animal testing. Together we can do it, it’s in our hands.’
Sounds pretty good right? I certainly think so! I not only love their stand on animal testing, but I also have great respect for their mission to source ingredients ethically, giving back to the people who work so hard to care for themselves, their families and communities. In order for a machine to work, all the cogs must be well oiled, including the very small ones at the bottom. Even knowing where ingredients have come from gives me a sense of satisfaction, or maybe a little more security in regards to knowing a bit about what I’m putting on my body. This information is often clearly labelled on the products themselves, and I dare say will be very important to a substantial chunk of the Body Shop’s 30 million customers.
100% of their products are vegetarian, meaning ‘It’s a product that’s free of any animal-derived ingredients that are obtained as a result of animal slaughter.’ Many of The Body Shop’s products are vegan (contain no animal ingredients at all, including honey, beeswax, milk, eggs etc.) and from some of the statements on their What Makes Us Vegetarian Friendly page, they are making moves to introduce more vegan products and have already stopped the use of lanolin or shellac in any new releases. It sounds as though they really listen to their audience, which is very refreshing to hear as a consumer.
So now I’ve given you a brief run down as to who The Body Shop are and what they stand for, let’s take a look at some of my favourite products.
Hand Cream – Since finding that dry hands have become an annoying life foible, I’ve gotten in the habit of stashing hand cream all over the house, in my hand bag and even at work. The Body Shop creams are probably one of my favourites to use, mainly because I love the range of scents they are available in, but also because they are effective. Their British Rose Soft Petal Hand Cream is my all time favourite, closely followed by the Almond Milk & Honey, and the Honeymania cream for that matter (however sadly I think they’ve stopped producing this). I’ve even got my mum using the stuff. She’s a fan of the Hemp hand cream, as it’s deeply nourishing and is perfect for her dry, over worked digits!
Eye Make Up Remover – How can I talk about The Body Shop and not mention their Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover?! It’s been featured in recently Empties posts, and I love this stuff so much that I even included a bottle of it in my recent 500 Follower Giveaway. Everyone should know about it! It’s super gentle on the peepers and it’s the only product I can rely on to effectively remove even the toughest of mascara and eye liner. This particular remover is a part oil, part solution mix, however they also offer a cream based Camomile cleanser if that’s more your thing. I haven’t tried it though so can’t comment on how effective it is.
Body Scrub – My particular favourite being the Spiced Apple scrub. The texture is quite hard to describe, but what I can say is that this scrub is packed with tiny sugar particles which scrub away dead skin cells like a dream. I’m not sure about the other variations of scrub, but the Spiced Apple one contains oils which feel amazing on the skin whilst washing the product away and feel very nourishing. The sugar almost starts to dissolve during application so the actual exfoliating process is rather gentle. There are 19 different scrubs available on the website, so something for everyone! Sadly though I can no longer see the Spiced Apple Scrub, so I’m eying up the British Rose Scrub for when this one runs out.
Body Butter – I’m pretty sure almost everyone has at least one tub of this on the go somewhere! I certainly have had since I was in my teenage years when a Body Shop Body Butter was THE gift to give a friend/relation. It was and still is for good reason. These body butters are super rich and creamy, available in goodness knows how many gorgeous scents (actually I do know, it’s 25) and varying sizes of tubs. Being a honey lover I own both the Honeymania (again this range has been discontinued *sad face*) and Almond Milk & Honey scents, Honeymania having the classic thick consistency of most the other scents, whilst the Almond Milk & Honey body butter is a bit lighter, but still very nourishing and aimed at sensitive skin. If you’re struggling for stocking fillers this year, I’d definitely look at picking one of their butters up. Because of the wide range of scents available there are even body butters fitting for any dry skin suffering man in your life.
Mineral & Ginger Warming Massage Clay Mask – I adore this mask! It’s quite unique in the way that it warms up as soon as it come in contact with the skin, giving off a pleasant sensation, and actually feels like the ingredients are doing something! It’s very thick in consistency, which in all honesty makes it really hard to get it out of the tube, as the hole in the top is quite small. I wish The Body Shop would rethink the packaging (or even just the hole size) as I do find myself wrestling with it in the shower! But this doesn’t put me off the product itself. I enjoy the warming sensation and as it’s non setting it is easy to wash away. Plus it’s suitable for all skin types which I love.
Body Mist – I’m currently working my way through two bottles of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Fragrance Mist. I keep one in my drawer at work, and one in my shower room. I love to spritz myself with this before bed as its such a delicate fragrance and I love being able to smell it as I’m curled up under the duvet. This fragrance seems to linger for ages and I often get compliments from colleagues asking what I have sprayed and where it is from. a 100ml bottle only costs £8.50 which I think is very reasonable considering how long it lasts.
Bath Cream – I find that The Body Shop bath creams are not only well fragranced, but also very gentle on the skin. So much so that I do not hesitate to use this in my son’s bath water. The two I tend to have on rotation are the British Rose Petal scent, and the Almond Milk & Honey (if you haven’t notice by now these two are my favourite scents from this brand!). They bubble up well, and a little goes a long way so you don’t burn through them too quickly.
Vitamin E Eyes Cube – This is a really handy little product to pop in your hand/travel bag. It comes in the form of a twist up solid balm which you gently rub around the eye area to refresh. As soon as it comes in contact with the face, the skin instantly feels cooled, revived and moisturised, without any horrible greasy residue. It’s main feature is that it’s packed with vitamin E. It’s one of those products that gives an instant effect, and would even be ideal for popping on during a hot day by the pool so I’d certainly recommend picking it up if you’re planning on jetting off to warmer climates any time soon.
The Body Shop have such a huge range of products, both great for gifting to someone else, or even you! They’ve recently teamed up with House of Holland to create an exclusive capsule gift collection, and I’m also loving their Tins of Delight which come in three varieties and each contains four miniture products to try. Most importantly they have an amazing offer on at the moment in-store and on-line, where by you will receive a £25.00 discount when you spend £50! Simply enter the code 14664 at the checkout. Full terms and conditions about this offer can be seen by scrolling to the bottom of this post. Simply click here to start shopping! I’ve actually got a friend who screen shotted her order confirmation to me yesterday, with the hashtag #sorrynotsorry. She was totally not sorry and I don’t blame her, this offer is amazing and this is the perfect time of year to grab some bargains to fill those Christmas stocking and treat your loved ones!
So I hope this post has shone a little more light on The Body Shop and some of the fab products they offer. As always I’d love to hear from you too, so let me know what your go to Body Shop treats are!