21 August, 2014 Brand Focus: The Body Shop
I am obsessed with The Body Shop. Since I was in secondary school I have loved buying their products, getting excited about new collections, and more recently enjoying a 40% off sale on their website basically every week. Over the years I have amassed a huge collection of their products, from multiple ranges and lines. I enjoy using their body care products, their skincare products, and I just started dabbling with their makeup products (the Honey Bronzer is AMAZING – see my review here) and some products from their home line too. This post is about my favourite products that I think best represent the brand, and I’ll also include some honourable mentions at the end that are well worth checking out.
First is a body wash. The Body Shop’s shower products are just awesome – they’re cheap, always on offer, and smell delicious. The Vineyard Peach scent is my favourite – fresh, fruity and the smell isn’t overpowering at all. They come in 200ml bottles and are such great value for money at £4 a pop. There are also regular in-store offers to buy multiple body washes and save more with each bottle. Click here for a list of the different scents and to buy online.
They also do great body scrubs – one I particularly adore is the Brazil Nut Cream Body Scrub. It’s limited edition and usually appears around Christmas time, and it does such a good job of removing flaky skin whilst leaving it soft and nourished – well worth keeping your eyes peeled for in the winter sales! The Mango and Olive scrubs are also lovely and my pot has lasted since last December, so that justifies the £13 price tag. The scrub isn’t in stock at the moment, but here is a list of the other scrubs available.
Whilst a lot of people rave about The Body Shop’s body butters, I prefer something a little less intensive, so the body whips are perfect for me. The Sweet Lemon scent is refreshing and light, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. These come in a whole bunch of scents and seem more practical than a body butter as they have a pump, which means you can control the application evenly and avoid wasting the product. Sweet Lemon isn’t currently in stock – I have a feeling it was also limited edition – but the Mango scent is equally gorgeous (link here). These retail for £8 each.
Now to something for the home – the Green Tea & Lemon Spray. This is such a subtle, delicate and fresh scent, and works equally well as a room spray, and as a linen and body ‘refresher’. These sprays come in really interesting scent combinations and I love the bottle design; they look so pretty dotted around my room. You can see the scent selection here, and they retail for £7 each for 100ml of product.
If I’m exhausted in the morning and don’t feel like going through my Liz Earle skincare routine, I’ll reach for the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash. Estee from Essie Button wrote about this on her blog and I immediately went to see what the fuss was about – I basically try anything she recommends! This is a simple, no-fuss refreshing face wash that does an excellent job at reviving tired skin and deep cleansing without stripping the skin of all its moisture. This is great for when you’re in a rush and still want to cleanse, and would be brilliant for blemished skin due to the acne-fighting properties in the face wash, such as tea tree and witch hazel. Buy it here for £5.
The Body Shop’s Vitamin E range is probably my favourite of the brand. They do an amazing moisture mask and lovely and gentle toners and cleansers, and despite one product that I really didn’t like (review here), I’m always impressed. Two products that I’m including in this list are the Face Mist and the Moisture Serum. The Vitamin E Face Mist is a multi-use product that works as a toner and a makeup setting spray, and is a hydrating and refreshing pick me up for the skin. It smells of roses and feels so comforting and light whenever I apply it. It’s one of those products that I always have hanging around, and always find a use for it – perfect for travelling and on the go makeup emergencies! You can buy here for £8.50.
The Moisture Serum is another product I can’t live without. I’ve mentioned it before in my Oily Skin Saviours post (link here), and rave about it all the time when someone asks me for a skincare recommendation. This is a lightweight, easily absorbed boost of hydration for all skin types, and it just seems to smooth out my complexion and prep it for my moisturiser and makeup. I’m on my 5th bottle and always have a back-up in case! Buy here for £12 – I usually wait until there is an offer online or in-store so I can buy a few at a time and save some money.
When I’m on holiday, and need a moisturiser that controls shine whilst providing some sun protection, I reach for the Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion with SPF15. This is a lovely, light moisturiser that also doubles as a brilliant makeup base. I find that if I’m particularly oily I’ll apply this only to my cheeks and forehead, and will use just the Vitamin E serum everywhere else. A good option to have on your travels, the moisturiser is £12 – buy it here.
Lastly is a product that I use if I want to save some money and avoid the extortionate London prices for a pedicure. The Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub is perfect for an at-home pedicure, and smells lovely and minty. This is amazing to have in the shower, and can also be used on elbows, knees and other dry areas. The Peppermint range has lots of gorgeous-looking products and I really want to try some more! The scrub is £7, buy it here.
So that’s it! My favourite products from The Body Shop, all laid out and looking pretty. I’m quite shocked at how huge my collection is, and it makes me slightly queasy to think about how much it all cost, but I really do love the brand and will happily buy more if any new products catch my eye.
Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to hear some recommendations to enable me even more!