The Body Shop is one of those places that seems to have been around forever. My first ever foundation was from The Body Shop, when I was around 15 years old. I always seem to have a few products in stock in my house, and sometimes I “borrow” a spritz of my mums Green Tea fragrance that I bought her for her birthday! I often buy gift sets for my friends and family for birthdays and Christmases and I also seem to collect the same gift sets from other people! I certainly don’t complain, the products are always good quality and smell so good!
So I was very pleased when my friend from work, Shannon, became a Body Shop consultant! I often browse the catalogue on the common room table to see what new items are available. Shannon asked me if I would like to try some products on my blog and I instantly said yes!
Shannon and I often talk about various cruelty free make up brands and after I did my vintage make up routine blog post, I realised not all of my products are cruelty free! The fact that companies are still testing on animals in this day and age is disgusting and so I am currently in the process of changing my make up products.
I think my favourite thing about The Body Shop is their campaign against animal testing and that all their products are cruelty free and over half of their products are vegan! The brand is so forward thinking and inspiring! Click here to find out how The Body Shop tests their make up and how they are trying to change the world of skin care and make up.
Lets get straight into the products!
The Strawberry Soap
This cute little rabbit soap is so adorable and it is part of The Body Shop’s ‘against animal testing’ collection! At first glance, I thought it would be a product I wouldn’t purchase again, as it is ‘just soap’ but after a couple of weeks of using, I always find myself picking it up during my time in the shower. It has an amazing strawberry scent, which isn’t overpowering and lathers up well. I would definitely buy this as a gift (because it’s so damn cute!) and I may well repurchase for myself!
Matte clay skin clarifying foundation
I am always on the look out for a new cruelty free foundation, so I was very excited to try this product. The foundation claims to be –
- Full-coverage, matte finish
- Enriched with powerful tea tree oil
- Promotes clearer looking skin
- Oil absorbing properties
- Ideal for any skin type
- Breathable 24-hour coverage
Although I love a matte finish, I was a little worried it would be drying on my already dry-prone skin, there’s nothing worse than a foundation that clings to your dry patches! Tea tree is often used for oily skin and so I believe it would be clarifying, but again, I was a little concerned about the potential drying effect, despite it claiming to be ideal for any skin type.
I am always a bit hesitant in trying new foundations because I do struggle to find a good colour match! I asked for the lightest colour, as I am usually a ‘porcelain’ shade and so I recieved the shade ‘010 Peruvian Lily’ and it was a perfect match! It was a good start to my day!
I made sure to moisturise my face well and used an illuminating primer before applying to create a good base for the foundation.
I applied to foundation with my fingers and blended with my usual Morphe M439 brush – the foundation blended very well. I would say it’s more a buildable medium to full coverage, which is better as it would suit more people, as not everyone wants to be full coverage all the time. Another important test I watch with new foundation is how it works with my other products – concealer, powder etc. I am pleased to say it suited my usual Urban Decay Naked concealer and No.7 translucent powder. My imperfections were covered well and my only problem were my pores, but to be fair I always have to work hard to hide my pores by using the Benefit Porefessional primer, which I have run out of! But I was still happy to wear the foundation all day and liked how my skin looked. I would say it’s true when it says it’s a lightweight foundation, it was very comfortable to wear, plus it didn’t cling to any dry patches, hooray! I will be wearing this foundation more!
Tea tree skin clearing facial wash
Moving on with the tea tree theme, again I was a little apprehensive about using tea tree, as I have recently got my skin to a good place with the ‘Balance Me’ facial wash and my break outs are much more reduced – I didn’t want to add in a new product that may upset my new regime! I have found when changing products, it helps to use them at the same time – weaning your skin, you could say. So, that is what I did – and it worked! My skin is the clearest it has been in a while and again, I found it to be not too drying. I remember having the tea tree set when I was young, trying to get rid of my teenage acne and I do remember it helping. I will continue to use this throughout the run up to the wedding!
Vanilla Chai hand cream
This item came along at precisely the right time. My poor hands have been struggling recently, more so than they ever have before, I believe! Being a vet nurse, I am constantly washing my hands, which has led to very dry, cracked knuckles and a couple of weeks ago I had very ‘elderly’ looking hands! There was even a touch of eczema below my thumb which had started to scab and bleed, this is a condition I suffer with, but very rarely on my hands!
I have to be careful with hand creams because some of the heavily scented ones make my hands itchy and even more sore. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that my hands reacted in the best way and a couple of weeks later, they are healed! Yay! The cream absorbs quickly and feels very nourishing. The added bonus being, vanilla chai is an amazing scent! The Body Shop have lots of other scents too and I have noticed in the past that their hand creams are already a hit with the nurses at work! I highly recommend.
The Coconut Body Scrub
This was already a firm favourite of mine, as I have recieved this as a gift in the past and it is my all time favourite body scrub! I LOVE the coconut scent and makes me want to go on a tropical holiday, but more importantly, it leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. It’s also quite gentle, in comparison with other body scrubs I’ve tried which feel like rubbing grains of sand into the skin!
Shea Whipped Body Lotion
The Body Shop body lotions are a very good pairing with the body scrubs (as mentioned above), they smell equally delicious and leave the skin feeling very soft. It also absorbs in to the skin quickly – I hate feeling greasy after putting on lotion, so this is a big plus for me! The ‘whipped’ lotion in particular is lovely and light.
I am so pleased that Shannon has become a Body Shop consultant – she currently covers the Ipswich/Stowmarket area and my other friend, Emily has been recruited by Shannon to join the consultant team, covering the Bury St Edmunds area! They both have Facebook groups, can host Body Shop parties and have lots of great offers on as well as discounts on some items – what good friends to have!
I hope this review has been helpful to you, what are your favourite Body Shop products?
Disclaimer: Although Shannon has gifted me these items, I would never accept anything I don’t completely believe in and love. All opinions I have expressed are honest and my own.