‘If I can’t do something for the public good, what the hell am I doing?’ – Anita Roddick (founder of The Body Shop)
Hands up if when you used to go to the Body Shop it was for stuff that looked like this…
I was the Body Shop’s biggest fan in the 90s, especially their Endangered Species range and the fact that everyone always fell into one of two camps; Dewberry or White Musk. I was White Musk for the simple fact that my mum loved the dewberry stuff – being the brat that I am I wanted to be different.
Over the years it’s nice to see that when all the older childhood high street shops (Woolworths, C&A, Rumbelows etc) have all been victim to the downward economic turn and the rise of online shopping; the Body Shop has stayed solid on the high street and gone from strength to strength. It’s also poignant that long before it became trendy morally essential to be vegan/cruelty free, The Body Shop were zeitgeists in this field. What begs the question is if they were able to be so ethical so early on, what was everyone else’s excuse?
Anyway, I digress. These days, at the ripe old age of 36, whilst The Body Shop may not be my 1st go to for all my beauty needs, there are a few products from there that continue to be beauty staples of mine; the drops of youth liquid peel gets rid of all the dead skin on your face and gives you a lush glow when used once a week, and their lip scuff is something I got in a set when I was about 13 and have used ever since. Hate it when you wear red lippy and your lips get all dry and peely? This lip scuff will stop that from happening if used before you go out. #newmansbeautytips
When the lovely Abs at work started being a Body Shop consultant, she kindly put together a ‘borrow box’ for me with all her favourite products to have a play around with and see what I thought
For the bath/shower:
Camomile eye make up remover:
I’m terrible at remembering to take my make up off after a night out, well that’s not quite true, I do remember, I jut can’t be bothered, so wipes or make up remover is always handy to have by my bedside. This one is more like micellar water in consistency and you need quite a lot of it to be effective. It does however, remove even the most water proof of mascaras and doesn’t sting your eyes when you throw it on your face whilst drunk.
Almond milk & honey exfoliating cream scrub:
I’m normally a wash and go kinda gal, although I am partial to a scrub every now and again if i’m feeling a little extra. I’m not a fan of anything with honey in, for the smell more than anything else but this scrub smells more almondy than honey which is good. I used it as an exfoliator before putting some fake tan on for the weekend and did the job perfectly. Not only does it smooth the elephant skin on your knees and elbows but the creaminess of it really moisturises too.
Mango shower gel:
Shower gel is something actually quite important to me as i think you can often smell it more on people than whatever lotion or perfume they use (controversial opinion I know) so I love a good smelling one to feel nice and fresh coming out the shower. This shower gel smells INCREDIBLE. What’s even better is that the smell lasted on my skin most of the day. I reckon if you used this along with the matching body butter you’d be the best smelling kid on the block.
Mediterranean almond milk with oats instant soothing mask:
It’s not often I use a face mask and see a difference afterwards. I think the fact this is creamy but also acts as an exfoliator means it really brightens up your skin after wearing it for 5 minutes or so. I’d had quite a heavy weekend last weekend so my skin was looking a little tired and grey, this was exactly the perk I needed.
For the body:
Coconut body butter:
Since I switched to wearing jeggings over looser jeans my legs get really dry with not getting much air. Everyone knows that The Body Shop’s body butter is stuff of legends. I used to love the mango one but since I don’t have a body shop local to me any more I haven’t used it in a while. I’m not a massive fan of coconut in general so would never choose this scent, but as far as results go, it really helps for after a bath to keep you legs (or anywhere else for that matter) silky smooth for the summer.
For the face:
Drops of light serum:
I’ve always loved the concept of things you can add to your regular, cheaper everyday products and can give them a bit of a boost without having to fork out a fortune on an entire expensive range. Drops of Light is one of those products. You add a few drops to your moisturiser or foundation to give you an instant lift. The first time I tried it I used 3 drops which was too much; it made my moisturiser too thin, but 2 drops was the optimum amount. It glides on your skin well and sinks in nicely making your skin feel nice and tight. It’s perfect for that night out look or if you’re feeling a little dull after a heavy night.
Vitamin E cream cleanser:
This one you apply then remove with a cotton pad which is all very well for those times when you’re getting ready after work and want to redo your make up but for morning and night I’d rather feel like I’ve had a proper wash. As a cleanser, this works brilliantly, it does remove everything off your face. However for me, I need a cleanser that I use water to wash off.
Vitamin E moisture cream:
I’ve never been massively fussy when it comes to a moisturiser I have quite robust skin; it’s not particularly sensitive, or overly dry, just a little prone to acne now and again. I usually just use it as a base for my make up, for which purpose, this works perfectly well. It’s not too thick or heavy although does dry in extremely quickly so need to get your make up on sharpish so it it blends in well.
Shimmer waves bronzer:
I’ve saved the best for last with this bronzer. I’m a massive fan of Collections bronzer but it lasts about 5 seconds before it starts to fade away. This bronzer if everything i’ve looked for and more. It’s really subtle so you can build to the shade that suits you the most, it doesn’t look like you’ve just painted 2 orange stripes on your cheeks like some bronzers can do and it lasts all day! £16 may sound a bit extravagant but considering a MAC bronzer/blusher is £20, this is just as good if not better. Plus blushers and bronzers last an absolute lifetime so is 100% worth the investment.
If, like me, you’re not able to get to an actual Body Shop to buy your wares, contacting a consultant is the next best thing. They’re all super knowledgeable about all the products, help you decide what would be best for you based of your skin type, and can discuss arranging delivery/collection in certain local areas to save on a bit of postage.