The Body Shop is a globally well known British Cosmetics Brand whose presence is felt in more than 60 countries. You can always find The Body Shop Outlets in various malls and shopping centres. It’s quite popular all over. In fact, my very first face wash was from The Body Shop. No, it wasn’t from Himalayas or Garnier! I was gifted a voucher by a cousin and with the guidance from my aunt whose a Body Shop regular and the SA, I was asked to pick up The Body Shop Seaweed Face Wash along with the Mattifying Day Cream. This was all when I was in first year of college. It was period where I didn’t even know my skin type, so it was purely a random pick. I remember I wasn’t fascinated in the products. Fast forward to the present, I know what would suit my skin type better and have tried various The Body Shop Products some of which were good and some weren’t. Coming to today’s post, I’m going to share my experience with some of the Best Selling The Body Shop Products. Are they worth the hype and investment? Hop on.
Before going into the review, let’s go over to the most queried question
Is The Body Shop Cruelty-Free?
Yes The Body Shop is Cruelty-Free. You must be aware there were speculations some years ago when The Body Shop was under the L’Oreal Company which tests on animals. Now that the ownership has changed yet again, it is clearly confirmed that The Body Shop is Cruelty Free. It is now owned by Natura, a Brazilian company which is strongly against animal testing and has even initiated no animal testing petitions. On other note, The Body Shop is the first company to be certified with a Leaping Bunny Logo in 1997. All The Body Shop Products are vegetarian and they also have a couple of Vegan Friendly options.
List of The Body Shop Products featured in this post:
- The Body Shop Skin Clearing Tea Tree Facial Wash
- The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel
- The Body Shop Shea Body Butter
- The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Gel Lotion
- The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Cream
- The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum
- The Body Shop All In One Base Makeup
1. The Body Shop Skin Clearing Tea Tree Facial Wash
Since I have acne prone skin, I always lookout for products that target acne or pimples. I was eyeing on the tea tree oil but ended up picking the most basic product, the face wash among the entire Tea Tree Range. I was high on pimples when I first started using this a couple of years ago. As you can see, it is a greenish gel based face wash with a medium thick consistency. A dollup of the face wash was more than enough to clean my face as it foams up nicely. It has the signature Tea Tree Oil smell which I’m used to. But new Tea Tree Oil users may find it medicinal and strong on the nose. For me the scent wasn’t overpowering compared to the other Tea Tree Oil Products that I’ve used. This face wash has a cooling effect on the skin while washing off and instantly feels refreshing. It rinses off easily as it doesn’t have too much of slip like other gel face washes. It clears off dirt and impurities really well, totally no complaints on the cleaning part. My skin also looks clean, clear and brighter. The face wash did not feel drying in the first few washes, but after days of using, I felt this made my skin a little drier unless I use more hydrating products. So I sticked to using it only once per day, usually at the end of the day. Coming to its effects on acne, it did help in controlling my acne breakouts and also heal existing acne faster. Overall, this is a great purifying face wash for those suffering from frequent breakouts. Also, this 250 ml bottle will easily last for more than 4 months, even when used daily, twice a day. This is one of my all time favourites for acne and my current cleanser as well.
2. The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel
This Satsuma and the Strawberry variant are the most popular ones among all TBS shower gels. I got this one as I love citrus scented body products. But unfortunately this scent failed to impress me. The fragrance is exactly as that of Fanta (a popular soft drink). It is not bad as such but I did not like this scent in my shower gel. As it is strongly scented my whole bathroom smells like Fanta and the Fanta smell even remains on my skin after bathing for the initial two or three hours. This shower gel does not foam up heavily with just hands, unlike the Neutrogena Rainbath Shower Gel, but a little was enough to bring it to a rich foam using my loofah. It leaves a slippery residue on my skin so I always use more water to rinse off. The shower gel do give a refreshing cleaned up feel and do not dry out skin which is good thing. But still I needed to moisturize thereafter as I have very dry body skin. Overall, this isn’t a bad shower gel, I know a lot of people who raves about this, it’s just that I did not like its fragrance.
3. The Body Shop Shea Body Butter
Just like their shower gels, The Body Shop has got a variety of Body Butters. If there is one product that you need to try from TBS, then it must be their Body Butters. I went in for the Shea Butter variant which has a mild nutty fragrance. This body butter is super nourishing with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Babassau oil. It has the perfect semi thick buttery texture. I usually apply in dots and then massage over nicely, in that way it covers each and every area and gets absorbed completely. This does not leave any residue nor feels greasy. It instantly moisturizers and skin looks healthy and supple. It tackles dryness superbly. My skin is prone to itchiness if it’s dry or cracked and applying this twice a day has healed them completely. This is an amazing body butter that all the normal to dry skin beauties should try. I loved this.
4. The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Replenishing Gel Lotion
I remember this being launched recently. Just like its name, this Gel Crème Lotion is super lightweight on the skin and is perfect for the summer season. It has a fast absorbing smooth and light texture that sinks in with seconds. It has a bit of coolness when it touches the skin and leaves no greasiness, chip chip or oily residue. It is not very moisturizing but adds a burst of hydration into the skin. It is best for those oily skin ladies who wants a light hydrating body lotion. It also adds a healthy glow to the skin with its suppleness. Above all, the fragrance is mesmerising. It has a very fresh, summery light fragrance which can be irritating for sensitive noses. The scent does not stay long and yes re-application is needed since it’s a light lotion. I thoroughly loved using this Gel Crème Lotion and have been eyeing on their newly launched Body Yogurts now.
5. The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Cream
I received samples of these along with my Body Shop orders. Despite being an award winning product, I was initially doubtful if this will suit my acne prone skin but gladly this didn’t break me out. This is not a rich cream as I thought, but more of a gel cream product that is lightweight on the skin. It absorbs so quickly and leaves the skin moisturized without being greasy or shiny. In fact, I think this will not be enough moisturizing for very dry skin types. I guess dry skin types can use this in your multiple step skin care routine. I simply liked how this instantly left my skin soft and the next day I wake up with healthy and supple skin. I was impressed with the usage of these samples which lasted me for a week atleast. It has got Black Cumin Oil, Rosehip Oil and Camellia Oil which I believe are great anti-ageing ingredients. The Sleeping Cream has a warm perfume kind of scent which vanes away within seconds of application, so it’s not a bother. In all, this is a perfect non-greasy night cream suitable for those with oily-normal skin and in your late 20’s. If I had all the money, I would be getting this full size to see it’s long term benefits.
6. The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum
This is possession of, one of our writers, Sneha. She swears that this is the best hair serum out there. It is rare to find a hair serum that doesn’t weigh down fine hair. But this is it! The Grapeseed Glossing Serum not only imparts shine and detangles hair, it adds a beautiful bounce to fine hair. It smoothens out every strands and stays frizz proof for atleast 4 days. It also removes static from hair which is a major problem for those living in the dry weather. Styling the hair also becomes easier after applying this serum. It has the right thick consistency of a serum and one pump is all she needs to tame her mid waist length mane. The hair serum has a mild fruity fragrance which lingers for about half a day (totally non-bothering) but still makes you smell fresh for the next couple of days. Except for the silicones, there isn’t a reason why you shouldn’t buy this.
7. The Body Shop All in One Face Base
This was one of my earliest compacts, yet again gifted by my aunt during my college days. I absolutely adored and loved using this for giving me a nice polished look without giving a made up look. The powder is silky smooth and velvety soft. It has got no fragrance at all which is a big plus for sensitive noses like me. The compact comes with a mirror and separate sponge which is soft and is of good quality. The all in one face base is available in 5 shades and I had the shade 02 which is a light beige. This powder can be used both wet and dry. It has light coverage when used dry and medium coverage when used wet. It does not cover very dark spots and pigmentation though. The powder is mattifying and is perfect for oily and acne prone skin types as it has never broken me out. Powders are usually not suitable for dry skin types and so is this one. Although it can be used after a heavy duty moisturizer to prevent the powder from clinging onto dry patches. The staying power of this powder is good too. My face looks fresh and nice for around 5-6 hours after that I need a light touch up. In all, I loved this product. But I will probably not repurchase it as it’s expensive. If you are going to buy an expensive base compact, I will only recommend the MAC Studio Fix Compact Plus Foundation.
My final thoughts on The Body Shop Products.
Usually I don’t fall for such mid range-luxury brands, but I have a soft spot for The Body Shop. I have liked most of the products that I have tried so far and I always keep a close watch to their sale seasons. TBH, that’s the only time I buy their products. The high price is usually justified with its longevity, as most of them last for a couple of months.
My all time favourites from The Body Shop are the Tree Tea Skin Clearing Facial Wash and The Shea Body Butter.
Let downs? Most of them are high on (artificial) fragrance. In fact, The Body Shop is known for its fragrances. Those who love a variety of scents in their products will love this brand and it will be otherwise for people who are sensitive and allergic to fragrances. Also, some might be scared of its long list of chemicals in the ingredient list. On a positive note, The Body Shop is against animal testing, favoring Cruelty Free lovers.
In a nut shell, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand that is worth your money. They are great performers so do get them if you are not obsessed with being all natural.
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