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! My aunt gifted me The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream along with the face wash. That was when I was a fresher in college. It was period where I didn’t even know my skin type. I clearly remember I wasn’t fascinated with the products. Fast forward to the present, I know what would suit my skin type better. Now that I have tried a handful of The Body Shop Products, I’ll be sharing my experience with them in this post. Honestly some of them were good and some weren’t. Read on to know more about them. Are they really worth the hype and investment? Hop on.
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Let’s started with the frequently asked question about The Body Shop
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
- The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Protect Emulsion SPF 30 PA +++
- The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother
- The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cleansing Oil in Gel
Lets get into the reviews
The Body Shop Review
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 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 started using it once a day, usually at the end of the day which was more beneficial.
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.
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 scent lingers on my skin for the initial two or three hours post shower. 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.
Where to buy? Amazon.com
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4. The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Replenishing Gel Lotion
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Replenishing Gel 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.
Where to buy? Amazon.com
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.
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 Body Shop 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 first compact foundation. 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. It’s a great product but I have moved on to the MAC Studio Fix Compact Plus Foundation as it has more coverage.
8. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Protect Emulsion SPF 30 PA +++
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Protect Emulsion SPF 30 PA +++ claims to be a lightweight lotion that acts as a moisturizer plus sun protection which is true. It is a milky white runny emulsion. It’s liquidy in consistency hence it spreads and blends effortlessly. The sunscreen is highly moisturizing that it can make you look greasy or oily if you have oily skin or stay in a humid weather. Not that a layer of compact powder can’t resolve the shininess issue though. However I doubt that one can use the recommended ¼ teaspoon with this sunscreen as I’m sure this will make oily skin types shine like a disco ball. Typically this will be a great sunscreen for dry to very dry skin types and the cold winter months. The sunscreen has a dewy finish and exhibits a very mild white cast in person but an obvious flashback in photographs. It’s not that bad though. Having using a lot of sunscreens, I will say this sunscreen exhibits a minimal white cast. The sunscreen has a synthetic floral cream fragrance which is not too bothering. The packaging of the product is sleek and the pump dispenser is convenient to use. However when the product reaches the bottom of the bottle, the pump fails to dispense the remaining product out. When I shake the bottle I could sense the emulsion inside it. So unless I break open the pump, some of the product is left behind unused.
Unfortunately, since this is not a sunscreen for my oily to combination skin type, I didn’t really enjoy using this. However if you have super dry skin, you will love how nourishing this sunscreen is. The Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, WheatGerm Oil are all excellent skin soothing ingredients so those with sensitive skin and easily prone to sun burns will benefit from this sunscreen.
9. The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother
Just like its name, this is an instant skin smoother. It smoothens out fine lines, blurs out pores, gives a silky smooth finish while providing skincare benefits of Vitamin C. In short, this is a skincare plus makeup product. The smooth finish it provides is perfect as a makeup base. It is recommended to use the instant smoother after your cleansing, toning and moisturizing steps.
The The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother has a light serum like gel texture that spreads and gets absorbed easily. It has got a citrus fragrance that’s kind of refreshing but those who are sensitive to fragrance might not like it. The product as such stays true to its claim of providing a smooth skin. However, personally I didn’t see any benefit of using this product except that as a primer. But then I can easily replace this product with a less priced primer. The fragrance is a bit turn off for me, as it might irritate sensitive skin and also leads to pimples on acne prone skin.
Overall, the product is what it claims to be. It is upto to you whether you need this product. As for me, I don’t find it beneficial for my skin and investing in this product is not fruitful.
10. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cleansing Oil in Gel
The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cleansing Oil in Gel has a unique oil in gel formulation to cleanse the skin while providing nourishment to the skin. The cleanser is enriched with 3 precious seed oils that helps to keep the skin’s natural moisture balanced.
The cleanser is suitable for standalone use as well as a makeup remover. I usually require a pea sized amount of the product. I massage it directly on dry skin. The pale orange gel melts into an oil providing a warm sensation like some cleansing oils. It dissolves skin impurities and makeup really well. After a few seconds of massaging the oil, I moisten my fingers and continue massaging. Upon contact with water, the oil emulsifies into a milky essence further dissolving impurities deep inside the pores. Finally I rinse it off with generous splashes of water to reveal smoother and cleaner skin. The cleanser doesn’t leave the skin dry at all, instead it leaves the skin radiant and nourished.
Overall, it is a great heavy duty cleanser that isn’t drying but leaves the skin clean, fresh and nourished. I got it during the sales. I do recommend this cleanser for all skin types.
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.
That is all we have for today. See you in another interesting post soon. Don’t forget to share your thoughts, experiences with the brand in the comments section below. If you have any other brand review suggestions, do let me know in the comments as well. Thank You so much for reading until the end.