The Body Shop is possibly one of the most exciting beauty brands out there. They offer a huge range of bath and body products, alongside skincare, makeup, home-spa products and fragrance. It’s a one-stop-pamper-shop for all your self-care Sunday needs.
I popped into my local store at intu Potteries, and the team very kindly gifted me a whole load of goodies to try out. Their products are 100% cruelty-free, as The Body Shop are huge advocates for sustainability and against animal testing. All of their products are vegetarian, with over half being vegan.
The Hanley team talked me through a lot of their products and helped me select products best for my skin, hair and body. They showed me how products worked and what their benefits were and were incredibly helpful and friendly!
Let’s get into the products I picked up:
The Body Shop Vitamin C Skincare:
I picked up The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Revealing Liquid Peel (£18.00) and The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Moisturiser (£16.00).
The liquid peel amazed me. Genuinely amazed me. I stood in the store with my jaw wide open as I stared at the results. The sales assistant showed me how to use the liquid face peel on the back of my hand. She applied a small blob and began to rub it in a circular motion. I could see the product begin to go clumpy, which was actually the dead skin cells on my hand clumping together! It’s like one of those really gross, but satisfying things.
I use this only around twice a week, usually on a Sunday night and one evening in the week. I use half a pump and massage into my face in a circular motion until I see the cells begin to clump. After using this product and applying the matching moisturiser, my skin looks so smooth, even and literally flawless. Since using this product my skin has looked visibly brighter and healthier, meaning I can go out without makeup on and feel confident that my skin doesn’t look dull or tired.
After using the peel, I always follow with the Vitamin C Moisturiser, which works really well alongside it. It’s a gel-like formula and very lightweight which I love as I hate feeling caked in product. When I used it on my hand in the shop, the difference between my two hands was crazy. My left looked dull, uneven and veiny, whilst my right hand looked like an Instagram filter.
It’s beautifully brightening and smells great. It also features cooling aloe vera to help soothe skin. This introduction to the range has made me desperate to go back and grab some more skincare saviours from the Vitamin C selection.
The Body Shop – Coconut scented products:
Give me coconut fragranced everything, please. I have been using The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream (£5.00) for a few weeks now, and if it’s not on my bedside table, it’s in my handbag. When I popped in store, I picked up the The Body Shop Coconut Lip Butter (£4.50) for me to use each night before bed. It’s a really thick, creamy product that feels highly nourishing due to the shea butter.
The final coconut scented product I grabbed was The Body Shop Coconut Exfoliating Body Scrub (£6.00). I like to use this on areas where I am prone to eczema in this weather, like my elbows, knees and my ankles. It leaves my skin feeling super smooth and soft and smells like the beginning of summer.
The Body Shop Fragrance:
I sprayed every single bottle in the store on various parts of my arm and finally fell in love with The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Eau De Toilette (£15.00). When you start incorporating fruity scents like strawberry into a perfume, it’s difficult for it to not smell like that stuff you would spray on everything you owned at age 7. The Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss is a sweet scented blend of florals cherry blossom and peonies with just a hint of strawberry, just enough to make it a great everyday spritz. This is my new ‘handbag spray’ and comes everywhere with me for those mornings I was in a rush and forgot to put perfume on in the morning, or to just add a bit of freshness throughout the day.
The Body Shop Makeup:
Considering The Body Shop is a sort of ‘everything’ store, you wouldn’t expect them to have a huge makeup range, but actually, they stock more products than most drugstore brands. I picked up three makeup products, one being the velvety The Body Shop Insta-blur Primer (£15.00) which is a vegan primer. I usually use the Benefit Pore-fessional, which isn’t cruelty-free, so the Insta-blur is a great swap. It has shine-controlling, blemish-hiding, pore-concealing and smoothing properties making skin look, as the name suggests, blurred.
Secondly, I grabbed The Body Shop Big and Curvy Mascara (£10.00). I am the fussiest person ever when it comes to mascara wands and like Goldilocks, it has to be ‘just right’. Usually, I prefer the plastic comb like wands as opposed to the larger bristly ones. The Big and Curvy wand is somewhere in the middle and I really like it. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will have seen the image I posted on my stories demonstrating the difference. It made my lashes super long and fluttery, and it’s definitely a product I would re-buy when I run out!
The final makeup product I picked up was The Body Shop Liquid Lip Colour in Tuscany Lily (£7.00). The lip colour does look darker in the bottle than it applies, as it goes on a deep pinky nude as opposed to the burgundy colour of the bottle, but I like this and you can swatch in store to pick your fave. It’s very creamy to apply due to the beeswax, and then dries down to a matte. I did the ‘gig test’ on this lippy and it lasted the whole gig without budging or needing to reapply.
The Body Shop Shea Butter babes:
Shea Butter is probably my favourite body product fragrance. Whilst The Body Shop have a huge range of scents for every product, Shea is a classic and it’s very comforting in my opinion. The Body Shop Shea Butter Hair Mask (£12.00) is a brand new release. It’s a really thick, buttery mask which is great for dry and damaged hair. I am using this once a week as a deep condition, then blowdrying to reveal smooth bouncy hair that looks less frizzy or static.
Shea is working wonders for my hair and also my skin. The Body Shop Shea Nourishing Body Lotion (£8.50) features Community Trade Shea Butter from Ghana. I love using this straight out of the bath and slather it all over my legs and arms. There is no better feeling than fresh bedding, shaved legs and a healthy helping of Shea Butter Lotion.