I have been using The Body Shop’s White Musk Libertine Eau de Parfum over the past few weeks.
In my very early teenage years, maybe even earlier – The Body Shop was my favourite shop. I’m sure lots of people would remember their Fuzzy Peach, Dewberry and White Musk perfume oils as vividly as I do! Nobody could have bought me something I would have wanted more. It was also the first place I ever tried a bronzer – their bronzing balls to be precise. I turned to my sister and said how do I look, her eyes opened wide and she politely said ‘browner’. I clearly didn’t master applying bronzer on the first attempt.
I have always loved the Body Shop’s principles. They have twice won the RSPCA’s good business award, and were involved in the EU movement that banned animal testing for finished cosmetic products in 2004, and for ingredients in 2009. The Body Shop is approved by ‘The Humaine Cosmetics Standard’. They also use part recycled bottles, which they say, has saved them having to buy 9 million new plastic bottles each year. The section on their website called ‘Values & Campaigns’ is very interesting.
Their products have changed a lot since I was in my early teens – an embarrassing amount of years ago – so I thought I would do my current top 8 things from their range, after having had a little wander into their store in Dublin today!
1) Long Handled Cactus Bath Brush £ 9.00 – Can be used daily for dry body brushing, which I have every intention of doing daily to improve circulation, but often forget. Or it can be used wet in the shower with a shower gel. I noticed a few people have mentioned in reviews they find this brush very hard – personally I like them like that.
2) Cranberry Joy Home Fragrance Oil £3.50 – I buy this every Christmas, it is my very favourite Body Shop room fragrance oil to burn. They don’t sell it all year round, and it really is a fabulous smell. They also sell the burners, I like their white ceramic one very much, I have a different one of their’s that I bought a few years ago.
3) Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil £16.00 – Reminiscent of NARS Body Glow which is nearly three times the price. This isn’t a tanner, it enhances the skin or a tan that is there and makes it glow. Perfect for evenings. The honey that is used, is fair trade honey from Ethiopia, which is an added nice thing about this product.
4) Coconut Milk Body Lotion £8.00 – The Body Shop are so famous for their ‘Body Butters’ but I love the ease and speed of a spray – obviously it wouldn’t be as rich on the skin. A spray body milk is so much easier to travel with. I actually took their Brazil Nut dry oil spray on my travels with me, and it lasted me the full 6 weeks. The appear to have discontinued it which is so frustrating. If coconut isn’t a favourite scent of people’s (it smells very much like a beach holiday) their Moringa version of the same product, is a lovely smell. Both are suitable for normal skin types.
5) Moroccan Rose Eau de Toilette £15.00 – Perfect handbag size of 50ml. I love to carry something fresh for throughout the day. I have already mentioned the White Musk Libertine so I thought I would choose a different one. I love the smell of rose, but a few hours later it almost smelt musky which is a real favourite of mine. Very feminine. For anyone who likes Stella McCartney’s rose based perfume, go and have a smell of this as a cheaper alternative.
6) Love etc Body Butter £12.50 – I have picked Love etc of the body butters because I love the smell and the packaging. I would in-fact use any of them! The smell is up to the individual. I always feel like I’m doing a really nice thing for my body using these products. My personal favourites apart from the already mentioned, are Shea Butter, Vitamin E and the new clever Duo Sweetpea – which is split into two – for normal skin and drier areas.
7) Africa Honey & Beeswax Hand & Foot Butter £10.00 – Great value for a hand and foot cream that lasts for as long as this one does – it is fairly rich so you only need a little. This is not a practical hand cream to carry around in a handbag, it is in a relatively heavy glass jar. More suitable for a nighttime treatment next to the bed. And of course this is not British beeswax, they use fair trade beeswax from Cameroon.
8 ) Tea Tree Oil £6.00 – Can be applied directly to spots and blemishes or can be used when doing a facial steam – a few drops in a bowl of boiling water. Unlike other blemish treatments I have tired that are very harsh, it doesn’t burn away the skin around the blemish or dry it out.
Other products I am very keen to try but haven’t as yet, are the Cucumber Water, Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF30 (love a built in SPF, I would imagine this would be good for men, as well as women), Banana Shampoo and Conditioner – which Anita Roddick, the Body Shop’s founder has listed as favourite’s, and the Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask.
The Body Shop in Ireland is quite significantly higher priced than it is in the UK. Similarly in the USA. Being a British company, I guess that makes sense, but I do feel Ireland gets a rather hard time with cosmetic prices.
Please share with me any current or past favourite Body Shop products – we’ve very probably all got one!!