Thursday, 5 September 2013

The Body Shop up their game. Camomile Cleansing Butter and Oil.


Last weekend I had my usual pre-September clear out and re-organised pretty much everything - including products for testing - which due to the school holidays had taken a back seat. No more! Back with a vengeance. 

These new cleansers from The Body Shop, whilst not perfect - are a step in the right direction.

First up: Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

This, for regular readers, is a dupe for Clinique TTDO Balm, which in turn is a dupe for something like Emma Hardie Moringa Balm. They all work, but the clues are in the ingredients.

There is no mineral oil in any of them, but there is a 'synthetic wax' in this version from the Body Shop - along with shea butter in an ethylhexyl palmitate* base making it a complete no-no for acne/combination skin. 
You could use it as a first cleanse if you were wearing really heavy makeup if you wanted to - but you would definitely need to go in with something more suitable for your skin as a second cleanse to make sure it was all off.
It should be ok for anyone with dry/really dry or sensitive skin though. 
  • takes makeup off effortlessly.
  • a little goes a long way
  • it says you can apply and then rinse off - I wouldn't dream of using something with this consistency without a facecloth - you're asking for trouble - even if you thoroughly tone afterwards
  • works out to £13.33 per 100ml, compared to Clinique £16.80 per 100ml, Emma Hardie £34.00 per 100ml and Eve Lom £55.00 per 100ml.


This is the nice surprise. I used this last night to remove makeup and again this morning to see how it performed on bare skin.
Top performing on both counts. 
  • removed mascara like it was a mere swipe of a pencil
  • no sticky residue
  • has a definite scent but it's not overpowering - and it doesn't (thank GOD) smell like camomile tea
  • once again they say rinse off- gag - get a flannel on your skin stat - these are oils - they are literally designed to leave residue - no matter how much they 'emulsify'.
  • left skin soft and smooth
  • £5.00 per 100ml (!!) compared with Shu Uemura £19.67 per 100ml
Both of these are great value, work well and recommended (used in the way I recommend - obvs).

As an aside:

I always get comments when I mention TBS - so I thought it was worth mentioning some things that always come up.
I often think The Body shop have set themselves up to disappoint some people by simply being ahead of their time. Anita Roddick was talking about Fair Trade, mineral oil (from the non-sustainable point of view) and animal testing almost from the brand's inception. 
The fact that L'Oreal are now the parent company has put off many who say that the brand can no longer be animal-friendly due to L'Oreal selling in China. I guess it's entirely up to you and your beliefs.
I say this: The Body Shop are still endorsed by Cruelty-Free International - and they know way more about these things than I do - I've seen them at work. They are hardcore. If they are happy, I'm happy.



Body Shop products are available on www.thebodyshop.co.uk

*PR samples - but totally on the 'would purchase' list
*No affiliate links

*ethylhexyl palmitate is derived from palm oil - but everything I can find leads me to believe that TBS uses sustainable, responsibly-sourced palm oil sources

57 comments:

  1. Caroline thank goodness for your blog! I was going to get the sumptuous cleansing butter but have oily/combo skin that's been quite sensitive to anything but EH recently (had a bit of a bad reaction to the Botanics cleanser) sounds like this Body Shop offering won't be suitable either. Lesson learnt - always check beautymouth.com before trying any other cleansers!

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  2. I've actually been eyeing these two products for the last few days, especially since there is a 30% discount on all of the Body Shop products in France at the moment!
    Love your blog, it has taught me so much about skincare ! I'm now a COMPLETE addict *_* !

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  3. I work at The Body Shop and I can confirm the palm oil is from a sustainable source. Also regarding the cleansing butter - it can be okay for oily/combination skin. I have this skin type and find the butter is fine for my skinalthough I was sceptical as it is a 'butter'. However, like you said, you must use a cloth (I always recommend the muslin cloth with it) and again like you said to use a toner suitable for your skin afterwards.

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  4. Thanks so much Caroline, off to get them as my skin is dry/dehydrated, and my EH is just about gone. I know I've said this before but, thanks so much again for the Starflower recommendation for breast pain, amazing!!

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  5. Thank you for this post! I was going to purchase the balm, but as I have combination/acne prone skin, I may buy the oil instead. x

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  6. A question on your reiteration of using a flannel, rather than the products. Currently I use a flannel, and can't imagine not. However, I'm about to go backpacking around South America for 6 months, and doubt I will be able to provide myself with a clean, dry flannel every morning. What are your suggestions for good cleansers which will wash off with water (oily/combination skin)? Plus, if you have time, any other recommendations for minimal skincare..
    Thanks x

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    1. Can I second this question? Thanks!

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    2. Hi Laura,

      I've been using Wright's Coal Tar Soap to wash my flannels before they go in the wash and *whispers* I'm going days without washing machining them as it gets them SPOTLESS. No mascara or foundation staining at all, it leaves them bright white and smelling lovely. You could stick a bar in a little box and carry it with you to tide you over until you can get to a launderette..?

      Lxx

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    3. Hi Laura

      Google 'washi cloths'. I travel a fair amount with work and these are brilliant. They take up hardly any room at all. These and the suggestion above could be a good combo? x

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    4. Hi Laura

      Google 'washi cloths'. I travel a lot with work and these are brilliant. They take up hardly any room at all, but I find them to be as effective as a flannel (and much better than muslin cloths IMHO). These coupled with the suggestion above could be a good combo? x

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    5. REN clay cleanser is fantastic and caroline has a post about it. Quite bulky packaging though :(

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  7. Will the oil be fine for acne prone skin?

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    1. I would like to know this too. It's unclear.

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  8. Thank you, I just bought them and they were on offer for 3 for 2 (UK).

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  9. Quick question: Triclosan in skincare, YES or NO?

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  10. Hi Caroline, I was thinking of purchasing the Clinique TTDO Balm but after reading this I'm unsure as you said here that the Ethylhexyl Palmitate makes this unsuitable for acne prone/oily skin however the TTDO balm also contains this ingredient yet you say that is suitable for the most acnaic of skin? Please clarify x

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    1. It's more because of the synthetic wax in this one as opposed to the palm oil. Don't worry. TTDO should be fine - although a reader above says she uses it on acne/combi skin and it's ok..

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    2. Christy, I too have acne prone/oily skin and the TTDO balm works wonders on my skin. I've been using it for about 3 weeks as my first cleanser and haven't had a breakout yet. Definitely use a flannel to take it off.

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  11. I was so looking forward to you writing this post, thank you! It's a shame that you don't think the butter would be good for acne-prone skin but I trust your judgement :) How do you think the oil would be for acne-prone skin?

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    1. I second this question.

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  12. Thank you for reviewing these! I've been wanting to buy them but was waiting to see if they would get your seal of approval first! Will definitely be getting the cleansing oil now, I've been looking for a good one on a budget for a while!

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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  13. Caroline how could we do without your blog? Will definitely get the butter and the oil, both sound good for my dry skin. Also my wallet needs to take a break from expensive skin fixes. I owe you a chilled glass of wine from Italy. Grazie! ♥

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  14. This definitely sounds like a cheaper cleansing balm aternative, i love your reviews. I'm not a huge fan of the body shop, just because everything smells so strong, but I do believe their natural and cruelty free ethos is wonderful, even if they do sell in China.

    roshjourney.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The Body Shop definitely DOES NOT sell in China. If they did they would be required to test on animals, which in no way shape or form they do. As for the fragrance, you could always try things like the Shea range, or Aloe Vera, those things aren't very scented.

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    2. The Body Shop definitely DOES NOT sell in China. If they did they would be required to test on animals, which in no way, shape or form do they or would do. Also in regards to the fragrance you could always try things like Shea or Aloe Vera if you don't like things that are very scented.

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    3. The Body Shop may not sell in China but their new owner, L'Oreal does.

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    4. The Body Shop may not sell in China but their owner, L'Oreal does.

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  15. Worked at the Body Shop for two years--yes, any palm oil used in TBS's products is sustainable.

    I received the Cleansing Butter as a sample prior to the launch of the line. Absolutely loved how it melted my makeup off- even my most stubborn mascaras. I always double cleansed when using it, but still, unfortunately, broke out in huge cysts (I'm acne prone/combination/sensitive). Was very disappointed because it made my skin feel super soft/look healthy initially. I did, cautiously, try a bit of the Cleansing Oil, and that seemed to be ok.

    Very happy though, that TBS has released a line like this.

    Thanks for reviewing!

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  16. Hi Caroline, what do you think about the No7 beautiful skin melting gel cleanser? Would love to hear your thoughts, I have combination, blemish prone skin.

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  17. Hi Caroline, what do you think of the No7 beautiful skin melting gel cleanser? I have combination, blemish prone skin.

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  18. Hi Caroline! Did you try REN n. 1 purity cleanser? At night, facial oil AND hyaluronic acid serum (very light) is too much? if it's not, what is it better to apply first? thank you!!

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  19. I just tried the oil last week.. unfortunately it broke me out !
    Now i know why...
    I will try Emma Hardie next!

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  20. Hi Caroline, I recently came across your blog through other youtubers/bloggers and I am now obsessed!

    I have been making a radical change to my skincare regime and was wondering, what light morning cleanser would you recommend for acne prone, oily skin? Also, TTDO or Emma Hardy for my balm cleanse?

    I would love it if you could help me xx

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    1. Hi Rachel,

      I bought Sunday Riley ceramic Slip cleanser for a.m. and evening second cleanse after seeing caroline's interview with Pixiwoo. Really love it for my oily skin. I bought the emma hardie before caroline review Clinique TTDO. Im enjoying it, but want to try Clinique to price and convenience, I live in the US. :)

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    2. Hi Rachel,

      I bought Sunday Riley ceramic Slip cleanser for a.m. and evening second cleanse after seeing caroline's interview with Pixiwoo. Really love it for my oily skin. I bought the emma hardie before caroline review Clinique TTDO. Im enjoying it, but want to try Clinique to price and convenience, I live in the US. :)

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  21. Hey Caroline!
    I'm very confused about essential oils, is vegetable oil one? Is palm oil one, or its derivative?

    Thank you so much! Have a lovely weekend - Alice xxx

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  22. I've never tried out skincare (except the body butters of course) by The Body Shop, but now I'm intrigued :). Especially by the Silky Cleansing Oil, it seems like it would make a nice affordable first cleanser or second cleanser :). Can't wait to see more reviews! x.

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  23. Caroline do you recommend the oil to oily acne prone skin?

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  24. I too have bad acne. My sister has tried this and loves it but she is luckier than I am )-:

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  25. Good to see that TBS uses Palm Oil products from reputable sources. As someone who lives in Singapore and had to endure 2 weeks of staying indoors and wearing a mask (me and my 2 kids under 7 that is) because of the burning of palm oil forests in Indonesia, it is good to know that in buying TBS products we are not indirectly supporting these illegal burning of forests. - Lyn

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  26. I'm glad to hear that TBS uses palm oil from sustainable sources. This really is important. I live in Singapore and we had to remain indoors for 2 weeks whilst we waited for toxic smoke to move away from our island as a result of the burning of illegal palm oil forests in Indonesia. Try inhaling the smoke from over 200 fires, just over 30 miles form you, blown in your direction in 40 degree heat and 90% humidity with 2 kids under 7 for 2 weeks. It wasn't pretty. Knowing TBS uses sustainable sources makes me more inclined to shop there. Lyn Hudson

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  27. Dear Caroline,

    I'm a 25 year old male student living in Paris and I decided to invest some money in the P50 Recherche Biologique. So yes, I finally bought and it's the first time I buy such an expensive skincare product and I don't want to use it in a wrong way...

    I wash my face every morning with Avene Cleanance, and I plan to spray some Serozinc on a cotton pad with a few drops of P50 and then to moisturize my skin with Embryolisse Lait Concentré.

    I use Bioderma Hydrabio serum in the evening after spraying some Serozinc on my face again :)

    Is it a good way to use the P50 Recherche Biologique ?

    PS. thank you for writting such amazing articles, it's not easy for a man to speak about cosmetics but you make it easier

    kind regards

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  28. Caroline!! You are the shiiiit. Thank you so much! I recently became a broke student and can no longer afford to buy my top of the range skincare, I save up for the special stuff, but really appreciate these cheaper alternatives, so I don't have to trade good quality food or a night out with friends for a bottle of something!

    - K

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  29. Hi Caroline

    A friend of mine recommended your blog and I have to agree with her, it is amazing. I am loving your reviews.

    I was hoping you could help me. I have combination skin and I don't really ever get spots. My t-zone area tends to be quite oily and I usually get small whiteheads on my nose. I also have areas such as my cheeks that tend to get dry.

    I've recently been looking into building a good skin routine. I've heard quite good reviews about the Body Shop aloe calming toner and cleanser. Have you used or tested these products? Would you recommend them for my sort of skin type or do you know of any cleanser and toner that would be quite good for my skin?

    I would appreciate any advice you could give.

    Can't wait to read your next post.

    Kind regards

    - M

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  30. Great article! Definitely on my to buy list now! I am however a little shocked that The Body Shop couldn't spell the cleanser name properly in French...

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  31. Hi Caroline!
    Do you recommend the oil for combination, acne-prone skin?
    Thanks for teaching me so many things about good skincare!

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  32. I just came across your blog looking for help with my acne-prone skin and I'm so glad I did! Practical tips and great reviews..Now,I'm finding myself totally hooked! I have always been a huge fan of The Body Shop's fragrance line (LYB member) but have never really thought of using their cleansers. Think I need to add these on my purchase list. Thanks!

    www.boostyourbustreport.com

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  33. Hei Caroline and everybody else

    PLS PLS dont STOP using Body Show because its owned by LÕreal.
    Body shop and Lush are some of the heavy actors on the stop animal cruelty stage and perhaps much due to their nazi persistant in regards to show down out throats animal testing is animal CRUELTY,

    Som people think that because we use the products thats testing on animals are not so bad- really? Its not like they smear the cure blue eyeshadow on the eylids of the bunny,they put it inside the eye and then record the result. And after it get a reaction,its garbage cause otherwise nxt test will be tainted -you see?

    Lõreal owns almost most famous known brands anyway,but every bran has they own company and their own policy and own profit and exspences.
    SO if you buy Body Shop you support what Body Shop represent and NOT what Lõreal does.
    Same with La Rosay Posay cruelty free,but owned by Lõreal

    I can go on and on forever,but pls people dont punish Body Shop for being owned by the badest wolf on the block in regards to animal cruelty.
    help them rather continue to fight AND pershaps eventually Lõreal will understand that cruelty free is profittable :)


    otherwise THANK YOU Caroline for your amazing platform and for testing out products and give your 2 cents ( or pence in this case? haha)

    I will recommend this to people with drier skin as here in Norway only REN and Lush has balm cleansers yet.

    otherwise i LOVE my Emma Hardie -thank you very much!!!
    And also Pai Kukui and Jojoba exfoliater which i use as a balm cleanser and tes I use my flannel :)

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    1. If someone is against animal testing and want to stick to ethical principles, they should avoid products OWNED by L'Oreal because L'Oreal does animal testing and sells to China. Body Shop lost its way when it traded ethics for greed in selling to L'Oreal.

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  34. why do you use instagram effects?

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  35. Great reviews! I just wonder if this can also be safe for sensitive oily skin?

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  36. Ingredient list says it contains Parfum/Fragrance (what's hiding in this umbrella?) and the old linalool/limonene combo - surely irritating to some skin types?

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    1. Those two ingredients rule it out for sensitive skin : (

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  37. I found an even cheaper cleansing balm that also contains shea butter but works beautifully. its the boots botanics hot cloth cleansing balm. my review: http://cascadingkatie.blogspot.com/2013/09/boots-botanics-hot-cloth-cleansing-balm.html#more

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  39. Love the price and texture of this, gave it a try as an alternative to my regular emma hardie/ ormorovicza cleansing balms and (my bank balance) hoped it might be a good substitution. Alas a few days into using it for my evening cleanse it brought me out in scaly eczema all over my face. Not great at Christmas time when the whole family seem to channel David Bailey. Anyway, a few days of slathering on hydrocortisone has made me less lizard-like, but be warned if you're at all pre-disposed towards eczema to be careful with it. Back to Messer's Hardie and Ormorovicza for me. My bank balance is weeping.

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