Saturday, 23 January 2016

What to Buy? The Body Shop

I've been using something from The Body Shop, in some shape or form, for over 30 years. The modern day Body Shop retains Anita Roddick's values, while having the financial capabilities of literally providing something for everyone in the world of beauty, particularly skincare.

It is nigh on impossible to limit myself to say 10 items, so where possible I am including entire ranges as one choice.

The Can't Live Without:


No surprises for my first pick. The Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter destroys makeup, leaves no residue and does not strip the skin. And it does it all without mineral oil, something that The Body Shop refuses to use in any of its products. *sing choirs of angels*

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is £13.00 for 90ml available here: www.thebodyshop.co.uk/camomile-sumptuous-cleansing-butter

The Runner-up:


I use the Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover as a micellar water when I'm traveling. Again, it destroys makeup effortlessly. and is gentle enough to use all over the face whether you just want to, are incapacitated in any way, are too tired to cleanse or are on a long haul flight and are desperate to get your makeup off before it sucks the life out of your skin. You can of course, just use it the way it is designed to be used and use it as a first cleanse in the evening to remove your eyes before you crack on with the rest.

Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover is £9.00 for a whopping 250ml available here: www.thebodyshop.co.uk/camomile-gentle-eye-make-up-remover - they're literally giving it away.


Nutriganics is easily the most underrated range in not only the Body Shop, but possibly in the industry. The Night Cream, shown here, the Day Cream, the Eye Cream, the Mask, all brilliant for performance and price point - they all come in under £20.00. 
If you are looking for an affordable range to help sandwich your more expensive serums, check these out.

Nutriganics - £9.00 - £18.00 available here: www.thebodyshop.co.uk/nutriganics


Oils of Life launched last year for The Body Shop and has proved hugely popular. Like long-haired 80s rock bands, it would be hard for me to pick a favourite*, such is the quality of the entire range. Pay particular attention to the facial massager tool, which is great over a face mask while you watch telly on the sofa.


Oils of Life are priced from £15.00 - £28.00 and available here: www.thebodyshop.co.uk/oils-of-life


Removing blackheads and picking spots are one of the great joys of life. The Body Shop's Double-Ended Blackhead Remover is the perfect tool for helping extract the yuk. If you're unsure how to use these watch Dr Pimple Popper here.

Double Ended Blackhead Remover - £4.00 available here: www.thebodyshop.co.uk/double-ended-blackhead-remover


Stuck in a rut with a sore face and don't know what to do? Aloe Soothing Rescue Cream Mask may help. It's fragrance, colour and alcohol free, and hydrates while it calms. A no-brainer, and good to finish up the Sunday Facial after the exfoliating and clay stages.

Aloe Soothing Rescue Cream Mask is £14.00 for 100ml and available here: www.thebodyshop.co.uk/aloe-soothing-rescue-cream-mask




Finally, one for the combo/oily/acne skins. Instead of picking at your skin for hours, or using those hideous nose strip things (WHY anyone would use anything called 'strip' on their face is beyond me but...), why don't you try applying Warming Mineral Mask and sit and let it warm the gunk out of your face. If you haven't used it before, apply it and wait. That's all I'm saying. :)

Warming Mineral Mask is £11.00 for 100ml and available here: www.thebodyshop.co.uk/warming-mineral-mask






*Bon Jovi. Obvs.


64 comments:

  1. I ran out of my REN oil serum while in the UK over the holidays and bought the Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil. Have been pretty impressed with it and the Vitamin E Facial Mist. Love when a stopgap solution is something you want to keep using!

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  2. love the body shop, but isn't picking spots not good

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  3. HA! I love the little asterisk! Can't wait to give some of these a go! I'm always overwhelmed by the amount of choice when I go to the store!

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  4. I love the camomile cleansing oil and cleansing butter. Looking at the rest of the list I feel a little online shopping may be required! I haven't tried any of the nutriganics range but am definitely going to have a go. Do they do any exfoliating products worth mentioning?

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  5. I love the Camomile Cleansing Oil and have heard great things about the balm cleanser. Is it similar in texture to Clinique's Take the Day Off? I love the Body Shop- you can always count on them for great products at really good prices and as you said, they have something for everyone.

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    1. Hi Avani I have both the clinique and the body shop cleansing butters - if you like the clinique you will like this. Both lush to use with a hot cloth.

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    2. Hi Avani I have both the clinique and the body shop cleansing butters - if you like the clinique you will like this. Both lush to use with a hot cloth.

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    3. Thank you! Will definitely try it before repurchasing the Clinique one again.

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  6. The nutriganics range is being discontinued according to the lad in my local body shop! :(

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    1. That's because the range has developed and it's now called "drops of youth" so give that range a bash too!

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  7. You realise strips are so named because they're in 'strip' format, not because they're meant to strip skin...right?

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    1. You do realise it's also a clever marketing play on words describing what they do...right?

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  8. They no longer have the nutriganics gel to oil cleanser :'( was my favourite cleanser from tbs

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    1. It was so lovely. We need some Hirons magic to get it brought back.

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    2. We still have it here in New Zealand - mind you, we pay a lot its $41 or 18 pounds. Its still worth it perhaps I should stock up.

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    3. It's being brought back this year #Hironstotherescu

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  10. Did you see: Dr Pimple Popper made The Measure in The Guardian (as did NIOD). I feel like they might be Hironsfans!

    www.gildedmagpie.com xx

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  11. OMG I've just spent about half an hour watching Dr Pimple Popper. I will never moan about the smattering of teeny tiny blackheads I get on my nose again! X

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  12. OMG I've just spent about half an hour watching Dr Pimple Popper. I will never moan about the smattering of teeny tiny blackheads I get on my nose again! X

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  13. Love the Nutriganics line! I'm sad that some of these products aren't available in the US though. :(

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  14. Love the cleansing oil, haven't tried the butter yet. I like the sound of the Nutriganics and oils of life, I'm always a bit skeptical about lower budget serums & oils!
    Would love to know your thoughts on the Bravura London range? xx

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    1. Caroline has been recommending Bravura :)

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  15. Any thoughts on the new Drops of Youth range ? I want to try and love but seeing alcohol so high up the inci list on a lot of the products is putting me off a bit as I'm naturally dry and dehydrated so would appreciate your opinion :-)

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  16. Would you use the Chamomile Cleansing Butter as a hot cloth cleanser? I've 'rediscovered' my Body Shop recently but every time I ask if there is something I can use for hhc I'm greeted with a blank look and then told they don't do one. Maybe they do! Someone tell the staff.

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  17. Would you use the Chamomile Cleansing Butter as a hot cloth cleanser? I've 'rediscovered' my Body Shop recently but every time I ask if there is something I can use to hcc I am greeted with a blank look and told they don't have anything. Maybe they do! Someone tell the staff :-)

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    1. Hi I work for The Body Shop and use the balm religiously. You can definitely use it as a hot cloth cleanser and we even do the muslin cloths!

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    2. I also use it as a hot cloth cleanser and it is lovely!

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  18. Thank you! I'm testing now the cleansing butter and I wanted to buy some more products from The Body Shop, but I was waiting for your opinion :) so helpful :)

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  19. I did enjoy the Nutriganics range very much, and I like the Cleansing Balm, but not enough to have it replace my Take the day off constantly. The Warming Minerals Mask goes straight to my wish list though, I cant believe I haven't tried it before.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  20. Bon Jovi. Obvs. Haha! They're my fave too!!

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  21. Love u soo much. U r soo funny and a woman after my own heart Bon Jovi are the best ever xx

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  22. I loved this post! I always feel like The Body Shop don't get enough credit. I really enjoyed seeing what your favourites are! I definitely think I need to go to the Body Shop now. I really want to try the camomile balm thing :)

    Mi x
    www.midnightmi.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I've always been super eager to give The Body Shop a try, yet hesitant because it isn't as readily available here in the states. Thank you for these recommendations! Also, love that you mentioned Dr. Sandra Lee! XX

    hannah
    http://hannahhappily.blogspot.com/

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  24. Awesome post, I am a sucker for their Vitamin C range and their Tea Tree Oil products, but that is possibly because my skin issues are oiliness and sleep deprivation.

    Kiran | www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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  25. I've been loving the new Japanese Camellia Cream from the oils of life range. It is one of the most beautiful smelling creams I've ever used!
    The Beauty Bloss

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  26. Great info! Honestly I haven't been super impressed with the nutriganics eye cream. It isn't bad, but not a repurchase for me. I am excited to try the balm cleanser. I have really enjoyed the camomile oil as a make-up remover (aka 1st pm cleanse). Thank you so much!

    P.S. Dr. Pimple Popper was shockingly gross and adictive. I don't know whether I should thank you or not for that. ;)

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  27. Am I the only one that is not impressed by Body Shop? I find they staff soooo intrusive. They jump on you on the threshold before i have even got in the store to look. I love their body butters but FOURTEEN pounds? Get outta here! We are not talking Chanel or Clarins are we? Some of the more unpopular ones are on the net for less i see.
    Our Body Shop actually closed down through lack of interest. No-one ever went in there. I expect they were fed up of being asked every two minutes "are you ok there”. GRRRRR. And the prices just did not justify the goods.
    After all that, your first item - the cleansing butter looks nice and even sounds like I could eat it which is always a deciding factor for me.
    Sorry but Body Shop will have to do a lot more to convince me.

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    2. Have you thought of shopping through a body shop at home consultant? We have different offers to the store usually and often body butters are 30% off, 40% and sometimes half price.

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    4. It's part of our job to ask if you need any help. I don't think the price range is quite the same as Chanel and clarins. The quality you get for the price you pay is amazing. Maybe if you looked into how we source our ingredients and our ethics you'd understand why we charge that bit more.

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  28. The cleansing butter is on offer online at the moment! Down to £7.80 xx

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  29. I've ran out of cleanser and have to stop by TBS today, seems I'll leave with a wheelbarrow of product (again).

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  30. I seriously need to try the warming mineral mask - I'm guilty of using pore strips now and again but they're just so satisfying...
    I really love the Camomile Cleansing Oil and the Seaweed Clay Mask :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  31. I love the balm, it was one of my first 'Hiron Recommended' purchases. Its brilliant as a first cleanse and a brilliant price. It also made me go in store and reconnect with TBS, I do love their products and price wise its brilliant x

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  32. The Aloe cream cleanser is my favourite 2nd/morning cleanse. It's gentle but still actually cleans my skin, which I've found many cream formulas do not. Not great for makeup removal but I have TTDO balm or L'Occitane oil for that!
    ~El

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  33. I haven't tried much from the bodyshop, I need to give that cleanser a go

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  34. Heard so many good things about the balm cleanser! Will defo have to pick it up next time I go to The Body Shop x

    http://bayleybloom.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. Do you still like the cleansing oil? As far as I can remember you were more impressed by the oil than the balm at the beginning! Love your blog!! XOXO

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  36. Any products similar to the warming mineral mask? They don't sell it in Canada and I desperately need to try it. Honestly, I'll try anything at this point to get rid of my blackheads!

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  37. I bought TBS cleansing butter about 3 months ago and I loved it so much that I even bought a back-up. After a month of using it I started to get breakouts all over my face (usually they stay put on my jawline). At first I thought it was just stress or food and that I should wait it out (FYI I waited too long), but it got worse and googling revealed that this could be the cause. I immediately stopped using it and my skin is slowly getting better.

    The product states that it is for ALL SKIN TYPES - very disappointed in The Body Shop and from now on will stay away from their face products.

    Caroline, I now know that you mentioned in one of your previous posts that oily/combination girls should stay away from this, but I think it should be mentioned EVERY TIME in association to this product. Or better yet, a warning should be put ON the product.

    Sorry if the 3 bad skin months have made me too emotional, I just don't want anyone else to experience this ;)

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    1. My skin broke out hard from the cleansing oil too I think, I stray away now :( sticking to clinique take the day off balm

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  38. I remember using The Body Shop in Chichester that long ago you could take your own empty bottles to be filled with whichever yummy item you chose. Then it went to re-filling their own bottles. Now we just re-cycle and use a new one!
    Happy days!
    Like the sound of a 'warming mask'. Will have a looky-see at The Lowry Outlet when I'm there soon. Sorry...have to admit to using s.t.r.i.p.s., but at 55, I aim to try new things, good and bad and, sadly, the appeal of looking at what has just come out of my nose skin won out!
    Zxx

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  39. I was passing a Body Shop yesterday and ducked in to get the cleansing butter. Bonded with the sales assistant over our admiration for La Hirons' skin (can't actually spot her in your vlog this week, but she says she was at that event).

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  40. Camomile, Nutriganics and Oils of Life are all fab ranges! Definitely my top 3 from the brand. The Vitamin C gel cream in the morning is a treat too ☺️ x

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  41. That facial massager looks very suspicious...

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  42. I really love the aloe calming toner. no perfume, no alcohol!

    www.missillustrate.com

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  43. um, I'm sorry Caroline but I thought you're against SLS in cleanser? because the Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover one contains SLS in it (listed as the 6th ingredients, in fact).

    I used it twice all over my face (because I assume, if it's gentle enough it's gentle enough for the whole face) and bumps galore all over my face :(

    I love the oil though. it's nice for the price.

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  44. Now's the time to stock up on Nutriganics if you can still find it. They have it on offer for 50% off (at least they do in my local stores).

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  45. Hello, i was wandering if oils for life is for more mature skin. Also have you try any producs from the range drops of youth or seaweed range? if yes Do you recommend them ? Love from france

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  46. Does anyone else have trouble with their website? Two different times I've tried to order online (I'm in the States, so perhaps that has something to do with it?), and both times the website has given me fits. Today when I try to checkout, it tells me "your bag is empty" even though I can clearly see that there are products in the bag.

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  47. I do like the camomile balm and the pomegranate cleanser.

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