The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel

How I missed this sitting on the shelf of The Body Shop until recently I do not know. It’s right up my alley.

What is it?
‘Smoothing, refreshing gel-to-oil cleanser’

What’s in it?
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Hair & Skin Conditioning Agent), Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Sucrose Laurate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sucrose Palmitate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Salicylic Acid (Preservative/Hair Conditioner), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Arginine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Buddleja Davidii Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Thymus Vulgaris Extract (Natural Additive), Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract (Natural Additive), Foeniculum Vulgare Oil (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil (Fragrance Ingredient), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract (Natural Additive), Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil (Fragrant Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil (Fragrance Component), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Thymus Vulgaris Oil (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil (Fragrance Ingredient).

Possible allergy/acne triggers?
Essential oils
Benzyl alcohol

What’s not in it?
Mineral oil
Shea butter

Who is it for?
Baffling. It says ‘first signs of ageing’. But it’s a cleansing balm.
In theory, anyone. We’re all ageing.
In reality, if you are severely acnaic you may need to rub too hard to get this off. Try a sample or try it instore if you can…
Good for everyone else. Gym-goers may like it as a post-workout cleanse, it’s oily enough to give your skin back some moisture retention, but not greasy enough to stop your skin sweating glowing post-workout.

What’s good/not so good about it?
It’s a perfectly good affordable balm cleanser that I use as a morning cleanser. May sound weird, but it doesn’t give me quite enough ‘grease’ to remove my full makeup face – Camomile is Queen for that – and it can make my eyes a tad blurry – so I prefer it in the AM when I’m not removing eye makeup.
It’s great as a morning cleanse that leaves the skin comfortable and not tight. And you need the smallest amount so don’t squeeze too much out on your first go. Grip not slip.
Certified organic for those of you that care about these things.

How do you use it?
Apply to dry skin and massage in. My advice is to remove with a flannel, not water, as it says on the bottle. If you have spots and are removing this just by splashing, you’re more than likely to have residue and that could lead to more spots – so use a washcloth and make sure it’s all off.

Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel is a bargainous £10.00 and available at all TBS stores and online at: