I’d been on the look out for brands that were vegetarian and vegan friendly (where possible) but also cruetly free/against animal testing (a must). I’d been searching high and low for various articles which recommended brands and skincare products I could use. So often we look for an up and coming brand that we overlook brands that have been a staple for many years. The Body Shop was established 40 years ago and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably.
I usually pass the store on Princes Street on the so never end up making a conscious effort to stop inside and take a look at their offerings. I’ve been looking to replace some skincare products I’ve been using when I realised animal testing abroad is still endorsed. When I was invited to a The Body Shop at Home experience at The Butterfly and Pig in Glasgow, I felt it was an offer to sample cruetly free products that was too hard to resist.
The Body Shop Aloe Vera range
Disclaimer:All watermarked photos are my own; where this is not the case, photos belong to Dreghorn Photography for The Body Shop at Home blogger event and should not be re-used without prior permission.
On our arrival, we were welcomed into an exclusive room reserved especially for our blogger event with a glass of Prosecco. Claire Berry, our Body Shop at Home representative started by explaining the benefits of supporting her family while having the flexibility to earn extra income by offering The Body Shop products in the comfort of clients’ own homes. The Body Shop at Home experience started 20 years ago and allows clients to order products from a catalogue (or online) and your dedicated representative (much like other mail or online order services) will deliver products to you. The Body Shop has adopted the philosphy “Enrich, not exploit”. All products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and with the flexibility of allowing representatives to sell products in their own time, The Body Shop at Home programme suits those with busy lifestyle, thereby enriching individuals and products, but also supporting sustainability in using only community trade products and organic ingredients where possible.
Claire Berry, our The Body Shop at Home rep explaining about the different ranges
While some brands focus on ranges of products for particular age groups, the great thing about The Body Shop’s range is it focuses on individual’s skin type needs. The classic ranges include new products while new ranges are also introduced to target skin concerns. A quick browse on their site shows there are over 50 ranges available to choose from. At the event, we focused on some of the more popular ranges: Tea Tree, Oils of Life, Drops of Youth, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Seaweed and Aloe.
Some of the more popular ranges (clockwise from top left): Vitamin E, Tea Tree, Vitamin C, Oils of Life and Drops of Youth
We all notice how our skincare regime might work for us in winter (a more moisturising cream for dry skin) but becomes too much for the warmer seasons. Our skin changes with the seasons and we need to make sure we’re using the right products to give us clearer and more radiant skin.
All the products we were shown on the day can be slotted into our regular skincare regime. Claire explained how women in Asia have multiple steps to their morning and night sincare routines and it’s the various target area products which help Asian women keep their youthful appearance for longer (I was too embarrassed to point out at this point that this is entirely true – I have about 4 products for my morning and 4 more for my evening routine).
It was interesting to note how the packaging has been overhauled and instead of brightly coloured labels with illustrations we would expect from many products available today, The Body Shop are reverting back to the simple and classic beautiful foil (or plain) labels on most of their ranges. The first range we were introduced to is the classic Vitamin E range which was available from their very frst store which opened in Brighton in 1976.
The Vitamin E range
The range is suitable for skincare and can also be used under makeup. The antioxidant properties of Vitamin E helps get rid of free radicals and protect your skin against damage from pollution, cigarette smoke and UVA/UVB rays. The wheatgerm oil used in the products are stronger than most available on the market. It is also a great product that is suitable for all skin types as well as protecting your skin from premature ageing.
The properties of tea tree are well known to women who suffer from blemishes, blackheads and oily skin. It comes as no surprise that women with these concerns will most likely, regardless of age, be looking for the Tea Tree range.
A natural alternative to treating problematic skin, only community trade organic tea tree oil is used in all The Body Shop’s tea tree range products. The range also uses tamanu oil extract which is reputed to help generate new tissue and improve the healing process for skin. If you like a light coverage, there is also a BB Cream available in the range.
Next, we talked about the Vitamin C range.
We all agreed the bright orange packaging reminded us of an orange which makes it easy to identify. Made with Amazonian Camu Camu berries, the products contain uplifting essential oils which brighten tired and dull-looking skin. There is also a bestselling microdermabrasion scrub which gives you salon results without the high price tag.
We were then introduced to two anti-ageing ranges: Oils of Life™ and Drops of Youth™. It might seem like a ridiculous notion to start using anti-ageing products before the first signs appear, I’ve even been laughed at when I mentioned using anti-ageing products at least 5 years ago to a friend or two (I was told it was ridiculous because I didn’t need it yet), but I go by example and facts. Over time, our skin starts to lose its elasticity and we need to hydrate more to help our epidermal cells regenerate and give us our youthful, healthy appearance.
French women start taking care of their skin and use anti-ageing products, some as early as 19 (here). With beauty-conscious Asian women looking so young, I’m a firm believer that it’s never to late to start. A little helping hand with additional products in our skincare regime won’t do us any harm. After all the fact that my own mum gets mistaken for my older sister, I’m inclined to believe I’ve got just cause for starting on anti-ageing products at the age of 23!
The Drops of Youth™ and Nutriganics™ ranges (not shown) are introductory youth enhancing ranges suitable for the first signs of ageing. Drops of Youth™ products help smooth fine lines and tighten pores using 3 stem cells from 3 resilient plants (Criste Marine, Edelweiss and Sea Holly) while the Nutriganics™ range is their first certified organic range made with community trade organic babassu oil and 14 other organic ingredients to smooth the first signs of ageing and improve the appearance of skin.
The Oils of Life™ range contains 3 precious seed oils from rosehip, black cumin and camellia and helps revitalise your skin while reviving radiance. When used after a shower, the scent was described as what you would expect from a spa treatment with essential oils.
Drops of Youth™ (left, in green packaging) and Oils of Life™ (right, in yellow packaging)
Depending on your skincare needs, each of the 3 ranges above offer essence oils. Claire explained there’s a misconception that women are often afraid to use oils on oily/combination skin, thinking this would add to the natural oils in the skin. On the contrary, facial essence oils removes any last traces of cleanser and prepares the skin to absorb the properties of moisturiser. The oils are also great for breaking down makeup on skin and dissolves excess oils to balance the skin. The Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream is nourishing and light enough to be used either day or night.
The fragrance- and alcohol-free aloe vera range (shown in the first photo) is great for sensitive skin as the aloe soothes signs of irritation. The aloe used in the products are community trade and contains no added preservatives making it perfect for allergy-prone, itchy or red skin.
The last range we were introduced to was Seaweed which is perfect for combination skin types. The bladderwack seaweed used in this range helps to restore balance and control excess oil to help give you a shine-free, matte finish.
The Seaweed range
After being shown all the lovely ranges and discussing which products might be useful for our individual skin concerns, afternoon tea was brought out. While hungry bloggers chatted and took photos of the lovely cakes and sandwiches, Stuart from Dreghorn Photography gave us some useful tips on product photography and how to improve how we work with our DSLR and phone cameras.
Photo by Stuart of Dreghorn Photography
Before we left, we were all given a goody bag filled with products relevant to our skincare concerns to use according to our Skin Diagnostics results.
My Body Shop products
I’m still trying to use up the leftover current skincare products I have first before starting any of the moisturiser creams, but I’ve already started using the Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser and I’ve noticed that it’s made an instant difference to my skin. I have an oily T-zone and I couldn’t believe how matte my face felt the whole day after using it!
I’ll give a more detailed update once I’ve tested all the products I’ve been given, but for now if you want to know what products would be suitable your skin type and skincare concerns, try their Skincare Diagnostic Tool. You can also host a Body Shop at Home party with friends for the chance to get free products.
Many thanks to Claire Berry, our Body Shop at Home representative, for the insightful session and for The Body Shop products, TalentedTalkers for the event and The Butterfly and the Pig for the lovely afternoon tea.