Review of The Body Shop skincare ranges

I attended a blogger event in March to promote The Body Shop at Home (#TBSatHome, see here) initiative where customers and prospective clients can experience the beauty of various skin and body care ranges offered by The Body Shop in the comfort of their own homes. In each blogger’s goody bags, we were given products to take home based on the results of our Skincare Diagnostic Tool.

I’ve now had a chance to use some of the products I was given and in order to be able to be open and transparent to my readers, I feel it’s only fair that you get an honest review (from me) of the products to help you decide if you’d like to have a Body Shop at Home party for yourself and your friends.

Products from The Body Shop in my goody bag from the Glasgow #TBSatHome blogger event

I’m trying to move away from brands that endorse testing on animals (locally and abroad) and towards more organic and sustainable products for home cleaning and skin care. A lot of products I’ve tried in the past haven’t helped eliminate concerns I’ve had with my skin (year-round oily T-zone, especially my forehead, and dry cheeks during the winter) so I was more than happy to give The Body Shop ranges a try. In addition to a vial of tea tree oil for whenever blemishes appear and a tube of Instablur, I was also given a Seaweed cleanser and various products from the Oils of Life and Drops of Youth ranges.

In my previous post about the event, I owned up to the fact that I’m a typical Asian woman when it comes to my skincare regime: I have various products to target different concerns in my day and night time regime. I feel it only fair to show you exactly what I mean:

My skin care regime

It might seem like a lot, but I’ve really only got about 3-4 products per day/night. For example, after using the fresh Herbalism facial scrub from Lush, I have a dark spot corrector serum before applying a cream that targets environmental damage to the skin and finally moisturiser. At night, I have a similar routine with eye cream, anti-ageing cream before applying moisturiser.

I’ve already gone into detail in my previous post about the properties of each range, so I won’t go into too much detail here. While I’m trying to use up the products from another brand that I’ve been using for the last couple years (which I only recently found out tested on animals in China), I’ve only incorporated a few of the TBS products but the results so far are very promising and I’ve provided my conclusions for each of them below.

Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser

As I have problems with an oily T-zone and dry cheeks and eyelids, I often struggle to find a suitable moisturiser that doesn’t add to my skin’s natural oil levels. Often the products that claim to be mattifying don’t actually help and I haven’t noticed a difference. The seaweed range promises to rebalance the skin’s oil and from day one I’ve noticed instant results. After massaging the cleanser on your face, this is then wiped off with a wet cotton pad which also acts as a gentle exfoliator.

After a long day, I use the cleanser before bed and have noticed my face feels instantly cleaner. I was a bit dubious about how long the results will last for and have noticed that my skin still feels refreshed and clean by the morning. This is probably the first product I’ve tried since I was in high school (when I was still using Neutrogena products) that actually helped control excess oil on my T-zone.

Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Bi-Phase Essence Lotion

At the blogger event Claire, our consultant, explained that there is a common misconception that you shouldn’t use oil on oily skin. In fact, using products will oil will cancel out the natural oils produced by your skin and I decided to give this idea a try with the Intensely Revitalising Bi-Phase Essence Lotion. To explain briefly, Oils of Life™ range is one of 3 anti-ageing ranges which targets the first signs of ageing. Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile have been blended into a unique bi-phase (oil and water) formula making it easy to apply to the skin, combining the freshness of the water with the nourishing properties of the 3 seed oils.

The scent of the oils are quite strong and slightly spicy which isn’t normally something I would choose. Once applied with a cotton pad to my skin, the scent isn’t too noticeable. I could feel a slight film of oil on my skin but it didn’t feel overly greasy. I was surprised to find the clear coloured wet cotton pad before I applied it to my face had removed some residue from my facial scrub. I decided to give it a few weeks before I wrote this review as my skin normally reverts to its previous oily state, but I’m happy to report that it seems like does dissolve like! Although my T-zone is still oily, it’s noticeably less greasy on my forehead and my nose feels a lot cleaner.

Drops of Youth™ Concentrate (L) and Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil (R)

For any women already thinking about preventing or reversing signs of anti-ageing, serums are a lady and gent’s best friend. Serums are concentrates which come in small bottles, but are so powerful that you see results within a week and for truly effective products, will see a dramatic difference within 4 weeks. Once I’ve used the Bi-Phase Essence Lotion in the morning, I rub two drops of the Oils of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil onto my fingers and using an upward motion, start massaging the oil into my cheeks, then my forehead and neck. You don’t notice it so much with the Essence Lotion, but once you start massaging the Facial Oil into your skin, I really do feel like like I’m being transported to an exotic spa…if only I weren’t massaging my own face! The oil, in conjunction with the Essence Lotion, I feel has worked hand in hand to help control excess oil on my T-zone. I can safely say this as I haven’t changed my day or night skincare routines for a couple years and having introduced these 4 products in the last few weeks, I’ve been noticing changes, not just in how it feels in this winter/spring type weather we’ve been experiencing, but also from quickly running my fingers along my face.

I’ve also been using the Drops of Youth™ Concentrate every night after the Seaweed Facial Cleanser and I notice how two drops of the concentrate (one if used immediately after a shower) is more than enough to apply to my whole face and neck. Not only has the seaweed cleanser mattified my skin, the concentrate is instantly absorbed and my face already feels much fresher, hydrated and softer. Normally in hot and muggy weather, my face can feel quite ick and greasy, but even with the concentrate applied, my face feels a lot cleaner and revitalised.

All in all, I was a little doubtful before I went to the blogger event about whether a brand that has previously been known to me for its shower gels and body lotions would work for me in terms of their skin care range, but I can honestly say having tried lots of different brands, The Body Shop is the first brand that has shown instant results from the first day. I’m not talking about just one range either; that’s products from 3 ranges that I’ve tried and have noticed a difference to how my skin feels. Once I use up the products I’m using from other brands, I will be looking into adding more Seaweed range products to my regime as it really has helped mattify my greasy T-zone.

Have you got any favourite Body Shop products or ranges? What do you love about them?


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