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The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

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Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Facial Wash / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: The Body Shop Vitamin E

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      13.03.2013 17:23
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      Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

      The Product
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      The product I am reviewing is the Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash from The Body Shop. This product is part of the Vitamin E range which I am a huge fan of as this range of products is kind to my skin and leaves it feeling smooth and soft. The facial wash is a creamy wash that can be used for everyday cleansing to help rinse away make-up and impurities. The product has built in antioxidants and is suitable for all skin types. The gentle facial wash lathers on the skin to leave it feeling clean, soft and refreshed. This product contains wheat germ oil to help condition and protect skin against dryness. This is actually one of the main reasons why I used the products from this range as I sometimes suffer from dry skin and I find that this helps to soothe the skin and helps with the dryness. I recently ran out of my previous facial wash which is made by Simple and as I love the Vitamin E range I thought I would try the facial wash to see if it was as good as their other products. The facial wash comes in a tube which is a pale pink colour. All the products in the Vitamin E range are in pale pink packaging. The tube stands on its lid which is clear plastic. The lid has a flip top which simply flips open to reveal the hole in which the product dispenses. On the front of the product it clearly states what it is and on the back of the tube it tells you how to use the product and gives you a list of ingredients. As with all body shop products this information is in different languages.

      Price/Availability
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      This can be purchased either online or from one of The Body Shops high street stores. The product only comes in 100ml tube and it's priced at £8.00. I often purchase the product from The Body Shop website as they regularly have offers giving you money off.

      Using the Product
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      I filled the sink up with water and then splashed some onto my face. It states to apply this to wet skin to create a lather that will help skin to feel clean, soft and refreshed. After splashing water on my face I flipped open the tube and squeezed some of the product out onto my fingers. I was a little surprised at how thick the product seemed and it also seemed slightly sticky which I thought was a little strange. I started rubbing this onto my face in circular motions, ensuring I avoided the eye area. The product lathered up a little and felt soft against my skin and no longer had the sticky feel to it like it did when first dispensing it. The product felt soft against my skin and felt as though it was giving my face a really good clean. I did also learn that you only need to use a little of this as if you use too much then it doesn't really lather up as much. The product has a very light smell to it which is pleasant. After rubbing the product into my face for a good minute or so I then splashed water ton my face to rinse it off. This only took a few handfuls of splashes before all the product had gone and my face was left feeling clean, refreshed and radiant looking. I patted my skin dry and was pleased that the product didn't leave my skin feeling tight and dry like some other facial washes do. Although my skin felt smooth and soft I applied some Vitamin E night cream and this made my skin even softer. I was impressed at the wash and would be using it daily to ensure my face was clean and free from and dirt or other impurities. The product not only leaves my skin feeling, soft and smooth but it leaves it feeling really clean as well which helps to prevent blemishes and spots from appearing.

      Overall Opinion
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      I had high hopes of this product due to being impressed with the other products in the Vitamin E range that I have tried. I wasn't too sure about this product when first dispensing it and feeling that the wash felt slightly sticky. As soon as I started to rub this into the wet skin on my face the product lathered up and was soft against my skin. I was really impressed at how kind this product was to my skin and how soft & smooth it left my skin feeling. In terms of value I do think this product is rather pricey, how-ever I actually purchased this from the website along with an offer so I didn't actually pay the full price for it anyway. As you only need to use a little of the product I think it will last a good amount of time before it runs out. I would definitely purchase this product again and I will ensure I purchase it when it's on offer to save me some money. If like me you are a fan of the Vitamin E range then I would highly recommend this product. I sometimes suffer from dry patches of skin on my face and this facial wash didn't irritate it or make it sore. In fact the product soothed my skin and helped the dryness.



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      02.03.2013 09:10
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      An excellent Facial Cleanser from The Body Shop.

      I suffer with problematic spot outbreaks and other skin issues such as blemishes and dryness. To combat some of these problems, I regularly use skincare products that contain Tea Tree Oil. Whilst said products are undeniably effective in assisting to combat spots and blemishes, there is no denying that they can often have an adverse affect on my skin, causing it to dry out, with the odd patch of unsightly dry skin being noticeable on my cheeks and forehead. This is something of a difficult issue to overcome, mainly because my skin is very dry anyway, so the addition of slightly harsher products in my everyday skincare routine really takes its toll at times.

      These issues led me to seek out an alternative facial cleanser product to use on alternate days to my other two offerings, both of which contain Tea Tree Oil. I felt my skin was extremely dry, in need of nourishment and care to restore some of its natural moisture, that felt somewhat stripped away by other products I had been using to cleanse my face and treat spots/blemishes.

      I ended up purchasing some products from The Body Shop, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash." The current price for the 100ml tube is £8 and you can purchase both in-store, or online at The Body Shop's website @ www.thebodyshop.co.uk, though postage costs will usually apply here.

      The packaging for the product is fairly simplistic, though this is an observation rather than a criticism, and I have found no issue or difficulty with using the tube. Comprising of a rather flat tube made of robust plastic, the product is presented in pale pink tones that suit the name and concept of the product down to the ground. There is a plastic 'flip up' cap on top of the tube and I have never experienced any difficulty with opening or closing this, even though I have limited strength in my hands. Similarly, I have had no difficulties with dispensing the Facial Wash from its plastic packaging, finding all aspects of the product easy to use by myself.

      The Facial Wash itself is a sort of cream, although it is probably best described as a lotion, as it is thinner and glossier than your average cream product. It is a pale pink colour, with a high sheen to it and it looks nice enough. There is a faint aroma present as the product is dispensed from the tube, and I find this to be similar to that of a baby lotion product, but with a delicate sweetness at its core. I find the aroma is pleasant enough, and although it is present during the use of the product, the scent does not linger particularly long after rinsing and drying my face.

      The product is very economical - surprisingly so, actually - with only a small blob being required for each use. This of course makes the purchase price of the tube feel more economical than first anticipated, and I can confirm that the tube has lasted me for around two months, which is more than acceptable as far as I am concerned. I think that a little really goes a long way with this particular Facial Wash and I find the cleanser will spread easily and thinly over my face and neck, without much effort or fuss. This makes it the ideal product for use first thing in the morning when I am not at my brightest..!

      To use, I simply moisten my face with lukewarm water and apply the Facial Wash. The addition of warm water makes the lotion-based cleanser slightly diluted, of course, and this means it spreads easily over the skin's surface, taking a mere moment to smother my face. The lotion feels wonderfully soft and gentle as I had hoped, offering a 'calming' sensation to my dry, sensitive skin. After massaging the Facial Wash onto my face for a few moments, I simply rinse it off with clean, warm water, and at this stage I find that the Facial Wash doesn't 'cling' to the skin too much, rinsing off easily and quickly. I always finish my cleansing routine by splashing cold water over my face to close my pores, and during this final stage I find my skin feels rather rejuvenated, but without the familiar 'tingle' of slightly harsher cleansers that I use regularly.

      After use, I always apply a good quality moisturiser product and it is at this stage that I am really able to witness the results obtained from using the Vitamin E Facial Wash. Firstly, I cannot believe how much softer my skin feels, and in particular this is noticeable over my cheeks and forehead, which often feel 'tight' after I have used a cleanser product, as if screaming for the application of some cream or moisturiser. Instead, the Vitamin E product leaves skin feeling softer, refreshed, and MUCH more nourished, with the usual tell-tale tingles and tightness nowhere to be found.

      Secondly, skin is left spotless and completely cleansed, free from any grime and natural oils, but without feeling 'stripped' of anything or even feeling particularly 'scrubbed' as it were. This allows for a more gentle approach to be enjoyed in terms of cleansing, as I can't confess to particularly liking the sensation of having my face scrubbed into oblivion. True, I do use such products regularly, but this is more out of necessity in my bid to overcome my problematic skin, rather than choosing such products based on their appeal. Instead of any harshness being experienced, I am left with 'hushed' skin instead, that is subtly softened and with an ever-so-slight healthy-looking 'glow' to it, apparently keen to display its appreciation and gratitude.

      As for the irksome dryness and in particular those patches of dry skin that are often noticeable after overly-harsh products are used on my face, I have found that these have subsided considerably since I began using the Vitamin E Facial Wash every second day or so. True, I have not noticed them vanish altogether, but certainly they have decreased in their size, considerably so. I have found too that one particularly troublesome dry patch on my forehead has benefited greatly from the addition of the Vitamin E products that I have incorporated into my skincare routine recently, with it losing the usual dry, itchy feeling that is often present at night time after I have washed and moisturised my face. Its appearance too is much improved, and I have no doubt that the Vitamin E Facial Wash had a part to play in this success.

      I have absolutely nothing negative to report about this wonderful Facial Wash and its apparent suitability for my dry, sensitive skin has inspired me to try out other items from elsewhere in The Body Shop's Vitamin E Range, which is fairly large. For those consumers who, like me, suffer with easily-aggravated, dry, sensitive skin, I would really recommend giving this nourishing product a try out. It has allowed my skin to feel calmer than it has in years, and it's benefits are obvious from the first few uses too.

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        12.05.2012 11:49
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        A good quality facial wash

        I purchased this product so I could use it alongside the moisture cream from the same range.

        The facial wash comes presented in a tube with 100mls of product. It is priced at £7, which is a little steep in my opinion, but it is worth it. Plus it'll only cost you £6.30 with a LYB card.

        The facial wash is really creamy and it has a nice aroma to it. You only need a small amount of it as it is really foamy. Simply lather up the wash and apply it to your wet face. The facial wash is lovely and it really cleanses your face well and leaves it feeling soft, soothed and moisturised. I can use this facial wash twice daily and it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry and/ or tight. Plus the added Vitamin E helps to prevent premature ageing, which isn't something that I need at the moment but I will need it in the future!

        After using this wash my skin feels silky soft and if I use it at night it removes my make-up so I am able to go to bed without worrying whether I have removed all of my make-up or not.

        You don't need a lot of this to create a lather so even one 100ml tube will last you a good while.

        It rinses away easily too and it's gentle formula means that it is suitable for even sensitive skin.

        Recommended!

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        16.11.2010 13:56
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        overall a cost effetcive product but you need to make sure it is suitable for your skin

        My friend recommended this product to me after moving in together and seeing i had no skin care regime.

        I bought this product for roughly £7. I also bought a sponge from the body shop (£3.50) to use with it.
        For the first couple of days i thought this was a rare find, a little on the pricey side but seeing it work made me think it was worth it. i do agree with the talcum powder smell however this does not bother me as i regularly use talcum powder and do not mind the smell.

        However, after a week or two of using it, (i use it in the shower at night before i go to bed) i found my skin being more greasy than normal in the morning. I went on the Body Shop website and took the test to find out what type of skin i had and what products to use. It told me i was combination and should use the seaweed range. i have since bought some of that range which have helped my skin.

        If your skin is not suited to the product it can be not good for your skin, so i would advise to take the test first to see what skin type you have and the recommended range to use, if your skin type was more suited i think it would work as the seaweed ones have worked on mine and they last for ages so dispite the higher price, it does turn out cost effective.

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          23.07.2010 17:01
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          Economical, effective yet gentle cleanser

          This is advertised as a gentle, one-stage cleanser capable of removing make-up, and with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are believed to curb skin degeneration, and by implication the antioxidants in this product are provided by the vitamin E.

          The product comes in an easy-to-use tube that rests on its base, and a pea-sized blob of cream - garden, not petit pois - is enough to wash your face. It lathers easily and washes off completely leaving your skin clean, smooth and with no trace of residue. My only criticism is the unnecessary old-fashioned, talcum powder smell, which is so off-putting that I would have rejected the product had it not been recommended by a Body Shop assistant.

          This is the first facial product I have used after two decades of neglect. My skin tone has become more even and my rosacea is less noticeable.

          I paid £6.50 for a 100ml tube six months ago and am now down to the last remaining squidges.

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