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I have my doubts as to how natural and fair trade Body Shop is since they sold out to L'oreal. When you look at the contents of the products many are far from natural and I think they are expensive at full price so I only ever buy anything from Body Shop when they have their half price sales.
I got this for about £2 which I feel is just about okay for this but at full price forget it.
This is a sweet scented, fruity strawberry shower gel. It is a clear pinkish reddish liquid . I have used this as a shower gel and as a bubble bath and it works well as either.
The scent is not my favourite but it is what is is - strawberry and sweet so not a surprise really given the name.
I honestly don't feel this is any much different from cheaper brands of shower gel. It is nice enough but nothing special or original in my view.
I think it might appeal more to the younger females and I can't see the men going for this one much at all.
This comes in the standard Body Shop recyclable plastic bottle which is quite short and fat and this is okay to hold when in the shower or bath but if you have small hands it could be hard to hold when slippery and wet.
After I have used this gel in the bath or shower and then dried myself off my skin feels fine, neither overly tight and dry nor specially moisturised either.
The scent doesn't linger long on my skin but it does fill the bathroom with the scent when I use it.
My verdict would be okay if you can get it for half the price but not worth paying the full price as there are just as good ones for a lot less money.
I bought this with the body lotion of the same scent when Body Shop had a half price sale. I tend to only ever shop at the Body Shop when they have half price sales as then I feel their products are about the right price.
As you might expect from the name this fragrance mist is floral, sweet and does smell like Cherry blossom and is light and uplifting. It is very much a pink and feminine scent and in no way unisex at all.
This is not a perfume , it is more like a body spray. I like this kind of fragrance for summer as it refreshes, cools and gives me a nice light scent as well without being heavy and overwhelming.
The bottle is plastic and has cherry blossom images on the outside. the spray is a press spray and the amount that comes out is quite generous so you get a good dosing which is cooling as well as adding the lovely floral scent.
I have used this to spray on my clothes when wanting to freshen them up. It is also great on my pillows just before going to bed in the summer.Also spray on bed linen when you have guests to give a lovely flora; welcoming freshness to the bed.
I paid about £4.50 for this so I guess the original full RRp is around £9. Now at the price I paid I was happy but at twice that I am not sure I would buy this. I will be waiting for their half price sales to pick up another of these.
They have a body lotion and I think there is an eau de toilette which is probably a bit stronger and longer lasting than this fragrance mist.
A nice summer scent to spritz any time of day. Suitable for women of any age but probably not for men!
Body Shop have a small range of handcreams all in similar metallic squeeze tubes, a bit like old toothpaste tubes. I am not convinced these are the best form of packaging for these. These would be just as easily packaged in plastic recyclable tubes and the metal crinkles up and gets squashed easily.
I am not Body Shop's biggest fan as II feel they kind of sold out to L'oreal whisch is under the P&G umbrella and I am not convinced by their ethics and stand on animal testing.
I do however get tempted by the bargains in Body Shop when they have sales and so i do have quite a few of their products. These handcreams I do really like and I have small tubes of them all.
This one I have in my handbag as I always like to have handcream handy when out and about.
This hand cream is a pale green colour and quite thick and rich but once applied to warm hands it kind of melts into your skin . I find I only need a small pea sized amount for my hands. You may need more if your hands are very dry. I also pop a small amount on my elbows as it does a good job of keeping them soft too.
The absinthe scent is a fresh herb -like quite neutral, unisex scent which I quite like as it soon blends and fades and I can't smell it for ages on my hands. I find that useful when wearing perfume as I don't like handcream fighting with perfume.
This kind of reminds me of the Body Shop Hemp handcream but this scent is milder than the hemp.It is full of lovely shea butter which melts really easily and absorbs into the skin so perfect for handcream and body lotions
The good thing about the scent is that males would be happy to use this and the hemp one as they are not sweet and flowery at all.
You can buy this in two sizes and the 30 ml smaller size is usually about £5 so not the cheapest one you can buy and the larger size is nearer the £10 price. I never buy mine when full price so look out for the sales and get a better price.
I like the fact that this does absorb easily and I have no nasty tacky feeling on my hands. The cream sinks in and really deeply protects the skin as when I use this and go out in the cold or do some gardening or similar then come in and wash my hands I can still feel the cream protecting my skin as the water kind of slips off and my skin feels soft and well protected.
I would happily buy this and do regularly when it is on special.
Bomb Cosmetics are a lovely ethical company.Their beautiful and quite different bath products are all handmade. They are carefully mixed, then pressed, moulded, rolled and shaped by hand. Their products contain only natural cocoa butter and essential oils or the finest perfume oils.
No products are tested on animals and the company have a commitment to not damage the environment with any of their product ingredients.
This little creamer is full of cocoa butter and smells of chocolate orange.On the outside it has bits of chocolate vermicelli stuck into it and these just dissolve as the creamer fizzes away in the bath releasing all its lovely moisturising buttery goodness.
I am not impressed with Bomb Cosmetic bath bombs but I do like their creamers as they leave my skin feeling lovely and soft and moisturised after the bath. This also smells pretty reasonable too when in the bath which can be a fault with Bomb Cosmetics products.
When you pop this in the bath iy gently and slowly fizzes away in the bath. I like the fact it fizzes slowly as I can lie in the bath and enjoy the aroma as it fizzes and also enjoy the buttery goodness melting in the bath.
Sadly while in the bath the butters do gather at the tide line and leava greasy mark. While in the bath I swish the water over the tide line and keep the butters in the bath and wipe it onto my skin.
When I get out and dry myself my skin feels well moisturised and very comfortable. The smell doesn't really linger on my skin much which is a shame in my mind.
The bath however is very greasy and slippery once the water is out. You absolutely have to give the bath a good clean as it would be dangerous not to. this kind of negates the relaxation benefit you had from the bath.
So while I do like these creamers for how they make my skin feel, I am not so thrilled with the greasy after effect in the bath.
This little bath bomb is a lot smaller than those you buy from Lush and so you need to use the whole one in a bath and at around £2 a bath I think that is quite expensive.
This looks cute with its bit of honey comb in the top and Bomb cosmetics are very good at the design and creativity for their products I think. They make perfect gifts as they are so pretty.
They are all hand made and finished hence the unique look to these.They are all natural ingredients and they are not tested on animals nor are any of the ingredients either.
Bomb Cosmetic not only do not test on animals they also are proud of the fact that all their ingredients are natural, eco friendly and biodegradability.
This turned the bath water slightly cloudy and very pale yellowy colour as soon as it started to fizz in the water I could detect the toffee honey scent . Once it had finished fizzing the scent was barely noticeable which was disappointing.
The water felt silky because of the bicarb in the bomb. I don't like that despite saying all the ingredients are natural Bomb Cosmetics do not list the ingredients on any website for any of their products in their entirety which always makes me a little suspicious.
This was an okay product, pretty and did a good job of making my drawers smell nice when I stored it in one but as a bath treat it was a bit underwhelming. The water was silky and soft but the scent just didn't do it at all and I wished I had just kept it in my drawer to scent that rather than use it in the bath.
It didn't cause me any allergic reaction not make my skin feel dry but I would like a bit more scnet to my bath bombs than this
This was in my chocolate ballotine gift box and I do find the Bomb Cosmetics products a bit disappointing in the scent. The bath creamers are far superior to the ballistics they make which are beautiful but the scent disappears in the bath water.
This is one of the plainer creamers as it is just a cream ball and mainly cocoa butter. It smells vanillary and creamy and very tasty but I didn't try eating it!
It fizzes gently as you pop it in the bath and the water goes cloudy and feels nice and gently soft and moisturising. I do find you tend to get a greasy tide mark so I keep washing that back into the bath and onto me as I lie in the water.
These creamers are very similar to Lush's bath melts but this fizz a bit too. I actually make similar to these using bicarb, cocoa butter and cream of tartar I think - it is a while since have done these. basically they two powders fizz and the cocoa butter gives the moisturising element and you add whatever scent you fancy.
Once out of the bath and dried my skin felt nicely moisturised and soft but the scent wasn't very evident. I do find if I use these bath creamers a lot I have to put bicar down the plug hole and clean it regularly as it gets quickly built up and could end up blocking it.
All the ingredients are biodegradable , eco friendly and human friendly but being a butter it is greasy so care needs to be taken not to let it happen.
Bomb cosmetics do not test any products on animals and their scents are natural too.They also have a commitment to not damage the environment with any of their product ingredients.
All their bath products are all handmade. They are carefully mixed, then pressed, moulded, rolled and shaped by hand. Their products contain only natural cocoa butter and essential oils or the finest perfume oils.
This little bombs are made with moisturising cocoa butter and shea butter which is well known for its skin softening properties. They also all contain bicarbonate of Soda will acts to soften your bath water and make it feel really silky.
The creamers from Bomb Cosmetics are far superior to the ballistics so if you want to try any of their products choose the creamers. This is one of the simplest they do and is a very nice moisturising bath treat but don't forget to clean the bath afterwards!
I was given this set as a gift as my children know I love bath treats. Bomb Cosmetics make the most beautiful looking products and give them lovely names. They smell gorgeous when new and unused but are quite small.
The bath melts are better than the ballistic generally but they do leave the bath greasy when the water is let out and all these have biodegrable bits that get left behind and stuck on the greasy bath meaning you have to clean it after your relaxing bath which kind of loses the point for me.
These are all chocolate scented in different ways and mainly I think it is cocoa butter but once in the bath the scent almost disappears which is very disappointing.
I was delighted to find that these beautiful and quite different bath products are all handmade. They are carefully mixed, then pressed, moulded, rolled and shaped by hand. Their products contain only natural cocoa butter and essential oils or the finest perfume oils.
No products are tested on animals and the company have a commitment to not damage the environment with any of their product ingredients.
This was my second experience with this brand of toiletries and they not only look good but also contain only natural ingredients which has to be a positive vote for them. The smell of the products is lovely and they scented my drawers nicely before I used them. I was however a little underwhelmed by their fragrance in the bath. I am used to Lush stuff which has a good strong aroma in the bath and then the scent lingers to fill the entire room afterwards. This was not the case with these products, they were nice and gentle with a subtle smell which was only just detectable in the bath.
I would say these make lovely gifts as they are so unusual and very well presented but I'm not sure I'd buy them myself unless they were on a special price as they are quite expensive for what you get.
On Amazon this box is £9.99 at the present time but it has been more previously. It is worth looking around as prices do vary quite a lot.
Lush used to make two solid deodorants this and aromaco. This has been discontinued in the UK for about four years but when I went to the USA in 2012 I found some in the Chicago store so I grabbed a chunk.
This smells of sandalwood and a hint of lemon. It looks like a chunk of dark cheese a pretty dull browny colour and not that attractive.When you first get this it has sharp corners from being cut so i find I have to wear it down a bit to be comfortable rubbing it under my armpits.
You have to remember that this is a deodorant NOT an antiperspirant. It does NOT stop you sweating which is a natural bodily function but it does stop you smelling unpleasant.
I use this or aromaco which is more patchouli scented than this and a creamy colour. I like both and find both equally effective at stopping me smelling.
I like the fact that this is based on natural deodorising ingredients and that they do actually stop smells developing. Sometimes I do get a bit damp under my arms but considering I take this with me when travelling and we have been to tropical countries and I used this. I never found that my clothes smelled unpleasant despite being very hot at times.
This deodorant block contains Propylene Glycol, Fresh Lemons, Sodium Stearate, Cleavers Infusion, Witch Hazel Infusion, Oakbark Infusion, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Sandalwood Oil so nothing nasty at all. It is gentle , smells great and does stop my smelling.
I find that sometimes the block dries out a bit so all I do then is apply when my armpits are damp. I also sometimes dip this block in water and I always keep it in a empty Lush pot to stop it losing its scent and effectiveness.
The scent of the block I have has not faded at all and I bought this in the summer of 2012 and it is still effective and only half the size that I originally bought. You can see from this that this deodorant is excellent value for money.
I wish Lush still sold this here in the UK but it may come back into the Lush kitchen at sometime in the future and I will have to stock up then.
Lush brought out several new hair products last year or even the year before that. Roots was one of those and was designed to help those with fine and thin hair.
I initially bought this for my step daughter as she has very thin hair and it falls out because of a thyroid problem. I cannot bear to give away something that I have not tried from Lush so I bought two lots.
i gave step daughter hers and kept my own.
I allowed my son's girl friend who was staying to use it as her hair is also very thin. Mine is not thin but I still felt I had to try this.It was designed by Mo Constantine, one of the Lush inventors as she has fine and thin hair
This comes in the usual black Lush pot ( take five back for a free face mask) and is a creamy colour with a hint of green. the product is quite thick but not so much that it won't spill if tipped.
The idea is that you apply this to dry hair. Wrap something around you head. I use an old shower cap then a towel and then get on with chores. I left mine on for about 30 minutes but it is up to you. It smells lovely and fresh minty and does feel great on your head. that cool minty sensation that feels like it is doing good and gets right to the scalp.
You then wash your hair and condition as usual.
Well my hair is not thin and fine but it did feel lovely and soft and easy to style my scalp felt great. Step daughter was really delighted as it gave her hair much more body and it did look thicker and more bouncy. Girl friend of son was also pleased and went and bought some for herself.
I liked the result and it did make my hair quite shiny too. I think if you have fine and thinning hair then it is certainly worth a try .
I am not sure this is one I would use regularly as it is not really designed for my thick course hair. I prefer other Lush deep conditioners like h'suan wen hua or whatever it is called. However this is a lovely deep conditioner for thinning hair.
Around £10 for 225g pot
This is not one of my favourite Lush products . It is a solid exfoliating and moisturising bar. Personally I found it was okay when it was big but once it started to get smaller it was tricky to hold and use as an exfoliator.
It smells okay of cocoa butter or creamy but it doesn't really excite me as a scent.
The idea is you rub this bar on areas of dry skin or dimply skin to massage , moisturise and exfoliate then rinse off. The cocoa butter does not wash off and stays leaving a nice soft and gentle feel to your skin once you dry off. I do find that the cocoa butter does get on my towel and needs washing more often than usual when I use this.
I prefer the feel of a slightly more liquid scrub as the film tends to sit on my skin more with this that with more liquid moisturising scrubs.
This is an expensive bar at nearly £12 and it isn't an attractive product so not one you would give as a gift unless someone specifically asks for it. It would need explaining as how to use it too I feel.
Lush describe this; "Rub the bar on wet skin to release the goodness: ground rice, almonds and aduki beans get to work polishing away dead cells, while the blend of lavender oil, cocoa butter and shea butter replenish moisture."
Yes all that is good but to me it fails and I would prefer this is a tub with a bit more liquid oils. I love the ground content as they are all gently exfoliating.
The other problem I have with this is that like other oily scrubs, my bath and shower need a good clean after using them as they get greasy and slippery which is not a good idea.
This also leaves bits behind as well as the greasiness so it look dirty as well as greasy. there is no way you could leave it uncleaned after using this bar.
I am not keen on the way my skin feels either, it feels slightly sticky which I am not happy with.
Sorry Lush - not one for me and I won't buy it again
Lush have a huge range of shampoo bars and they are just releasing several more. Because they are like a small bar of soap they have absolutely no packaging waste at all which has to be a plus. They have no added water so they are small and light to carry when buying your shopping, going on a week end away or even to take on board a flight when you have on board luggage only.
The range takes care of every hair issue from dandruff to greasy to dry, coloured and sensitive scalps.
They cost around £5 each which seems a lot for a small bar but believe me they last ages and ages. You can store them in the proper Lush shampoo bar tins made of aluminium or I have have discovered that the black recyclable tubs that the fresh face masks come in are a perfect fit for a shampoo bar and they are free. If you keep the shampoo bar in either of these they they stay fresh and smell just as good as when you buy they even months later.
According to Lush the fact that you are washing your hair with lather rather than putting a liquid straight on your hair and scalp means that sensitive scalps are less likely to be irritated using these bars.
All you have to do is wet your hair then rub the shampoo bar over your hair a few times then lather up as normal. Rinse then condition with either a liquid conditioner or use one of the Lush solid conditioners which are also excellent.
I am not sure if the new shampoo bars will mean some of the old ones are going so if you have an old one that is a favourite it might be an idea to sk if it is being discontinued.
My new favourite is 'Jason and the Argan Oil' which smells of Rose jam and leaves my hair feeling great. There is a new Brazilian one that is fruity scented coming out. if you have dandruff or sensitive skin then the 'Soak and Float' or the wonderful cinnamon scented 'New' shampoo bar.
'Godiva' is to die for and smells of jasmine and is an all time favourite of mine.
According to Lush each bar does around 80 washes so the same as around 3 bottles of liquid shampoo.
When I first tried this I was confused as it is a thick balm and not what I was used to for removing make up. I then went back to Lush and asked how it worked.
You apply a little over you face and gently massage it into your skin, and around your eyes too.
Take a warm face cloth and gently wipe away all the make up dirt and Ultra bland. It removes all make up dirt and grime without parching and dragging at your face skin. After using my face feels soft, clean and not at all greasy and I have not sneaky mascara staying on my eyes either.
Lush say this is based on an ancient Greek recipe -not sure where they found that!
This is full of lovely natural ingredients like with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey. It leaves the skin balanced and not stripped of all its natural oils.It is gentle enough to use all over your face including around your eyes
It smells quite pleasant but not a strong noticeable aroma. It is very thick and a little goes a long way I find.
The honey in this acts as a natural antiseptic and honey also helps keep the skin naturally moisturised as well. The rose water gently balances and calms and soothes as well as smelling nice too. The iris extract is also soothing.
Lush blend all these ingredients because each and every one has a benefit to the skin.
I find this is also a good elbow cream when my elbows are dry and sore . It also makes a great lip balm if you have chapped lips.
When pushed I have also used it as a nappy cream when my step daughter forget the nappy cream. It did the job and protected the tender bottom and she had no reaction from it as it is gentle and soothing.
I like like Lush and love trying all their products. As soon as a new one comes out I am there to buy it.
I like honey and the smell of honey in toiletries as well as the benefits of honey for the skin. I also like rhassoul mud and aloe vera and all these are in this bath bomb
It is the size of a tennis ball and costs about £3.35 which to me is far too expensive for just one bath. I break mine up and use about a third per bath as I feel £1 plus per bath is expensive enough.
This doesn't smell that strong and the bath water ends up a dirty sort of yellow which is not that appealing.
The water feels silky soft and feels lovely on my skin, I find it relaxing and after I get out and dry myself off my skin feel nice and smells subtly of orange and honey but not so that you would notice if you didn't directly sniff my skin!
Rhassoul mud is often in face masks as it is a natural cleanser as well as conditioning and softening skin.
Also in this we find the honey obviously and the benefits of honey is that is soothes and helps the skin retain its natural moisture. Honey is also a natural antiseptic. Aloe vera is cooling and calming for sensitive skins.
This smells of mild orange which comes from the wild orange oil and bergamot oil and they have also added gardenia extract with is a lovely floral aroma.
I wish they had been a little more generous with those aromas as the scent is rather subtle and I am also less thrilled with the colour of my bath water and the slight browny scum left after the bath drains.
This is one of Weleda's new range using calendula that have been created and awarded certificates and prizes for natural baby care products.
They are great for those with dry skin and because they are safe for a young baby's skin they are perfect for anyone with very sensitive skin as well. This cream can be used by all the family.
Weleda baby products care for your child's skin from the very first day with natural ingredients. The mild formulations developed in collaboration with midwives, are specially formulated to care for baby and infant skin. Our products provide comfort and promote the development of healthy looking skin.
This Calendula Weather Protection Cream is a nice thick and rich balm and as such it is perfect in winter weather as it protects from drying.
I find this works well on my lips as a lip balm as well as on my hands when going out in the cold. I use it after gardening too. I also find it helps with dry skin and eczema on one of my elbows.
This has lots of lovely beneficial ingredients including Organic almond oil which is a great oil suitable for all skin types as it is so gentle. It also has lanolin which is a good ingredient for nourishing dry skin and also forms a natural protective barrier. then you have the magic ingredient Organic calendula extract which is lovely and soothing on skin. Even for sensitive adult skin.
This cream does not have a strong scent which is probably a good thing with using it on babies bit it is pleasant to use with a subtle herby sort of smell.
If you have very dry skin on your face and work outside then this would be a good cream for your face. Personally I find it a bit too much for my face but I don't have dry skin and I don't work outside.
I even got my husband to use some on his dry lips and also behind his ears where he had some eczema and both healed quickly. He is not one to use creams so that was unusual and the gentle scent helped as there is no way he would use anything that smelled strong.
I am a huge Weleda fan and as I have been to their factory and garden I know that what they say they put in is true. They pride themselves on creating products that work with the person and body as a whole. the products are also eco friendly and the packaging while not exciting is functional and does the job and is also eco friendly too.
This costs £8.95 for 30 ml which is good value for money I think.
This is a lovely soothing, healing balm for anyone to use from baby to the elderly including those with sensitive skin.
Higher NaTrue certification**
Montagne Jeunesse despite the name is actually a Welsh company.
These face masks are sold in many shops from boots through to on line and Superdrug etc. I think i have seen them in Primark too. They also make foot masks and hair masks as well.
They masks are usually around £1 each but you often see them on deals for 5 for £4 and similar so it is worth shopping around. Often on Ebay you can find bundle lots for less too.
This particular one of mine is a smaller pack and called a sample pack but there was more than enough for one face. Usually I find the full packs will do two faces and i share them with someone or clip the top and use the rest the next day.
This mask not only contains cucumber but has aromatherapy oils to help de stress you at the same time as making your skin feel refreshed.
Cucumber is cooling and refreshing and as I applied this is was certainly cool and it made my eyes sting a little from the vapours, not because I got it in my eyes I hasten to add. I kept it well away from my eyes.
As it dried it became less cool and gradually tightened. My skin looked like I had wrapped it in cling wrap, smooth and shiny.
The most satisfying part of the peel off masks is after you have enjoyed relaxing for as long as you feel you deserve, you can peel the mask off.
It is like peeling off a layer of skin but not at all painful, just very satisfying. I try to get it off in one piece as a challenge but usually fail!
Once I have peeled it all off I wipe my face with my favourite Lush toner to clean it all off and them moisturise as normal.
I can’t honestly say my skin felt much different but I enjoyed the relaxation and the cool feeling as it dried on my skin. It didn’t dry out my skin nor did it irritate it in any way.
The mask is designed for faces that have oily skin and it will deep clean the pores. I believe the peeling off it meant to pull out the gunk but I didn’t inspect the ‘skin’ that I pulled off. I do have enlarged pores and we have been in the sun a lot recently so I felt it would give me a good clean.
My skin feels nice and clean and now I have moisturised it too so it is well nourished as well.
If you want a refreshing and cooling mask after a day in the sun then I would say this would be perfect.