Today I’d love to share with you my thoughts on some of my favourite Body Shop products. It’s been four years since I worked at The Body Shop, and I decided to re-visit a few skincare favourites!
As this blog is about conscious consumerism, I’ll also touch on if The Body Shop is ‘natural’ and ‘ethical’.
Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub
Face scrub with natural exfoliators. Removes impurities and helps unclog pores.
With purifying tea tree oil from the foothills of Mount Kenya.
Though the Tea Tree range is for blemished, acne prone skin, I love this scrub. I have dry skin, yet occasionally I get a little, manageable acne – and usually I’m able to stop them from getting worse. I do this by exfoliating once a week, and I love the texture that’s gritty without being rough. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh.
After exfoliating, I dab tea tree oil on the spot, and it usually clears within a day or two!
I don’t use The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil because 1) it’s diluted, 2) it’s absolutely tiny. Instead, I source my own certified organic, 100% pure tea tree oil for a fraction of the price and use that, and it works wonders. You can also go to any pharmacy and find a tea tree oil that’s concentrated and full size.
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash
Oil and soap-free refreshing gel facial wash.
With mineral-rich seaweed from Roaring Water Bay, Ireland.
This is my favourite face wash of all time! Even though it is designed for combination/oily skin, it calms my T-zone and is gentle enough for the rest of my face. I keep coming back to it for its incredibly lovely gel texture and soft scent.
Chamomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
Gently and effortlessly removes makeup from lashes and lids.
With calming camomile extract from Norfolk, England
This makeup remover is super soft, super gentle and overall kind to your skin. It removes my eye makeup effortlessly without tugging or using a large amount. The scent is also extremely subtle, so together with camomile extract, it’s perfect for those of you with sensitive skin without the risk of irritating your eye.
While I love these products, I support The Body Shop more for their stance on Ethical Trade and Community Fair Trade than I do for the idea that their products are ‘natural’. The Body Shop is no Weleda – the ingredients in their products are not mostly plant based, and if you read the ingredients list, you’ll see quite a number of chemicals (though some of them are derived from coconuts). I find that with a lot of their products, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and other chemicals that are commonly found in supermarket & drugstore cleansers are present.
This is likely why there is always one special, featured ingredient marketed in big letters and shop windows: the natural, exotic ingredients sourced from around the globe. My advice? Look at the ingredients and see for yourself where that ingredient falls on the list. Skincare products have to list ingredients in descending order of amount used, so if a product promotes “tea tree oil”, check how much of the product actually accounts for that ingredient – since that’s probably what drew you to the product in the first place.
That’s not to say The Body Shop doesn’t do good – by supporting Community Fair Trade, they’re committed to “Enrich, Not Exploit” – to trade fairly with suppliers, helping those in need to build a stable income and independence. So, is The Body Shop natural? No, not completely. Are they an ethical business? Absolutely – and that’s something I will always support. ❤
Tea Tree Scrub $26.50
Seaweed Gel Wash $26.50
Camomile Eye Makeup Remover $24.95
As always, not sponsored.