For me, The Body Shop has been synonymous with Christmas since 1985. Memories of collecting the animal-shaped bath pearls and soaps, getting them from my lovely Nana and keeping them like treasures on my drawers, and of the White Musk gift baskets that were swapped between my school mates in the early 90’s. I remember my mum and my sister hoping to top up their Dewberry perfume and shower gels each December, and I would always, always have my fingers crossed for a big, unblemished pot of body butter – that was as tempting as new fallen snow to trace fingers over and leave my mark.
It’s all very nostalgic isn’t it. That’s what the Body Shop has become to me in recent years. A place I assume is a bit out of date, and a shop I pop into, on automatic mode, and pick up cotton wool, hand cream and a bath lily regularly.
My mistake though. They’ve actually upped their game, introduced new product ranges that seem to be effective, fairly well priced and, where makeup is concerned, on-trend. I was pleasantly surprised. I attended a blogger event at the Leeds city centre store recently where we were shown the new Christmas gift ranges, recent makeup launches and of course, some old favourites. Here’s my pick of the best:
1. Beauty Advent Calendar 2014 – £50.00
Every man and his dog are releasing beauty advent calendars this year, and it makes sense, because so many people go giddy for them. What’s not to love though? A little surprise every day, that you can wear, add to a bath or shower, or keep? And it looks very festive! All the included products are listed in this link, if you want to see what you get for your money.
2. Lip & Cheek Doll – special edition – £10.00
This rosy red lip and cheek stain comes in the cutest doll packaging. The product is perfect for dabbing on the lips to give a natural rose-coloured stain (or mix with lip balm for a glossier effect), or dabbing on cheeks and blending out to give a flush of colour.
3. White Musk Smoky Rose eau de toilette 60ml gift set – £25.00
Okay. So, there are a lot of people out there that still love White Musk, and I understand why, it is a great scent, but it’s just not for me. However, the White Musk Smoky Rose version? Oh yes. It’s a world apart from the original. Instead it’s a slightly sweet and sensual fragrance, with tobacco flower and black smoky rose. It dries down to a subtle smoky scent after a while. The EDT doesn’t have huge staying power, but I prefer this lighter version with a sweeter scent, rather than the eau de parfum or oil, which would be heavier and last longer. I’m so glad I bought this.
This gift set has a 60ml EDT, a 10ml purse sized EDT a 60ml body lotion, 60ml shower gel and (quite randomly) a notebook. I think it’s really good value for money, and looks great.
4. Almond Handy Manicure Set – £12.00
This is what I think they do best. Either the Almond Hand and Nail Cream, or the intensive Hemp hand products are winners. There’s nothing in their hand care range that I wouldn’t use myself. These gift sets come with a 100ml hand cream, a mini buffer, file and clippers – oh and of course a tin to reuse (they’re great for keeping lipsticks in).
5. Modern Gent’s Shaving Kit – £25.00
The Maca Root men’s range gets the thumbs up every time from my fella. Apparently ‘it’s good, yeah’. That’s the most in-depth review you’ll get from him. But this beardy man really likes the Maca Root Energetic Face Protector (that’s moisturiser, to you and me, I think), and the Shaving Cream too.
This gift set contains said shaving cream, a 100ml ‘razor relief’ and a shaving brush (which the Mr loves and has had his for years).
6. Vanilla & Tonka Bean Scented Candle – £10.00
|Vanilla & tonka bean candle. Autumn in wax form.|
So, when I think of The Body Shop, room fragrance isn’t something that usually springs to my mind. It’s easy to overlook their scented candles, oils, room sprays and diffusers – but I’d happily recommend you don’t miss them. I have found the perfect autumn-winter candle in their Vanilla and Tonka Bean Scented Candle.
It smells rich, creamy and comforting, and thanks to the addition of the tonka bean and a hint of geranium, it doesn’t have any of that sickly sweet smell that you often get with vanilla candles.
I’ve noticed that all the other Body Shop candles are out of stock online, so I hope this doesn’t mean they’re discontinuing them – better stock up, just in case!
7. Colour Crush Lipsticks – £10.00
|The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick – shade 125: Crazy Sexy Crimson|
These are lovely. The shade range is great, the texture is smooth and moisturising, but with fair staying power (a couple of hours between top ups) and they go on so soft initially but leave a good stain too. I think any makeup lover would be really happy with one of these in their stocking.
I’ve treated myself to shade 125 – Crazy Sexy Crimson. Perfection.
|Some of the goodies I bought from The Body Shop|