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Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Reviews/Giveaways | 4 comments

On rediscovering an old brand – The Body Shop

There are not many brands that we can all enjoy as a family. I’ve got my favourites, OH has his and the kids are very choosy when it comes to everything from food (no Mummy not a yoghurt, a Frube) to toys and books. So when The Body Shop offered to send us some products that we could all enjoy I hesitated. I used Body Shop products in my younger days (only a couple of hundred years ago) and while I remember the creams and lip balms fondly I felt like I’d moved on. I decided to give them a fair chance to reconvince me.

We were sent four products to try out – for me a tub of Shea Body Butter (£13), for OH a tub of For Men Maca Root Shave Cream (£8), for Curly Girl a cute little pot of Born Lippy Lip Balm in Strawberry and for Little Man a tub of Buriti Baby Body Butter.

My Shea Body Butter arrived in a similar simple tub to the creams I remember and it has a delicious nutty scent. It’s super rich and creamy and left my dry skin feeling nourished if a little oily. For me this is a treat and not something I could apply and then put my clothes on straight away as it needs a little time to sink into my skin, but fab for the weekend when I have a bit more time.

Little Man’s Buriti Body Butter was a revelation! It has a lovely light and creamy consistency but when I rub it onto his body it somehow becomes like a liquid and disappears into his skin almost immediately. It has a delicate scent that isn’t overpowering and I’m a huge fan. This is my new must-have baby cream.

OH’s For Men Maca Root Shave Cream is a best seller for The Body Shop and is supposed to improve razor glide for a comfortable shave but my hubbie is pretty brand loyal and it took some convincing to get him to try something new. He reported back that it is super rich, lovely on his skin and very moisturising but that it did tend to clog up his ‘wet n dry’ shaver. On work days he’s a man on a mission to get out the door so he said it was more of a weekend shaving cream when he’s got more time.

Curly Girl’s Born Lippy strawberry lip balm comes in a neat little pot and has a fruity, strawberry scent. The balm is bright red but it doesn’t actually seem to add any colour to her lips, the only reason I’m letting her use it. She calls it her ‘lipstick’ and now comes up to me on a regular basis to pout and ask whether I think her lips are dry and need more lipstick. So cute. She loves that she can join in when I put my lipstick on in the morning and I know that it’s good quality so I don’t mind her slathering it on.

TOP TIP: If you’re looking for help in creating the ultimate smoky 
eye look The Body Shop website has fab set of ‘how to’ videos

Incidentally I found out that the whole baby Buriti Bottom Butter might be discontinued (such a shame) so ran out to stock up on pots of it at my local store. While I was there I found that The Body Shop also has an All-in-one BB cream (£12) and it’s become my new fav make-up base. Straight out of the tube it’s a thin white cream but when you apply it to your skin tiny pigment-filled capsules burst and release the colour inside them – you just blend it into your skin and it matches your skin-tone. I’m always skeptical about products that say this but I must say this one is the real deal. I gives me an even finish with light coverage and keeps my skin hydrated. Who knew?

Have you rediscovered a brand from your ‘youth’? Or do you remember using The Body Shop products when you were younger?

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  • Claire Toplis

    OOOH what a great blog post . I have rediscovered soda stream I never had one as a kid I just drank everyones else. . I now have my own soda stream!

  • bod for tea

    Yay! I was that child too – never had one. But I have to say I’m not so keen on carbonated drinks so I don’t feel like I missed out. Glad you’ve got one now though! :)

  • Danielle Vedmore

    I love the Body Shop – especially the lip balms. Mum loves the White Musk range and I ‘have’ to get her some of them for Christmas EVERY year! I recently found Pretzel Flipz in Tesco that were around in the 90′s and were only available to buy online from America for extortionate prices so I stocked up! I ended up feeling like a pig and giving them away to my god children – so they are now hooked too!

  • bod for tea

    Funny, they stocked Fins for a while in our local Tesco which are the European version of Goldfish crackers. I almost filled my trolley with them. Thanks for commenting *waves hello*