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I tried The Body Shop products for a year: here are my picks and skips

I tried The Body Shop products for a year: here are my picks and skips

The Body Shop is a cruelty-free beauty brand and is one of the first to use exclusively fair-trade ingredients. They focus heavily on ensuring that their production is sustainable and they have banned animal testing (#foreveragainstanimaltesting).

I had the wonderful opportunity to become their 2018-2019 beauty ambassador. After sampling over 50 products, here are my product picks and skips:

Picks:

1. Body Yogurt

Their body yogurts have a more gel-like consistency compared to the classic Body Shop body butters. The liquid-like consistency helps the lotion feel more lightweight and absorb instantly on dry and damp skin. Fantastic for those post-shower moments when you need to rush into your jeans, but still want moisturized legs.

2. Himalayan Clay Cleanser

The Body Shop Himalayan line works wonders on the skin. My favorite product is the cleanser, which is made out of bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, kaolin clay, and Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya. Activated charcoal draws chemicals, dirt, and micro-particles away from the skin and tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. You can feel this cleanser cleaning your pores from the strong tingling sensation when using this product. I love the cleanser because it’s easy to incorporate into a daily skin routine and it removes makeup and dirt off of my face tremendously well.

3. Drops of Youth Concentrate

This concentrate is a great anti-aging product. It contains Edelweiss Plant Cells from Italy, Sea Holly Plant Cells & Criste Marine Plant Cells from France. Plant stem cells are associated with increased collagen production and wrinkle prevention. My skin felt baby-skin soft and youthfully bouncy afterwards. I use it after every trip to revive my skin from dry airplane air. This product also comes in a sheet mask that contains 1 oz of the concentrate, making it perfect for travels.

4. Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream SPF 15

The seaweed oil-control gel cream is made out of mineral-rich seaweed from Ireland. It also contains SPF 15, which is a day cream essential to prevent skin damage and wrinkles. The seaweed oil-control gel cream is great for everyday use. I have combination skin and this lotion was lightweight enough to ensure minimal oil build-up throughout the day. I could layer foundation and other makeup products without my face breaking out.

5. Hand Cream

The hand creams are classic Body Shop products, and they’re amazing. They are infused with Community Trade shea, which is known to soothe damaged/dry skin I’ve used them for cold winter days and long airplane rides. My hands always stayed velvety smooth for several hours. (Tip: The Body Shop also sells natural shea butter if you are interested in homemade products)

6. Matte Clay Powder

The matte clay powder is a foundation powder enriched with Community Trade tea tree oil. This product has great coverage and is extremely breathable. It also does exactly what the name says - it will matte-ify your face without making it look dry and crackly. I’ve used this alone, without a liquid foundation, and my face looks velvety smooth. Highly recommend!

Skips:

1. Shampoo and Conditioner

After going through multiple shampoo and conditioner bottles, my hair was unfortunately always oily after a day.

2. Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

The liquid peel removes dead skin cells, impurities, and pollutants from the face to reveal only fresh skin. Unlike the Drops of Youth concentrate, this product left my face a little too squeaky clean for my liking. My skin was more prone to breakouts because it became overly sensitive to the products I was applying.

3. Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser

This cleanser is creamy and infused with aloe from Mexico. The creaminess texture definitely added moisture to my face, but did not remove a lot of the makeup from my face. When I used toner with a reusable cotton pad afterwards, there would be a lot of remaining dirt and makeup left on the cotton pad.

4. British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

This mask is infused with rose petals, rose hip oil from Chile, and aloe vera from Mexico. Compared to their other face masks, this mask is more gel-like and not meant for deep cleaning purposes. My face felt more plump afterward, but also more oily. I would recommend pairing this with one of their deep cleansing masks, like the Japanese Matcha Tea Polluting Mask or Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask.

Let me know if you try any of the products and what you thought down below!

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