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The Body Shop: A Haul

5 May 2016

The Body Shop is a brand I often find myself impulsively buying from. Perhaps I'm drawn in by all those colourful, scented body butters and shower gels they've always got displayed. Nonetheless, I do think they make some reasonably priced, worthwhile products.

On this occasion, I walked into The Body Shop, not needing anything in particular but eager to have a browse anyway [rolls eyes]. After being informed that I would receive 15% off if I purchased two or more items, I decided to do a bit of hauling.

I first picked up the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter because I was in need of a new balm cleanser. I had just finished the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, which I love because it's simple, fragrance-free, and does the job well, but at $55 a tub, I was more than keen to give another cleanser a go. I've been really happy with The Body Shop's version so far, as it removes makeup like it's supposed to but doesn't sting the eyes or leave a horrid greasy residue. I still make sure to go in with micellar water and a creamy cleanser afterwards, but the bulk of the work will have already been done.

I was admittedly unsure of what else to pick up but eventually went with the Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion at the suggestion of the sales assistant. I was a little wary because of how tea tree usually works as an astringent, but with the words "blemish fade" in its title, I was sold. The sales assistant said that some use it as a spot treatment because it's so potent, but it doesn't burn or sting at all when I apply it. In fact, it's done wonders for the appearance of my skin, which scars so incredibly easily from blemishes. I use about half a pump at night after cleansing, and in the morning, my skin looks so much more calm and clear. I'm not sure if this product might be getting reformulated or if they're discontinuing it, but it's not available on The Body Shop Australia's website. Will have to do some digging around because I really don't want this stuff to go away.

I must've divulged my whole skin story to the sales assistant because he suggested the Drops of Youth Wonderblur to help combat my issue of uneven texture. The Body Shop doesn't really market it as a primer (it's literally referred to as a "blur" on their website), but it's essentially a primer, and a very siliconey one at that. It leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft, but I don't find it helps my makeup stay on any longer than if I don't use it, and it's not especially mattifying on my skin, nor does it completely smooth over my dry patches. I don't necessarily regret buying it, but I could take or leave this one.

My last purchase, the Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo, was made partly because I'd never tried haircare from The Body Shop before, and partly because I've been having scalp issues. It's dry but also oily. I no comprehendo, and it drives me insane. I've been using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo for the last couple of years, so I was hesitant to introduce one with SLS into the mix, but I decided to give it a go anyway. Since using it, I've found that it does a good job of cleaning oily hair, but is a little too clarifying for me to use in back-to-back washes. It works best on my hair when I use it every three washes. If you have a problematic scalp, I think this might be worth trying but it's not quite akin to a miracle worker in my books.

There are a few more items from The Body Shop I've got my eye on, but in the mean time, I'm pretty content with the purchases I made. The Blemish Fade Night Lotion is definitely HG status for me.

Are you a fan of The Body Shop? What products have you tried from them recently?
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