A Body Shop Christmas

The Body Shop isn’t a shop I regularly venture to. I’m much more likely to run to Boots when I’m in need of a moisturizer or shower gel but, every now and again, I do like to treat myself to a few Body Shop items and, with all the gift buying for other people, surely Christmas is the perfect time to treat yourself to a couple of things. I won’t lie, this year I have treated myself to A LOT of things when I’ve been out shopping for gifts for my family and I just so happened to pick up a few things from the Body Shop.

After seeing so many posts about their Christmas products on blogs and browsing through the items on the website, I went into the shop to have a nice sniff of the Ginger Sparkle range. I don’t know why, I hate the smell of gingerbread,and I hated the smell of that range. But I did end up buying this cute Gingerbread Man sponge. I haven’t used it yet as I want to save it for Christmas Eve, but I imagine its going to do exactly what it needs to and lather up my body wash well.


I also ended up buying the Cranberry Joy Body Butter, which I have been loving using in the countdown to Christmas (which seemed to have started far too early this year). The scent is beautiful. Its Christmassy without using any spiced/cinammon-esque scents (which I unfortunately hate), it’s fruity and it’s fresh.



As a body butter, it’s just what you’d expect from a Body Shop Body Butter, its moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling lovely all day. The cream itself is quite thick so it’s not at all greasy.

The Body Shop have some gorgeous gift sets this time of year and would be great stocking fillers, so go take a look if you’re struggling for ideas. I know I’m always happy to receive one! It’s such a shame that I really don’t like the scent of the Ginger Sparkle range as the majority of the sets are stunning and so perfect for Christmas!


The Body Shop Seaweed Skin Care Range

ImageI’ve been on the look out for a reasonably priced mattifying cream and after talking myself out of spending £40 on the Premae Harmony Creme Balm (which is amazing), I clocked these products in the Body Shop. I don’t usually think to ever go into the Body Shop but for some reason I decided to have a browse and I’m glad I did. They had this set of products in an offer for £32 for the complete set so I decided to give it a go.

The range is made using bladderwrack seaweed that grows in clean waters off the south-west coast of Ireland and is ideal for combination/oily skin. It promises to help restore skin balance and control excess oils to help give you a shine free, matte finish.

In the set, I received the following items:

Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser, £8 for 200 ml

This clarifying lotion helps to remove make up and excess oil. It is massaged onto the skin using fingertips and then removed in circular motions using a cotton pad or a muslin cloth. I’ve found that I prefer to use a cotton pad. It feels light, smells lovely and it does help with oil control, but I’ve found it doesn’t completely remove all traces of make up. My face doesn’t feel clean or totally fresh after using it and I’ve found I definitely prefer to use a facial cleanser that is rinsed off with water.

I don’t think its worth the price tag in terms of removing make up, but it does help with oil control.

Seaweed Clarifying Toner, £8 for 200ml 

This is a good toner. It helps clear the skin of any make up that resisted the cleansing stage but it is definitely not eye friendly. Its quite harsh on the old eye area and stings quite a bit so I wouldn’t recommend using it on this area. But it does what you expect from a toner.

The only problem is I seem to be getting through it quite quickly, so it will need repurchasing quite often but it is good for combination/oily skin types.

Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator, £9 for 75 ml

I tend to use this product once or twice a week and it definitely hasn’t replaced my Liz Earle Gentle Exfoliator. It has a gel-like consistancy with grains that give your skin a good scrub, without being harsh at all. My skin feels extremely clean and fresh after using it.

The scent, unfortunately, isn’t at all like the scent of the other products in the range. It is so heavy and strong, and not at all pleasant so I don’t like to use it that much. Other than that though, it great. Its just that its a massive con for the product.

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, £10 for 50ml

This moisturiser is oil free and gel like in texture. It feels really greasy at first but mattifies almost immediately when rubbed into the skin. Due to the texture, a little goes a long, long way so the 50ml will probably last for a long time. The matte effect lasts all day and my skin is a lot less greasy at the end of the day. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all and it feels really soft and moisturised throughout the whole day.

The scent is lovely. Its really light and fresh and makes it even more of a pleasure to use.

Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment, £11 for 30ml

As I have oily skin, I tend to stay away from night treatments/moisturisers, as they are usually too heavy. But this serum is perfect. It’s light and helps to balance the skin and reduce oil, yet it still hydrates and my skin is so soft after using it.

As its a serum, a little goes a long, long way and you only need the tiniest amount of product. It does exactly what you want it to.

If I were to pay for these products individually at the full price, I would think that other than the day cream and night treatment, they are slightly overpriced. But other than the cleanser and the exfoliator, I will definitely be repurchasing them. It’s the perfect skin care regime perfect for oily skin.

All products are available here from the Body Shop