Kitty Blackadder

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Haul from The Body Shop - November 2013

**This post was slightly updated in September 2017, to fix links that were dead and to amend some reviews that were outdated now**

 Every year. Every gosh-darned, dang-tootin year - excuse my French. Yup, every year in the run up to Christmas The Body Shop does various mad offers - 50% sales, buy one get one frees, 40% discount codes, and all combined with various discount/free delivery code. How could I resist? No, seriously, any tips? - it's like a tractor beam every year. It pulls me in and the only way to escape is covered in body butters and hand creams.

This year has (of course) been no exception. I have, in the last month or so placed three orders - though some bits and bobs have been for peoples' Christmases, I swear!
Anyway, seeing as how I've now sampled a lot of Body Shop products, I thought I'd do a little haul. 


The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream - £5.00 for 30ml

The 50ml tube of Hemp Hand Cream. This actually wasn't for me. No, seriously. This was for the boyfriend who, much as it hurts his rugged man ego to admit  - has been seriously suffering with sore, dry hands recently. He's really not a modern man and completely rejects the use of creams/lotions/scrubs etc for almost anything, but, he does have a few exceptions and apparently, this is 'manly' enough to be one of them. I actually really like the smell of The Body Shop's Hemp range - I think it smells quite similar to some Liz Earle stuff, particularly Cleanse and Polish. The boyfriend has mentioned on several occasions that he thinks it's really helping, but I haven't personally used it (well, not in years) so we'll have to take his word for it.

The Body Shop Olive Body Butter- £15.00 for 200ml

Then, there's the Olive Body Butter. This doesn't really smell like olives (thank God)... or anything else really now you mention it. It smells.. cold? Does that make any sense? It has a soothing, cooling smell - it smells like the kind of thing that would be nice to use after a hot Summer's day. This is a new one for me and I think I will save it for Summer as I have plenty of warm/wintery ones to use in the meantime, so unfortunately, I can't give a lot more info just now!

**Note added in September 2017: I've since used this up and then repurchased it. I really like this as a lotion, as I said, for Summer it's nice and cooling. I'm not a big fan of the olive scent in other products like shower gel or soap though; they definitely don't smell as nice as the lotion.**

The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Body Butter - has now been discontinued.

Then we have the 200ml Dreams Unlimited Body Butter. Again, a new one for me this year. It has a clean, fresh sort of smell. Very soft and delicate. It also seems to have a thicker consistency than other Body Shop butters; but that might just be coincidence, or me being insane. 

**Note added September 2017: despite this having the least offensive scent ever, in the tub, the smell of this actually triggered panic attacks for me when it was on my skin so I was unable to use it!**

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Shower Gel - £6.00 for 250ml

Then, there's the Atlas Mountain Rose shower gel... which is also a first for me. Sigh. I'll throw my hands up here and say I really didn't need this - I have a bit of a hoard  collection of LUSH soaps I should really be working through, but I just could not resist this. I am in a rose crazy phase just now. Cannot get enough of rose scented stuff. This one in particular is perfect for me. It smells very real, as in it doesn't smell terrible and artificial, but it also smells very clear and fresh. I feel some rose products smell kind of musty, or damp or stale - but certainly not this one, it's glorious. 

**Note added September 2017: I did go on to use this up, and I do still love the scent. Truthfully, this wasn't a great shower gel for my very dry/sensitive skin - it did leave things leaving a bit stripped and dry when used over time, so I wouldn't repurchase this**

The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter - Has now been discontinued.

 Then we have the  Raspberry Body Butter which is to be part of my sister's Christmas present. I personally don't love the smell. A quick sniff of the tub, sure, but I feel like applying it would be like smothering myself in jam. Not my cup of tea. It's very 'her' though, she loves overly sweet, girly smells, so I think she'll love it. 

**Note added in September 2017: I actually did a 180 on how I feel about the scent on this and grew to love it. This tub did go to my sister, but later on I bought and used quite a few myself!**

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Shower Gel - Has now been discontinued.

 Although this is fruit based, it smells much less sickly than the raspberry - thank goodness. I haven't actually used this one yet however I am rather enjoying trying to work out what colour it is. It's very odd and seems to be completely different colours depending on the light. What is it they say about simple things and simple minds again? 
I have used others in this range before and I like them. They're soap free cleansers, so typically I wash myself first and then lather up in this to leave a lovely fruity scent on my skin.

**Note added in September 2017: I used up this shower gel and remember liking it; I do tend to like all the gels in this range though, they lather so well but are so gentle to my skin.**

 The Body Shop Love etc. Body Butter - Has now been discontinued.

 I've had this one a couple of times now, and keep repurchasing because I love it so much. Again, the smell is light and subtle but it's a lot warmer than Dreams Unlimited - it's deeper and muskier, while still being super feminine. It's got a lovely thick consistency and it moisturises super well, so I tend to use it on drier areas like my knees, elbows and feet. 

**Note added in September 2017: Sad that this has been discontinued as I really enjoyed it! I would totally repurchase if it became available again!**

So that's the first of too many Body Shop products I've bought recently. What's your favourite Body Shop product? What would you recommend I try out in the next inevitable order I place?


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