My Favorite Purchases from the Body Shop

The Body Shop is a brand that gets a lot of love and fanfare on the blogosphere and YouTube. It seems that everyone is nuts about them. And for good reason, their prices are affordable, their products are for the most part naturally sourced (though it is not, as many believe, an organic brand), and they do not test on animals. It also seems that they have a sale on their website or in their stores at least 85% of the time. If you're looking to buy something from there and don't see a sale, wait one day and check again. 

To be honest, I didn't wander into these stores until this year, as I always lumped up The Body Shop and Bath and Body Works together and believed they were basically the same thing, but the latter is catered to 14 year old girls who like their products to smell like their cleaning products, with some fake strawberry added. I'm happy to report that for the most part, The Body Shop avoids this.

This is not an ode to The Body Shop. For some reason, it's not a brand that gets me very excited, even though I've loved the above products. I'm not sure what it is. The fact that sometimes it feels a little gimmicky? The fact that sometimes because there are soooo many scents and ranges to choose from it can feel a little overwhelming? Maybe, I'm not sure. 

But here are four products I would happily repurchase from them (and have already!) without fearing to make a dent in my wallet. 

1. Camomile Cleansing ButterA wonderful makeup remover that you just scoop from the tub into your hands, massage onto your skin, and rinse off. It's easy, it saves cotton, and it does an excellent job removing makeup, even waterproof mascara. There's a light camomile scent that doesn't feel the most natural of all, but it's subtle enough to not be overwhelming. 

2. Honey Bronzer (Shade #3). You might recall that in this post I had raved about some high-street/main-street bronzers and how my love for it was reborn. This is the one that started it all. When swatched next to the Bourjois bronzer, there's not much difference, except that it's a little lighter and subtler and tiny bit more cool. It's completely matte and can also look very natural on the skin. You can see that I loved it so much, I broke the casing and the mirror is now detached from it.  This is a great one for pale skins. 

3. Honeymania Lip Balm. Given its ingredients, I approve of this one. The only thing that bugs me is the scent, the added fragrance is unnecessary. I find that it does a good job moisturizing my lips though and it's a good alternative to the very pricey Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm.

4. Hemp Hand Protector Cream. My new favorite hand-cream, and completely unexpected. The London winter has been rough on my skin. I thought New York winters were brutal and a metaphor for the struggle of city living, but for some reason London has left me dry. Thirsty. Lips peeling. And every inch of my skin flaking. Hence my incredible collection of body creams, chap sticks, and hand creams. This one though, has been a saviour. And the smell is completely spellbinding and addicting: Like a wild wilderness, one surrounded by bushes and flora and snakes. It's one I'd like camouflage myself in.  

Have you purchased anything from the Body Shop? What are your top recommendations?