Today is part two of my reviews of The Body Shop Moisture White collection. I’ll be reviewing the Shiso Brightening Serum and Shiso Moisture Cream, two products that are usually at the core of any whitening skincare series.
A brightening serum is usually the key product in any brightening skincare regime; a good brightening serum will make or break a brightening collection and unfortunately, the Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum was quite disappointing. I used this product once a day for a few weeks and I did not notice any brightening/illuminating/whitening/effect against hyperpigmentation or dark spots. I had pretty high hopes for this products so I was disappointed to find out that it wasn’t effective at all.
In terms of the other benefits of using a serum, this product is not too hydrating and would be an effective hydrating serum for people who normal, combination or oily skin. I used this during the day and it absorbed quickly, leaving behind no residue, which was perfect to follow with makeup application.
One thing I want to point out is that shiso (in the ingredients as Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract) is actually located at the very end of the ingredients list. Even though I don’t know how effective shiso is as a brightening ingredient, the fact that it is located at the bottom of the list is another disappointment and probably doesn’t help prove that it is an effective ingredient to combat dark spots.
Priced at $36 for 30mL, you can purchase the Shiso Brightening Serum from The Body Shop.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipropylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Batyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract.
The Shiso Moisture Cream is a relatively basic moisturizer in a thick cream format. It comes out of a squeeze tube and you need about a pea size amount to cover your face and neck. Despite it being a thick cream, it’s actually not that moisturizing. I use it as a day cream under sunscreen and makeup, and at the end of the day there is some dryness showing in my skin. I also felt that it took a bit of time to absorb, but once absorbed it didn’t feel greasy or heavy at all.
Priced at $30 for 50mL, you can purchase the Shiso Moisture Cream from The Body Shop.
Ingredients: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Octocrylene (Sunscreen), Isododecane (Solvent), Hydrogenated Polydecene (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Arachidyl Alcohol (Emulsion Stabiliser), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Sunscreen), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (Opacifying Agent), Behenyl Alcohol (Emollient), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Arachidyl Glucoside (Surfactant/Emulsifying Agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer (Binder), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Antioxidant), Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Fragrance (Fragrance), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Polyisobutene (Binder), Glyceryl Caprylate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenylpropanol (Solvent), Phytic Acid (Chelating Agent), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (Conditioning Agent, Humectant), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Sorbitan Isostearate (Emulsifier), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient).