NEW at The Body Shop, featuring Roots of Strength, Drops of Youth, and Spa of the World!

A few years ago, The Body Shop released their Oils of Life collection and everything changed for them. The Intensely Revitalizing Cream was one of my go-to moisturizers for a while, and it was comparable to a lot of the high end moisturizers that I’ve used. At the time, I was really excited to see what The Body Shop will come out with in the years to come, and I haven’t been disappointed. I was recently invited to The Body Shop to check out some of their new collections in person, and I really have to say that a lot of these products are excellent.

The collection that I was most excited to see was Roots of Strength. This multi-step range of firming and lifting products that contains your core products – an Essence Lotion (C$22), a Shaping Serum (C$42), and a Day Cream (C$34). It harnesses the power of traditional Chinese medicinal concepts using ginger root and ginseng root to strengthen and lift your skin. This range is 100% vegan, is free of mineral oil, paraffins, and petrolatum, and the serum also contains 99% ingredients of natural origins. I really like the Essence Lotion; it’s lightweight and non-sticky, and really gives my skin a good dose of hydration.

Next we have Drops of Youth, which is not a new range but is introducing some new products. Namely, a Youth Bouncy Eye Mask (C$32) and a Youth Gentle Foaming Wash (C$20) to round out the collection. The cooling Bouncy Eye Mask contains cucumber extract which is refreshing and depuffing. It’s super light and silky, so you can apply this lightly during the day, or as an overnight night mask. The light texture actually feels okay over makeup too. The Gentle Foaming Wash isn’t something I’m super into as I don’t really like self-foaming cleansers anymore, but this would be a good product for someone with combination or oily skin and still want a bit of that anti-aging.

Lastly, we have Spa of the World, which is one of my favourite The Body Shop lines. For a relatively inexpensive brand, The Body Shop does luxury spa so well. Celebrating exotic ingredients and beauty traditions from around the world, Spa of the World released four new shower products – Tahitian Tiaré Bath & Shower Oil-In-Gel, Brittany Coast Algae Bath & Shower Gel, Balkan Juniper Bath & Shower Gel, Adriatic Peony Bath & Shower Cream (C$14 each). These amazing shower products are so luxurious, despite the completely reasonable price tag. I have the Tahitian Tiaré Bath & Shower Oil-In-Gel, which smells fresh and floral, and is super hydrating. It contains honey as well as coconut oil and other oil extracts, to keep your skin nice and supple in and out of the shower. From the same collection, I also have the Brazilian Cupuaçu Exfoliating Scrub-in-Oil (C$32) which is the most decadent body scrub but with the most reasonable price. Every time I smell these products, it brings me to somewhere warm and sunny.

These new The Body Shop products are available in stores and online now!


Product received for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review: The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cream

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cream review

My apologies for the late review of this one! I actually used this last winter, but I finally got around to writing about it now. Oopies.

One of the most exciting releases of last year was The Body Shop’s Oils of Life collection, the skincare branch of The Body Shop’s new foray into high end skincare and bodycare. I previously reviewed the Spa of the World collection here. Similarly to my reaction to the Spa of the World products, I was very happy with the Oils of Life products.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from By infusing 3 precious seed oils from around the world, known for their revitalising and repairing properties on skin – Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile – in to a silky cream with perfecting micro-pearls, we created a daily cream that intensely revitalises skin, replenishes moisture and revives radiance. Signs of ageing appear visibly reduced. From the moment it touches the skin, this Intensely Revitalising Cream effortlessly melts onto the face, leaving a light and comfortable finish without a greasy feel.

Price: C$34.00 for 50mL

Texture/Scent: Thick gel-cream with a spicy, exotic scent

The good: My first impression is that I love the heavy glass jar that it comes in – it looks and feels so much more luxurious than it really is. Despite being a deeply nourishing cream, the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cream has a relatively light, whipped texture that absorbs quickly and completely into my skin without feeling sticky or heavy. I use this at night because it’s a bit heavier than what I need during the day, and each morning I wake up to very hydrated, smooth, and radiant skin.

  • Skin looks and feels more nourished
  • Non-greasy
  • Absorbs completely
  • Beautiful glass packaging that is hefty and looks luxurious

The bad: My skin isn’t super sensitive but I find that for the first 5 seconds after applying the cream, it stings a little bit. This feeling quickly goes away, and my skin doesn’t look or feel irritated after. I’m not sure what ingredient is causing this, but since I didn’t see any long term arm, I continued to use this. The spicy scent is a bit too strong, and doesn’t dissipate immediately which can also irritate those with sensitive noses, but after I while I got used to this. If I had a choice, though, I’d prefer it to be scent-free.

  • Stings for the first 5 seconds after application
  • Spicy scent sticks around

Overall: This C$34 cream is a winner from The Body Shop. It makes my skin feel super nourished and deeply hydrated, without the heavy greasy feeling. After a few weeks of using this, I can say this is comparable to my Tatcha Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream (which is more than six times the cost in C$) because it makes my skin feel so good. The Tatcha version is gentler for those with sensitive skins though, because The Body Shop cream caused some mild sensitivity. There is also a Gel Cream version of this cream, which is much more lightweight and more suitable for those with combination skin, or daytime use. Personally, I’d still stick to the Cream version because I prefer that thicker, creamier texture.

Product: 17/20
Packaging: 4.5/5
Value: 5/5
Overall: 26.5/30 | A
Repurchase? Yes

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (Emollient), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (Absorbent/Anticaking Agent), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsifying Agent), PEG-40 Stearate (Emulsifying Agent), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifying Agent), Octyldodecanol (Emollient), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Polyacrylamide (Film Former), Sorbitan Tristearate (Emulsifying Agent), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), C13-14 Isoparaffin (Solvent), Glycine Soja Protein/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein (Skin Conditioning Agent), Mica (Opacifying Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Adenosine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Nigella Sativa Seed Oil (Emollient), Laureth-7 (Emulsifying Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Myristyl Alcohol (Emulsifying Agent), Stearyl Alcohol (Emollient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (Surfactant), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Ethylhexylglycerin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Benzoic Acid (Preservative), Tin Oxide (Opacifying Agent), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant), CI 14700/Red 4 (Colorant).

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cream review

Treat yourself at home with The Body Shop’s Spa of the World collection

The Body Shop Spa of the World review

The Body Shop’s newest release for fall is their Spa of the World collection, featuring products formulated with key ingredients from around the world. I was sent two of the luxurious body creams to try out, and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. My general thoughts are that I definitely prefer these body creams to The Body Shop’s popular body butters. I find the body butters can be too greasy (“buttery”) and don’t always absorb well. In addition, the Spa of the World products are scented more naturally compared to the body butters that can smell extremely synthetic (I’m looking at you, mango). Despite the $35 price tag, the jars are MASSIVE at 350mL. If you compare side by side with the body butters which are $20 for 200mL, you get 1.5x more product in the Spa of the World body creams, at 1.5x the price, which is completely reasonable.

I recommend both of these body creams – they’re full of great ingredients for hydrating and protecting your skin, they’re priced right, and they smell amazing. Overall, I’m really happy with the new direction that The Body Shop is going with these Spa of the World products. I can’t wait to see more of what they have in store going forward!

The Body Shop Spa of the World Hawaiian Kukui Cream review

The Body Shop Spa of the World Hawaiian Kukui Cream (C$35) features Hawaiian kukui oil (listed as Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil on the ingredients list). The top three ingredients after water are brazil nut oil (Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil), cocoa seed butter, and shea butter. This body cream is ultra luxurious, very thick, and highly moisturizing. I use this on very cold, dry nights when my skin is dry and scaly – a little bit goes a long way, so this jar would likely last me the entire winter. It smells absolutely amazing, like a warm, nutty scent that reminds me of cosy blankets and my bed, and would complement well with a big mug of hot chocolate.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (Emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifying Agent), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifying Agent), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille (Viscosity Controlling Agent), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), Caprylyl Glycol (Emollient), Dimethicone (Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil (Emollient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Controlling Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Benzyl Benzoate (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Potassium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Antioxidant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 75120/Annatto (Colorant).

The Body Shop Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Cream review

The Body Shop Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Cream (C$35) contains camellia oil (listed as Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil). The top two ingredients after water are illipe butter (Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter) and shea butter. The Japanese Camellia Cream is significantly lighter than the Hawaiian Kukui Cream, but continues to be moisturizing. It absorbs a lot easier than the Hawaiian Kukui Cream as well, making this ideal for application after morning showers. It has a very light, fresh scent that’s refreshing but soothing. Between this and the Hawaiian Kukui Cream, I think i prefer the Japanese Camellia Cream better because it’s more lightweight and also smells fresher. I’ll definitely repurchase this!

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter (Emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent), Olus Oil/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale (Emollient), Sodium Polyacrylate (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance Ingredient), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Mangifera Indica Seed Oil/Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil (Emollient), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Emollient), p-Anisic Acid (pH Adjuster), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Candelilla Cera (Emollient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster).

Self-tanning adventures part 2 featuring Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist and FakeBake Bronze on the Glow


I’m back with more self-tanning product reviews. You can read all about my story with self tanners, as well as reviews of three other self-tanners here.

In terms of bronzing and self-tanning, I’ve done it all. From the gradually-developing spray-tans in an automated booth, to the somewhat awkward experience of being bronzed with an airbrush while standing in my undies before a technician – I’m a self-tanning veteran. For your quick reference, I have rated the following products on their ease of use, as well as the intensity of the tan after a single application from 0 to 5. 0 is equal to no noticeable change in color after a single use, and 5 is equivalent to the darkest result achievable without looking like a reject-extra from the Jersey Shore. For those more experienced with self-tanning, I would compare a result of 5 to a salon spray-tan where you achieve the final level of intensity after a single visit.

Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner review

Next up is the Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner. Unlike the first two products, this product is a gel formula that promises to deliver results in two hours. It is applied with your hands all over the body like a moisturizer and it promises to be quick-drying and moisturizing.

I’m not even sure where to begin with this product because it is so appallingly terrible. Firstly, it reeks. The initial scent is reminiscent of sunscreen and is rather pleasant, but after oxidizing on the skin it smells very strongly of coppery-chemical self-tanner, which does not dissipate until being rinsed off.

My biggest problem with this product is that it is sticky and not quick-drying in the least. I applied this product all over my body a few hours before going to bed, and I was waking-up in the middle of the night because I was so, so sticky from the application that my bedsheets kept getting glued to my body. It never really seemed to get better, either. I had to rinse it off the next morning to get rid of the stickiness and smell.

Initially, I spent as long as I could not getting dressed after the shower, trying to wait for the product to dry, but it never did. I really hope that if you chose to use this that you stick to wearing black clothes for the next several days. Even after a second shower, I noticed that it left orange streaks on my bathroom towel.

The one somewhat redeeming quality is that this tanner made me very dark after a single application, and that even though I had clothing and bedsheets literally glued to my body for most of the first night, the application was still somehow even. However, this product is so torturous to wear and apply that I will never use it again. It’s thick, smelly, disgusting formula is not at all off-set by its somewhat decent results.

Ease of Use: 0/5

Color Intensity after One Application: 4/5

Repurchase? Never.


Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner ingredients

Next, I have the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist from the Body Shop. Unlike the gradually-developing self-tanners mentioned above, this product is meant to wash off and it does not stain/color your skin in the long term. This product is great for giving you a bronzed look if you don’t want to wait overnight for a self-tanner to develop.

Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist review

Generally, I stay away from tinted, wash-off tanners because I like to have a somewhat more lasting color. However, I am very impressed with this product. Not only does it smell absolutely divine (like honey!) but it is extremely easy to spread around streak-free. It gives you a nice, deep chocolate color without any orange undertones. If you already have a nice bronzed base, spritzing a little bit of the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist will darken your color and give you a nice boost for a night-out.

This product stays put until your next shower, and after drying (in under a minute) I have not found it to stain my clothes or smear with wear. Also, it comes with a non-aerosol dispenser which is eco-friendly! Jus rub it in with your hands after spraying on the skin and you are ready to go!

Ease of Use: 5/5

Color Intensity after one Application: 3/5

Repurchase? Possibly.

FakeBake Bronze on the Glow review

Lastly, I have the FakeBake Bronze on the Glow instant wash-off tan. This product is similar to the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist in that it is a tanner that is supposed to wash off, and it doesn’t color or stain your skin like a developing self-tanner. This product is dispersed through an aerosol nozzle and it comes out slightly shimmery and beige. I have also received a foam mitt to help with the application of this product.

Personally, I don’t love this product. I think that the shimmer is a little heavy, and I would prefer a more matte finish. Additionally, it doesn’t dry as fast as the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist and unless you really work on the application with the foam mitt, it is prone to coming out a little streaky and uneven.

On the bright side, it dries extremely fast (in seconds) and smells of lovely vanilla/cocoa undertones. As mentioned earlier, I am partial against wash-off tanners so I cannot see myself using this product frequently because it isn’t anything revolutionary, but it is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of temporary bronzing.

Ease of Use: 3/5

Color Intensity after one Application: 2.5/5

Repurchase? Probably not.

FakeBake Bronze on the Glow ingredients

That’s it for my summer self-tanner reviews. Have you seen anything here or in my earlier post that piques your interest? Do you rely mostly on self tanners or do you go out into the sun for a tan?

This post was written by Liza


Available now – Valentine’s day collections from LUSH and The Body Shop

Okay so this is like, super late. I’m sorry *hangs head in shame* but hey if you’re in a happy relationship, then every day should be Valentine’s Day! So I am featuring some Valentine’s Day products that can be used year-round, but sadly only available now. If you like these, better go out and stock now up!

LUSH Cupid’s Love Soap and Prince Charming Shower Gel

lush valentine's day

I always look forward to LUSH’s Valentine’s Day products because I’m completely addicted to that sweet, fruity scent that LUSH usually puts out during this time of year. This year, I got to try Cupid’s Love Soap (AKA Neon Love from prior years) and Prince Charming Shower Gel. Yup, I am still addicted to that sweet, fruity scent. Cupid’s Love is a blend of passion fruit, fresh figs, bergamot, cinnamon, and rosewood to create zesty yet intense fragrance, perfect for frolicking in the bath with your significant other. It also contains glycerin, rapeseed oil, coconut oil, and soy yogurt as four of the first five ingredients, which means you’ll leave the shower (or bath, you know, after the frolicking) with beautifully soft and smooth skin.

Prince Charming Shower Gel is a blend of pomegranate, grapefruit, sandalwood, and geranium that creates a bubbly lather and a bubble of fragrance that will help to perk you up in the morning. Also, did I mention it’s a bright perky shade of pink? Yes, the Valentine’s Day products shown here are very typical girly and bright.

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy

body shop smoky poppy review

On the flip side we have the sultry, which is the Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection. Not gonna lie, this is one of my favourite The Body Shop scents released to date – the smoky poppy is a dark fragrant floral. I have a really hard time describing what exactly it smells like, but it’s kind of a floral but blended with darker musks or even incense. You got to try this out in stores because it is very addicting to sniff. The scent is also pretty unisex, so you can finally buy a fragranced shower gel that your man will enjoy using but won’t be embarassed about it even though it’s technically still floral.

body shop smoky poppy review

The Smoky Poppy Shower Gel… is black. It is literally tinted black, something I’ve never seen before, but is super cool. As with all The Body Shop Shower Gels, it lathers up nicely, cleans well, and leaves a subtle lingering scent. It’s a classic formula, and you can’t go wrong by getting it in this scent. The Smoky Poppy Body Butter is one of the best body butter formulas I’ve used from the Body Shop, and in general in my body butter usage history. It’s rich yet not greasy or heavy, absorbs quickly, ultra moisturizing, and leaves just a subtle lingering scent that dissipates after 1-2 hours.

body shop lip cheek velvet universal shade review

Lastly, the coolest item of them all, the Lip & Cheek Velvet Universal Shade is a black-tinted lip and cheek stain that will give you a custom colour based on the unique pH balance of your skin. In reality, that’s kinda true but you usually end up with a dark, plummy stain which is great for the fall season.

Both of these collections are available for a limited time only, so if anything peaks your interest, you should go out and take a look naaaao!

Holiday 2014: gift ideas from The Body Shop


The Body Shop always does a very extensive collection of gifts for the holiday. There’s a nice selection of inexpensive stocking stuffers and full size gifts for all budgets, and all conveniently gift wrapped so that you don’t have to! I highly recommend checking out the Wild Argan Oil collection (reviewed here), which is easily one of my favourite Body Shop lines.


Even for yourself, these Body Shop gifts make great travel sets. I recently brought the mango one with me to Mexico and it was the perfect size for a week-long trip. The mango scent is also so appropriate in that tropical weather.

For this holiday, the Body Shop also released three new and limited edition scents – Frosted Cranberry, Glazed Apple, and Vanilla Brulee. These three scents are so different but all encompass the spirit of Christmas! Frosted Cranberry is like fresh cranberries and Glazed Apple is like candied apple. Vanilla Brulee, my favourite of the bunch, is like creme brulee, and it smells extremely decadent. These scents are available in the usual Body Shop products, as well as a limited edition Bath Jelly that’s a super cool textured bubble bath mix.


The Body Shop holiday sets are available now at the Body Shop stores and online.



The Body Shop reviews: Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap, Shower Gel and Body Lotion

The body shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap, Shower Gel and Body Lotion reviews

For fall 2014, The Body Shop released a line of new body care products using community fair trade wild argan oil from Morocco. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil collection contains 9 products for both the body and hair; I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the Massage Soap, Shower Gel, and Body Lotion.

A common denominator in the Wild Argan Oil collection is of course the wild argan oil ingredient, as well as the warm, cocoa-like scent that’s dominant in all of the products. I have to say I am a big fan of both the moisturizing wild argan oil as well as the scent that helps me relax after a long day of work.

Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap ($6) is a creamy soap bar with protruding bits that are used for massaging the skin. I love using this at night while taking a long, hot shower because while it foams it, the foam is very creamy and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth after. I normally avoid bar soaps but this one is super moisturizing. The massaging bits is also nice to use, mostly around my thigh, tummy, and back area. The only thing is that because I’m so focused on only using the uneven side to wash my body, the massaging bits got used up pretty quickly.

Buy? Yes, but keep in mind the massaging bits gets used up quite quickly so you’ll just be left with a moisturizing bar soap after.

Ingredients: Sodium Palmate (Surfactant), Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Sorbitol (Humectant), Coconut Acid (Surfactant), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Triethanolamine (pH Adjuster), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Etidronic Acid (Chelating Agent), Tetrasodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 77492/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour).

Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel ($9) has a thick, almost honey-like consistency. It foams up relatively well with a loofah, but the foam dissipates quickly. It cleanses pretty well and leaves my skin feeling moisturized and smooth. Again, I love the argan oil scent and I feel like I’m in a cloud of this scent when I use the Shower Gel. The only downside is that because of the thicker consistency and how the foam dissipates so quickly, I find myself using more of this each time, and thus using it up really quickly.

Buy? Yes, if you want a moisturizing shower gel and don’t mind that it will get used up quickly.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Glycerin (Humectant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Mel/Honey/Miel (Natural Additive), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant), CI 17200/Red 33 (Colorant), CI 42090/Blue 1 (Colorant).

Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion

My favourite of the bunch, the Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion ($12) is an ultra moisturizing body lotion. It is a lot thicker in consistency compared to many of the body lotions I’ve tried, almost like a thinner, more refined version of the Body Shop Body Butters. It feels incredible when applied on the skin, sinking in quickly and leaving my skin feeling very hydrated. With high quality and highly moisturizing ingredients such as sweet almond oil, shea butter, and of course the wild argan oil, this product is great for anyone who needs a boost of moisture to their body. It also spreads really easily, and one pump is enough for each leg, and one pump for both arms. I’ve been using this for several weeks and I’ve only made a small dent in it, meanwhile my skin feels amazingly soft. This quality, at the $12 price tag, is definitely worth a try.

Buy? Definitely!

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Glycerin (Humectant), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent – Occlusive), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Stearic Acid (Emulsifier), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Palmitic Acid (Surfactant), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (Emollient), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsesquioxane (Absorbent/Anticaking Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Pentaerythrityl Distearate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer (Emulsion Stabilizer), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Sodium Polyacrylate (Film Former/Viscosity Increasing Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Caramel (Colorant), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colorant).

Have you tried any of the new Wild Argan Oil products?

GIVEAWAY! x The Body Shop mega giveaway event

TBS Giveaway

I’m collaborating with The Body Shop to celebrate the opening of a new The Body Shop boutique at Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, BC, and give away over $140 worth of my favourite The Body Shop products!

You can enter to win:

This set was curated by me and includes some of my all-time favourite The Body Shop products. The Papaya Body Butter was my first ever The Body Shop purchase from many, many years ago and still remains one of my favourites to this day. I’ve also previously reviewed the Moisture White Shiso Cleansing Oil and the BB Serum Inside.

To enter:

  • 1 entry – post a comment on this blog entry to tell me which product you’d be most interested in trying
  • 1 entry – Follow me and The Body Shop on Twitter and tweet – [ I entered to win a curated @TheBodyShopCA prize set worth $140+ from @maddylovesblog #MaddyLovesxTBSgiveaway ]
  • 5 bonus entries – visit a The Body Shop store and snap a photo, post it on Twitter and/or Instagram and hashtag with #MaddyLovesxTBSgiveaway

Please take some time to visit the new concept boutique at Aberdeen Centre. The new store is a Pulse Boutique, which means that they are a reflextion of The Body Shops “Beauty with Heart” movement, where beauty, activism, and community collide. The store has a sustainable design, a community and values wall, as well as engaging and interactive beauty displays. The new store at Aberdeen Centre is located at:

The Body Shop
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit #1200
Richmond, BC

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Reviews of The Body Shop Moisture White collection (part 3): Shiso BB Serum Inside BB cream + summary of recommendations

body shop moisture white review

Today is part 3 and the final part of my review on The Body Shop Moisture White collection, which is on the BB Serum Inside BB cream. I’ve also included my final thoughts and some product recommendations from this collection at the end of this post. Please also check out part 1 (Cleansing Oil and Foaming Facial Wash) and part 2 (Serum and Moisturizer) of my reviews.

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso BB Serum Inside

This is one another one of my favourites from The Body Shop Moisture White range (the other being the cleansing oil). This has got to be one of the best western BB creams I’ve tried – it applies super smoothly, blends in flawlessly, has great pore coverage, evens out skintones, AND does not oxidize, and controls oil relatively well throughout the day.

I’ve been using this almost every day since I received it, and it feels completely weightless on my skin. It only comes in one shade, but it’s a pretty good match for my MAC NC25 skin. The coverage is medium, although it can be sheered out, it cannot be built to full coverage because then it will get a bit heavy and cakey. I also haven’t found that it disappears off my face during the day so that’s another bonus.

The only thing is I haven’t noticed any brightening effects with this product, although being a makeup product, my expectations were quite low in terms of the skincare benefits.

Recommend? Yes!

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent/Diluent), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emollient), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Hydrogenated Polydecene (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin) (Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (Emollient), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Antioxidant), Titanium Dioxide[NANO] (Sunscreen), Disteardimonium Hectorite (Suspending Agent), Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone (Emulsifier), Polybutene (Binder), Silica (Absorbent), C30-45 Alkyl Methicone (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Isopropyl Myristate (Emollient), Sodium Citrate (pH Adjuster), Aluminum Hydroxide (Opacifier), Stearic Acid (Emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Chlorphenesin (Cosmetic Biocide), Perilla Ocymoides Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer (Anticaking Agent), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract/Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (Conditioning Agent, Humectant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Methicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (Antioxidant), CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 77492/Iron Oxides (Colour), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colour).

body shop moisture white bb cream review

Overall: My thoughts of this collection are overall on the mixed side. On one hand, I have absolutely enjoyed using the cleansing oil and the BB cream, on the other hand I don’t find that the serum and moisturizer are effective brightening products. That’s completely fine though, since it’s not always possible to love every single item in a collection. Below are my recommendations…

Buy: Cleansing Oil, BB Cream

Maybe check out: Foaming Facial Wash

Ditch: Serum, Moisturizer

Reviews of The Body Shop Moisture White collection (part 2): Shiso Brightening Serum & Shiso Moisture Cream

the body shop moisture white shiso brightening serum and moisture cream review

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.

the body shop moisture white shiso brightening serum and moisture cream review

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum

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.

Recommend? No.

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 Body Ship Moisture White Shiso Moisture Cream

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.

Recommend? No.

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).