It’s fair to say that over the years, I have had a lot of products come my way, from £1 lipsticks to £400 eye creams. As a beauty editor, I have experienced first-hand some of the best and worst products that the industry has to offer. So while the products in my beauty cupboards at home are constantly on rotation, there are a number of (very special) products that hold a permanent spot—and a huge number of them are from The Body Shop.
I know; it’s an odd thing to hear a beauty editor who is obsessed with a brand famed for its sweet-smelling body cream and teenage-dream musk perfume, but please hear me out. It’s no secret that when it comes to beauty, bodycare is my one true love—always has been, always will be. It’s easy to believe, therefore, that I’ve spent what some might deem an unhealthy amount of time perusing the shelves of one of the UK’s most-loved bodycare destinations.
When I first stepped foot in my local Body Shop store at age 11, I filled my basket with Strawberry Body Butter and White Musk EDP. (If you know, you know.) As the years went on and my tastes changed, I started paying a little more attention to some of the other products The Body Shop had to offer, besides my go-to body butters and zesty shower gels. By the time I hit my teens, I was regularly borrowing my mum’s vitamin C serum (I was ahead of the times—what can I say?) and nourishing my hands with my coveted hemp hand cream.
Fast-forward to now, and I can safely say that some of my favourite beauty products of all time have come courtesy of The Body Shop. From my desert-island must-have Camomile Cleansing Butter to the almond milk mask that my face can’t live without, The Body Shop has the most wonderful way of delivering high-performing efficacious skincare (usually perfect for sensitive-skin sufferers like myself) at a really affordable price. However, the sad truth is that The Body Shop is all too often considered little more than a charitable bodycare brand that makes great festive gift sets for distant relatives. Although, if you ask me, everyone seems to be overlooking the truly game-changing products the brand has developed over the years, from best-selling anti-ageing serums to expert-favourite cleansers.
Oh, and did I mention that it is also an official B Corp, so you can shop away knowing that you’re doing a bit of good too? Keep scrolling for all of The Body Shop products that I simply can’t be without.
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