What do you think of the body shop?

(47 Posts)
Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Jul-13 08:46:15

I'm buying a house and need to cut back. There stuff looks cheap and it's BUAV approved.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 11:05:49

How is it expensive? I pay roughly 3 quid for face cream on line compared to 11 in the shop. Yes, but in the shop and it's pricey compared to online.

Ujjayi Mon 15-Jul-13 11:05:52

I've just rediscovered the Body Shop thanks to a goodie bag I received at a fashion event recently. I hadn't touched their products since the Dewberry days of the 80s grin

Currently, I am loving:

Aloe vera cleanser - very gentle but very effective even with heavy eye make up.
Satsuma exfoliating shower gel
Cocoa Butter Body Creme - it doesn't have that sickly smell that you get with Palmers stuff and it sinks in really quickly.

I also had a make over at the event and was really impressed with their eye shadows, eyeliners and mascara.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 11:10:34

Oh yes, the body butters are lovely too.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 11:11:04

Their make up brushes are very good quality too.

MrsDeVere Mon 15-Jul-13 11:11:06

Their shower gel is about a fiver isn't it?

I haven't bought any face cream in their for years but I thought it was pretty dear for what it was. If I am skint I will buy whatever is on offer in superdrug and it seems to work just as well.

I used to use their vit e cream but I didn't like it much.

I am not a fan really.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 11:14:45

I'm not a fan of the vit e cream, makes me itch.

MrsOakenshield Mon 15-Jul-13 11:15:57

Body Shop is BUAV approved, but they are owned by L'Oreal, who very much aren't (they've been on the Ethical Consumer boycott list for years because of testing on animals).

M&S, Sainsbury's own, Superdrug, Co-op all BUAV approved and much cheaper than Body Shop. I get M&S shower/bath/facial wash stuff (with a bottle of Molton Brown as a treat), Superdrug vitamin E moisturiser and body lotion. Struggling to get good BUAV hair stuff, happy with cheap shampoo but need good quality conditioner and product, so unfortunately have to use non-BUAV stuff for that.

Treague Mon 15-Jul-13 11:20:25

I used to rate a lot of their products, but some years ago (slightly predating the sale to L'Oreal) they reformulated some products and started using cheaper and more synthetic ingredients.
So I stopped buying the products and have never gone back.
I like Aveda shampoo and a little goes a long way.
If you know anyone travelling to the US, getting Aveda in bulk from a salon over there works out at at least half the price, if not less (although the pound is weak right now so perhaps the wrong time).

MrsDeVere Mon 15-Jul-13 11:24:34

I cut all my hair off and its fab not having to worry about buying decent shampoo and conditioner grin

I get Clarins for my birthday and Christmas and it lasts me all year round.

I doubt its 'approved' though is it? sad

It works though <pathetic wail>

LRDYaDumayuIThink Mon 15-Jul-13 11:28:34

I find their stuff is so thin, you need a lot. It's a poor economy to buy stuff that is cheap but doesn't last.

That said I like original source shower gel which is dirt cheap but probably not what the OP is looking for.

AnythingNotEverything Mon 15-Jul-13 11:37:53

I like it. I can't comment on the ethics, but there's always a deal on, either online or instore, plus their Love Your Body card gets you 20% discount each time and £20 of freebies throughout the year. Plus every time I buy instore I get another voucher for the next month ie £5 off if you spend £25 in August.

I use the tea tree and aloe skin care ranges, and I love the Shea and cocoa butter shower gels (don't need to moisturise too!) and these are often 3 for 2. The peppermint foot range is great too.

Still18atheart Mon 15-Jul-13 11:39:29

I love their vit E face care Use the face cream every day. Also regularly the toner, cream wash hand cream and exfoliant

Adore the lemon soap and body butter

Really like the vit C face serrum but it's jolly expensive.

MrsOakenshield Mon 15-Jul-13 11:41:49

you can find out here what is BUAV approved, I don't think Clarins is. And I have had all my hair cut off but it's so thick and curly I still need decent stuff for it! And it's still boiling in this weather, bloody, pesky hair.

Quelita Mon 15-Jul-13 12:54:39

Vitamin C cream has SPF 30! It's great!

God I forgot the rainforest shampoo. I bought it in hospital as a treat when I was waiting to have dd2. It's shite! To the point where I'm binning it and the conditioner because there's no point keeping it for spare its unusable on my wavy hair hmm

Make up is good though

amessageforyouYoni Mon 15-Jul-13 13:21:38

Love the bodybutters and hand creams. I get them online when ever there is a sale on.

A lot of it still over priced in my opinion, though. Tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner for a fiver that arent, imo, any better than supermarket brands.

K8Middleton Mon 15-Jul-13 13:40:16

If you're interested in an ethical brand then The Body Shop is unlikely to do it for you. Owned by l'oreal (animal testing) who are owned by Nestlé (general evilness and pushers of baby milk substitutes to poor parents in the developing world).

Shame, I used to like their make up back in the day sad

MrsDeVere Mon 15-Jul-13 13:52:48

They used to do a lovely dry oil body spray. It was olive I think.
It was divine (I was pregnant at the time so may have been a little bit obsessive). They don't do it now.

Does anyone know a good, reasonable dry oil body spray? I am really lazy about moisturising and hate slapping on lotion. Much easier if I can spray.

I tried the Avon ones and they were like spraying on fabric conditioner.

K8Middleton Mon 15-Jul-13 13:58:19

Ooh yes I remember! I don't have time for spraying oil these days or wiping up the tiles to avoid death slide situations so I use Aveeno bath and shower oil. It's a body wash and leaves a moisturising film of oil on the skin so super quick.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 14:13:59

The sanctuary do a dry oil spray.

MrsDeVere Mon 15-Jul-13 14:14:55

thank you.
They do travel sizes in Boots so I could see if I like it.
The shower stuff sounds good too.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 14:29:32

Boots often do 3 for 2 as well.

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