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.

southeastastra Mon 15-Jul-13 08:53:37

i like it alot, i am near the outlet though so can usually get a few bargains. what specifically are you after?

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Jul-13 08:59:25

I need a deep conditioner, shampoo, normal conditioner, mascara, nice bubble bath for when I'm feeling indulgent, a cleanser and a sunscreen for when mine all run out.

I like the little sizes you can buy, brilliant idea.

I'd use any old rubbish for bubble bath usually but animal testing disgusts me and I don't trust big brands.

Shampoo etc is the hardest to replace because I use Aveda.

Keztrel Mon 15-Jul-13 08:59:55

I love their aloe vera night cream, it's amazing. Also love their hand creams and body lotions. But they're not cheap. Not used their makeup recently so not sure about that.

Keztrel Mon 15-Jul-13 09:01:15

X post. I love Aveda shampoo but find Aussie works just as well, if that helps.

JemimaPuddle Mon 15-Jul-13 09:01:31

I'm pretty sure all superdrug own brand stuff is BUAV approved.
The skin care gets really great reviews.

Keztrel Mon 15-Jul-13 09:03:33

Body shop is owned by l'oreal isn't it, so if you're very anti animal testing you might want to avoid it.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 09:05:06

Love their aloe range, really sorted my skin out. Chamomile eye make up remover is AMAZING! The ginger shampoo is great.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Jul-13 09:07:36

Superdrug is BUAV, as is sainsburys.

I forgot about loreal owning it. Bugger.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Jul-13 09:08:34

I used to use Aussie, I'm getting older though and my hairs changing so it doesn't work now.

Aveda shampoo works out good value if you buy the big sizes they sell on QVC.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Jul-13 09:12:36

Mind you avedas owned by Estée Lauder and they test but avedas PETA approved confused

littlemisswise Mon 15-Jul-13 09:12:52

I buy the tea tree facial wash and face pack for the DC and it has sorted their skin out. I use the vitamin D moisture mask. I did buy a hair mask but wasn't impressed, tbh.

I get lots of codes, like spend £50 get £25 off and free delivery, spend £60 get 40% off, so tend to stock up then.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 09:28:26

Oh yes, always buy on line as every week they have a good offer on.

curlew Mon 15-Jul-13 09:30:05

Why would an adult woman want to smell like a strawberry?

It's not what it was in the 80's/90's and its not that cheap!
I do shop there once a year for bronzer though grin

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 09:52:36

It's moved on a lot since it's strawberry days! Very cheap though if you buy on line,3 quid for face cream is a bargain.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Jul-13 10:15:14

<crosses strawberry perfume off list and sprays Shalimar initial as usual>

It's 30% off at the moment. It's usually got a cashback offer on quidco or topcashback too.

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 10:19:08

I wait until 45% off with free delivery then stock up

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Jul-13 10:23:20

16% cashback on topcashback....

lottiegarbanzo Mon 15-Jul-13 10:33:16

Yes they've become a discount retailer, there are always good offers online. Never pay full price.

daimbardiva Mon 15-Jul-13 10:45:56

I like it - I love their vitamin E skincare range, I would choose it over higher end stuff. Yes, shop online - they do offers all the time, never pay full price.

MadBusLady Mon 15-Jul-13 10:49:17

Shower gel watery and seems to last about three days, avoid. The Rainforest shampoo and cond widely recommended on here didn't do anything for my dry hair. All the make up I've bought has been good. They're only cheap relative to beauty hall brands though, not cheap like a range at Boots.

MrsDeVere Mon 15-Jul-13 10:50:45

I think the Body Shop is quite expensive.

LRDYaDumayuIThink Mon 15-Jul-13 10:56:01

I honestly think you're far better of browsing in the supermarket. Body Shop isn't at all cheap really, isn't especially 'small brand' (though obviously smaller than supermarkets, I know!) and a lot of it smells horrible. My skin tends to flare up so I may not be the best example, but I've had reactions to some of their stuff - I think it used to be marketed as all natural and lovely and full of herby fruity things, but it's actually mostly about as harsh as paint stripper.

Little sizes won't be economical - better to buy big amounts then decant if you must.

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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