Top 5 Most Useful Things I bought from The Body Shop*

*of course, this is MY list, which means it is relative. Definitely, someone else has bought these product(s) and thought they were terrible and worthy of a long rant like I did here, so please don’t come after me with a rusty axe.

This is a post in response to my very cheeky post from 2 weeks ago: Top 5 Most Useless Things I bought from The Body Shop in a vain attempt to ensure I’m not sued. These purchases are things I genuinely enjoy and purchase repeatedly. I stockpile them whenever there are sales on, which means always (there is a sale every week and I don’t understand why, but I’m not complaining. The Christmas sales are the best)- so I end up with a lot of these.

Whoops.

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1. Body Soaps

I prefer bar soaps to liquid soap. There’s something simply satisfying about scrubbing it all over yourself, and I find you feel cleaner and firmer for some reason?? With liquid soaps it feels like you’re rubbing conditioner all over yourself and it doesn’t feel CLEAN. I give up trying to explain this concept because there’s obviously some science-y mumbo-jumbo and mind trickery that I am no good at so you need to try it out for yourself.

My favourite is the Chocomania bar soap. All the UK and Singapore stores have phased it out, unfortunately- but I stockpiled 5 of them last year during the sale because it was going at only £1 (50% off!). What is it with The Body Shop and getting rid of nice things?? Why can’t we ever have nice things? The US stores still sell it but it comes in the shape of a heart. Wish they’d ship it to the UK ffs- I’m running low and need my soap fix asap.
Edit: went to Canada and they don’t stock it either. Looks like the US is hoarding them all.

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The Chocomania soap comes with little gritty bits in them that serve as an exfoliator. Just like how you expect a cookie to be chocolate chip and bite into a raisin cookie instead, the little gritty bits are actually pieces of coconut shell.
Such heresy.
I wanted to bathe in the ruined dreams of broken chocolate bits.

However, if this isn’t a priority on your list and you’re perfectly happy in scrubbing yourself off with coconut shell, these exfoliator thingamajigs are perfect: you can get clean and smooth at the same time. Especially if you’re really lazy. It’s now winter and you don’t need to get your legs out so you can skimp on full-body exfoliation I guess. Though I still have dry scale-y snakeskin on my legs that show no sign of wanting to budge and probably needs some sort of industrial-strength cleaner, it does slough off some of the dead skin and makes it feel soft.

With the Chocomania soap sadly out of stock in stores everywhere here, I would recommend going for the Shea soap if you liked the scent of the Chocomania one, or the Coconut. I would recommend popping into one of the stores to sniff surreptitiously at them like a drug addict and run home to nab one of the “exclusive” and “limited-time” (read: forever ongoing) sales. It is much cheaper than buying the soaps in stores because you can usually get them for 30-60% off with free delivery even. Sales are best from November-January but you need to decide if you want to hold out for the massive Christmas sale around 20-25 December and risk having the items go out of stock, or get them earlier, but at a lower discount.

I sound like such a cheapskate seasoned shopper gosh.

At full price, most of these soaps are £2. Other ranges can go up to £4-6 if I am not wrong (e.g. the hemp one), but I prefer the basic ones.

2. Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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I admit I mostly bought this because I’m a huge fan of ginger and ginger tea. I had occasions of dandruff 2-3 years ago whenever I got stressed, nothing major so I didn’t think it was anything I should worry about. To tell the truth I didn’t think this would help much. You know how products promise loads of things and never actually do any? (wow what a cynical b*tch I am)

Surprisingly, it did help, and it smells amazing. The smell doesn’t last as long as the cheap ones you get from the pound store and costs four times as much but a little goes a long way and I promise you, it makes your hair and scalp feel great. It feels really cooling and a little tingly and I don’t know if I should attribute it to this shampoo- but my hair grows out a lot quicker and looks fuller. Most importantly, I don’t have issues with dandruff even though the second year of uni is stressing me out beyond belief. It would be perfect if it could help with oily scalps (the product claims to help dry scalps) but I guess you can’t have it all!

I sometimes mix it with cinnamon powder because it smells amazing together and makes your scalp less oily but make sure to rinse it out properly or you will leave cinnamon powder that looks like gritty brown dandruff everytime you move your head.

After I got a light perm 3 months ago I found that this isn’t enough to moisturise my hair, so I’ve been using argan oil (pure argan oil from my old workplace, not the one TBS is selling) and a conditioner from the Rainforest range.

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I usually get the jumbo-sized 400ml ones and I bought far too much last Christmas (three bottles). It’s Christmas again soon and I’m STILL on my first bottle. Huh. Admittedly if you’re buying it for your family it’ll go down quicker, but it is still impressive nonetheless.

Get the 250ml at £4.50 or the 400ml at £6.50.

3. Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream

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This baby is NOT cheap and I would highly recommend going in-store to make sure whatever hand cream you’re getting is something you like the smell of/ works for you. I like the smell of this as it is very fresh and wakes me up but it still needed some getting used to. One of my best friends absolutely loathes the smell though.

I like this one because it’s light enough to not leave an oily film on your hands yet moisturising enough (more than the rose one). I only switch this out for the hemp hand cream (which smells even worse) for heavy-duty moisturising during winter. I even apply it to my nose if it’s feeling really dry and I don’t have any face moisturiser on hand. It’s so light it doesn’t break me out.

In terms of how heavy the different hand creams are,  from what I’ve tried: (heaviest to lightest)

Hemp > Almond > Absinthe > Wild Rose (SPF 15)

They’ve launched a whole bunch of fruit ones but I’ve not tried those yet.

My boyfriend got this for me nearly two years ago (the 100ml one) and it’s still around, though very squashed and crinkled. I’m not sure what I feel about these tubes because they look very pretty, but they don’t bounce back to shape and I’m definitely going to cut the tube to scoop out the remaining hand cream hiding in the cracks I couldn’t smooth out.

Get the 30ml at £5 or the 100ml at £11. I find the 100ml a lot more difficult to misplace, lasts longer, is more bang for your buck and still compact enough to fit in the small pockets of your bag.

 

4. Madagascan Vanilla Perfume Oil (15ml)

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This perfume oil is from the Scents of the World range, which is pretty popular in Asia but is apparently being phased out of a lot of western stores for some reason. I have huge issues with this. The Body Shop discontinued their original, wildly popular vanilla perfume oil to huge outcry and I was glad they brought it back in the form of this perfume oil. However… it seems like this is going the way of the Dodo again. I don’t understand it, they must not want to earn money. Stop wasting money marketing new ranges and please bring back all the good things!

Maybe it’s time to start hoarding bottles when I fly back to Singapore in June.

This perfume oil lasts for ages and is not overly cloying. Standard spray-on perfumes tend to overwhelm upon initial application and fade quickly, but this stays on for hours and hours consistently, which I love.

I often layer this with my Chloé perfume because that doesn’t last long, and I like the additional musk. Often, vanilla-based perfumes have the tendency to make you smell like a bakery but this manages to keep the vanilla note without making you out to be a breathing, living cupcake.

If vanilla isn’t quite your thing, you can check out the other scents in this range. They also come in other forms, like a body mist, shower gel, and body lotion. I bought it for $22.50 SGD if I’m not wrong, which is probably around £10-11. I’m not quite sure if you can buy it still but you could try scouring eBay.

5. Vitamin E Moisture Cream

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This is one of the best moisturisers I’ve used and it cleared up my acne for the first 2 months of usage. After that the acne bacteria probably got used to it and developed some sort of immunity? I have zero clue about how this works please don’t lecture me about it thanks #badscience

I got it before they started offering the larger 100ml size but it was a bit cheaper then, £11 compared to £12 (they’ve changed the packaging now to a very patriotic British flag design). I got it during a sale, 50% off so I got it at £5.50. I probably wouldn’t buy it at full price (why is my whole blog post about me talking about discounts? I’m so Singaporean) when there are much cheaper alternatives, but if you’re extremely frustrated with your skin and would like to try a cream that is suitable for combination skin, I would recommend giving this a go.

A little honestly goes a long way and I would like to see this cream in a pump dispenser, which will be more convenient and infinitely more hygienic than repeatedly dipping my fingers that have touched every surface possible- even if I washed my hands before application, exposure to air/dust etc isn’t very good either. I used a tiny spatula that was originally used for ice-cream to apply it, but it was a hassle half the time.

The original price for the 50ml is £12. The 100ml is £18 (admittedly the better deal).

BONUSBody butters

This post cannot be complete without the product that probably made The Body Shop so well-known all over the world- body butter!

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Before they started marketing it as such, other brands called moisturisers, moisturisers. Now, every brand is coming up with their own version of body butter in various fruity scents. Sounds fancier, I guess.

In high school, we weren’t allowed to use perfume so the girls would apply these body butters after P.E. (gym) to smell nice. Everyone had their own ‘signature scent’ and when someone happened to buy the same scent there would be inevitable bitching in class with snide remarks (ahh, how immature we were). The class would always smell like a bloody fruit salad after P.E.

Still, at least it masked how bad the guys smelt.

My favourites have got to be the Papaya (limited edition, OOS), the Raspberry, and the Shea (which I have never owned but have always wanted to). These tubs never seem to run out and I have only managed to finish one. I have 6 unfinished ones, because The Body Shop keeps sending me free tubs along with their sales, or I pick up some because they are 60% off or something and I couldn’t resist.

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I hope this post didn’t end up being a shameless plug for products. These are things I have honestly tried and loved and they worked for me. Of course, I would recommend visiting a store to try them out (the staff members are usually very generous with samples) and please, please, do patch tests for stuff you put on your face especially if you have sensitive skin. I would recommend waiting for sales and purchasing the products online, unless money isn’t an issue and you can’t be bothered with deals and sales.

The Body Shop is definitely more expensive than drugstore alternatives like Nivea, but I like the extra care they put into packaging and their various campaigns to help the environment and people in need. Plus, if you wait for the sales, some of their soaps and moisturisers can be cheaper than the drugstore alternatives too.

Read my other post where I lambast useless Body Shop products here (fairly, of course)!

Bath & Body Works PocketBacs- Vanilla Berry Sorbet, Sweet Pea, Fresh Picked Garden Herbs and Apple Blossoms, Midnight Pomegranate

I’ve been lusting after these for so long, but they weren’t available in my country :((( so, I decided to take a leap of faith and join a spree, and got five bottles! I’ve already given away the other two before I thought of taking photos, but that’s fine because the other two have colours that don’t quite match! *colour-anal photographer here*

Anyway, the ones I got were (from L-R): Sweet Pea, Vanilla Berry Sorbet, Fresh Picked Apple Blossoms and the other two are Midnight Pomegranate and Fresh Picked Garden Herbs.

I should add that I got these for their scent and not for bacteria-busting purposes, so don’t expect me to review about how much it helps me to keep my hands clean blahblahblah… BECAUSE I DON’T USE THEM ON MY HANDS! (whoops)

My absolute favourites are Vanilla Berry Sorbet and Fresh Picked Garden Herbs (which I gave to my bf)! Vanilla Berry Sorbet reminds me of a very sweet and sexy smell, and I love it! It might be a bit strong for some people though, but for that same reason it lasts longer and lingers beautifully on me for hours and hours!
I might be a bit biased because it’s the scent I’ve been looking for for like forever since I smelled it on my classmate and she refused to let me know what it was >△< so HA, I got it anyway! (I can’t use it in school because of her though 😦 )
Fresh Picked Garden Herbs is a sweet, fresh, clean scent with a bit of a spicy tinge… And it’s subtle yet strong- I really can’t begin to describe it! I keep stealing it back from him to use so technically it’s still mine haha ≧▽≦ did I mention how much I love spicy scents?!

I had high expectations for sweet pea because I’ve seen raves about it in reviews, but it was too strong and sweet and floral and I hated it. It lingers too long for my liking because I don’t like how it smells. Doesn’t work well with my body chemistry so I’m thinking about giving it away.

Fresh Picked Apple Blossoms is a nice, inoffensive scent. It’s pleasant enough, but not something that would make me go ‘WOW!’ It doesn’t smell like apples. I have no idea how apple blossoms smell like though.

Midnight Pomegranate is just a intense sweet musk. Meh. It’s like a muskier, edgier version of sweet pea. Too old for me.

So that’s it for my very short review! If you haven’t realised yet, I’m switching to short posts I can type out on the go since I’m so busy right now 😦 hope you guys support me all the same!

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits

I’ll be doing a whole bunch of posts that I’ve been putting off and this is the first one:

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits! 

Phew, quite a mouthful eh?

Anyway, I’ve been putting this off since… last year?

And I finally decided I’d get down to it after my mum bought a SECOND batch of these hand creams.

She got me the sweet fruits one on top of the white floral one I asked for because she thought it smelled nice in the store.

How it looks like on the inside…  

As you can see, I’ve used up half of my old container already! I really love the floral scent!

Actually, I’m not really a big fan of floral scents, but this is so sweet and musky and smells of all things good…

And in contrast, the sweet fruits one disappointed greatly. It smelled like an air freshener- fake and overly sweet and cloying, and I didn’t like it one bit 😦

Rubbing all the goodness in~

The hand cream absorbs quickly and is not too oily, but it is not a very heavy moisturising one. But at least it doesn’t wash off with water!

 If you have extremely dry hands, I’d suggest you find one recommended by dermatologists, something from the clinic because over-the-counter products will NEVER penetrate your inner skin layer, no matter what all the adverts say.

Because if they do, it will require a doctor’s slip. If it could slip past your skin layer, it harbours the risk of being used for terrorist attacks and whatnot. Which is one of the reasons why you can’t bring more than 100ml on planes, see?

The things you learn on my blog everyday ._.

I think when I’ve used up the hand cream I’ll wash it and use it as a paperweight on my desk or maybe to store paper clips or whatever.

THE CONTAINER IS TOO FRIGGIN CUTE AND I’M A SUCKER FOR AWESOME PACKAGING. 

All the Korean skincare brands have such cute packaging, makes you want to buy them all  

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For White Floral

Loves: The cute packaging!

Hates: None, but not for people with very dry skin

Rating: 7.5/10

For Sweet Fruits

Loves: The cute packaging

Hates: The scent

Rating: 5/10

Price: 10 SGD in stores but you can get it online for a fraction of the price. Check out Qoo10 and be sure to check the reviews!!

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits

Note: all the photos have been watermarked with my blogger account. THEY ARE NOT STOLEN FROM A DIFFERENT SITE.

I’ll be doing a whole bunch of posts that I’ve been putting off and this is the first one:

The Face Shop ME:EX Mini Pet Hand Cream in White Floral and Sweet Fruits!

Phew, quite a mouthful eh?

Anyway, I’ve been putting this off since… last year?

And I finally decided I’d get down to it after my mum bought a SECOND batch of these hand creams.

She got me the sweet fruits one on top of the white floral one I asked for because she thought it smelled nice in the store.

How it looks like on the inside… 

As you can see, I’ve used up half of my old container already! I really love the floral scent!

Actually, I’m not really a big fan of floral scents, but this is so sweet and musky and smells of all things good…

And in contrast, the sweet fruits one disappointed greatly. It smelled like an air freshener- fake and overly sweet and cloying, and I didn’t like it one bit 😦 Really sad, considering how I love fruity scents.

I think it’s getting harder to find a good fruity scent nowadays- all the nice ones I come across are mostly floral and musk!

Rubbing all the goodness in~

The hand cream absorbs quickly and is not too oily, but it is not a very heavy moisturising one. But at least it doesn’t wash off with water! 

If you have extremely dry hands, I’d suggest you find one recommended by dermatologists, something from the clinic because over-the-counter products will NEVER penetrate your inner skin layer, no matter what all the adverts say.

Because if they do, it will require a doctor’s slip. If it could slip past your skin layer, it harbours the risk of being used for terrorist attacks and whatnot. Which is one of the reasons why you can’t bring more than 100ml on planes, see?

The things you learn on my blog everyday ._.

I think when I’ve used up the hand cream I’ll wash it and use it as a paperweight on my desk or maybe to store paper clips or whatever.

THE CONTAINER IS TOO FRIGGIN CUTE AND I’M A SUCKER FOR AWESOME PACKAGING.

All the Korean skincare brands have such cute packaging, makes you want to buy them all  

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For White Floral

Loves: The cute packaging!

Hates: None, but not for people with very dry skin

Rating: 7.5/10

For Sweet Fruits

Loves: The cute packaging

Hates: The scent

Rating: 5/10

Price: 10 SGD in stores but you can get it online for a fraction of the price. Check out Qoo10 and be sure to check the reviews!!

Perfumies- Earth Angel, Clean Cotton, Stardust

I want to gripe about a purchase I made recently.

This thing called Perfumies.

 

For you guys who don’t know what this is all about, it’s stick perfume!

Super convenient and portable… just don’t leave it in your bag for too long on a hot day!

You can look up the website here, or on Etsy because you can’t find it in Singapore or any stores even in the USA, I think.

So I was instantly smitten because the pictures were so goddamn pretty and there were tons of awesome reviews about people saying how much they loved the products (especially the Clean Cotton one)

So I bought three at one go.

In short, it was

ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES IN MY LIFE.

I didn’t take into account that I prefer subtle scents, and these being produced in the USA are really… pungent… really strong. The moment I unwrapped the package I was hit by a strong smell of detergent.

Apparently that was the ‘clean’ smell.

If I wanted to smell like detergent I would put it on my body, seriously.

Stardust was supposed to be this dreamy, fruity scent but to me it just smelled like air freshener.

The only saving grace was Earth Angel, this sorta musky smell which my bf says smells like incense  (don’t know if he likes it or not) but anyway I like it ._. like, it’s passable. Best out of the three. It surprised me because I just got it to fill up the numbers and I wasn’t expecting much, but it turned out to be the best. Whee!

*cries*

At least the scents smell better after some time and linger pretty well enough to last half a day.

If you like Victoria’s Secret scents, I think you’ll like these.

Digressing a little…

I was at the airport last month and I decided to check out the Victoria’s Secret scents because tons of people have been raving about how awesome they are, and I HATED THEM.

Many people say that the body lotions smell great but they are strong on chemicals and give you rashes… which is true on all accounts except for the smell.

The scents hit you face-on and don’t last very long, so when you apply them people can smell you a mile away for the first hour or so, then after that the scent is barely there. *irritating*

The Body Shop Born Lippy Pink Guava Lip Balm

This will be a short review-

The Body Shop Born Lippy Pink Guava Lip Balm!

 As you can see, the texture inside is sticky-ish…

I don’t know why they call it a lip balm, it’s more like a lip gloss in terms of texture and colour… (lip balm colours are more opaque, but gloss is translucent) 

Personally, I’m not a big fan of this lip balm because it tastes awful.

You got that right. It tastes awful. 

Okay you’ll probably be shaking your head and thinking

OMG what a dolt no one asked you to eat it, you dumbass.

But anyone who’s ever worn lipgloss should know that it will inevitably end up in your mouth for some reason no matter how careful you are, and drinking water is a pain…

So yeah. It tastes awful and artificial, and you can actually taste the smell of the lip balm (weird right)

 

I much prefer lip balms because they provide colour and look pretty natural (I’m not a fan of sparkly, bling-bling, eye-catching lip prints and colours) AND I can use them in school without any teachers getting on my case.

Plus I have long hair that flaps all over my face and they’ll get stuck to my glossy, sticky lips when the wind blows, and I major hate that. 

the slight translucent colour I was talking about.. orangey and pinkish and pretty natural except for the glossy shine

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Loves: Pretty colour

Hates: The smell gets sickly sweet after awhile, and it tastes awful, and my hair sticks to it.

Rating: 6/10 (because it is actually quite pretty, just my personal preferences affected the rating)

Pricing: 8.90 SGD

Note: I bought this last year so this is the old packaging, you might not see the same label on top anymore though the container is still the same!