I’ve got a stockpile of Body Shop products in my room and a while ago I went rummaging through it and pulled out this Earth Lovers Lemon & Thyme Shower Gel. I don’t think the range is still available online, though it may be in store – but you might be able to get hold of some on eBay if you want.
The 250ml bottle is 100% biodegradable and made of 100% recycled plastic. It looks like it’s The Body Shop’s attempt to move into the “natural cosmetics” market – the shower gel is soap-free and contains no sulphates, no parabens and no colourants. It doesn’t look particularly exciting, but the green and yellow coloured bottle is pleasant enough. The gel contains Community Fair Trade aloe vera to soothe and condition skin.
I really love the smell of this product. It is fresh and natural without being overly herbal – some products containing herbs can be quite odd but this really is lovely. I’ve enjoyed using it to wake me up in the morning as it is very refreshing.
The actual shower gel is clear and is very runny. It lathers up surprisingly well for a sulphate-free product, but I do end up using much more than I want to, just because it is so runny. I try to minimise this by washing with a sponge and being careful when I tip the product out, but I still end up using it very quickly, and I only have a small amount of product left despite only using it for a couple of weeks.
The product is gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause irritation. I do have to moisturise afterwards, however, and I’ve not noticed much of an improvement in the condition of my skin compared to when I use products containing chemicals.
Overall, I can’t really recommend this product. It has a lovely smell, but it isn’t particularly economical.
Body Shop - Earth Lovers Range
Peach and Basil Shower gel
I used to be a huge fan of Body Shop but recently have been disappointed with their products as they seem to be not a lot different from those sold in Bots and other shops. Somehow they lost their magic. I did however get a deal where I paid £12 and was able to buy £30 worth od stuff and they had a sale on at the time so I did very well indeed. One of the things I bought was this Earth lovers Apricot and basil shower gel. I was attracted by the claims of it being 100% biodegradable in its contents and the bottle is 100% recyclable so I felt that this was going back to what Anita Roddick actually wanted all those years back.
This range of shower gels has six varieties and they are all sulphate free, paraben free, soap free and colorant free and as I said 100% biodegradable which is more than Lush can say and I am one of their biggest fans.
The options in this series of shower gels are this one, Apricot and Basil, fragrance free, lemon and Thyme, Pear and lemongrass, cucumber and mint, fig and rosemary and finally watermelon and eucalyptus. I had a sniff of all of them and chose the apricot and basil.
HOW MUCH FOR HOW MUCH?
These are usually a whopping £5 for 250ml but at the present time they are 50% off and cost a more reasonable £2.50. I you want to try the range rush to buy now and you can buy online too. If you miss this sale I would wait as they have a few each year when the prices become more sensible to me.
Irstly I commend the Body Shop for their efforts are creating something 100% biodegradable and free of the questionable ingredients that most toiletry products contain.
This means it is not damaging the environment and also means it is okay for those with paraben related eczema and other sensitive skins.
The apricot and basil extracts are natural and it also contains aloe vera also from community fair trade sources so all good it seems.
The product is a clear pale green liquid and smells strongly of apricot but in quite an overwhelming rather too sweet way and the basil is undetectable to me which is a shame as I love the smell of basil.
The product lathers quite well but obviously not so well as a product with chemical surfactant does but it felt reasonably creamy and as through I was getting a good wash when using it. It lathers in about the same way as the 'Naked ' range does so obviously they use the same foaming ingredient.
The smell although strong in the bottle does not really carry too well once it has lathered up and once I am out of my shower or bath I can't smell it on my skin at all. It felt a bit of disappointing it was like being shown something good and having it waved past your nose and removed and you are left with a sort of flat let down feeling as it passed you by leaving not even a hint of what it smelled like.
Well yes and no. I really do think it is great that companies are making the effort to be more eco friendly. It is also nice to be able to have some fragrance in a skin sensitive product but £5 is way over priced and as they do sell it for £2.50 and I am sure they are NOT making a loss it does make you question the profit margin on this. At £2.50 I would buy it and try others in the range but no way would I spend £5 on it as it isn't that special.
Four stars for the biodegradable and eco bits but not one I will be rushing back to buy.
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