A while ago in the Body Shop sale I picked up a few cleansing products from their old-school range. They had brought back a number of products that were popular in the 90s, complete with original packaging. My bottle, which was the same clear plastic as the current ones, had a black lid and a retro-style label. The bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic and was fully recyclable.
The passionfruit cleansing gel is a pale peach colour and it’s easy to see how much you have left. The gel is gentle but effective, refreshing with a scent of passion fruit. I thought the gel smelled gorgeous, and it helped to wake me up in the morning. I tended to only use this product in the morning, using a creamy cleanser at night.
The cleanser is meant to be massaged into damp skin, then rinsed with clean water. It doesn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts. It lathers up well and only a small amount is needed at a time. It is gentle on my skin and my face feels thoroughly cleansed after use. I did really enjoy using the cleanser.
Overall, while I don’t find this cleanser particularly groundbreaking, it does a good job and has a lovely smell. It cost £4 which I feel is a reasonable price as it lasted a long time. Keep an eye on the Body Shop website as it may come back in stock.
A BS classic
I bought quite a lot of facial skincare products in the Body Shop not long ago when the shop was selling all its face scrubs and washes for half price! Of all the bits I bought, I had never used any of them before, but this was the one exception...
I would say this is a bit of a Body Shop classic - it's been around for ages and for anyone who goes to the Body Shop frequently this is likely to be quite familiar.
As this is an older Body Shop product, I would say it has a more classic feel than some of the newer products, and the packaging has a bit of a retro look to it and harks back to the old days. The bottle is 250ml and costs £4 which makes it one of the cheaper BS products (which also helps give it a retro feel!). But as it was half price when I made the purchase, it of course cost me just £2.
The product promises to cleanse and refresh the face and it contains community Fair Trade aloe vera.
The texture is just right!
As already mentioned, this has a classic BS look to it, and it comes in a nice chunky plastic bottle with simple labelling, and you can see the product inside the bottle is a pale pink colour. There is a black fliptop lid at the top and, flipping it open and pouring out a little of the gel, it is what I would consider to be the perfect consistency for a face wash - not too thick but also not at all thin or runny. It is somewhere in-between and it's just right!
The other lovely thing about the gel that you notice immediately is the fragrance. It is fresh, light and fruity and really pleasant. Strangely I don't like the BS Passion Fruit shower gel at all, yet this seems different to me - it is a much more mellow fragrance that seems a lot lighter than the shower gel, the scent of which I found a bit too intense. I find that this fresh, fruity scent makes it a really nice product to use first thing in the morning!
A fresh clean feel
You simply apply a small amount of this gel to damp skin - the smooth gel texture makes it really easy to apply and it actually feels quite creamy as you rub it in. It doesn't lather up or anything, but it feels like it is giving your face a nice cleanse! I simply rub it in for up to a minute, before rinsing it away - again the light texture means it rinses off instantly - again good for the mornings if you're in a hurry and just want something simple to use!
After drying off, this leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. It also doesn't leave skin feeling at all tight, which I find can be the case with other face washes, and I think this is in part due to the lovely texture of the gel - it moisturises skin rather than drying it out. I always feel that after using it in the morning my face looks fresher and more awake, and it leaves a nice clean surface to apply moisturisers and make-up to!
Recommended by me!
As you can tell I'm a big fan of this gel! At £4 I actually think it's not a bad price too, which is not something I often say about BS products. Yes, there are cheaper cleansers out there but I think this is really pleasant to use and effective so worth the extra pennies.
So in summary...
This is a lovely cleansing gel and although there are cheaper ones out there, I find a little of this goes a long way. It is light, fresh, smells lovely and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. What more could you ask for?
I love The Body Shop products. They are a little expensive for me, but when they are in the sale or on special offer I stock up on them as they make great presents, by themselves or part of sets, or little treats for myself, when I am feeling blue, or needing a nice product to take away on holiday. One of the products I had never tried, yet came across whilst it was on special offer was Body Shop Passionfruit Facial Cleansing Gel.
The product comes in quite traditional packaging is it is one of the Anita's favourite's products. It has a basic black label which is quite classy. The product is 200ml and comes in a clear plastic container it is a very light beige product with a bit of a shimmer to it. It has a black pop on and off lid with a small hole in it which you squeeze a bit of the product out of, it is nice and easy to control and you don't end up wasting it or struggling to get it out. As the name suggests the product is like a gel, but not too thick or too thin either.
The first thing you notice about the product is the smell. It is very fruity, exotic and sweet. A really lovely summery smell which I love. It actually made me go and buy even more Passionfruit products from the Body Shop. It also makes a really nice present with a matching product, like the passion fruit body butter.
The gel is really nice applied to the face with a soft rub on a muslin cloth and then rinsed off with some water. It feels so soft on the face and leaves it feeling refreshed without stripping it of its goodness. I don't feel like it does a deep cleanse, like with clearasil, but it does dry my skin out much less than those products, so it does need weighing up.
It's a really nice product to use in alteration with a deeper cleanser. It will feel like such a treat when you use it! It's like having a facial.
A few months ago the Body Shop brought back a range of products they called 'Anita's Favourites' (Anita referring to the late Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop) which are products that were around in the 80's and early 90's, which have come back for a limited time. You can vote for your favourite on the Body Shop website and the one with the most votes will stay permanently.
I bought a few products from the range, (for old times sake!) and although the passion fruit cleansing gel was not something I had used the first time around, it smelled gorgeous and was relatively cheap so I decided I'd give it a try.
As I didn't use this the first time I can't comment on how true it is to the original, but the other products I bought were spot on to how I remember them. This one says on the front that it is the same as the original except that it now contains Community Trade organic aloe vera.
The product is packaged in a clear bottle with a dark green label, and the design of the bottle is fairly plain. I wonder if this is how the products were packaged 'back in the day' but to be honest I can't remember! It is though, as you would expect from a Body Shop product made from 100% recycled plastic.
It states on the bottle that this is suitable for all skin types, but doesn't tell me much else other than that it will soften and freshen the skin.
The gel is a sort of yellowy peach colour and the smell is absolutely amazing. You will probably have guessed that it smells of passion fruit and it's so fresh and summery and I find the fruity passion fruit smell is really uplifting. It's a real 'Happy' sort of scent - a great pick me up for a cold winters morning.
Talking of cold, I find the gel is quite cooling, and whilst I'm sure it would be lovely on a summers day, when it's already cold outside, applying this cold gel to your face can be a bit of a shock! I find the best thing to do is to put a bit in your hands and rub them together to warm it up a bit before applying - this also helps create a bit of a lather.
Once on the skin the first thing you will probably notice is the scent. As I said it smells gorgeous, but I must admit to finding it a little strange to find a facial skincare product with such a strong scent. That aside, I find the gel creates a mild lather and it feels quite silky whilst on the skin.
Having dry skin I usually go for cream cleansers as face washes tend to dry my skin out. This is described as a 'cleansing gel' opposed to a face wash, but essentially I think it's the same thing. I must admit that after the first use of this product I was relieved that there was no tightness at all. In fact I've found this to be very gentle on my skin and it hasn't irritated it at all.
I wasn't sure how effective this would be at removing make-up due to the limited information on the packaging. I expected that it would remove foundation and eye shadow, but I wasn't expecting it to shift waterproof make-up. I'm pleased to report that I was proved wrong. I regularly use this to remove cream-liquid foundation, eye shadow, blusher and Max Factor Masterpiece waterproof mascara. I don't know if it will work on all waterproof make-up (for example I don't wear waterproof eyeliners, so I couldn't confirm either way), but it shifts all my waterproof mascara and leaves no irritation to my eyes.
Another thing I should maybe note, is that when I first started using this I had several large and painful spots as a result of changing medication. At the time I was a little hesitant about switching skincare brands in case this worsened the situation. In actual fact it didn't make things any worse, and the spots disappeared in their own time, and I haven't developed any more since.
I find the gel makes my skin feel clean, soft and looks bright, and when it comes to toning, there is often little dirt or make-up left behind by this cleanser.
This product costs just £3.99 for a 250ml bottle from the Body Shop or the whole Anita's Favourites range is on an offer of 2 for £6. I think that's amazingly good value, as my favourite cleanser (Boots No.7) costs around the £6 mark.
Overall, I am very pleased with this product. It did everything I thought it would and more, it smells great and doesn't cost the earth. If this is the product to stay I will certainly be buying it again.