I have tried a few of the Body Shop products over the years and they do come up with some unusual creations. One of these which caught my eye was the Shea Beautifying Oil.
What does the product do?
The product promises to hydrate the skin nicely using Almond Oil and Shea butter. The natural ingredients promise to strengthen and nourish the skin leaving it looking healthy and in a good condition. The Shea butter is Fair Trade so you will be helping others as well as helping yourself. It can be used on the body, face and hair.
How do you use the product?
The product needs to be dispensed onto skin that is clean and dry. You need to a very small amount of the oil onto the skin and then massage it into the skin until it has been fully absorbed. As the product is an oil, I wouldn't use this on my face but others with dry skin may choose too. I have used a very small amount of the product on my drier split ends to smooth them down a little. You can also add a few drops to your bath water to moisturise the skin.
Packaging and Price
The product is contained within a clear bottle and you can see the honey coloured oil inside. It has a flip top lid which is easy to open and close even with oily hands. The product will cost you £9 for 100 ml of the oil and it can be bought from your local Body Shop or from some online websites.
Application and Performance
When I got this product home, I do wonder if I had just bought a glorified and more expensive baby oil. When I smelt the product, I noticed that it had a nutty warm aroma which is right up my street and smells pampering and relaxing. The product is easy to dispense from the bottle but not so easy to control how much comes out so you need to be careful as you pour as less it more with this product.
The oil has a lovely golden colour which gives the product a more luxurious feel. It feels instantly hydrating on the skin and soothes any feelings or dryness or tightness. It doesn't irritate my skin or cause me to experience any discomfort and as long as I don't over use the product, it doesn't cause me to feel greasy or unclean either. It leaves a lovely shimmering sheen on my legs and arms, and they do feel really soft and smooth after use.
The lovely aroma of the product does linger on the skin for a while after use. It smells summery and makes me think of holidays. I would never use this on my face as I would end up with a face full of spots. As long as it is used in moderation, it does a good job of taming my split ends. As you only need to use small amounts of this product at a time, the bottle should last me a long time which makes the price easier to justify.
All in all, this is a lovely product which softens and nourishes the skin from the very first application. It smells delicious and the aroma lingers lightly on the skin. You don't need much in order to get the desired results which makes the price easier to swallow. It left my skin looking healthier and conditioned without leaving it feeling greasy or unclean. I definitely like this product!
I really like hair and skin oils and I love trying out new ones so when the body shop brought their range of 'beautifying oils' out I decided to buy one to try. There were several different fragrances available including mango and coconut but I decided to get the Shea scented one, mainly because I like the smell of the Shea body butter.
I paid the full price of £9 for my 100ml bottle of the oil which isn't particularly cheap however it is good value in my opinion as not a lot of the oil is needed. The oil is not pure shea oil, it is a blend of nut oils and it contains a huge amount of ingredients including synthetic ingredients, so it is not completely natural but this does not bother me.
The oil is a multi purpose product as it can be used on both skin and hair and I use it as a bath oil, hair oil and occasionally I will use it on my skin if it is in need of a little extra moisture and nourishment. The oil comes in a cute little plastic bottle with a flip top lid and the lid has a small dispenser hole which I like as the oil can't all pour out at once.
The oil is clear and it is not thick and oily like I expected, it is very thin and lightweight and it smells lovely although the smell has a bit of a weird tone to it, but it is still nice. I use this as a hair treatment once or twice a week or whenever my hair is feeling dry and damaged. I only need a few drops and I just rub it into my scalp and the ends of my hair and leave it in over night, then in the morning I wash my hair and it feels instantly silky and soft and it also looks healthier and shinier.
It doesn't leave my hair greasy however I do have really dry hair so people with greasy hair might want to avoid this, although it isn't anywhere near as greasy as any of the other hair oils I've tried. An using it in my skin I will use it just on dry patches and my eczema and it soaks into my skin really quickly, leaving it instantly looking ten times better and feeling soft, healthy and smooth.
I don't need much to see a result and my skin stays feeling soft and smooth for a few days afterwards, which I think is brilliant. I like that it doesn't make my skin look greasy and it doesn't feel head or anything on my skin, it just gives it a nice subtle glow and I definitely highly recommend this product!
I'm going to give it five out of five and I'm going to be buying some more bottles of it in different fragrances - I really want to try the strawberry one!
A couple of weeks ago whilst getting over the disappointment of a luxury hand soap and then being bowled over by the same company's hand lotion for extra luxuriously soft feeling skin, I read a fantastic review by Dooyoo member "basketofbuttons," regarding The Body Shop's Beautifying dry oil product that intrigued me. Did she buy "Shea Butter" or "Mango" dry body oil? Whichever type it was, I was interested as a future buyer as the last time I tried a dry body oil product was in London fifteen years ago and even though it was expensive, it was a dry oil spray by beauty company, Virgin Vie and had a wonderful scent about it. Last year after a brief takeover, Virgin Vie and its successor name nomenclature ceased trading altogether, so the idea of another dry oil product from any other company got me interested after a few years of going without and making do with The Body Shop's expensive body butters.
The Price, The Product & The Promise
"Basketofbuttons," or rather BOB duly sent me a message regarding a cheaper stockist online regarding prices because The Body Shop sell this product for £9-00 for 100ml as opposed to half the price that BOB's reliable seller on EBAY UK sells this product at £4-50. The price cut doesn't necessarily mean that this product gets the thumbs up straight away but at least a discounted price is available elsewhere from The Body Shop's full asking price - unless this product is really justified from its performance.
Dry body oil isn't going to be for everyone though, even less for men who don't give much thought to adding more oil to their body other than to appeal to the opposite sex. The mere thought of adding a "dry oil" as opposed to greasy, standard oil that gives your skin a coating that can be felt more easily may sound more cost effective. However there are several benefits to dry oil sprays and "loose" oil that this product is packaged in, not least for the fact that The Body Shop's product here has quite a few important additives that makes it suitable for face and body. Generally then, The Body Shop promises that this product can:
"....Give instant hydration and a shimmering finish with a nutty scent..."
The Body Shop also includes a lot more info at the front and rear of the bottle, stating that this oil can "moisturise, smooth and illuminate," as an oil suitable for face and body. It contains three "precious" oils such as almond oil, kukui and Fairtrade community sourced manula oil.
General Impressions & Quality
Since discovering "Shea Body Butter," a few years ago made by The Body Shop, the instant appeal of this loose oil makes it far more instant to apply to skin and gets the purpose of moisturisation working with a far more effective process. A lot of claims from the company do suggest that The Body Shop have tested this product thoroughly. From its 100ml sizing bottle that makes it apt for taking on the plane, to the way the dry oil absorbs quickly, this is one product that has more uses than meets the eye other than just instant moisturisation being its key approach.
The moment I received my pack from the EBAY seller, I had to try this product and I actually bought two of the bottles, each with a different scent, intending to keep one for the end of the year should I go on a short visit again overseas. Having read online some of the feedback where this product is concerned, my bottles were delivered intact, but only because the seller had taped the caps together to the bottle. Evidently then, leakage can occur because of the way TBS has manufactured the simple release flip up, flip down caps pretty much the same as Johnson & Johnson's famous baby oil bottles. Easier to contain when bought from the high street though, it is only one major downside that limits this product's appeal should you wish to buy it online.
Generally the bottle is non-offensive but looks like a great accompaniment to the Body butter by The Body Shop. Similarly designed with a slightly yellow gold colour, the bottle has a narrow diameter and the instructions are clearly written at the back. A central emblem with company name and a photo of a round nut, possible almond has been added. Understated yet exuding some premium quality, the handy small 100ml sizing is great for hiding away from others as well as being narrow enough to slip in a travel bag.
Performance & Downsides
From the simple way that it is presented via its thin and small plastic bottle with a flip up light gold cap, The Body Shop Beautifying Dry Body oil doesn't just contain "Shea butter" oil alone. It has added natural oils as some of this info in this review will discuss. Not only that, but there is an added gloss to this product that does leave my skin looking overly greasy. The gloss doesn't "shimmer" on my skin thankfully as it doesn't contain any feminine touched grains like glitter. Clear with a slightly golden honey like colour, "Shea Butter" beautifying oil goes by its very name.
One of the aspects that I do like about this product is that does retain the rather beautiful scent of Shea butter perfume that The Body Shop has used. It is neither overly feminine or masculine and acts as a great accompaniment as a body oil if I choose to use my Body Shop White Musk for men aftershaves, both the original or sporty editions.
What you get here is a great boost of Shea perfume mixed with a little almond oil scent and generally smells very similar to the body butter version WITHOUT the added fun of the cocoa scent. However, this oil is a great accompaniment and the perfume level is flowery and nutty when being applied but settles down after an hour. I couldn't believe that when walking to work and after an hour, I could still detect the fab fragrance only laying down for stronger aftershave to take over.
One of the first aspects that I wanted to try with this oil was using it as a facial moisturiser noting that within the wonderfully natural ingredients that sunflower oil has been added to this preparation. Sunflower oil is known to keep moisture in the skin intact when used continually but used sparingly rather than coating your whole face in the stuff. Duly opening the cap and emptying some of the oil, the dispersed amount actually has a slight sunflower oil look but it doesn't fall out very easily which is very good and quite economical. However it is apparent that it does have a fairly thin nature where consistency is concerned, not just apparent by shaking or moving the bottle physically. However, on application in my hands, I find that that this clear non-grainy dry oil seems to go on quite well a little at a time before it is more apparent that a little can go quite a long way!
The oil is thus a little greasy to the touch but its drying nature is very apparent when actually applying to skin, able to dry out quite instantly without much feeling of grease afterwards. This is because of the kukui nut oil that offers this process. When shaved and left with soft skin, this is the oil of choice for me, then! Never mind balms, never mind similar Clinique oils from their Men's Products charged at twice the price - if you want baby soft, peach smooth and positively cashmere softness to just shaved skin - this is the product of wonderment!
The shimmer quality of this product is pretty good aswell and on my skin doesn't look overly greasy. Infact my skin glows to a certain degree making it look as if I have applied a rather expensive men's moisturiser. The glow lasts for some time too and colleagues have noticed an added glow, whilst all the time though there is softness to the touch, there is no greasy after feeling coming off on my fingers.
Applied to my arms and legs under clothing however, this is also a fairly effective body oil product, with the instant advantage of just leaving skin smooth and hydrated with instant application. I was worried that on some of my drier skin areas, this oil would irritate but it seems to have been produced very much for those with sensitive skin in the first instance. There is no need to grab a towel if you apply too much of the oil either as it can be rubbed everywhere. It is just as easy to wash off either with or without soap, making it a great travel companion at the very least!
On hair, (and I have damaged hair) this oil does add softness but it becomes apparent that this is where more oil has to be applied versus skin approach. Though I don't use it on my hair, I do like the fact that the oil can be used.
Generally, the only downsides to this product are the high cost prices that TBS charge as well as the poorer quality flip up caps to contain the oil in the first place. The beautifying oil doesn't have any downsides to me - and that's a first for a very long time!
The Body Shop sells "Beautifying Oil" all with 100ml sizing and £9 pricing with other scents ranging from:
* Limited Edition Brazil nut.
* Pink Grapefruit.
* Sweet Lemon.
* Cocoa Butter.
As a product alone, it is easy to see why and how The Body Shop Shea Beautifying Oil product ranges all remain as high selling products. Instantly available for instant hydration and soft skin, this product leaves me feeling supple, very moisturised and above all gives me a bit of a gloss as a bonus when applied to the face.
The low "grease" factor also paves well in its favour, as it doesn't react strongly with pores inclined to clog and due to its all natural additives, it is clear that The Body Shop have worked hard to produce a product that is chemically added emollient free using mother nature's ingredients to benefit man and woman. Thus, though expensive at cost, it pays to read on reviews that offer cheaper prices and much thanks is due in part to BOB/Basketofbuttons if you want a cost effective product! At the full asking price, yes I can see I could still spend this amount over the body butter products due to its sparing use and softening effects. Quicker too, it's perfect for those with fast-paced lives! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2013.
EBay UK: Item number 321120435422 / seller name: blackdiamondshop
Not having used a body 'oil' before I was slightly hesitant about using this for the first time but I had read a lot of excellent reports about its effectiveness and it's benefits as a skin hydrator so I just had to try some out for myself. I bought this Body Shop Shea Beautifying Oil fairly recently but I have actually already used it loads of times already and I am hooked!
The bottle is quite small at only 100mls but this stuff really does go a very long way, I promise. I was really spoilt for choice when I bought this oil as it comes in a huge choice of fragrances. I was torn between the Sweet Lemon and the Mango and I finally opted for the Mango as I was afraid that the lemon might have been drying. The assistant in the shop gave me some great advice on how to use this oil before I bought it and it really came in handy, never having used an oil before. She told me it can be used not just on the body but also on the face and even the hair! I was very impressed!
I have mainly used this oil on my body and this is the place I first used it, as I felt I could make less damage on my body and it might be easier to wipe off if I did it 'wrong' and had applied too much. I apply just a couple of drops of this oil and then gently rub between my hands. I start at my feet and work up my body all the way up to my face. It has a gorgeous light lemon fragrance and it's really uplifting as a smell.
It doesn't feel at all greasy on the skin as you might expect it too. It is instantly absorbed and really gives my skin a fantastic burst of hydration. I can actually instantly see an immediate difference to the tone and quality of my skin and it's lovely to wear along the décolletage if I am going out and wearing a strappy dress for the evening. I have also used it on my face and really only the tiniest amount is required for this pipes.
It doesn't sting or aggravate the skin, even really sensitive skin or skin with eczema. It's a treat to use and the smell is just to die for. I have now decided that I am going to have to work my way through the rest of the fragrances in this range just to make sue I know which one is my favourite.
Te bottle is tiny, as I say, and it cost £9 which isn't that cheap, but really as you only need to use literally drops at a time, this is a product which is simply going to last and last. I love it.
I haven't tried it on my hair just yet but that is my next step. However, I can safely say that as far as the face and body are concerned, this is a wonderful product and now I am wondering why I was ever afraid of trying out a body oil at all.
I am an ex Body Shop consultant, and as a couple of my past review on products i write about, this little bottle right here, well it's not so little it's 100ml, is high up on my "Top 10 All time favourite products" list for the body shop.
Although some may think this bottle maybe small and class it as just "any old oil" let me tell you the advantages of owning this product, as i can assure you, once you try it for yourself, you'll be glad you read this and took my advice
The bottle has a very simple design with gold lid and a very simple picture of the flavour of the product, but as i've always believed "it's not whats on the outside but whats on the inside that counts"
It is a non-greasy dry oil, which means it's lightweight and will absorb into the skin instantly without leaving your skin oily.
The benefits of this oil, there are 11 different scents to choose from which are: Sweet Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Satsuma, Mango, Strawberry, Olive, Chocomania, Moringa, Cocoa, Shea and Coconut.
Each bottle consists of a blend of lightweight nut oils which include the amazing community fair trade Marula Oil for moisturizing. These beautifully scented oils provide instant hydration, which is fantastic for dry skin as it keeps skin moisturized and hydrated for 24 hours and the scent lasts throughout the day.
Another of my benefits is the fact it can also be used on you're hair, which i find it's quite rare to find an oil which can be used on the body and for you're hair so that right there is one of my biggest bonuses from this little beauty.
To use on hair, apply a couple of drops to the scalp and ends of the hair, massage in and leave over night for a more intense treatment, then shampoo and wash the next day or apply a couple of drops to dry hair for an instant shine. Hair is left soft and shiny and the scalp hydrated but does not leave you're hair greasy. Id recommend to do this 2-3 times a week as a treatment
My biggest benefit of this product is also not just to be used on the body and hair, but also can be applied to the face. I suffer from extremely dry skin so this works wonders for me as instantly when i apply the oil i can see how quick all my dry patches of skin have absorbed the oil and within a matter of minutes my skin has been left feeling soft and smooth and soft to the touch.
To use on face, apply a couple of drops to the face and rub in, i find this can be applied under make up and for a more intense treatment apply at night time and can be washed off in the morning.
All in all this oil is truly beautiful and leaves my skin feeling fresh, supple and hydrated instantly and is fantastic to take on holiday or applied to a lovely tan as the subtle shimmer from this oil leaves skin truly glowing.
This is definately a product to try and fellow suffers of dry skin like myself will find this an absolute god send as i have found my dry skin has dramatically decreased since using this product.
All scents are lovely but my personal favourites ( which i have plenty stocked in my bathroom cabinet) include: Sweet Lemon, Shea and Coconut.
Fantastic product that i recommend everyone try as a little really does go a long long way!
===Why I Got This===
This was another item that I received over Christmas as a surprise gift - and it was one I had not tried before so it was nice to have a chance to try it.
4 inch yellow transparent plastic bottle.
Has transparent label with image of shea nut on the front.
Dry oil for body face and hair - 'moisturises, smoothes and illuminates'.
100 mls and use within 12 months.
Made in UK.
Apply to dry or wet skin and dry hair.
Made with four nuts - shea, kukul, sweet almond and marula.
Uses Community Fair Trade shea butter comes from Ghana. Body Shop state 'Our trade with the Tungteiya Women's Shea Butter Association has helped to fund three medical centres and 10 nursery schools. To find out more, visit our Community Fair Trade section'.
Beautifying Oil also comes in the following fragrances:
* Cocoa Butter
* Sweet Lemon
* Pink Grapefruit
This oil is described as being for use on body face and hair - so it is be quite versatile!
The bottle is only four inches tall so is quite small and expensive for £9 - so luckily I had mine as a gift.
The bottle is tinted a pale yellow but the oil inside is clear. The bottle has a gold screw on cap with a flip top which you lift to reveal a hole so only a small drop of the oil comes out at once.
It has a pleasant nutty aroma and so far I have used it on my hands, elbows, knees, feet, bottom, neck and ends of my hair - and actually very little is needed and I still have loads left in my bottle so I think, although it looks small, it is something that will last a long time.
This oil is described as 'dry' and although it does sink into the skin slightly you will definitely feel a layer of oil on your body and hands after you have used it - so do note expect a product that sinks in completely.
I do not mind using it on my hands but they do still feel slightly greasy afterwards and I am careful what I touch for a while. This does also seem to make my nails quite glossy and smooth - as at present I am not using nail enamel. My feet I prefer to do when going to bed so the oil has all night to work.
I am not sure about using it all over my face but I have been using it on my neck at night - and by the morning it feels quite soft - and something I may continue to do. I have read that some people who use it on their hair have trouble rinsing it out - admittedly I only used some on the ends of my hair, but it rinsed out no problem for me.
This has a nice nutty smell and is quite moisturising - though whether you will like the slightly oily feel on your skin I cannot say. I am happy to use all mine up but I think at the full price I would probably prefer some body butter instead - tough I am quite liking it for my neck and as we get older we can all do with a little extra help!
Body Shop have a good range of fragrances for this product so they are worth a try - and if they are on sale as lots of Body Shop items are from time to time so much the better.
4 stars - depending on the cost.
===Would I Recommend?===
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