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I have used a fair few products fro the Body Shop over the years and it is a shop I like to have a look around whenever I am in town. I don’t always buy stuff from there as it is expensive, but every now and again I will treat myself to something. Having a hunt through my bathroom cabinet yesterday I came across this old tube of Body Shop Facial Seaweed Wash, which still has about three quarters of product left inside the tube. I bought this over a year ago but have only used it a couple of times as it simply did not agree with my skin and I found it to be very drying.
I paid around £7 for this fairly small sized (100,l) tube of facial wash and I used it according to the instructions. The first thing I noticed about it was the fact that it was very difficult to get a decent lather from this facial wash. It is quite thick in consistency, surprisingly so, actually, and the smell is fresh and clean. Whether it smells of seaweed or not I cannot confirm as I haven’t sniffed seaweed since I was about nine years old and my memory doesn’t go back that far!
The main thing I didn’t like about this facial wash and the primary reason I stopped using it was due to the fact that it totally dried out my skin to such an extent that even my greasy T zone was flaking. It is very astringent and it felt like it actually stripped my poor old skin of any natural oils it had, as well as removing grime and impurities.
Overall, it was no good for me as it was simply too strong and my skin reacted badly to it in terms of drying out and feeling very tight and uncomfortable.
I cannot recommend this.
This face wash is aimed at people with combination skin. I have an oily t zone and dry cheeks so thought this would be perfect for me. I did use it alongside all of the other seaweed products as recommended by The Body Shop store assistant. I found that this face wash didn't lather up like most other face washes I have used and stung my eyes a lot no matter what I tried to try to avoid this. After washing my face a couple of times I found my skin felt very tight and dry and very uncomfortable. I have used lots of different skincare to try to help with my combination skin and can honestly say that I would not aim this product at people with combination skin, it would however suit somebody with very oily skin. It also doesn't remove eye make up effectively leaving panda eyes.
I'm not really a believer in face washes, creams and other products helping with reducing acne and other facial issues but since I was trying to make the most of the body shop's spend £50 get £25 off offer I thought I'd include some face wash. The body shop offer a full range from seaweed products from toners, face washes, moisturisers and clay masks. I didn't buy it all because like I said I don't think they even work. This normally retails at about £7 which I wouldn't normally pay for a face wash that doesn't exactly do what it is supposed too.
This was recommended too me for combination skin but will also be suitable to people with oily skin. This product is supposed to improve skin complexions by reducing redness and balancing the skin out, oil wise. The packaging to me is very refreshing but not something that really makes a difference to me and I would of still bought it even if the packaging was a little different.
When putting a little of this into the palm of my hand it is a clear and gel like with a thick consistency, which is good for me because I don't like really watery products. I use a little exfoliation brush (which is also purchased from the body shop) to use on my face along with the face wash. This product never latehred up on my face until I swirled it around with my little brush so already I don't have much of an opinion on this product. Smell wise it wasn't very fragrant which I also liked.
Afterwards my face did feel smoothed but it seemed more red than before but I continued and applied moisturiser and after a while when it all dried and settled down my face had returned to it's usual redness colour. So far this product hasn't really made a difference to the way it looks but it has made it feel softer, something I feel any face wash can do.
My skin type is combination - oily, but prone to dry patches with overuse of harsh products.
This face wash is in a cool and refreshing formula, which feels like it really cleans the face without "stripping" it like so many cleansers do. You only need a small amount, it is quite thick, and it lathers to provide excellent coverage and performance. It smells fresh and functional, but not invasive or fruity. (It doesn't smell of seaweed either, thankfully!) It makes your skin feel clean, but the best thing for me is that it doesn't "over clean" which can result in more oiliness later in the day. Over the long-term, my skin feels consistently cleansed, and there has been a definite improvement in tone and fewer spots. It is not harsh, so I can use it more than twice a day if necessary, and even use it on my children. This was the first product in the range I used, and it is great on its own but does seem enhanced when used with the other products in the range. The quality is excellent. It is excellent value for money, as I have not found any other face wash anywhere near this price that suits my combination skin long-term. The packaging is clear and fresh-looking, and looks nice and modern in my bathroom. It is also quite strong, although I have very occasionally had problems with the lid opening and spilling slightly when taken on holiday.
This is an ideal facial wash for oily skin as it helps to mattify the skin.
The facial wash is made from pure Seaweed extracts that help to draw out impurities from the skin. You only need a tiny bit of this facial wash each time you use it as it foams up really well and a little goes a long way with this, so it is great value. The facial wash is an "off clear" colour and it's quite creamy and thick in consistency. It smells really fresh and it has a lovely pleasant scent to it. The facial wash feels lovely when it's on the skin and it feels really soft and creamy. The wash rinses off easily and it doesn't leave any residue on the skin after use, nor does it leave the skin feeling tight. Once washed off your skin GLOWS!
I have quite oily skin and this wash is great for that as it helps to mattify my skin without stripping it of too much oil. It removes excess oil from the surface of my skin and leaves my skin shine free and healthy. It also helps to unclog my pores and it's great for troublesome skin as it helps to cure acne and blemishes. The wash also leaves a pleasant scent on your skin after use.
The wash lasts AGES and it's great teamed up with the Seaweed toner and the Seaweed moisturising day cream. It can still be ised on it's own though.
I would recommend this facial wash to everyone as it's great for all skin types.
Every day skin care is extremely important that's why I recently decided to check what skin type I have and buy a range of skin care products. I found out that I have combination skin and I was recommended the Body Shop Seaweed range (which is specifically for oily and/or combination skin type). I normally start my skin care with cleansing therefore this was the first product to go to shopping basket.
It comes in a see-through plastic tube with a lid at the bottom (which I find very practical as I don't need to turn it upside down when running low on it and can also see how much is left). There is a turqouise sticker on the tube (this colour is characteristic for the whole range) which on the front provides basic information (so you don't accidentally mix it up with other cosmetics) and at the back has more information (including ingredients). The wash itself has an extremely pale yellow colour (almost see-through).
Even though at first I thought that the scent of seaweed may put me off, I was wrong. It is really lovely: very mild, subtle and feminine. In fact, it doesn't smell of seaweed at all - though I am not entirely sure how to describe the scent.
The wash is fairly thick, which means that I need only a little bit each time I use it and it really goes a long way. It lathers up really well. According to the producer, it should help rebalance moisturise and sebum levels, remove make-up and impurities and give a shine-free, matte finish. Unfortunately, I cannot agree with that. Even though it left my skin feeling really refreshed and soft, it felt really dry at the same time. My nose was still shiny whereas my cheeks felt extremely dry. I normally remove make-up before using a facial wash but when I don't do it properly, this facial wash definitely removes leftover make-up from my skin.
Unfortunately, because it made my skin feel so dry (which wasn't very pleasant), I will not be buying it again - it simply didn't work for me.
If you still feel tempted to buy it, it costs £7.00 for 100ml and can be bought from the Body Shop, both online and in-store.
Thank you for reading my review.
My skin as become very anti-anything of late. My traditional staple products have been rebuffed by it's barrier and I'm struggling to find something to penetrate it. I've heard good things for years about The Body Shop products but have avoided trying out many of them because I do find it all to be quite expensive for the size of the product you get. Now that I'm earning more ££ I decided it was time to jump in and splash out a new skin care regime so headed to my nearest Body Shop. I picked up a travel sized kit, usually £25, for just £10, of the 'Seaweed' collection. I couldn't believe the price! I even got a £10 off £25 spend voucher on my receipt for future use. I chose the Seaweed line as it claims to be for oily/combination skin - and was the only one I could see for this skin type.
I do love how each individual line in the Body Shop has matching packaging, making it easier to spot your products and put together a complete set. The Seaweed line has a blue/green colour label on all its products, usually in clear plastic or white plastic containers. It all looks rather cute huddled together on my dresser. The cleansing lotion looks like a thick, slightly green tinged cooking oil which didn't appeal to me, but let's not judge the book by the cover. The 60ml travel sized bottle comes with a flip top lid which can also be unscrewed. This, I like very much as it makes the bottle reusable - ideal for my upcoming holiday! Was it Body Shops idea to give us reusable packaging?
I've always been told that gel based products are best for oily/combination skin but the lotion feels more oil based than any facial wash I've ever used. It is soap free and oil free (so the small print says) but it has a very thick, oily consistency. As cliché as it may sound, it does have a very 'sea' like smell to it. It smells fresh and the slightest bit salty - which is so cliché I wasn't expecting it! It lathers up quickly but it is not a very foamy lather - which I know is probably better for my skin type but it doesn't 'feel' like a face wash, most of my others have been rather frothy. It boasts to leave skin, 'clean, clear and shine free'. Made with Community Trade seaweed, you feel as though you are doing some good for somebody somewhere by buying the product.
Rinse your face in lukewarm water then squeeze out a marrowfat pea sized amount onto your fingertips. Work it up a little in your hands then start to apply to the face, working in circular motions; I like to focus more on my oilier areas. I usually massage it gently into the skin for a minute or so. It feels a little tingly around the eyes but nothing unpleasant. You start to get that refreshing feeling on your skin before you even rinse. Don't forget to work into your neck area too! Rinse with lukewarm water until all the product is removed and pat dry. My skin always feels like it's had a 'blast' of freshness for a few minutes and feels very matte and dried out - in the good way for oily skin. Use twice daily. It's great for removing minimal make up but not so effective on heavy eye makeup. It did work a treat on my waterproof mascara though!
The 60ml of product has lasted me 6 weeks so far, and it looks like there is about 2 weeks' worth left in there, so it is defiantly value for money in my books! For the first week or so, my skin was perfectly matte and I was amazed, I'd never had such oil free skin (bare in mind I followed through with the whole Seaweed system so this could explain the results too). I love the matte feeling after washing my face and it feels really clean and soft. The weeks since then, it hasn't felt so matte, but I have a feeling that's more to do with the toner/moisturiser than the facial wash itself).
I can't say it's helped with my acne any, and after 6 weeks I'd have hoped to see some improvement. I wouldn't say it's got worse but it's got no better either. It doesn't claim to be an acne cute, but a product boasting about clear skin and removing impurities should have some acne benefits! I'm not 100% on the smell but it doesn't linger.
I'm still not 110% decided on this facial wash. I do love how my skin feels after washing and do think, for the price, it is value for money as it lasts for so long! 60ml is still going strong after twice daily washes for over 6 weeks now! But as for my oily/combination skin, that's still as oily and combination as it was in the beginning...so is it really doing anything worthwhile for my skin? I'm leaning reluctantly towards no...which makes me come to the conclusion it may not be worth a re-purchase. The quest continues!
I use this facial cleanser in conjunction with the Seaweed Facial Exfoliator, Mattifying Day Cream, Toner and the Night Cream. I have to say the Seaweed range is exceptional and does a very good job of regulating my skin. After having moved to the UK from South Africa the condition of my skin deteriorated, with regular spots, blemishes and a general look of pale, tired skin. After being told to buy many expensive, luxury brands I decided to listen to my instinct, which was to avoid unnecessary and extra chemicals (and ridiculous prices), and went for a look around The Body Shop.
After about a week of using just the cleanser and exfoliator on their own, I noticed a huge difference (clear skin) and decided to go back for the whole kit (toner, day and night cream). After about a month of using the whole kit twice a day my face almost looks like it did before I moved from South Africa, although still lacking some essential vitamin D from sunshine.
I was told to move on to The Body Shop's Vitamin E range once I had finished my first lot of Seaweed products, as this would just keep my skin healthy and self-repairing. So the Seaweed range can definitely be used as a fast fix for about two to three months, but I don't know if I'll be able to part ways with the smell and feel of this range just yet.
I have dry skin and a t-zone that often gets greasy showing pores which to me look massive. I dried a lot of face washes and found they dried my dryer skin and did nothing special for the pores either. So my mission started for a cleanser that actually did what it claims it does.
So my latest favourite store is The Body Shop. I recently bought a 60ml bottle of their Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Washing for £2.25.
Let me start with the packaging. The bottle is clear pastic, with a white flip top lid to disperse the wash. Plastic is easy to recycle-something we have come to expect off The Body Shop is thier environmentally friendly packaging. The actual wash is clear in colour. It smells a bit similar to tea tree, so quite fresh, of course those of you familiar with the scent of seaweed will be able to tell the fresh smell is that of seaweed-it's quite pleasant.
This wash is soap and oil free, ideal of course for combination skin types as stated on the packaging.
How I used it: I rinsed my face with water and applied this with no Tresonic Facial Care system and started to work it around in circles in particular in the problem areas such as the forehead, nose and chin. I didn't get streams of lather, but I wasn't expecting loads.
After working the wash into my skin I rinsed it off with cold water.
After examining my skin I noticed a few blackheads had disappeared, and there wasn't any shine patches on my T-zone nor was there any dry patches on other parts of my face. My skin felt clean, almost tighter than usual-this however isn't something The Body Shop claim their wash does that's just something I have experienced. It got rid of the 'inpurities' that collected on my face and didn't leave any residue. After applying moisturiser my skin still looked and felt clean.
Would I buy it again? If I continue to have issues of a T-zone appearing yes as it helps take the shine off and actually help clean out the pores.
Nice product from The Body Shop. I have a feeling this product would help a lot of teenagers with combination. A little does seem to go a long way so good value for money.
Having recently discovered what has been causing my eczema, I am now able to experiment a bit more with the products I use. I no longer have to find products with the words "suitable for sensitive skin" plastered across the bottle.
Having said that I am still very keen on products from The Body Shop as I have personally found them to be great for my skin.
*** The Packaging ***
The packaging for this Seaweed Cleansing Facial Wash is very understated and didn't particularly jump out at me - unlike some of the other products in The Body Shop. I only ended up trying this due to a recommendation from the sales advisor in the shop.
The bottle stands on the lid and has green labels (presumably to coincide with the seaweed theme). The labels contain all the usual ingredient information and claim of what the product does. As with most (if not all?) of The Body Shop products, you are given information about community trade and how this product was made - including its origins.
The lid is a flip top one, and as it stands on the lid it makes it that much easier to squeeze every single drop out!
*** The Product ***
The Facial Wash itself is oil and soap free, it is well known that soap can quickly dry out the skin - so it is reassuring to know that you can still wash your face without drying it out.
Upon squeezing it out of the bottle it appears to be quite a thick gel and doesn't seem to foam up very well. However, I have since discovered that by adding a few drops of water the gel foams up very well and covers the whole face very well.
The gel is immediately very refreshing and definitely helps to wake me up in the shower every morning. You can feel the gel getting straight to work, opening and cleaning the pores in your face. I have a very bad habit of quite regularly leaving my make up on when I go to bed, however when I wash my face with this gel every morning it removes all traces - and amazingly helps to prevent spots from forming.
Since beginning to use this product, my skin has been very clear and I haven't had any spots - for this reason alone I would definitely recommend it!
*** Price and Availability ***
This Facial Wash is available from The Body Shop stores and the website. It comes in two different sizes - 60ml and 100ml.
I purchased the 100ml bottle for £6.50, however the day I went in store they were also giving away £3.00 off vouchers - so I actually on paid £3.50, bargain!!
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Oil and soap free this cleanser is a dream come true for my face which, since I have used this product, has rewarded me with clear skin and far less breakouts than I used to have in the past.
The product contains Bladderwrack, community trade seaweed which not only acts as an antioxidant but also purifies the skin with the many vitamins and minerals it contains. This product also contains menthol which leave my skin feeling refreshed and cool, the product is also great for irritated skin.
To use all you have to do is wet your face with warm water and lather the product up in your hands before applying to you face, and my goodness a little bit creates a lot of lather making this product great value for money at £2.50 for 60ml or £6.50 for 100ml as it lasts for a very long time.
I use this product everyday as part of my skincare regime and to this day the only downside I can find is that it is not suitable for all skin types (only oily-combination skin), it is a clear liquid which has a pleasant smell and is so quick and easy to use that I can't see myself not using it.
Failing to find many skincare products that will actually work with my skin type effectively, I knew I needed to invest a little more money to find good results. I thought about trying the Body Shop cleansers because I am a huge fan of their products even though they are a little bit expensive. I went into Body Shop and as always their very friendly and helpful staff asked if I needed any help. They actually recommended I try out this product, so I then brought it.
This cleansing face wash is available in a 100ml tube and costs £6.50. I was surprised at the price of this because I was expecting it to be much more, therefore I gladly brought the item. I'm aware that some people would prefer to spend a little less on their skincare items but this is much higher quality and has shown decent results.
This product itself is a combined cleanser and facial wash which is for oily to combination skin. The Body Shop do other ranges to suit sensitive, dry and normal skin types. I have quite oily skin that is prone to breakouts so I picked up this one to try and control and maintain my skin. You only need to squeeze out about the size of a 10p as this will cover your face fine. You simply use it like any other cleanser and facial wash and spread it evenly around your face. It is a gel like consistancy which does lather up a little but I didn't think it lathered tremendously well, and if you like really foamy cleansers I wouldn't recommend this one. It washed off easily, and then I dried my face. I do this once a day, although really I think it is twice a day it should be carried out.
The results of this were really good. Immediately after drying my face when using this face wash my skin felt tight and a little bit dry which is unusual for my skin type as it is really oily. It showed that this cleanser had really helped balance out and control my oily skin and it felt incredible. As well as this, my face felt really refreshed and cleanAfter searching for a cleanser that could do this for around one year I was thrilled. I continued using it daily for around three weeks and noticed my skin was less prone to spots, generally it wasn't as shiny and it felt much more soft. When this is teamed up with the seaweed toner results are incredible.
Overall, I do think this facial wash is worth the extra few pounds because it does what it says. I would only use this if you have quite oily skin otherwise your face may become too dry from using this. Thank you for reading.
I'm a big fan of The Body Shop products and for many years have used their 'Tea-Tree' range of facial cleansers, toners and various moisturisers.
In recent months I realised that my skin type had gradually been changing; probably due to my age; and that I needed to review my routine as the tea-tree range seemed to be leaving my skin very dry.
Having been happy with The Body Shop I thought I'd check out their other skin care products. As they have quite a few to choose from I wasn't really sure which way to go. Then I saw their skin care diagnosis tool online and decided to give it a try.
After answering a few questions about my skin and routine it suggested I try their Seaweed range.
I bought the 100ml Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash that costs about £6.50. I didn't mind the price because I knew it would last along while and work out good value for money.
As you can see from the picture it comes in a clear flip lid bottle with an aqua blue label stating it is for combination/oily skin and that the oil-balancing lather removes impurities, make up and excess oil.
I first tried it in the bath and as I live in a soft water area made sure I didn't use too much. It lathers up very easily and the smell is a lovely seaweed/beach aroma. After rinsing my face it was definately cleansed with a cool feeling and most of all a couple of hours later my skin hadn't become taut and dried out.
I was concerned whether this range would cope with the odd outbreak like the tea-tree range but I needn't have worried.
I would recommend the Seaweed range to anyone who has found that they don't need the full on spot treatment routine but need help occasionally.
I am now going to look into the other Seaweed products that are available.
After trying many different facial washes from Neutrogena to Dermologica I thought I would try something from the body shop. I tried this Seaweed facial wash as it is for oily/combination skin and after only a few weeks of using this product my skin has cleared up and has been the best it has been for a long time! I have teamed it up with the seaweed cleanser and toner also but will advise this range is fantastic for people with combination skin and prone to breakouts like myself. This wash gets rid of all the oil without over drying as a find a lot of washes for oily skin will then dry the skin out. The face wash also comes with a great fresh smell and makes your skin feel ultimately clean. The other great thing about it is, it is not expensive I originally bought the small sized bottle at 50ml before buying the larger bottle as I wanted to try it out on my skin first this cost £2.50 after finding out what a great product this was I have now bought the larger bottle 200ml for £6. You only have to use a small amount so it is long lasting. As I have bought the Seaweed cleanser and toner aswell I have been using these of an evening to take off my make up and use the facewash of a morning.... But again will say the range is excellent and would highly recommend to all you people with oily/combination skin.
I tried this product at a friends house and loved it so immediately went out and bought some.
Why did I like it I hear you ask....well here goes....
This comes in standard bodyshop minimal packaging. A clear tube so you can easily see how much product is left. It has a blue/green label. Quite standard really - nothing with wow factor but it also doesn't come in a seperate box with tissue paper all singing all dancing un-environmentally friendly style so this is a good point.
It has a lid at th bottom so it stands upside down so you don't have to shake desperately to get the dregs out. The only problem with this is, if you have it on a flat surface in the shower somehow mysteriously it can suck water into the tube so best to place up high out of the way.
I bought this in the bodyshop 25% sale so was about £5 which itself is fairly pricey. It retails for around the £7 mark on a normal day. I think this is quite expensive for what it is but if you take into account it is a natural product, eco friendly and supporting a good cause it makes me more inclined to buy it. Also it lasts a long time so quite a good investment.
You only need to use a small 10p sized blob of this so it goes a long way.
You later up on your face which needs to be wet. It is a clear gel and it does 'soap up' quite well. It is quite thick so you can get a good scrub going. It mkes your face tingle and feel cool especially if you leave it on for 30seconds plus to really let it get to work
It smells fresh and clean with quite a zingy smell - don't worry it doesn't actually smell like seaweed and its not green so doesn't look like seaweed either.
It is easy to clean off by rinsing with water - not like some of the creamy cleansers that just stick to you. Once washed off your face feels really soft and very clean. It's a lovely feeling, very refreshing for the morning.
Try not to get it in your eyes though as it does sting a little!
I use this every day and it stops my face feeling tight and greasey. It feels clean and soft and really primes the sin for a light moisturiser to follow.
I think all in all this is well worth the money.
Leave your skin feeling cleansed, purified and refreshed with this mild oil-free and soap-free foaming cleansing gel / This deep cleansing facial wash helps open pores and rinse away the excess oils, make-up, impurities and build up of daily grime /