“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Face Care / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Energises / Product line: The Body Shop Vitamin C „
I often bulk-buy products from The Body Shop when they have sales and offers on; I can't remember the last time I paid full price for something in there! I got a bottle of this Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz in one of my online orders.
The spritz comes in an orange bottle, similar to other products in the Vitamin C range. It has a spray top with a plastic lid and is a good size to keep in a large handbag for on-the-go use. The Body Shop states that the spritz is designed to refresh the skin and enhance radiance.
The spray contains Amazonian camu camu, which is rich in Vitamin C. It also contains Community Trade aloe vera, which is good for sensitive skin. It is meant to be good for dull skin. My skin is in reasonable condition but can sometimes appear tired and dull, especially when I myself feel tired and dull! I hoped that the spray would help refresh me and wake me up, particularly during the summer's warm weather.
The spritz has a light citrusy scent that is pleasant and refreshing. A couple of sprays is enough to cover my face (so long as I am pointing the nozzle in the right direction, which is surprisingly difficult!). The spray is very refreshing, especially in the hot weather or at the end of a long day at work when I feel tired and sluggish. It doesn't irritate my skin or dry it out, and in fact makes it feel soft to the touch and moisturised. There isn't a massive visible difference to my skin, but it does look brighter and more radiant - I do wonder however if the same effect could be achieved with a spritz of plain cool water. At the same time, London is such a polluted city that I feel I am doing my skin good by spraying this on during the day. Aloe vera is gentle and soothing on the skin and Vitamin C is radiance-inducing: you wouldn't get either of these with water. I was a bit worried in case the spray caused my makeup to run, but this hasn't happened.
The spritz is fairly versatile: I've used it as a toner in the morning and evening, by spraying it on and, if necessary, wiping with a cotton wool pad. Most of the time, however, it lives in my handbag. The plastic lid has come off in my bag a couple of times, but this isn't such a big deal as the spray nozzle means that the liquid doesn't spill. The 100ml size means that you can take it in your hand luggage liquid allowance if you're going on holiday via plane: I imagine this would be a great product to keep handy if you're going somewhere hot.
The full price for this product is £8 which I would never pay - it's far too expensive and this spritz isn't exactly an essential product: nice to have, yes, but not crucial like cleanser or moisturiser. However, if you buy from The Body Shop when they have offers you could pick this up for around £4 which is much more reasonable. The Body Shop do use fair trade and community trade ingredients which it is worth paying a bit more for.
Overall, this is a lovely product that is especially nice in the summer months. I will probably buy it again, albeit not at full price, as it refreshes my skin and keeps it looking good throughout the day.
My skin is often in need of a radiance boost, I frequently looked tired and pale not helped by Pernicious Anaemia (and a young baby!) and in my quest for a miracle cure I have tried many products including most of the Body Shop Vitamin C range.
The Vitamin C Facial Spritz comes in a 100ml spray bottle and at full price is £9 from either the Body Shop website or via their stores. However it is currently reduced to £6.75. It is designed to "hydrate and revive dull looking skin". The product comes in the distinct orange packaging of the Vitamin C range.
It is very easy to dispense the product from the spray action bottle and it is both cooling and refreshing especially on hot days and the bottle is a handy handbag size. (I even packed it in my hospital bag when pregnant with my little girl). Even with regular use a bottle does last quite a long time. It smells lovely- it has a gorgeous orange/citrus scent.
However whilst I have enjoyed using my bottle I don't think I would buy it again as it leaves my skin feeling a little tacky and sticky and certainly does not make my skin more radiant unlike other products in the range. My skin also looks shiny and after use. Whilst it does cool and refresh there are other products which would do this at a fraction of the cost (including just water in a spray bottle).
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
-- Reasons for buying --
I love trying new products, I've been trying to cut back on how much I spend on beauty products and use up everything I have already.. But being a girl it never works out the way we plan. Especially when this little treat caught my eye, I was straight back to square one!
-- Packaging --
The bright packaging is very eye catching, with it being pale orange and a slightly darker orange for the label, it stands out beautifully among the other Vitamin C range. The spritz comes in a hard, plastic container with a pump, spray dispenser. The dispenser is also protected with a transparent plastic lid which can be removed easily and securely clips back into place, which is perfect for the times I carry it around in my handbag, I know it's safe from leaking.
-- Application --
Its really simple and easy to apply. All you need to do is to remove the plastic lid and press down on the pump which dispenses an even amount of product onto your face. The first time you use the product, you will find yourself having to press the pump several times for the product to enter the dispenser.
I recommend holding the spritz about 5 inches from the face, with your eyes and mouth tightly closed, as you don't want to be swallowing or getting irritated eyes. I tend to use a couple of pumps to evenly coat my face.
The two main ingredients in this product are:
* Camu camu berry which provides the richest source of Vitamin C.
* Community fair trade organic aloe vera for smoothing and soothing.
-- Pros and Cons --
I love this product, its a daily must have for me, especially on them really hot sunny days when your skin feels dry and looks dulls. This instantly gives your skin a little, radiant boost. The product is non greasy and very lightweight on your skin.
What I also love about this light mist is that it doesn't effect my make-up, which is excellent as I where liquid foundation, I didn't want it to make my skin appear shiny/greasy. It's a very lightweight mist with a beautiful aroma, I was a little disappointed to find that after the liquid sinks in, the pleasant scent disappears. It absorbs into your skin within minutes, without leaving any residue behind only the gentle, refreshing feeling.
I haven't noticed any long term effects from using this regularly, as it is only supposed to be used to refresh your skin as a little pick me up, my face does appear a little brighter and not as dull after applying and also feels incredibly refreshed. I am always a little wary of using new products on my skin, as my skin is very sensitive and becomes irritated easily, I haven't noticed any signs of irritation (itchiness or redness) when using this product, which means it must be suited to all skin types which I think is extremely useful.
The size is brilliant to be able to carry it around with you during the day in your handbag. Perfect for hot summer days when your skin is a little dry and needs a little pick me up or on the days you didn't have time to apply make-up and your skin looks a little dull. I knew I would be impressed with the quality of this product, as body shop always seem to provide high quality products!
-- Price and Availability --
This spritz is available in Body Shop either online or in store. It is only available in an 100ml bottle and costs £8. There are always offers in place throughout the year offering discounts or a buy one get one free, so keep an eye out!
The price is quite high for the amount you receive, but seeing as it is Body Shop which always provide great customer service and brilliant quality products, it is definitely worth it.
-- Conclusion --
Overall this product is wonderful either for yourself or a gift for someone else. It gives a lovely little boost to your skin when its feeling dull, dry or tired, leaving it refreshed and awake. Highly recommend this product!
I've used facial sprays before with mixed success but when I recently went into The Body Shop they had a big stand advertising their Vitamin C facial spray with some positive reviews and so I thought it worth a try.
What Are Facial Sprays
Facial sprays are basically a small bottle of liquid that you spray over your face. They all claim to refresh your skin and set make up to make it last longer. Several different companies have made them though and each company has added different vitamins and minerals and therefore each claim different benefits so it is worth checking several different ones to see which is best suited to you.
So What Are The Benefits of This Spray?
The Body Shop facial spray claims to be designed for dull skin, which mine is, so I would expect it to brighten up my skin tone. It also says that it is rich in Vitamin C and contains Aloe Vera.
Vitamin C has been proven to protect against the damage caused by UV rays (both UVA and UVB) and has been linked with an improvement in the production of collagen. I would therefore expect this spray to improve my skin tone and generally give me a better complexion. Not asking much from a simple facial spray then!
This comes in a fairly small orange bottle with a clear push pump top; the pump is protected by a clear plastic lid. Since the bottle itself is coloured you can't actually see how much you've got left but you can get a rough idea by feeling the weight, also if you hold the bottle up to the light you can just about make out where the line is.
The label on the front has the Body Shop logo and tells me that it's a Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz. It says that it's designed to give me an instant pick up and refresh and smooth my skin. It also says that it's designed for dull skin.
The bottle holds 100ml and is fully recyclable.
Using The Spray
Using the spray is easy, the lid lifts off with no problems and the spray is easy to press. I divide my face into quarters and spray each quarter separately as the spray provided by the pump isn't very large and so I find this the best way to ensure my whole face is covered.
The spray is quite powerful and so I find it best to hold the bottle at arms length and spray from that far away to avoid drenching my face; having said that it does dry in a matter of seconds and so it's not a problem if it does get too wet.
When the spray dries I find that my skin feels tighter then it would do normally but this doesn't last long at all and so this isn't a problem for me.
I love this product, it smells of oranges when sprayed and although this doesn't last too long it is noticeable for at least a few minutes after spraying.
You could use this product just occasionally to refresh your skin or once a day if you want to see improvements in your skin tone but I use it at least twice a day; sometimes more when I use it to just refresh my skin a bit. I don't feel the need to reapply at night time but since I wash my face at night it's become just another part of my skin care routine.
The spray feels cooling and refreshing when sprayed on my face. My skin tone has brightened a little bit and my complexion is improved - although whether this is due to my skin brightening up or an actual improvement I couldn't say.
I have some damaged skin just below my eyes and I've found that this irritates that area when used with The Body Shop tea tree facial wash. I have tried it with other facial washes and cleansers/toners with no reaction and when sprayed directly onto the area before washing there is no problem so I can only assume that there is a reaction between the tea tree and the spray. I only have this problem where my skin is damaged and so this shouldn't be a problem for most people but it is something to bear in mind if you have sensitive skin.
It does say that you can use it to set make up and I was wary about trying this due to the spray being so powerful but to test it out for this review I just sprayed it into the air and then let it fall onto my face. Done in this way it didn't cause my make up to run and although my foundation did still rub onto my clothes I didn't need to reapply at all throughout the night. So that obviously worked.
The shelf life of this spray is 12 months and I've not used much but have made a noticeable dent so I would estimate that the bottle would last around 9 months when used twice a day.
I would highly recommend this product but it only gets 4 out of 5 stars due to my concerns over it's use with sensitive skin.
Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Gluconate, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Linalool, Limonene, Citric Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal
Pricing And Availability
Being a Body Shop product this is only available from the Body Shop but can be bought both in stores and online and costs £8 for a 100ml bottle.
This contains Community Trade Aloe Vera which is free from colour, fragrance, alcohol and preservatives.
I have also read concerns over Vitamin C when used like this due to it's high instability and quick oxidization. However I haven't found this to be a problem with this product. The Vitamin C in this product comes from berries and so maybe this is why?