“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Exfoliator / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Exfoliates / Product line: The Body Shop Vitamin E „
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The product I am reviewing is the Vitamin E Cream Exfoliator from The Body Shop. This product is part of the Vitamin E range and is a gentle product for dry or sensitive skin. I already use at least 4-5 products in this range so jumped at the chance of buying some of this to try. The actual product is a light and creamy facial scrub which contains jojoba beads to help exfoliate the skin, leaving it feeling smooth, soft and refined. The jojoba beads help to lift away dull skin, dirt and grime revealing a fresher complexion. The product comes in a pale pink packaging which is the coloured packaging for all the Vitamin E products. The exfoliator comes in a plastic tube which stands on its lid. The lid is actually clear in colour and flips open to reveal the hole in which the product comes out of. On the front of the tube it clearly states what the product is and also has The Body Shop logo on. On the back of the tube it gives you some information about the product and a list of ingredients. This information is in a number of different languages.
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I purchased this product from The Body Shop website for £9.00 which is for a 75ml tube. You can also purchase this from their high street stores as well
Using the Product
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It doesn't actually state how to use the product on the back of the tube so I just guessed that I had to wet the face and apply the product. If you look on the website it does actually tell you how to use the product. Wet the face and neck with clean water. Massage the cream exfoliator over the face and neck using light circular motions. Rinse off with clean water and pat skin dry. Use once or twice a week or as required. I splashed filled the sink up and splashed some water on my face to ensure it was wet ready to apply the product. I flipped open the lid which was easy to do even with wet hands. I squeezed the tube gently to dispense some of the product. The product looks quite thick when it comes out the tube and it's white in colour but has small red dots in it which I presume are the jojoba beads. I started massaging the exfoliator onto my skin using circular motions as described. You don't need to use too much of the product as a little goes a long way.
As my hands were wet the product seemed to stick to my fingers a little so I wiped my hands dry and started again. As I massaged the product into my skin I could feel the jojoba beads exfoliating my skin very gently. The jojoba beads feel slightly grainy against my skin but not rough. There is a very light scent to the product which is quite pleasant. I spent a good 5 minutes massaging the product on my skin which felt nice and rather relaxing. It definitely felt as though the jojoba beads were doing a good but gentle job of exfoliating my skin. I then splashed water on my face to wash the product off, which was done easily.
I patted my skin dry as suggested and then looked at the results in the mirror. My skin looked fresh and clean and it also had a nice clean feeling to it as well. My skin looked much more radiant. I felt my skin and I was impressed at how smooth and soft it felt. The product hadn't caused any irritation to my skin and my skin didn't feel dry or tight. I applied moisturiser (Vitamin E moisturiser) and this made my skin even softer.
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I did have high hopes of this product due to it being in the Vitamin E range which is a range I love and enjoy using. This product lived up to its expectations and I was impressed with the results of the product. Although the jojoba beads in the cream are very small you can still feel them working as you massage the product onto your skin. As the beads were small they were gentle and kind to my skin without causing it any irritation or making it feel sore. Due to the cream formula the product left my skin feeling smooth and soft and it didn't leave it feeling dry or tight like some other skin products I have used in the past. In terms of value for money the product is a little pricey, how-ever I only used this twice a week, so the product will last me a good few months before I need to purchase anymore. I would definitely recommend this product to others and if like me you are a fan of the Vitamin E range then I definitely urge you to try it.
(review also on ciao)
A tube of this costs £7.50 for 75mls. This product is only available in the Body Shop, online or in store.
I bought a tub of the intense moisture mask and asked for a sample pot of the exfoliato to go with it - The Body Shop are quite good with things like that and will normally help you out, it is worth a thought before you commit to buy.
The Vitamin E range all comes in pink packaging with the little Body Shop logo and dark pink and black writing.
The packaging isn't fancy. Whilst i would not at all object to receiving this as a gift, tred lightly, gentlemen, as it isn't really gift material! (Opt for the Japanese Cherry Blossom or Morrocan Rose ranges as they're a bit fancier looking).
If you don't know of the Body Shop - where have you been?
Known for its ethical practices, from the fair trade in making products to the 'not tested on animals' in developing them, Anita Roddick (founder of the Body Shop) developed an amazing chain of stores, now on line. Very smelly, very pretty and generally good for the world.
The Body Shop is now owned by the international giant - L'Oreal. Kind of takes the shine off of it, but outwardly the Body Shop still stands for its founder's moral's and principal's.
As i said above, this is part of a range of facial skin care products.
They are generally light products, i have used this exfoliator, the intense moiture mask and the lip care. They are not heavy on your skin.
This product is intended to be used a few times a week. Wash your face with water, rub this in and rinse, very easy alongside a daily face wash.
Vitmin E is apparently an anti-oxidant - i am useless with these sciencey bits and pay no attention. What i know is that after i have used this, my face feels fresh and clean, so as far as i am concerned, it works!
I have combination skin. This seems to really suit my skin type, i am not sure how it would be for someone with dry skin, i don't think this range would be man enough. However, i don't know, so someone else would have to review about that. The Body Shop staff are normally pretty clued up on their products and they will give you advice on skin types, there is also info online.
75mls is a reasonable size for this, when i bought it after using my sample, it lasted me a good 3 months.
Good for combination skin.
Light, good for daily use.
Reasonably priced, accessible for most purse strings.
No scent really, i like a bit of scent in my face creams!
A very good product from a very good company.
Being on maternity leave I am trying to economise in a number of areas due to a distinct lack of my salary (boo) so instead of buying my normal Clarins cleanser at £17 I bought this for £8 instead.
Who makes it?
The Body Shop so this is a product which has never been tested on animals. It is a fair trade product as all Body Shop products are and I believe that the Body Shop also try to be environmentally friendly too. Therefore this product ticks all the boxes for being an ethical product. So far so good.
Is it part of a range?
Yup the Vitamin E range of products is one sold within the Body Shop. The range includes cleanser, toner, serum etc so if I liked this product I was tempted to buy others too. I was told that you can use this product on its own or with the others from the range. For best results you should probably use all of the items within the range.
What is in it?
It is a natural product consisting of Vitamin E as a large ingrediant and Jojoba, and shea butter /soya oil to make sure that it is conditioning. For a full list of ingrediants go to www.bodyshop.co.uk.
What does it promise to do?
It is a cream exfoliator so can be used every day on the skin on your face. It gently rubs away the old skin and encourages new skin to be less wrinkled, spotty etc.
It is claimed by the Body shop that vitamin E is a powerful anti oxident and will protect your skin against sun damage and correct damage by sun, cigarette smoke etc.
how to use?
Pour a small amount onto your skin and rub gently in - the Jojoba balls will supposedly exfoliate. You need to rinse this product off after use as it cannot remain on the skin.
Does it work?
Well this is a gentle cream cleanser - it is so gentle that I really cant feel the balls of Jojoba which are supposed to exfoliate your skin. It does get rid of grime but doesnt really get rid of dry skin.
I find that it is an adequte cleanser but that is all - it is soft on the skin but barely exfoliates at all. On the plus side it does, I suppose do a job as a cleanser BUT, why waste money on an exfoliator when what you are getting, is in fact not a product that will exfoliate.
For the money I would say save it and buy something else instead- it just doesnt cut it at getting rid of your old skin!