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  • Apparently senak previews of products
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      05.11.2014 22:41
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      • "Apparently senak previews of products"
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      • "Free gifts eventually when you get a stamp"
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      • "Need to shop there often to see the difference."
      • "£5 sign up"

      Don't botter with this one:(

      I regret accepting this card that is just another to shove to the back of my purse, my bad.
      The offer was good at that moment I was spending, or so I thought.
      An initial £5 sign up charge seemed okay compare to what I thought would be great benefits.
      On a large purchase, I did see a good difference of the 10% and the free gift was attractive I will not lie.
      However, since I've signed up and headed to the website to see the benefits it hasn't lived up to the selling points promoted by staff in-store.

      Invitations to events held after 6pm for the launch of products was interesting and seemed worth going to, as I was working in retail at the time and it was my way home, the mention of food and drink didn't hurt either but the real pull was the products that would be showcased and tested with samples and I loved Body shop once upon a time when it was affordable now its getting to pricey.I like these quirky events.

      However, the card I would recommend to customers who are consistent in using these products and loyal then I think you would see a benefit, but not if you head there for only special occasions. I really would advise you not to say yes to this card simply because of the charge which does stand out compared to other retailers not charging. I also encountered problems with redeeming my birthday gift, in the birthday month and had to spend even more money in order to attain it!
      The 'special events' seem to, lately, not be promoted. The emails were consistent and the promotion of being a 'card holder' but they seem to have given up on this[?}
      I hardly receive any news compared to BOOTS/ COSTA/ DEBENHAMS about the benefit of being a card holder which really is a great tool to get customers through the door and more importantly make them feel valued and in a shop which is now pricey to appreciate the loyal customers.
      They promoted in-store and online exclusive offers and special savings, but I don't see any at all. I have to go to voucher codes sites to get any promotions when it would really help to receive that in an email and motivate me to spend with them.
      I don't see a big change in their product lines enough to pull me back in and this is a great store to promote ethics in a society that is more aware than ever before of their stance on cosmetics, they are losing, in my opinion, a great opportunity to help their brand.
      Finally, they promote 'apparently' updates, but yet again nothing. I did head to the Body shop website at one point last year to see if I were still signed up to their mailing list and I was so this confused me even more.
      So now I have relegated the card to the bottom of my bag or back of my purse if I'm out, but I wouldn't recommend this card personally, sorry:(

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      09.10.2013 23:44
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      more clutter for your purse

      I was persuaded to buy this card when shopping in the Body Shop. The 10% discount on purchases appealed to me. A few months later, I hadn't collected any stamps and I was kicking myself for getting talked into buying the card. I have used it a few times and managed to get my first £5 treat plus my birthday treat. It has finally 'paid fir itself' but it has taken quite a while to do so.

      Advantages
      10% off your purchases - the card would have paid for itself after 5 trips.
      £5 birthday treat is a fall back option of the card 'paying for itself' if you dont end up spending enough money for the card to be of value.


      Disadvantages
      You have to pay for the card (£5) - most other loyalty cards are free
      Most people probably don't shop in the Body Shop regularly so it's the kind of card you will probably rake out of your purse when cluttering and then forget it when you need It.
      The card is only valid for a year.
      You have to spend a minimum of £10 per transaction.

      Tip 1 - if spending £20, ask the cashier to split your transactions so you can get 2 stamps.
      Tip 2 - the products make nice gifts and you can get stamps on these purchases. Guess what everybody is getting for Christmas this year?
      Tip 3 if you don't know if you are going to use it much, buy one towards the end of your birthday month and it should still be valid during your birthday mist the following year, meaning you can claim two birthday gifts on the same card (in theory).

      So far, my card has paid itself off, but I regard it has a bit of 'nonsense' card. These are the types of card that clutter up your purse and the reward isn't something you always want (products aren't cheap so you will probably end up having to top up anyway).

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        12.07.2013 12:06
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        Worth it if you a regular customer at the Bodyshop stores.

        I started regularly shopping at the Body Shop a couple of years ago. I have a local store in a nearby small town as well as one in my nearest city. I also use the online shop very often, especially when there are any special sales or offers. Although I'd heard of the Body shop's 'Love Your Body' loyalty card scheme it had never really interested me until I was offered one when purchasing goods in store and told how discount would qualify. The store assistant made it sound very attractive and worthwhile to me so I got one.

        The card actually costs £5 which might seem like a lot to pay to join a loyalty scheme. However this initial cost is then reclaimed in a way because of the benefits of the card. The card provides a 10% discount every time you buy something in store or online. If you buy online you can input your card details into your account page and then the 10% reduction comes off automatically as you go through the checkout process. The 10% discount online only applies to products which don't have any other offer attached to their sale though. Each individual card has a personal barcode and number for identification as well as being marked with your name and birth date. Within a day of picking up mine in store I was able to input my card number online to use instantly.

        If you buy in store using the card you can earn a 'stamp' which contributes towards a loyalty reward. You must buy £10 worth of products to get your stamp. If you get four stamps you are entitled to a free gift from the store worth up to £5. If you collect ten stamps you get a free gift worth up to £10 from the store. I assume purchases are recorded electronically but on the card they are just marked by a cross with a marker pen. Unfortunately online purchases don't count towards this - you have to buy in an actual high street store to gain your stamp. I wish this was not the case as I prefer shopping online.

        Another major benefit of the card concerns the fact that when you join up you have to give your date of birth. This is then written on the card. In the month of your birthday you can take your card into your nearest store and claim a free treat up to the value of £5. Hence the value of the card can be reclaimed in Bodyshop products. This is a great incentive!

        The 'Love Your Body' card is valid for a year after signing up. I think it's worth getting the card if like me you are a real fan of the store and can't stop spending money there! I would prefer if the percentage of deduction was slightly increased as I think 10% isn't a huge amount. Bodyshop goods tend to be more expensive than in other stores so the reduction sometimes isn't hugely significant. However, I like the stamp collection and birthday freebie. This makes the card worthwhile for me.

        If you are a person who makes shopping choices based on the ethics of a company then I think opting to get this card would be a great move. I have actually found myself going to the store more often in order to try and fulfil my stamp collection. This isn't a bad thing though when the products are not tested on animals and are sourced from Fair Trade and environmentally safeguarded ingredients.

        I would recommend this card if you are a regular shopper at the Bodyshop. Even if you only shop there for gifts the card could be useful to you. You can buy the card in store or online.

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        01.05.2013 21:26
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        If your a Body Shop fan than this is for you

        The Body Shop Love Your Body Card

        The Body Shop Love Your Body Card, is a discount card for Body Shop.

        =Purchase=
        The card costs £5, the maximum time it will last is12 months, it can be purchased on-line or in store.

        =Body Shop Outlet Stores=
        The only outlet store that I am aware of it at Clarks Shopping Village, Street, Somerset, although there are others around the country, the cards can be used in these stores just like a normal high street shop.

        =Benefits=

        =10% Discount=
        You get 10% discount on all items in store even if they have been reduced in a sale or an end of line clearance.
        If your purchase is over £10 you get your card stamped
        At four stamps - you get a purchase worth £5 for free
        At eight stamps - you get a purchase worth £10 for free
        Your birthday - you get a gift worth £5 in the month of your birthday
        Get offers for special events
        Can be used for purchases on line (10% discount) but you do not get the card stamped.


        =Special Events=
        There are events that you can get up to 30% discount for Body Shop card holders.

        =If I fill my card within 6 months and not used my birthday bonus=
        I would say buy a new card, keep your old one and use this for your birthday gift.

        =Would I recommend=
        I would highly recommend the Body Shop card, it has saved me a lot of money over the years, and I am never without a current card.

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        29.04.2013 00:12
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        useful if you shop there regularly, beware of the initial £5 cost if you don't

        ADVANTAGES
        - You get 10% off all orders (online or in store). Sometimes this is more on special days etc
        - You get £5 off a purchase in your birthday month, ensuring you get your initial cost recouped
        - You get loyalty stamps for every transaction in which you spend over£10
        - After four stamps you get £5 off and after £8 stamps you get £10 off that transaction

        DRAWBACKS
        - You have to pay £5 for the privilege of having the card for a year
        - You don't get stamps for buying online, though you do get the 10% discount
        - You don't get a stamp per £10 spent. It is only one stamp per transaction of over £10. So if you spend £50 in one go, you don't get 5 stamps unfortunately.
        - You can't get stamps put onto your card if you forget your card one time, unlike, say the tesco clubcard when you can get points put on next time you're in, if you keep your receipt.

        CONCLUSION
        Unlike a boots or superdrug card which is worth getting even if you hardly go in, I would carefully consider this one. For someone that shops in Bodyshop even only a few times a year it may well be worth it, just make sure you do go in on your birthday month to get that £5 off, and you keep the card with you.

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        10.04.2013 09:34
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        The perfect must have for your purse for anyone who loves to take care of themselves

        As an ex body shop customer consultant i can tell you all the advantages of having the Love Your Body Loyalty Card.

        The Body Shop Loyalty Card is full of benefits for you to enjoy with the Body Shop over the year, these include:
        * A stamp every time you spend £10 or more in a transaction every store visit
        *10% off all purchases made in store (including special offers)
        * £5 free gift of your choice within the month of your birthday
        *£5 gift when you have collected 4 stamps
        *£10 gift when you collect 8 stamps
        *Can be used on purchases made on Body Shop Online
        *Receive e-mails/ letters regarding latest Body Shop news on products/ New Products
        *Receive invites to promotions and special events in store For EX. Extra 20% off in store for loyalty members.
        * Promotional Free gift on special event days

        This loyalty card is definitely worth it for anyone who loves to shop either in store or online as the benefits are endless.

        There is a one off charge of £5 to purchase the loyalty card, however this is a one off charge and the card is valid to use instore and online for 1 year.
        However, the more you spend in one transaction, should you wish to sign up to the loyalty card 10% will come off the overall total of your transaction when Loyalty card is purchased, reducing the actual price of the card.

        The best part of having this card is most definitely for the special event days as you can save up to a whopping 30% off products original prices and this even includes sale items too!

        Aslong as you have the loyalty card you will always receive 10% off all products in store throughout the year and you will also always receive, depending on which you opted when signing up, e-mails or letters letting you know when special event days are coming up, so you can always take full advantage of the savings you'll receive from being a member. Loyalty Card can be renewed after year is up.

        Sometimes there is a special free gift you will receive just for signing up (always make sure you ask a consultant if there is a free gift) and a lot of the time the free gift you get for signing up is more than the actual one off cost of the card.

        This is most definitely a card thats worth keeping in your purse/ wallet as you'll always receive savings, and everybody loves to save, even better when it's on the things they love.

        Overall, a must have for anyone who loves to love their body

        ************** UPDATE ***************
        i've just had a look on The Body Shop Online website now, and they actually have a "20% off day online and instore for loyalty card members and have lots of special offers with up to 50% off, so definitely worth having a look and if you havn't already purchased a loyalty card do it today as theres no better time to do it and can spoil yourself rotten!! I recommend everyone to have a look as these special events only last for a couple of days

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        11.07.2012 14:32
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        great card, great discounts

        Although I have always been a fan of The Body Shop's products, before I had a loyalty card, I would only go in on the rare occasion to buy a Christmas present or to treat myself. However, after buying the loyalty card I found that body shop products became part of my every day beauty routine.

        At only £5 to buy you really can't go wrong by buying this card. It works like most other store loyalty cards where every time you buy something that costs over £10 you receive a stamp and these stamps go towards receiving a free £5 gift and then a free gift worth £10, which you get to choose yourself from the store. However, the only downside to this is that no matter how much you spend in one transaction you will still only receive one stamp.

        As well as these free gifts, you also get 10% off every purchase you make, which works both in stores and online, however, often the body shop has special 20% off days for loyalty a customer (which is any customer who has a card). You also receive a free gift worth £5 during the month of your birthday, which again you get to chose, without you having to have any stamps at all!

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        03.09.2011 19:49

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        excellent for a body shop fan

        The love your body card by the body shop works in a similar way to all reward cards. The only difference with this one is you see the rewards straight away. Instead of saving up points you automatically get 10% off every purchase you make within the body shop stores. The only difference with this card to most is that you have to pay £5 for it and it only lasts for eight transactions so you really need to weigh up the pro's and cons to this. If you are someone who very rarely uses the body shop and only buys one item (for a birthday present or similar) then you probably wont get the benefit but if you cannot walk by the shop without popping in and spending a small fortune then this card is a must. Not only do you recieve 10% discount once you have made four purchases you are then entitled to £5 worth of free gifts of your choice, again very hard to stick to just £5!! Once you have filled up the whole card (8 transactions) you recieve £10 worth of free gifts, plus you also get £5 to spend when its your birthday. All in all a very good card and really worth having if you regulary shop with the body shop. They also run promotions through out the year where you can get extra discount off certain items but only when you have a love your body card.

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        01.08.2011 20:02

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        £5 card giving you 10% discounts on all bodyshop purchases

        I bought the Love Your Body card when I was making a purchase in store, after they recommended it was suitable as I shopped in the body shop about 4 times a year (for female birthday gifts and mother's day gifts). I had to pay £5 for the privilege, but got 10% off the purchase I made them, as well as a stamp on my card.

        You qualify for a stamp on the card if your purchase is over £10 after the discount has been applied. On your fourth stamp, you get a free gift worth up to £5, and on your eighth stamp, you get a free gift worth up to £10. In addition, during your birthday month, you can claim a free birthday gift worth up to £5. From this, I realised if even if I didn't make it up to my fourth stamp, I would have got the £5 I paid for the card back on my birthday month. The gift I chose was marginally over £5 once the 10% discount had been applied, so I only paid the difference. On top of this, I have made several savings of 10%. The only down side I see is the membership is only valid for a year, and while you get 10% discount when shopping online, you don't get a stamp.

        Since buying the card, I have become fanatic about Bodyshop's range of products, and the card has encouraged me to spend when I wouldn't have before, however, my skin feels great, and while there products aren't always the cheapest, they have fantastic promotions which are sometimes exclusive to Love Your Body cardholders, which mean the perks of having this card do not stop there. The promotions they have sent me through email have told me that I can get 10% off on sale items, as well as an increase in discount to 30% off during certain discounts. My skin definitely thinks the products are worth it, having 10% makes it feel a little bit better.

        Overall, if you're a user of ethically sourced cosmetic products, Bodyshop is definitely a place to shop. Investing in a Love Your Body card pays off, the small £5 fee gives you at least 10% discount all year round in store and online, as well as up to £20 worth of free gifts (potentially). I am pretty sure I will be investing again when my card runs out.

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        13.01.2011 01:36
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        Recommended if you spend more than £50 a year in The Body Shop.

        If you shop regularly at The Body Shop, it is worth considering a Body Shop Love Your Body Card. In order to receive it, you need to purchase a membership to the Body Shop Love Your Body Loyalty Card Club which costs £5. You can apply for this membership either online on in one of the Body Shop stores - although for my mind, its better to do it in-store as when you do it on-line you need to pay a delivery charge of £3.49 which is way over the top to receive a card the size of a credit card. To be honest, I would resent paying this delivery charge and, to some extent, I resent paying the £5 as other loyalty cards aren't charged for.

        However, the benefits of owning this card is that you receive 10% off of all products for a year, and obviously if you spend a lot of money in this store, you can make considerable savings. For example, at Christmas, I spent £209 in Body shop, resulting in a saving of £20.90 in one go. Generally, throughout the year, each visit to The Body Shop will result in a saving of £1 - £2, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that it wouldn't take long to recover the initial £5 outlay.

        On my birthday, I am able to go into the store and treat myself to a free gift up to the amount of £5. I don't actually have to go in on my birthday, as long as I go in during the month that my birthday is in. This year I got a bottle of tea tree moisturiser. I find its nice to use this free gift to get something that you'd like to try but don't want to spend money on incase you don't like it.

        When you buy something in the shop, you get a hole punch on a card for every £10 you spend. Once you have 4 stamps, you can get another free product worth £5 or once you reach 8 stamps you can get a free product worth £10. However, there isn't any central database that keeps track of the number of stamps you have and so if you loose your card then you're stuffed. Its not very good that you don't receive stamps for online purchases.

        Overall, I would say that this card makes sense if you shop often in The Body Shop. However, I really think it is a bit of a cheek that The Body Shop charge for this loyalty card and that they charge for delivery!

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          28.12.2010 17:59
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          A nice discount card for regular customers

          Until earlier this year, I only bought the odd lip balm from The Body Shop and hadn't considered it worth investing in their loyalty card. Fast forward to now and I've made many purchases in the Tea Tree range, as well as the Hemp and Peppermint ranges so it was well worth me revoking that decision during the summer.

          SIGNING UP
          I originally signed up for the card after being asked if I wanted to do so while making some purchases at the till. My total came to over £10 and the assistant swayed me by saying that I could get the 10% discount on those as well as future buys. Even though it costs £5 to actually get the card, I did a quick calculation in my head and figured that it was going to be worth that in what I'd save now that I was becoming a much more regular customer and regularly spending over £10 in a single transaction.

          I was given a quick form to fill in with the usual details like name, address etc and then the assistant quickly filled in the personal details on the back of the card (first name, date of birth so that an assistant can tell when you're eligible for the relevant free gift, and expiry date one year from the sign-up day). All in all, it was only a few extra minutes on top of my usual transaction but it's something to be aware of if you're told about it when you're in more of a rush.

          HOW IT WORKS
          Every time you use the card, it's stamped (basically, one of the numbers on the back is crossed off) by a member of staff so that whoever is serving you can see at a glance how many times you've used it.

          Once you've got to 4 stamps, you're automatically entitled to a free gift up the cost of £5 and this was pointed out to me at the time that the fourth stamp was being used and as the shop was quiet, I was given the opportunity to choose what I wanted there and then and go back to the till while they held my purchases to the side. On the 8th stamp, you're entitled to a free gift worth up to £10 and I'm currently two stamps away from that. On your birthday, you're also entitled to a free gift worth up to £5 so there are several opportunities to earn free gifts of your choice that are worth the same as what you originally paid for the card, as well as the 10% discounts.

          VALUE FOR MONEY
          A lot of people will probably baulk at being asked to pay £5 for the privilege of owning a loyalty card, especially when it's only valid for a year and other retailers don't charge. I completely understand this sentiment as I held off for a good while before I caved in and this was down to the expense. If you're a regular customer though, I do consider it to be a decent investment as you can soon make up what you've spent in savings and the free gifts also go a long way towards softening the blow too as you can choose whatever you want as long as it fits the price criteria. When you're deciding whether to sign up or not, think about how many purchases you genuinely make as that will determine whether you're really going to get value for money.

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            13.09.2010 15:25
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            A good scheme that can work to your advantage

            I am usually a loyal Boots customer, but my boyfriend is addicted to Body Shop products. I was browsing the Body Shop's online store for present ideas and came across their rewards card. The Love Your Body card is exclusive to the Body Shop and is valid for one year. You will need to purchase the card, which costs £5.00. However you start gaining all the benefits right away, and I even managed to apply the discount to the other shopping I had in my online basket at the same time that I paid for the Love Your Body Card.

            I was a bit surprised that you have to pay a membership fee for this discount card, as I usually only use the free store reward cards such as Boots, Tesco and Nectar. But it seemed like a good enough deal and I figured I would earn the money back quickly enough.

            The reward card itself looks pretty standard, it is the size and shape of a normal credit card and can fit easily into a wallet alongside your other cards. The card is white with a green grass print and it stands out against other cards to make it easy to find when I'm trying to pay at the checkout. On the reverse of the card there are spaces for stamps and your date of birth. The expiry date is also written here which is a handy reminder as you will need to buy a new one if you wish to continue receiving benefits after the 12 month period is up.

            The Love Your Body card runs its reward scheme based on a percentage discount and stamp collection system. You will receive 10% discount off any transaction either in store or online. I have also managed to use this discount on sale items, which can give some extra value bargains. As an example, you would need to spend £50.00 in the Body Shop before you break even and cover the cost of the card by saving on purchases. Any purchases after the £50.00 marker will then be a proper saving as you will have already covered the £5.00 cost of the card.

            As well as receiving a decent 10% discount on each purchase, you can also collect stamps when you shop in store. Sadly the stamps do not count for online purchases as you need to have someone physically mark your card to accumulate the stamps, there is no online equivalent. Anyway, for each purchase where you spend £10.00 or more (after your £10.00 discount has been applied) you will receive a stamp on the back of your Love Your Body card. Once you have collected 4 stamps you will receive a free gift up to the value of £5.00. You can then carry on collecting stamps until you get to a total of 8, where you will then receive a free gift up to the value of £10.00. So for spending at least £80.00 in store, you will receive free products to the value of £15.00. After that you can still claim your 10% discount but there will be no more stamps or extra freebies. I haven't yet spent enough to earn my free gifts, however I have received my birthday gift...

            The Body Shop very kindly give their Love Your Body members a free birthday gift up to the value of £5.00. How this works is they take your date of birth along with other personal details when you register for your card, and then during the month of your birthday you will receive an e-mail containing a voucher and barcode which you will need to print off and take in store, or there is a code for using online. This is then valid for the entire month of your birthday for one use only, and you will get a nice £5.00 off any purchase you make, as well as receiving your 10% discount. I thought it was nice that the gift is in the form of a generic voucher as then you can choose what you like rather than being given something specific that may or may not suit you.

            As well as signing up for the rewards card, I also asked to be put on the email mailing list, which then sends me promotional newsletters containing the latest sale and new product information. I can't say it has converted me to the Body Shop fully, as I don't think anything will tear me away from my beloved Boots card! But I have seen a lot of interesting items and am definitely tempted to shop there more often now that I have the reward card.

            I think what this card offers is actually a very good reward, although I was almost put off by having to pay the initial fee. It can be especially good if you like treating yourself, or buying presents for others. This card gives back as long as you're smart with the way you purchase. For example, when I go to do my Christmas shopping I will probably buy at least 3 gifts from the Body Shop. If I buy each gift in a separate transaction I can get 3 stamps on my card, instead of getting only 1 stamp if I were to pay for them all in the same transaction.

            Essentially, if you think you will spend at least £50.00 in the Body Shop over the course of a year, you will have paid back the amount that the card cost you. If you collect the maximum number of stamps, which will require you to carry out 8 transactions costing at least £10.00 each you will also receive free gifts to a total value of £15.00. On top of that you get the £5.00 birthday gift, and your 10% on all items whether purchased online or in store. I would recommend signing up for a Love Your Body reward card - it costs you in the beginning but it is quite an easy to get your money back and get some free goodies along the way.

            For further information see http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/_en/_gb/loyalty/love-your-body/index.aspx

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              27.07.2010 10:21
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              Good if you can get the card as your birthday gift

              The Body Shop Love Your Body Card, well I am in two minds as to what to think about this product. If you have one of these cards, which usually cost £5 to purchase, you are entitled to a £5 gift voucher to spend in the store, in the month of your birthday. You can also choose to have the card as your free gift, If it happens to be your birthday month, which is what I did. This meant that for the rest of the year I recieved 10% off all my purchases at Body Shop, for no extra cost to me, which was excellent. However, a year later I tried tried to get a new card as it was again the month of my birthday, but they said that they had changed the system, and since the actual date had past, it was too late, so if I wanted a card I would have to pay £5, and then wait a whole year to get my free gift. I think Body Shop need to email their customers to remind them that they need to renew their card, because I missed my opportunity. If you can play the system right however this is a great product, especially if you are a regular shopper at Body shop. You'd have to spend £50 a year really though to make it worth your while, not including the free gift.

              In response to questions I have had about hte card: The card is not an advantage card and does not accumulate points like others. You buy the card for £5, and this entitles you to 10% off anything in the store for 1 year. You also get a £5 gift voucher in the month of your birthday, to spend in the store.

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                03.06.2010 14:37
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                This card loves your wallet whilst you love your body

                As a regular customer I enjoy the benefits of the "love your body" store rewards card that is available for use in the body shop. The card initially cost £5 and is valid for a year which you soon make back with what you can save.

                Unlike other store rewards or loyalty cards the "love your body" rewards system is not a points for purchase one, instead you receive 10% of all purchases when you hand the card to the cashier. For every purchase you make your card is stamped, there are 10 stamps overall.

                On the 4th stamp you receive £5 off your purchase (as well as the 10% you would get anyway), on the 8th stamp you receive £10 off your purchase. You will also receive a birthday "gift" of £5 when you go into store in your birthday month, invitations to member events, member only discounts in store and online and, if you are on the mailing list, you will be the first to know about any new launches.

                For me the card is a benefit as I save a lot of money on products that I will be buying anyway but I would not advise this card unless you a regular customer as you will have to spend over £50 to get your £5 back.

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                  22.04.2010 10:45
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                  A good idea, but impractical for me at the moment.

                  The Body Shop has been a High Street favourite for some time now, with a good range of products, from cosmetics to perfumes and soaps. The products smell and look heavenly, and make great gifts, so it is quite easy to get carried away and spend lots of cash in there. For regular customers, there is a card called "love your body", which may suit them.


                  Love your Body, is a reward card, but differs slightly from the points systems that you get with Clubcard or Advantage card. Firstly, the card isn't free! It costs £5. Saying that, it does have the following benefits:


                  You get 10% off all purchases for a year.

                  You get a birthday gift up to £5 in value, you just go instore in your birthday month and pick any item up to £5 for free. Obviously, this gives you back what you spent on the card to begin with, so at least you haven't lost any money!

                  You recieve a stamp every time you spend £10 instore. On your fourth stamp, you get a free product of your choice up to £5.

                  On your 8th stamp, you get a free product of your choice to the value of £10

                  You get exclusive invitations to members only events and special offers.


                  The card lasts for one year. After a year you can pay another £5 and renew the card, but if you fill in all 10 stamps on the card, you automatically get a free replacement.


                  So what do I think of the card? Well, I think it is only really worth having if you are a regular customer who has products that you buy regularly from the Body Shop. In my case, I was buying a lot of the Aloe range, and I found it suited my skin, so I went in regularly to top up my supplies, finding the card handy, as it gave me money off and rewards for buying things that I was going to buy anyway.


                  However, I have since found other products from other shops that I like better, and no longer go to the Body Shop that often, so now it is not really worth my while having a card. To get the whole thing in context, to receive the £10 gift on your 8th stamp, you need to have already spent £80 instore! And although the shop has a wide range of products, is this really practical? In thse credit crunch times, we are buying more of what we need rather that what we want, and not many people have £10 to spend at the Body shop every month! I imagine most people pop in now and again to treat themselves, but the card is asking a greater level of commitment from its customers.


                  I enjoyed my time as a member, and loved the free gifts. If the Body Shop come up with a new product that I can't live without and need to buy regularly, then I might consider joining again, but as a busy mom with a limited income, I haven't got the disposable income at the moment for things like this. I think the real appeal of the card is for young women who maybe live at home with their parents and have cash to splash on luxuries. Ah! Those were the days!

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