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There’s something about a trip to the Body Shop that always seems to force me and my common sense to part company. I generally use the store at Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port which is one of their ‘outlet’ stores. It stocks all the usual range but has a constant 40% of if you buy 4 or more items. Since I also have a 10% off ‘Love Your Body’ card, I tend to always leave with a massive bundle of goodies, shaking my head and saying “Surely it should cost more than that”.
Once I start, knowing I’m getting nearly 50% off really does loosen my inhibitions.
I’ve been trying out the Body Shop serums and treatments over the last 18 months. I tried their Nutriganics Drops of Youth - great product, awful packaging - and on my last visit decided to try the less oily-more creamy version of the Nutriganics serum as well as popping a bottle of the Vitamin C Skin Reviver.
The VitC range certainly smells a whole lot better than their old Vit E products which always remind me of baby lotion. By contrast Vit C smells like orange sorbet.
I thought the product was a serum - something you apply under your moisturiser - but it’s not. You should apply it ON TOP of your moisturiser and under any make-up that you may wear (I don’t but in theory if you did, that’s where to put it). Reading the posts on the Body Shop website, it’s clear that a lot of people like to use it under moisturiser or indeed instead of moisturiser. I guess it’s a free world, you can use it as you see fit.
Two small pumps of the dispenser is plenty for me to do face and neck with this product. It comes out as a rather thick, light orange, slightly pearlescent good somewhere between a cream and a gel. It spreads well and the feeling on my skin reminds me of an old favourite - the much more expensive Origins ‘A Perfect World’.
Looking to the ingredient list, I’m not so impressed. On the plus side there should be lots of happy Brazilian nut producers selling their crop to the Body Shop but the main ingredients seem to be a whole load of different silicones. Like cheap hand creams, those ingredients can leave your skin feeling temporarily moisturised but needing you to reapply soon after. Fortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case with this recipe but I personally wouldn’t want to use it without another moisturiser underneath just in case.
List price is 15.00 for 30 mls. At around half price, I’d buy again but I’m not convinced it’s really effective enough to pay more.
Being on night shift has taken the life out of me, I've turned night into day and all my routines have gone with it. I eat breakfast for dinner and put my night cream on in the morning and my body has really felt the jolt of the routine change! My skin has gone all dry and in desperate need for some TLC, and since night shift has left me so tired and drained 9 times out of 10 I can't be bothered with face masks and all that. I was in my local Body Shop (I usually go online but this time I decided to check some of the new products out) and had a browse at the much sought after vitamin C range which I've heard lot's of people rave about! There isn't much to the range, only a few products but due to my desperate need to bring my skin out of a coma I decided to purchase The Body Shop Vitamin C Reviver.
The Body Shop promises:
This instant radiance-booster refreshes and smoothes skin and enhances its natural glow.
Enhances natural radiance
Contains light-reflective particles
Gives skin a silky-smooth finish
Can be worn alone or under make-up
Now, as I've stated in previous reviews about products from The Body Shop, it can be an expensive shopping trip. For 30mls you fork out £14.00 which to me makes a rather small dent in my finances. Despite this price I was lucky enough to go into the shop when they were offering promotional deals with other fantastic products, so I walked out grinning like a Cheshire cat with a bunch of new products for a good price :) The packaging is bright and eye catching, really radiating the idea of revitalisation! The little bottle is sleek and fits in nicely with my other products whilst really standing out, it is complete with a swift pump that allows you to easily control how much product you want to use and the product pretty much glides out nicely. The scent is out of this world, deliciously orangey and not so strong that it makes me feel sick however I can sometimes still smell it a few hours later!
The consistency of the product feels like a thick serum, orange in colour and smooths on beautifully. It actually reminds me of a make up primer with a ridiculously delicious scent! A small amount covers my face and it creates a flattering matt effect, perfect for wearing on its own or under make up. On night shift I don't like wearing make up because the central heating dries out my skin making it either rough or really oily, and when I try to cure it with extra moisturiser I get spots or it makes it look even oiler than ever! With this product my skin is nourished throughout the shift and stays looking matte and bright. I've found that this product is hard working yet light enough to be smoothed onto the sensitive skin under my eyes.
Generally, I really like this product. After using it for 2 weeks I've found that it's a fantastic product to use as a pick me up and to keep my make up in place. My skin appears brighter and well nourished when wearing this product however I haven't noticed a dramatic difference in the condition of my skin, I still have to comply with my regular routine of exfoliating and moisturising, particularly wearing a light moisturiser under the serum (The Body Shop's Aloe Vera Cream is a favourite!) I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a gentle yet hard working serum or primer to give your skin that little extra boost!
I am always on the look out for products to make me look less tired and more radiant and have tried many products on my quest including the Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver. It can be brought in their shops or on their webpage and costs £14 for 30ml at full price although currently it is on offer for £10.50.
The Skin Reviver is suppose to "refresh and smooth skin and enhances its natural glow". It can be worn alone or under make up. It comes in an orange pump action bottle and it is very easy to dispense the amount required.
The Reviver itself is pale orange and has a shimmer to it. It smells gorgeous with a orange/citrus scent. It is lovely to apply you only need such a small amount and it glides on to skin. As you only need a small amount a bottle lasts quite a long time.
It makes my skin feel lovely as soon as it is applied my skin feels much smoother and does look slightly more radiant. I find it absorbs very well into my skin which then feels lovely and moisturised.
I love this reviver- it is one of the few that I have tried that really does make a difference to my skin which feels smooth and soft, looks brighter and more radiant and smells lovely. It feels particularly nice when I am over tired and need a little pampering. I highly recommend.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
A while ago I was talking to a shop assistant at the body shop and after asking me a few questions about my skin (which is dry and sensitive) she said that she thought that the vitamin C products would be ideal for me and I ended up buying a few of the products from this range, including the skin reviver. There was an offer on at the time and I got mine for a few pounds less than the usual retail price.
The retail price is £14 for a 30ml bottle which isn't cheap and I am glad that I didn't pay the full price to be honest. Although its a decent product I don't think it's worth the full price and I will not be purchasing it again unless I see it on offer. The product comes in a cute plastic bottle which is orange and it has a pump thingy which dispenses the product when it is pressed.
I love this design as it is a lot more expensive looking than say a pot or tube, and it is practical too and it makes it quick and easy to get the product out as well as mess-free, The product itself is quite a thick gel and it smells amazing. It has a really sweet and fresh, summery orange smell and I like that the smell lingers on my skin for a while. When I first bought this I would just rub it straight onto my face and I was quite unimpressed because it all absorbed into my skin really quickly and made it look quite greasy. I now use it after I have moisturised and before I apply my make-up - I find it a bit too shiny for my liking on its own!
At first I didn't like how it felt on my face because it felt quite thick and heavy but now I don't need as much because like I said I use a moisturiser before I use it so it doesn't absorb into my skin the minute I apply it and I'm able to spread it over my face. After using it my skin feels extra hydrated and nice & smooth and soft and also refreshed, which I think is probably mainly because of the fresh smell.
After applying it my skin looks brighter, but I wouldn't say that it looks naturally radiant because it is very, very shiny which doesn't look natural at all and even if I only use a small amount it doesn't reduce how shiny it looks, it is fine as a make up base though because it leaves my skin so smooth and my makeup doesn't budge all day long when I'm wearing this underneath as a primer.
I definitely recommend this product, but I'm only going to give it three out of five stars because of how shiny it is and the price.
I use a lot of Body Shop products (when I can afford to buy them) and I always ask for Body Shop products as gifts at Christmas and birthdays. I have a few of the Body Shop Vitamin C products at the moment and one of the ones I like to use is their Vitamin C Skin Reviver. This is expensive at £14 for a small sized 30ml bottle but I was 'forced' to have to buy myself a bottle as I'd already sampled the smaller version of this in a gift pack from my lovely hubby.
My skin can look slightly drab and lack luster at times and I like to use this as it gives my complexion a lovely glow that lasts for hours due to its having light reflecting particles. I use this most days after I have cleansed and moisturised, though I use it sparingly as the bottle is rather small.
Though this product costs a lot of money, there's no need to panic as it lasts for ages due to the fact that I only need to use a tiny amount. A little goes a long with this product. The product comes in a plastic pump dispenser type bottle and it's sort of like a light serum in texture. I sue it over a light moisturiser and really it works for me personally by smoothing out any imperfections on my skin and making the perfect primer for my foundation. I makes my skin feel soft and smooth and I always swear is makes my make up last longer, so it does work out really cost effective in the long run.
Fragrance wise this is simply gorgeous. It smells of lemons and oranges mixed together and though I was expecting it to be quite heavy on the fragrance font, it's really not. It only has a very light citrus fragrance and this wears off quiet quickly once the lotion has dried onto my kin.
This is a real treat to use and lovely if you are wanting your make up to look perfect for a special day, such as a family celebration, party, wedding etc. A real treat and I highly recommend it.
I received the Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver as part of a pack of Vitamin C products in the Body Shop recently. Bought alone, this costs £14 for 30ml - and I must admit the price of this on its own had put me off in the past, so I was pleased to get it "cheaper" along with three other products!
This product is designed to be applied to the skin after moisturising, to give the face a nice radiance boost. It contains light-reflecting particles and gives a silky smooth finish, making it the perfect base for make-up.
This comes in a plastic bottle with a pump-action dispenser at the top. It is very easy to dispense and I find I don't need very much of this - which is a good thing considering the price! Before I bought this I had tested it in-store once or twice, and one of the things I really liked was the fragrance. I kind of expect products containing vitamin c to smell of orange - and this indeed does! But it is a subtle citrus scent - it definitely isn't overpowering or at all sickly. It just has a nice, light freshness to it.
The reviver has a light, gel-like texture and it reminds me of a serum. This sinks into the skin instantly and feels lovely and light on my face. You can almost feel it smoothing your skin as it is being applied, and sure enough after application my face really does feel smooth, but without any trace of greasiness or stickiness at all. It acts as a primer in a way, as it really does provide a good base on which to apply my make-up I find.
Overall I really do like this product. It smooths the skin and leaves it feeling soft and fresh, and looking healthy. The price is my one slight reservation, but as you need so little I am still going to give this product five stars, as I think this is going to last me a long time- and even at £14 I still think I would buy this again - although of course I would look out for another deal like I got this time!
I saw this product in Body shop recently before going on holiday. My skin is one of my worst things I hate it because it always looks dry and dull so when I saw this product I thought it was definitely worth a try.
I spoke to the lady in the shop and she had spoken very highly about this product saying that it could be used daily and that it lifted skin that looked dull or tired and gave it a natural radiance! Brilliant I thought that's just what I need!
The serum comes in a clear bottle with a pump at the top. I think that the bottle looks very summery and has a holiday kind of look about it. The bottle had 30ml of serum in it.
When I got it home and tried it I was really surprised by how far a little bit really went it lasted ages. The serum was really easy to apply you simply pump some of it into your hand and then apply it to your skin, it spreads over the skin really easily and is absorbed without leaving any greasy residue.
I use it every night after my shower and have been really surprised by just how soft it leaves my skin. The smell is the best thing about it because it is lovely and orangey. It is a really summery happy kind of smell.
The serum can be used all over the body even the face, You can even use it at night before you apply your make up to go out it gives your skin a healthy glow.
I think this product is definitely worth a try no matter what skin type you have and your age it is suitable for everyone.
The body shop Vitamin C skin reviver does just what it says on the label. It revives your skin, giving you a healthy glow and the feeling of being 18 again. It isn't too heavy and you feel like you don't need as much foundation when wearing it as it already gives the appearance of young, healthy look radiant skin (meaning you save more money on foundation!). It is a good nights sleep in a bottle for a reasonable and affordable price. Like some other sprays on the market this one doesn't stick to everything, doesn't leave marks on clothes if you have the misfortune of being clumsy and just makes you feel amazing. Since picking it up in a rush at the shops- it will forever be on my 'do not run out of' list I have pinned up on my beauty counter at home. One of my daily essentials and a miracle in a bottle.
As i used to be a consultant for the body shop, the vitamin c skin reviver was in my personal "top 10 favorite products" i recommended to all my customers on a regular basis.
The vitamin C skin Reviver is a lightweight serum which with daily use enhances your skins natural radiance, i find this works wonders especially on those days my skin is looking very dull and tired as it provides a light natural glow which is all thanks to it's light reflecting particles.
The great thing about this little serum is it leaves skin soft to the touch, a little goes a very long way, thanks to the bottle's pump top it distributes the perfect amount to be applied to the skin, which makes it handy rather than it pouring or spilling out everywhere. A 30ml bottle can easily last you months .
I love using this product first thing in the morning as not only does it leave my face feeling silky soft, it also has a lovely orange, refreshing scent to it which perks me up in the morning.
Another of my favorite benefits to this product is the fact you can use it on it's own or underneath make up, i personally like to use it under my make up instead of a primer and find from using it this way, it still provides a nice dewy glow which leaves a more natural look to my make up, also thanks for using it as a primer i find i use less foundation when applied on top.
The Vitamin C Skin Reviver has always been a favorite of mine from the body shop, and i still continue to buy this product since i left my job working for the company and I always make sure i have my stock more than full in my bathroom cabinet.
A truly fantastic product which i nickname my "sunshine in a bottle"
I bought this product online via The Body Shop website just as a 'treat' really and I was intrigued by what the Vitamin C Skin 'Reviver' did. The bright orange packaging was a massive standout on the website and the packaging really was one of the things that drew my attention to the product so I decided to buy some. It cost me £14 for a 30ml push bottle of the product.
When the item arrived I was really looking forward to using it. As I pressed some of the 'gel' like liquid onto my hands I noticed a the quite strong scent of the reviver. The best way I could describe the smell would be 'orange-y' or 'citrus-y', obviously keeping in line with the Vitamin C aspect of the product. It's obviously quite an artificial smell as it doesn't actually smell like real oranges that you would buy in a supermarket.
The gel itself has quite a greasy texture, which doesn't sound very promising if you have oily skin (like myself) so in the end I was quite apprehensive about using the product. My routine would involve cleansing, using a serum, moisturising and then using a small amount of the Skin Reviver on my face.
Even though it's quite 'greasy' it has worked quite well with my skin tone. I have noticed that it does' revive' the skin and gives it a much fresher feel. It also makes your skin feel really soft too. I've even had people ask me recently if I have been on holiday because my face looks revived and I'm sure it must be down to this product.
I would defintily reccomend it even if you have oily skin. You may be a little bit surprised by the smell and texture of the product but don't let that put you off as I am really pleased with the results.
--- Why I bought this ---
I like a lot of Body Shop products as I have been shopping there since I was at school and I like that they have some nice natural and ethical products, products which are affordable and a good range of items to suit various skin types as well as lovely smelling products which can feel like a treat. This vitamin c skin reviver is one that first caught my attention last summer when my sister in law had one and I used it a few times while staying over at her house. I liked it so I bought my own and have been using it on and off since then.
--- What is it? ---
A "skin reviver" is a bit of a vague title and on first glance I was not totally sure what this product is and does. Basically I would say it can be considered a serum or a primer. It is a very silky textured fluid which is slightly thick and gel like rather than being a liquid. It has light reflecting particles which make it act as a radiance booster to brighten and liven up dull skin. It is very smooth and therefore acts as a nice surface for makeup and makes a good base.
--- Packaging and dispensing ---
I really like the packaging of this one. The product comes in a typical 30 ml size but rather than being in a tub (which I don't really favour, as this can be unhygienic due to regularly dipping fingers in it and exposing all the product to air every time it's used, making it possibly go off quicker) or a squeezy tube (where it can sometimes be hard to regulate how much product comes out at each usage and can lead to waste), this skin reviver comes in a hard plastic bottle with a pump action top. I really like this as it is hygenic and so easy to dispense a small amount of the product, you are given the correct amount each time which discourages you from using too much and therefore it lasts ages.
The bottle looks nice in my opinion. It is bright orange which really fits with the vitamin c aspect and makes it very eye catching. The bottle gives all the basic details you need to know, such as what it includes, how to use it, and that it is not tested on animals.
--- Use ---
This is really easy and quick to use. I just pump one pump out and rub it into my skin in an upward motion. The skin reviver has a vivid orange scent to it which I find pleasant and quite zingy. It is quite an uplifting scent, though it does smell somewhat artificial and not completely true t life and natural. It has a slight "sunny delight" sort of vibe to it in my opinion! The skin reviver feels so silky smooth and this makes it glide easily over my skin. It is therefore so easy to apply as rubbing it out over the surface of my face evenly is very easy.
It is not too creamy and rich and is fairly light, but by no means the lightest serum or primer I have used. It does not feel too greasy as only a small amount is used. However, if I use it for a few days in a row I do sometimes start to feel that it is a little bit greasy and heavy so I like to give my skin a break from it, as it can get oily. Personally I alternate this with various other products.
As soon as I apply this skin reviver I can see the effect of it. The light reflective particles definitely do brighten up dull skin, giving an instant glow which makes me look more alert and healthy. It gives the skin a sort of fresh and dewy look. It does not even out the complexion in terms of colour and skin tone so personally I do still like to wear my foundation over the top of it, but if I was in a hurry I would definitely feel that using this skin reviver was better than going completely bare faced as you can see some difference and improvement.
As I use this as a primer and do put my full makeup on top of it I tend to leave it to settle for a few minutes first. Applying makeup on top of this is great. It provides such a smooth and even surface and my foundation glides on really smoothly. Even though the skin reviver quite silky it does not make my foundation look shiny or greasy. It sits on top with no issues. I am not sure how good the skin reviver really is at prolonging the wear of my makeup. I have not really noticed it having any particular effect on that but my makeup does last all day on top of it with no sliding off issues, which is important to me.
--- Suitability for sensitive skin ---
I have somewhat sensitive skin and my skin is also oily at times. I was a bit worried that the scent in this product might irritate my skin, as a lot of skin irritation and sensitivity is often sparked off by added fragrance in products. However I don't think this has had any side effects on me at all.
The fact that it is so silky and a bit richer than some of the very light products I use does mean that using it consistently every day seems to congest my skin a little bit, but I just alternate with other products to avoid this and that is what I would recommend if you have oily skin.
--- Price and availability ---
£14 for 30 ml from Body Shop or their website. You can often get it cheaper when they have deals on in store and online.
--- Over all ---
This is a nice product that I would buy again and in my opinion it is definitely worth a try.
I was given this product free when I spent a certain amount online, and I must say I would never have chosen it as I have combination / oily skin and I would have imagined it would be too heavy / greasy for my skin. Actually, it is a pretty great product.
It gives an instant moisturising boost that is very concentrated and effective. If your skin feels parched or in need of a moisture boost, this may be an effective product for you! I did find that it left my skin slightly greasy but as an occasional moisture boost it works great for me.
It is a lovely smooth serum, which is not sticky and glides across the skin and absorbs easily. The following day after use, my skin felt less dry and there was no flakiness. For me, it works well as a once a week night treatment to alternate with my regular body shop seaweed range. If your skin is less oily, it may be good as a more regular use product, but I still feel that it would need alternating with a creamier moisturiser to meet all your skin's needs as this serum is a specific formula that boosts and conditions.
Me and my best friend are a terrible combination when we go shopping together, we'll go into shops we normally go in separately - and just recommend things we've tried to each other, and 99% of the time we'll end up buying the same things. Mainly because we're very similar, have similar skin tones - the only thing that differs is our hair colour, but look in our bathrooms and make up bags, you'll find it's pretty much identical. So when she introduced this item to me, I knew I needed to have it purely because of the effect it had on her skin!
~*~ The Body Shop ~*~
The Body Shop is a cosmetic and body care store that has been around since 1976, and currently has over 2000 stores across over 60 countries - so you'll not be short of places to find one if you're on holiday! A company, that is cruelty free, natural and environmentally minded - you'll be hard to miss one on the high street, because even the smell of the place just from walking past it makes you want to go in. From body butters, to perfumes, cosmetics, they have some of the best hand cream I've ever used - and you can get yourself a mini make over in there for the price of an item of make-up, what more can you ask for!
~*~ Vitamin C Skin Reviver ~*~
So when my friend originally recommended this to me, she basically attacked me with it in the shop and said ohhhh feel how soft this is on your skin and put a bit of the tester on my hand - unsure what to do with it I just rubbed it in, and I was quite impressed how soft my hand was. Admittedly this was before I saw how you are actually meant to rub it into your skin, so I thought once I'd rubbed it in that it didn't really go very far and for the price it was a bit of a rip off, but never mind I wanted to try it anyway. Secondly my friend made me feel her face, and it was quite impressive actually how soft it was, and she had reassured me that this is what she had used underneath her foundation.
This reviver is meant to enhance natural radiance, now I'm not sure if it does this because it makes your skin soft and as a person you really like it - or because it is great on your skin. However it is great on your skin, think the light reflecting particles it contains makes that happen mind you - you can tell when you pump a bit out on your finger it does look quite shiny and that does make your skin look radiant. Not shiny or greasy looking though, as that was my initial worry about this, but instantly after putting it on your skin it does look much better - revitilised like you've exfoliated and moisturised it a lot, the time you've had a big treatment and your skin looks renewed. It's a bit like that, but in a pump bottle instead of spending an hour and a lot more money being pampered in a salon.
It claims to give skin a silky smooth finish and it definitely does, by even putting a tiny amount on the back of my hand and rubbing it in correctly, as the packaging suggests to apply in an upward, circular motion after moisturising for best results - don't do what I did when I was in store and just rub it in on the spot, because it is quickly absorbed which is why it needs rubbing upwards, it disperses it within the skin and makes it go a bit further than applying it like you would normal moisturiser. It says to apply after moisturiser, I know they soak in well, but I'd give it a few minutes after you've put on your moisturiser to make sure it's dried otherwise you won't feel the full effects of this reviver.
It's a bit of a weird one to me, because this isn't a moisturiser - it's after moisturiser and before make up, it suggests it can be used as a primer for make-up. I tend to do that actually, because it seems to give a nice soft surface and even surface for me to apply my foundation to - depending on how good my skin is I will sometimes just add powder over the top, or if it's a really bad skin day I will put foundation over the top of it. Either way, it will leave me with really soft smooth skin - that looks good with or without a lot of make-up over the top.
It's not given me any skin complaints at all, no nasty redness or any reaction; I've not struggled with any extra blemishes as a result of using it. If anything it's been better actually as a result of using this - so I will continue to use it for as long as it makes my skin look this good! The fact that is smells good is also a bit of a bonus, it's got vitamin C in it so it's good for your skin as well as being soft and silky on your skin - but because of this or if it's a side effect or added bonus, but it smells lovely it's got a really nice citrus smell to it, that sticks around for a long time; I can hug my friend after a shift at work where she's used it in the morning and I can still smell it on her then. So it's definitely something that sticks around, it does only come in a 30ml pump action bottle - so you don't get a lot for your money, but you really only do need a tiny amount for each section of your face, I've had mine a month and don't need a new one yet - probably won't now until the new year either, so spending the money once every couple of months isn't really going to break the bank to be honest. So it's well worth getting a bottle, and seeing if it works for you - I couldn't be happier with how my skin is after I've used it, and even a few days after using it, even after washing it - the smoothness seems to remain!
Well Done Body Shop!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
The Body Shop stocks this for £14 a bottle which seems a little pricey, but does last a while so is worth it, I got my bottle from eBay brand new for £5.99 which is a little easier to swallow really - but I would buy it from the actual shop if I needed some in a rush!