The Body Shop was my first beauty love. The mouth-wateringly delicious and nostalgic satsuma and strawberry shower gels are the scent-track-to-my-childhood. I also kept the mango lip balm in one of my much-adored trinket boxes, in honour of its cemented ‘prized possession’ status.
Best of all was the novelty of buying a couple of little square blocks that you put it a sink full of water and then they magically expanded and folded out into the most novelty face cloths ever!
I graduated onto the more sophisticated collection of body butters when I was about 12 and didn’t so much as look at another body cream until
I moved away to start university and found a new and enduring love in the more student-friendly Palmers Cocoa Butter.
Thankfully I had ditched the infamous teenage-rite-of-passage White Musk very early on in high school. In that single area of my life have I been ahead of the game, acknowledging the vileness of a trend uncharacteristically early. Usually, I’ll be straggling along right at the end… I’ll still be wearing Uggs in 2025.
Anyway, I digress. Body Shop is a very comforting brand to me and I’ve a long held respect for their ethos and the good work of their founder, but I haven’t used a product of theirs in donkeys years. I thought where better to break the drought than with some cleansers (and eye makeup remover) from a very popular range.
Here are my two pennies worth…
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
This balm, though one of my least favourites on the Battle of the Balms
is without doubt my favourite of the drugstore/High Street options. In fact it’s the only one from that category that I would use at all.
The ingredients include olive oil, fruit oil, shea butter, sunflower oil and chamomile. It has a slight fresh faintly chamomile-and-lemon fragrance that I neither hate nor love. Fence-sitting, as is my want.
It’s definitely not one for very oily or congested skin, with the shea butter and what-not and the incredibly greasy texture. The texture is soft and smooth but really greasy. Although Body Shop tell you to rinse it off, I don’t think they can have tried to do that themselves. The residue sticks to the skin like grease from a frying pan. If that sounds unpleasant, it’s because it is! A flannel or washcloth saves the day though so don’t be too put off.
It annihilates all kinds of makeup, including those of the waterproof and long lasting variety – no lipstick too dark or mascara too stubborn for this guy.
Its an ideal option for anyone with dry or sensitive skin and although I’m not exactly singing it’s praises, it does remove makeup brilliantly, it’s just not the experiential cleansing routine that I enjoy.
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
Cleansing oil is probably my least favourite type of makeup remover, after micellar water. I don’t doubt their efficacy, I just hate how much they dry out the skin and how messy they are.
This one is an exception – if not on the mess front, definitely on the drying front. It doesn’t dry me out at all. I’ve tried many much more expensive cleansing oils that aren’t a patch on this so I’m impressed, and I’m willing to try some others, where I’d previously disregarded them as “not for me”.
Just like most cleansing oils, a couple of pumps massaged over a dry face, with dry fingers, and every scrap of makeup disintegrates in moments. Then you add some water and it morphs from oil to milk and hey presto; rinse off with a washcloth. It’s perfect for a pre-cleanse if you’re wearing loads of makeup, if a little bit ‘overkill’ if you’re more naturally made up.
I like that this has a pump which is handy and good at dispensing the right amount of oil. You do have to be careful of splashing it on your pyjamas and ruining them, as I’ve done a couple of times.
As the name suggests, this cleansing oil contains camomile essential oil, sweet almond oil, sesame seed oil, sunflower seed oil and soya bean oil. All of these work together to break up makeup and draw out dirt and impurities, while nourishing the skin.
As the name might also indicate, it feels smooth, refined and, err… silky. The oily element may be worrying if you’re very oily, and don’t want to overload your skin. Don’t worry, oil seems to attract oil – meaning this is actually more suited to oily skins than any other types. Cleansing oils are generally too drying for my already dry skin. This is an exception – and a mercifully reasonably priced and easily accessed one at that!
The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
Even though I’m a very lazy human, I try to muster up the energy to use a separate eye makeup remover as often as possible. Mainly, because I use a lot of balms and although I enjoy looking at the meted tar all across the face aesthetic that using balm on the eyes creates, I think it’s a bit counterproductive to smear more dirt over my facial skin than was on it when I begun the operation… Also, more importantly the skin around the eyes is more sensitive than the rest of the face, to both products and the aging process. If I use a dedicated eye makeup remover, before doing the second part of the cleanser with cream or balm, then I can remove the guilt of “rubbing like billio” (or is it Billy-O?! One of my mums many sayings that I neither hear any other human utter, nor do I understand the origins or actual meaning of. Yet I repeat it…) at the thin skin around the eyes and causing wrinkles.
The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover is pretty great for all but the hardest wearing waterproof eye makeup. It removes cream and powder eyeshadow, brow powder and gels, liner and mascara.
Just soak a cotton pad and place it over the eye, pressing gently for about 30 seconds on each eye. There’s no point rushing this part to four seconds because the solution needs time to break up the makeup. Usually I have to repeat this process a couple of times before all residue of eye makeup is gone.
It’s one of my favourite eye makeup removers, and although this is a repurchase, I think I’ll just continue to use my favourite Bio Derma Crealine when this runs out. It’s much quicker than this.
All of these are worth a punt, though, because they’re really reasonably priced, good and I dont think anything is ever full-price or without a deal at Body Shop!