I was really excited when The Body Shop introduced their new Strawberry line. I’m a sucker for all things strawberry, so I was first in line at my local TBS to pick up a few of these new products.
The Body Shop’s Strawberry line includes: Bath and Shower Gel, Body Butter, Body Lotion, Home Fragrance Oil, Soap and Perfume Oil and the newest one Strawberry Body Polish.
For this review I will be discussing the Strawberry Body Butter and Raspberry Body Scrub (Strawberry BS was out of stock) that combined with my Clinique Anti-Blemish Body Spray comprises of my current Anti Body Blemishes routine.
But I have also tried the Soap Bar, Shower Gel and Puree body lotion.
Product Details – Claims – Ingredient List (Source TheBodyShop.com):
The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter comes in a round plastic tube, available in two sizes. For Normal Skin, an intensive creamy all-over body moisturizer, offering up to 24 hours moisturisation with a sweet berry fragrance. It contains moisturizing strawberry seed oil and Community Trade Shea and cocoa butter.
Strawberry seed oil – Provides omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help to repair the moisture barrier of the skin, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness.
Shea butter – Has a high level of antioxidant vitamins a, e and f, which help to protect and nourish the skin. Moisturizes and helps soften the skin. Provide a rural community of women with regular work and income.
Cocoa butter - Is an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, leaving the skin feeling soft and silky smooth.
The Body Shop Raspberry Body Scrub: comes in a round plastic tube, A gentle exfoliating scrub that removes dead skin cells whilst invigorating and helping to boost circulation. Leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and better prepared to absorb moisture
Couldn’t find this product in the website, so I think it is discontinued by the company.
My The Body Shop Experience:
The Body Shop does not test on animals, and many of their ingredients are obtained through the process known as Community Trade. While these things might not matter to everyone, I do like to know that my money is going to a company with a social conscience.
So after a unfortunate case of what I thought to be Back acne (acne on the back =/ what turned out to be true), I learnt that for me a body scrub is a must and having tried so far an endless list of products that made my condition less horrible or much worse in spite of price range, I decided to try The Body Shop shower line this time cause I do love TBS and everything smells so heavenly there. However the overall experience offered by them of Scrub Down – Butter Up has been really overpriced.
I love a good body scrub/polish, but the ones that I purchase must be mainly salt-free because acne plus salt equals a great deal of burning, so I watch which scrubs I buy when it attacks. While at The Body Shop, I checked out the Raspberry Body Scrub ingredient listing and decided that I would probably be OK with this product. Sure enough, this product doesn’t bother my skin problems at all.
I was also happy to see that The Body Shop Raspberry Body Scrub is a gel-based scrub. The gel is pretty thick and looks a bit like jam with large seeds in it. These seeds are actually kiwi seeds.
The scent of The Body Shop Strawberry Line is nothing short of delicious (for me at least). It smells like sweet strawberry jam. It’s not actually an actual fresh strawberry scent, but more of a sweet, sugary, almost candy-ish scent (fake at first, but after a while very pleasant). I like it a lot.
I really, really, REALLY wanted to love this Line and Everything, because I love The Body Shop and most of their products as stated above. On top of that, I love a good strawberry scented product – as long as it works.
I have a major problem with The Body Shop Raspberry Scrub, which is the fact that it’s not an effective scrub. I find that I have to dispense a lot of the scrub in order to get a good amount of scrubby particles (the crushed walnut shells and kiwi seeds), but even then, a good amount of the gel comes out with the particles. The scrubby particles are just too few and far between and the ones that are there are just not that effective and you cannot even try to use it with a loofa, what makes me cry for my hubby’s help while in the shower, what is insane, as I think the whole point of a scrub is to make scrubbing self sufficient.
Then the Strawberry Body Butter, it’s a good moisturizer but does feel very buttery and stick for a while, I am unable to dress for at least 5 to 8 minutes till it gets absorbed, what makes me skip this as often as possible.
So these two steps instead of being part of my bath routine have become a weekend treat.
It also says is for normal skin, what is pretty inaccurate as I do feel most of the times very heavy with it, and after the butter has been absorbed (by the sheets mostly if you go to sleep :P) I feel some dry patches =/
But the one thing I really like about The Body Shop Strawberry Line is the scent lasts on my skin a bit once I’m out of the shower/home. I love smelling like strawberries!
Apart of that The Body Shop’s Strawberry line is overall very disappointing!
All in all, these Products have a number of great qualities, but it doesn’t do the two things I purchased them to do – scrub and moisturize effectively!
If The Body Shop were to improve the products and make the scrub = scrubbier, body butter = less thick more absorbent and all of them = “less expensive”, they would be outstanding and worth the price.
Whenever I get some spots on my back, I skip the butter and instead use Clinique Anti-Blemish Body Spray.
Clinique Anti-Blemish Back and Chest Spray is part of the hugely successful Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions range. I did own several products from this range which I have been very happy with so I decided to give this product a try.
Clinique claims that this spray helps to prevent and clear acne. It is an anti bacterial, oil free spray designed to easily control the outbreak of spots.
The spray is oil free and is meant to sooth your skin and reduces any redness or irritation. The spray is clear to prevent any staining to clothes or bedding and they claim it dries quickly on the skin without actually drying the skin.
Well, it is a treatment containing 2% salicylic acid and other active ingredients, but pH is inappropriate for exfoliating and the alcohol dries and sensitizes my skin, also it did stain a number of my bras and t-shirts, oh and the best part it smells like hospital disinfectant.
I am currently on my 2nd bottle cause after finishing the first one I did not see much difference, so I thought I would give it a second chance but in vain.
As I’ve suffered my whole life with acne, and only few years back I lived to see the day my breakouts wouldn’t embarrass me enough to out from the house.
I do take acne problems very seriously and I expect to trust a brand that gives me results, not only a pretty bottle with some fancy fluid in it. That’s when Clinique did let me down.
I personally do not recommend anyone to try this product. As much as I find Clinique clear blemish gel brilliant for treating individual spots, but unlike the spray you will have to get someone to help you for hard to reach areas. And the spray one, well it doesn’t work, so no point in getting this one whatsoever
The Body Shop Raspberry Body Scrub: Rs 745
The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter: Rs 745
- Pros: Great scent; gentle; scent lasts on skin a bit; nice packaging
- Cons: slight artificial scent note; very very average efficacy and expensive
Clinique Anti-Blemish Body Spray: Rs 1750
- Pros: none
- Cons: inefficacy and expensive
Sadly I am on OUIT (Operation Use It Up :P) so won’t be buying anything new till I finish the bunch. But if you girls can advise me on products that smell like strawberries or blemishes erasers that work please go ahead.