Lakme Strawberry Facewash, The Body Shop Strawberry Body Puree Body Lotion , Strawberry Bath and Shower Gel Review

I always thought that strawberries were just the exotic looking fruit in the fancy boxes that my family waits for special occasions to purchase! But I recently learnt that strawberries are VERY VERY good for the skin.


  • They have AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which have been used for skin rejuvenation for centuries as they improve skin texture by loosening and removing dead skin cells
  • They have whitening properties, so they lighten discolourations and help improve patchy skin.
  • Their salicylic acid content also helps in combating acne and blackheads.

Surprising, isn’t it? I had no idea that this unassuming little fruit was such a bundle of goodness. Like in all other home fruit packs, strawberry can be mashed/pureed and applied directly on the face and removed in a general scrubbing motion for an instant glow. It can also be mixed with honey to make a moisturizing mask for dry skin. Another great trick is to rub a whole strawberry against your teeth – if you don’t die laughing or end up eating the fruit – you’ll see your pearly whites looking better than ever!

Of course, strawberries aren’t available all year round and not all of us have time for amusing little DIY experiments, so I’ve reviewed below three of the strawberry products that I’ve been using regularly and that too even before I know about its many benefits. (Yes, I admit it – I’m a sucker for pink products!!!)

Lakme Strawberry Facewash (Rs. 99 for 100g)

facewash pic
I’m the last one you’ll hear raving about Lakme products. But I’ve been using this facewash since my school days and I haven’t stopped since!
What it promises – Gentle exfoliation for smooth skin.
Why I love it – This facewash is the most refreshing way to start my morning. I love its fragrance and how fresh and squeaky clean it leaves my oily/combination skin feeling, without drying it out. Plus, its affordability factor means that I never have to feel guilty about how many tubes I go through!
What’s not so great about it – While it is a good basic facewash that has never broken me out, the little beads in this facewash barely exfoliate. It doesn’t remove “impurities from the innermost pores” and I still have to use a scrub for my blackheads and occasional whiteheads.

facewash swatch
Would I repurchase? Well, I have been for years and years now but only as a ‘pick me up’ in the morning. This facewash does not live up to its claims of exfoliation. So for that, I use a mix of sugar and honey every night, which both exfoliates gently and moisturises. πŸ™‚
My rating3
TBS Strawberry Body Puree Body Lotion (Rs. 495 for 250 ml)

body puree pic
What it promises –
This gel-like moisturiser promises to cool, refresh and hydrate the skin.
Why I love it – This is a lightweight moisturiser that is perfect for the summers as it is easily absorbed into the skin and does not leave a greasy layer. I don’t know about cooling (haven’t felt any cooling sensation) but it does keep the skin hydrated till evening if I apply this after a shower every morning. I like the pump dispenser as well because that lets me control the amount of lotion I’m getting out of the bottle! This makes it very very long lasting.
What’s not so great about it – The smell!!! This has such a cloying strawberry scent that I have to almost hold my breath for a few minutes after I apply it. However, the intense fragrance calms down after a while and the benefits are plenty so I guess it’s worth it!

body puree swatch
Would I repurchase? I have been for the past two summers! But I would not recommend this to people with dry skin as I don’t think it would be hydrating enough even during the summers!
My rating – 4

TBS Strawberry Bath and Shower Gel (Rs. 325 for 250ml)

The Body Shop shower gel pic

What it promises – A refreshing cleansing gel that lathers up in the bath or shower to leave your skin feeling clean, fresh and subtly scented.

Why I love it – It cleanses well but is not too harsh on the skin because its soap free!Β  I use this in combination with the TBS loofah (it’s a cute red poofy thing) on those days when I want a bit of exfoliation but otherwise, I use it like liquid soap! It also lasts really long because a little goes a long way – so it’s good value for money.

shower gel swatch

What’s not so great about it – This is something I find in almost all shower gels – you can never tell whether the product has been washed off you skin completely. It leaves a slippery soapy sort of feel for a few minutes so I make extra sure that it’s all washed off. The smell is a bit similar to the puree; however it isn’t as strong and doesn’t linger – phew!
Would I repurchase? I’m eyeing the Satsuma shower gel next, so maybe not. But I’d recommend it wholeheartedly!
My rating 4

Have any of you tried these products? What did you think?

P.S. The Lakme Face wash contains Sodium Laureth Sulphate, an ingredient that is found in many facewashes, shampoos and is said to be carcinogenic. I’m probably going to be looking for an alternative, even if it’ll pinch my pocket a bit more! Any suggestions?


65 thoughts on “Lakme Strawberry Facewash, The Body Shop Strawberry Body Puree Body Lotion , Strawberry Bath and Shower Gel Review

  1. LOL! I used to be a strawberry-maniac a while ago too! πŸ™‚ Then it kind of began to overwhelm me and I can’t stand it in more than small doses every now and then πŸ˜›

    And same pinch on using the Lakme Strawberry Facewash since school! πŸ˜› I completely love the cool, minty feeling this leaves on my skin [I have normal-dry skin] πŸ™‚ Something I didn’t like about it from the beginning that it left my skin feeling ever so slightly soapy after use πŸ™

    Now though, I’ve found my HG facewash – Pond’s White Beauty! It’s brilliant! πŸ™‚

      1. The time I got sick of it I was using a strawberry-flavoured shampoo. And I had a HUUUGGE bottle of it! Guess that did it for me. 😐

  2. I have also used Lakme Strawberry face wash during my school days but after a few years I got bored. πŸ˜› Used too love it then. πŸ™‚

  3. Okay..

    I love pink…as in some pinks and not all..In fact, my hubby keeps teasing me about this pink fetish :-))

    When we go shopping for clothes, he points at pink versions and smiles impishly :devil:

    Till very recently, I was so particular and adamant about “Pink is for girls and Blue is for boys”..

    Now now..don’t start laughing..but now I am kinda changed..But I still love all those crazy ideas of mine.

    Have used all these products and love them all πŸ™‚

    Favorites are the TBS lotion and Strawberry Body Polish.

  4. There’s a fruit market here tomorrow, will check for strawberries and make a mask!
    The products all sound quiet good to me but I have no experience at all with fruity products. When summer comes I’ll try the Bodyshop products! Sometimes I visit the Bodyshop and their products always smell so lovely, never bought anything though, I’m just using a regular soap and cream from Dove, but I like to try out something new:)
    .-= sunaina´s last blog ..World inspired colours =-.

  5. ahhh .. I love anything related to PINK and Strawberries !!
    and I agree , Lakme strawberry wash does smell good and I love the meanthanol-y coolness whilst washing !!
    I am yet to try the TBS range of purees and butter , but I think I should give this a try soon !!

    Btw -Ki,I just posted your requested review . Do check it out πŸ™‚

  6. Haw ! my earlier comment got deleted !! πŸ™

    let me type once again
    I love anythin related to color pink and strawberry !! Now I am so tempted to try the BS body butters and puree !!
    I love the menthanol-y feel after you wash the face with Lakme facewash, it awaken my senses !

  7. ERrrrr…. I think I am the only one here who doesn’t have a pink fetish…. In fact, pink is one of the last colours I’ll buy…… I can almost see all of you glaring at me…. :blush: :blush: :blush:

    All these products sound cool though… But I prefer using citrusy-minty flavours in summer… I am loving my Lotus Neemwash face wash right nw…
    My lotus Sheamoist moisturiser was my first Strawberry flavoured product!!!! But as it is I keep changing brands every month… I have very little patience and get bored very easily… I can’t point out a single product which I have used for more than a year!!!

    1. You don’t like pink?!!!!!! 😯 😯 😯

      ha ha ha :rotfl: I have a lot of friends who don’t and keep ragging me about pink! I even had a pair of pinks pants when I was younger!!! :rotfl:

      How is lotus neemwash? I keep trying new facewashes myself, but this one is bought EVERY month with the provisions and I keep using it. Bas ab time to switch properly. πŸ˜€
      .-= ki.´s last blog ..My first major beauty review published!!! =-.

  8. I looooove the Lakme strawberry face wash….using it since quite some time and still havnt grown bored of it….just love it…

    Infact off-late I’ve come to realise that I only like the exfoliating kind of facewashes, not the cream ones…

    Ki, if ur looking for a more exfoliating FW, you can try the Himalaya Daily exfoliating gentle face wash…..using it since last month and really loving it….it definately exfoliates more than lakme…….not sure if it has SLS but if it doesnt then it may replace my Lakme one…though oc it doesnt have the ‘flavor’ lakme gives…so I’ll look out for an alternative in other brands for strawberry…

  9. nice review Ki, I dont like pink either :laugh: and altho I like strawberries as in the fruit, the like the smell of it in pdts (strange?) btw I have the TBS black currant shower gel, have’nt used yet tho

  10. hi,

    same pinch i too belong to the chain ,also used the same few years back. bt as M. easily get bored very soon & like changing brands.after all there are too many to explore…….. :evilgrin: :evilgrin:
    Nwdays using neutrogena face wash n have 2 admit its really good.cleans face including pores, also my skin do not feel very dry aftr wash rather it becomes much softer,in short its worth buying…. :heh:

    1. Sush, I so fall in your category. I get bored of brands soon. Now I get this feeling that I have a short life and so much makeup to explore. πŸ˜›

  11. You know, I was randomly thinking about your post today and couldn’t recall which puree you had reviewed and “tomato puree” kept coming to my mind. I was convincing myself that ki must not have reviewed tomato puree for sure. :rotfl: :rotfl:

  12. your blog is great…i am sure no woman would hate it…but only if you can include a section on home remedies on beauty,i think it will surely be a hit with many…

    thanks for the tips and keep blogging.



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