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The year was 1986.
I was a fresh-faced 19-year-old uni student travelling in the UK.
My obsession with fashion and beauty shopping had well and truly kicked in, fuelled in this moment by the fact that I had access to shops and brands I’d only ever read about.
The Body Shop was one of them.
I couldn’t believe you could walk into a sweet-smelling store with pretty jars all in a row and actually try out the product. I would while away hours doing just that, walking out with one prized item.
My first purchase? A honey and oat scrub/mask. The 2014 version looks like Honey & Oats 3-in1 Scrub Mask. In 1986 it was a black jar and I thought I was “It And A Bit” owning it.
I used it sparingly because I didn’t want it to run out. I didn’t know when I’d be able to re-stock.
Back then The Body Shop had opened in Australia but had not at that time reached Queensland.
Now, it’s a different story. I don’t have to travel far to find a store and I can buy products online or through independent distributors in the comfort of my own home.
Yet, the appeal of the concept begun by the late Anita Roddick in the UK in 1976 still remains.
The products are good for your skin and good for the world. They may no longer be hand-mixed but packaging is still minimal and ingredients used are sourced with a commitment to trading fairly. Twenty years ago, it was the first international cosmetics brand to be awarded the Humane Cosmetics Standard for its Against Animal Testing policy. It’s also a company that has long highlighted and supported campaigns against human rights abuse and has actively worked to protect the planet and boost the self-esteem of its people.
The Body Shop Australia is a fully Australian-owned company. The same family has owned it since its first store opening in 1983 in Melbourne.
The same big heart that was behind the first store is still there today in all 90 stores across Australia.
And if you step into one of those stores, or head online, you’ll also find that The Body Shop has matched its big heart with new smaller prices.
Yes, that’s right. Your favourite products are now cheaper.
3 of my faves
I’m going to share with you today three of my current fave The Body Shop products. To be honest, I had trouble bringing it down to three but I think each of these makes a really useful addition to your beauty kit.
Coconut Body Scrub (was $27.95, now $23.95)
It’s the time of year that I remove my jeans, tights and leggings with a degree of trepidation. The effects of hibernating all winter will very much be evident and there is no escaping some much-needed body exfoliation.
I love this scrub because it’s effective, moisturising and gentle enough to use a few times a week in the shower or bath. Plus, it will transport you immediately back to your last tropical holiday and have you dreaming of your next.
Ingredients-wise, it contains Community Fair Trade organic virgin coconut oil from the Samoan Islands, Community Fair Trade marula oil from Namibia, and Community Fair Trade organically grown soya oil from Brazil – so more than your skin will thank-you.
Shimmer Cubes Palette 06 Warm (was $40, now $29.95)
These four eye colours sit in a small palette and will serve you very well. The size is great for travelling and the colour mix is one that suits pretty much any one. It’s the type of colour mix I most reach for – using at least two at a time; four if I really want to contour the eye.
Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t shimmer over a certain age. You can if you want to. And I want to.
I start with the lightest shade and cover most of the lid with that, creating a base. For a simple eye look, I then apply the copper or taupe over the lower lid. Often, instead of an eyeliner, I’ll use an angled brush and the darkest colour in a palette to line the eyes. I find this is softer and great for a day-time look.
One of the essential ingredients these eye shimmer cubes is Community Fair Trade marula oil. Extracted from the marula tree, marula oil is rich in oleic acid, which is a fatty acid that helps to restore the skin’s moisture levels. In this case it gives the eyes a creamy finish and allows the colour to glide on smoothly. It ensures the colour lasts and is creasing is almost non-existent, even after a day.
These eye colours are dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested, so suitable for contact-lens wearers, and anyone with sensitive eyes.
All-In-One-Instablur (was $29.95, now $21.95)
Blur creams are so hot right now. So what are they? Essentially they’re souped-up makeup primers, SO soup-ed up that even wearing them on their own can be enough.
The formulation smooths out the skin and blurs it like a soft-focus filter on a camera would. It controls shine, helps your makeup stay on longer, reduces the appearance of pores, evens skin tone and hides blemishes.
The Body Shop InstaBlur contains mattifying spherical powders with smart-filling properties, moisturising Vitamin E, and Community Fair Trade marula oil.
Apply it after your normal cleansing and moisturising routine and then makeup or tinted moisturiser/BB Cream on top.
The Body Shop is all about “doing good” so I want to spread some love and celebrate that prices are now lower by giving four SY readers the chance to receive their own The Body Shop package (each pack is valued at $234.55). To enter, answer this question in the comments below:
What good thing have you done lately that made YOU feel good for doing so?
Entries open on Thursday, August 21 at 5am (AEST) and close on Thursday, August 28 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
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