First Experience with The Body Shop!

Hello all! I am back in New York… luckily, the snow has melted and the sun was out today! It is a bummer leaving Houston because I hate saying goodbye to my boyfriend and friends! So to cheer me up, I decided to do a “First Experience” review with The Body Shop! Suprisingly, I have never tried any of The Body Shop products until I learned that LUSH kind-of-sort-of was connected to it. I thought it was worth a try! I got three products in total from a store located in Atlanta, Georgia.

These are the first two products:

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The product to the left is the travel or smaller size in the Coconut Body Scrub! I really enjoyed using up this product because it was exfoliating, moisturizing and hydrating! I think it did wonders for my skin in the short time I used it. Also, the smell is PHENOMENAL! I just repurchased another body scrub in the Mango flavor… still not sure if I like it as much as the coconut one!

The product to the right in this picture is the Shea Body Butter. I wanted to get the Coconut scent again, but then decided to try another scent at the last minute! Fortunately, I picked a good scent because I love how simple, calming and fresh this body butter is! I actually have not finished it all yet… but I love it so much I bought a few more in the travel sizes (it was like a gift set that included the coconut, shea, olive, strawberry, mango, and orange scents).

The third item I bought from The Body Shop was the Honey Mania bubble bath melt:

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I really enjoy the scent of this product because it is sweet, floral, but fresh at once! The product size is pretty acceptable… there is a lot of bath product in the tub! I really love my bath when I use this product. It creates lots and lots of bubbles. Although, I do not think that I will be repurchasing this product.

Overall, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed these three products from The Body Shop! Since this purchase, I have participated in one of their online sales (you can save so much)! How do you like The Body Shop? What was your first product from there?

Enchanted Eye Cream

Another LUSH review coming at you…! Of course, I wanted to go along with the LUSH facial cleanser campaign for LUSH USA. I wanted to review the Enchanted Eye Cream from LUSH. Here is a picture of my lovely bottle:

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LIGHT: This eye cream is super light. It almost feels like you are putting NOTHING at all on your skin! I use ti under my eyes and on my eye lids! It feels cooling and very refreshing.

SMELL: Surprisingly, this LUSH product really does not have any distinct smell. At least when I use it I cannot smell anything strong! LUSH says that the product is a mixture of lavender and honey!

EFFECTS: I have not noticed any different effects on my eyes. I am not positive what the product is doing for me. When I bought it, the sales lady told me it was for dark circles but LUSH says it is for tightening up your skin near your eyes! Maybe it i tightening up my skin…. but I am not sure. Also, this is one of the first ever eye creams I have used!

FRESH INGREDIENTS: The fresh ingredients in this airy cream are cold pressed jojoba oil, lavender honey water, cold pressed almond oil and much much more! This is not a Vegan product from LUSH.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a light cream that is good for all skin types! Like I said above, I am not sure what this product is doing for me but I have been putting it on a few times a week since last Fall. Have you tried any eye creams that do something for you?!

 

Spectrum of Honey

According to the LUSH Times, they buy over 5,505 kg of honey yearly. This is an insane amount of honey. Imagine eating all of that! You would turn into a honeybee! But LUSH does not use all of their honey for eating, but rather for creating inspiring, natural products.

The reason why LUSH uses honey is because it has moisturizing, reparative, and antimicrobial proprieties. Antimicrobial basically means that honey creates a long lasting barrier over the skin to protect it from harmful micro-organisms (I had to look that one up). I find these proprieties of honey interesting because it is another natural ingredient that has many, many benefits and of course the positive, it contains zero chemicals and production waste. Some products from LUSH that contain honey include Ambrosia-shaving cream, Honey I Washed The Kids- soap, Honey Trap- lip balm, and Flying Fox- shower gel. Out of these products I have used Ambrosia and Honey Trap. Ambrosia is great because of its light texture and smoothness it creates after a fresh shave. Honey Trap is also one of my favorite LUSH lip balms because it just tastes so delicious!

After reading the latest edition of the LUSH Times, I found an interesting article about where LUSH’s honey supplier, ConeyBeare Honey located in Southwestern Ontario. The article is set up in Q&A form. The questions range from “What is your earliest memory of honey bees?” to “What would the collapse of honey bees mean for food production in North America?” The major aspect I learned from the article is that the bee population is decreasing everywhere in North America from a pesticide class called, neonicotinoids. These pesticides are basically sprayed on everything, from corn to wheat.

I also noted that bee populations are growing rapidly in metropolitan areas because of the lack of these pesticides in the cities. Interestingly, I know this is a true phenomenon because while I was walking to the subway station in Union Square, a bee stung me for the first time ever! In NYC! Where plants are minimal! What a surprise for someone walking down the subway stairs.

It is important for us, the consumers and maybe even the buyers, to make sure we are supporting businesses that aid to natural, effective ways of honey farming. Always look at where the products are coming from and always look for the most eco-friendly route.

Do you utilize honey in any unique ways?

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picture credit: http://beautysecretsyouneed.blogspot.com/2010/03/lip-primers-to-rescue-or-not-hehe.html