The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Concentrate | Review

Isn’t it amazing when a sample sized product lasts you for weeks, so much so that you are able to write a review on it? It rarely happens that a skincare sample lasts me long enough for me to form an opinion on it but this time I received a sample of The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Concentrate with my recent order and I was pleasantly surprised at how long this product has lasted me (it is still going strong). Here are my thoughts on this product after using it for a few weeks.

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Gifting Ideas For Diwali | The Body Shop Gift Sets

Diwali, the festival of lights and joy, is around the corner and a great way to spread the love and cheer this time of the year is to surprise your friends and family with meaningful gifts. A small token of your affection can go a long way in bringing smiles to the faces of your loved ones. If you are struggling to find the perfect Diwali presents then the gift sets from The Body Shop are here to rescue you. These carefully curated bundles can be wonderful Diwali gifts for people of all ages and tastes. Here are some of my top picks from the massive range of gift sets that The Body Shop has come up with this year.

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1. A Trio of Hand Creams for the Busy Professionals – This cute trio of hand creams is perfect for the busy professionals in your life who find no time to pamper themselves. These tubes of goodness can be thrown into the handbag to provide instant hydration to the hands while on the go. Not only do these hand creams provide intense moisturization, they are also non-greasy and have beautiful fragrances. These are no-fuss products that are luxurious at the same time, making them ideal for the busy bees.

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2. A Luxurious Shaving Kit for the Men In Your Life – From your uncles to your brothers and guy friends, every male in your life will appreciate this handy shaving kit. This gift set contains The Body Shop Maca Root Shave Cream and a beautifully crafted shaving brush with extremely soft bristles. Shopping for men can be incredibly hard, but this kit is here to make your life easier. You simply cannot go wrong with this awesome Diwali gift because all the men in your life will appreciate a good shaving experience!

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3. White Musk L’Eau EDT Gift Set for the Fragrance Lovers – It is no secret that The Body Shop comes up with some of the most wonderful fragrances at fairly affordable prices, and when you layer up products from the same range then the scent is long-lasting and amazing. One of my favourite fragrances from The Body Shop is White Musk, which is why I feel that any fragrance lover in your life will adore the White Musk L’Eau EDT Gift Set. This kit contains the eau de toilette and body lotion from the White Musk range which has lovely notes of pear, lily of the valley, jasmine and rose essence. This is a musky floral scent that is not too overpowering but still makes a statement.

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4. The Almond Milk & Honey Gift Collection for the Family – This gift set is perfect for the entire family because it contains bath essentials in a sweet nutty fragrance. The kit contains a shower cream, a body butter, a hand cream, a cleansing bar, and a fluffy bath lily. The Almond Milk & Honey range has an extremely nourishing formula which is great for the chilly weather ahead. This Diwali gift will definitely light up the faces of your dear ones.

I hope that this post gave you some useful gifting ideas for this festive season. There are also many other excellent kits from The Body Shop that you can pick up for you and your family. Click here to explore the entire range of goodies to make this Diwali even brighter!

How Vitamin E Can Save Your Skin!

Vitamin E is a miracle skincare ingredient that can work wonders for dry and damaged skin. It is a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties and is also known to reduce UV damage caused by prolonged exposure of skin to sunlight. It is also proven to be extremely effective in treating skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis.

While Vitamin E is naturally present in the skin, factors such as sun exposure and aging can reduce the Vitamin E levels in the skin. This is why you need to incorporate it into your diet as well as in your skincare, especially if you have been noticing dullness and dryness on your skin. Nowadays, there are a lot of skincare products available in the market that contain Vitamin E as a key ingredient. Here are some of my favourite picks from The Body Shop Vitamin E range that are excellent at repairing damaged skin and restoring a youthful glow to the face.

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  1. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil – Overnight treatments give the quickest and most drastic results when it comes to repairing the skin because the ingredients get substantial time to work their magic without any external factors like sunlight and pollution coming in the way. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is a rich concoction of Vitamin E Oil combined with Community Trade sesame seed oil from Nicaragua. This product contains the highest concentration of wheatgerm oil among all the products from the Vitamin E range. You need to apply this serum after cleansing and toning your skin and top it up with a moisturiser to wake up to rejuvenated skin that looks well-rested.
  2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream – This Vitamin E Cream has been a cult favourite since its launch and with good reason. It is specially formulated for those with extremely dry skin and true to its name, it provides intense hydration to the skin. It makes the skin super soft and smooth from the very first application and the results only get better with time. It can be used along with a serum or on its own and can be applied in the morning as well as at night. This jar of goodness is a must have for those who want an instant rescue from dry skin.
  3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion (SPF 30) – If you are looking for something light-weight yet nourishing, The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion is the perfect product for you. It has a milky formula that provides hydration without being thick or greasy. This lotion also contains SPF 30 and provides protection from UVA and UVB rays, which make it perfect for daytime use. It sinks into the skin within seconds but continues to nourish and protect it for hours and is an excellent base for makeup too!

If you haven’t discovered the amazing powers of Vitamin E yet then you must try out these products at least once. I am sure that your skin will look so much better that you will never look back!

Click here to buy The Body Shop Vitamin E products.

 

The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil in Skincare

Tea Tree Oil is a powerful anti-bacterial ingredient that is extremely effective at curbing acne and skin infections. Needless to say, this magical essential oil is the star ingredient in a number of skincare products that are targeted for oily and acne-prone skin. Hence, there are a number of ways in which Tea Tree Oil can be incorporated into the skincare routine. Here are some of the benefits of tea tree oil in its various forms –

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Tea Tree Oil Concentrate – Tea tree oil concentrates are the purest forms of the ingredient available in the market. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is an excellent choice because it combines 15% tea tree essential oil with tamanu oil that helps with healing and renewing the skin. The best way to use tea tree oil concentrates is to apply the oil directly to active acne with a cotton swab. As an overnight spot treatment, tea tree oil will help in drying out angry breakouts within a day or two and is therefore perfect when you are prepping your acne-prone skin for a special event.

Tea Tree Oil Masks – Tea tree oil face masks help to suck out all the dirt, grime and sweat from the pores while providing a cooling and soothing sensation to irritated skin. These face masks typically combine the purifying properties of clay with the anti-bacterial action of tea tree oil to ensure the all-round health of the skin. Using a tea tree oil face mask once or twice a week is a great way to prevent new breakouts and to nip acne in the bud.

Tea Tree Oil Scrub – The addition of tea tree oil to scrubs adds anti-acne properties to the exfoliating product. Tea tree oil scrubs will unclog your pores while calming your skin and shrinking the acne. These scrubs remove the dead skin and provide a smoother and more youthful look to the skin. These scrubs are perfect for those with dull and acne-prone skin. I personally enjoy The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub because it leaves my skin thoroughly refreshed and rejuvenated as well as acne-free.

Tea Tree Oil Face Wash – Tea tree oil face washes are some of the mildest ways of adding tea tree oil in your skin regimen. If you are new to the ingredient then a face wash containing tea tree oil is a good way to acclimatize your skin to the oil. Tea tree oil face washes are great at removing excess sebum in the morning or at the end of the day while reducing the appearance of pimples. You can also use a tea tree oil face wash to wash your makeup brushes, its anti-bacterial properties will kill any bacteria on your brushes and will prevent acne caused by dirty makeup brushes.

If you are someone with oily and acne-prone skin, tea tree oil can prove to be your skin’s best friend. You can choose to incorporate any or all of these tea tree oil based products in your skincare routine to get back your flawless, glowing skin.

Click here to buy tea tree oil online in India, to kick start this wonderful skincare journey!

My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

I do not remember my skin ever being flawless. I suffer from frequent hormonal breakouts that leave blemishes and red blotches on my skin. However, I am pleased to report that my current nighttime skincare routine has significantly reduced my acne and seems to be healing my skin really well! My pimples are drying up faster and new breakouts are significantly lesser in number. So, if you have oily skin and suffer from acne and blemishes then here is a skincare routine that may actually help!

Step 1: Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash – The first step of my nighttime skincare routine is to cleanse my face and I have been using the Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash for this step. It leaves my skin completely oil free and removes any traces of foundation without causing a stretchy feeling on the face. If I have any waterproof makeup on then I like to use coconut oil to dissolve it before I use this face wash. This product does its job well while being gentle on the skin and is definitely a favorite.

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Step 2: Greenberry Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care – Once my face is squeaky clean, I move on to exfoliating it. For this step, I use the Greenberry Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care, a product that is an Amazon bestseller and needs no introduction. It is a cleanser, scrub, and face pack combined in one and I absolutely love it! The scrub particles are quite gritty without being too harsh and help to get rid of the nasty whiteheads. On the days when I feel that my skin needs some extra detox, I apply this product all over my face and leave it on for 2-3 minutes and then wash it off. This face pack calms the redness of the skin and gets rid off any residual traces of grease very effectively.

Step 3: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion –  Moisturising is an essential step of skincare but the wrong moisturizer for your skin type can cause more harm than good. My skin continues to secrete oils even when I am asleep, therefore I need a mattifying moisturizer for the night as well. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion does the job for me and my skin feels hydrated but matte at the same time. I look much less shiny in the morning when I use this product, although I believe that it is supposed to be a day cream. I am almost out of this product and I am really freaking out because it has become a holy grail face moisturizer for me!

So this is my simple 3 step nighttime skincare routine that should work well for anyone who wants to keep the grease and acne at bay. If you wish to read my detailed review of each of the products then check out the links below:

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Review

Greenberry Organics 3 in 1 Mud Ash Review

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion Review

What skincare products are you loving at the moment? Do let me know in the comments below!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion | Review

As the heat intensifies, makeup takes a back seat because the skin begs to breathe! As dramatic as it may sound, many people suffer from the worst skin during the summer months. Any form of instant relief is highly appreciated during the days of terrible breakouts and redness that accompany the warm weather. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion is one such instant remedy that calms down my skin.

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I use this lotion as a day cream whenever I suffer from hormonal breakouts. It immediately mattifies my skin and the tea tree oil helps in reducing the redness and irritation. It also prevents further acne and shrinks any swellings that are early signs of gigantic pimples.

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The formula is very light and almost like a gel. A tiny drop is sufficient for the face and the neck and it keeps the oil at bay for a few hours. I have also noticed that makeup applies really well on top of this lotion. In fact, I often skip primer when I use this product. As far as I know, this lotion does not contain any SPF, so you will need an additional step of applying sunscreen before you step out of the house.

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Priced at INR 995 for a 50 ml tube, this product is on the pricier side but it works as a great moisturizer for the days when your skin is too oily and temperamental. I would highly recommend this product to those with extremely greasy and acne prone skin, the antibacterial action of this mattifying lotion will work wonders for you!

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Lotion here.

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The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus Body Mist | Review

When it comes to perfumed products, The Body Shop is the leader of the game. Their body mists are the only products I use to keep smelling great all day long. As the weather is getting warmer, a soft, summery scent is the need of the hour and if you haven’t found your perfect fragrance yet then do try The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus Fragrance Mist.

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This one is a mild aqua scent with floral undertones. It reminds me of the scent emanating from a pool of water lilies. In my opinion, this body mist combines the freshness of a splash of water with the sweetness of summer blossoms, for a faint scent that offers respite from the sweltering heat. Bear in mind that this is a body mist, therefore, do not expect the longevity or strength of a perfume. You may need to refresh this scent throughout the day or can layer it with other products from the range. On its own, I am still able to smell the faint notes after 4 hours but they are not enough to fill the room with fragrance as soon as you walk in.

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Also, can we spare a moment to appreciate the fascinating packaging of this product, I would purchase it just to decorate my dressing table. The Body Shop has recently been revamping the packaging of all their products and the new packaging is sleeker and has accents of black that impart it a high-end appeal. The intricate black design of this bottle looks so alluring, just like the perfume it holds. A 100 ml bottle is priced at INR 1095, which is quite pricey, but once you smell the fragrance, you will fall in love with it. This gem is definitely going to be my scent for Summer 2017.

Buy it here.

 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Balm | Review

My lip issues first made an appearance when I was in college. It was the first time that I experienced dark, flaky patches all over my lips that looked horrendous! I tried a bunch of lip balms but everything failed at providing a permanent cure. After doing a lot of research I tried applying Vitamin E oil and that was the only thing that helped with the situation. However, the process was quite messy because I used to punch holes in Vitamin E capsules to extract the oil. Therefore, The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Lip Care is a great alternative for long term usage.

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This lip balm is infused with Vitamin E and is extremely nourishing and hydrating. The texture is not too heavy and the product can be applied underneath lipstick. It can also be worn on its own for a transparent, natural shine. As an added bonus, the formula has SPF 15 too, which is so important for the lips. The only thing that I do not like about this lip balm is that the smell and taste is a bit strange, but nothing too repulsive either.

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Priced at INR 350 for a 4.2 gm twist up packaging, the product is slightly expensive but an excellent investment if nothing seems to be curing your pigmented, chapped lips.

I hope this review was useful. Buy the lip balm here.

 

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Rough Body Scrub | Review

A body scrub that is quite gritty yet moisturizing is hard to come by. I found this gem when I was perusing the aisles of my local Body Shop store, on the hunt for a scrub that would eliminate my ingrown hair. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Rough Body Scrub is a dream come true for me. Unlike the gentle scrubs that have soft beads, this one has a strong exfoliating action owing to the rough particles embedded in the golden gel.

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Despite being a gritty scrub, this product leaves your skin supple and hydrated, thanks to the goodness of Argan oil. In fact, you can even get away without moisturizing after using this scrub. The product provides rescue from dry, scaly skin and the post waxing disasters that we call ingrown hair.

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My only complaint about this product is the price, which is INR 1095 for a 200ml tub. However, this jar did last me for ages and I will definitely repurchase.

Buy it here.

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Eyes Cube | Review

A majority of our time these days is spent in staring at laptop or cell phone screens and most of us are definitely not getting sufficient sleep. Tired and puffy eyes are inevitable under such circumstances, which is where this product comes into the picture. The aptly named Vitamin E Eyes Cube from The Body Shop definitely acts like an ice cube for the sore under eye area. It replenishes moisture while eliminating eye bags and providing a refreshing, cooling sensation.

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I enjoy these kinds of roll on products because their massaging action helps to restore some life to tired skin. This product has a light, creamy texture which absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any white cast. If you apply one coat then you do not even need to blend it in with your fingers. The formula is enriched with Wheatgerm Oil that contains Vitamin E, which is a magical ingredient for the skin. It reduces puffiness and dryness but does not lighten dark circles, which is fine because the product doesn’t even claim to do that.

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The cute packaging is tiny enough to easily fit into the handbag for on the go assistance. I only wish that the price was not so steep (INR 1095 for 4gm).  Because of the high price, I would recommend to use this only when you are out and about and resort to cucumber slices or tea bags at home instead. However, if you are willing to splurge or grab it at a discounted rate then this could soon become a daily essential for you.

Buy it here.

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The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Scrub | Review

Most of us pay a lot of attention to skin care but somehow tend to neglect our feet, which are often left unpampered. Our feet are probably the parts of our body that get most grimy and dirty throughout the day and if we do not pay enough attention we may end up with foot infections and scaly skin.

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The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Scrub smells so minty and fresh that I would purchase it just for the scent, however, it is an excellent foot scrub as well! The scrub is white with a gel-like texture and has gritty scrub particles embedded in it.

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All you need to do is scoop out some scrub and rub it into your feet for a good 4-5 minutes and then rinse with water. I like to moisten my feet first to create a milky lather. It removes all the dead skin and leaves my feet feeling smooth and supple.

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The freshness provided by the peppermint oil combined with the goodness of volcanic rock that alleviates roughness makes this a perfect product for me. It is also quite affordable with a price of INR 650 for a 100ml jar. This is my go-to product to rescue my feet from all sorts of damage!

Buy it here.