Picks from The Body Shop 40% off sale

The Body ShopIt’s Christmas Day and I am shopping online because there are sales galore and I don’t want to miss out on them. One of the sites I’m looking at is The Body Shop. I haven’t been to a mall in over 3 months due to my recent fall and didn’t realize until Lisa’s recent review how much The Body Shop has to offer. But now is the time to take advantage of the sales and The Body Shop has the best I’ve found today. Here’s my list of what I’ll be buying or wish I was buying.

The Body Shop Satsuma Beauty Bag Gift Set

The Body Shop Satsuma Beauty Bag Gift Set

The Body Shop Satsuma Beauty Bag Gift Set has three travel sizes of their most sold products in the scent Satsuma. While this is available in other fragrances like Strawberry, Moringa, and Fuji Green Tea  I’m a fan of citrus so this is the right set for me. I’ll get that cute orange bag plus Mini Satsuma Shower Gel 2 oz, Mini Satsuma Body Butter 1.7 oz, and Mini Satsuma Hand Cream 1 oz. This is a great way to try these products from The Body Shop and a great travel companion. It was selling for $15 and now it’s $8!

The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Classic Picks Gift Set

The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Classic Picks Gift Set

I want the Vanilla Chai Classic Picks Gift Set just for that adorable apple it comes in. How cute is that? In the spring there’s always Teacher Appreciation Day and this $10.40 set would be perfect to give for that. 4 products are in this one: Vanilla Chai Shower Gel 2.03 oz, Vanilla Chai Body Butter 1.7 oz, Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub 1.7 oz, and Vanilla Chai Body Lotion 2.03 oz.  It’s also available in green with Spiced Apple Classics Gift Set with the same products except in Spiced Apple. After 30 years of teaching I know this would be a thrill to receive.

Handful of Happiness Hand Cream Set

Handful of Happiness Hand Cream Set

The Handful of Happiness Hand Cream Set is perfect for winter. No matter how much hand cream you use in nicer weather it seems like winter is when you plow through it. For $10.40 (from $19) you’ll have three hand creams, that are enriched with Community Fair Trade Shea Butter from Ghana. The travel size scents are Strawberry, Mango, and Pink Grapefruit. Keep one in your purse, one in your desk, and one in your bathroom for your own special fruit salad.

All of the makeup items are on sale for 40% off so as a dedicated eyeshadow fiend I’ll pick these two:

The Body Shop Down to Earth Palette

The Body Shop Down to Earth Palette

The Body Shop Down to Earth Palette has a mix of finishes. The shades are Sahara Dune (Matte), Aztec Gold (Shimmer), Provence Ochre (Shimmer), Bengal Granite (Sparkle), Peru Clay (Matte), Kilimanjaro Rock (Shimmer), Zawar Zinc (Shimmer), Black Canyon Onyx (Matte). It’s a great buy on sale for $21.60 from $36. But I’ve also got my eye on …

The Body Shop Down to Earth Eyeshadow quad in Gray

The Body Shop Down to Earth Eyeshadow quad in Grey

The Down to Earth quads that The Body Shop has come in Plum, Gold, Brown, Black and Grey. The Grey is different from my typical buys with India Rose Quartz, Atlas Rhassoul, Cerro Rico Silver and Siberia Anthracite and will be a great winter look. At $14.40 these are even more versatile because the shadows click in and out so you can switch colors in the palettes to create what you are craving most at the time.

Brush On Radiance in Pink

Brush On Radiance in Pink

I always admire “balls” but never want to put out the kind of money that the big name sells for. So The Body Shop has come to the rescue with Brush On Radiance in either Pink or Apricot. Normally $22 it’s now $11 so how can I resist the shimmering finish of these? “These magical little beads of iridescent colour give skin a luminescent glow.” I can’t nor should you.born-lippy-lip-balm-strawberry_l

Last into my cart is one of three Born Lippy Sticks in either Strawberry, Plum or Pomegranate. These are fun to have in your purse (on sale for $4.20) to always have color, moisture and shine.

While you are out and about returning and exchanging gifts or looking for sales like I am, The Body Shop is an excellent stop. You can’t beat the prices and the products are always top notch. Plus there’s the magic words “Free Shipping”!  —  Marcia

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Don’t stress out – shop The Body Shop for awesome last minute gifts!

lastminuteheroI cannot believe that Christmas is only three days away! My shopping isn’t done yet…is yours? Fun fact from The Body Shop – 43% of people globally find buying presents very stressful, and interestingly, men actually stress about it more than women. The Body Shop makes it easy to pick up some quick, fun gifts that take the stress out of last-minute shopping. Seriously, they have something for everyone on your list!                                   samplesThe Body Shop

Actually, being a procrastinator pays off on the holidays because the prices just keep getting better and better!

The Body Shop is celebrating their 40th anniversary and their dedication to their campaign against animal testing with more than 120 gift sets – and every single one helps restore the rainforest and protect endangered species.

A never fail gift for those who celebrate Christmas is an ornament. The Body Shop has some super cute ornaments and some wonderfully practical ones, too.  The Body Shop Ornament

Committment Sponge Reggie Jr. ($6)  This cute little guy makes for a super fun ornament…and then an even better bath sponge! The Limited Edition Reggie Junior Commitment Sponge is a perfect gift for a niece or nephew. The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble

Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble ($10, on sale right now for $4!) Now here’s a perfect gift for a teacher or friend – the ornaments holds a yummy smelling Strawberry Body Butter as well as a hydrating Strawberry Lip Butter. This is a terrific buy because it’s a $14 Value!

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask DuoThe Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo ($39, on sale now for just $15!) I adore these masks, and this gift duo is a great combo of deep cleansing and deep moisturizing. At this price, you will want to put two in your basket – one for a friend and one for yourself!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of SunThe Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of SunThe Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun ($20, on sale now for $12)  Give the gift of holiday glow with this fantastic liquid bronzer and highlighter! A few drops in foundation brighten up your look, and it’s also wonderful mixed with body lotion for softly glowing arms and decolletage. I know I would be thrilled to find this under the tree.

The Body Shop Color Crush Matte LipstickThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadIf your giftee loves makeup, I am a big fan of The Body Shop’s new collection, which includes Colour Crush Matte Lipsticks ($12.50, on sale now for $7.50) and LE Eyeshadow Quads ($24 on sale now for $14.40).

The bottom line is, don’t stress out!  Shop online – free shipping now, yay! – or head over to the mall for some amazing gifts from The Body Shop that will make everyone on your list happy happy happy.  – Lisa

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I’m wild about The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

the-body-shopAs a long time lover of coconut scented body products I found The Body Shop many years ago thanks to their incredibly rich Coconut Body Butter.  You want super moisturized skin? This is the bomb-diggity. Combine that incredibly good body butter with the on point coconut scent and the powerful support of women and the Coconut Body Butter is perfection in a tub.  The Body Shop recently sent me a gift, a personalized version of the Coconut Body Butter – could this be any more beautiful??The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter  The Coconut Body Butter is actually a little thicker than butter and it leaves skin soft and smooth without any sort of a greasy feeling. Ingredients include Virgin Coconut Oil which comes from Samoa coconuts. The Body Shop works with Women in Business Development which helps teach local farmers new skills. The farmers crack the coconuts by hand and cold-press the flesh for this amazing ingredient. The other main ingredient is Shea Butter which is hand-crafted in Ghana by the Tungteiya Shea Butter Association. What makes my heart fill with joy is that this association is a group of over 475 women from 11 villages around Tamale, northern Ghana. The women make the butter from shea nuts, and this working relationship has provided these women the money to fund water pipes, medical care, housing,and education.  The Body Shop Coconut Body ButterThe Body Shop Coconut Body ButterThe end result is an incredible body butter with a truly addictive tropical coconut scent. It feels so good on my skin, especially when I smooth it on right after a nice hot shower. And it feels so good to know that The Body Shop, which is dedicated to helping others and to protecting resources and animals, has also given women around the world so much empowerment.

Right now the 13.5 oz mega sized tub is on sale. Regularly it costs $36, but right now you can get it for only $20. That’s almost two for one! If you want to get a personalized one like I have, just visit your local Body Shop store and you can choose from four different animal-rific designs.
So get a big tub for someone you love and one for yourself.  I know you will be as wild about the Coconut Body Butter as I am.  – Lisa
*sent as a gift from The Body Shop and I had to review it because it is amazing on every level!

The Body Shop At-Home Facial Mask Experience with the Recipes of Nature Collection

Recipes of Nature CollectionI think we could all use a little de-stressing right now, and The Body Shop has a nifty five-in-one collection of facial masks called the Recipes of Nature Collection.  Each mask is full of superfoods, 100%  vegetarian ingredients, and have no parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils.  This is a beautiful set that will put you and your skin totally at ease.                                                                                                                                                                 samples

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

What I love about this set is the concept of ‘multi-masking’.  I love to multi-task…put the word ‘multi’ into anything and I pay attention.  Your skin isn’t typically all dry or all oily or all congested.  Some parts need one kind of help while other parts need a totally different intervention.  The Recipes of Nature Collection has five great masks that can be used together on different areas of your face…it’s what we call in the educational field ‘differentiation’, recognizing that everyone isn’t in the same place and we all have different needs.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The five masks in this collection include AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASK,  ETHIOPIAN HONEY DEEP NOURISHING MASKBRITISH ROSE FRESH PLUMPING MASKHIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK, and CHINESE GINSENG AND RICE CLARIFYING POLISHING MASK.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask is a gel mask with acai berry and guarana seed extract.  It is an exfoliating gel facial mask that revives and energizes the skin.  If you are really tired or feeling super stressed, this is the mask for you.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is another gel mask gel-textured moisturizing mask that plumps up dry skin and makes it super soft.  My cheeks are always so dry that I need this mask there…but my t-zone doesn’t need it.  That’s why the multi-masking approach is so perfect.  Ingredients include the ultra moisturizing aloe vera and pressed, crushed, and blended rose petals, which you can definitely smell right when you open the jar.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask is a beautiful honey based mask that moisturizes skin and improves elasticity.  Super dry skin will practically cry in relief from this combination of honey, marula oil, and olive oil.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask was the first mask I tried because I had a bizarre breakout in my t-zone.  This mud mask is a great decongestant for skin that pulls out toxins.  Bamboo charcoal, tea tree oil, and green tea leaves make this mask a total zit-busting treatment.

Recipes of Nature Mask Collection

The Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask is probably the most unusual of the masks, with a white almost chalky texture that exfoliates and tones skin.  It brightens the complection and reduces pore size with ginseng, rice extract, and sesame seed oil.

Whatever you skin needs, there is an answer within the Recipes of Nature Collection.  I highly recommend you pick this up and experiment with multi-masking.  And in some really great news, with the purchase of any of these masks The Body Shop will restore 1 square meter of rainforest through their new Bio-Bridges program. The ultimate goal is to restore 75 million square meters by 2020!  So you can feel good about feeling less stressed while also multi-tasking with multi-masking.  Sounds good to me!  – Lisa

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Your foundation wardrobe just got bigger: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

adjusting-drops_m_lHow many foundations do you have languishing away in a drawer because the color is just a tiny bit off? Or are you like me, with many foundations in varying colors because the hue of your skin changes dramatically with each season?

Well, I may just have the product you need to save you all kinds of money and drawer space: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops ($20).

There are two Shade Adjusting Drops: Lightening, which lightens and neutralizes yellowness, and Darkening, which deepens color.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Darkening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Darkening

They both come in a glass jar with a dropper. The drops are thick like a liquid or cream foundation, so unless you have a very thin foundation they don’t change the texture of the foundation. You can adjust the amount of drops to match the effect you need. For my example, I used Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge in Shade 03.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops - Lightening on left, Darkening on right

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops – Lightening on left, Darkening on right

The original foundation shade is in the middle, and I put a single drop of the Lightening Drops on the left, a single drop of the Darkening Drops on the right. You can use less than a full drop — I find that a full drop dramatically changes the shade, so even though the glass jar is small the Shade Adjusting Drops will last a very long time.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

As you can see, the Lightening Drops did indeed lighten the original middle shade while also giving it a cooler tint, neutralizing the tiny bit of yellowness in Shade 03. One more drop and it would be close to porcelain – it might even be light enough for Marcia! The Darkening Drops were even more dramatic, giving a definite chocolate tint to the original medium shade. I found that while the swatch looks incredibly darker, it was still very wearable and forgiving on my current medium skin.

The Shade Adjusting Drops can come in very handy for a little contouring work, using the lightened portions to highlight upper cheeks and straight down the nose, with the darkened shade for the sides of the nose and under the cheekbones. If you have any sagging under your chin – the dreaded ‘chicken neck’ – a little darkended foundation will make the sag recede and give a great optical illusion.

Overall I really like the Shade Adjusting Drops. They are lots of fun! It’s awesome to experiment, and it’s been great to wear some of my favorite foundations that I typically save for the lazy hazy days of summer. I recommend picking up both, that way you are ready for any potential skin emergency.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Enrich Not Exploit: The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope and Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Enrich Not ExploitI absolutely love The Body Shop newest initiative – – Enrich Not Exploit™.  Through this campaign, The Body Shop is doing great things globally by helping people, animals, and the planet. They recently sent me two of their innovative body products to try and I love them as much as I love the message and the commitment behind them.

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

Check out this really cool Hemp Soap on a Rope ($12, but right now there is a buy 3 get 2 free or buy 2 get 1 free with the code MARSTEALS). So it looks like naughty fun, but the hemp is incredibly wonderful for skin. The soap is big but perfectly sized for gripping with your hand and the rope ensures the soap dries without sitting in bacteria or that yuck that collects around bar soaps. Hemp products have a distinctive scent that I think is a little more masculine, but I still love it as a clean, outdoorsy scent. This is one the most moisturizing bar soaps out there and it’s extremely gentle.

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope

The hemp used is not the kind that alters anything – it’s a non-psychotic variety of hemp.  This hemp is the best crop for regenerating land, it is even better for the environment than trees, and it needs no herbicide or pesticides. Plus, the hemp is insanely moisturizing, with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, and B-12, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Men love this soap and it makes for an awesome gift. If ‘soap on a rope’ isn’t your thing, you can always cut the rope off and use this as a regular bar soap. It’s so big it lasts about three times as long as a typical bar.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Hemp Hand Protector ($20) is available now in this limited edition packaging.  When you purchase it, $2.20 will not just be donated – you get to choose the cause, which varies from the planet, the people, the animals, or the ocean. The packaging was designed by the famous street artist EINE and it emphasizes putting the power to change in the palm of your hand.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Hemp Hand Protector is a heavy-duty moisturizing cream that sinks in quickly and has an immediate softening effect on skin. Don’t just use this on your hands – it’s a fantastic treatment for feet and elbows, too. Ingredients include the cold-pressed oil of 950 hemp seed in every tube! No wonder it’s such a moisturizing powerhouse.

The Hemp Hand Protector has the same beautiful scent as the Soap on a Rope, a fresh, outdoorsy scent. Beautiful skin and a beautiful planet – it doesn’t get much better than that. Take a look at The Body Shop’s hemp products and help Enrich Not Exploit™ our planet.  – Lisa

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The fountain of youth? Nutriganics Drops of Youth Serum and Eye Concentrate from The Body Shop

Do you remember when you actually wanted to be older? When I was in my teens, there was no bigger compliment than someone thinking I was even one year older than my actual age. And if someone assumed I was in my twenties…now that was the ultimate! It’s certainly a different story now. I cringe at the thought of someone ‘guessing’ my age. Well, I suppose someone guessing my weight would be worse…but the age thing is definitely a bummer too.

It actually does exist!!

It actually does exist!!

The Body Shop has come a long way from its initial incarnation as a specialty body product store. Now it has a cadre of skin care items that promise a more youthful appearance. They recently sent two products from the Nutriganics line with names that would be right at home in Ponce de Leon’s shopping cart:  Drops of Youth Serum ($36) and Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate ($30).

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum

Drops of Youth is a serum housed in a glass jar with dropper applicator. It smooths the surface of skin, making fine lines look less noticeable.  In addition, the serum:

  • Helps enhance surface skin condition
  • Smooths skin
  • Instantly moisturizing
  • 99% of ingredients are of natural origin

There are some great ingredients that skin just loves, like aloe leaf juice plus lots of emollients and skin conditioning ingredients. However, it does contain alcohol as the second ingredient, which can be irritating to the skin, as well as fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, this may not be the fountain of youth for you.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

The Body Shop’s answer to those pesky eye wrinkles is their Drops of Youth™ Eye Concentrate ($30), a eye serum with Edelweiss plant stem cells that smooths out wrinkles and reduces puffiness. I love the applicator, a ‘cooling’ roller ball pump that is easy to use and so soothing. This is a great eye serum that does three main things:

  • Smooths the appearance of lines around the eyes*
  • Appearance of eye bags seems reduced*
  • Eyes appear less tired*

It may not make wrinkles disappear, but it certainly feels great and makes me look younger. At my age, taking even one year off my appearance is a bonus!

You can find The Body Shop at most malls as well as online at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/ or http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration