The Body Shop is a bit of an iffy place for many Cruelty Free shoppers, mainly due to the fact that it was bought over nine years ago by L’Oreal and although it is still Cruelty Free, the money the business earns still goes back to L’Oreal who have been well known to test on animals, of course these days L’Oreal no longer tests on animals unless they are compelled to do so. Which means they want to sell their brand there and earn more money, like in China where cosmetics have to undergo animal testing, this is now stated in the FAQ section on their website.
Back to The Body Shop, in 2013 they came out with a few brand new facial cleansers, I have only been introduced to this Camomile Sumptuous Cleanser at a Body Shop party and have really enjoyed the results.
To linked back to what I was saying at the start, that L’Oreal own the Body Shop and so take their earnings, they haven’t taken away what makes the Body Shop unique – it was the first cosmetics company to raise awareness of ethical buying, of buying natural products and of the impact that people were having on the planet. The company is still doing that, using their influence and informing their customers of what is inside the products and where they come from.
Inside this facial cleanser you have Olive Oil and Shea Butter, both to soften the skin and to remove what you have on the skin gently, yet it’s still strong enough to remove waterproof mascara.
It’s also easy to use, just a nail lightly across the surface of the tin, massage between your fingers and then massage all over your face, use your ring finger for your eyelids and eyelashes, spending extra time on the eyelashes to give the whole surface a good coat of the products. Then you wash off with warm water either with your hands or a face cloth; I have found that just using my hands is good enough but some people feel there is a residue still left so it is a matter of personal preference in that department.
The tin comes in one size, which is 90g at £12, which lasts a good 3-4 months, depending if you are using it morning and night or just once a day.
The product does the job well for removing make-up, making the skin feel soft and not irritating the skin either, gently removing the dirt and grime while cleaning my skin, considering I have been using this product since May of last year I think it’s done very well for my combination-sensitive prone skin.
While there will always be a debate about the Body Shop’s ethic’s now, it has to be said that they do the best they can in the situation they are now in, and they still try to bring people awareness to things that is happening in the world. They might no longer be the most prime example for ethics, they are not the worst for people to buy from.
Camomile Sumptuous Cleanser is available in all Body Shop stores and online.