The Body Shop – Candied Ginger – Graduation Haul

I received this lovely set as a graduation present from my friend over at: The Beauty Fiend back in July and this is me just getting around to blogging about it but it is not due to being unsatisfied with the set.

The set includes a Body butter, Hand Cream, Shower Gel and a Lip Balm.

As you can see in the close up photo the packaging is super cute with little ginger bread men on it. Once of my favourite scents happens to be ginger so I was delighted to receive this as a gift.  It smells very richly of ginger but it is not overly sweet – which is a good thing -because lets face it after a certain age you cannot afford to be going out smelling too much like a sweet shop.

The body butter is as good as all the rest of The Body Shop butter but in texture is more akin to the shea butter or stawberry body butter than the mango one but this does not make it any less great a body butter.  I have been trying not to use this too much at the moment along with the shower gel (which I am failing on) as I feel it will be a fabulous scent for the coming autumn and winter. Ginger is quite a warm spice and it is associated with Christmas in the form of gingerbread men so come the latter seasons this will be keeping my skin nice and soft against the bitter cold. I will have no doubt used all the shower gel by then though because I cannot stop using it.

I have not used the hand cream very much since I am saving it for when I eventually getting a job – so that I actually have a reason to be moisturising my hands – it’s the novelty of having something else to stick in your handbag. From testing it out a couple of times it is nice though – not too greasy and smells as divine as the body butter and shower gel.

The lip balm is my favourite though and it is my first lip balm like this from the body shop.  It is like Vaseline in texture and leaves the lips truly moisturised – if you can stop yourself from licking it off, that is. 
All in all another great set from The Body Shop.
What is everyone’s favourite body shop scent?  I’m a fan of raspberry and mango. 

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub – Review

My skin has been super dry recently and extremely itchy and having misplaced my exfoliating glove (something every human male or female should have) I dug out the The Body Shop’s Mango Body Scrub I got for my birthday.

I have previous reviewed the body butter to go with this scrub:

I got a gift set with the whole mango range but having so many bathroom products means I have not used them all yet.  The mango body scrub has left me very happy though on a bleak day of dissertation work. Simple things.

As you can see from the photo the scrub resembles mooshed up mango.  I feels a bit like that in texture too if I am being honest but the scrub does contain real mango seed oil so that is obviously why.  Don’t worry The Body Shop have not just mooshed up some mango’s and stuck a price tag on it.  Although that would be a sure fire way to make some money.

Not only is the scrub rough enough to remove your dead skin it also moisturises as it scrubs.  Afterwards my skin was soft and felt like I had just moisturised.  It is more oil than cream based – so I do not know how nice this would be on already oily skin but all skin needs some TLC sometimes.  Especially with the summer coming in.  There is going to be a lot of exfoliating in my future.

I have also been using the matching shower gel recently and I am wondering if it is that drying out my skin.  I’m not going to review the shower gel as my friend already has:

But my friend notes that the shower gel, although it smells beautifully of mango’s, does not leave scent on the skin.  The scrub however does.  Today I am wearing a scented deodorant, a body spray, perfume, my dry shampoo smells a bit like chocolate and I can still smell mango’s.  That is impressive.

It is definitely a body scrub to use in the morning rather than to use before bed – as otherwise the soft oily skin and mango scent would just be wasted.

Price: £12.50 – you only need to use a little drop every time you use it though. It will last a while.

If you prefer to eat mango then check out my friends recipe for mango and coconut smoothie:

I myself have sampled this and it is yummy – especially with rum added to it.



Body butter – some of the best

I am currently in the fortunate position to have my three favourite body butters – this is what happens when your birthday is just after Christmas.

1.  FCUK – Polished Body Butter

  • Contains cocoa butter, johoba and almond oil.
  • Is a thick cream and leaves the skin feeling slightly oily but leaves the skin looking healthy.
  • Smells great – mandarin and osmanthus flower with creamy vanilla notes.
  • £5.87 at Boots.

2. Soap and Glory – The Righteous Butter

  • Contains shea butter and also vera – for ‘very dry skin’.
  • Is the applied to damp skin.  I usually put it on after a shower or before I go to bed.  If you wear it to bed your sheets will smell of it which is nice.
  • I really like this compared to the other Soap and Glory body butter.  The other one I felt sticky on my skin.  Whereas this one might make you swear ‘you’re wearing velvet’.
  • £10.20 from boots but it is a 300ml tub – so it will last you a while.  If you have dry skin like me then it it definitely a good investment.  Boots usually have 3 for 2 offers also.

3. The Body Shop – Mango Body Butter

  • Contains – Mango seed oil, community fair trade cocoa butter (all body shop products are ethically friendly) and sweet almond oil.
  • It hydrates skin and leaves it soft and smooth.  The exotic mango scent is simply lush.
  • I have used the strawberry and the raspberry body butters in the past but the mango one is my favourite.
  • This one is my favourite body butter but for  a 200ml tub it is £12.50 – so it is a bit more expensive than the other two but a tub usually lasts me over a year. 
  • The body shop do gift sets a lot of the time so you might actually get more value if you buy one of the sets.  The set I got for my birthday had soap, lip butter, shower gel, body scrub and the body butter.  On the website it is £25 – for £10 more you can get all that extra stuff.

All the body butters I have mentioned are of a high standard and work really well with dry skin.  The body shop website can tell you which body butter will suit your skin type though.