After years of hearing about The Body Shop I finally decided to visit their website and give a few of their products a try. In the past I had heard their body butters were to die for and rumor even has it that Jennifer Lopez used her pull to get one of their shops to open up after hours just so she could buy a few cases of the legendary cream before leaving the country. But it wasn’t the name J-Lo that got me to purchase their creams. Instead it was the rave reviews of friends, family and dozens of acquaintances online who finally led me to try this line of beauty products.
So, with credit card in hand, I hit up The Body Shop’s website and went on a mini shopping spree. I of course picked up the Brazil Nut Body Butter, as well as the Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Milk & Honey Light Body Lotion, and two of their Lip Butter treatments.
My products came in the mail last week and I have been using them religiously- but not because I like them, but rather because they cost me almost $60.00. Much like Carol’s Daughter, I find the products from the Body Shop to be over priced and underwhelming.
I will start with my least favorite of all the products I ordered- the Vitamin E Moisture Cream. If you have very dry or even mildly dry skin, this product will not hydrate it. Once applied to your skin the cream vanishes, leaving nothing behind- not even the moisture it claims to supply.
Next up is the lip butters which you truly only need a little bit of. I dabbed some on without a mirror and when I finally got a glance of my face I was shocked to see a white ring around my lips. This stuff is no chapstick. You truly only need to use a very tiny pinch which will cover your bottom and top lip. What these lip butters won’t do however is moisturize your lips. They are basically overpriced tubs of Vaseline that evaporate very quickly leaving your lips dry and sticky feeling.
Last up is their body butter which I really expected to perform some sort of miracle based on all the things I had read about it. Needless to say this cream is no different than a million other creams you can buy from the local CVS and worst of all, it doesn’t even smell good. I at least expected it to smell good. If nothing else the Body Shop is known for it’s fabulous smelling products but this Brazil Nut Body Butter falls short. It smells almost as bad as the shea butter cream from Carol’s Daughter.
So, all in all, after spending a small fortune on fancy products with pretty packaging, I have found that what I needed I had all along. My $12.99 bottle of Neutrogena Sesame Oil does everything my body needs and then some. (( I haven’t used the Milk & Honey lotion so I could not give my opinion on that product. ))
Btw, a post on Afrobella got me to try the Sesame Oil, so do share your beauty secrets as well sistas and feel free to let us know which products you think are not worth our time or money.