The best of the The Body Shop – My personal picks

A couple of weeks back I popped into the launch of the revamped The Body Shop store in Tygervalley. It’s a ’boutique concept’ store which means things are laid out in such a way that it encourages you to test, sniff and play, but to be perfectly honest, when it comes to The Body Shop, this is something I’ve never had a problem with, concept store or not.

Looks good enough to eat!
Looks good enough to eat!

To celebrate the launch, the store was selling off their wares at a 50-percent discount so I lost it a little and stocked up on all my favourite things. Ready for a quick tour? Also, please note that I’m sick to death of typing out ‘The Body Shop’ in full so TBS it is!

First up, you should know that if you’re a fair-skinned maiden soos ek that TBS Baked-To-Last (R155) in Petal is your best friend. Don’t think. Just buy it and thank me later. It’s the kind of blush that, should it ever be discontinued, I’d spend the rest of my life hunting down the survivors on eBay.

Pretty pretty!

Next, let me introduce you to TBS Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion (R110). Being a beauty editor, I know better than to poke at my pores or use a razor on my bikini line when I’m on holiday and forgot to pack some Veet, but hey, shizzle happens. And when it does I’m always grateful for this guy. You can slap him on anything red or irritated and BOOM – within hours the peace is restored once more. He’s the ‘paramedic’ I call on quite regularly. For serious OMFG skin emergencies, however, I whip out the ‘doctor’ that is Differin gel*.

Miracle worker!

Moving on, as you know I’m in love with the brand’s new Spa of the World sea salt scrub (used on dry skin, not wet!) but at almost R300 a pop it’s not something I’ll always be able to throw in my trolley. (Saving for a fat deposit on a house when you’re a sad ole’ single bank account spinster is haaaaard, girls!) This is where TBS mango body scrub (R150) comes in. It’s half the price and definitely the most ‘scrubby’ of all the store’s non-bankrupting scrubs. Also, IT SMELLS SO FREAKING GOOD!


On the subject of smellies, there are soooo many TBS fragrances I adore – Mango, Sweet Lemon (when I can find it), Pink Grapefruit… But, despite not being a big ‘white floral’ girl, there’s something about Moringa that I love, love, love. To me, it smells like frangipanis and sunshine and being young. Maybe it’s a memory thing. I don’t know. But either way, slapping TBS Beautifying Moringa Oil (R140) on my legs on hot summer days when I’m in a skirt or dress has become a way of life.

The smell of summer!

Last, but not least, if you’re looking for the most awesome make-up remover, know that their Chamomile range is pure magnificence. I’m especially crazy about the Waterproof Eye & Lip make up remover (R130) and Silky Cleansing Oil (R160). Both are like magic wands and are currently living it up in my bathroom as I type, but I’m too lazy to get off the couch and take a shot so let’s pretend there’s a mooi piccie sitting beneath this text.

Have you tried any of my favourites or do you have a whole bunch of your own?

Love, love


*This is a retinoid-based acne buster that murders blind pimples in your sleep. You need a script for it but if you can pull a good Puss in Boots kitten face like me most pharmacists just hand it over. Just don’t come crying to me if you use it irresponsibly, have some horrible freak reaction and melt off your face**.

**Also, don’t you just love getting real life tip offs from a person as opposed to a faceless magazine that would never print something like the above in a zillion trillion years?

18 thoughts on “The best of the The Body Shop – My personal picks

  1. Hi Leigh

    So let me get this straight….I can’t eat this stuff? Like that’s a complete no consumption rule? Meh! But it looks ssssssssssssooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have heard so much about the Body Shop products and as the months go by I wonder if my budget could allow for at least one cheat during the month. I think the time has come. I am in LOVE with scrubs at the moment, and my skin isn’t exactly complaining either! Never realized the benefits of exfoliating as a teen, but wish I had known then what I know now.

    Also my first buy is going to have to be that Mango Body Scrub. I love anything Mango and this looks like my kind of haul. I do have a Blogaversary coming up next month….I wonder…….. 🙂

    I love your images as well, they’re so inviting! What color are you wearing on your nails?
    I know you have mentioned the blush here above, I have been looking for a blush that actually stays on my face for more than 2 minutes for ages, any long wear suggestions for darker skin?

    And yes, I’d much rather read anything by LipglossIsMyLife than a magazine!

    Looking forward to getting into more of your amazing posts this weekend!


  2. I am addicted to the Camomile Silky cleansing oil, and am trialling a cleanser by Ordinary Skincare right now, yet I keep yearning for my oil… It’s my holy grail cleanser! I love the mango body scrub, but when I can make my own scrub at home with brown sugar, olive oil (and occasionally some filter coffee grounds too), R150 seems insane. I have found a really good scrub by a brand called Fennel at Dischem though – the coconut one is my favourite, it’s a milky white colour and so similar to TBS Mango one in texture. And it leaves my skin SO soft and moisturised too.. And I think they’re around R35-40!!!!

    1. Oooh Fennel! Yes, I often spot it in Dis-Chem. Wanted to try their choc chip cookie scrub a while back but accidentally bought the body yoghurt instead. Now going to try that coconut one you mentioned next time I’m in store.

      1. Ag, it’s just another primer with a bit of tea tree oil in the mix. Personally, I’ve found nothing can truly shrink the size of pores for good and, for me, the best way to keep them matte is with Essence blotting papers or MAC Blot powder.

  3. I also love TBS Camomile Range, I just finished the cleansing balm, so I am going to start on the oil soon. Moringa is also one of my favourite scents, it reminds me of Frangipanis too, which reminds me of tropical holidays, whats not to love!

    1. Totally! We used to have a frangipani tree back home in PE. They’re pretty much all over the Eastern Cape and whenever I smell them it reminds me of being in junior school, running around the garden in a wet costume with summer in full bloom. You know those days… when the sky is like a deep, vivid blue and there’s all this white noise from a zillion insects going crazy in the background. I love that!

      1. It reminds me of Phuket and Krabi. And humidity. And my hair going frizzy! If you like the scent, you should try the Amazonian wild lily fragrance mist and the jasmine and white frangipani spritz, both from TBS.

      2. Can you believe I haven’t sniffed those yet? But next time I’m in store I’m sooo going to. Thanks for the tip off skat and sorry for the slow reply. Only just ‘saw’ your comment now.

      3. Ah wait, I see I did reply. Arrrgh, this wordpress backend is killing me today. Either way, I really want to try that jasmine and white frangipani scent sometime soon. You’re the second person to mention it to me after I express my mad love for moringa 😉

  4. I love your blog, just putting that out there :). This is an old post of yours but I recently bought the chamomile cleansing oil and I love it! I never thought something oily would be so great. Thanks for a great blog.

    1. Hi Niecole! Thank you sooo much for your comment, I never get sick of hearing that people enjoying reading my blog. Ja, that chamomile cleanser is brilliant. I still use it and love how it takes off literally anything but feels so pampering and soft 😉

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