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.
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.
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*.
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.
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?
*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?