The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

If you’re a long time follower, you’re probably sick of me telling you how AWESOME the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil is. This stuff is liquid silk on my face and removes all my makeup in a snap!

I had run out of cleansing oil and was ready to purchase yet another bottle of the camomile oil (4th bottle I think?) but this time, I thought I’d be rebellious and try out the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. Essentially the same product but in balm form.

The main purpose of a cleansing oil or balm is to be your ‘first cleanse’ – the first part of skincare routine on the days you wear makeup.  When you rub the oil onto your dry face it breaks down all the makeup and melts it away easily, before you go in with your actual facial cleanser. I never miss the step of using a cleansing oil/balm before my ‘second cleanse’ because it just feels so luxurious to use and it guarantees that all my make up is removed first before I go in with my regular cleanser, which actually works better on already ‘cleansed’ skin.

Anyway, back to the balm. The balm looks exactly like hardened coconut oil. The fragrance is the same as the camomile oil version – mmmmm, love it!

I scoop about a teaspoon with my fingertips and rub it between my palms – this heats up the solid oil into liquid and then I massage my hands onto my face. The consistency of this – even when it it’s liquid state –  feels like it has more viscosity when compared to the camomile oil version, but literally, this stuff works the same.  Once I’m done massaging, I’ll rinse off with warm water and voila – a makeup-free face!  No oily residue left behind and also leaves my skin feeling nourished, yet very clean.

If I had to choose between the camomile oil or balm – I can’t!  I love them both!  They are equal in their performance.  The main difference I’d say is that the oil version is great because of the convenient packaging:  a pump bottle, which means easy access for use while it sits near your bathroom sink.  But for traveling, could be a potential disaster if it leaks in your luggage.  The balm on the other hand: packaging would be great for travelling, solid in a very well-contained tin.  But having to fuss to open it, scoop out the product and then remembering to close it back up, might be a pain for some.

Would I purchase this again?  Yes, definitely!  I think I’ll be rotating between the camomile cleansing oil and balm quite frequently.

You can find this at The Body Shop for $16 Cdn.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer

The heat and humidity have really been making my skin so much oilier than usual. The worst part is doing my makeup and by the time I get to work it seems like everything’s melted off. I’m a big fan of primers and I thought it might be a good idea to try out a new one – one that caters to oily skin. I came across TBS Tea Tree Pore Minimizer — it claims to smooth, prime and mattify the skin, leaving it feeling fresh. Sounded exactly like what I was looking for!

I’ve been using this under my makeup for about 3 weeks now and I do think this helps to control the oil on my face. I apply a thin layer of this all over my face, let it dry/absorb into my skin for about 30 seconds and apply my foundation.

This has a serum-like texture, like a lightweight moisturizer. It obviously smells of tea tree oil, so if you don’t like the smell, you won’t like this (although once absorbed into my skin, the scent disappears). As for minimizing my pores, I’m not convinced that it does that — but maybe it does, because it does control the amount of oil I have to contend with during my day.  I can say that it definitely smooths (creates a great surface for applying makeup); it primes (makes my foundation last longer on); and mattifies.

I think for as long as we’re having humid weather, this is going to be a must-use for me every day.

This retails for $19 Cdn for 30ml.

I give The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer: a HIGH FIVE

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Vitamin E Moisture Serum by The Body Shop

Even with the weather getting warmer, I can still struggle with dry skin on my face. I had just finished my Olay Regenerist serum (really great product by the way) and needed more serum. Thought it would be a good time to try something new and so I decided on the Vitamin E Moisture Serum by The Body Shop.

According to TBS website:

Best if you want to: Smooth and refine your skin with a concentrated pre-moisturizer that also protects it from harmful environmental elements.

How it works:

  • Vitamin E, wheat germ oil and rice bran oil help moisturize, nourish and condition skin, while protecting against premature aging and environmental aggressors.
  • Tara bush seed extract helps promote both immediate and long-term hydration.
  • Organic Community Trade honey moisturizes and conditions the skin

I like this serum. It has a very lightweight texture, so putting it on before my moisturizer doesn’t feel like I have too much on. The formulation is slightly more watery than some other serums I’ve tried. For how light it is, it provides a really good dose of hydration. I only have to use half a pea-size amount and that’s enough for my entire face. It spreads onto the skin really smoothly, absorbs into the skin very quickly and doesn’t feel sticky or tacky.

It has a slight fragrance to it, almost powdery/floral — I can’t really put my finger on it; it’s a pleasant smell and doesn’t linger.

Although there are serums out there that are formulated with anti-aging and antioxidants far superior to this formula, it still gives me what I was looking for — a decent boost of hydration to take care of those pesky dry patches on my face.

Would I repurchase? Yes, but not something I will run out to buy once this one is empty.

I give TBS Vitamin E Moisture Serum: a HIGH FIVE

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