Category Archives: The Body Shop

The Body Shop: Wild Rose Hand Cream spf 15

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Autumn has started which my hands translate into winter and get all dry. So off I went to The Body Shop store to get my favorite Hemp Hand Protector that  is a good substitute for some other and even pricier hand cream. They didn’t have it, of course. I guess my hands are not the only ones who have problems with telling the season and behaving accordingly. Yet there was a new hand moisturizer on the shelf and since it’s targeted for mature skin I dreamt of amazing moisturizing and nourishing properties…and then I woke up. But let’s be nice and start with something nice.

The good thing is that this hand cream smells amazing. I feel like it’s made from bulgarian rose and it’s not too candy-like at all yet doesn’t feel like rose perfume you inherited after your grandma. The scent lasts for at least an hour without being overpowering. The second (or shall I say last) good thing is the spf especially for daytime use.

The bad thing: I have to admit I have never had a hand cream that not only does not moisturize my hands it actually makes my skin feel tighter and drier withing five minutes of application. It feels like my hands are coated with a film that starts shrinking my skin. Yuck.

The second bad thing is the packaging and I read a few reviews to know I am not the only one struggling with it. The cap is small a fiddly. So it can be rather tricky to open it on a street or in a public transport, squeeze some of it out and then screw it on again. It’s so flimsy that even though you think you put it on proper and tight hours later you discover the hand cream has ventured inside  your handbag, the cap nowhere to be found or there is a hole in the tint tube.

So for $20/250Czk you get a hand cream that is not going to make it in the dangerous environment of your handbag and that will not moisturize your hands. Not too bad is it? (Sarcasm over).

PS: ingredients list down below.

Po česku:

Moje drahé ručičky si pletou roční období  a s nástupem i sebevíc mírného podzimu mají krutou zimu, oschnou a chystají se praskat. Tak jsem vyrazila do Body Shopu do Palladia, abych si koupila jejich krém na ruce Hemp Hand Protector, který si kupuju jako levnější náhradu jistého nechutně drahého krému (asi tušíte). A samozřejmě, neměli ho. Asi nejsem jediná, kdo má tak nemožné ruce. Ale vedle se hrdě tyčila tahle novinka a když je určena pro zralé ručky, začala jsem snít o neuvěřitelné výživě a hydrataci…a pak jsem se probrala.

Jsem milá holka, začneme tím, co je na krému fajn, ono toho moc stejně nebude.

Fajn je jak úžasně voní. Voní po bulharské růži, není příliš sladký, ale taky nebudete mít pocit, že jste zdědila parfém po babičce. Vůně je stálá, vydrží i hodinu, aniž by byla omamující. Fajn je taky to, že má v sobě ochranný filtr 15 a tak vám nezestárnou (tak rychle) vaše ručky.

Ovšem méně fajn je to, že tento krém vůbec, ale vůbec, nejenže nehydratuje a nevyživí ani jednu buňku vašeho epidermu, on dokonce ty ruce vysušuje. Tedy aspoň tak se moje ruce po pěti minutách po nanesení cítí, jak scvrklé švestky.

A druhý problém je obal a uzavírání. Ten vršek je docela malý, takže odšroubovat, namáznout a zase šroubovat, tentokrát s kluzkýma rukama, někde na ulici či v mhd je oříšek, ale budiž. Povedlo se, je zavřeno a utaženo, krém padá do kabelky a vy za hodinu zjistíte, že i tak se nějak rozšrouboval a rozhlédl po celé vaší kabelce, uzávěr emigroval úplně a ještě se stihl propíchnout obal…

Takže uznejte, za 250kč to není zas tak zlý: nehydratuje a v džungli té vaší kabelky to jednoho dne nezvládne. No nekupte to.

 

Ingredients: Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Octyl Salicylate (Sunscreen), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Sunscreen), Ethyl Trisiloxane (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Methyl Gluceth-20 (Viscosity Modifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ceteareth-20 (Emulsifier), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Butyrospermum Parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Rosa Damascena Flower Water (Skin Condtioning Agent), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Caprylhydroxamic Acid (Chelating Agent), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (Chelating Agent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Methylpropanediol (Solvent), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables (Skin Conditioning Agent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Ascorbic Acid (Antioxidant), Caramel (Colour), CI 17200 (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour).

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Body butters

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The love for body butters started, as for many, with Body shop body butters. They have a huge selection of body butters, the most popular butters are the fruity ones. I have tried them all and liked most of them. And then I moved onto other brands and these 3 body butters are the ones I currently have and use.

The Body Shop – Papaya Body Butter

This is one of The Body Shop’s (TBS) fruity body butters, comes in a 200ml jar and is recommended for normal skin. I find it nourishing enough even for my dry skin. I like that TBS’s butters melt in your palms and soak in your skin just enough to be nourishing and leave a thin coating on it to protect it from drying but I know some gals don’t like that feature. The skin doesn’t feel oily but there is definitely a thin veil – or that’s at least how I like to think of it. The scent is VERY fruity, I happen to love it but if you prefer more sophisticated fragrance to your body care you may have to look elsewhere as all of these THB’s butters smell very similar in their “frutiness”. If you need a butter for extra dry spots likes elbows, heels or even shins, you may want to try the olive or shea butter.

Ingredients: water, shea butter, papaya seed oil, cyclomethicon, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, lanolin alcohol, phenoxyethanol, cocoa butter, methylparaben, propylparaben, xantan gum, fragrance, limonene, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl alcohol, disodium EDTA, tocopherol (vit.E), linadool, citronellol, citral, sodium hydroxide, methyl 2-octyonoote, orange 4

DM Balea – Body butter Cocoa (Kakao)

I usually don’t like chocolate scented anything, to me it always ends up smelling like plastic chocolate. Yet somehow this body butter has enough of the cocoa richness in it that I like it. I actually like it so much I’m on my third jar. Though I admit the price has something to do with it too. It also comes in a 200ml jar, exactly the same design as TBS’s  butters, it’s thicker than Papaya body butter (though not as thick as TBS’s Shea butter) and is super nourishing. I never actually tried it as a all-over moisturizer since I don’t want to smell like a chocolate cake but I love it for my winter parched feet, hands, elbows. It’s actually my favorite feet remedy.

Sells for 79Czk / €2,45

Ingredients: water, shea butter, cocoa butter, glycine soya oil, dimethicone, glycerine, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, lanolin alcohol, phenoxyethanol, cera alba (white bee wax), xantham gum, fragrance, tocopherol, disodium edta, methylparaben, citric acid, ethylparaben, butylparaben, ascorbyl palmitate, propylenparaben, hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, CI 15510, CI 13015, CI15985, CI 28440

Baylis & Harding England – Nourishing Sugar Syrup & honey Body Butter

I am a fruity scent girl and yet this is another rather food-scented body butter that I own and like. It’s very lucky that I cannot detect any honey in the scent, I find honey scented products suffocating and too sweet. All I can smell is the sugar syrup in that cake frosting category yet with certain freshness that doesn’t make it cloying. Am I making any sense here? 🙂 I would not describe this as a butter but rather a cream, very thick yet cream nonetheless as you can probably see on the picture swatch down below. It’s actually a bit more difficult to spread in comparison to the previous body butters, you have to work it. If you don’t like that slightly oily feeling you get with most body butters you may like this one. I have a suspicion that it being mineral oil based it’s not as “moisture oily” but rather “dry oily” if that makes any sense. I like it enough to use it up but the texture is not for me.

Ingredients: water, glyceryl stearate, mineral oil, honey, cetearyl alcohol, peg-20 stearate, phenoxyetanol, ethylhexylglycerin, cetereath-20, fragrance, imidazoldinyl urea, tetrasodium edta, tocopheryl acetate, peg-40 hydroganated cator oil, dipropylene glycol, trethanolamine, citral

From left: Balea Cocoa body butter, TBS Papaya, Baylis & Harding

I will definitely get another TBS body butter as I like their fruity scents and they work well for me yet when it comes to nourishment and moisture the DM Balea Cocoa body butter beats any I have used in a while.