Which meant only one thing: retail therapy. Because, obviously, despite all evidence to the contrary, I had NOTHING TO WEAR!!! Sorry to shout, but maybe you know the panic this induces? Actually I had something to wear, but for the second night I was feeling at a loss. Of course when I find myself desperate to find something, anything at all, is when the shops seem to come up empty. Nothing fit, nothing was what I was looking for, I was thoroughly out of options. (I ended up wearing my Dorothy Perkins black floral smock number from the May Buyer's Archive and it was fine, actually!).
So forlorn was I that I felt I deserved a little perk me up - I wandered into The Body Shop, that old faithful, less jazzy bath and body stalwart that has been soothing me for as long as I can remember. I remember in my teens when it was all new and exciting, when we had none of us sniffed essential oils or fruity lotions. I feel The Body Shop does despite occasional bumps (cough discontinuing things I like!) still provide a pretty impressive choice of reasonably priced lovely products. I was after some Satsuma lotion, having run out of smelly lotions I do like to have the option to have an extra layer of scent, and their Satsuma fragrance is so ridiculously fresh and happy making.
Of course they had a special offer on, buy one product get another half off, and I WAS needing a body scrub as I am going on holiday next month to a beachy place so scaly skin must be attacked with vigor! The shop was surprisingly empty for a weekend, and when I got to the register the lovely cashier informed me if I spent a mere £6 more I would get a positively giant free gift! If anyone is immune to such tactics more power to them, but not I! Plus my bath stuff stores are running a bit low, I tend to eke out my Christmas/b-day stuff for awhile but we've reached that sort of sad stage where all the good stuff is gone (the heart bleeds I know!). So I grabbed the Satsuma Body Mist, which I had been eyeing up for awhile, and now should I choose to I can walk around buffed to the nines and zinging people wherever I go with my citrus smelling goodness!
|L to R: Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish, Body Mist and Body "Puree"|
I prefer their body polish to their scrub which I did think was scratchy the last time I tried it.This is the first Body Mist I have tried, and I absolutely love it. It's super fresh and light, maybe not the strongest scent in the world but great for an extra layer of scent or a perk me up. I prefer the lotion or "puree" as they call it (sounds like something you should eat not put on your body if you ask me!) in the Satsuma fragrance, can't say why exactly as I do like the body butters also, just a personal preference thing.
There were a choice of scents for the gift boxes (I think they may have been leftover Christmas ones from last year), but I went for probably my other favourite Body Shop scent, Shea. It's very subtle and layers nicely with anything, but also smells nice just on it's own too I think - just sort of vaguely sweet and buttery. I fully admit I passed it by for years because it seemed a bit boring, but one year the hubby got me a large tub of the Shea Body Butter and I fell in love with its simple sweet scent and impressive moisturising properties. It's just good stuff, basically! I tend to under-moisturise as my skin isn't super dry but when I have anything Shea Butter I am always slapping it on.
|FREE Body Shop Shea Butter gift with purchase|
Look at all the free stuff! Ok so not technically "free", but not a bad haul for £20 I think! I love the Shower Cream and Body Butter especially; I generally buy Body Shop stuff online because they often have better online only deals, but I'm so glad I stumbled in on this day. They also have a new membership card which operates slightly differently from the old one (You used to have to pay £5 and renew it annually for a small discount and a free b-day gift which I never remembered to get anyway!). This one is free/more like a rewards points card as far as I understand, so a bit less of a faff*.
So there you have it, my accidentally rather large Body Shop haul! I always feel a bit weird buying myself a gift set though (even though it was free, free I tell you!), like I really should be nice and give it away to some deserving person. But this was a kind of crappy week (female trouble, ugh) so I felt like it was a little present from the universe, to me!
*Expat dictionary: Faff = Hassle! ;-)