(Accidental!) Body Shop Haul

So last weekend was one of those weird weekends (not in the fun Louis Theroux way, well in a fun way but less weird!) where I had to go out TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW! Eek, crazy times. I felt a bit like Lol in This is England at the disco (um except I would have loved that disco!). We had our friend visiting from out of town so host/hostess hats were on, butts were prised from the sofa. Which to be honest I'm so completely out of the habit of going out, on a weekend, in our somewhat wild west of a town, so I do feel out of my comfort zone a bit.

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! ;-)

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  1. I like getting little "gifts" to myself especially when I am feeling down.I haven't tried these ones however I really like BS products. Their scrubs and body lotions make my skin so smooth! Now I have an urge to visit BS after seeing this post :)

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    1. Yes I think it's a nice idea to give ourselves little presents too! :-) They have a free gift with purchase online at the moment if you spend £10 (not sure what, think it was a "mystery gift!" ;-) xo

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  2. Do like BS. Have amazing chocolate scented scrub but I think it may have been discontinued. I love their body butters and vitamin E facial oil too.

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    1. Oh I know the chocolate stuff was quite popular, but they do discontinue things from time to time unfortunately! I will def. cehck out the vitamin E oil - I read they have a new line of facial oils coming out too!

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  3. I love the body shop! They do seem to have super great deals, I usually shop then to stock up on their body butters. I love it when you get a surprise deal though! It does seem like you got a great deal amount of stuff for what you paid :)

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    1. I love bargains, or at least feeling like I'm getting a bargain!

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  4. I love the Body Shop's regular discounts (does anyone ever pay full price there, I wonder? If they do, they're FOOLS!). I got 40% off a huge haul recently, enough body butter to last me until 2018 at least!

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    1. Those massive online discounts are dangerous! ;-0

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  5. Oh, I love The Body Shop! They don't have one in my area - the nearest one is a 2.5 hour drive away, so yeah. I have ordered some things online that I enjoyed - green tea facial scrub being one. They have a (tiny) selection of items at my local Ulta store, but nowhere near enough. I want the whole freaking store, not just two shelves. Pretty good haul, though. :) Shea is the best. And coconut. Hmm...

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    1. Online is dangerous with their crazy deals though, I think most of the time it's cheaper online here at least. mm love the coconut too!

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