Body Butters from The Body Shop
I had chosen these body butters based on the fact that they contain no parabens (though from the website it would seem that the blueberry one does contain parabens after all, so I must have just missed that when I looked at the ingredients the first time), as well as the fact that I had used a couple before and really enjoyed them. This time I tried the passion fruit, raspberry and blueberry scents.
The passion fruit scent was my favourite of the three. It smells exactly like fresh passionfruit and has a very buttery soft texture. It applies nicely and moisturises fairly well on normal skin. The blueberry for me was fairly comparable in terms of texture and quality of the scent. Again, it moisturises fairly well on normal skin.
The raspberry for me was still nice, but not as good in terms of texture or scent as the other two. The scent was recognisable as raspberry but seemed more synthetic than the others, and the consistency of the product was thinner and creamier (more like what I would think of as a 'moisturiser' than what I would think of as a 'body butter').
Overall I really like these products, but I wouldn't recommend them for problem skin as I didn't feel that they hydrated my eczema well enough to keep me feeling comfortable.
The ingredients for each of these products can be found on their respective pages on The Body Shop website, as linked below the picture.
Price: £13.00 for 200ml (but I bought these on sale)
Overall Rating: 3/5 (I knocked off points for what I consider to be a high price, and only average level of moisturisation on my skin)
This is the first of Lush's shower smoothies that I have ever tried. It feels very nice on the skin, and has a pleasant scent although if you dislike calamine then it might not be the product for you. It dries to a silky matte feel so really helps to keep "wet" eczema under control but I did find it quite drying on the skin so a good moisturiser is an essential product to go alongside this. I didn't see any improvement to my skin while I was using this product, but nor did I see any decline in the condition of my skin. All in all I thought it was a nice product, but I personally won't be repurchasing this as I didn't see any benefit to using it on my own skin.
I don't use face masks very often but they make a lovely treat every now and again. In the past I have only used Catastrophe Cosmetic but I was persuaded to try Oatifix instead as a face mask for dry skin. After working my way through a pot of this I can happily say that I absolutely loved it. Everything from the scent to the texture to the cooling and moisturising sensation you get when you apply this product was perfect for me. It smells good enough to eat and leaves your skin feeling amazing afterwards. The almonds in the mixture are gently exfoliating so help to get rid of any dry bits without feeling harsh or scrubby. I would definitely purchase this again the next time I need a treat for my skin.
Angels on Bare Skin is a gentle cleanser based on almond milk. It comes in a solid form as shown in the picture above and turns to a cleansing milk when you add water to a small amount in your hand. Like with Oatifix, the almonds in the mixture act as a gentle exfoliant while the lavender and essential oils give the product a light fresh scent. Although I like the way this cleanser behaves and makes my skin feel, I find it a bit of a pain to use as it's easy to get the consistency wrong and lose all the product from out of your hand. It also doesn't take your makeup off, so a makeup remover is needed alongside this product.
And a word on parabens...
A while ago I wrote a post with some information about the use of parabens as preservatives in cosmetics and the health concerns involved. As a person with very sensitive skin, it’s important to me to have products which don’t cause allergic reactions or aggravate my eczema. I had come across enough health concerns about parabens to make me want to avoid buying products which contain them.
For those that don’t know, I’ve just finished my undergraduate degree in Forensic Science; as a part of this I read several scientific journals and magazines. Well, as luck would have it, the August issue of the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) News featured an article about the risks of certain chemicals. Due to this article I am now able to provide you with some updated information from my last post, for anyone who is concerned about parabens in their products.
- Although the use of parabens has been linked to the development of certain cancers, there is no evidence to show that parabens are harmful in this way. More research is underway into the long-term health effects of their use.
- In clinical trials, around 1% of people showed an allergic response to parabens. When applied to normal skin, parabens contained in cosmetic products should not be the cause of an allergic response.
So my opinion on this, for what it’s worth, is that if you do not suffer from any skin complaints then you probably don’t need to go to the trouble of avoiding parabens. For myself, I think I will continue to avoid them when my eczema is bad, but perhaps I don’t need to bother about avoiding them as much when my skin is clear. If you are concerned about parabens in your cosmetics and skin care products, paraben-free products such as those I have reviewed, or products containing alternative preservatives such as grapefruit seed extract (GSE) are available.
This information on parabens is adapted from the following two RSC publications: