In November, I blogged about favorite products I use from The Body Shop to get my skin through the winter and now, in what feels like the blink of an eye, summer is already quickly on its way. I'm looking forward to warm, sunny days ahead and to prepare, I made my bi-annual trip to The Body Shop (shout out to the Summit Mall store in Fairlawn, OH) to stock up on some of my favorite fruity and citrusy-scented products. When I walked in, I was happy to see there was a Buy 3, Get 3 Free deal going on; it's worth keeping an eye out for this sale, either in the store or on-line at www.thebodyshop-usa.com.
Every spring and summer, I buy the same three scents to mix and match - mango, pink grapefruit, and satsuma, which is a type of Japanese orange. They all come in a shower gel, some kind of lotion or body butter, and a body mist, which makes them great for layering on top of each other. I'm not a morning person and because the smell of citrus is refreshing and such a great pick-me-up, I use a Bath Lily ($3.00) with either the Satsuma or Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel ($13.00 8.4 fl oz) to start waking up while I'm in the shower. And although I didn't grab one this time around, the Mango Shower Gel is also a great way to start the day. Side note: in case it's a deal breaker for you, all these shower gels do contain sodium laureth sulfate.
No matter what time of year it is, I think it's still super important to moisturize all over, but I put my heavy creams and body butters away in favor of lighter lotions, like the Satsuma Body Puree ($13.00 8.4 fl oz) or the Mango Body Whip ($13.00 8.4 fl oz). One of the reasons I love Body Shop lotions is because they don't contain petrolatum or mineral oil, which are an absolute no-no for me when it comes to products I use on my skin. They also contain ingredients that are good for the skin, such as essential fruit oils, sunflower seed oil, and shea butter.
Again, because all these scents are fruity and citrusy, I can mix and match what I layer. So I'll use the Satsuma Shower Gel and Body Puree together or substitute the Mango Body Whip instead, depending on what strikes my fancy that day. And I add the final layer right before I head out the door by spritzing (or more like dousing) myself in either the Mango or the Satsuma Body Mist ($13.00 3.3 fl oz). I'm seriously addicted to these body mists. If you prefer a stronger, long-lasting scent, these probably aren't for you; however, because I'm hotter than the average bear in the summer, I like the fact that they evaporate throughout the day and I can always add an extra spritz or two to freshen up if needed. And if you prefer something just a little heavier, each of these scents is also available in an eau de toilette.
And of course, no trip to The Body Shop would be complete if I didn't grab a few bottles of the Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover ($18.00 8.4 fl oz), my very favorite non-oil based makeup remover. It was time for me to replenish my stock as I was down to the last of the three bottles I bought back in November. I will have to say, though, I was unhappy to see the price raised by a dollar while the amount of product remains the same, although I love it enough to keep paying what is becoming an increasingly ridiculous price.
If you're not a fan of citrus and still want more of a light, summery scent, The Body Shop also carries Strawberry, Coconut, and right now, a limited edition scent called Pinita Colada (which I'm sad they didn't have when I stopped in earlier this month). And if you love the shower gels as much as I do, you can get them in the Mega size, which is 25.3 fl oz for just $20.00, which is really a great bargain.
What are your favorite summertime products from The Body Shop? I'd love to hear what you love in the comments below.
Yours in beauty,
Lady Bon Vivant