The Body Shop isn't a brand I buy from very often, and that's for two reasons. The first being price, the second being location. They're also not online, which is a huge nuisance - the UK site won't ship to Ireland for reasons unbeknownst to anyone. They're missing out on an enormous amount of money because the brand is popular over here. I managed to get Parcel Motel to work with the site once - and could never get it to work again regardless of what combination address/payment I used. You can order over the phone, but as I found out that has its downside too unless you've a very straightforward email address. My order was sorted by a lovely lady but it was just too much hassle to want to order over the phone again. Back to the prices - a shower cream costs £4 in the UK - even with the dire exchange rate that's coming in at €5.67. What price are they here? €8.95. Outrageous.
I was lucky enough to win a recent giveaway held on Erin (Chasing Ruby Chat)'s youtube channel recently, the prize was a few Body Shop bits and I was delighted because I had heard other people rave about the moisturiser and was curious about it.
Brazil Nut Shower Cream - €8.95 | Brazil Nut Body Butter - €18.95 |
Pink Grapefruit Body Sorbet - €13.50 | Vitamin C Moisturiser - €21.50
I bought the Brazil Nut Shower Cream and Body Butter the time I managed to get the order through on the UK site during a sale. I also bought the Scrub from the same range but I didn't like the texture and gave it away. I like this body butter a lot - it's not a very strong smell, nor is the shower gel, but they're both really pleasant to use and work well. The sorbet is nice - it's a strange texture, somewhere between a gel and cream, almost like the texture of shaving gel. The moisturiser is nice - it's designed to wake "dull, tired, grumpy skin" up and it feels nice. Again, the texture is not what you'd expect from a moisturiser, it's lighter and a little more diluted, definitely not a thick cream. It's really lovely.
Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet - €13.50 | Wonderblur - €24.95 | Virgin Mojito Body Butter - €18.95
I ordered the Virgin Mojito Sorbet and Body Butter over the phone (01 671 3725) - if you want to place a phone order, you pay €5 delivery charge which I thought was reasonable considering the size of the products. It's handy if you know exactly what you're looking for. I had seen this range on a few blogs and was going through a lime phase so I ordered - and sadly, the smell really doesn't do it for me. I love the lime, but there's a sugary sweetness that is just too much, I don't get mint at all and I don't like the smell. I've been using up the sorbet on my legs after a shower just to get rid of it but I definitely wouldn't be into this scent.
The Wonderblur primer was the third item I won in Erin's giveaway. It has a crumbly, dry texture that I found really strange for a primer. When I put it on my hand and tried to apply to my face, some of it just fell off my face before I could rub it in. It was quite heavily scented, but it did slightly improve the appearance of my pores. I think there are much better, cheaper options out there. Honestly the weirdest texture ever.
I really do wish that the company would give Irish customers a proper website with prices displayed, and an option to place orders online. Even if we could order from the UK website that would be fantastic - I don't have a shop near me and I love a browse and a sniff, especially in the Autumn/Winter months.
In the meantime, there's a small range of Body Shop products available online from Meaghers.