I spent some time in the Covent Garden branch on Friday – goodness, it’s so busy! – and I had a look at absolutely everything so I can do some proper gift guiding if you’re stuck for ideas. With 25% off all gifts, there are some truly beautiful bargains to be had.
I don’t know about you, but I rate The Body Shop Body Butters as some of the very best you can find – anywhere. If you want hydrated, soft skin it’s an easy win. In our family, we do ‘table presents’ which are something small to open at the table. My mum and dad used to do it for us and it’s something I’ve brought forward to our family traditions – the body balms are an obvious winner and there are any number of sets you can pick from HERE, all with 25% off. You’re still in time for the personalisation service in stores and you can pick from 12 difference fragrances (coconut for me, please!). They’re £15 each in festive packaging if you prefer.
While I was in The Body Shop, a man bowled in from the rain obviously in a huge rush asking for Bath Bombs – I’ve never had a bath bomb emergency myself, but there was clearly something very urgent afoot! The assistant helped him straight away to the green tea and mango versions and he went away quite happily loaded up. I prefer bath or shower gels myself, not just for their functionality but for their subliminal ‘relax’ messaging. At this time of year, it’s very stressful and you have to take your moments where you can – Peppermint & Candy Cane is exactly the right blend of fresh and festive but I’ll never turn my back on the iconic Satsuma. This set of minis was £9 and is now £6.75 HERE.
It’s not all about the fun and fruity – The Body Shop masks are amongst their best-sellers because customers come back time and time again for them. The Himalayan Charcoal & British Rose Duo is something that’s just going to keep on giving for anyone who loves to pamper their skin. The charcoal mark is purifying and glow-making, while the rose mask softens, plumps and hydrates, depending upon what your skin needs or whether the mood is right for multi-masking (it’s a longer pamper, let’s face it). The set was £32 but is now £24 HERE and the sizes are a generous 75ml each. Team it with an animal headband so you don’t mask strands of hair, too. Rosie The Racoon is still available on-line (£4 HERE) but there’s more of a choice in stores. I use my bunny ears band all the time!
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
So, now we come around to the ‘emergency gift’ category. Every year, without fail, someone that I’m not expecting pops round so I keep a little stash (doesn’t every woman?!). The Body Shop Hand Cream Cracker Set, was £25 and now £18.75 HERE is perfect for this and really, so nicely packaged. You can split it up – there are six in the box, or keep it whole and if nobody claims it, give them out as extras on Christmas Day. I’m neglecting to mention the obvious (keep for self!!).
I think one of the main reasons The Body Shop is fool proof is the work they do in the wider world. It’s always been that way for this brand and this year, they’re partnering with the Woodland Trust and World Land Trust to re-wild at least 10 million square metres of land in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean in the UK, and the Caucasus Wildlife refuge in Armenia. A minimum of £150,000 (World Land Trust) and £150,000 (Woodland Trust) will be donated, regardless of how many customer transactions take place. When you buy something – no matter what you spend – 1.8p will head towards this donation.
It sounds a small amount on its own but soon adds up (it was so busy in Covent Garden on Thursday I think they could hit that target on their own). When you make a conscious choice to shop in a place where your purchase makes a difference – and believe me, it will, not least to the rare animals that need healthy forest around them for their survival – it really is in the spirit of Christmas because you end up giving more than you know. There’s more to read about the projects HERE.
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