This review is for the spray, not the roll-on. The roll-on contains parabens, which kind of defeats the purpose of an aluminium free deodorant as others have said. It smells a bit weird coming out of the can, but I cannot smell it on me. I've only had to apply it once a day, but we're not had any really hot days (above 30 degrees Celsius) lately, so I can't yet say how well it works in hot weather. So far I'm impressed - long lasting and no white marks, yay! It's also reasonably priced, and it's nice to not have deodorant clash with my perfume. No clogging issues yet, will update if this happens.
A gentle cleanser that removes makeup quite effectively but doesn't contain parabens, SLS etc and won't break the bank? Yay!
Very light and natural looking while still giving decent coverage. Glides on smoothly. It renders my redness non-existent and makes my pimples a lot less prominent. The staying power is so-so - usually around 4 hours before it starts fading (apart from my very oily nose which doesn't usually last more than 2). Still, I would totally recommend it unless you dislike dewy finishes.
Expensive, but does it's job well. Brightens my eyes and makes me look so much more well rested.
Good lasting power for me in summer when my face gets quite oily, but for winter I generally prefer the dewy look and this doesn't provide that. The lack of pump means I waste too much. It pretty much makes higher end foundations more cost efficient. I find it hard to apply as it dries very quickly and turns almost clay like. Does look kind of cakey. Gives decent coverage, but previous mentioned issues make it somewhat difficult to blend. Ivory is a decent match to my skin tone, which can isn't always easy when I'm this pale. Weird smell. Not bad, but not great either.
Cleansers -The Body Shop - Aloe vera gentle cleanser
lostintheshadow 2/28/2012 6:38:00 PM
Was okayish when I only wore powder foundation, but now that I've switched to light-medium coverage liquid one I find that it doesn't remove makeup as well as I'd like, or clean my face well at all really. I use a toner afterwards and the cotton round looks quite dirty :/ Certainly very gentle, too much so...
Leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft and doesn't irritate it at all. Isn't too drying. I use it every 2-3 days, but it is gentle enough to use every day if you want to. Obviously not a good choice for those after something more intense; for that I've heard good things about the vitamin C microdermabrasion scrub from my mum :)
Used this a few years ago; wouldn't call it gentle. It left my skin feeling very irritated and looking blotchy and redder than usual.
Leaves my skin feeling soft for two days! Don't need to use much either. Calms the irritation I get after shaving a lot. Doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. I don't mind the smell at all - subtle and natural to me. Would be great for men who don't want to go around smelling like strawberries etc, anyone with a sensitive nose or people who don't want their body care products to interfere with the smell of their fragrances. I got asked if I was wearing stockings the other day because my legs looked so silky :D A little on the expensive side (as are most TBS products here in Australia since there aren't any sales) but worth it IMO.
Treatments (Eye) -The Body Shop - Aloe Eye Defence
lostintheshadow 1/31/2012 9:47:00 PM
Quite a good little eye moisturizer, however as others said it won't do anything for lines or dark circles. Something interesting about my experiences with the aloe line though; each time I use a different product for the first time, it will feel awesomely tingly, cooling and refreshing, but the subsequent uses not so much (my skin getting used to it, I guess). Perhaps this is just me though. I particularly miss that sensation with this cream, it really woke me up! Still, it's nice and calming and doesn't irritate my skin at all. Edit: recently started making the skin around my eyes flaky and crusty every time I used it. Haven't changed anything about my eye care routine, and sure enough after I stopped using this my eyes haven't been like that since. Hmmm...
I use this as an alternative to massage oil; wouldn't use this as a body moisturizer, too greasy and takes a long time to absorb. I like that you can either rub the bar directly over your partner's body (which I usually do until there is enough grease for a good rub, and then take over with my hands - the texture of the little tree thing can be interesting), or rub it into your hands to make it melt (which I usually need to do when it straight out of the fridge and too cold to be rubbing all over someone, haha!). Not sure why it's called Each Peach, it smells like lemon! I don't normally like something so fruity and I can see where people are coming from when they say it smells like detergent/cleaning products, but I must admit that it can be refreshing on a hot day. Skin feels quite soft afterwards, once it has finally absorbed at least. Haven't finished it yet, will update when I do with how many uses I got out of it. Seems I will get quite a few more at this rate, which is quite unusual based on my experience with other Lush products! :P
Makes my lips a little smoother, but I get better results with a toothbrush. Still, ok for on the go, but definitely not an essential. Can be messy. Tastes good. Have used it a few times and still have plenty left, so I think it will last a while. Seems like something you could quite easily make yourself...
Deodorants -Nature's Gate - Deodorant - Grapefruit and Wild Ginger
lostintheshadow 1/31/2012 9:01:00 PM
Pretty long lasting for a natural deodorant. Quite like the smell too :)
Meh, decent exfoliating power, didn't make my shower as black as I thought it would based on the other reviews here. Smelt better in the store, but like blackcurrant when I used it at home; too fruity for my taste. I've used it twice on about half of my body each time, and I doubt I will get more than two more uses out of it. So expensive for what little use you get. Melts VERY quickly, making it quite stressful to use what you need and then put it somewhere dry before it disappears. Turns jelly-like in hot weather (I'm lucky I wasn't left with a puddle of goo), so it seems you need to keep it in the fridge like the massage bars. It's marketed as a body butter, and I thought you were meant to use those as after shower/bath body moisturizers. But this one is a purple-streak-leaving scrub for use in the shower? Sigh, I don't know.
Kind of on the fence. Have tried a few of their products, but most of them seem like too much of a novelty to me. The bath stuff is really overpriced for something you only get one use out of. Not sure how I feel about the packaging (or lack of): good for the environment, yes, but when you stop to think about the amount of people that have touched that soap you're about to purchase... I guess I'm a bit of a germ freak. Something really bugs me about the product titles, descriptions and general marketing too - most of them seem good at being cute, making the product seem awesome and enticing you to buy it... but are they realistic descriptions of what the product actually does? I'm not so sure. Ok, so plenty of other companies could be accused of the same thing, but it bothers me more with businesses that pride themselves on being environmentally friendly. Do agree with others about the SAs being pushy. I feel uncomfortable going into a store because I know they're going to try and sell me everything. Why such encouragement of rampant consumerism? Also, sure, most self-claimed "natural" and "organic" companies don't use entirely natural ingredients, but soap that contains SLS? Really? Quite like the massage bars though, so will probably just by them and stick to TBS for other stuff.