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Rich Plum Body Butter
I'm just hoping to make you jealous… the new 200ml Rich Plum Body Butter is sold for £14.00 in the body shop, but I bought it from Ebay for £6.50 including delivery; how good is that! But, let's start the story from the beginning. I went to The Body Shop store last year just before Christmas to buy Vitamin C Moisturiser and Vitamin C Cleansing Face Polish and nothing more. However, one of the nice girls who work in the store offered me the Plum butter to smell it and I asked her if this was from the new collection; she replied in the affirmative... wow; I wanted it so bad, the scent was just magnificent, but my evil self told me that we are in the store to buy two items only, and she prevailed, but I swore secretly that I would definitely buy this one sooner or later.
So, I was taking a look at the mobile phones on Ebay and I remembered the plum butter, so I searched for it (apparently my evil self was not with me then). I noticed that some of these were available for bidding, but those would eventually become expensive anyway. I searched again after a couple of hours and found what I was looking for. A seller was offering 4 of these for £6.50 so I bought one immediately, and needless to say, they were all sold within 2 hours. Are you jealous enough? Ok, let's take a look at my lovely product.
The tub is of a lovely violet color with golden writing, and it is sealed (yes, even mine was sealed). Its most important ingredients are Plum kernel oil, cocoa butter, and Soya oil, but it does contain colors and fragrance, so, of course, it's not 100% natural. And, for those of you who are allergic, I'm sorry to tell you that it does have lanolin in it. Please check the full list of ingredients on www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
What I loved about this butter, apart from the heavenly smell, is the texture. I tried many kinds of The Body Shop body butter, but the texture of this one was completely different in a good way. I will try to describe it, as it reminds me of some kind of food…
[after 15 minutes]
Now, I remember, it reminds me of the texture of fraise, yes, but this butter is a bit thicker… I hope I won't be tempted to taste it.
The plum scent in it is magnificent; I like ripe plums but I didn't think they could be that wonderful in body butter. So, no need to describe what it smells like, as I believe you know what this kind of fruit is, nor would I begin with how I broke the seal and opened the tub as I read in some reviews. I also read in these reviews (which I used to imitate when I first joined review sites) how it is used; by messaging it into your skin… I think everybody knows how to use a body lotion; using body butter is the same. But, does it work? After applying the butter to your body, just give it a couple of minutes to dry. It is not greasy, but as is the case with body lotions even, they need some time to be fully absorbed, and the fact that this one takes minutes only is great for me. They say on the Body Shop website that it moisturizes for 24 hours, and, trying it, I do believe that using it once a day is enough. Yet, I cannot help it, I keep on using it on my hands because the smell is wonderful and the texture feels good on the skin.
You think I exaggerate when I say I love the Body Shop? I love their products and what's more, I have sweet memories with them, so I guess I'll always have a soft spot for their stuff. Still, if you want to read about the negative sides of The Body Shop, I have some about the store but not about this product.
I was sent emails, and letters by post too, inviting me to attend their events in the nearby Body Shop store, but I have to admit, these events are not as good as they should be. The latest offers are terrible, here's a recent example: "Save £5 when you spend £20 on skin care, Hemp and Cocoa butter." What *is* that? How am I supposed to calculate it even? So, my dear The Body Shop, your new offers were silly, and January sale is just not worthwhile, for why would you have sale on all plum products except the butter? Yes, this is what they did.
I contacted The Body Shop last year concerning their becoming a part of L'Oréal and whether they will remain against animal testing. They sent an email to the effect that The Body Shop will always be loyal to their values whether they are with L'Oréal or not. Well, it's up to you to believe them or not. Here's a copy of the email they sent me in case you were interested, but my review ends here. Those of you who are not interested in the issue can skip it, but I thought I would save you the trouble of contacting them.
Enjoy using the new plum butter!
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Thank you for your e-mail in which you raise your concerns regarding our products, our position against animal testing and our use of animal-derived ingredients since becoming part of the L'Oréal family.
For 30 years The Body Shop has been a force for positive social and environmental change across the world. In more than 2000 stores across the world we operate our business according to five core principles: Support Community Trade, Defend Human Rights, Against Animal Testing, Activate Self-Esteem, and Protect Our Planet.
The news that The Body Shop has officially become part of the L'Oréal family, will not alter the principles of The Body Shop. The Body Shop intends to remain a pioneering, ethical retailer offering affordable prestige-quality products and campaigning for social and environmental change.
Let us be clear, The Body Shop is an ethically-driven company. For example, through determined campaigning and with the support of over four million customers, The Body Shop was instrumental in securing UK and European bans on animal testing for cosmetic purposes. We were the first international cosmetics brand to be awarded the Humane Cosmetics Standard for our Against Animal Testing policy, which is viewed as best practice by leading animal welfare groups. Our policy ensures that we will not purchase any ingredient that has been tested or retested on animals for cosmetic purposes since at least 31 December 1990. We intend to continue to demand that all of our suppliers adhere to our standards, and our strict audit systems will remain in place to safeguard the integrity of our Against Animal Testing Policy.
In 2005, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (RSPCA) applauded The Body Shop for its commitment to this principle. In March this year The Body Shop was selected as "Best Cruelty Free Cosmetics" in the first PETA Europe Progress Awards. We are incredibly proud of both these honours. We have never tested our products or ingredients on animals, nor commissioned others to do so on our behalf.
Over 15 years ago The Body Shop created its own fair trade programme called Community Trade. By satisfying our demand for ingredients, gifts and accessories in a fair way we help create sustainable trading relationships with marginalised communities around the world. Working with 30 suppliers across 23 countries Community Trade benefits the lives of more than 15,000 families. From Australia to Zambia, we source ingredients such as tea tree oil, sesame oil, babassu oil, honey, beeswax and cocoa butter from small scale farmers who secure a fair price for their goods, and in many cases a social premium to benefit their whole community. Community Trade has supported the building of wells, schools, community centres and the supply of educational materials across the world. We are deeply proud of the positive impact Community Trade has upon our suppliers.
The Body Shop is also campaigning to Stop Violence in the Home. In 2005 the campaign reached 35 markets across the four The Body Shop Regions. The campaign raises funds and awareness about domestic violence helping to protect the victims of domestic violence. Our approach is positive, empowering and ultimately seeks to change peoples' perceptions of domestic violence all over the world.
From our on-going commitment to end animal testing in the cosmetics industry and the launch of our first Community Trade product to our global campaign to Stop Violence in the Home, running in more than 35 countries across the world, The Body Shop has shown consistently that business has the power to make the right kind of difference to the world. Now we have an amazing opportunity to influence the world's largest cosmetics company on these issues.
L'Oréal has stated that it has great respect for The Body Shop identity as a successful, global, naturally-oriented company with a distinct heritage based on strong and well defined values. Furthermore, L'Oréal have stated that The Body Shop will retain its existing identity and Values. The Body Shop intends to use this opportunity as a platform for further expansion of its Values with support from L'Oréal. It is a great compliment that we can now use our experience to benefit many more people by operating from within the L'Oréal family of companies. We applaud L'Oréal's intentions and hope that our customers will do the same.
We trust that this has been of some assistance in answering your query.
Assuring you the best of our attention at all times.
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Summary: To the Body Shop company: I have always loved you and now I love you even more.
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