I was kindly sent these wonderful Body Shop, Oils Of Life products before Christmas to try out. I’ve been using them over the past six weeks and have to admit I’m finding them quite nice. I’m a big fan of the Body Shop ever since I was a teenager. I think they really know how to do good skincare and cater to a wide variety of skin issues from sensitive skin to premature aging. I also think they put a lot of research into each one of their products and I love their no testing on animals policy.
First things first, you may be wondering what in god’s name is that strange-looking contraption. Well it is what the beauty industry like to call a twin ball facial massager aka a facial roller. Yes this facial massager (€26.95) is certainly different and something I probably would have passed on previously but given the opportunity to try it out I thought why not, I’ve got nothing to lose. I had heard mixed reviews with regards facial massagers so this was the perfect chance for me to see what all the fuss was about. The reasoning behind facial massagers is that they gently pinch and massage the skin, improving skin tone and blood circulation. This in turn can aid in reducing puffiness and wrinkles. Big claim I know but having used it twice a week after applying a few drops of their vitamin e serum, I can honestly say I quite like it. It definitely feels a little strange at first as it gently pinches your skin (not painful) but you soon get used to this. This “pinching” helps increase blood flow to the skin. The gentle massaging effect feels more pleasant once the metal roller balls have heated up to body temperature. Trust me they are VERY cold when they first touch the skin. Is it worth paying the hefty price tag though??. It’s hard to say. I did really enjoy using it but in the whole scheme of things does it really make a huge difference to the quality of your skin?. Well the jury’s still out on that one. Only time will tell I suppose.
The intensely revitalising bi-phase essence lotion (€25.50) combines water molecules with black cumin, camellia and rosehip seed oils. This lotion is used after cleansing the skin to prepare it for the next steps in your skincare regime. It leaves a nice hydrated glow to the skin but I honestly don’t know if I would trade it in for my much-loved Roberts rose-water toner. The essence is certainly packet full of goodness but I’m not sure if I would pay five times more than I currently do for a toner. Maybe that’s just me being me as I’m spoilt with my gentle rose toner which really suits my skin and cost a budget busting €5.
The intensely revitalising gel cream (€42.50) infused with the same seed oils as the bi-phase essence lotion but with added illuminating micro-pearls is a lightweight skin moisturiser. This is the more lightweight version of the two oils of life moisturising creams. The light texture to this cream means it absorbs much quicker and easier into the skin leaving a dewy finish. I really enjoyed using this cream, finding it cooling, soothing and absorbing quite beautifully into my combination skin. The results were always consistent, a nice soft glow to the skin. Lightweight gel creams tend to suit my skin much better than heavier creams as they can often block my pores (ugh dreaded blackheads) or make me look super shiny which is not a good look to have.
Overall I found these products nice to use. They didn’t aggravate my sensitive skin or smell too overly perfumed. The only downside for me personally would be the price tag. Yes they are a bit pricey. I don’t know why they are so expensive over here as they are much more reasonably priced in the UK 🙁. The one thing that the Body Shop has is a proven track record for good products. My main tip would be, if your interested in this range to go get a sample first in store before you commit to purchasing. Unfortunately us lovely people in Ireland cannot buy directly from the Body Shop online so if you wanted to get your mitts on these products you have to pop into one of their stores located nationwide.