Before I start, I should probably say I’m not really much of a beauty blogger. I’ll leave that to the lovely professionals who tirelessly blog their hauls and their product trials. I’m not one. Because I’m boring and have had more or less the same make-up routine for the last 13 years. My eye-liner flicks change depending on my mood, or if I’ve listened to much metal that week. I wear red lipstick. When I don’t wear red I wear a shade of purple. I use a hot-cloth cleanser, I’m not brand-loyal but I love Benefit packaging. There you have it. But…on the hunt for frugal and beautiful bargains, I couldn’t not write about my latest frugal find!
Well over a year ago, a customer of mine in my old job and old life, very kindly gave me a £10 voucher for The Body Shop, as I had retrieved a lost phone for her. So here I am, a whole probable 400 days later, willing and eager to spend that cash!
When I think of The Body Shop, I think of school. I think of the Vanilla and White Musk miniatures you were always given at Christmas (nobody liked White Musk very much), not to mention the most pointless product of all time; Clear Mascara. I can almost hear it now, ‘I hope I don’t get told off for wearing make-up, I’ve got my clear mascara on’. Chances are, young Emma of the past, you’ll not get found out!
In all honesty, it had been a while since I stepped inside a Body Shop branch, I’ve kept their body butters in business most Christmasses through my twenties, but it had been a while since I’d peroused their ever-growing collection. I do, however, rate their dedication to not testing their products on animals and I do, now, rate their customer service.
I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, when I found this Beautifying Oil, which comes in a range of light and lovely fragrances. I went with Satsuma – always wanting to hold on to the Winter by hook or by crook. Or by conjuring fragrant memories of seasonal fruits, it seems. For £9 (or a voucher – for me), you get 100ml of a lovely scent, a non-greasy dry oil that can be used as a hair conditioner or a face and body moisturiser, applied to either wet or dry skin.
The versatility of the product really grabbed me, first off – I’m not one for shelves of potions and lotions but could this oil really cancel out the need for conditioner AND moisturiser? The best was yet to come…
Not only can you apply this to every part of your fabulous self, the very helpful assistant suggested mixing a tiny bit of the oil with some soft brown sugar, to create your own body scrub. In effect, for £9 – you get 3 for the price of one.
As a product, I really enjoyed using this oil, it is both softening and illuminating, which disappears within minutes, leaving your skin feeling supple and light. I use it more at night than day – as daytime doesn’t always agree with the amount of time I have, from shower to leaving the house, for it to not mess up my make-up. Nearly 4 weeks into owning it, the bottle is still 95% full – you really only need a tiny amount as it is so pliable and soft on your skin. As a hair conditioner, I use it on the ends to
cover up the splits moisten the dryness and it really works for me. I’m not one to over-condition (thankfully) so again, just a little pea sized amount covers the areas I need it to and I tend to use it about every three or four days
As a scrub, I loved mixing up a mini pot of this and keeping it handy for any pesky dry patches that oft appear in the harsh winter months. I love the fragrance and the lightness of the oil itself, but especially LOVE the weight of it on my wallet!
If you’re looking for an easy, non-irritating product that leaves you feeling naturally moisturised and illuminated, I would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a bargain – £9 for this bottle goes a long way! Looking at savings – I’ve saved a further £4.50 (approx) on conditioner, £7 on a (decent) facial scrub and £6.50 on a moisturising night cream. With all that gumph totalling £18, that’s a tremendous saving of £9 on an item. Looks like The Body Shop have moved on from the days of White Musk Miniatures…they are topping my Frugally Beautiful list! Do you have any frugal beauty tips? Or any brands you are loyal to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Stay Peachy x