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Review: The Body Shop Earth Lovers Shower Gel

I read an article at Daisy Green Magazine that The Body Shop has launched a shower gel which is 100% biodegradable, contains no parabens, sulphates, colourants and is soap free.  I was intrigued.  As a teenager I adored The Body Shop, I loved the hippy vibe and company ethics.  Over the years I grew up and so did The Body Shop and I never ventured back for a variety of reasons.  I decided I liked what I had read about this new product so I purchased the Apricot & Basil as that appealed to my senses the most. 

Other fragrances include Lemon & Thyme, Mint & Cucumber, Watermelon & Eucalyptus, Fig & Rosemary, Pear & Lemongrass & Fragrance-free.  A 250ml bottle costs £5 which I think is overpriced.

The reason why this shower gel gets the thumbs down from me is because over time I believe it has caused skin irritation.  I have switched shower gels and the problem disappeared.  I must learn to take my own advice I made a classic mistake of being enticed by the packaging and the claims on the front label.

I do find it a bit of a cheek when companies make the ingredients difficult to find.  In this case you have to lift up the label on back of the bottle, the font is tiny and grey on a white background.  Out of curiosity and aided by google (and a lot of squinting) I researched the ingredients.  There are some scary looking words on this ingredients list but most turn out to be natural.  Here comes the BUT...this product contains parfum, sodium benzoate and sodium hydroxide; these are suspect ingredients, from what I understand possible skin irritants.

I have no complaints with the performance of the shower gel, it smells amazing and lathers up well. However, it is my personal opinion that if you have very sensitive skin (like me) I would be cautious with this product and it may be a good idea to patch test.