Ingredient Review - The Body Shop NEW Camomile Range

Ingredient Review: The Body Shop NEW Camomile Range
Disclaimer - ingredients correct at time of publication, always check labels as formulations may change.

In my teenage years I spent all my pocket money at The Body Shop. I adored their products, I loved the ethos, I signed the petitions, I returned my bottles for refills and I owe my awareness to animal rights to Anita Roddick. These days The Body Shop products and retail units are nothing like the good old days and it makes me sad. I guess Lush filled the gap, they left behind when L'Oreal took ownership (FYI Lush is not as natural as everyone assumes!).

I noticed the new Camomile range is doing the rounds in Blogland but I confess the ingredient list isn't for me. If you regularly follow my blog you will know I love Camomile (Chamomile). It can be a wonderful ingredient on sensitive skin but do you get the benefits if a formulation also contains cheap filler ingredients? If I buy a product called Camomile Silky Cleansing oil I expect that ingredient to be first or second on the list, not last.

CAMOMILE SILKY CLEANSING OIL Ingredients - Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Isohexadecane (Emollient/Solvent), Polysorbate 85 (Surfactant-Emulsifying), Sorbitan Trioleate (Surfactant-Emulsifying), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Octyldodecanol (Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster).

CAMOMILE WATERPROOF EYE & LIP MAKE UP REMOVER Ingredients - Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Isododecane (Solvent), Isopropyl Palmitate (Emollient), Potassium Phosphate (pH Adjuster), Hexylene Glycol (Humectant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Dipotassium Phosphate (pH Adjuster), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Chelating Agent), Decyl Glucoside (Surfactant), Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Arginine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Taurine (Fragrance Ingredient), Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract (Natural Additive).

The ingredients above were taken from The Body Shop's website so they certainly do not hide what is in their products and they offer the English translation which you can see in brackets.

The choice is entirely yours, no judgement here but I believe there are some lovely alternatives out there. The cleansing oils I use and currently recommend are from Blue Labelle and Handmade Naturals. I believe that when it comes to sensitive skin there is no need for emulsifiers or emollients. Maybe next time you're in the market for a new cleanser perhaps consider a small brand who is mindful towards how they formulate with plant ingredients.

Sarah x


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