Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder Mix (review)

The Body Shop has a reputation for being a 'natural' store, but the truth of the matter is the vast majority of their products are fairly traded, rather than natural. They do now offer an organic range (click on: Nutriganics for more information) but if you look carefully you can find some less artificial products hidden amongst the pretenders.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder
Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder isn't one of those products - it contains propylene glycol, amongst other things! It makes up part of the brightening Vitamin C range (see The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 for the matching day cream).  However, it is innovative – it's one of those mix-at-home formulas, designed to offer the consumer maximum potency from first use – and it's easy enough to press the powder release button and shake to mix. Once you do, The Body Shop suggest you use the product up in 10 days and in that time it should improve skin tone and texture and awaken radiance.

It has quite a strong, fruity odour, but it's not unpleasant and adds to the vibrant, youthful image the bright orange packaging suggests. It is not, however, particularly easy to use. The pipette dispenses too much product, and whether I applied it to my fingers or directly to my face, I found it dripped or ran where it shouldn't.

It's worth the effort, though. After a few uses I noticed my skin started looking smoother and brighter. It sinks in nicely after a couple of minutes, and is nourishing so you can skip your night-time moisturiser if you like. (Always apply sun protection on top during the day, though!)

How to mix and apply the Vitamin C serum
But there's a catch. I bought it when The Body Shop was offering £25 off a £50 spend, effectively getting this (and a few other bits and pieces) half price. Full price is £13.00 and you only get 10 ml, or ten days worth. That makes it quite a bit more expensive per millilitre than Biotherm's own mix-at-home serum, which in my opinion is superior.

Truth be told The Body Shop serum does last a bit longer than ten days, but it starts developing an orangey colour after a fortnight and smells unusual after twenty-one days so I still wouldn't class it as good value.  By this point I'd throw the serum away rather than carry on using it.

If money's no object and you couldn't care less about suspect ingredients then by all means indulge, but make sure you use it up quickly, because you don't want to apply a stale product to your face!

Really does improve radiance
Poor value for money
Fair trade ingredients
Not easy to apply

Goes off quickly

Lots of undesirable ingredients


Brand: The Body Shop


Size: 10 ml
Price: £13.00 (£130.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-8, Ascorbic Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Olive Oil PEG-8 Esters, PEG-32, PEG-40 Hydro

Alternative: Natio Ageless Advanced Lifting and Firming Serum

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