Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum (review)

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum
I thought the Nutriganics face wash and toner were good, but a trifle expensive considering what they basically did. The same cannot be said for this serum, priced at £16.00 for 30 ml which is, as far as serums go, a perfectly reasonable price. Confusingly, this is one of two serums The Body Shop offer in their Nutriganics range, the other – which I've also bought and seems to be oilier – is called Drops Of Youth. A review on the latter will come later this year.

But back to the Smoothing Serum. It comes in a plastic pump dispenser complete with lid. This is packed in a cardboard box, which seems like unnecessary packaging to me. Sure, it looks good – and more expensive – but we could do without the paper waste, even if it is sourced from FSC certified forests. Like all Body Shop products, some of the ingredients used here are fair trade (such as babassu oil from Brazil) and there is no animal testing either by or on behalf of The Body Shop. And if that wasn't enough there's the EcoCert label. This certification promises that 99% of the ingredients are natural and 34% are organic.  A very good ecological performance!

The Body Shop call this a 'pre-moisturiser' which is apt because it is quite nourishing, but not enough to take the place of your everyday face cream. I personally would also struggle to call this a proper serum, because while it is absorbed quickly and completely, it doesn't really revitalise my face any more than a good day or night cream does. What it does do is smooth and soften, which is probably all you can expect from an anti-ageing range aimed at 30 year olds. Anyone over 35 will need to look elsewhere for something stronger.

The pure white cream is citrus-scented and smells very breezy and refreshing. The texture is also very light – too light and runny when the weather is warm! You might find yourself using a little more, and because of this you'll go through it faster than heavier serums. This means it's also ideal for normal to oily skin types (I'm the latter and found the texture to be ideal), whereas drier skin types probably won't find it nourishing enough.

Overall this is not a bad serum at all, but it really is aimed squarely at younger people. It's neither nourishing nor potent enough to tackle lines and wrinkles but it is a good addition to your day-to-day skincare routine if all you're looking for is added radiance and a little extra moisture. And at £16.00 it's cheaper than many premium natural brands it emulates. It's a good starting serum, but not one you'd want to continue with beyond thirty five.

Partly organic, mostly natural
Doesn't seem to last very long
Light, fresh citrus-like scent
Not especially anti-ageing
Not a bad price at all

Easy to use and easily absorbed


Brand: The Body Shop

Size: 30 ml
Price: £16.00 (£53.33/100 ml)

Manufactured: France

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Olea Europaea Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Sclerotium Gum, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, P-Anisic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Tocopherol, Myristic Acid, Citral, Linalool, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citronellol, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil, Geraniol , Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare Oil, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Thymus Vulgaris Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil

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