Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops Of Youth (review)

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops Of Youth

When I tested The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum, my biggest criticism was that it wasn't really much more than a moisturiser, but The Body Shop have another serum in their Nutriganics range that seems much more suited for the job of smoothing the complexion, reducing the appearance of fine lines and making you look more vibrant and youthful. Drops Of Youth has a lot to live up to, though, as I've switched to it from the outstanding Natio Ageless Advanced Lifting and Firming Serum which is a tough act to follow!

I'll cut to the chase. It's good! And I don't use that term lightly. The luxurious feeling gel smooths onto skin easily, leaving no residue even on oily skin types such as mine, and seems to sink into the skin deeply. There's a definite plumpness to my skin's texture after use, which enhances both the smooth-look and adds a healthy glow. This alone is an impressive feat, but after continued use, I think my face looks more even toned and brighter.

I (thankfully!) don't have too many wrinkles, but the laughter lines that are forming around my mouth and the fine lines on my forehead seem less noticeable after application. I'm not 100% convinced, though; it might just be wishful thinking. Perhaps if they were deeper the effects would be more noticeable. Despite this, I'd say it's worth buying Drops Of Youth for the fresh-faced look you get alone. It even helps you look more alive after a late night/early morning, so it's become an essential ingredient in my skincare routine.

I do find the pipette a bit fiddly, though. I'd prefer a pump action dispenser myself, but companies such as The Body Shop do prefer pipettes for their more expensive products, for some reason! And this is more expensive than other serums in their range, but it's certainly not prohibitively costly. In fact, compared to some anti-ageing rival serums I'd say this was a downright bargain so I'm not surprised it's a 'best seller'.  Saying that, though, the Natio serum I mentioned above costs much less and is just as effective.

It's easy to use – they suggest 2–3 drops should be enough, but I use quite a bit more than that. Perhaps I just have an exceptionally large face, or they don't expect you to use it on your neck (always do so, skins needs extra care here). After letting it sink in, follow with your usual moisturiser and make-up, if applicable. I sometimes skipped moisturiser at night if I was tired, as the serum is nourishing enough for oily skin, meaning skipping a night cream when you're bleary eyed isn't the end of the world!

So, what's the secret?  "Criste-marine plant stem cells" sound interesting, although I've no idea what it is.  Beech bud extract is included to help "enhance surface skin renewal".  What's NOT included is parabens, mineral oils or propylene glycol, which is good news as is the 98% natural ingredients claim.  The Body Shop doesn't test on animals, either, but parent company L’Oréal does.

This is definitely worth a shot - especially if you wait for a sale or offer which brings down the price - it's a far better skincare proposition than the Smoothing Serum in the Nutriganics range, so skip that, it's not worth your time.  This serum is just more proof that organic options can be as effective as anything 'artificial'.

Enhances freshness and vibrancy
Contains unidentified parfum ingredients
Skin looks smoother
Not amazing value
98% natural ingredients and certified organic
L’Oréal tests on animals, even of The Body Shop doesn't


Brand: The Body Shop

Size: 30 ml
Price: £22.00 (£73.33/100 ml)

Manufactured:United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Alcohol, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Adenosine, Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Malva Sylvestris Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Limonene, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate


  1. Did you find that this serum was quite gentle? I am tempted to try this one, but with my already-sensitive, winter skin I'm not sure that I'm brave enough! I don't seem to do well with The Body Shop products, sadly!

  2. Hmm, it's tricky! I tend not to to react to anything (except Avon products around my eyes...) but the "enhance surface skin renewal" claim might be something to be wary of if your skin is being particularly sensitive. The Natio serum might be worth a shot, instead. I loved that!