Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Body Shop Earth Lovers 100% Biodegradable Shower Gels – All Varieties (review)

Well that's just typical, isn't it? I've gone to the effort of reviewing a range of 100% biodegradable shower gels called Earth Lovers from The Body Shop. A range that is genuinely ecologically sound AND free from most suspicious ingredients. A range that impressed me so much I've been raving about it to my family and friends. A range that has been discontinued! Argh! I decided to upload this anyway because it appears that – for the moment at least – they're still available to buy in the United States, and who knows? Maybe The Body Shop will be so encouraged by my thoughts they'll bring them back? Hmm...
 
The Body Shop Earth Lovers 100% Biodegradable Shower Gels

My enthusiasm for this environmentally friendly and gentle cleansing collection is well-placed because these shower gels work on every level. While the ecology aspect is commendable, where you really want them to deliver is as a body wash. Gentle yet effective cleansing is a must, and if they smell great then that's a bonus. (For some people this is the only reason they'll consider a product.) The Earth Lovers range includes the wonderfully herby Fig & Rosemary, zingy Lemon & Thyme (which reminds me a bit of washing up liquid), Pear & Lemongrass – the most refreshing option – Apricot & Basil, Watermelon & Eucalyptus, Cucumber & Mint (a bit 'cold' smelling) and Unscented, for those allergic to perfumes.

The gel is rather runny, but not annoyingly so. It lathers up in a pouffe/sponge really well and gives you a luxurious feeling and fragrant foam that's a pleasure to use. It goes quite a long way, so you won't need a whole lot. Unsurprisingly, the more you use, the thicker the foam will be, so you can adjust according to preference! All varieties – except Unscented, obviously – leave a faint hint of perfume on your skin, which is pleasant enough, but it comes from 'parfum' which could be any number of unspecified ingredients. If you want a pure natural scent, you'll need to buy the unfragranced variety and make your own with essential oils.

They don't dry my normal to oily skin out at all and I suffered no irritations (they didn't even sting on a leg scratch). The Body Shop claim the range is suitable for sensitive skin, and this seems believable, especially as they don't contain any sulphates, parabens, colourants or even soap. Every shower gel in the range is made with aloe vera gel, too, which has moisturising and soothing properties.

The bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic and as usual with The Body Shop, neither the ingredients or the finished products are tested on animals. I always feels it's important to point out, however, that their owners L'Oréal still do partake in animal testing.

This is a great collection, it's wonderful seeing The Body Shop finally embrace formulas without parabens and sulphates. Except, now it's been doscontinued I'm not sure where that leaves the brand. A quick scan on their website shows that the standard Body Shop shower gels still contain both of these ingredients amongst other suspicious things - even colourants - which is disappointing. You may not be able to buy this collection for the foreseeable future, but there are plenty of other body washes that adhere to strict natural standards. Click on our Product Review Index to browse the ones we've reviewed, we're sure you'll find something you like!

YES!
NO!
The Body Shops most environmentally friendly range yet!
Contains unidentified 'parfum' ingredients and propylene glycol
A wide variety on offer: something for everyone
It's been discontinued in most countries!
Easy foaming, gentle cleansing
Not the cheapest natural shower gel

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Brand: The Body Shop


Size: 250 ml
Price: £5.00 (£2.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Fig & Rosemary Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Parfum, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Sucrose Laurate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Coumarin, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Ficus Carica Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Xanthum Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol

Lemon & Thyme Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Linalool, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxide

Pear & Lemongrass Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Sucrose Laurate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Linalool, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Pyrus Communis Fruit Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract

Apricot & Basil Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Parfum, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Sucrose Laurate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Zinc Laurate, Salicylic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Prunus Armeniaca Fruit Extract, Ocimum Basilicum Leaf Tocopherol

Watermelon & Eucalyptus Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Zinc Laurate, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract

Cucumber & Mint Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Zinc Laurate, Propylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Linalool, Geraniol, Sodium Hydroxide, Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract

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