Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser & Moisture Day Cream

Instead of studying, I prefer writing reviews for my blog. If you haven't noticed yet - I enjoy reviewing products by The Body Shop. Most of the items I've tested are good if not great. Of course there are the items that are extremely awful but I'm leaving those for "Hit or Miss" lists from now on.
Today's post consists of a review on the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser and Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream by The Body Shop.

I'll start with the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser and a blurb from The Body Shop:

Best if you want to: How it works:
Soften your skin while gently dissolving away dirt, make-up and impurities with a rich and gentle facial cream cleanser.

Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, moisturizes and helps to protect against premature aging and environmental aggressors, such as pollution and the sun.
Wheat germ oil—the richest natural source of vitamin E—moisturizes, nourishes and helps to condition skin.
Organic Community Trade soy oil and Community Trade shea butter work together to soften, refine and restore suppleness to skin.

This is the second cream cleanser I have tried by The Body Shop - you can read about the first one here.
I don't love this cleanser as much as I want to but it works just as well as the Aloe Calming Cleanser. Unfortunately, this cleanser promises more than it can deliver. Since facial cleansers are to be rinsed off, the promise of "moisturizing and helping protect against premature aging and environmental aggressors" and "refining, and restoring suppleness to skin" is not entirely possible. With cream cleansers, I do find my skin absorbs a little bit of the cream but not enough to ensure proper moisture or anti-aging
benefits. With that said, this cleanser gently cleanses the skin without stripping the skin of it's natural oils. It even softens the skin but only by a little. Do note that this cleanser does not dissolve heavy-duty make-up (waterproof, thick layers, etc) but works fine against light layers of make-up. At $14 for 200ml, it's not cheap and a little does not go a long way. The flip-cap bottle annoys me too.

About the Moisture Day Cream:

Best if you want to:
Protect, soften and moisturize your skin with our best-selling, easily-absorbed, moisture cream that has the lightness of a lotion.
How it works:
Vitamin E, a naturally powerful antioxidant, conditions and nourishes skin while helping to protect it against premature aging and harsh environmental elements.
Sorbitol, a naturally occurring ingredient in many fruits, helps skin to retain moisture.
Lanolin is one of nature’s richest moisturizers and is readily absorbed to provide additional protection to skin.
The Body Shop Moisture Day Cream is your run of the mill face cream. It moisturizes and softens the skin like it should. My skin absorbs as much of this cream as possible before the cream decides to sit on top of the skin, leaving that "I just applied moisturizer" look. As a "day cream", it's not very good. The promises of "protecting" isn't entirely true as this cream comes without SPF. On the bright side, I found this cream protected my skin well against winter winds and the chilly air. At $16 for 50 ml of product, it's not worth it. It's too pricey for a basic face cream especially if you're looking for an anti-aging, firming, lifting, etc- face cream. At $4 for a 15 ml jar, go for it. I should it mention it's great for quickly healing new scars. Of course using vitamin E capsules is best but considering this is a 2-in-1 product, it's good.

Bottom Line:
I like both products but I can't recommend either based on price and overall use. If I have to choose recommending one over the other, I'd recommend the Moisture Day Cream. It's a quick & easy fix for dry and just-scarred skin :)

With Love,

Ingredients (Vitamin E Cream Cleanser):
Water, Octyl Palmitate, Isohexadecane, Sorbitol, Dimethicone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol.

Ingredients (Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream)
Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitol, Lanolin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Esters, Steareth-2, PEG 100 Stearate, Ceresin, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-20, Carbomer, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Red 4.


Rilakumaki said...

yeah I agree, I bought the vitamin E eye cream... not so sure I'd recommend it...

Rainy Days and Lattes said...

I love Body Shop's Vitamin E line :) I use the facial mist and the sleeping mask. The cleanser and moisture cream sound really good!

Ashley said...

I've never tried a TBS eye cream before but I'll keep that one off my to-try list. Thanks!

Ashley said...

I love the facial mist too! I had no idea they had a sleeping mask. I'll look out for that the next time at The Body Shop, thanks!

Lisa said...

hey ashley, loving your reviews :) !!! i look forward in seeing other ones! just followed ya, u should check out my blog too :)!

Mallory said...

You know the Body Shop's products have always been a hit or miss with me too. I think after getting so many misses I stopped buying them all together. They just started selling their items at Sephora too!

Ashley said...

Hi Christina... JK! Hi Lisa :D

I heard about the Sephora thing! It's probably not going to happen in my town because there's a Body Shop store in every mall though. It's a gamble each time I try something new from TBS. I like their make-up though. It's surprisingly good.

cocoabee said...

;O i love finding bloggers that are from vancouver too! haha i dislike flap bottles too, why can't they just make nice pump bottles?

Ashley said...

Me too! I like knowing I'm not the only Vancouverite that blogs about the same things I'm interested :)
Maybe cosmetic brands make flap bottles to annoy people like us. It must be a part of their guidelines: for every pump bottled product, we need to create 3 flap bottled products to annoy consumers!

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