Even before I was a beauty blogger, I was always excited to go into The Body Shop around the holidays and smell everything and pick up a gift or two (sometimes for myself..). Every year The Body Shop comes out with 3 limited edition holiday scents and about a million value-packed gift sets, and this year I have quite a few of those to share with you in this The Body Shop Holiday Gift Guide*.
Last year The Body Shop teamed up with War Child–check out my 2014 Gift Guide here to learn more–and this year they’ve partnered up with WaterAid and are providing 1 day of safe water for a family in Ethiopia with the purchase of specially selected gifts. Right now there are 60 gifts on the The Body Shop Website that qualify (check them out here). I love that The Body Shop gives back while you get to give these gorgeous gift sets for the holidays. I’ve received a few great options to share with you.
The Body Shop Fruity Body Butter Sweetheart is an adorable heart-shaped trio of mini (50 mL) body butters in three delicious fruity scents. I have finished countless The Body Shop Body Butters in the past, and I really love this rich, nourishing cream, especially during the winter weather.
This travel-sized trio is a great way to try out three popular scents, Strawberry, Mango, and my personal favourite, Satsuma. You could gift the entire The Body Shop Fruity Body Butter Sweetheart to a sweetheart of yours, or split them up as yummy stocking stuffers.
Honestly, I don’t know what it is but buying for men just tends to be more difficult than buying for the women in my life. If you have the same issue, you’ll definitely want to check out The Body Shop Modern Gent’s Post Party Rescue Kit. This gorgeous, repurposable tin contains two skincare products designed for to protect and hydrate male skin. There’s the all over For Men Maca Root Energetic Face Protector (100ml) and a matching For Men Maca Root Eye Rescue Serum (15ml).
Another great gift for men is the The Body Shop Hemp line, the the Hemp Hand Protector–also available in the The Body Shop Hemp Express Moisture High Gift Set–is the only thing that helps my boyfriend’s hands in the winter!
If you’re looking for a well-curated, little gift then definitely check out The Body Shop Moringa Treats Gift Set, which is also available plenty of other scents like Coconut and Strawberry. Moringa is a light, lovely floral and a great option alternative to the fruity and nutty offerings. The set includes a baby shower gel (50 mL), body milk (50 mL) and bath lily that all coordinate perfectly. These adorable little cubes can hang on the tree Christmas morning, and they also make a fantastic Secret Santa gift.
I’ve been really intrigued by The Body Shop Oils of Life Skincare Collection since it was first launched, but haven’t tried any of the products yet. The Body Shop Oils of Life Skin Care Collection Gift Set is a great way to try out two of the key products and it includes a full size of the Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil and the Intensely Revitalising Cream. Not only are the products themselves packaged in gorgeous, heavy tinted glass but even the box they come packaged in is reusable with a pretty floral design inside the lid.
I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the scent, but I am still really excited to use these products on my winter skin. I just love facial oils! I think The Body Shop Oils of Life Skin Care Collection Gift Set is great gift for mom, or if you just want to try out the line yourself.
Continuing the gorgeous packaging, there’s the The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Picks Gift Set which comes ready to put under the tree. There are plenty of scent options including the sweet, creamy strawberry one I have, mango and wild argan oil. The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Picks Gift Set comes with a shower gel (250 mL), body butter (50 mL), soap (100 g), a red mini bath lily and the body polish (75 mL) which is my personal favourite–it’s like using strawberry jam as a scrub but not sticky. I’ve actually reviewed all these products in the past, so you can check out my blog post on the Strawberry lineup here.
In addition to all the amazing gift sets, The Body Shop has some amazing stocking stuffers including some in their limited edition festive scents. The holiday scents this year included two returning favourites: Glazed Apple, which I’m pretty obsessed with (you can read last year’s ode to it here), and the delicious, crisp Frosted Cranberry. There’s also a brand new scent, Frosted Plum, which I haven’t tried yet, but I always love The Body Shop fruity scents so I’m sure it’s delicious.
The Body Shop makes some really nourishing lip balms that would make a great stocking stuffer, including the limited edition The Body Shop Glazed Apple Lip Balm. I love this scent so much I couldn’t resist trying it out immediately after these photos, and while it doesn’t tint your lips green, it does provide lots of shine and moisture. Because of the pot packaging, I like using these at night, and they really help during the winter weather. This one smells like a sour apple Jolly Rancher!
While everyone can use a bar of soap, the The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Soap and The Body Shop Glazed Apple Soap are something special. They are festively packaged with amazing scents, and the ones I’ve tried in the past always have a great lather. Honestly, Glazed Apple is going right in my shower–I cannot get enough of this scent. There’s even a candle this year and I’m pretty sure it’s coming home with me.
Although The Body Shop has had shimmery lotions in the past, this year introduces a new product which is a hybrid perfume-shimmer spray. I have The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Mist which is basically a crystal ball of shimmer. You shake it up and magic happens. When spray, there’s a lightly tart, delicious Cranberry scent and a mist of shimmer. The resulting shimmer is fine, and not over at all overwhelmingly glittery. The neat thing is, when I don’t want shimmer (because I have a cold, cold heart), I just don’t shake it up before use. You can find this shimmer mist in Glazed Apple and Frosted Plum as well.
The final option in my The Body Shop Holiday Gift Guide is this adorable The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Cracker. This one comes with a Strawberry Hand Cream (30 mL) and Strawberry Heart Soap (25 g) which is definitely better than what comes in a classic Christmas cracker. There are also Frosted Plum, Shea, and Glazed Apple options, so you can get a different one for every family member. Get me Glazed Apple. Definitely get me Glazed Apple.
You can’t deny it anymore, Christmas is THIS WEEK! If you are still holiday shopping–either for yourself, or for somebody else–definitely check out The Body Shop. There are amazing scents and packaging you don’t even have to wrap. The great products I’ve shared in this The Body Shop Holiday Gift Guide are only a fraction of the ones available from the brand. Has anything from The Body Shop made it onto your shopping list this holiday season?