Friday, April 19, 2013

The Body Shop Beautifying Oil Shea Butter Review

"Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review purposes in exchange for my honest opinion after trying it out. " Complete disclosure here

Hello, lovelies~ If you've been a long time reader, you may already know that I am devoiding any silicone or its derivatives in my hair care products. From then on, I find it hard to find a leave on treatment for my hair since my ends are sometimes frizzy. 

I tend to sleep on my sides, tossing and turning until morning comes, so the ends of my hair always gets frizzy. If I try sleeping on my back, I instantly get a headache the next morning. So, when I was given this for review purposes, I tried it out. 

The bottle

The oil is packaged in a plastic transparent bottle with a picture of a nut that is the origin of shea butter. The label is clear cut on where to use the oil on your body. That's always a good sign. 

It has a flip cap, which I love so much because I won't have to spend a lifetime looking for the cap if it were to fall down on the floor. *sings J-Lo's On The Floor*

However, I do find that the bottle itself is quite fragile, so please, please be careful not to drop it. I dropped mine by accident (clumsy as always) and there is a crack on the cap now. Thankfully, it didn't break as badly.

It contains..

For clearer list of ingredients, I screen capped it from The Body shop's website. As you can see, it doesn't contain any silicones or its derivatives, making it a perfect product for my hair. However, I won't be putting this on my face because it contains a lot of fragrance. You can see it being placed as the third ingredient in this list, but if you don't have sensitive skin, you shouldn't have no problems with it. Its active ingredients, Marula, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Candlenut are quite high on the list starting from the fourth place all the way to the bottom. 

The consistency

Well, what can I say? It looks like oil, hahaha.. No, but really, it does, duh~ It is a clear liquid that feels slick when I pour a few drops on the palm of my hand. When I rub my hands together, it feels slippery just like any other oil would.

How I use it

Since it contains numerous types of fragrance, I don't have the courage to apply it on my face. Well, my face is already oily to begin with, so applying it as moisturizer won't really work. I do apply it to the ends of my hair after shower to make it silky smooth without any frizz.

I pour two drops of beautifying oil onto the palm of my hand, rub them together and apply it to the ends of my hair. I find it best to apply the oil when my hair is still damp, but not dripping wet.

Usually after I got out of the shower, I use a towel to get the excess water off my hair before applying the oil. I find that this method helps create a silky smooth ends without weighing down my hair since I do have an oily scalp. The shea butter scent lingers all day, making me wish I had gotten the strawberry scented one.

I tried removing makeup swatches on the back of my hand with this oil and found that it's quite good. However, since it contains a lot of Fragrance, I doubt I'll use this as a makeup remover. Plus, I'm already accustomed to using cleansing oils in my routine, so that'll be tough to beat since this doesn't emulsify and leaves a greasy residue behind (obviously).

Another way I use this beautifying oil is on my body, particularly my legs. I have the driest skin right on my legs, so this oil helps to moisturize it. It depends on my mood, but I usually mix two drops to my moisturizer before using it on my legs.


Though it's great for my hair, I wouldn't put it near my face because of its very oily and heavy consistency. My hair has dry ends, so this product is just what I needed because it is devoid of silicones and its derivatives. The oil is enough to moisturize my legs, but I like to mix it with my moisturizer to avoid that greasy finish. I find that it removes makeup quite well, but I don't like that it contains a lot of Fragrances, enough to trigger an irritation in sensitive skin. You can find this at The Body Shop counters at Rp 149,000.

I think I'm gonna transfer the oil into a small bottle with a pump to make it less prone to spills. What is your favorite oil to use on your body or hair? Let me know in the comments below and until then, I'll talk to you later~

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  1. Definitely EVOO is a cheaper solution cuma ga ada fragrance. Harus tahan sama weird smellnya. Pengen juga yg ada fragrance jd ga usa pake parfum lagi ya. Hihi

    1. Fragrance salah satu bahan yang termasuk skin irritant, jadi aku males kalo ada fragrancenya. Jerawatan jadinya rata2.. Mendingan bau dikit tapi ga iritasi. ^_^

  2. thanks for reviewing, Phanie. gue demen deh sama reviews mu, very structural with insightful information :)
    pengen nyoba yang oil2an, pilihannya antara josie maran argan oil atau tarte maracuja oil but both quite expensive dannn males harus po2an.. so i think i'll give this TBS a try..

    1. Awh, thanks, Josephine~ Gw hampir manggil lalaluna tadi, hahaha.. Niwei, make sure you get the scent you like cause the scent lingers all day~ Pakenya juga dikit2 aja, kalo kebanyakan kaya keguyur minyak kliatannnya ^_^

  3. Wah baru tau ternyata fragrancenya banyak. Makasih ce atas infonya. Aku suka pake ini buat facial massage sama masker kalo kulit muka lagi super kering (kulitku jenis kulit kering). Kalau pakainya dikombinasi sama BHA langsung terasa banget paginya kulit muka jadi halus dan banyak white/blackheads keluar. :D