THOUGHTS: THE BODY SHOP VANILLA PUMPKIN RANGE
As, dare I say it, Christmas gets closer more 'limited edition' and 'exclusive' ranges pop up in shops. If you're anything like me and really like the Body Shop then you'll probably know that they have recently released the Vanilla Pumpkin range and, although I probably didn't need anymore body butters or shower gels my mum was doing some Christmas shopping (early but prepared!) and bought me back the Vanilla Pumpkin body butter and shower gel (thank you, thank you, thank you mum).
What I LOVE about the Body Shop is their ethics. It's really easy to visit their website and have a read for yourself more about their work. By 2020 they've set themselves 14 targets to achieve through their Enrich not Exploit commitment. One of their current campaigns is also one very close to my heart: 'Forever against animal testing'. I could probably write a whole separate post on why I feel animal testing is not necessary, I'd love to, if that's something you guys are interested in hearing more about. However, in relation to the Body Shop they're currently working towards banning the 80% of countries that still test on animals whilst working with Cruelty Free International. That's a cause I can really get behind. (If you're interested in signing the petition head over to the link at the end of this post.
This smell is incredible. It takes me back to a candle I owned this time last year but can't for the life of me remember what it was. It's the perfect balance of vanilla, pumpkin, spice, warmth and just general autumn. I honestly can't think of any other way to describe it other than warmth and, for me, pure happiness. It's my perfect autumn scent. I'd say because of the vanilla it does transform it into a sweeter autumnal scent, so if you're not one for that stay away.
The shower gel is really creamy and a little bit goes a long way. It seems almost moisturising and is quite a thick formula. It soaks into the skin pretty well, and the scent fills the bath room which is lovely. I really enjoy using it, especially because the formula is more like a shower cream so feels little more luxurious over a shower gel. I'd pick up more of a gel in the summer for a refreshing scent, for autumn and winter this is perfect. The Body Shop have gotten it spot on.
I have to say that I have a love for the Body Shop Body Butters. Although most of them are aimed at drier skin (which I definitely find mine is when the temperature drops) I think they probably work pretty well on all skin types. Like the shower gel, it's a pretty strong scent and certainly lasts. I put it on just before I put on my pjs and get into bed after a shower and it was the first thing I noticed when I woke up. That might be a little too strong for me but I really liked it. It's not greasy and doesn't take an age to soak in. It spread across the skin pretty well, a little goes a long way. I know it might now be for everyone but I found my pjs to smell of it a little after I'd worn them too and I, personally, really liked that too. I like everything to smell like a lush shop or room lit with scented candles. Not in an over-powering, give me a head ache kinda way but in the way you occasionally smell it and it's a nice thing to ever so often notice.
This scent might not be for everyone but if you're a fan of the Body Shop body butters or shower gels and want something different, this might be perfect for you. I know it's going to be my scent for autumn.
Sign the Body Shop's and Cruelty Free Internationals petition to end cosmetic animal testing here: https://foreveragainstanimaltesting.com/page/9140/petition/1?utm_source=thebodyshop-uk&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=uk_cta_faat-petition&utm_content=against-animal-testing