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Review: The Body Shop Christmas Scents 2020

Hey guys! There’s just a few more days to Christmas, and we all know what that means – Christmas promos!

Many shops, especially beauty and body care brands, are having sales and festive-season only collections. As someone with a weakness for body care products, it’s hard for me to resist the beautiful, sparkly displays and gift packages. And so it is that I finally succumbed … and got myself some treats from The Body Shop.

I like The Body Shop because they carry a wide range of really nice scents. While I only buy from them once or twice a year, I’m always satisfied with the products and customer service.

This year’s festive range is decidedly Christmas-y, and features three exclusive scents: Warm Vanilla, Winter Jasmine and Festive Berry, available across a range of items such as their body yogurt, body butter, hand and nail cream, and shower gel.

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The shop was running a promo through its social media app, whereby any purchase would be entitled to a free body scrub, so I got the cheapest available item (30ml hand cream – RM25 /discounted RM22.50) and had it shipped to my house. It arrived after 4 working days.

Vanilla is one of my favourite scents, but the Warm Vanilla was a tad disappointing for me. It’s sweet and very strong, and it reminds me of cake. No doubt some people will like this, but it just smells very artificial to me.

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The free 50ml Festive Berry body scrub that came with my hand cream is touted to help exfoliate and refine the skin. I have used it a couple of times in the shower, and it’s pretty good. The consistency is like strawberry jam, and it smells like that too, what with the berry and sugar crystal blend.

You can get the small tub as part of The Body Shop’s festive gift box (RM139), but if you want to purchase the scrub on its own, it’s only available in 250ml jars at RM113.

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My favourite of the lot has to be the Winter Jasmine Body Butter, which coincidentally was the most expensive item I got (RM84, 20% discount for The Body Shop members). It was worth the splurge, though.

The butter is creamy and luxurious, and it looked so smooth and luscious when I first opened the tub I almost felt like it was a shame to use any lol. The floral scent is sweet and relaxing – it reminds me of aromatherapy oils and spa fragrances that they use at massage parlours to help you relax. The skin feels soft and hydrated after application, and you get the smell of jasmine just wafting off of you : best to apply before sleeping !

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If you’re looking to gift, The Body Shop has a variety of items catering to different budgets, all in beautiful packaging. If I had the money, I’d buy them all lol.

But perhaps someone wants to get me something for Christmas? 🙂

Shop online at www.thebodyshop.com.my.

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Spook-tacular Halloween-Themed Treats From Lush

Halloween doesn’t have to begin or end on 31st October this year. Witch-ever tricks, treats or gifts you choose, you can fright and delight all winter long with these fun and spook-tacular Halloween-themed products from Lush. The great news? You can get order these online at lush.my and have them delivered straight to your homes. 

BAT ART BATH BOMB 

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Be spellbound by this mystic bat bath bomb. Full of #BathArt worthy surprises, deep glittery waters await with a fresh, herbal scent that lingers.

PUNKIN PUMPKIN BATH BOMB

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To make the shadows retreat and recoil, fizz this ghoul of bright citrus oils. Don’t look, don’t scream, don’t give it
power, cleanse the air with pumpkin powder.

LORD OF MISRULE BATH BOMB 

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Inspired by the ruler of the pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule features a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and
black pepper oil. Just like at the Feast of Fools, when the wine starts to flow, the popping candy crackles and the
festivities begin. 

TOFFEE APPLE LIP SCRUB

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This sweet & sour Halloween treat offers two layers of scrub – ghoulishly gorgeous green apple and blood red
sticky toffee, for a devilishly softened pout. 

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VERY VERY FRIGHTENING SHOWER GEL

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Despite the name, there’s nothing you need to fear from this fun and bright yellow concoction. Embrace your sweet side with this bold, uplifting shower gel. Containing fresh lemon and fig juice, its palm and SLS free, plus it’s vegan. 

BOO! SHOWER SLIME 

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Raise your spirits and get hands – on with this spooky black slime packed with scrubby ground coconut shell!
This Lord of Misrule scented slime will soften and scrub your skin, leaving you ready for a night of trick and
treating.

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GHOST IN THE DARK SOAP

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Freshness from beyond the grave comes in this super citrusy soap. This treat has a trick – it glows in the dark when charged up in the light! If you’ve got it, haunt it.

MONSTERS BALL BATH BOMB

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Keep your ghoul and get ready to boogie on down to the bathroom for an enchanting monster mash of uplifting
essential oils. Remember, we scare because we care.

BEWITCHED BUBBLE BAR

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This friendly feline will boost your luck with blackberry-scented bubbles and plastic-free glitter. Purrfect for packaging-free bathing.

Order online at lush.my. Happy Halloween!

*Photos courtesy of Lush PR.

Free Beauty Haul

Being a lifestyle writer has its perks… like getting a year’s worth of beauty supplies. Ha!

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I recently covered two beauty events and they were very generous with their goodie bags. MaskSlim is a local brand but they also carry quality masks from Taiwan. I’ve used their signature night mask before and it’s really good – leaves the skin feeling bouncy and hydrated in the morning. They normally cost RM100 and above (looking pretty isn’t cheap.. that’s why rich taitais can afford to)

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And then there was more stuff from the event today! Expensive ones to boot – beauty products from Japan are well known to use advanced tech and are high quality, so I’m looking forward to trying the samples. 🙂 Usually, I wouldn’t be able to afford such brands. *There was this special Kanobe night cream that costs RM5,000 a bottle (wtf what do they even use in it)

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Looks like I’m all set for the year.

Botenaco Garden Trio Oil by Guardian – Beauty Secrets from Three Continents

Guardian Malaysia recently unveiled their latest range of beauty products called the Botaneco Garden Trio Oil – specially formulated to cater to a rising demand for organic and healthier alternatives. Using unique ingredients scoured from three continents (which women in these places have used for centuries), the Trio Oil range is available in the form of shampoo, body wash and conditioners. The exotic oils combined are Babassau Oil from Latin America, Baobab Oil from Africa and Chufa Oil from France.

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They had their launch in an art gallery, which had been transformed with photos explaining the process of how the product is made – harvesting, production, etc.

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Tried some of the oil on my skin, and it smelled really good : subtle, with hints of wood and spice. It also left my skin feeling really soft after rubbing the oil into it.

There are many variants available. For the bath collection, there’s the Whitening (enriched with apricot kernels and licorice extracts), Moisturising (added olive oil and Vitamin E) and Gentle Cleansing (cherry blossom extract). For your crowning glory, there’s Smooth and Silky Shampoo/Conditioner (calendula extract), Repair & Strengthen (magnolia extract) and hair Fall Control (sunflower oil)

Best part is, their price range is from a very affordable RM3.80 to RM19.90. Got two bottles of shampoo and body wash, so will be trying these out soon! 🙂

The Botaneco Garden Trio Oil Hair and Body Collection is available nationwide at all Guardian outlets and their e-store at http://online.guardian.com.my.