As part of our spring vitality appreciation, we wanted to take a look at some of the beauty and wellness offerings Manchester has to offer. With gentle regimes and cruelty-free products at the forefront of our minds, we turned to The Body Shop for some inspiration.
Having reported that Manchester has been ranked as one of the top six cities for vegans, The Body Shop declared that our city is actually the most vocal about veganism, and along with our increased use of the #veganism, they stated that we have plenty of positive things to say about one of the world’s fastest growing lifestyle movements.
Inspired by this news, we set about making an ethical and more natural change to some of our beauty habits. Amongst trying some organic beauty products from smaller Mancunian businesses, we also wanted to take a look at what Manchester’s high street has to offer.
Starting with this ethical power duo from The Body Shop’s hair care range.
With a shampoo blended with ginger from Sri Lanka, birch bark, white willow extracts and Community Trade honey, and a conditioner blended similarly but with Community Trade aloe vera, these hair care products are so much more than an anti-dandruff range.
With thick, wavy (okay, frizzy), highlighted hair, I’ve always struggled with a sensitive scalp that can get quite dry and embarrassing at times. For years, I’d searched for a product that was soothing enough to deal with my sensitive skin, but without adding detriment to my unruly, colour-treated hair. Last year, I also made a promise to myself to only buy cruelty free beauty products – it’s 2019 now, we should know better than to exploit animals for vanity – and I quickly realised my checklist was quite a high order.
That’s why I was over the moon to discover The Body Shop’s Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo and Conditioner. When paired together, I can honestly attest that no other sensitive hair product comes close to the results I’ve found with these two. I’ve even praised both to my hairdresser in Knutsford, who then passed the range on as a recommendation to her own clients in Cheshire.
After the first wash and condition, my hair felt silky smooth and manageable. With only a couple of uses, any redness around the edge of my scalp was soothed and flakes alleviated. More than just scalp-care product, my hair has never been in a better or stronger condition. My only niggle is the cost, which sits at quite a premium rate – at £7.50 for one medium bottle (this is what I usually purchase, and lasts around a month or so) and £9.50 for a large, I feel like I can’t go back to other products now.
It’s hard to beat that fresh face feeling after a long day of wearing makeup. This little tin of goodness is a really easy and luxurious way of removing every trace of makeup, whilst also purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, and I have to say, this product does leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Mild and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin-types, the Camomile extract comes from Norfolk, England, and gives a really light, subtle and calming scent.
I take one small dollop of the balm and warm it in my palms before applying it directly to the face. In circular motions, I swipe it across my face and neck, massaging the product into my skin and sweeping gently around the eye area. You can rinse with warm water, but I prefer to use a warm (not hot) muslin cloth for a more thorough cleanse. If you have oily skin, you may want to ensure a thorough rinse.
Almond Milk Body Yogurt (£8.50)
Lightweight, enriching and fast-absorbing, this 100% vegetarian moisturiser is enriched with Community Trade organic milk from Spain. Everyone loves to apply a great scented moisturiser, but who has the time to wait for the cream to sink in before getting dressed? This is why the none-sticky Almond Milk Body Yogurt is so great – if you apply to damp skin after showering, by the time you get dressed, the product has sunk in enough for you to start your day with happy, supple and radiant skin. The product smells sweet and clean, and is something we’ll definitely be reaching for more and more as the days get sunnier and a little more skin is flashed.
Calming and lulling, aloe vera is a miraculous plant, most known for its soothing properties. Regarded as one of the oldest nature-infused skincare ingredients in the wold, it’s great for nourishing dry or sensitive skin. The Body Shop’s sensitive Aloe range is blended with Community Trade aloe vera from Mexico.
Enriched with these natural benefits, the Aloe Soothing Day Cream is fragrance, colour and preservative free, nourishing, and helps to calm red or sensitive skin throughout the day.
To give your skin the helping hand it needs to repair and protect over night, the velvety smooth Allow Soothing Night Cream works while you sleep to provide moisture, so when you wake in the morning, all you need to do is rinse your face with warm water to reveal soft and healthy skin.
You can shop these collections online, or pop into your local stores and chat to one of the shop assistants. If you’re based in Manchester, head to The Body Shop at Manchester Arndale or The Body Shop at The Royal Exchange.