11.26.2014
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Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser, for Sensitive Skin
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6.75 fl. oz. for $14.50
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser, for Sensitive Skin is a good, gentle cleansing lotion for normal to dry or sensitive skin. It is fragrance-free and does not contain detergent cleansing agents. The oil content may require the use of a washcloth for complete removal.

Claims

A mild and creamy soap-free cleansing lotion that leaves the skin feeling soft, supple and smooth and is comforting and calming on sensitive skin. Dermatogically approved and clinically proven as suitable for sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Phosphate

Brand Overview

The Body Shop At-A-Glance

Strengths: One of the few cosmetic companies that lists complete product ingredients on its Web site; affordable; the Aloe Products for Sensitive Skin are appropriate for that skin condition; good selection of eye makeup removers; one of the best pressed-powder foundations around; great pressed powder; liquid eyeliner; lip gloss; nice selection of affordable makeup brushes and specialty products.

Weaknesses: The Tea Tree Oil collection; subcategories that focus on one beneficial ingredient (vitamin E, vitamin C, etc.) to the exclusion of others, making for several collections of one-note products; no effective routine to address blemishes; poor skin-lightening products; surprisingly lackluster to poor foundations and concealers.

This England-based company was one of the first to offer "natural" products in freestanding stores. Founder Anita Roddick opened her first shop in 1976, and the store's success spurred her husband to turn the business into a franchise opportunity, thus spawning the opening of several more stores across England and, by the end of the 1980s, the United States. As Roddick has commented, the timing of her stores and their merchandise occurred just as Europe was "going green." It is not unrealistic to speculate that were it not for the success of The Body Shop, companies such as Aveda, Origins, and numerous others may not have started on such sure footing. Most consumers are drawn to products with natural ingredients, even though those from The Body Shop, like many other companies claiming natural, use the same standard cosmetic ingredients seen throughout the industry. If anything, The Body Shop's worldwide expansion has caused them to rely less on natural ingredients and more on robust, effective, synthetic ingredients. Can you imagine the smell of millions of bottles of Banana Shampoo rotting in a warehouse?

A somewhat controversial business transaction occurred in 2006 when L'Oreal purchased The Body Shop. Fans of the brand and its stance on animal testing protested that this corporate marriage made for strange bedfellows given L'Oreal's dodgy history with animal testing. The acquisition had many consumer groups focused on ethical and organic business practices calling the sale a cop-out and accusing Roddick of selling out to "the enemy." Roddick commented that the sale had more to do with L'Oreal wanting to learn more about community trade, which could prove a financial windfall for the developing nations and tribes The Body Shop has conducted business with for years. (Sources: www.cosmeticsdesign.com/news/ng.asp?n=66584-l-oreal-the-body-shop-takeover-ethical; and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4894854.stm). Regardless of motivation or ethical issues, what's certain is that L'Oreal's financial and developmental clout will allow the continued expansion of The Body Shop, although in terms of product improvements, you'll find more signs of that with the makeup than the skin-care products because that is L'Oreal's strength.

An attractive point of difference for this line is their ongoing commitment to environmental and social causes as well as fair trade and animal rights advocacy. For those efforts, the company (fueled by Roddick's personal passion for such issues) deserves high marks. If only the products were as sensible as the company's Mission Statement! It's not that there aren't good products to be found in The Body Shop's familiar green-trimmed stores, but far too many of them are ordinary formulations whose natural ingredients make little impact aside from looking good on the label. And many products contain irritating natural ingredients or fragrance components that place them a notch below the competition. This is not a company that has kept up with the latest research in what skin needs to look and feel its best. Instead, most of their products take a one-note approach to skin care, forcing customers to choose whether they want the benefits of vitamin C or E, seaweed, aloe, or a host of others—several of which have so-so benefit for skin, or less so in the amounts included in The Body Shop's products. Still, the line has remained affordable and is readily available, and so as long as you pay attention to the products that are worth your time and money, The Body Shop has some effective products in store for you.

Postscript: The Body Shop's founder, Anita Roddick, passed away in September 2007 at the age of 64. Although through the years we have had my issues with several of her company's products, it must be said that her business acumen and worldwide humanitarian efforts deserve accolades. She was a unique, passionate businesswoman, and we have no doubt her input will be sorely missed.

For more information about The Body Shop, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 263-9746 or visit www.thebodyshop.com.

The Body Shop Makeup

Makeup isn't the main attraction at The Body Shop, at least if you survey the store and notice the small display compared to shelf after shelf of body lotions, butters, scrubs, and shower gels. Yet if you're drawn to the makeup display you will find it is nicely organized, with product labels and prices in plain view, plenty of testers and mirrors, and even a bit of counter space for your purse. It's an inviting setup, and the sales staff is low key and willing to let you play, which is always a plus. As it turns out, L'Oreal's acquisition of The Body Shop has paid off handsomely for the makeup, which received a much-needed spiffing-up in October 2006. Several products were reformulated, new products (mostly improvements) debuted, and the packaging improved both functionally and visually. Due to the extra attention paid to the makeup you will find some outstanding options for foundation, powder, liquid eyeliner, makeup brushes, and creamy lipsticks. The prices are reasonable too, but they're no bargain if you don't shop this line carefully. Still, L'Oreal has infused some panache into a makeup collection whose core products were becoming ho-hum, and the changes are welcome!

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04.07.2015
Great Cleanser!

This cleanser is soothing, lives up to its claims!

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Anonymous
01.11.2015
Kind of greasy, but good

This cleanser seems very gentle ans isn't at all drying. I can imagine that, it wouldn't be good for very oily skin but i usually cleanse with oils, so it hasn't been a problem for me. I am wondering a little bit about the pH of the product, cause my skin usually benefiits from not have the acid mantle broken down. All in all a good product for the price,

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Tyler S
10.25.2014
Greasy film left on skin

After trying this for a few days, I noticed that my face started to feel as if there was an oily, heavy like film all over it. I realized it is from this cleanser. I even started to break out and I rarely break out! I normally use Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and had excellent success but ran out and needed something quickly. The body shop cleanser is a horrible product at least for my skin.

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Donna P
07.24.2014
great product!

It's so gentle and doesn't irritate my very sensitive skin. It also has a lovely natural scent and a little bit goes a long way. Would highly recommend this!

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lauren,k
02.22.2014
Gentle Cleanser

I like this product a lot. It is definitely soothing, like it says, and I get NO bad reaction. It's feels to be more a lotion than a cleanser. The only thing I don't love is the bottle, which is made of a very thick unyielding plastic, so you squeeze hard to get the soap out. It would be great if they'd make it with a pump. Doesn't stop me from buying it though.

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Anonymous
02.14.2014
Nice Cleanser

I bought this product because it was reviewed so well on this website. It is a nice, gentle cleanser which doesn't irritate my skin (I have extremely sensitive skin). My only problem is that it does not remove my make-up. I also have an issue with the packaging, it's very hard to squeeze out the product. Overall it is a nice cleanser but I am still looking for something that will remove my makeup without me having to use a cloth.

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Samantha, N
02.06.2014
Nice gentle cleanser

I like this cleanser a lot, it feels soft and gentle on my skin, i use a wash cloth and find it easy to wash off and leaves no residue. My skins feels soft and clean afterwards but not dry or tight. The packages is annoying because the plastic bottle is hard to get the product out, i decant into a easier to use travel bottle.

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