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On this page:

1.  The Body Shop* Almond Hand & Nail Cream (May 2013) 
2.  Green People Self Tan Lotion (April 2013)
3.  The Little Bubble Co bath and shower gel (March 2013)
4.  Buddha Beauty Grapefruit, Lavender & Frankincense Natural Body Scrub  (October 2012)

5.  Marks & Spencer Lemon Body Butter 
(September 2012)

The Body Shop* Almond Hand & Nail Cream   £10.00  (May 2013)

We always keep a tube or two of hand lotion on our desk at BWB Towers and are currently road-testing The Body Shop's Almond Hand & Nail Cream.

The cream comes in an attractive metallic-looking 100ml tube, which is great for the office, but might not be so great if you're looking for something smaller to fit in your handbag.

The tube design makes it easy to control how much you use and, as you don't need too much, this tube should last for ages.

It smells (as you would expect) of almonds and is sweet, light and not too overpowering. The cream rubs in really well and, although you get that tell-tale 'sheen' of a hand cream, it's not greasy at all - a big plus for us as we were getting fed up with oily fingerprints all over our work! I also cares for nails too, but what we liked most about this product is that it left our hands feeling like velvet and looking really healthy and smooth. In fact, we couldn't stop admiring them for the first few days!

It might not be the perfect product if you really suffer with very dry hands, but if you're looking for an everyday, general-use, mid-budget hand cream, this isn't a bad choice at all.

Green People Self Tan Lotion  £17.95  (April 2013)
We're happy to admit that at least one of our team (yes, Laura, we're looking at you) is a fake tan addict. But, although we're based in the Essex, we prefer our tans subtle and natural rather than obvious and orange!

We decided to try the Green People Self Tan Lotion having read some good reviews and been intrigued by an organic and natural lotion that uses a sugar-derived ingredient to give the appearance of a natural suntan.

The first thing that everyone said about this product was how great it smells. It's scented with essential oils of rose, geranium and sandalwood and the effect is a spicy, 'spa-like' fragrance - the best fake tan we've ever smelt in fact! And we're delighted to say that it stayed that way too, no stale biscuit smell later on in the evening! So far so very good ...

The tan is dispensed by a pump so it's easy to control how much you use. It's a creamy, moisturiser consistency and there's no colour guide. This makes it ideal if you want to get dressed and get on with your day as there's no mess, but be careful to remember where you've already applied if you don't want one tanned arm and one light!

Green People self tan lotion review
The product develops after 3-4 hours, but we thought that the full effect is best seen after leaving it on overnight. The resulting colour is natural and quite light in comparison to some other brands, so if you like the full-on tan look you will need to apply further coats. Having said that, it's not so natural that you can't really see a difference and we were impressed by the results (not a streak in sight) and the colour (a really natural and believable sun-kissed shade).

We kept up the colour by reapplying every 3 days or so but, if you do this, make sure that you exfoliate a couple of times a week and keep your skin well moisturised to avoid the freckled look as the tan wears off.
Green People Organic Fake Tan is suitable for people with eczema or psoriasis and also helps to conceal blue veins in legs. It can be used on the face or body and you can even get a trial size (20ml) for £4.50 if you're not ready to take the full plunge.

We would honestly say that this is the best tan we've ever used in terms of smell and it's right up there when it comes to use of ease and natural results. It's another cruelty-free product that we're so glad we found.

The Little Bubble Co Vanilla Biscuit bath and shower gel £2.99 (March 2013)

The Little Bubble Co has a range of four paraben-free bath and shower gels scented with allergen-free fragrances and suitable for the whole family. Choose from Coconut Creme, Strawberry Sundae, Vanilla Biscuit or Mango Delight or maybe get all four and enjoy a tropical fruity cocktail!

The bottles show the playful and fun side of the company - who said that cruelty free had to be serious? - encouraging you to 'be silly it makes your brain cells giggle' or give your  friend a piggyback! And the company blurb on the back is hilarious - we don't know what these people are on, but we definitely want some!  

The Little Bubble Co bath & shower gel review

We tried the Vanilla Biscuit for our review as we're always attracted to smells that satisfy our craving for baked goods, but with none of the calories! The gel is designed to be used as a body wash in the bath or shower and it lathers up wonderfully on a bath puff so that you only need a small amount to cover the whole body.

However, as you know, we love a multi-tasking product at Beauty Without The Beasts, so we also used it as a bath foam, pouring directly into the water. It produces lots of luxurious bubbles and makes the bathroom smell amazing. In fact, the whole house smelt like Mary Berry had been working her baking magic!

Our verdict: these bath and shower gels are great value, good fun and smell fantastic!

The Buddha Beauty Company Grapefruit, Lavender & Frankincense Natural Body Scrub  £15.00  (October 2012)

We're often disappointed by body scrubs that are nothing more than shower gel with bits in. But this one from Buddha Beauty is a serious scrub made from dead sea salts and a blend of oils.

The smell of fresh grapefruit, relaxing lavender and exotic frankincense is gorgeous and made our bathroom smell like an expensive spa.

Because the scrub is coarse, we found that we didn't need to use too much, which took away some of our initial concern about the price.

Buddha Beauty Scrub review
Our skin felt beautifully soft after the first use and the oils meant it was smooth and moisturised, too. We'll definitely use this luxury treat again.

Marks & Spencer Lemon Body Butter  £7.50  (September 2012)

Made in Britain with Fairtrade African Shea Butter, this body butter is one of a yummy range at Marks & Spencer that also includes mango, coconut and vanilla sugar.

The first thing that hits you when take off the lid is the smell - deliciously natural and fresh. It has a lightly-whipped souffle-type texture that rubs in really easily with none of the greasiness you sometimes get with a body butter - and the smell! Have we mentioned how gorgeous it smells? Plus it lasts all day.

Seriously, this is one of our favourites at Beauty Without The Beasts and we just can't wait to try the whole set! 

M&S Body Butter review


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