Usually I wait until after Bonfire Night to get in the mood, but I am well and truly in the Christmas spirit after previewing the new festive range at The Body Shop. I wasn’t sure what to expect at last night’s Briggate Beauty event in Leeds, but I had a great time and came home with some amazing goodies.
It was a pleasant surprise to receive an invite for this hump day treat as I hadn’t been to a blogging event in months. I took my superstitious mum as my plus 1, who definitely didn’t love hearing all the Christmas tunes before December 1st, but I think we all converted her in the end and it was nice to show her what I do.
We were whisked off to a secret location and the lovely, Kim introduced everyone to The Body Shop’s new charity campaign, ‘Play for peace.’ In a nutshell, for every gift you buy from their seasonal collections, they will donate 4.4p to International Alert’s Peace Play Project, which help refugees children by providing play in a safe place. The campaign combines The Body Shop’s Christmas products and giftsets with toys so instead of throwing away the packaging, that itself is upcycled into things like quizzes, spinners, mazes and dice.
Once the campaign had been revealed, we were let loose to see the products for ourselves and have a boogie to the Christmas playlist (and a John Lewis advert). I had a go on the HOH Limited Edition Kiss Me Cube (see above) and thought I broke it, but the packaging actually just doubles as a magic cube to play with.
The room was decorated with all sorts of other fun activities from Twister to a selfie station (with a special light and props). I won a Mango Body Butter treat for posting a photo on social with the hashtags, and Michelle scored herself a prize for winning at Twister! However, my personal highlight were the sacks, which were coincidentally the perfect size for me to fit into – race anyone?
— Rae Coppola (@rae_coppola) November 1, 2017
Browsing the shelves
When the festivities came to an end, we all wandered back to the Briggate store for a drink and the opportunity to browse the shelves. I quickly found my new favourite product and gave it a whirl. It’s a body shimmer mist called, The Sparkler, which sounds a bit more fitting for Bonfire Night than Christmas. It comes in the fanciest little bottle, with a pump like the ones on vintage perfume bottles. Bring on party season so that I can try it out properly!
My mum and I loved smelling and testing all of the other products too, especially since we’re trying to get into a bit of a skincare routine. I levitated towards the berry stuff, but was pleasantly surprised by how many heavenly scents there were (and a little bit gutted that they weren’t edible).
I haven’t researched as much into cruelty free products as I would have liked, but it was nice to find out that every single Body Shop product is vegetarian. Better yet, over half of their products are vegan. This is such a wonderful stance for a company to take and I hope more will follow suit!
Have you gone cruelty free or visited the body shop recently? Let me know in the comments below!