Product Review: The Body Shop Seaweed Skin Care Range

First Impressions

I bought the seaweed skin care set through my friend, who is a rep for The Body Shop. I wanted to try some of their products after seeing lots of positive review on other sites. The seaweed range is for people with combination/oily skin, which is perfect for me as that’s exactly what I have!

The products are beautiful, just as you would expect with The Body Shop. The seaweed range all come in lovely bright blue packaging, and look great on my dressing table.

I bought the Deep Cleansing Gel Wash, Oil-Balancing Toner, Oil-Control Overnight Gel, and the Oil Control Gel Cream. They smell really fresh and clean, and not strong and perfumed at all.

I was very excited to start using the products – you can view the range here.

Deep Cleansing Gel Wash [£7.50]

The wash is great – it’s refreshing and my skin felt super clean after using it. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or sore either which is always a plus! Sometimes with these kinds of face washes, they can sometimes make your skin feel tight and sore, but this one definitely didn’t.

I’m looking forward to using it regularly, and seeing what difference it makes to my skin in the long-term 🙂

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, PEG-150 Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum/Fragrance, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Menthol, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Chondrus Crispus Extract/Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract.

Oil Balancing Toner [£7.50]

I’ve only recently got back into using a toner. I’ve been trying out the Nivea Purifying Toner, which I’ve been liking, and so I was really intrigued to give this one a try.

The toner is also refreshing, which is a theme for all of these products! It’s also soothing, and helps my skin feel more replenished after cleansing. It definitely helps to reduce shine and grease from the skin before you go in with moisturiser too 🙂 Some toners feel like they’re stripping your skin, but I wouldn’t say this is one of them!

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Parfum/Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Menthol, Propylparaben, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract/Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.

Oil Control Gel Cream [£13.00]

This is a moisturiser, but like it says, it’s a gel cream. It’s super light, and sinks into the skin almost immediately. You hardly need any of the product to cover your whole face too which makes it really cost-effective.

The gel cream makes a great base for makeup too because it mattifies without drying it out completely.

The only downside I could see is that it comes in pot rather than a tube, which means that unless you have a scoop or something, you’re getting bacteria inside the pot every time you use it. You can buy little wooden sticks to get the product out of the pot which would be the more hygienic way to use the product!

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Isododecane, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Hydrogenated Tetradecenyl/Methylpentadecene, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Zinc Gluconate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Linalool, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Serine, Sodium Stearate, Zinc Sulfate, Citric Acid.

Oil Control Overnight Gel [£14.00]

The overnight gel is quite soothing, and definitely felt quite moisturising. Other than that, I didn’t really notice any difference in my skin in using the product.

Maybe it will be much more noticeable after using the product more regularly! The other downside to me is the price compared to the size of the product. The bottle is very small! However, you do only need a relatively small amount, so that’s a positive.

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, PEG-8, Laureth-23, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Mel/Honey/Miel, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Algae Extract, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Urea, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Disodium EDTA, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Trehalose, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Zinc Gluconate, Benzyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-51, Linalool, Acacia Senegal Gum, Benzyl Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Serine, Sodium Stearate, Zinc Sulfate.

Overview

In general, I’m quite happy with these products so far. I’m interested to see how they perform over time, and whether the effects become much more noticeable. I’m always searching for that wonder range – the set of products that transform my skin – and so we’ll have to wait and see how these continue to work for me 🙂

Let me know in the comments below whether you’ve used the seaweed range before, and what your thoughts are on it 🙂

Laura

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  • I like the sounds of these products. I have oily skin too and would love to find great products to help with oil control. I would be really interested to read a follow up after you have been using the products for a little longer to know if you have started to see better results 🙂

    Lon x

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    • I am impressed so far but will definitely post an update in a couple of weeks 🙂 it is really hard to find products that actually work isnt it! X

      • It really is, which is why I hate spending money on them before I know for sure they work aha x

        • Definitely the best way. I refuse to spend anymore than £20 on a single product anyway, unless it’s literally gold dust!! X

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