As today is World Fair Trade Day I thought it would be a good time to finally write a review of the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop. As well as being advocates of cruelty free testing, The Body Shop is committed to sourcing as many of their ingredients through fair and ethical trade as possible. The camomile in this range of products comes from nine family run farms in England and TBS have been buying from them since 2001. More information can be found here. This costs £12 for a 90ml tin – quite a good price, but I recommend signing up for The Body Shop e-newsletter as they have online sales of 40% off all the time, making them very affordable.
The cleansing butter itself is in a solid form that quickly melts under your fingers. I find that the easiest was to use it is to rub (clean) fingers over it and apply directly to the face, where it melts off make up in no time. This is suitable for eye make up and does not sting if it gets in your eyes. I personally prefer to take eye make up off first sing the L’Oreal Gentle Eye Make Up Remover (I do wear a lot of eye liner) and then use this to clean the rest of my face and remove any final scraps around my eyes. I then remove with a flannel cloth and rinse with plenty of water.
It smells exactly like you think it would – a soft camomile scent that reminds me of baby products – so if you like that, you’ll like this.
I find that this is really effective at removing make up but you do need to ensure that you also has an effective way of removing it from your face. It is oily in a way that would clog pores so don’t leave it sitting on your skin if you want to avoid breakouts. That said, the flannel and water method is really simple and works for me. I definitely don’t feel like my skin has been stripped after using this, just lovely and soft and fresh. I often skip the moisturiser after this.
So there is my World Fair Trade Day contribution – a fair trade product I really rate. The Body Shop has many other fair and ethical trade products, and while their parent company might not be as white as they are, at least they are still flying the flag for ethical beauty on the high street.