Like german shepherds, human bodies demand treats before they'll sit quietly for piano recitals or chase off nut-stealing squirrels. Reward an obedient exterior with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of in-store merchandise, including sale items, at The Body Shop. Click here to find your nearest retail location.
A purveyor of pulchritudinous products for more than three decades, The Body Shop’s finely wrought and socially responsible beauty boosters coddle pelts and caress tresses. Patrons can treat epidermal taste buds to a buffet of body butters ($6+) designed to keep hides soft, moisturized, and invisible to most carnivorous plants. The line includes fragrances such as satsuma, which introduces skin to an invigorating dose of essential citrus oil, as well as the antioxidant-rich shea body butter, which has been celebrated by celebrities including David Beckham and Reese Witherspoon. The Body Shop's innovations also include candles, diffusers, and other home fragrances, as well as a variety of stocking stuffers ($6+) to strategically plant in unsuspecting sock drawers.
Natural and sustainable materials used in products sourced through the company's Community Trade program allow products such as the tea-tree skin-clearing facial wash ($11/8.4 fl. oz.) and vitamin E moisture serum ($20/1 fl. oz.) to keep skin surfaces smooth and refined while providing reliable income and market access to more than 25,000 people in marginalized locales around the globe.
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To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.