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 $20, you get $40 worth of in-store merchandise, including sale items, at The Body Shop. This deal is valid at any U.S. store location, and if you redeem your Groupon by May 30, 2011, the value of this deal climbs to $45.
A powerhouse of pulchritude for more than three decades, The Body Shop pampers pelts and caresses tresses with a comprehensive lineup of finely wrought and socially responsible beauty boosters. Slather on one of the company's best-selling body butters ($6 and up)—dermal delicacies designed to keep hides soft, moisturized, and invisible to most carnivorous plants. This popular line includes the Shea body butter, which has been celebrated by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, David Beckham, and Reese Witherspoon.
Peruse popular products like Tea Tree Skin-Clearing facial wash ($11/8.4 fl. oz.), Natrulift firming day cream ($30/1.7 fl. oz.), and waterproof mascara ($14/0.33 fl. oz.), which ensures suitable lash batting before, during, and after apple-bobbing tournaments. Coddle nostrils with an array of candles, diffusers, and other home fragrances, infused into body washes, gels, fragrance oils, and body butters.
Ruthlessly devoted to environmental stewardship, The Body Shop regularly relies on natural and sustainable materials to power its prettifying products. The ingredients of many items are sourced through the company's Community Trade program, which has provided 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 The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 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 and social consciousness 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 an EU-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 brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.