There’s nothing that angers me more than people throw away food perfectly fine for consumption for no other reason than looks. That is exactly why I appreciate The BodyShop’s initiative in the quest of reducing food waste using vegetables for their ingredients that is a bit wonky, not pretty for our Instagram-influenced eyes.
The Body Shop has re-launched its carrot range in June in a new, sustainable form. The vegan moisturizer and cleanser duo is enriched with carrots from a British family-owned farm that are too wonky to sell in Supermarkets so using it this way not just reduces food waste but we can enjoy the heaps of benefits for our skin too.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which is a precursor to vitamin A, the vitamin responsible for cell regeneration creating a brighter, more radiant-looking skin. They are also packed with antioxidants like Vitamin C that helps you to fight damage-causing chemical substances that the environment we live in bombs us with on a day-to-day basis. Apart from the anti-ageing benefits it also helps to heal scars, it may treat blemishes, protects from UV rays, helps to improve dermatitis and rashes.
Since I didn’t need a moisturizer, I only went for the cleanser to see how it works and this is what I have found out after a week’s of use:
Packaging: departs from the usual The Body Shop packaging, it comes in a tube with pastel green colour paired with orange, it looks young and fun and it’s 100% recyclable.
What it is: a vegan face cleanser created from 93% ingredients of natural origin, enriched with organic carrots and Community Trade organic Aloe Vera from Mexico.
Who it is for: pretty much for everyone, I think.
The claim: “Carrot Wash Energising Face Cleanser. Enriched with organic carrots that are too beautifully crooked to sell to the food industry, this vegan treat leaves skin feeling cleansed, smoother, energised and purified from daily urban grime.”
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua/Water/Eau, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Carrageenan, Sodium Chloride, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Gluconate, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract/Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum/Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Menthol, Linalool, CI 77492/Iron Oxides, CI 77491/Iron Oxides.
How to use it: lather it up on wet skin than rinse. You can use it every day, am and pm too but I wouldn’t remove makeup with it. For best results, they say, moisturise after that with the Carrot Cream Nature-Rich Daily Moisturiser.
How it worked for me: I used it as a morning cleanse and a second cleanse in the evening on wet skin. It lathers up into a soft, velvety foam with a subtle natural scent giving you a lovely refreshing feeling. As I mentioned before I wouldn’t remove makeup with it, just because I feel I need more of a balm cleanser for that but for the rest it works really well. There is not much else to say that this is a lovely cleanser, leaving your skin refreshed. It’s light and fluffy, excellent for an energizing morning cleanse or I could easily imagine this working for a teenager starting their first skin routine.
Value for money: great as usual, you get 100ml for £8.50.