Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: NEW The Body Shop Strawberry Body Sorbet

Body sorbets are not a new invention, but when I saw the new Body Sorbet line on The Body Shop website a while back, I had to try one. There's something about gel-like body moisturizers and the word "sorbet" that I always find irresistible. I purchased this product during one of The Body Shop's free shipping events that I often post about here, and today I'd like to share my thoughts with you!

The Body Shop Strawberry Sorbet
With cold-pressed strawberry seed oil
(retail: $14, 6.75 oz)

NOTE: I purchased this product during the last free shipping event that was on 6/15 and at that time, the new Body Sorbets were a "member-exclusive" and only available for online purchase. When I checked the TBS site today, I noticed that this is now the reverse and these are only available IN-STORE. Odd! Anyway, hopefully they'll be available in-store and online eventually. 

The Body Shop Body Sorbets come in six different fragrances: Strawberry, Mango, Moringa, Pink Grapefruit and Satsuma. More info here.


Do not eat (more on that in a moment) or apply to face

made in the UK

ingredients

a better look at the right side of the list

While we're looking at the ingredients, I want to mention that The Body Shop specifically highlights the ingredient aloe vera on their website listing HERE. What I find interesting is that, if you look at the ingredients list above, aloe vera leaf juice is actually at the very bottom of the list, right before the colorants. In other words, there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of aloe vera here (which is actually OK with me because a lot of aloe vera makes lotions a bit too sticky for my liking).


Before I get into how this product has been working for me, I MUST discuss the fragrance:


This product smells so delicious (like strawberry candy!) that you might be tempted to taste it. Since that is NOT an option (see label warning), I present to you an alternative. The fragrance of The Body Shop Strawberry Sorbet is extremely similar to strawberry Hi-Chews. I like to imagine that if TBS turned this product into a candy, it would taste exactly like a strawberry Hi-Chew. They even share the same color! So yeah...if this body sorbet makes you hungry, eat a strawberry Hi-Chew and that should satisfy your cravings for creamy strawberry candy goodness.



The consistency of this product is similar to other sorbet-type body moisturizers on the market. It dispenses easily and it spreads very easily onto the skin. When you're spreading it onto your skin, it immediately starts to take on a powder-like feel, which I really like. It feels like a gel-powder hybrid as it starts to absorb. Another thing I like is that it absorbs very quickly--by the time you massage it onto your skin, it's pretty much absorbed.

Unlike other gel-type lotions I've used in the past, this one isn't quite as "wet" (again, it's like a gel that dries to a powder-like finish) and it's not as sticky as say, aloe vera gel. Don't get me wrong--there IS some stickiness here, which I think is just the nature of this type of product. For that reason, I do not like using this product on my hands, because I can really feel that slight stickiness on my hands. But on my arms, legs, etc., it doesn't actually feel too sticky at all, which is great. 

I've seen some people mention that this product has a cooling sensation, but I want to clarify that it's not the type of cooling sensation that you get with products that contain a bit of menthol--the cooling sensation here is caused by the very nature of the product itself, which is a gel. Gels tend to feel cool against the skin, and this one does. But if you want a more pronounced cooling sensation, you'll have to store this in the fridge.

The thing that most impressed me with this product is the level of moisturization it provides. I never have luck with gels/sorbets when it comes to lasting hydration, but this one's different. When I apply it to my arms and legs in the morning, my skin still feels quite soft by nighttime. I'm actually quite shocked by the lasting power of this sorbet, because most of the other products I've used like this tend to disappear just a few hours after application. Don't get me wrong--this isn't going to deliver the same type of moisture/hydration as a body butter or cream, but it's definitely impressive for a sorbet.

FINAL VERDICT: If you're a sucker for body sorbets and you like fun, fruity scents, I think you might be pleasantly surprised by this one. I think it would also be great for those who like to quickly apply their body lotions and don't like to wait for them to absorb. Yes, this sorbet does leave a slightly sticky residue on the skin (most sorbets do), but it's not nearly as sticky as others I have tried, and after a few hours I really cannot detect that stickiness on my arms and legs. I absolutely love the scent of this product (sweet, creamy strawberry candy) and the moisturization is impressive, especially for a product of this nature. The next time you're at The Body Shop, I think this line is definitely worth checking out (especially if it's on sale)!

Do you already own any of the new The Body Shop Body Sorbets? I'd love to hear from you!

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.
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8 comments

  1. Love love love strawberry scent!!!! It takes me back to when I was kid and my mom bought me a Bonne Bell lipsmaker and body lotion set. I would love to find this on vacation, as there is no Body Shop where I live.

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    1. Today there is free shipping on TBS website w/ purchase of a sorbet- great chance to pick it up!

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  2. This looks like a great moisturizer for summer time! I'm a big fan of The Body Shop's strawberry scents - I'll have to check this out!

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  3. Oooh, I want this in the grapefruit scent!

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  4. I definitely thought these were body washes. Haha!

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    1. Exactly what I thought! I've always thought gel body products to be not very hydrating, and I still haven't found a pleasing strawberry scent in anything. The next time I visit The Body Shop I may test this just for fun. TBS can do mango fragrance like no-one else!

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  5. I bought the Satsuma body sorbet a few weeks ago, and I'm loving it! It's pretty much everything you described, which suits me perfectly.

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  6. I have never heard of this brand before but I’ll have a look at it. I currently use an Body Shop one which is probably similar to this.

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